The best LEGO sets for adults of 2022 (perfect for gifts)

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Contrary to what some might think, LEGO sets are not just for kids. Over the last few years, LEGO has put out loads of sets with a recommendation for ages 18+. These are usually sets based on things that adults might like, and usually come with a plaque and/or stand so you can display them as decorations on a shelf or desk. Let’s look at some of the best LEGO sets for adults that have been released this year.

lego flowers

Nothing projects the idea that you are an adult like having a plant. These LEGO plants and flowers are fun to build and look downright stylish. And what’s better, you don’t need to water them to keep them alive. Because they are not. And although the impressive (and huge) LEGO Tree House cannot be considered purely a plant, we recommend it here anyway.

LEGO Optimus Prime

Set #10302 is both an Autobot and a semi truck, which is impressive as all get-out.

Although some of us find it hard to hear it, if you were a fan of Transformers in its animated era, you have already been an adult for a long time. That’s why the buildable and transformable LEGO Optimus Prime is a good choice for any ’80s or ’90s kid looking to indulge their nostalgia.

LEGO Star Wars

Of all the LEGO sets for adults, no theme is better served than Star Wars. LEGO has put out all kinds of sets, from a line of iconic buildable helmets to dioramas of memorable scenes from the movies. And if you have a big enough budget, you can get some really huge and impressive sets like the AT-AT and an Imperial starship.

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LEGO Marvel

Marvel LEGO sets for adults aren’t as varied as Star Wars sets, but there are some good things. Our favorite is the LEGO Spider-Man Daily Bugle, but he’s expensive (and big). Other options are Venom and Carnage busts, plus a nice chunky Thor’s Hammer set.

lego architecture

The LEGO Architecture line is great. It allows you to build buildings, monuments and famous cities, and display them wherever you want. They are fun to build and look great.

lego cars

LEGO has been making car sets for adults for a long time. If you like an iconic sports car, you might be able to find a LEGO set based on it. You can also get your hands on some awesome vehicles from geek culture, like the Batmobile and the ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters.

video game lego

Thunderjaw LEGO model and photos by Marius Herrmann.

Honestly, the supply of adult LEGO sets based on video game properties is surprisingly slim. That said, the ones out there are pretty impressive. There’s the NES set that includes a buildable CRT TV that reproduces the original Super Mario Bros. The LEGO of Horizon: Forbidden West is also phenomenal. And while the Super Mario Adventures sets aren’t intended for adults, the Mario and Luigi figures do interact with the NES.

LEGO Harry Potter

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Not all of these LEGO Harry Potter sets are in the 18+ category, but they are among the largest builds in the universe from the books and movies, and they’re all pretty impressive for fans of the franchise.