When we were children, of all the toys we had — the footballs, the skateboards, the video games, the *shudder* puzzle sets — our far-and-away favorite was our LEGO set. It seemed like no matter what we imagined, we could build it with those tiny little plastic blocks. They helped us understand the importance of good design and accurate measurements, and showed us that anything is possible with a little patience and some elbow grease.
But, as we got older, our LEGO sets took a back seat to things like cars and motorcycles and love (which we’re still trying to figure out, by the way), and slowly but surely, the building blocks of our past were relegated to basement storage.
Things have changed, though. Not only did we get a little older and a little wiser, but our LEGO sets of yore are jokes compared to what’s on the market now. People are becoming re-interested in LEGO sets in big ways, and suffice it to say, they aren’t just for kids anymore.
Don’t believe us? Here are 6 Awesome LEGO Sets for Grown Ass Men
When it comes to grown man toys, we always find that some of our favorites come from places like Kickstarter. Case in point? This LEGO compatible Cyclone Roller Coaster.
Not only is it relatively simple to put together, but it’s also ingenious and works the same way as a normal roller coaster would: a chain lift carries the coaster to its peak, where it drops and coasts through the course.
What we love most about this particular kit is that it’s compatible with regular LEGOs, which means you can keep adding on to it at your discretion — or at your creative mind’s will. If you can dream it, you can do it with this kit.
We may never own a Volkwagen camper at this point (Seriously, these things go for $50 grand on eBay all day. Is this even real life?), but at least a manboy can still dream, right?
This killer-looking VW T1 Camper from the LEGO Creator series is an exact replica of the classic 1962 camper van on which it was based. You’ll find the telltale three-way split color at the front, the rounded roof and window frames, the opening “splittie” windshield, the iconic VW po-up roof with real textile curtains, a dedicated roof rack and more — and that’s just on the outside.
The inside features a mock air-cooled VW flat four cylinder boxer engine, angled dashboard, iconic spherical speedometer and the front cabin bench seat, as well as customized LEGO additions like a folding rear bench seat, a dinette table and a closet with mirror. The detail here is really where this bus shines, with small additions like a “Make LEGOS Not War” t-shirt and a lava lamp. No, really, it’s that good.
Whether you’re a fan of The Beatles or not, there’s really no denying that this LEGO Ideas set is about as cool as it gets. Modeled after the iconic Yellow Submarine from The Beatles’ classic 1969 album of the same name, this 553-piece set includes LEGO versions of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, as well as a little Jeremy figure.
It also features some pretty cool details like Lennon’s telescope and McCartney’s “Love” tile, and the submarine itself features a removable top, a cockpit that fits all four LEGO Beatles, four rotating periscopes, an adjustable rudder with two rotating propellers and even its own display stand.
When completed, the Yellow Submarine is five inches high, eight inches long and just two inches wide, making it perfect for any desk or display shelf.
This right here is the crème de la crème of LEGO sets, and even peripheral fans of the building blocks — and the Star Wars franchise — know it.
The LEGO Death Star features over 4,000 individual pieces to help recreate a living model of the famous space station used by none other than Darth Vader himself. It houses several authentic environments from the film, including the Imperial conference chamber, a superlaser control room, a hangar bay with moving launch rack and Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced X1 starfighter (With space for Vader inside!), as well as a droid maintenance room, a trash compactor, cargo area, tractor beam, turbo laser (Complete with spring-loaded shooters and seats for two gunners!) and way more.
It also includes two droid figures and 23 minifigures, the likes of which include Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Death Star gunners, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, two stormtroopers and others. If you’re looking for the most worthwhile building experience ever for any LEGO kit, this is it. It doesn’t come cheap at $500, but it’s worth every penny.
Our second-favorite LEGO kit of all time is this unbelievable three-story model based on classic Japanese architectural design from LEGO’s NINJAGO MOVIE. The massive set includes over 4,800 (No, that’s not a typo!) pieces, which come together to build clothing and comic book stores, a crab restaurant and an actual cash-dispensing ATM.
There’s also a rooftop sushi bar, Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment and a radio tower. Each of the layers lift off for easy play access, but each are accessible from a sliding elevator. Even if you’re not into the NINJAGO series, this incredibly detailed play world is unlike any other.
Of course, when you’re looking for something super technical, the LEGO Technic Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 Truck is a really, really cool option.
By itself, Mercedes-Benz’s massive Aroc probably isn’t the kind of truck that’d interest you unless you were looking for a world class “construction-industry vehicle.” Of course, most of us aren’t looking for one of those.
Nevertheless, this kit wins our praise because it’s incredibly ornate and complex. The designers of the kit worked with actual Mercedes-Benz designers to help ensure accuracy, and the model features everything from a full pneumatic system (Which allows total control over the outriggers, crane arm, claw and bed), as well as a fully independent suspension, a detailed driver cab and dashboard and even a full engine with moving pistons.
It’s about as advanced and detailed as a kit gets.
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