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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Jack Stone Helicopter Transporter Reboot Announced

THE LEGO Group announced today that as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations for the release of the now classic 6357 Helicopter Transport, we will see a Jack Stone Commemorative Helicopter Transport as an extremely Limited Edition.

Loosely based on 2001’s 4607 Copter Transport, this will be a limited edition of only 10000 worldwide, and available exclusively at shop.lego.com

Speaking from Billund, company spokesman Itsaj Okesen revealed that they had been listening to consumers: Continue reading