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What is your favorite / least favorite Lego themes?

happyskunkyhappyskunky Member Posts: 133
Hi everyone !

My two week ( give or take ) old journey into the land of Lego has been wonderful!!!   I now own 10 sets and currently my biggest set is 70816: Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!  I am currently in the middle of building it. 

I found that I just LOVE Chima.  I built the Flinx's Ultimate Phoenix a few days ago and it is just beautiful.  I love the Chima minifigs.  So this is my favorite theme. 

Now my least favorite theme is Bionicle  , just not that appealing to me. 

How about you guys?



  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Member Posts: 1,580
    Marvel  superheroes  is favourite  bionicle  is ny least favourite.  If you are looking  for  some early chima figs I have  a few I'm looking  to  sell/trade
  • gandalfthebrickgandalfthebrick Member Posts: 40
    Welcome got the wonderful world of Lego @happyskunky! I've been collecting for 16 years, so I'm sure you'll be at it for many years! 

    Anyway, back tot the thread, I think the Lord of the rings theme was my favourite, loved every set and it had some amazing mini figures. However I think starwars is my all time favourite, as I have collected it ever since its release, he theme that got me really into it!

    my least favourite theme currently would be bionicle, not really my thing! And as much as I love the minecraft game, the sets don't really appeal to me, as I'm into more challenging builds.
  • kiki180703kiki180703 Member Posts: 1,063
    My favorite lego themes is lego creator, more precisely the lego modulars and my least favorite one is bionicle too. By the way, welcome to this wonderful thing that is Lego.

  • namzepnamzep Member Posts: 42
    All time favorite is either Pirate (childhood memories) or the Star Wars line.  My least favorite are Bionicle (too old when the line launched to get it) or Galidor (bad Gameboy game, forgetting even the Lego sets).
  • monkey_roomonkey_roo Member Posts: 1,411
    For lasting enjoyment my favourites are Star Wars and super Heroes, although there are some great one off themes like Monster Fighters.
    least favourites are Bionicles and architecture
  • CircleKCircleK Member Posts: 1,055
    My favorite is a two way tie between Collectable Minifigures and Creator. I've also really enjoyed most of the sets from Cuusoo / Lego Ideas. 

    My least favorite theme would be Friends. 
  • BACbrixBACbrix Member Posts: 655
    My favorite is Star Wars and maybr Scooby Doo some day :smiley: 
    I dislike Bionicle, Friends, Technic, Chima, Ninjago and Disney affiliated themes. Hahaha I'm a picky Lego guy.
  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Member Posts: 1,580
    ^ Technically  star wars is affiliated  with  Disney.  :p
  • BACbrixBACbrix Member Posts: 655
    Yes it is but my implication was geared towards princesses and such. I understand Disney has obtained the liscnese and hopefully they continue their current trend of making well made and detailed sets.
  • MattPetersenMattPetersen Member Posts: 282
    DC AND MARVEL SUPERHEROES are my favorite.
    I try to snag everything from the superheroes series. 

    My least favorite is Bionicle. 
  • Storm791Storm791 Member Posts: 2
    edited August 2015
    Wow, a lot of Bionicle haters here. xD

    My favorite theme is Bionicle, both new and old. It's kind of hard to get into it unless you were a fan from the beginning like I was, the story is long and complicated.

    My least favorite is probably Ninjago or something. Nothing I really dislike about it, it's still a good theme, it just doesn't really appeal to me. (Although that big palace that got revealed is pretty cool)
  • steveomclsteveomcl Member Posts: 202
    More favoured Lego SW more specific UCS and Lego superheroes more specific DC

    Least favourite as I'm 25 Lego duplo :) 
    Seriously though Lego bionicle least favourite what is that about! 
  • FauchFauch Member Posts: 2,662

    favourite : lord of the rings and ninjago.

    least favourite, dunno, there are many I'm not interested in.

  • DNADNA Member Posts: 89
    Technic and anything creator are my favorites. I don't have any interest in Bionicle or ninjago. 
  • piratemania7piratemania7 Member Posts: 2,146
    What is "Bionicle"?
  • kiki180703kiki180703 Member Posts: 1,063
    They're like robots and mechs, I think
  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 651
    Difficult question. Least favorite is easy: I also dislike Bionicle. I think my favorite current/recent theme would have to be LotR/The Hobbit or Marvel Superheroes. Among classic themes, I grew up favoring classic Castle, and my favorite castle faction is Forestmen, but lately, I've been favoring Space as my classic theme. My favorite Space faction is probably Futuron or Ice Planet 2002. 
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 Member Posts: 1,431
    Faves: Super Heroes

    Least Faves: Minecraft
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    edited August 2015
    My favorite LEGO theme is Castle, even though I haven't been collecting a lot of it lately. I wish I had been collecting LEGO in the days of the forestmen sets.

     The themes I have been buying keep changing because LEGO's trend now is to make a licensed theme and then stop making it and start making a different one.

    All LEGO is good LEGO to me. I really don't have a least favorite. If I really had to pick  it would probably be the Architecture theme. I've never seen anything from that theme that I wish I had the money to buy.
  • FauchFauch Member Posts: 2,662

    architecture would be among my least favourite ones, most sets look rather small and expensive, and I prefer minifigs sized playsets.

  • goshe7goshe7 Member Posts: 515
    Most favorite: Creator (Winter Village, Mixer + Ferris Wheel + ??? concepts)
    Least favorite: The endless parade of rubbish as LEGO tries to enter the digital realm.  LEGO Universe, Life of George, Fusion.  With that lackluster track record I'm expecting LEGO Dimensions to fail...  But at least we will get some cool minifigs along the way.
  • DedgeckoDedgecko Member Posts: 798
    I never understood Bionicle (coming from the 80's where GI Joe, Real American Heroes were the definitive action figures), so they would be my least favorite.  The next least favorite is probably anything licensed, the typical lack of imagination in replicating existing designs doesn't appeal to me (unless the set is ridiculously cheap ;) ).  I enjoy nearly everything else, and barely tolerate the friends/elves lines since my eldest daughter has way too much fun with them.

    Growing up I had a ton of city/space.  Now that I'm buying for my kids I'm pushing all sorts of fantasy (elves > friends) / monster stuff, though I just missed Monster Fighters--drat!
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,215
    (That's probably why it won't fail.)

    Does anyone play the Minifigures Online?
  • NeilJamNeilJam Member Posts: 272
    I like Chima much more than anyone thinks I should. Also a Marvel fan so I get most sets unless there is no minifig I want. I will buy anything they make for the Simpsons. Got lots of early Star Wars stuff, but veered away from it in recent years with lots of remakes. Have most of the Hobbit/LOTR sets partly because my wife would not object to any of them.

    I loved classic Space and Castle in the 80s, but recent subthemes can be hit or miss for them. Also like City, but get tired of the revolving police & fire main themes for it.
    The only themes that never interested me at all are Bionicle and Hero Factory, and any other sets with the large buildable figures. Everything else has at least one set that is at least good for parts.
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Member Posts: 1,527
    Top three:

    1. Technic
    2. Architecture
    3. Star Wars


    Don't really dislike anything.  There are any numbers of ranges that I wouldn't buy... Elves, Chima, Friends and so on, but there's nothing wrong with them.
  • GreenArrow57GreenArrow57 Member Posts: 71
    My favourites are the Modular buildings. I don't like Star wars, for which I am very grateful, as this has saved me loads of money!
  • happyskunkyhappyskunky Member Posts: 133
    My favourites are the Modular buildings. I don't like Star wars, for which I am very grateful, as this has saved me loads of money!

    To me the Star Wars ones just are not visually appealing
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Member Posts: 1,527
    Who cares what it looks like?
    It's Star Wars!

    I'm guessing you weren't a small boy in 1977...
  • monkyby87monkyby87 Member Posts: 316
    I have always loved the Pirates theme, and am only 2 ships away from having collected them all.  My next favorite would have to be Western/Lone Ranger.  I love the Wild West Theme, and the Lone Ranger sets, while movie based, are actually all really nice and a great re-introduction to the Western theme.  I wish more had been made, but being based on a movie it was short lived to begin with. 

    I'm a huge Star Wars fan, but I fell out of collecting them a while ago as there are simply too many for me to keep up with and I had to prioritize.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Member Posts: 3,639
    Favorites: All Licensed themes
    Un-Favorites: Bionicle
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    Ironically, I'm just getting into Bionicle. I literally decided to collect it or Hero Factory and such yesterday. It's definitely VERY different from regular system LEGO, but it's really cool snapping the pieces of "armor" on and seeing the figure "come to life". 

    Plus, a lot of wicked cool MOCs have been done with Bionicle and it's offspring. 

    Maybe I also like it because I used to collect action figures.
  • LordmoralLordmoral Member Posts: 920
    My favorite Lego Theme has to be Star Wars though I would wish that the company would make better sets (see Occtuparra Droid in the Utapau Troopers set). I also like the new Marvel sets, arming my Avengers and Cabal right now. 
    Dont really have a weak theme other than Bionicle (that I have not bought anything for a couple of years now).
  • dragon114dragon114 Member Posts: 642
    Favorite theme is the creator modular theme. My least favorite is any theme that has non minifig scale figure's
  • TarDomoTarDomo Member Posts: 515

    My favourite is SW. And maybe also SW :P

    Least favourites: Galidor, Bionicle, Hero Factory, Friends, Clitkits, Disney Princess, Juniors, Duplo, Elves

    Well that was such a long list. Can someone beat it?

  • thedoctor46thedoctor46 Member Posts: 213
    Favourite theme, for me City rarely disapoints. 
  • piratemania7piratemania7 Member Posts: 2,146
    Obviously my favorite would be Classic Pirates; with modulars a close second.

    Special shout out to the old Western theme (mostly nostalgic reasons).

    I dont really have a least favorite theme really - I just "ignore" and fail to purchase anything I dont like.
  • COOLEGOCOOLEGO Member Posts: 211
    Hi all

    Top thems for me have got the be SW, LOTR and Perates (especially the older stuff). The increasing cost of SW however is making it more difficult to stick with.

    Don't want to jump on the bandwagon here but bionicles ... I just cannot get excited about them. Have bought a few sets but have ended up just giving them to family.
  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca Member Posts: 618
    Historically, or currently? I suppose Star Wars is my current favorite theme. But its hegemony has been threatened by a burst of 9V train set purchases, as well as forays into The Lego Movie tie-ins and until the start of this year, The Hobbit theme.

    From 2001 to 2009, Star Wars and BIONICLE vied for the title of my favorite theme. Star Wars was a love that existed long before BIONICLE came on the scene, but BIONICLE was cheaper to collect and churned out an equally-compelling story every year (I had not fully embraced the Star Wars EU outside of the Clone Wars micro-series until I was in college).  When BIONICLE ended in 2010, the whimper upon which it extinguished allowed for Star Wars (going through a renaissance of sorts in set design and aesthetics) to dominate my Lego collection once again.

    In the twentieth century, Town was undoubtedly my favorite theme. I literally had an entire city built on my floor at times, though Space gave it a run for its money (pre-Star Wars, of course). Town's growth into a City caused me to abandon the theme, as I felt it had become too juvenile and outlandish (six-stud wide vehicles? Noooo! What do I do with all these narrow roadplates and buildings that only accommodate four-stud wide cars?) for my tastes.

    My least favorite themes were always the super juvenile ones. Even as an actual child in the 1990s, I felt like Lego was cool because it didn't necessarily "look" childish. It is a little hard to explain, since it is a kid's toy, but that sentiment caused me to look down on themes like City in the 2000s, Knights' Kingdom from 2000 was abysmal, and Jack Stone was the wretched evolution of all the bad things Town was becoming in 1997 through 2001. Nowadays, I still discountenance Lego City, and Legends of Chima and Ninjago I avoid like the plague. I suppose those are my absolute least favorites, and while I may not purchase much or anything from other, non-mentioned themes, that is only a result of my long-standing habits of being very picky when it comes to adding to my now 21 year-old Lego collection.  
  • natro220natro220 Member Posts: 545

    Favorite themes - Star Wars, Pirates, Space, Castle, Town/City, Modulars

    Least Favorite Themes - Sorry to pile on...but Bionicles...Galidor, Jack Stone, Hero Factory.

    I think for a lot of people, lack of appreciation for "constraction" has to do with age.  I grew up with the basic 4 themes of Town, Pirates, Space and Castle.  Bionicle was so far out in left field it seemed, and it came out during my dark ages so I didn't even know what it was until a few years ago.  From an adults point of view, they seem pretty ridiculous.  But I'm sure a lot of kids today think the original 4 themes and the sets from the 80's and 90's are equally ridiculous.

  • MasterBeefyMasterBeefy Member Posts: 121
    LotR and Hobbit are my favorite themes, honorable mention to Knights Kingdom(although I might be the only one who appreciates the pseudo power    ranger color scheme).

     Its tempting to say Galidor but my least favorite line has got to be the Simpsons, it feels like they just missed the point of minifigs in a way. And the resulting abominations don't seem to budge from toy aisles where I live.
  • FauchFauch Member Posts: 2,662

    what was so wrong with knight kingdom 1? that looked decent for the time, and actually better than many other stuff which were out at the same time (though probably a step down from ninja)

  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 651
    Knights Kingdom 1 was basically my childhood. Looking back though, I have to say that it is one of the worst Castle themes in terms of design. The color schemes (tan, dark gray, light gray, brown and blue, mixed oddly with the occasional black or red) is often quite jarring, the sets have what seems, by comparison to retro Castle themes and sets of today, rather lazy building techniques - tall bricks, big molded pieces, lots of open walls. Also not enough minifigure variety, though the minifigures they did make were very nicely detailed. All of these didn't stop me from loving the theme as a child. It was the principal castle theme available while I was young, and I was always fascinated by knights, castles and dragons. It's just one of those things from my youth that doesn't seem as great as it did when I was a kid. Does anyone else feel this way about a particular childhood theme?
  • happyskunkyhappyskunky Member Posts: 133
    Who cares what it looks like?
    It's Star Wars!

    I'm guessing you weren't a small boy in 1977...
       I was born in 77 :D 
  • MissKittyFantasticoMissKittyFantastico Member Posts: 197
    It's got to be Star Wars for me, and at least so far as my decision-making processes go, I can put my finger on exactly why: because the visual design of the whole SW verse is amazing (seriously, you have to look so hard to find a genuinely unappealing design, even the ones that are meant to be pieces of junk to look at), and because none of it (besides the itty-bitty minifig set models) was designed with Lego in mind, so the builds have to be creative to capture the look.  That's the perfect combo right there, so far as I see it.  Even the equivalent of a generic city taxi (Cad Bane's speeder) is a cool-looking and characterful piece of technology unique to SW and unlike anything else on my shelves; and you get all sorts of interesting building techniques being used out of necessity, to make it look like something that uses angles and structures Lego doesn't innately point towards.

    Not to say either of those never occur in other licenses, or Lego's own themes - there are plenty of wicked cool designs around, and plenty of interesting techniques used by the designers not because that have to use them, but because they look good and unusual.  But SW is the perfect storm, everything (even in the franchise's worst moments) is visually stunning, and if it's to look right in Lego, it must be cleverly made - I think that's why I've got many, many shelves crammed full of years' worth of SW Lego, and can't think of more than a couple that dropped the ball.  It may not be the theme I'm most excited about the source (that'd be Marvel), or contain the sets I'm most looking forward to just at the moment (among other contenders that'd actually be that upcoming Ninjago temple), but for just Being Really Good Lego year after year, that's my pick.

    Least favourite... tricky.  There are things I don't like about some themes: minidolls irk me insofar as they're 'incompatible' with minifigs, and that mars otherwise desirable sets like Elsa's ice palace, the Elves boat, and the Friends pop star tour bus - which I've got/will get anyway, I should say); both Ninjago and Chima have a heavy use of decorative bits that don't seem to serve any purpose whereas I prefer fantasy to have more grounding to it; Bionicle et al aren't based around the Lego brick so it's comparing apples and oranges.  I think I have to say my least favourite is the Collectable Minifigure series (if that counts as a 'theme'), simply because of the blind-packing - back when I started on them (around wave 5 or 6, I think) they seemed fairly even and I didn't think too harshly of it, but now I've read that there's deliberate short-packing (and what I've got from more recent waves backs that up) that's a big Do Not Like; I feel it's a form of gambling under the figleaf that a minifig someone doesn't want still has 'objective' value, and therefore it's okay to deliberately try to entice them into paying for it.  Not my cup of tea.
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Member Posts: 1,527
    edited August 2015
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Member Posts: 1,527
    edited August 2015
    TarDomo said:

    Least favourites:... Clitkits...

    Ah!  From Lego's short-lived and ill-fated foray into Educational biology sets!
  • BJ21BJ21 Member Posts: 32
    ^ It was a step too far in trying to bring the pleasure of Lego to the female demographic...
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,215
    dragon114 said:
    Favorite theme is the creator modular theme. My least favorite is any theme that has non minifig scale figure's
    Pro or anti Helicarrier?
  • sklambsklamb Member Posts: 515

    Favorites: Creator (the larger the better), Harry Potter, LOTR/Hobbit, Lone Ranger.

    Least Favorite: Of the current themes, Minecraft (haven't bought any, don't expect to in the future either). Though I wasn't planning on buying any Simpsons sets until they released the first Lego sighthound (aka Santa's Little Helper) and blew my socks off with the Kwik-E-Mart! I haven't bought many Bionicle or other constraction sets but I always enjoy the challenge of finding a way to integrate some of the larger, more flamboyant bits into a System building by using Technic pieces for transition. (Oddly enough, I did really like the later Legends of Chima constraction sets and imported them from Europe!) In general, most themes, past or present, have at least a set or two I like, except Jack Stone--which frankly looks worse than the Galidor sets IMO. I suppose that means Jack Stone is my all-time least favorite Lego theme.

  • CoyotelilyCoyotelily Member Posts: 661
    Harry potter-though I'd love to see some more
    modulars and other big exclusives like fairground
    superheroes - I prefer the dc to marvel

    star wars- boring colours boring re-hashes,
    disney, but only because they are lacking in minifgures otherwise it would be a like

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