Let me take you back to Fabuland. First released in 1979, this was one of the first themes for which story telling was central. Fabuland was the first theme to be released in parallel with a series of books and was supported later by an animated television series. Designed to fit into the range somewhere between Duplo and ‘normal’ LEGO Bricks, Fabuland sets continued to be available until 1989.
With around one hundred sets produced over this time, there were over eighty different figures produced. The sets were designed to be able to be assembled by children as young as three, and as such developed larger elements compared standard building bricks during the course of their run.