April 2, 2012 10:52 AM | By Peter Nowak, MSN Tech
Complex Lego through the ages

Lego: It's not just for kids, anymore



The 3,000+ piece, $500.00 'Star Wars' Death Star Lego set proves these little plastic blocks aren't just for kids. Check out these past Lego sets for grown-ups. (© Photo courtesy of Lego Group)
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Although Denmark-based Lego Group has been making its iconic plastic building toys for children since 1949, its efforts to attract adults with more complex sets containing thousands of pieces have come only recently.

But huge, 3,000-plus-piece sets such as the Death Star didn't happen overnight. Lego has been quietly increasing the size and complexity of its sets for decades to match the sophistication levels of kids as they got older. The move toward more complexity started in earnest in the 1970s.

Here are some of the bigger sets introduced by the company over the past 40 years that bridged the span between older children and adults.

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