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I actually picked up the alien conquest 7066 on lunch today for $75 at a local toy shop on sale... Looks really cool. Kinda reminds me of the old space sets.
What about the turtles truck? Looks kinda cool and I think my kid would like it. Opinions on the web seem a bit divided...
HH, Unexpected gathering, Modulars.
I would add Winter Theme. My son is drooling over the Lone Ranger Mine.
None of those are vehicles, though.
I'm not a big vehicle fan, but my son loved Alien Conquest. We really liked 7066. We thought it was the best of the line.
We have been very slow to warm to Galaxy Squad, but if you like 7066, you may like the Galaxy Titan set coming out this summer. This is the one my son really wants.
70704 was the one other set my son was drawn to. He bought it with his allowance and I do think it is a fun little set, and from a playability standpoint (since you mentioned your son), it has a ton of playability. The vehicle contains a mini-vehicle and a mech that both can come out. There is the alien scorpion and the alien pod as well that come with it.
-Logging truck #9397
-Grand Prix Racer #42000
I'm looking forward to Mobile Crane MKII #42009 and Service Truck #42008. Aside from Technic, someone already mentioned the Creator sets which are pretty cool. Beyond what's been mentioned in this thread, I would just browse around here on Brickset. I normally browse by year and sort the results by number of pieces (descending). That way, the larger and more interesting sets are shown on the first page of results.
If I may offer a teeny bit of advise that will hopefully save you some money and hassle, I would only buy the sets you really like, and not necessarily the sets that you come across that are a good deal. When I emerged from the dark ages, I went a little overboard and bought every set that even remotely peaked my interest. I ended up with way too many Lego sets I didn't truly want and a lighter wallet!
Another set to look at is the Sopwith Camel #10226 it is a great build, and the way the controls work the flaps and tail is really cool.
Not saying you can't or shouldn't build it in one day, but it will feel like a marathon and you might find it to be a tedious task towards the end. I personally find enjoyment in taking my time building these big sets.
I like doing a "marathon" build for the big sets...last weekend I spent all Saturday building the Pet Shop, and it was a WONDERFUL experience, I can't say enough about that set. Definitely a fun build...the two distinct buildings help to make it seem like two sets in one.
As for adult sets this is going to mainly depend on what you like. Technic is great but lacks the life the minifigs bring to the sets but adds the realism of function. City sets are great as they usually model real life and the minifigs bring life to the sets.
Do you like Fire Engines, impressive 1930's brick structures, secret little bats in a belfry? Fire Brigade.
You really can't go wrong with either.
Oh, and when you're sick of it as a fire station I highly recommend looking up Rocao's library in the Custom Modular thread and recreating that, he posted a bunch of pictures to help.