Legos have been a part of so many childhoods since the interlocking plastic bricks were first manufactured in Denmark in 1949. Some 600 billion plastic parts later, they remain a fixture in modern pop culture.
As the phenomenon has branched off into theme parks—including a Legoland in Central Florida—Lego’s playsets have grown far more detailed and elaborate. These days, sets can often include several thousand pieces and can recreate some of the world’s most iconic settings. Here are five Lego sets that we think are perfect for adults.
You don’t have to visit Universal Studios Orlando to get a close look at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry—it’s available in Lego form … albeit in 6,000-plus pieces. This set includes many of the iconic locations from the Harry Potter books including the towers, classrooms, Hagrid’s hut and even the Whomping Willow.
Some quick London history for you: Did you know that the City of London is also called the Square Mile because it is—just about—1 square mile in size? Of course, the metro area known as London is far bigger. It’s been around since the 1st century AD and during its long history it has become the home of some of the world’s most dazzling architectural wonders. This set features some of the best-known sites.
Volkswagen Camper Van
The detailing here is impressive. The rear door opens up to show the engine. The interior has a rear bench that converts into a bed. There are authentic plaid-print curtains, a roof rack, gear stick, folding dinette table and the iconic V-shape color split at the front of the van. If it had any more features, it’d need real gasoline.
Ship in a Bottle
Did you know ships in a bottle didn’t become a thing until about 1860? It’s believed that’s the time when clear glass bottles were more readily accessible. Celebrate the hobby’s history with this Lego-inspired model. It includes the captain’s quarters, cannons, masts, a crow’s nest and sails. A stand is included to show off your finished masterpiece.
Is there anything more romantic than the idea of a glass of wine at a Parisian bistro? This Lego version comes fully stocked with a kitchen and tables downstairs while a full apartment is on the second floor. Check out the tiniest details. There’s a cast iron heater, pull-down bed and even a cozy fireplace. *Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup! *(“Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly!”)
Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.