Its safe to assume that most Sabotage Times readers have, at some stage during their childhood, experienced the unbridled joy of building something from the ground up with those magical multi-colour blocks. Whether it be a rudimentary tower or a sprawling, complex city there is something in those Danish delights that has ignited the imaginations of all those who have come into contact with them. And, with modern day toys reliant on technological bells and whistles, it is no surprise that Lego – now over 60 years old – is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance. But why should the kids of today have all the fun? Why shouldn’t us adults get in on the micro-construction entertainment? With that in mind I’ve picked out the 10 best LEGO sets for grown-ups to relive their childhood adventures and perhaps enjoys some new ones along the way.
1. The Shop
Okay, so playing shop maybe beyond the realms of even the most immature of us. But look beyond that at the architecture – Pure NYC. So why not indulge your inner Hipster as you loll around lazily in your lower east side apartment - paid for by daddy’s trust fund of course.
2.The Green Grocer
Now I’ve worked in a fruit & veg shop, in fact it was the best job I’ve ever had. However I understand that on the surface of it flogging apples and carrots to plebs doesn’t set the imagination alight. But look at the set for one second; what does that say to you – Mob front. Yes whilst poor Mr.Peach slaves away downstairs you are the Don, upstairs pulling the strings on a vast criminal enterprise all whilst the legitimate income stream keeps you insulated from those pesky feds.
3.The Police Headquarters
If Grand Theft Auto has taught us anything, its that being a law abiding citizen is knack-all fun – at least when it comes to playtime. But look at the potential for carnage all packed in to one set – perhaps you could become a heavily armed vigilante cop hell bent on revenge for your slain family or perhaps rise to the top of the prison pyramid with your pick of all the contraband and ‘tail’ prison life can offer.
4. The Farm
Perhaps one is tired of city living. This set will allow you indulge in a slower pace of living. Milk the cows, tenderly cultivate your crops or perhaps shoot badgers in the head with a shotgun.
5. The Castle
Ever wanted to set your inner Game Of Thrones bastard free? Whether that be plotting against your own parents, hanging peasants by the cart load or by simply shagging everything that moves – then this castle set is the one for you.
6. The Millennium Falcon
On the face of it he LEGO STARWARS range while seem like yet another shameless product tie-in that further tarnishes one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time. But only the most cynical of big kids would reject the chance to build the coolest spaceship in sci-fi history (Sorry trekkies) Also, the DeathStar would simply look weird if you brought on the bus with you.
7. The White House
All of us who have delved into LEGO’s seemingly infinite world of possibilities have, at some stage, built a house. And if you are going to build a house why not the coolest one on the planet. Call in airstrikes from the situation room, summon the Chinese ambassador for a Ferrero Rocher and an ear bashing, or simply invite your secretary to the Oval office for a ‘cigar’.
8. The Batmobile
The ‘Tumbler’ is the coolest incarnation of the coolest fictitious vehicle to ever grace our screens. Some of biggest thrills of Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy were provided when the Tumbler was on screen. Relive them for yourself as you pursue Batman’s greatest foes (Your cat) around the mean streets of Gotham (Your Living room).
9. The Private Jet
Lets face it, barring a lottery-based miracle, none of us are going to experience the pinnacle of luxury travel. This set may be the next best thing. Give your imagination a holiday without the baggage allowances, the grumpy service and screaming kids.
10. The Forrest Patrol
The magic ingredient of Lego is and always has been imagination. This Forest Police station may not inspire much beyond giving out fines to littering tourists, shutting down dogging parties and arresting drunk bears. But with a little sprinkle of imagination this rather boring scene is transformed into a bastion of human survival in the wake of a zombie outbreak. Hunt down the living dead, forage for food or simply see out humanity’s last days by drinking with the bears.
Got any scenarios you think deserve inclusion or are you a life-long LEGO enthusiast. Get in touch. Go Play.