Dear Ambassadors,Please post your thoughts here - ignore the reference to 'themes', just pick one existing minifigure-based set that you consider to represent all the best qualities you like in a set (it's hard to pick just one, I know, but please try). They want a response by Monday 15th, so I'm going to set a deadline of 12:00 noon (BST) on Sunday 14th so I have time to collate the responses.
The Direct team is trying to determine what types of models you guys most like.
Please let us know what is your favorite non-IP, non-monorail and Minifigure-based LEGO model of all time.
LEGO Direct Team
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We can infer that if TLG can extrapolate common traits between the top vote-getters that they'll take them into consideration in exploring new theme ideas. So, while they aren't asking specifically for future theme ideas, be mindful that it is the intent for the gathered data.
(pre dark-age favorite 924 Space Transporter)
The perfect blend of interesting colours, details and features, playability, all combined with a more advanced build than the average system set.
It's pirates, my favorite theme, a HUGE set, a lot of figs, both factions, amazing detail, and easy to move around in it (if you want to play with the set) and I could go on and on
Nice detachable pod feature, and I love when mini vehicles fit in a larger ship.
Great swooshability, and looks great on display.
6932: Futuron / Stardefender 200
If I could only have one lego set it would be that one. I simply love the "affordable" medieval themed city scape. The designs are innovative (with lots of small pieces) and have great 2-way pose displays. Seeing Mill Village Raid was truely a step in the right direction as well. I'm really hoping Lego does more to add to a Medieval Village.
A close second would've been the Imperial Flagship. It's so awesome I bought two and decided to keep both. Although I really don't think Lego needs someone to tell them to biuld more pirate ships... since those designs get built anyway. Maybe sometimes Lego could at least think "Flagship scale" when they make them.
Runner up would be 6765 (Gold City Junction), for the same reasons. The whole western theme has some great sets that sometimes are forgotten. http://www.brickset.com/detail/?set=6765-1
I might have to agree with Bluemoose. Deep Sea Refuge was released during my dark ages. When I got back into the hobby I saw that set and had to have it. It's one of my favs.
It has quite a few play features, a brick built robot, and has an above-average amount of SNOT techniques used for a set of its size, as well as a pair of magnets. On top of all that, it was still a stable model.
@allyburns - the StarDefender is also excellent, as are nearly all of the original Blacktron sets...
They have said many times that Monorail can't be re-released due, I think, to issues with the manufacure of the motor, hence it being explicitly excluded.
Oh, and to add my vote, 6876 Blacktron Alienator
A very close runner-up would probably have to be the 5974 Galactic Enforcer. Its massive size, great playability, and wonderfully sleek design really make it a modern marvel to me. It's not perfect, but I would love to see LEGO focus on massive capital ships in future Space themes.
But of course, Medieval Market Village is great too.
The T1-Typhoon http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7477-1 was probably the set I hate myself for missing most of all... it was released Between my childhood interest years and my collector years so I never got one :( I'd love to see what Lego could do with the theme now though... if they wanted to re-style the theme. *Drools* The Helicopter simply looks HOT (no other discription required)!
What a weird way of putting out feelers for a new theme question - base it on a past set they've already sold (and thus already have sales figures for).
From my experience the THEME everyone has been agreed on wanting, has been:
HISTORICALS, i.e. Imperial Rome, Ancient &/or Mythic Greece, etc.
So that we can build the Colloseum, have Chariot Races, Roman Legionnaire Battle Packs, The Roman war machine (siege engines, ballistas, etc) etc. Cleopatra vs Ceaser vs Celts, triple threat!
If they felt true history is too 'dry', they could always introduce a time travelling professor and his pals (riding something like the Time Machine contraption) who visits the time periods (it could be quite educational too), OR have ancient Mystical Alien Portals/Gates that are being battled over (which link the time zones together)
ok. back on topic now... ;o)
A MUCH better theme for 3-5 year olds than the junior sets, a great bridge between duplo and 'system' type sets. And also so unique, roundabouts, ferris wheels etc...
And never mind that they're so girl friendly with out being pink!
Runner up is 6985 Cosmic Fleet Voyager. When I was a kid this thing was HUGE (probably not so huge anymore now that I'm all grown up), but I swooshed it all around the house until it landed on the strange alien terrain of the couch.
And thinking about the partnership with NASA, I'd venture into terrrestrial space stations with a real laboratory, and vehicles equipped for exploring the planet (and not plundering the resources) just like the one for Mars. Or maybe a series of the rovers they built and sent to nearby planets.
Baring that, I think people have been waiting for the rebirth of Blacktron for quite some time now... we got the Space Police, now it's time for the bad guys!
I don't know why people like the old space theme(s)... they appear old and trashy to me. I don't really care for sets that hold childhood memories, because half of the sets I had as a child I wouldn't buy off the shelf today. Modern Lego is far ahead of what it was in the 80's/90's... for me anyway. This is just my opinion and I'm not aiming to insult anyone. We like whatever sets we want, who cares if someone thinks otherwise. Sorry.
Please mention your favorite minifig-based (non-licensed, non monorail) set, and avoid digressing too much into a conversation about themes, lest your opinion won't be heard.
This is an excellent opportunity for our voices to be heard directly from LEGO Direct Team.
We should feel privileged to be getting asked our valued opinion - what we say here could well help steer the future of a new/revised LEGO theme.
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Hello 222 new members, now is the time to join in the forum! and the 682 existing members - make your voices count!
If you've read this thread and not voted, please do!
It should be a fairly easy question, and like @rocao says, simply mention your favorite minifig-based (non-licensed, non monorail) set - no need for discussion on themes (although you can tell us why you love it I'm sure! - I've already heard of some sets I'd not seen before that I now want!)
Lets see at least 200 responses by Sunday 14th, I challenge you all.
(But lets not stop at 200! - 1000 would be great)
Thanking you all,