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20 Best LEGO Sets for Older Kids

Updated 6 January 2022

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LEGO is something you never grow out of. The simple joy of placing bricks on bricks to create something incredible can be felt by anyone of any age and isn’t something you leave behind when you’re not a little kid anymore. I’m the perfect example of that.

LEGO knows this, which is why there are so many cool sets made for older kids (aka fully grown adults).

From a Stormtrooper helmet to Hogwarts Castle to real-life architecture like the Taj Mahal and the Tokyo skyline, these sets are real projects to challenge older LEGO fans and are incredibly satisfying as well as looking great as decorative pieces when you’re done. 

It’s important to choose wisely when buying LEGO for older kids of course, as you don’t want to accidentally get them something aimed at much younger children so we’ve picked out only the 20 very best sets for this age group and have ruled out any fake online reviews to be sure.

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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit with Remote Control for Kids, Educational STEM Toy for Programming and Learning How to Code (601 Pieces)
LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle 92177 Expert Building Kit, Snap Together Model Ship, Collectible Display Set and Toy for Adults (962 Pieces),Multicolor
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle 71043 Castle Model Building Kit with Harry Potter Figures Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and More (6,020 Pieces)
LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System 71374 Building Kit; Creative Set for Adults; Build Your Own NES and TV, New 2021 (2,646 Pieces)
Pros
Comes with color, touch, and IR sensors
Features a buildable cork and wax closure for the plastic bottle
All four of the Hogwarts’ House founders are included as LEGO mini-figures
Brand decals adorn the game console, television, controller, and game cartridge
Cons
There is a little learning curve with the programming language
We wish the set came with a captain mini-figure
We wish it included some of the main character mini-figures
A LEGO Mario figure isn’t included with the set
Price
$499.99
$109.00
$399.95
$229.95
Best for Ages 10+
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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit with Remote Control for Kids, Educational STEM Toy for Programming and Learning How to Code (601 Pieces)
Pros
Comes with color, touch, and IR sensors
Cons
There is a little learning curve with the programming language
Price
$499.99
More information
Best for Ages 12+
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LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle 92177 Expert Building Kit, Snap Together Model Ship, Collectible Display Set and Toy for Adults (962 Pieces),Multicolor
Pros
Features a buildable cork and wax closure for the plastic bottle
Cons
We wish the set came with a captain mini-figure
Price
$109.00
More information
Best for Ages 16+
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LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle 71043 Castle Model Building Kit with Harry Potter Figures Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and More (6,020 Pieces)
Pros
All four of the Hogwarts’ House founders are included as LEGO mini-figures
Cons
We wish it included some of the main character mini-figures
Price
$399.95
More information
Best for Ages 18+
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LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System 71374 Building Kit; Creative Set for Adults; Build Your Own NES and TV, New 2021 (2,646 Pieces)
Pros
Brand decals adorn the game console, television, controller, and game cartridge
Cons
A LEGO Mario figure isn’t included with the set
Price
$229.95
More information

Ages 10+

1LEGO Technic Off-Road Buggy 42124

The LEGO Technic Off-Road Buggy couples the love for and joy of building a LEGO set with the pride of automating the vehicle with a remote control kit. Older kids will be both challenged and have fun building their new RC vehicle, but beyond that, the fun will continue for ages as builders race their buggy both on and off-road.

The Off-Road Buggy’s body is a colorful combination of turquoise, Fuschia, and black. In fact, the 1980s color scheme coupled with the wild graphic decals makes for an outrageous aesthetic. Once the buggy’s body is built, teens can use a downloadable app to operate and steer the vehicle over obstacles and down straightaways.

What we love

  • The Off-Road Buggy has huge wheels as well as front and rear suspensions making it perfect for cool tricks
  • The app that operates the car allows kids to unlock challenges and utilize fun sound effects

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It only comes with 374 pieces so can be built fairly quickly
LEGO Technic Off-Road Buggy 42124

2LEGO Star Wars Slave l – 20th Anniversary Edition 75243

This LEGO Star Wars Slave 1 celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the movie franchise. When shopping for older children who love Star Wars, this LEGO set is sure to be a hit. Geared toward teenage builders, the Star Wars Slave 1 LEGO set comes with more than 1,000 pieces. Although this model will be a challenging build for older kids, it will fill many hours of focused fun. 

The Slave 1 model is well-detailed; it has rotating guns and even a handy storage compartment that stores some of the small included accessories. Slave 1 features a hatch that opens to a cockpit, a pilot’s seat, wings, and mounted shooters.

What we love

  • The set comes with Star Wars mini-figures like Princess Leia, Boba Fett, and Han Solo; they enable perfect roleplaying possibilities
  • All of the pieces of this set are compatible with all other standard bricks, so it can be built creatively too

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish the Star Wars Slave 1 featured decals or logos indicating it’s the 20th-anniversary edition
LEGO Star Wars Slave l – 20th Anniversary Edition 75243

3LEGO Harry Potter Hedwig 75979

Your favorite Harry Potter fan will delight in building this beautiful model of Harry’s pet owl, Hedwig. This 630-piece set is just the right level of difficulty for older teens. This LEGO model is a near-exact replication of Hedwig with astounding details such as her big golden eyes and intricate feathers. Best of all, she’s carrying a letter under her beak to deliver to her best guy. One of this set’s coolest features is that with the crank of a handle, Hedwig’s wings actually flap.

An impressive display piece, Hedwig comes with a stand and nameplate; when finished, she measures approximately eight by eight inches beak to tail with a 13-inch wingspan. Your Harry Potter fan will undoubtedly be wowed by this LEGO Hedwig model.

What we love

  • The set comes with detachable Harry Potter and Hedwig mini-figures that are more realistic for playing with than the large Hedwig model
  • Hedwig is displayed in flight with her wings beautifully spread to their full extent

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Some of the pieces must be outfitted with included decals which are super tiny, making it a little tricky to apply them perfectly
LEGO Harry Potter Hedwig 75979

4LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313

This robotic LEGO build is great for tech-minded kids. The Mindstorms Robot Kit comprises 601 pieces; it’s a challenging and fun build that enhances their engineering skills. This LEGO Robot employs intelligent EV3 bricks, motors, and color/touch sensors. Best of all, after the robot is built, kids can program it to move with the remote control operated from a smart device. 

With the quick and free download of a coordinating app, builders can program and operate the robot. In fact, the set comes with handy instructions that delineate 17 programming functions. Essentially, the robot can be programmed to walk, talk, shoot, and more. This LEGO set is the perfect gift for older STEM-minded kids.

What we love

  • Comes with color, touch, and IR sensors
  • There are enough pieces to build a second smaller companion robot

What We Don't Like That Much

  • There is a little learning curve with the programming language at the beginning but with a little patience they’ll be wizzes in no time
LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313

5 LEGO Technic: Ducati Panigale V4 R 42107

The perfect gift for motorcycle enthusiasts, this awesome LEGO set is an authentic replication of the Ducati Panigale. A dream bike for exotic motorcycle lovers, it’s highly detailed. The set comes with approximately 650 pieces and is intended for detail-oriented teens. The body of the bike is the iconic Ducati red finish; it has a two-speed gearbox and two working wheels that enable kids to race the Ducati around their home. 

This stellar motorcycle has a genuine-looking front and rear suspension as well as other moving operations. Other life-like elements include a working kickstand, silver exhaust pipe, transparent windshield, and intricate gear work.

What we love

  • Whether gifting this LEGO Ducati to a child or adult, it can either be played with or displayed
  • You can easily remove the body to show off the LEGO engine you built underneath

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish it came with working headlights
 LEGO Technic: Ducati Panigale V4 R 42107

Ages 12+

6LEGO Architecture London Skyline Collection 21034

The LEGO Architecture series is perfect for older children. This 468-piece set builds a beautiful replication of London’s Skyline. Featured in the finished skyline are Big Ben, The London Eye, The National Gallery, Nelson’s Column, and Tower Bridge. Each piece represents authentic cityscape colors. Notably, the London Eye Ferris Wheel is a working piece that actually spins. 

The completed scene measures approximately 10 by seven by two inches, making it a perfect display set for dressers, desks, and bookshelves. Best of all, when finished with the scene, builders can adorn the base with a decorative nameplate. Perfect for older teens, this set is a wonderful gift for kids interested in history, architecture, culture, and design.

What we love

  • This LEGO set comes with a lovely collectible booklet that describes the architecture and history of each landmark
  • Utilize the smallest standard LEGO bricks to create a highly detailed aesthetic

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish the hands of the clock on the Big Ben clocktower had moving arms
LEGO Architecture London Skyline Collection 21034

7LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Cottage 10229

This beautiful Winter Village is a 1,490-piece set that’s lovely to display any time of year, but especially around the holidays. The gorgeous village scene consists of a series of small builds surrounding a bigger cottage house. Covered with snow-capped roofs, each of the buildings conjures all of your favorite wintertime memories. The main chalet is outfitted in twinkly Christmas lights and warm, inviting sconces that actually light up. 

Besides the sweet buildings, it includes a flatbed truck with an affixed snow plow, a snowblower, and a sled. The set also comes with eight mini-figures, members of a big family, who can articulate to roleplay with the fun winter accessories. This is a super fun LEGO set to do to get you in the holiday spirit.

What we love

  • The battery-operated set features other lighted elements including a fireplace, chandelier, and Christmas tree
  • The smaller structure is a storage shed that holds firewood and snow tools

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Some of the set’s features require a high level of patience
LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Cottage 10229

8LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle 92177

The LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle is a super cool build that hobbyists will love. Suitable for older teens, this set comes with 962 pieces that quite literally make a ship in a bottle. The schooner within the bottle features all the elements of a pirate ship such as full-mast sails, captain’s quarters, a cannon, a crow’s nest, a flag, and more. The sails have decal markings that give them a more genuine aesthetic and the ship is flanked by authentic-looking planks.

What’s more, the clear plastic bottle is even a buildable structure. On the floor of the bottle, small bubble-like bricks make the water upon which the schooner “floats.” A beautiful display piece, the LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle is highly recommended.

What we love

  • One of this set's coolest features is the buildable cork and wax closure for the plastic bottle
  • The bottle comes with a lovely display stand that features a nameplate, globes, and compass

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish the set came with a captain mini-figure to display in the captain’s quarters
LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle 92177

9LEGO TECHNIC Motorized Excavator 8043

This amazing LEGO Technic set is designed with teenage builders in mind; it contains 1,127 pieces and comes together to build a working Motorized Excavator. Measuring approximately 23 by four by 19 inches, the excavator is a respectable size for roleplaying. Whether they are into construction vehicles or just a LEGO Technic enthusiast, older kids are sure to be wowed by this set. 

Not only does the motorized excavator support a teen’s love for building but also engineering. The motorized excavator is fully operational by use of intuitive remote controls. The excavator can also be made to move in 360° rotations and the double controls can cause it to move back and forth on its track wheels.

What we love

  • The LEGO Technic Motorized Excavator can be taken apart and rebuilt into a tracked loader
  • A flip of the switch on the remote control can switch the excavator from driving mode to digging mode

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although the excavator can actually dig through soft matter such as sand, it digs through firm matter such as packed dirt with greater difficulty
LEGO TECHNIC Motorized Excavator 8043

10LEGO Ideas Wall-E 21303

The Wall-E LEGO set is the perfect gift for Disney fans; suitable for teens and adults alike, the set contains 676 pieces and is challenging and fun to build. This set comes together to build the Disney movie’s “last robot left on Earth.” Designed by a real Disney animator, the Wall-E LEGO set has perfect realism and excellent details. 

Some of this model’s most realistic elements include a poseable neck as well as an adjustable head and arms. The maneuverability of the model makes it super fun for roleplaying games. What’s more, the Wall-E model has gripping hands and moveable track wheels. Lastly, the sweet Wall-E model has a real trunk that opens and closes.

What we love

  • Wall-E’s arms move up and down in an authentic robotic motion
  • With the additional purchase of LEGO motor modules, Wall-E can be motorized and operated by remote control

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The treads of the moving wheels don’t move easily over outdoor and carpeted surfaces
LEGO Ideas Wall-E 21303

11 LEGO Creator Expert Winter Holiday Train 10254

The LEGO Creator Winter Holiday Train is a whimsical build that older kids will marvel at. Suitable for teenage builders, the train set includes 734 colorful pieces. Included with this set are a locomotive, caboose, and plenty of train tracks. Additionally, it comes with a family of mini-figures that includes a grandmother, boy, and girl; there is also a locomotive driver and a ticket collector, both of which add to the authenticity of the scene. 

Beautiful decorative pieces such as holiday wreaths, Christmas lights, and buildable toys/presents make for fun add-ons. Some of the cute toys include a micro-robot, walkie-talkies, and a firetruck. Finally, an upgraded kit can be purchased separately to motorize the train.

What we love

  • Once built, the tracks can be arranged around your Christmas tree for a beautiful LEGO display
  • The finished train is packed full of excellent details such as a billowing smokestack, a pretty light post near the ticket booth, and more

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although we love the holiday theme, we wish the train incorporated some snowy elements
 LEGO Creator Expert Winter Holiday Train 10254

Ages 16+

12 LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal 10256

The LEGO Taj Mahal is an intricate architectural build consisting of nearly 6,000 pieces. Intended for children 16 and older, this set is both fun and challenging. With highly detailed and minute features, this LEGO build is not for the faint of heart. A perfect gift for LEGO lovers, travelers, and history buffs, this set will surely delight builders.

Just like the real thing, this Taj Mahal LEGO set features sinuous arches, ornamental domes, high-reaching towers, and ornate finials. Not a single detail is spared with this impressive LEGO set.

What we love

  • Each piece of the Taj Mahal’s amazing architecture is affixed to a base so that the finished elements are one unified set
  • This is a modular-style LEGO set, so larger chunks of the build can be taken apart and easily moved

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The tall towers are delicate so be sure to display it out of a young child or pet’s curious reach
 LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal 10256

13LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle 71043

This massive yet very impressive set is the answer to the pressing question of what to buy your LEGO-loving Harry Potter fan. An amazing construction set for kids 16 years old and up, this set replicates Harry Potter’s wizarding school, Hogwarts Castle. This epic LEGO set features many recognizable Hogwarts settings and elements such as the Whomping Willow, the Chamber of Secrets, and other iconic settings. 

The Great Hall, Hagrid’s Hut, classrooms, towers, and beyond are all featured within the castle with many moving elements such as secret staircases as well as lovely details like stained glass windows. Finally, the Hogwarts Castle comes with a complete set of characters represented as LEGO micro-figures.

What we love

  • All four of the Hogwarts’ House founders are included as LEGO mini-figures; Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin, and Rowena Ravenclaw
  • The castle comes with some of its scariest pests including Hagrid’s spider Aragog and the Chamber of Secrets’ Basilisk

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The micro-figures are a must for roleplaying, we wish it included more of them
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle 71043

14LEGO Creator Expert Ford Mustang 10265

This LEGO Creator set equips builders to engineer a classic 1960s Ford Mustang. With nearly 1,500 LEGO pieces, the Ford Mustang is intended for kids 16 and older or expert-level LEGO builders. The body on the finished Mustang GT is a gorgeous dark blue with white racing stripes. It’s loaded with iconic Mustang features such as five-spoke rims, rugged tires, and a V-8 engine. 

The Mustang has a super detailed interior with two-tone bucket seats, a gray steering wheel, a rearview mirror, and more. The finished model has the iconic Mustang hood ornament, license plates, and an authentic hood scoop. Speaking of the hood, beneath it is a LEGO-built motor replica that adds to the model’s authenticity.

What we love

  • The completed LEGO Mustang has other realistic features such as windshields and side-view mirrors
  • The roof of the Mustang can be removed to turn the muscle car into a convertible

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although the dark blue body is beautiful, we wish the car came in other color options
LEGO Creator Expert Ford Mustang 10265

15LEGO Architecture Skylines: Tokyo 21051

This super unique LEGO Architecture kit depicts the eclectic and colorful Tokyo skyline featuring iconic Japanese landmarks: the Tokyo Tower, Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, Tokyo Big Sight, TOKYO SKYTREE, Chidorigafuchi Park, and Shibuya Crossing among others. This 547-piece set makes a beautiful coffee table or bookshelf ornament.

Although each of the buildings is an individual build, they all come together on a cohesive baseplate that can be easily moved and displayed. Each of the buildings is constructed of bricks that perfectly represent its iconic color scheme. As such, this is a bright and colorful LEGO set.

What we love

  • This set makes a great souvenir for those who have or long to visit this amazing city
  • The variety of building bricks and formations used with each of the individual landmarks provides builders with a dynamic LEGO experience

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Tokyo is a city of bright neon lights; we wish this LEGO set came with a lighting kit to improve its authenticity
LEGO Architecture Skylines: Tokyo 21051

16LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down 75810

This astounding LEGO kit includes the popular Netflix series’ two settings as one cohesive build. This LEGO set comes with 2,300 bricks and is perfect for “Stranger Things” fans who want to bring the show to life. The set features the Byers’ home, a primary locale in “Stranger Things” which is juxtaposed by the show’s secondary setting: The Upside Down. 

One of the set’s coolest features is that when the build is complete, it can be flipped upside down to display one or the other of the two settings. Best of all, it will stand upright on either side. What’s more, the set comes with eight “Stranger Things” mini-figures such as Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Will Byers, and Chief Jim Hopkins among others.

What we love

  • This set has many awesome show details such as Chief Hopkins’s recognizable cruiser with police decals and lights
  • We love the authenticity of Barb and the Demogorgon featured prominently in the Upside Down (if you watch the show, you’ll know)

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Some of the house’s interior accessories, such as furniture pieces, must be affixed to the base before flipping otherwise they may fall out
LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down 75810

17LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils 21320

The LEGO Dinosaur Fossil Kit is a delicate and intricate build intended to be displayed and not really played with. As such, this set is most suitable for children 16 and older. Older kids will adore roleplaying as a paleontologist while they build these excellent models. This set comes with all the pieces to build a poseable Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, and Pteranodon. Each can be perfectly displayed on the included stands. 

Additionally, the set comes with paleontologist and Sapien skeleton mini-figures. It also comes with a small kit of paleontologist tools. The collectible fossils set comes with a whopping 910 pieces and will provide dinosaur enthusiasts or natural history buffs with hours of unabated fun.

What we love

  • These awesome fossil models make excellent conversation pieces that display nicely on dressers, bookshelves, and desktops
  • Each of the models is scaled to the other so that they are sized perfectly in comparison to one another

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The models are very fragile so it’s best that they’re only displayed and not actually played with
LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils 21320

Ages 18+

18LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System 71374

In a time where vintage is cool, kids will adore this faithful set that pays homage to the classic NES. The Nintendo Entertainment System LEGO set replicates the old-school game console, complete with the tethered game controller and game cartridge. Moreover, a secondary build produces a realistic-looking 80s tube television set atop a piece of brown furniture. 

Depicted on the television is an image of Mario, mid-action, in his first NES outing. Best of all the action of the game can be scrolled through by using a hand lever on the television. If they are a fan of Nintendo, this display model of the NES is a must-have.

What we love

  • Brand decals adorn the game console, television, controller, and game cartridge
  • The television has lots of cool genuine features including knobs, speakers, and an antennae

What We Don't Like That Much

  • A LEGO Mario figure, that can be placed in a slot on the top of the television but isn’t included with the set
LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System 71374

19LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet 75276

This LEGO building kit creates a super cool Stormtrooper Helmet that measures approximately 7 x 14 x 5 inches when finished. Star Wars fans will delight in building and displaying this cool piece that will show their allegiance to the Empire. The set comes with 647 pieces in mostly black and white with accents of gray in just the right places. 

The Stormtrooper Helmet also comes with a display stand and plaque perfect for LEGO enthusiasts and Star Wars fans. Best of all, the Stormtrooper Helmet is one in a series of collectible LEGO Star Wars sets including a Boba Fett Helmet.

What we love

  • A great set for not only older kids, but for adults too
  • The Stormtrooper Helmet is completely solid and built from the inside out

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The helmet’s black side vents are decals instead of LEGO bricks; we wish the vents were also built using bricks
LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet 75276

20LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street 21324

The 1,323-piece LEGO Sesame Street is an amazing model set and interactive toy. After the joy of building Sesame Street from the ground up, teens will delight in roleplaying show scenes and creating all new ones. Perfect for roleplaying are the many included mini-figures such as Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar, Cookie Monster, Bert & Ernie, and others. The Sesame Street buildings include the 1-2-3 Sesame Street Building, Elmo’s bedroom, and Bert & Ernie’s apartment. 

Each of the settings showcases iconic Sesame Street details such as portraits, pets, and toys like Rubber Ducky and Radar the Teddy Bear. The authentic details in this set are astounding; it even features the iconic Sesame Street street sign on the corner.

What we love

  • The Sesame Street street corner features so many favorite show settings such as Hooper’s Store, Big Bird’s Nest, and Oscar’s Trash Can
  • The Sesame Street LEGO set has other cute adornments such as a bird perched on the roof, landscaping, and accurate furnishings

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although Count is depicted in a wall hanging, we wish a Count mini-figure was included with the set
LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street 21324

In Conclusion

What older kid could not be excited about the idea of building a LEGO robot that actually works as a remote control robot? Or building the Upside Down from Stranger Things, or a replica Nintendo Entertainment System (if they even know what that is), or Boba Fett’s spaceship?

All of these sets are iconic as well as being great fun to build. So much so that you might be jealous that you don’t have one for yourself. So why not treat yourself to the LEGO 40486 Mini Adidas Originals Superstar. Now we’re talking!

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