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1[[quoteright:240:]] ˛[[caption-width-right:240: Occupying children's hands and imaginations and [[AgonyOfTheFeet bedeviling parents' feet]] since 1949.]]˛˛->''"Only the best is good enough."''˛-->-- '''The LEGO Group's original motto''', created by company founder Ole Kirk Christiansen.˛˛The LEGO Group, founded in Billund, {{UsefulNotes/Denmark}} in 1932, is a major toy company that's world-famous for its line of construction toys, consisting of numerous plastic bricks.˛˛The company's name comes from the Danish phrase "leg godt", which translates into English as "play well". While not an influence on the name, [[LuckyTranslation the fact that "LEGO" can also mean "I build" in Latin]] has been embraced by the LEGO Group. The product is [[StuckOnBandAidBrand legally identified as LEGO bricks, not "LEGOs"]], and the fandom will be unfailingly quick to remind you of that fact.˛˛Experts on children have called them the ideal toy -- they're easy to use, are infinitely expandable and foster creativity. And by infinitely expandable, they ''mean'' infinitely expandable -- even the earliest bricks made in 1949, when they first started their construction toy business, are 100% compatible with bricks manufactured today. They are also (nearly) infinite permutations on how you can combine them, with only ''6'' of the basic 2 by 4 bricks being able to be combined ''915 million'' different ways!˛˛Over the decades, in addition to selling basic boxes of bricks, LEGO has produced a vast array of "themes", collections of related playsets devoted to a general setting and concept (and occasionally, an overarching story), exploring a diverse range of time periods, places, jobs, characters, genres and even styles of building.˛˛Prior to 1999, the LEGO Group avoided adapting licensed properties, reasoning that LEGO was its ''own'' very successful property. But in 1999 that changed, with the LEGO ''Franchise/StarWars'' line, which was ''insanely'' successful. The LEGO Group now has a myriad of licensed themes based on a wide variety of popular franchises. It's almost easier to list the ones they ''don't'' include: those owned by other toy companies (e.g., ''{{Franchise/Transformers}}'', ''{{Franchise/Halo}}''), those not age-appropriate (e.g., ''Series/GameOfThrones''), and ''Franchise/StarTrek'', which is thoroughly locked up by {{Creator/Hasbro}}.˛˛LEGO has also now expanded to other products and merchandise beyond their construction toys. {{Ride/LEGOLAND}} is an international chain of theme parks based on LEGO. And there are also numerous video games and animated cartoons based on LEGO, most notably ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', produced by Creator/WarnerBros and released in 2014.˛----˛!! LEGO toys, media, and other products:˛[[index]]˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Toy themes]]˛In addition to the standard boxes of colored bricks that made it famous, LEGO has produced a large number of "themes": grouped collections of conceptually related playsets devoted to a specific setting or concept. The multitude of themes have explored a vast array of different time periods, settings, genres, themes, and even styles of building.\˛\˛Note that most of the LEGO themes involve the use of common basic bricks, which are called '''System'''. Themes which use more advanced pieces are known as '''TECHNIC'''. Themes which are designed for infants and toddlers (for safe usage without risk of choking) are '''DUPLO'''.\˛\˛Also, '''themes''' on this list that are marked in '''bold''' have tie-in media adaptations, such as video games or animated cartoons (see the other folders below for more information).˛----˛!!!'''Original themes'''˛* Toys/LEGOCity (1966-present)˛* Toys/LEGOTrains (1966-present)˛* Toys/LEGOSpace (1978-2013)˛** Toys/ClassicLEGOSpace (1978-1987)˛** Toys/LEGOSpacePolice (1989-1991)˛** Toys/LEGOLifeOnMars (2001)˛** Toys/LEGOMarsMission (2007-2008)˛** Toys/LEGOAlienConquest (2011)˛%%** Toys/LEGOGalaxySquad (2013)˛* Toys/LEGOCastle (1978-2014)˛** Toys/KnightsKingdom2 (2004-2006)˛* {{Toys/Fabuland}} (1979-1989)˛* Toys/LEGOPirates (1989-1997, 2009, 2015)˛* {{Toys/Aquazone}} (1995-1999)˛* Toys/LEGOTimeCruisers (1996-1997)˛* [[Toys/LEGOAdventurers LEGO Adventurers / Orient Expedition]] (1998-2003)˛* Toys/LEGOMindstorms (TECHNIC; 1998-present)˛* '''Toys/RockRaiders''' (1999-2000)˛* [[{{Toys/Slizers}} Slizers / Throwbots]] (TECHNIC; 1999-2000)˛* Toys/RoboRiders (TECHNIC; 2000-2001)˛* '''Toys/LEGOAlphaTeam''' (2001-2005)˛* '''{{Toys/BIONICLE}}''' (TECHNIC; 2001-2010)˛** '''{{Toys/BIONICLE|2015}}''' ([[ContinuityReboot reboot]]; 2015-2017)˛* [[/index]]'''[[VideoGame/LEGOIsland Island Xtreme Stunts]]''' (2002)[[index]]˛* [[Toys/LEGODinoAttack LEGO Dino Attack / Dino 2010]] (2005)˛* Toys/LEGOExoForce (2006-2008)˛* Toys/LEGOAgents (2008-2009)˛* Toys/LEGOPowerMiners (2009-2010)˛* '''Toys/HeroFactory''' (TECHNIC; 2010-2014)˛* Toys/LEGOMinifigures (2010-present)˛* [[/index]]'''{{WesternAnimation/Ninjago}}''' (2011-present)[[index]]˛* Toys/LEGODino (2012)˛* '''Toys/LEGOFriends''' (2012-present)˛* [[/index]]'''WesternAnimation/LegendsOfChima''' (2013-2015)[[index]]˛* Toys/LEGOUltraAgents (2014-2015)˛* [[/index]]'''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''' (2014-2015, 2019)[[index]]˛* [[/index]]'''{{WesternAnimation/Mixels}}''' (2014-2016)[[index]]˛* [[/index]]'''WesternAnimation/LEGOElves''' (2015-2018)[[index]]˛* '''Toys/NexoKnights''' (2016-2018)˛* [[/index]]'''{{WesternAnimation/Unikitty}}''' (2018-present)[[index]]˛----˛!!!'''Licensed themes'''˛* '''Franchise/StarWars''' (1999-present)˛* {{Creator/Disney}} (LEGO produced multiple different themes under the Disney license since 1999, eventually formally establishing the LEGO Disney theme since 2017)˛** Franchise/WinnieThePooh (DUPLO; 1999-2001, 2011)˛** Franchise/MickeyMouse (2000 (System), 2013-2014 (DUPLO))˛** Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime (2010)˛** Franchise/ToyStory (2010, 2019)˛** {{Franchise/Cars}} (2010-2012, 2017)˛** '''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''' (2011, 2017)˛** Franchise/DisneyPrincess (2012-present (DUPLO only at the beginning, since 2014 also in System))˛** Film/TheLoneRanger (2013)˛** WesternAnimation/WallE (2015)˛** '''Franchise/TheIncredibles''' (2018)˛** Film/TronLegacy (2018)˛* '''Franchise/HarryPotter''' (2001-2007, 2010-2011, 2018-present)˛* '''Franchise/JurassicPark''' (2001, 2015, 2018)˛* {{Series/Galidor}} (2002)˛* {{Superhero}}es (2002-2008, 2011-present)˛** '''Creator/MarvelComics''' (2002-2004, 2011-present)˛*** Franchise/SpiderMan (2002-2004)˛*** Franchise/MarvelUniverse (2011-present)˛** '''Creator/DCComics''' (2006-2008, 2011-present)˛*** {{Franchise/Batman}} (2006-2008)˛*** [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]] (2011-present)˛* Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender (2006)˛* Franchise/SpongeBobSquarePants (2006-2009, 2011-2012)˛* Film/SpeedRacer (2008)˛* '''Franchise/IndianaJones''' (2008-2009)˛* WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce (TECHNIC; 2010)˛* [[ LEGO Ideas]] (2011-present)˛** Series/TheBigBangTheory (2015)˛** WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine (2016)˛** {{Anime/Voltron}} (2018)˛** Franchise/TheFlintstones (2019)˛* '''[[Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium Middle-earth]]''' (2012-2015)˛** Film/TheLordOfTheRings (2012–2013, 2015)˛** Film/TheHobbit (2012-2014)˛* {{VideoGame/Minecraft}} (2012-present)˛* Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles (2013-2014)˛* '''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''' (2013 (Ideas), 2015-2016 (Dimensions))˛* '''Franchise/TheSimpsons''' (2014-2015 (also in Dimensions))˛* '''{{Franchise/Ghostbusters}}''' (2014 (Ideas), 2016 (Dimensions), 2018)˛* '''[[{{Franchise/Whoniverse}} Doctor Who]]''' (2015 (Ideas), 2015-2016 (Dimensions))˛* '''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''' (2015 (also in Dimensions))˛* [[/index]]'''VideoGame/LEGODimensions''' (2015-2017)[[index]]˛** VideoGame/Portal2 (2015)˛** [[Franchise/LandOfOz The Wizard of Oz]] (2015)˛** [[Creator/MidwayGames Midway Arcade]] (2016)˛** Series/TheATeam (2016)˛** [[Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries Mission: Impossible]] (2016)˛** Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial (2016)˛** {{Film/Gremlins}} (2016)˛** Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog (2016)˛** Series/KnightRider (2017)˛** {{Film/Beetlejuice}} (2017)˛** Film/TheGoonies (2017)˛* '''Franchise/AdventureTime''' (2016 (Ideas/Dimensions))˛* WesternAnimation/TheAngryBirdsMovie (2016)˛* '''Franchise/ThePowerpuffGirls''' (2016-2017 (Dimensions), 2018)˛* {{VideoGame/Overwatch}} (2019)˛* Series/StrangerThings (2019)˛* [[{{WesternAnimation/Trolls}} Trolls: World Tour]] (2020)˛* [[{{WesternAnimation/Minions}} Minions: The Rise of Gru]] (2020)˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video games]]˛!!!'''Original games'''˛* ''VideoGame/LEGOIsland'' (1997)˛** ''LEGO Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge'' (2001)˛** ''Island Xtreme Stunts'' (2002)˛* ''VideoGame/LEGOCreator'' (1998)˛** ''LEGO Creator: Knights' Kingdom'' (2000)˛* ''Toys/RockRaiders'' (1999, 2000)˛* ''VideoGame/LEGORacers'' (1999)˛** ''LEGO Racers 2'' (2001)˛** ''Drome Racers'' (2002)˛* ''{{VideoGame/LEGOLAND}}'' (2000)˛* ''Toys/LEGOAlphaTeam'' (2000)˛* ''{{VideoGame/BIONICLE}}'' games (2001-2006)˛** ''LEGO BIONICLE'' (2001)˛** ''BIONICLE: Matoran Adventures'' (2002)˛** ''BIONICLE'' (2003)˛** ''BIONICLE: Maze of Shadows'' (2005)˛** ''BIONICLE Heroes'' (2006)˛* ''VideoGame/LEGOBattles'' (2009)˛** [[/index]]''LEGO Battles: {{WesternAnimation/Ninjago}}'' (2011)[[index]]˛* ''VideoGame/LEGOUniverse'' (2010-2012)˛* ''VideoGame/LEGOCityUndercover'' (2013)˛** ''LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins'' (2013)˛* ''VideoGame/LEGOMinifiguresOnline'' (2014-2016)˛* ''VideoGame/LEGOWorlds'' (2017)˛----˛!!!'''Licensed games'''˛* ''VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame'' series (2005-present)˛** ''VideoGame/LEGOStarWars'' (2005-2020)˛*** ''LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game'' (2005)˛*** ''LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy'' (2006)˛*** ''LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga'' (2007)˛*** ''LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars'' (2011)˛*** ''LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens'' (2016)˛*** ''LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga'' (2020)˛** ''VideoGame/LEGOIndianaJones'' (2008-2009)˛*** ''LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures'' (2008)˛*** ''LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues'' (2009)˛** ''VideoGame/LEGOBatman / [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]]'' (2008-2018)˛*** ''LEGO Batman: The Video Game'' (2008)˛*** ''LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes'' (2012)˛*** ''LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham'' (2014)˛*** ''LEGO DC Super Villains'' (2018)˛** ''VideoGame/LEGOHarryPotter'' (2010-2011)˛*** ''LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4'' (2010)˛*** ''LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7'' (2011)˛** ''VideoGame/LEGOPiratesOfTheCaribbean'' (2011)˛** ''[[VideoGame/LEGOTheLordOfTheRings LEGO Middle-earth]]'' (2012-2014)˛*** ''LEGO The Lord of the Rings'' (2012)˛*** ''LEGO The Hobbit'' (2014)˛** ''[[Franchise/MarvelUniverse LEGO Marvel Universe]]'' (2013-2017)˛*** ''VideoGame/LEGOMarvelSuperHeroes'' (2013)˛*** ''VideoGame/LEGOMarvelsAvengers'' (2016)˛*** ''VideoGame/LEGOMarvelSuperHeroes2'' (2017)˛** ''LEGO Movie Video Games'' (2014-2019)˛*** ''The LEGO Movie Video Game'' (2014)˛*** ''The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game'' (2017)˛*** ''The LEGO Movie 2 Video Game'' (2019)˛** ''VideoGame/LEGOJurassicWorld'' (2015)˛** ''VideoGame/LEGOTheIncredibles'' (2018)˛* ''[[VideoGame/RockBand LEGO Rock Band]]'' (2009)˛* ''VideoGame/LEGODimensions'' (2015-2017)˛* ''[[{{VideoGame/Forza}} Forza Horizon 4: LEGO Speed Champions]]'' (2019 {{DLC}} expansion of the 2018-released video game ''Forza Horizon 4'')˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Animated films and series]]˛!!!'''Feature films (theatrical)'''˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' (2014)˛** ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie2TheSecondPart'' (2019)˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' (2017)˛%%** ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie2'' (TBA)˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGONinjagoMovie'' (2017)˛%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheBillionBrickRace'' (TBA)˛----˛!!!'''Feature films ({{direct to video}})'''˛* ''{{Toys/BIONICLE}}'' films (2003-2005, 2009)˛** ''BIONICLE: Mask of Light'' (2003)˛** ''BIONICLE 2: Legends of Metru Nui'' (2004)˛** ''BIONICLE 3: Web of Shadows'' (2005)˛** ''BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn'' (2009)˛* ''WesternAnimation/LEGOTheAdventuresOfClutchPowers'' (2010)˛* ''Toys/HeroFactory'' films (2010-2011)˛** ''Hero Factory: Rise of the Rookies'' (2010)˛** ''Hero Factory: Savage Planet'' (2011)˛* ''{{WesternAnimation/LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes}}'' (2013-present)˛** ''LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite'' (2013)˛** ''LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Batman Be-Leaguered'' (2014)˛** ''LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League'' (2015)˛** ''LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Attack of the Legion of Doom'' (2015)˛** ''LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Cosmic Clash'' (2016)˛** ''LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Gotham City Breakout'' (2016)˛** ''LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain'' (2017)˛** ''LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash'' (2018)˛** ''LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High'' (2018)˛** ''LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis'' (2018)˛* ''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooDirectToVideoLegoFilmSeries LEGO Scooby-Doo]]'' films (2016-2017)˛** ''WesternAnimation/LEGOScoobyDooHauntedHollywood'' (2016)˛** ''WesternAnimation/LEGOScoobyDooBlowoutBeachBash'' (2017)˛----˛!!!'''Short films and [[MadeForTV TV specials]]'''˛* ''WesternAnimation/LEGOJurassicWorldTheSecretExhibit'' (2018)˛----˛!!!'''Television series'''˛* ''Toys/HeroFactory'' (2010–2014)˛* ''{{WesternAnimation/Ninjago}}'' (2011-present)˛* ''Toys/LEGOFriends of Heartlake City'' (2012-present)˛** ''LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship'' (2016–present)˛* ''LEGO Star Wars'' series (2013-present)˛** ''WesternAnimation/LEGOStarWarsTheYodaChronicles'' (2013–2014)˛** ''LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales'' (2015)˛** ''WesternAnimation/LEGOStarWarsTheFreemakerAdventures'' (2016–2017)˛** ''WesternAnimation/LEGOStarWarsAllStars'' (2018)˛* ''WesternAnimation/LegendsOfChima'' (2013–2014)˛* ''{{WesternAnimation/Mixels}}'' (2014–2016)˛* ''Toys/NexoKnights'' (2015–2017)˛* ''WesternAnimation/LEGOElves'' (2015-present)˛** ''WesternAnimation/LegoElvesSecretsOfElvendale'' (2017–present)˛* ''[[{{Toys/BIONICLE}} LEGO]] {{Toys/BIONICLE|2015}}: The Journey to One'' (2016)˛* ''{{WesternAnimation/Unikitty}}'' (2017-present)˛* ''LEGO City Adventures'' (2019-present)˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Miscellaneous]]˛* {{Ride/LEGOLAND}} theme parks (1968-present)˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[/index]]˛----˛!! Tropes about LEGO:˛* ActualPacifist:˛** The creator of LEGO, Ole Kirk Christiansen, having lived through WWII, was one. It is for this reason that LEGO does not make military sets, and even the first gun pieces for pirates and the like in the 1990s were controversial within the company. This is also why LEGO bricks initially came in bright primary colors that didn't include green or brown; Christiansen didn't want kids to make realistic military vehicles and gear out of them (not that it actually stopped them. . .).˛** The company today is more of a TechnicalPacifist that allows for FamilyFriendlyFirearms and stylized depictions of real weapons. Depictions of medieval or futuristic warfare are apparently fine (consider the Castle, Pirates and Star Wars sets). It's just the modern and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI World]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Wars]] era that LEGO firmly refuses to cover. There have been a handful of exceptions through the years, though, including a series of [[ collector's]] [[ models]] featuring a Sopwith Camel and a Fokker Triplane, two World War I fighter planes, as well as a handful of [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indiana Jones]] sets featuring the [[ Pilatus P-2]] (which admittedly never saw combat, being intended as a "trainer" aircraft) plus another World War I fighter in the Albatros D.III. Furthermore, the F-86 Sabre and Mark VIII heavy tank both have official designs depicted in [[VideoGame/LegoIndianaJones Lego Indiana Jones 2]], but these were never released into physical sets. The Film/WonderWoman sets also depict World War I-era fighter planes. ˛** It should be noted that this policy only extends to the weapons themselves, and there is technically nothing stopping ''soldiers'' of these periods from being depicted, ThoseWackyNazis featured in the Indiana Jones theme (albeit with NoSwastikas) being the stand-out example. Likewise, the "Green Army Men" from the Toy Story line are a hand and head swap away from becoming [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks 50s American GIs]], who likewise have counterparts in the [[RedsWithRockets Soviet soldiers]] who also hail from the Indiana Jones sets. ˛* AgonyOfTheFeet: Let's just say it's a good thing LEGO and carpet manufacturers seldom use the same colors...˛* AmusementParkOfDoom: Two in the DC line; a small funhouse featuring attractions for Joker, Harley Quinn, and the Riddler, and a much larger park with rides for Joker, Harley, Poison Ivy, and the Penguin. Both sets have several traps for Batman and Robin (and Beast Boy and Starfire) to face.˛* AntiFrustrationFeatures:˛** Since it's very easy to lose the manuals for sets over time, Lego has posted the instructions for thousands of the sets online to read free of charge. You can see them [[ here]].˛** They came out with a Brick Seperator as a handy way of pulling apart particularly stubborn bricks without risking harm to you or damage to the bricks, and one is typically included in the larger sets. As an added bonus, it can be used as an actual Lego piece in of itself.˛** The (sadly long discontinued) Lego Brick Vac, a hand operated gadget that lets you roll up Lego pieces quickly into one bin to save you the trouble of picking them all up while saving your feet from a world of pain as a welcome bonus.˛** In lieu of the Brick Vac, Lego has released official Lego Slippers to help protect users feet from the bricks.˛** If you break a brick or a certain part of a set or simply misplace part of it (very common with small parts like Studs) you can buy replacement pieces (over 11,000 to choose from) from the Lego website. In general, the fact that Lego sets largely consist of common parts, almost all of which are modular to begin with, makes it fairly easy to replace certain bricks with ones taken from other Lego sets.˛* ArtEvolution: While they always rely on the tried and true bricks, later sets have gotten more creative and sophisticated and sometimes use more specilaized bricks to allow details and form more sleek than what regular bricks allow. [[ A comparison]] of the numerous ''Slave 1'' Lego sets really highlight the difference between the older, more basic and blocky looking Lego sets and the more series accurate, detail heavy ones on the market today. ˛* AscendedMeme: The [[ Goblin minifigure]] likes stealing bricks and hiding them under people's feet, referencing their reputation as improvised caltrops.˛* AwesomeButImpractical: Some sets include mechanisms that allow them to shoot studs. These are very cool, but also very problematic. For one, they shoot the studs ''far'', and those little things have an annoying tendency to get lost. For another, they can be a pain to reload, and if you're not careful you might [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace shoot yourself in the face]]. ˛* {{Built with LEGO}}: Naturally, and especially at a convention by fans. Rule of thumb; if it exists, you can make it out of LEGO.˛* CallBack: The Scooby-Doo sets feature stickers that depict Johnny Thunder and the Prospector (from Minifigures Series 12) on them.˛* CaptainColorbeard: The iconic minifigure who plays the part of the captain for the Pirate sets is officially named Captain Redbeard. He's got all the traditional pirate traits: a BadassBeard, a [[NiceHat bicorn hat]], an EyepatchOfPower, a HookHand, and a SeadogPegleg.˛* CoolCar: The ''Creator'' line has made a number of cars at a much larger scale than the typical minifig scale, both licensed (like the Ferrari F40) and unlicensed. The ''Technic'' line one-ups this with a number of vehicles with fully functional internal mechanics, such as the top tier Porsche 911 which has a 6 speed paddle shifter gearbox, steering rack, and a flat-6 engine. Large ''Technic'' sets are typically designed so that it's fairly straightforward to add a Power Functions motor to them, turning them into remote controlled cars. And then there's the ''full-scale'', '''''[[UpToEleven drivable]]''''' [[ LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron]] that The Lego Group's own engineers built almost entirely out of LEGO Technic pieces (only a few parts, such as the wheels and tires, were not made of LEGO parts). It's even propelled by a powertrain made up of 2,304 electric motors, allowing for the car to reach blistering speeds of 12.4 miles per hour.˛* CripplingOverspecialization: While a big selling point of LEGO is that much of its elements are compatible with each other, there ''have'' been a few parts over the years that simply won't work with others, with the ''{{Series/Galidor}}'' line being the most standout example: It had characters more like action figures, but could still be mixed and matched together, but the parts only really meshed well with others in the ''Galidor'' line, leaving them very difficult to use with regular LEGO parts and sets. The fandom even has its own acronym for seemingly ultra-specific parts used in creative ways ''other'' than what they're intended to be, NPU for '''N'''ice '''P'''arts '''U'''sage.˛* DarkerAndEdgier: Some of the monster designs in the Monster Fighters theme are merely more serious and played-straight versions of figures from the Minifigures line, like Lord Vampyre, the Crazy Scientist, his Monster, and the Mummy.˛* DeliberatelyJumpingTheGun: The LEGO website used to have a flash game based on its Drome Racers line wherein you could set your start to go on green, yellow, or red. Going on yellow was safest: no penalty, and if your opponent started on green you'd begin with a 3 second lead. If you went on red and your opponent went on green, you'd be penalized by 3 seconds.˛* DemBones: [[ Skeletal minifigures]] started to become fairly common from the mid-90s on. They have the same proportions as the regular minifigures and use the same headpiece (albeit designed to look like a skull), but unlike regular figures, they have a hollow ribcage, both legs are connected separately, and the arms are attached via a loose ball-and-socket joint. Whether they're supposed to be regular skeletons or actual monsters varies from set to set.˛* DesignItYourselfEquipment: The only limits to what you can make with Lego are the number of bricks you own and your imagination. And for those who can't afford the sets, theres always the free Lego Digital Designer program, which allows you to build virtually any Lego set you desire.˛* DisneyOwnsThisTrope: Zigzagged. The patent for the bricks expired long ago, and Lego has so far been unsuccessful in their efforts to trademark their iconic 2x4 brick, hence why you'll find very similar brands of construction sets like Mega Bloks on the market. Hasn't stopped Lego from trying to take legal action against them time and time again, though. However, Lego ''does'' have trademarks on more specific kinds of their Lego parts, such as their famous minifigs.˛* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ˛** The earliest Lego products weren't even construction bricks but wooden toys. They didn't even start making plastic toys until 1947, and it took another couple years before they even made their first precursor to a Lego brick, the Automatic Binding Brick. ˛** And even then, the brick in its iconic form wasn't finalized until 1958, and the bricks before that had limited interlocking and a less modular design. ˛** The bricks from 1949 to 1957 were also made of cellulose acetate, while the bricks from 1958 and on are made with ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) polymer.˛** Minifigs weren't introduced until 1975, and the earliest ones prior to 1978 had no faces, arms or movable legs. ˛* FunSize: LEGO has made novelty lines of small exaggerated vehicles in the Super Heroes and ''Star Wars'' lines, and advent calendars demonstrate just how small a LEGO model can get.˛* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: See under ActualPacifist. This was the company's stance for a ''long'' time, and to some extent it still is today. For example, you still won't see any LEGO models representing realistic military vehicles (with the exception of two [[ collector's]] [[ models]] featuring a Sopwith Camel and a Fokker Triplane). They aren't quite as strict about it as they used to be, though; since they were first introduced with the Pirate theme in the 1990s, stylized minifig-scale guns have appeared in the ''Adventurers,'', ''Batman'', ''Indiana Jones'' and ''Wonder Woman'' themes. ˛* FunWithAcronyms: AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO), TFOL (Teen Fan of LEGO), MOC (My Own Creation), SNOT (Studs Not on Top), and more. Others include BURP (Big Ugly Rock Piece) and POOP (Piece Out of Other Pieces).˛* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:˛** One way set designers have apparently found to circumvent the company's aforementioned FamilyFriendlyFirearms rule is to create models that ''happen to look just like'' military vehicles but are never specifically identified as such. For example, [[ this set]] is referred to as a "Blue Power Jet", and its product description contains no reference to weapons or warfare, even though it is clearly meant to be a Lockheed F-35 fighter.˛** The set Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage has Ray Arnold's severed arm slotted into a metal fence as a play feature. This could've fit into the "removable limbs" humor of LEGO, had it not been for a red plate attached to the end, intended to invoke SymbolicBlood.˛* HumongousMecha: ''Exo-Force'' was a line of anime-inspired mechas with [[AnimeHair very much anime-inspired]] pilots. The mechas introduced heavy-duty clicky two degree of freedom joints, allowing them to be posed like an action figure. A few other mechs have shown up in other LEGO lines before and since ''Exo-Force'', but not as the main focus.˛* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Pretty much every female minifigure is printed with one, though the shape of the minifigure mold make it stand out a bit less.˛* MonsterClown: In the DC line, Joker counts, but so does the clown-face archway on Jokerland.˛* {{Mukokuseki}}: LEGO have yellow skin for this reason. There are minifigures with more realistic skin colors--usually if the figure in question is adapted from another property where the character they are based on is of a specific race to begin with. This is visibly enforced in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGONinjagoMovie'', where black news anchors Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts are represented by the same yellow skin tone as everyone else in Ninjago City.˛* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Crocodiles were introduced in the mid-90s with the Islanders, and for those sets, replaced the sharks as the go-to animal hazard for the pirates to fall prey to.˛* NoBackwardsCompatibilityInTheFuture: ˛** Averted. Save for specialized parts (i.e. the Technic or Galidor line) Lego bricks are designed to be modular and universally adaptatable. A Lego brick from 1958 will absolutely work with a Lego brick from 2019.˛** Sadly, this doesn't apply to the Lego bricks made from 1949 to 1957, which have limited locking ability and lack of versatility compared to the bricks from 1958 and on.˛* TheNoseless: Minifigures by and large don't have any noses on their faces.˛* OffModel: Lego doesn't always get things right in adaptations, even when accounting for the limits of bricks and minifigs. For example, the "Podracer Bucket" set has a buildable figure of alien racer Aldar Beedo that looks absolutely ''nothing'' like he did in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Likewise, Kylo Ren's shuttle also has the wrong color scheme (it's jet black in the films, whereas the Lego set is inexplicably grey).˛* OurDragonsAreDifferent: LEGO have produced a number of dragons over the years; single 'big fig' figures in the [=1980s=] and [=1990s=] in the same vein as LEGO horses, more advanced ones with additional articulation in the [=2000s=], and block-based dragons with large articulation in the [=2010s=] ''Elves'' and ''Ninjago'' line. Almost all are quadrupedal with two additional wing limbs. The ''Elves'' line feature friendly magical dragons varying in size from a small car to a building, while previous sets - typically the ''Castle'' line - feature traditional knights and dragon slaying.˛* SerialEscalation: Lego bricks have been mathematically proven to be ''the'' most modular toy ever made, and a major factor in why they're so popular and considered a legitimate creative tool. With only six off the shelf 2x4 bricks, there are a whopping '''915,103,765''' different combinations you can make out of those alone. Adding more bricks beyond that escalates the possible brick combinations into the [[{{Series/Cosmos}} billions and billions]] territory.˛* StealthPun: Some of their tongue-in-cheek humor counts as this. In the Brick Bank set, for example, the criminals smuggle stolen money out of the building via a hidden door in one of the washing machines ( in the neighboring shop), which leads to an empty air vent. In other words, they're money launderers.˛* SuperDeformed: The aesthetic of the Super Heroes Mighty Micros minifigures, using short legs and having simple yet exaggerated cartoon designs. ˛* TheTetrisEffect: Possibly the oldest living example.˛* ThemeNaming: All of the Modular Buildings' names are exactly two words.˛* ThreateningShark: ˛** Sharks were introduced with the Pirate sets in 1989 and have been a mainstay animal piece ever since.˛** The villainous faction for the Aquazone sets were called the Aquasharks for a reason: all their submarines were built to resemble sharks. Their sets also usually included a shark for good measure.˛* TonkaTough: Lego bricks are notoriously resilient and will stand up to many years of use before they start showing any sign of wear. ˛* UnitsNotToScale: Particularly the ''Star Wars'' sets, where only the fighters (i.e. X-Wing) are roughly 1:1 minifig scale; other sets like the Imperial Star Destroyer or Tantive IV have major scale changes, usually with only an interior area built to minifig scale. This is to maintain sanity, because a [[MileLongShip to-scale Star Destroyer]] would be the size of an Olympic swimming pool.˛* UnreliableCanon: Trying to decipher the canon (outside of its more story-oriented themes such as ''{{Toys/BIONICLE}}'') can be a real mess, though it hasn't stopped many from trying. Perhaps the greatest unreliability is the LEGO timeline and universe.˛** Some sources state that each theme takes place in its respective era. For example, Toys/LEGOPirates takes place in the 1700s during the Golden Age of Piracy. ''{{VideoGame/LEGOLAND}}'', the first ''VideoGame/LEGORacers'', and Toys/LEGOTimeCruisers ''LEGO Mania'' comics apply TimeTravel as a HandWave for {{crossover}}s.˛** On the other hand, there are so many {{crossover}}s between LEGO themes (such as ''[[Videogame/LEGOIsland LEGO Island 2]]'', ''Videogame/LEGOUniverse'', ''Soccer Mania'', and countless LEGO magazine comics) ''without'' the TimeTravel HandWave that it would seem that most LEGO themes take place concurrently. For example, this means Toys/LEGOPirates would take place in 1989, simultaneously with Toys/LEGOSpacePolice.˛** Other sources (such as ''Videogame/LEGOUniverse'', ''WesternAnimation/LEGOTheAdventuresOfClutchPowers'', and one [[Toys/LEGOSpace UFO]]/[[Toys/LEGOCastle Fright Knights]] commercial) imply that all themes take place concurrently, but each on their own separate planet. For example, the 2007 Toys/LEGOCastle theme would take place in 2007 but on the castle-themed planet Ashlar.˛** The Toys/LEGOTimeCruisers comics from ''World Club Magazine'' which interprets the many LEGO themes as TheMultiverse, but even within certain universes there are unexpected crossovers. For example, there's one universe which has [[Toys/LEGOSpace UFO]] and [[Toys/LEGOCastle Fright Knights]] interacting on Castle Planet (tying into the previously-mentioned commercial), and another universe which has Wild West, Extreme Team, Res-Q, and [[Toys/LEGOAdventurers Adventurers]] all taking place simultaneously.˛** ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' depicts all themes as taking place concurrently. They are all part of the same planet but were separated into separate theme-based zones under the rule of President Business, who dislikes crossovers. The setting of Toys/ClassicLEGOSpace, for example literally being a brick wall away from the settings of the Wild West and Toys/LEGOCastle themes. [[spoiler:In reality, the entire LEGO world is the basement of "The Man Upstairs", with each zone represented by a different table. This may imply that LEGO's canon is all based on how each LEGO builder perceives it, and thus its inherent subjectivity explains why the canon is so unreliable.]]˛** When EveryoneIsRelated, things become even more unreliable. For instance, [[Toys/LEGOAlphaTeam Evil Ogel]] is the great-great-great-great-great-grandson of [[Toys/KnightsKingdom2 Lord Vladek]], implying that the two themes take place seven generations apart. The [[Toys/LEGOMinifigures Evil Knight]] served under both Lord Vladek and [[Toys/LEGOCastle Cedric the Bull]], who has interacted with the casts of ''VideoGame/LEGOIsland'' and ''Soccer Mania'', both of which had a {{crossover}} with Alpha Team in one of the ''LEGO Magazine'' comics... which would imply that Alpha Team and the second Knights' Kingdom themes take place around the same time, not seven generations apart. And let's not get started on [[Toys/LEGOAdventurers Johnny Thunder's]] [[Toys/LEGOTimeCruisers family]] [[Toys/LEGODino tree]]...˛* UpdatedRerelease: They frequently do this with their sets, most noticably with their ''Star Wars'' sets if i'ts based on a common vehicle from the movies like the X-Wing. The original Toa from Bionicle also got rereleased like this just near the end of the original series run.˛* UnderCrank: LEGO commercials use this technique--whenever the set is being thrown together in the commercial, it's actually the model being taken apart in reverse so it looks smoother and faster when played forward at faster speed.˛* YouDontLookLikeYou: The clown archway in Jokerland only shares the green hair, white skin, and red lips with the character who owns it. The archway has a red nose, two tufts of green hair, and a bowler hat.˛----


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