LEGO City (also known as LEGOLAND, LEGO Town, City Center, and World City over the years) is the [[LongRunner longest-running]] {{LEGO}} theme of all. It dates to 1969 when, after just selling boxes or buckets full of bricks and other parts, LEGO introduced a bungalow kit. 1974 saw the arrival of the first primitive minifigs with molded-on arms, one-piece leg parts, and no faces printed on the heads. LEGO Town was officially kicked off in 1978, together with the redesigned minifigs that could now move their arms, hands and legs separately and finally had smiling faces.

Most non-[[LegoTechnic Technic]] LEGO themes were and are based on (and more or less compatible with) Town/City.

Spun off into the UsefulNotes/WiiU game ''VideoGame/LegoCityUndercover''.
!!Some LEGO City tropes:

* BrandX: Most prominently, the oil company Octan.
** LEGO did feature several actual brands in the past such as Shell, Exxon, Philips, Maersk or P&O Stena.
* CoolBike: Viewed from an early [[TheEighties 1980s]] point of view, the two-part motorcycle introduced in 1983. Viewed by those used to this bike, the later, more sophisticated bikes.
* CoolCar: Depending on what you were used to seeing, there were several. A few examples:
** In the late [[TheSeventies 1970s]], every car a minifig could sit in.
** The 6627 convertible with its hinged hood. Also, the first kit to introduce a Stetson hat.
** The car from 6655. Introducing clip-on wheels and a car jack!
** The 6361 telescopic mobile crane.
** The Light & Sound kits.
** The 6357 truck with helicopter. Not only was it cool to play with, it also looked cool.
** The sets from 1989 with suspension. Take 6660, remove the hook, and you've got the perfect car for re-enacting ''Series/TheFallGuy''.
** The 6646 Screaming Patriot. Flathead V-8 (well, V-4)? Check. External exhaust pipes salvaged from the discontinued Toys/{{Fabuland}} line? Check. UsefulNotes/EvelKnievel appeal? Check.
* CoolPlane: 1985 saw the arrival of aircraft with hinged fuselage sections which could carry minifig passengers. Quite cool in comparison with the [[TheSeventies 1970s]] planes with two-wide solid fuselages.
** The many Space Shuttles.
* CoolTrain: The 6399 Airport Shuttle monorail. Nevermind that hardly anyone('s parents) could afford that and the matching airport.
* BuiltWithLego: LEGO Town/City itself actually managed to [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] this trope in [[TheEighties the 1980s]] already when more and more specialized parts were made such as horses (the famous idea book 6000 had horses and other animals made of bricks, as did the earliest LEGOCastle sets) or motorcycles (there were early kits with motorcycles made out of standard parts). The further the City theme developed, the more specialized many parts became, the less had to be made in the classic LEGO way, and the more LEGO resembled {{Playmobil}}.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: LEGO Town/City remains the only theme with no guns at all. LEGO even went as far as not making any opaque green bricks for decades so that nobody could build tanks.
** Can be [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], however, if one reinterprets certain minifig tools, especially those designed for Toys/ClassicLEGOSpace, as firearms ranging from handguns to bazookas.
* LongRunner: Depending on the definition, since 1969 or 1978 with no interruption.
* {{Retraux}}: The 7731 Mail Van and 7732 Postal Plane sets, both from 2008 evoke 1980's design cues (combined with modern parts) - in a sub-theme that has not been seen proper since the 80's.
* ThreateningShark: From [[TheNineties the 1990s]] on, several sets included the two-part sharks originally designed for Toys/LEGOPirates.