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The Death of Classic LEGO Themes

ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,910
I notices there's a fair bit of discussion on this subject on the POTC and CMF threads so thought I'd start a specific thread for the subject.

It seems to me that some of the more traditional themes have been on the decline an it seems others agree.

I'm a bit of a fan of traditional castle lines, and as soon as I saw Nexo Knights I figured a traditional Castle line was basically out of the question for the time being. I can see how NK is derived from Castle but it's so much more focused on vehicles and tech that it's really nowhere near a castle theme.

Admitedly I like a few of the villain sets as they tend to look more like monsters and magical creatures but even with them year two looks more tech infused monsters - I'm looking at the random additions of wheels or exhausts to what could otherwise be an animal.

The last wave of pirates that came out came under a lot of criticism from AFOLs for being lack lustre - and to an extent I can see that, but more from the point of view that the subject matter has been covered multiple times and some of the designs were quite similar to older sets. I bought a couple of sets on the cheap and quite liked them but I'm not much of a Pirates fan.

Space becomes an interesting point of contention in the debate. I've seen a lot of Classic Space fans complained no that themes like Galaxy Squad aren't proper space themes which comes across as utter nonsense. Frankly modern space themes are never going to be the same as the Classic space era. I also feel like a lot of the Nexo Knights vehicles are essentially space sets, the colours and designs obviously take some inspiration from earlier space themes.

While I don't think we've seen the end of Castle and Pirate themes, I think they'll be fewer, further between and often incorporated into the juniors type themes.

Personally I think LEGO could put out an awesome Castle theme based on brick built mythological creatures. I think they've become a little too obsess with vehicles and miss the notion that a creature build can be just as playable as a vehicle. The thing I find frustrating about this is Ninjago proves that LEGO can produce and sell (damn well by all indications) brick built dragon sets.

Anyone else have any bright ideas about revitalising these themes? 
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  • OdeinoichusOdeinoichus CanadaMember Posts: 48

    Personally I feel that LEGO has expanded far too much into licensed themes ever since the Star Wars deal in 1999. Since then we've had countless Disney films represented, Indiana Jones, The Angry Birds, Scooby-Doo, Marvel and DC Super Heroes, a handful of one-off IPs for LEGO Ideas/Cuusoo and even had TMNT at one point.

    As long as LEGO continues to work on Licensed products to pad their product line to the point that the toy aisles for LEGO often feel bloated and with far too many choices on offer I don't think we'll be seeing much out of the original staples that began the LEGO IP of the 80's and 90's.

    Castle's last big Theme wasn't even called Castle, it was a separate entity for LEGO called Kingdoms.

    Space was Galaxy Squad, and while it was pretty impressive, it just didn't seem to hold interest for long with the younger builders. Three years after it retired local TRU stores still had a few Galaxy Squad hold overs hanging around on the shelves.

    Pirates... Pirates has always been difficult to attract attention when it started to revive. The first big revival was in 2009 and those sets were, ok, but mostly seemed to be lead-ins for the Disney Pirates Theme that would be coming a year or so later, if memory serves. And Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean sold out pretty quickly, for the most part. LEGO revived Pirates again in 2015, or was it 2014, I think it was 2014, but they only made, what? 7 sets in total, and all of them were less than 50$ aside from the ships. But they seemed to be hard sells.


    I'm just afraid that what we grew up with is really not as relevant as it could have been. LEGO can't seem to get enough out of licensed products, since they have built in fan bases that will eagerly snatch up anything and everything they can. And they tend to overlap, I mean LEGO's Castle theme couldn't compete with the likes of Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars has basically took over the Classic Space slot.

    If LEGO really wants to revive these IPs in the future they may have to do what they've done with NEXO Knights, because NEXO Knights blends Castle with Space, making for a very impressive aesthetic that I've quite enjoyed. I'd love to see some LEGO Space Pirates next go round, kind of like Disney's Treasure Planet with pirate ships that sail the stellar spaceways while looking like giant steam punk monstrosities similar to the Sea Cow, only for Space.

    Of course what I want isn't going to appeal to everyone, especially purists, still it does have the possibility of reviving the classic IPs without being criticized as just rehashes of past successes.

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  • natro220natro220 USAMember Posts: 469

    @Shib ; I know that it doesn't 100% translate, but the Elves theme has really helped my thirst for castle and fantasy sets.  I know the colors don't appeal to everyone, and not everyone is on board with the cutesy dragons and animals, but the forest and castle builds are pretty spectacular (built Skyra castle last night).  I've decided to take the leap and get the dragon sets as well, and the new goblin sets look interesting too.

    We live in a licensed age for Lego and most licensed themes tend to overlap with one or more of the more traditional in house themes.  I don't think the last couple traditional castle themes sold particularly well, I saw sets across the board languish at 50% off on shelves.  Same goes with the latest Pirates theme.

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  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,910
    I'm actually quite a fan of Elves anyway, and it's possible that LEGO wouldn't want a classic castle theme on shelves alongside Elves and Nexo Knights for too much similarities between themes.

  • thedoctor46thedoctor46 UKMember Posts: 128
    I'm certainly getting somewhat bored by the licensed themes, that's for sure. I'm all but done with the inflated price of Star Wars and there's just not enough there to interest me regardless. I certainly hope that TLG see the importance in investing in other areas and continue to support their other lines. Castle, Pirates, Space or otherwise, I hope they keep momentum with the City line at least.
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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 14,011
    The problem is there is not much interest in boring old fashioned things like grey castles, pirates, or classic space. Kids want more modern themes. 
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  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 2,286
    That's it exactly. What we played with as kids simply doesn't grab the interest of kids these days, who have so many more things vying for their attention. Unfortunately, appealing to the nostalgia of AFoLs isn't enough to make a line successful.

    Space sets were successful because in the late 70s there was still the Cold War and the resultant space race, which would have felt relevant, and space would have been seen as 'the future'.

    Ask kids what they see as the future these days, and they won't say space, they'll say (probably) stuff like robots and smart technology and things like that. Space just isn't on their radar at all, so it's left to those slightly older than me to reminisce about it. Even when I got into Lego as a kid, in the early 80s, space was pretty much irrelevant to me, so imagine how irrelevant it is to kids these days.
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  • flordflord CanadaMember Posts: 428
    I think that with certain exceptions like City and Star Wars, Lego's themes are always in flux and I wouldn't rule out anything being gone for good. Case in point is Nexo Knights. Does it continue beyond a third year? What happens if it doesn't and what would take its place?
  • CM4SCM4S United StatesMember Posts: 721
    edited February 22
    Yep.

    As much as I try to.. stay quiet, I really dislike when people complain "Oh my gosh it's not the Castle I had as a kid, it's not Blacktron, it's not Western!" Well that's cause no kids want that nowadays! It's not the 80s anymore! Stop nostalga..ing over it, you are no longer the targer demographic. Every reboot of those themes in the past 10 years has been a flop and has not gotten a second wave due to what I'm assuming is poor sales and low demand. Especially the CMF series, I see people legitimately dislike a whole series cause it doesn't have a spaceman or a cowboy. 
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  • DedgeckoDedgecko Seattle, WAMember Posts: 743
    edited February 22
    Lego is a multi-versed company now.  Product tie-ins to other forms of media are needed.  Video Games, Cartoon Network TV shows, Scholastic Books Partnerships, and Hollywood involvement.  The classic themes won't work because character development is a requirement for those tie-ins and the old stuff lacked it.  Our growing imaginations filled in the blanks.  But those imaginations also allowed us to wander about...dark ages spent playing non-lego video games and chasing girls around that poo-poo'd silly brick toys.

    So, Pirates is out.  Perhaps Privateers is in?  A new IP set in a 16th-17th century fictional island-chain paradise with a band of chummy Privateers helping a local governor with a band of rogues, who---we don't find out until the end of Season 1 of course, are actually working for the dastardly Brick Baron, Capitan Lootsalot.  So take to high seas in the new mobile adventure game after scanning in your minifigs and game pieces found in every set.  I'm imagining a Sid Meier's Pirates port with a LEGO theme to it.

    Thank you TLG, send me a check whenever you'd like.  I'll take $1.
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  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 6,544
    CM4S said:
    Every reboot of those themes in the past 10 years has been a flop and has not gotten a second wave due to what I'm assuming is poor sales and low demand.
    Space Pirates.  Sounds like reboot that can give us an updated Space Skulls and Star Justice.

    Anyway, frankly, the Pirate, Space and Castle elements are integral parts of Nexo Knights and Ninjago.  You could get a castle set for either them, but there are some Space elements in either, and you could get a pirate fix from Ninjago.

    And snakes and dragons.  And skeletons, undead ruffians and lava folk that resemble demons.  All stuff little kids find interesting.
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  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,910
    That's it exactly. What we played with as kids simply doesn't grab the interest of kids these days, who have so many more things vying for their attention. Unfortunately, appealing to the nostalgia of AFoLs isn't enough to make a line successful.

    Space sets were successful because in the late 70s there was still the Cold War and the resultant space race, which would have felt relevant, and space would have been seen as 'the future'.

    Ask kids what they see as the future these days, and they won't say space, they'll say (probably) stuff like robots and smart technology and things like that. Space just isn't on their radar at all, so it's left to those slightly older than me to reminisce about it. Even when I got into Lego as a kid, in the early 80s, space was pretty much irrelevant to me, so imagine how irrelevant it is to kids these days.
    This is very true. I keep thinking that LEGO could do a successful reboot of the Vikings line if they coincidentally released it in a year when a How To Train Your Dragon film gets released.

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  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia, BulgariaMember Posts: 3,540
    What really hammers home the power of a license to me is when you have boring lumps of 95% bley like the First Order Transporter selling with an over-inflated rrp because it is Star Wars while more creative and interesting models in lines like Galaxy Squad languish on shelves at 35-50% off for months and months.

    Yesterday I was on Ideas supporting just about any decent castle/kingdoms projects I could find as I don't see us getting one any other way. Maybe one of those will take off like the Fishing Store did.
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  • AyliffeAyliffe the UK innit?Member Posts: 183
    To be perfectly honest... I don't mind too much?

    Although the current lineup of themes doesn't align perfectly with my interests (space, sci-fi, and big ol' mechas), they do provide me with plenty of new and useful parts for MOC'ing my own stuff, and that's all I really need to be satisfied. Don't get me wrong, I'd absolutely love a new big original space theme (and I'd absolutely kill for a new Exo Force, even if it is super-unlikely), but for the moment I can live without 'em if they continue the onslaught of new sci-fi-esque parts.

    tl;dr: if I want more sci-fi I'll just MOC it myself with parts from new sets, no biggie.
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  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,910
    @Ayliffe - I always find it a little bit funny when classic space fans complain about no modern equivalent because they seem to have the most stuff that could easily be adapted- again Nexo Knights is full of spacey looking stuff and the CMFs regularly have nods to the Classic Space era.

    and funnily enough I could imagine an Exo-Force theme reboot working if it weren't for Ninjago. I think LEGO have improved their mech designs a lot since the original Exo-Force and learnt a lot about story driven themes so it could be a winner, but the anime inspired styling cuts a little too close to Ninjago. Perhaps when Nexo Knights has had it's day something similar to Exo force could be conceived but in a more urban/grimy sci fi setting. ;-)

    I keep looking at the upcoming City Jungle subtheme and thinking that this is essentially where the adventurers type themes exist. I realise it's not exactly he same but there's plenty of stuff that'll be easy to modify.

    Also I would just like to clarify my position a little - I don't begrudge modern themes replacing the classic themes at all, I was just picking up the vibe on the Silent Mary and CMF threads and thought there's some interesting conversations to be had on the subject.
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  • brumeybrumey AustriaMember Posts: 994
    edited February 22
    i also dont mind too much anymore...   its the times we re living in.
    sure a theme with mythical creatures, ancient greeks, babylonians, persians would be nice (the sheer range of sets out of a teuton harbor would be insane, i can imagine so much) or just zombies, monsters, 80ies trash b-movie flicks.

    little people are too much committed to media (TV and internet) nowadays. i dont watch TV nor do i listen to FM radio (cant stand ads). but when i do it just feels way different than in past. its all sexed up with ultra violent wording. i can understand why this is so appealing, but you get blunted real fast and then you always need more. the kids already are completely truncated so lego has to step their game up a bit. its already very hard to even catch their attention...
    so we only see ultra "fancy" colorful sets with thousands of unneeded impractical playfeatures.
    i can see a greek theme with classic minifigs and white, grey, brown, gold colorscheme ("boring!") and accurate buildings (closed on the back), that are more like models and not playsets, sit on the shelves forever.

    i m gonna go an collect more monster fighters now. for me its already a classic! its just so well executed, fits so much stereotypes and famous movies.   get creative!
  • brumeybrumey AustriaMember Posts: 994
    oh. i forgot to add, that i would kill for a victorian-era-london steampunk fantasy theme!
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  • MaffyDMaffyD HuddersfieldMember Posts: 1,308

    Maybe Lego have decided that 'mash-up' themes are the way forward, in order to keep the attention of the target demo. 30 years ago if Lego tried to sell a 'Ninja' theme (dojos, tenshu, samurai, ronin, shogun, etc etc) I would've liked to think it would've sold quite well. But by the time Lego got round to it, it obviously didn't do quite so well (for whatever reason). So they tried again a few years ago and had to put some tech into the theme to make it more interesting and not just 'boring old history'. Children also like things that go very fast and can also fly.

    I'd be happy for a space-anything combination theme. Probably. Someone will come up with an awful combination now...

  • AyliffeAyliffe the UK innit?Member Posts: 183
    Shib said:
    @Ayliffe - I always find it a little bit funny when classic space fans complain about no modern equivalent because they seem to have the most stuff that could easily be adapted- again Nexo Knights is full of spacey looking stuff and the CMFs regularly have nods to the Classic Space era.
    The NK sets are great treasure troves of sci-fi-esque parts (Cockpits! Transparent orange bits! Small affordable mechs!), but in terms of models... I don't really find them that space-y? Most of 'em are either ground vehicles, specifically knight-themed or the non-sci-fi baddies vehicles which don't appeal to me in any way, which is kinda a shame 'cos when the theme was announced I was more onboard for the sci-fi stuff.

    I can completely understand why they went with the idea of a space/castle crossover theme and I definitely respect their intentions there, but it just doesn't appeal to me as much as I'd like it to, and I can kinda understand why some more specialist AFOLs may not like it - for castle fans it's too sci-fi, and for sci-fi fans it's too castle. Not a problem for peeps that like to mix their themes, but for complete purists it's probably not they wanted.

    I do like the idea of them trying to give the theme a decent backstory via the TV show and such, but the execution has been... less than stellar to be honest. Far from the worst lego TV show, but it ain't anywhere near the best either (then again, what was I expecting from the same writers as sodding Chima innit). If they ever went to bring back a full on space or castle theme, I'd expect (and want) 'em to go full-out with backstory and stuff 'cos, let's be honest here, there's no way a 1:1 recreation of a classic space theme with no story would ever succeed in today's toy market. I wouldn't mind if they nicked some colour scheme ideas from the classic themes like NK has with Ice Planet though.

    Shib said:
    and funnily enough I could imagine an Exo-Force theme reboot working if it weren't for Ninjago. I think LEGO have improved their mech designs a lot since the original Exo-Force and learnt a lot about story driven themes so it could be a winner, but the anime inspired styling cuts a little too close to Ninjago. Perhaps when Nexo Knights has had it's day something similar to Exo force could be conceived but in a more urban/grimy sci fi setting. ;-)

    Yeah, I doubt Exo Force is ever gonna return with Ninjago currently larking about being successful an' all, but hopefully the Ninjago Movie sets will have the super-high-quality mechs I've been looking for (by the looks of the trailer, they've certainly got a lotta good source material to work from). Who knows, maybe the quality of the TLNM sets will persuade the standard Ninjago team to push boundaries a bit and improve their sets further? 

    You know what I'd love? A mech-orientated theme set in space with spaceship-mech hybrids and spacebases, plus a telly show to back it up. Even better: utilize the CCBS system from Bionicle/Hero Factory on the mechs to give 'em an even more mechanical look. Pop on a 90's-space-theme colour scheme and you've got yourselves a winner.

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  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,910
    @Ayliffe - I hear mechs in a space setting and I instantly think Zone of the Enders (even though I never actually played it.

    with regard to the NK as space sets I was thinking in terms of small mods and they are basically there. The Aaron flying crossbow thingy looks to me almost perfectly spaceship and the Clay one (sword based car thing) is almost a perfect space exploration vehicle with a detachable jet. I think often because the box art shows them in a specific context AFOLs sometimes only see them in that context.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 14,011
    MaffyD said:

    I'd be happy for a space-anything combination theme. Probably. Someone will come up with an awful combination now...

    Space Angry Birds.


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  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 4,914
    edited February 22
    Space accountants. 

    I agree with other posters in here, sadly the simple themes of yesteryear don't seem likely to impress the youngsters of today. But I do like a mashup of themes, so next I'd like to see zombie/monster Forestmen. 
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  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 ChicagoMember Posts: 584
    edited February 22
    ^Or Star Wars Angry Birds.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia, BulgariaMember Posts: 3,540
    Space accountants. 

    I agree with other posters in here, sadly the simple themes of yesteryear don't seem likely to impress the youngsters of today. But I do like a mashup of themes, so next I'd like to see zombie/monster Forestmen. 
    I got my Nexo enthused son the set with the forestman robot partly so I can swipe the spare 1x1 tile with the old forestman logo on it. That is how desperate I am for something like this.
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  • MaffyDMaffyD HuddersfieldMember Posts: 1,308
    ^^ Thanks @CCC - you've managed. ^ @LostInTranslation - I must've missed the 'accountants' sub-theme, but I imagine it is next to the Detective's Office, to sort out his tax returns? :-)
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  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 4,914
    You never said it had to be an existing theme! 
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  • MaffyDMaffyD HuddersfieldMember Posts: 1,308

    ^ My wife knows I revel in ambiguity. Sorry. I'll make my rules more explicit in future! :-)

  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,719
    The sentiment in the POTC thread seemed to be more about the abundance of licensed themes rather than the decline of classic themes. I find the latter unfortunate but agree with others that it would be difficult to market such sets to kids these days. I don't think it would be impossible, because I think the majority of kids are interested in what is marketed to them. But themes with characters, flashy colors, and things kids haven't seen before are easier to market, so that's what is done.

    The number of licensed themes doesn't bother me so much as the lack of "pure" themes with no media ties. It's difficult to find a theme that doesn't have an app, books, video games, or webisodes to go along with it. Obviously, kids might not know about these things and/or don't have to pay attention to them. I just find it kind of sad that LEGO can't produce e.g. a castle or spaceship without some sort of story to make it appealing to kids.
    brumey said:
    the kids already are completely truncated so lego has to step their game up a bit.
    How does one become truncated? Maybe I don't want to know.
  • OdeinoichusOdeinoichus CanadaMember Posts: 48

    I would love LEGO to give us an actual Space City. I'm not talking about Space Program Nasa in LEGO City, but an honest to gosh City in Space, like something you'd find in such great films as Blade Runner or I guess Star Wars. A few modulars designed to be LEGO Space City buildings would be awesome to see if a proper theme is out.

    Mostly I'd just like to get a proper space dock with a space police headquarters and a space fire station and some space houses. But I suppose I may need to consider MOCs for that sort of thing.

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  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 6,544
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,702
    Space Jungle with a space jungle rescue helicopter
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  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Chicago Burbs USA (and sometimes Ireland)Member Posts: 745
    Ayliffe said:

    You know what I'd love? A mech-orientated theme set in space with spaceship-mech hybrids and spacebases, plus a telly show to back it up. Even better: utilize the CCBS system from Bionicle/Hero Factory on the mechs to give 'em an even more mechanical look. Pop on a 90's-space-theme colour scheme and you've got yourselves a winner.


    How about a Robotech-type theme.
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  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,910
    Space accountants. 

    Well Monty Python did Pirate Accountants years ago so LEGO Space Accountants sounds promising :-P


    Oldfan
  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 692
    Space Cops! As lego seem to be obsessed with police themes. It really is hard to know what the youth of today would be into. Crazes and interests seem to come and go in the space of five minutes. I personally would like a new wild west theme - missed it first time round and those 'Robin Hood' style forest chaps. But I can't imagine they would be great sellers. 
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,910
    @bookmum - look up Space Police on the main site ;-)
  • LyichirLyichir United StatesMember Posts: 245
    I think this sort of viewpoint is a little pessimistic, simply because from my experience Lego themes often work in cycles of sorts. Nexo Knights came about because it was new and different from the previous Castle theme (2013 Castle), but conversely you have themes like Kingdoms (a very realistic Castle theme with no magic or anachronistic tech) that came about because they themselves were "new and different" from their predecessors (in that case, the much zanier "fantasy Castle" theme). It would not at all surprise me to see a more "traditional" Castle theme after the end of Nexo Knights (and Nexo Knights will almost certainly end before long—even if it has been successful, it hasn't shown any sign of being as overwhelmingly, unprecedentedly successful as themes that became "evergreen" like Ninjago or Friends). There will always be a perennial appeal to something more "classic" or "traditional".

    I mean, I remember people thinking that Pirates of the Caribbean would spell the end of "classic Pirates" the FIRST time it rolled around. But, as in the vast majority of cases, that theme came to an end, and eventually another traditional Pirates theme rolled around. To be honest I'd even be skeptical that currently "evergreen" themes like Ninjago will last forever—that's coming from my history as a Bionicle fan, which was pretty much considered an essential part of Lego's theme portfolio for almost a decade, until its popularity finally fizzled out. And if or when Ninjago finally comes to an end, I would not be surprised to eventually see a more "realistic" ninja theme eventually roll around.
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  • OdeinoichusOdeinoichus CanadaMember Posts: 48
    I think we're going to see an upsurge of LEGO Movie based Themes in the foreseeable future. The LEGO Movie, then Batman, now Ninjago, it's entirely possible we'll see a LEGO Castle, Space (Or Benny), Minifigure and perhaps even the LEGO Marvel movie, who knows.
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  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 692
    I've just had a look @Shib. The early ones don't really look very 'police - y but I like this one 

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  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia, BulgariaMember Posts: 3,540
    Space Police III was awesome. Lunar Limo is one of my all time favorite sets.
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  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 692
    Space Construction. Lots of Generic Construction workers - in space!! (OK I will admit I'm a bit stuck for ideas here). 
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  • TechnicNickTechnicNick Berkshire, UKMember Posts: 257
    It's a pity the Space Firemen will have nothing to do in a vacuum..
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  • OdeinoichusOdeinoichus CanadaMember Posts: 48
    It's a pity the Space Firemen will have nothing to do in a vacuum..

    True, but they could be specially designed to deal with dangerous solar flares and stellar restoration missions. ;)
  • HugeYellowBrickHugeYellowBrick At my PCMember Posts: 178
    Space Hospital - the books are already there
     "Sector General is a series of twelve science fiction novels and various short stories by the Northern Irish author James White. The series derives its name from the setting of the majority of the books, the Sector 12 General Hospital, a huge hospital space station located in deep space, designed to treat a wide variety of life forms with a wide range of ailments and life-support requirements, and to house an equally diverse staff. 
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  • CaptainLegoCaptainLego FloridaMember Posts: 41
    I'm certainly getting somewhat bored by the licensed themes, that's for sure. I'm all but done with the inflated price of Star Wars and there's just not enough there to interest me regardless. I certainly hope that TLG see the importance in investing in other areas and continue to support their other lines. Castle, Pirates, Space or otherwise, I hope they keep momentum with the City line at least.
    I don't think you have to worry about City. It's been pretty stable for a while.

    As for my stance, I don't think licensed sets/theme are a bad thing. Speed Champions is a very good example of a licensed theme done right. Having licenses to automakers opens up tons of possibilities for the theme, and, I expect new licenses to come as time goes on. Am I a bit biased because I'm a car guy? Yes. However, the line is a solid example of licensing done right, since the theme still retains that classic Lego charm in the form of minifigure scale replicas of real cars. 

    DC, Marvel, and Star Wars are fine as well. However, I do think that too many licensed themes at once over the core themes can get a bit frustrating. I personally feel that at least Space should be revived as its own theme. There's a lot of Space fans, plus, what kid doesn't want to play astronaut? Classic Castle would be nice, but, I doubt we will see that anytime soon with Nexo Knights being a thing. Another theme that definitely worth a revival, even if just testing the waters, is Adventurers. Johnny Thunder is still a very beloved character by many to this day. That theme deserves at least something. 

    Basically, I think there should be a balance between licensed and unlicensed themes. For me, Speed Champions and City are my favorite themes. The former definitely should stick around due to its endless possibilities, plus, it gave us some really useful new pieces as well. DC, Marvel, and Star Wars are fine too. I don't mind Lego doing other licensed sets, but, I think the four I mentioned should be kind of the main licensed sets. 
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 6,544
    prevere said:
    Space Jungle with a space jungle rescue helicopter
    Space Jungle Lighthouse!!!!!
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  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 626
    SumoLego said:
    prevere said:
    Space Jungle with a space jungle rescue helicopter
    Space Jungle Lighthouse!!!!!
    Space sausages.  (The sequel to Pigs in Space).
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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 14,011


    SumoLego said:
    prevere said:
    Space Jungle with a space jungle rescue helicopter
    Space Jungle Lighthouse!!!!!

    Helicopter Escape from the Space Jungle Lighthouse would be more epic.
    bookmumsklambSprinkleOtterSumoLegostlux
  • brumeybrumey AustriaMember Posts: 994
    edited February 23
    binaryeye said:

    brumey said:
    the kids already are completely truncated so lego has to step their game up a bit.
    How does one become truncated? Maybe I don't want to know.
    blunted affect ... i means, (dictionary told me this!)
    jaded, apathetic, callous, dulled, deaf, torpid
  • MattPetersenMattPetersen Florida, USAMember Posts: 222
    It's funny I always thought the "girls" side of LEGO franchise inherited LEGOs time honored original theming with Elves and Friends. 
    I am not going to lie, I miss Pirates, but I'm digging Superheroes. 

    I'd be cool with more castle sets if they gave me an actual full modular castle to build (not just a castle front). 
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