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Why not something more like Classic Space??
I will preface this rant by stating that I am going to be 41 years old next month. At the risk of sounding like my father lecturing about the econmy, I have wondered about the direction of the non-licensed sets.
Specifically, space. First of all, Galaxy Squad does not appeal to me, nor does it seem to apeal to my 9 year old son. Lego seems to have gotten to the point where every theme has opposing forces (cops v robbers, aliens v humans, etc). In good ol' classic space you had exploration and building at the core. Now don't get me wrong, my classic space bases were always being attacked and invaded, but the models themselves focused on much more than the "us vs them" part of the theme. It seems that TLG thinks that kids are hung up on this type of struggle and, to me, it sacrifices designs and imagination in favor of the "battles" you can create.
Also, I am not one to say that there shouldn't be weapons or conflict in lego themes, I always had it in my imagination growing up, but thats what it was....imagination. I would like to see TLG take a swing at a theme like classic space that allows for some conflict, but would focus on exploration. I realize that the Mars sets were along this line, but even they were not what I was looking for.
I love the advanced building tecniques and specialized pieces and minifigures of today, but I wish my son had the same iaginatve experience with Lego as I had when I was his age. I'm not sure if this really makes my point or not...it just seems there is something missing from the experience.
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