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Licensed Themes vs Original Themes
I'm a LEGO fan, have been for 13 years of my 19, but I have recently realised that of my entire collection, 98% of it is licensed rather than original. I've been trying to figure out why that is; what I realised is that whilst I love LEGO, I'm also a pop culture enthusiast, and having the two combined is even better.
Having Darth Vader, or Indiana Jones, or even Captain Jack Sparrow in LEGO means that I can indulge in my collecting in a way that's relevant to me and to friends and the like who have never touched a brick in their life. That's not to say that City, Castle, Space, the Western sets, Alien Conquest or the rest aren't amazing, but I love the uh, well, "external relevancy" of the licensed themes, that I can share with people beyond AFOLS. Younger nephews, nieces and friends of family might not recognise Johnny Thunder, but they'll always be happy to see Batman or Han Solo in minifig form. What do you think?
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