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The Best LEGO Sets for Creative Adults

A selection of the most creative LEGO sets available

Over the last few years as the AFOL (Adult Fans of LEGO) community has grown, we've seen a greater selection of LEGO models built with adults in mind.

A number of these models have taken LEGO far past their origins of LEGO houses and LEGO cars to something much more creatively unique. Today we celebrate what we think are some of the most creative LEGO sets out there, and perfect for any adult fan of LEGO.

From music to video games; puzzles to horror - there really is a LEGO set for everyone.

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LEGO Grand Piano

  • set: 21323
  • pieces: 3,662
  • minifigures: 0
  • Availability: Out now

The LEGO Grand Piano is LEGO's first playable instrument and is an impressive example of what is possible with our favourite plastic bricks. The piano can either self-play 1 of 4 songs, or you can play your own tune with the working keys.

At 3,662 pieces, this LEGO set is going to keep you busy for a while. Perhaps you can listen to some inspirational piano music as you build?

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LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System

  • set: 71374
  • pieces: 2,646
  • minifigures: 0
  • Availability: Out now

The LEGO NES (Famicom) is an outstanding example of pushing the boundaries of what we think can be built with LEGO! This 2,646 piece set comes with a brick built games console; a LEGO NES controller and buildable retro TV equipped with a scrolling screen so you can play along with Super Mario Bros.

Whether you were an NES gamer back in the day, a fan of retro stuff, or are just looking for an immersive, fun, creative DIY project, the LEGO NES is a great set to build and display.

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LEGO Ideas Maze

  • set: 21305
  • pieces: 769
  • minifigures: 0
  • Availability: Retired

This 2-in-1 LEGO maze originated from a successful LEGO Ideas project, and it's packed full of interesting detail. Featuring a wheel-operated tilt mechanism to steer the ball around the maze and a choice of either classical or medieval theme, the maze is fully customisable to make it as simple or as challenging as you wish.

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LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down

  • set: 75810
  • pieces: 2,287
  • minifigures: 8
  • Availability: Out now

2020's Toy of the Year award, the LEGO Upside Down from Stranger Things is our only themed set in our list. It's unique for it's ability to be flipped between the real world and The Upside Down; you can literally turn it upside down and it will rest on the two trees either side of the Byers' house!

Coming with 8 instantly recognisable minifigures from the series and containing 2,287 pieces; this set will keep you occupied for quite some time. Can LEGO Will escape and be returned safely to his Mom, or will the Demogorgon catch him? Only you can decide!

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LEGO Typewriter

  • set: 21327
  • pieces: 2,079
  • minifigures: 0
  • Availability: Out now

The LEGO Typewriter adds a touch of class to any office environment with it's nostalgic design and eye catching mint green finish. The typewriter's working keys will move the carriage left and right as you type accompanied by the classic typewriter sound, while real sheets of paper can be feed in to the roller.

The build itself is great for any adult looking for a challenge with lots of fun and unusual LEGO mechanics to build behind the scenes. It's on sale now.

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LEGO Pop Up Book

  • set: 21315
  • pieces: 859
  • minifigures: 5
  • Availability: Retired

The LEGO Pop Up Book is another example of a completely original idea from the LEGO Ideas range. Build, play and display the classic fairy tales Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk which 'pop up' when you open the LEGO-bound cover.

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LEGO Adidas Originals Superstar

  • set: 10282
  • pieces: 731
  • minifigures: 0
  • Availability: Out now

One of the most recent LEGO sets on this list, the LEGO Adidas Originals Superstar shoe combines LEGO with footwear in this original idea. With real shoelaces so you can tie your LEGO shoe and the ability to personalise your shoe to match your personality, this set is a great display piece for any fans of sports. Plus, it comes in an authentic shoe-box for storage.

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LEGO Ship in a Bottle

  • set: 21377 / 92177
  • pieces: 962
  • minifigures: 0
  • Availability: Out now

Build a mini LEGO ship, and then build a bottle for the ship to sit in in this original LEGO Ideas set. The ship features a raised deck at the stern, captain's quarters, 6 cannons, 3 masts, a crow's nest and assorted elements including printed sails and the ship's flag. The bottle comes with wax seal and display stand featuring a LEGO compass. And of course, no ship would be complete without water. There's 280 translucent blue studs included to fill your bottle with.

The LEGO Ship in a Bottle has been around for quite some time now and therefore means it's likely to retire shortly - so if you're interested in this set, it's worth buying it soon.

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