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''LEGO Racers'' consists of games with, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as the title suggests]], {{LEGO}} people in {{LEGO}} cars racing each other.

A MascotRacer similar to the ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' series, you can use weapons to help you. In this case you collect colored blocks for different types of power-ups, and collect white blocks to upgrade power-ups. Red are projectiles-like weapons, yellow are traps, blue blocks are defensive shields, and green blocks are speed boosts.

''LEGO Racers'' also contains a build mode, for which you can build your own characters and cars. As you defeat more racers, you gain more pieces to use to make more characters and vehicles.

Along with introducing some old LEGO Set characters like Johnny Thunder, this is where Rocket Racer comes from - he claims to be the best racer and you must work your way up to beat him.

It received a sequel, in which Rocket Racer, after his defeat in the first game, has once again worked his way to the top and you have to defeat him again. On the planet [[RecycledinSPACE Xalax]].
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!!These games provide examples of the following tropes:

* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Gypsy Moth, Martians, and Ramas speak perfect English.
* AllThereInTheScript: The only way you would know the names of Baron Rosso and Frankie Solido is by looking in the game files of ''LEGO Racers 2''.
* AnachronismStew: Kings, pirates, adventurers, space racers, and pharaohs all racing together. It's a world of toys, after all.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: In the first game, you get to use the entire CoolCar set of the newest champion, assuming that you achieve first place. Dropped in the second; beating champions means extra upgrades for your car.
* AuthorAppeal: In at least one interview, a developer expressed the team's liking towards the grapple power-up (red plus one white) above all the rest. Although they didn't make it an integral part of the game, this would explain why there's a cheat to enable only grapple power-ups (all the other power-up cheats simply enable only one brick color).
* BraggingRightsReward: What do you get after spending tons of time looking for all the golden bricks scattered throughout the maps in the second game? Fireworks.
* BreakablePowerUp: Getting hit by a projectile causes a car to drop a collected power-up upgrade.
* BuiltWithLEGO: The setpieces (often based upon actual LEGO sets) and fully-customizable cars are built with LEGO bricks.
* CaveBehindTheFalls:
** The Amazon Adventure Alley shortcut is a tunnel located behind the waterfall.
** Dino Island in the second game has one. [[spoiler:One of the golden bricks is in it.]]
* ClassicCheatCode: The first game has a whole slew of cheat codes that are solely meant for messing around, such as turning all the power-ups to one time, having them always maxed out, making parts of the cars invisible (such as the wheels, chassis, or driver), and a fast-forward mode. They only work in Single Races and [[NoFairCheating are not activated if you play Time Trial or Circuit Mode]]. The second game also has a few, though not to the same degree as the first, as the only ones that exist are playing as Martians and a wide-angle view.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard:
** The second has the same mechanic from ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' in which whenever there's an AI opponent behind you, it starts gaining an enormous amount of speed to catch up. Except that it ''can be turned off''. Then there's Reigel and the Berg mentioned on the YMMV tab.
** Inverted in the first game, as AI racers won't take any of the shortcuts, even if the player already opened them up.
** Gypsy Moth is just plain-out faster than you [[note]] [[MyRulesAreNotYourRules Yes, even if you're using Rocket Racer's car set]] [[/note]]. You ''can't'' keep up with her without turbo powerups, or using other powerups to slow her down. Other bosses may have this, but with them, skilful driving can keep up. Against Gypsy, even that's not enough.
* ConvectionSchmonvection:
** Adventure Temple Trail features a large lava pit next to the track at the lowest point in the map, complete with minecarts with skeletons inside falling into the lava. Doesn't effect the drivers in the slightest.
** Take a wild guess what Magma Moon Marathon has. There's even a section with several small lava pits and a fireball that jumps from one pit to another. So long as the racers doesn't touch the fireball, they're safe, and even if they do, it just spins them out of control for a second.
** Some of the [[Toys/LEGOAdventurers Adventurers Dino Island]] racetracks in ''LEGO Racers 2'' pass through a volcano, and there's also a river of lava on [[Toys/LEGOLifeOnMars Mars]] and Xalax. If you fall in, you are teleported to safety. If you get hit by a fireball, your car might lose a brick, but that's it.
* {{Crossover}}:
** ''LEGO Racers'' features Toys/LEGOPirates, Toys/LEGOCastle, Toys/LEGOSpace, and Toys/LEGOAdventurers.
** ''LEGO Racers 2'' features [[Toys/LEGOCity LEGO Town]], Toys/LEGOAdventurers, Toys/LEGOLifeOnMars, LEGO Arctic, and LEGO Racers. One of the bosses is also an Ice Monster from Toys/RockRaiders.
* DrivingGame: Of the KartRacer variety.
* DeflectorShields: The blue brick. The third and fourth levels have {{attack reflector}} bonuses against any racer who used a cannonball or a missile.
* DubNameChange: This happens in ''LEGO Racers'' due to the [[IHaveManyNames confusing naming issue]] of two LEGOAdventurers villains. In the American version, the boss of Circuit 5 is named Baron von Barron, and one of the racers in Circuits 3 and 6 is named Sam Sinister. In the European translation, the boss of Circuit 5 is named Mr. Hates, and the racer in Circuits 3 and 6 is named Slyboots.
* DummiedOut:
** The Knightmare-Athon and Pirate Skull Pass short-cuts were removed completely, but hacks of the map data show there are still power-ups intact from where they used to be.
** Most players will know Veronica Voltage only as the ghost from the Race against the clock mode. However, a physical form of her car was programmed and can be implemented with a few modifications. Unlike most boss-racers, she does not have a special AI, and is programmed to behave in a way most similar to Governor Broadside or the Islander.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: It's a racing game based on Franchise/{{LEGO}}.
* FakeLongevity: The first game completely recycles all of the first three circuits for circuits 4 through 6, only with new bosses, the tracks in reverse order from their counterparts, and with all the courses mirrored.
* FunetikAksent: Baron Von Barron's text is spelled with V's instead of W's and Z's instead of S's.
* FlyingSaucer: Three are present on Alien Rally Asteroid. The first will likely drag you violently backwards, costing you significant distance, if you don't use a blue or green brick. The other two are scenery.
* TheGenericGuy: Ann Droid, Islander, Willa the Witch and Gail Storm all use carbon copies of Black Knight's racing car, for some reason. Everyone else gets their personal custom car in the first ''LEGO Racers''.
* GoKartingWithBowser:
** Or rather, [[Toys/LEGOCastle Basil the Batlord, Willa the Witch]], [[Toys/LEGOAdventurers Baron von Barron]]/[[DubNameChange Mr. Hates]], [[Toys/LEGOSpace Alpha Dragonis]], and [[Toys/LEGOAdventurers Sam Sinister]]/[[DubNameChange Slyboots]] in the first game. [[Toys/LEGOPirates Captain Redbeard and Governor Broadside]] also seem willing to put their differences behind them in Circuit 1.
** In the sequel, Go Karting With [[Toys/LEGOAdventurers Mr. Cunningham and Sam Sanister]].
* GratuitousGerman: [[Toys/LEGOAdventurers Baron von Barron]] uses the German conjunction "und" instead of "and" in the first game.
* HomingProjectile: The fully-upgraded red brick PowerUp from the first game and the bloodhound homing missiles from the second game.
* HumanoidAliens: [[Toys/LEGOSpace Gypsy Moth, Alpha Dragonis]], and the [[Toys/LEGOLifeOnMars Martians]].
* InterfaceScrew: When the yellow brick is fully charged up, it'll summon a "Mummy's Curse" that will cause this. To be specific, it reverses steering while it's active, while also severely lowering your top speed.
* LevelInReverse: 3 of the tracks in the game are left-to-right mirrored versions of other tracks.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: The [=PS1=] version has a ridiculous amount of loading, especially noticeable because the music pauses between ''every single menu''.
* LuckBasedMission: Like ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', the races can sometimes become this. Unlike ''Mario Kart'', however, the Power-Ups in the first game are not randomized, meaning there is some strategy required behind using them, making it not so luck-based as it may seem.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: LevelUp the red brick in ''Racers'' to the fourth and you get to launch three devastating, high-speed, {{Roboteching}} missiles at once.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Well, both games ''do'' have multiplayer features, and each one is a {{Crossover}} of at least four unrelated Toys/LEGOThemes...
* MissingSecret: The Knightmare-athon and Pirate Skull Pass shortcuts, both of which were DummiedOut.
* MyRulesAreNotYourRules: Veronica Voltage is immune to track edge friction, letting her cut corners across dirt and sand where anyone else would be slowed if they tried.
** May or may not be a [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]], as [[GuideDangIt turbo powerups also let you ignore friction while they're active]], and if you watch carefully, this ''is'' what she's doing (at least sometimes). [[DoubleSubversion However, this doesn't change the fact that some circuit racers are just plain-out faster than you.]]
* NintendoHard: Good luck in Circuits 3, 6, and 7 of the first game. And it will take far more than just "luck" to beat the time trials.
* NoNameGiven:
** [[Toys/LEGOCastle King Richard]] is only identified as the "Royal King" and [[Toys/LEGOPirates Cannonball Cordoba/Don Diego de LEGO/Sergeant Speedy]] is only called "The Admiral" in ''LEGO Racers''. The Islander and Black Knight are also left unnamed, though to be fair, they had no names in the original lines.
** Two characters in the second game (Frankie Solido and Baron Rosso) aren't named in the game, as they only show up as racers and never in explore mode as someone you can talk to. The only way you'd be able to know is by hacking into the game files.
* PalmtreePanic: Imperial Grand Prix, Tribal Island Trail, and Pirate Skull Pass.
* {{Pirate}}: Captain Redbeard and Blackjack Hawkins.
* PlotCoupon: The golden bricks in the second game.
* PowerUp: Power bricks show up in both iterations, but work rather differently.
** ''Racers'' has a four-color brick system and implements a fifth color, white, to essentially LevelUp the effect of the other four colors.
** ''Racers 2'' has only one sort of brick which, like ''VideoGame/{{Wipeout}}'', randomly decides the power up a racer will gain depending on the position of the racer in the track. Losing racers usually get strong, offensive {{area of effect}} bricks which devastate other racers' cars if used in close proximity. Winning racers get weak, defensive bricks like {{invisibility cloak}}s to avoid {{missile lock on}}s and maintain the racers' current positions.
* RewardingVandalism: This tends to open shortcuts and some even have enough white and green bricks to upgrade to [[GameBreaker warp turbo boost]].
* RollercoasterMine: While you can't ride on it yourself, you can see the end of one in Adventure Temple Trail.
* RubberBandAI: Interesting in that only the Boss Racers seems to have it in the original.
* SaveGameLimits: The N64 version required a nearly-empty Memory Pak to store your data. Otherwise, it was literally impossible to save your game.
* SelfImposedChallenge: Over the years, players have come up with many ways to play the first game to spice up the challenge, some of which can be found on the Website/YouTube channel of [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDfChE4XN95shYayNx5Q-XQ Piotr Garschin Poland]]. These include [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSdkKshDcKc helping a specific NPC racer win the circuit]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNfrnj-l4Vw winning a circuit with the fewest points possible]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPEo49WCvKQ winning a circuit without using power-ups]], and even [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dElYL1O_ecU winning a circuit while driving backwards]].
* ShiftingSandLand: Desert Adventure Dragway.
* ShoutOut: Adventure Temple Trail is a pretty obvious ''Indiana Jones'' knockoff, since the golden idol and a lightning-shooting chest a la the Ark of the Covenant from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' are present.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld:
** Ice Planet Pathway in the first game.
** Arctic in the second.
* SpeakingSimlish: In ''LEGO Racers 2''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** On the results screen and in his intro cutscene, [[Toys/LEGOCastle Basil the Bat Lord's]] name is written as "Basil the Batlord" (though, oddly enough, it is written "Bat Lord" on the main menu). Similarly, [[Toys/LEGOPirates Black Jack Hawkins]] has his name written as "Blackjack Hawkins". [[Toys/LEGOSpace Alpha Draconis]] has his name spelled "Alpha Dragonis".
** In ''LEGO Racers 2'', [[Toys/LEGOAdventurers Sam and Alexia Sinister's]] last name is spelled "Sanister". Surprisingly, [[Toys/LEGOLifeOnMars Riegel]] [[AvertedTrope averts]] this trope, despite usually falling victim to it.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Rocket Racers in LEGOLAND Windsor, which has many tracks that bear great resemblance to the first game, like Magma Moon Marathon. Then there was the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen planned-but-scrapped]] ''LEGO Racers: The Video Game''.
* VocalDissonance: The first game mixed up the voices of ''dang near every'' opponent (the PC version, for example, gets exactly ''one'' of the twenty-three opponents). While Rob-N-Hood speaking with the voice of Captain Redbeard isn't much of a deal, hearing Willa the Witch TalkLikeAPirate in the grumpy voice of Blackjack Hawkins is all kinds of wrong.
* TheVonTropeFamily: Baron von Barron, [[DubNameChange at least in the American version of the first game]].
* WackyRacing
* WeaponOfChoice: In the first game, each boss racer favors a particular brick type. It's very noticeable in-game.
** Captain Redbeard prefers red bricks, especially the cannonball.
** King Kahuna prefers blue bricks, usually first level shields and sometimes second level shields.
** Basil the Bat Lord uses them all dangerously well, but appears to ever so slightly prefer green bricks and the occasional magic wand
** Johnny Thunder prefers red bricks, particularly the grappling hook.
** Baron Von Barron prefers blue bricks. Especially the third level shield.
** Gypsy Moth uses red bricks the most, usually devastating the racers with Rockets, but will often go with anything she can get.
** Rocket Racer only picks up green bricks unless you prevent him from getting any, which is when he'll use rockets instead. He prefers the infamous warp turbo boost. Good luck, you'll need it.
* AWinnerIsYou: The GBC version of the first game ends with nothing more than a text box of Rocket Racer saying the exact same thing as he does on the console/PC versions, just without mentioning you winning his car set (the GBC version lacks unlockable car sets). Basically, nothing more than "Congratulations, I knew you had it in you! You are the greatest LEGO racing champion of all time!"
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