Top 10: Lego sets for older children 2023

The best Lego sets have universal appeal. As well as capturing the imagination of your children there’s something there for the adults who are always available to ‘help’. Here are ten sets suited to older children.


Ideas Tron: Legacy

Replicate the thrilling light cycle chases from Tron: Legacy with this low-cost kit aimed at 10-year-olds and up. Three minifigures - Sam Flynn, Quorra and Rinzler - are bundled in, while the two light cycles have smart orange and blue translucent elements, including a clever rectangular piece at the rear to represent the power streams. Also in the box is a display base with attachment points for the light cycles.

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LEGO 21314 LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy - Amazon Exclusive


Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Motorbike

Try and assuage your teenager’s desire to own a motorbike by getting them to build one instead. Created in collaboration with BMW, not only can you build a highly-accurate R 1200 GS Adventure, but it also converts into a unique concept model. Details include the twin-cylinder boxer engine with moving pistons, shaft drive and an opening rear box amongst the 603 pieces.

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LEGO 42063 "BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Building Toy


Technic Ocean Explorer

Fully equipped for search and rescue missions, the Technic Ocean Explorer's feature list includes a captain's bridge, landing pad, working crane and a deck hatch for access to the hull. Also included are a buildable helicopter and submarine, and when you tire of deep-sea adventures it converts into a push boat and barge for authentic ship-parking amusement.

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LEGO 42064 "Ocean Explorer Building Toy


Technic Volvo Concept Wheel Loader ZEUX

Take a glimpse into 2030 with this concept vehicle, produced in collaboration with Volvo. The design has plenty of futuristic details while the mechanics give you plenty to play with, including four-wheel steering, an adjustable counterbalance depending on the load and an operational boom and bucket to collect the goods. It’s also a 2-in-1 kit that rebuilds into the Volvo Concept Hauler PEGAX.

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LEGO 42081 Technic Volvo Concept Wheel Loader ZEUX


Technic Forest Machine

Test your loading skills with this Technic Forest Machine, an eight-wheel forklift truck designed to lift and carry in tough conditions. There is a detailed two-cylinder engine with moving pistons, rear-wheel steering and working suspension for negotiating difficult terrain, while the driver’s cab rotates through 270 degrees so the Power Function boom and grabber can tackle the buildable logs. The Forest Machine is also a 2-in-1 kit, allowing you to rebuild it as a Log Loader.

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LEGO 42080 Technic Forest Machine


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Star Wars Sand Crawler

This Star Wars Sand Crawler set is both less expensive and less complex than the higher-end kits, making it ideal for those under 16 who are big fans of the films. Included are a minifigure Luke Skywalker, two Jawas, an RA-7 droid plus a medical and R5-A2 astromech droid. The Sandcrawler itself can take two minifigures in the cockpit, and has steerable tracks and a lowering ramp. With over 1000 pieces it is a serious kit for older children, and the removable roof and sides leave plenty of room for play.

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LEGO 75220 Star Wars TM Sandcrawler


Ninjago Dragon Pit

Fans of the excellent Ninjago series will be pleased with this Dragon Pit set, which puts the heroes up against the fearsome Earth Dragon. Included in the set are minifigures of Dragon Master, Jay, Zane, Cole, Kai, Iron Baron, Arkade, Heavy Metal and Chew Toy. The Earth Dragon has manoeuvrable jaws, neck, blade wings, legs, feet and a hammer tail. Once built the set can be detached into three sections for easy play and there's also a choice of weapons for the key figures amongst the 1660 pieces.

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LEGO 70655 NINJAGO Dragon Pit


City Cargo Train

For train fans of all ages this City Cargo Train offers a lot of depth and freedom to expand - particularly if you add the Switch Track and Flexible Tracks packs for another £30. The basic set includes a motorised engine car with 10-speed Bluetooth remote control, a log wagon and crane wagon with extendable boom plus a container wagon with loading hooks and room for pallets, with plenty of appealing details like the pantograph and driver’s cabin. 32 track pieces are included, as well as accessories like the money transport truck complete with gold bars and cash.

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LEGO 60198 City Cargo Train, Toys for Kids, Boys 7 Girls Aged 6 plus Years Old, Remote Control Set, Battery Powered Engine with Bluetooth Connection, 3 Wagons and Tracks


Technic 6x6 All Terrain Tow Truck

The higher price of this 6x6 truck compared to similar Technic models is justified by the complexity - not only is it a 2-in-1 model that can be rebuilt as a research explorer vehicle, but it also comes with twin power functions. Drive to the wheels is operated by remote control, and the outriggers and crane arm can all be operated with the same remote function too.

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LEGO 42070 Technic 6x6 All Terrain Tow Truck


Technic Rough Terrain Crane

A perfect accompaniment to the all-terrain truck for construction-based adventures, the Rough Terrain Crane is a serious piece of kit. Four-wheel steering and a moving V8 engine provide the means to position it before the Power Functions take over, enabling you to lower the stabiliser legs, rotate the structure and operate the winch. It’s also a 2-in-1 kit so it can be turned into a Mobile Pile Driver.

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LEGO UK 42082 Rough Terrain Crane


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