Whatever Happened to Classic Town Part III: Into The Dark Ages

Welcome back to our exploration of classic themes. When we last visited LEGO Town, it was in the process of becoming juniorized. The Classic Town that many had grown up with was becoming an almost cartoonlike parody of itself. From 1978 through to the early ’90s, Town had a certain degree of simplicity, but with style. It was always striving to be its best, held back by the limits of the system, rather than the ability of the builder.

During the ’90s we saw the diversification of design: elements were used across many themes, we saw a broadened colour palette, and as time went by, we saw more themes/subthemes depicting aspects of contemporary life: Paradisa, Divers, Race, Outback, Arctic, Spaceport, Extreme Team and Res-Q. Towards the end of this era, the traditional town sets – fire, police, construction – were labelled ‘city’ and we saw a juniorization of some of the sets; a reduction in complexity, and perhaps a slight step away from attempting a realistic appearance.

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Vale Vidiyo

VIDYO, the LEGO Group’s latest flirtation with augmented reality, encouraging kids to film music videos featuring some of the craziest minifigures you have ever seen will be formally retired from January 31 2022, while the App will continue to be supported for another 2 years.

Is this a shock? Or just another case of the LEGO Group tidying up its digital products before the big 90th birthday party later in the year?

Read on for the formal statement, and my belated overview of the theme, which might not be as negative overall as it could be.

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