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If kids can build anything with LEGO Bricks, just imagine where Adult Fans of LEGO can take things...


  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is the Santa's Workshop set the real thing or a kitschy mall setup for children to visit with their parents?
  • Archive Panic; Lego has been around since 1932 and has produced an innumerable amount of brick sets since 1949 and is showing no signs of stopping. If you want to be a Lego collector, be certain that you have cash to burn.
  • Broken Base: Believe it or not, the beloved minifigures. There are plenty of fans who feel that they detract from the built models and are only used to sell sets. They're not completely off, though.
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    • The Big-figs are an even bigger case. While some like them for the amounts of detail they provide, others dislike them because of having only two joints and two possible ways to customize them, the fact that they're incredibly hard to get, or simply because they prefer the mini-fig/big-fig combination variant.note 
    • The mini-dolls are disliked because they are meant to be "Minifigures for girls". Besides that, they are also portrayed as very thin and very "cookie-cutter" and their legs can't move separately, since the legs were designed for dresses. However, they are not completely disliked, since they brought some well recieved themes, such as LEGO Elves, they tend to work better with licensed characters, such as the Disney Princesses, and The Lego Movie 2 The Second Part introduced some cool looking and likable minidoll characters.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Some LEGO minifigure parts tend to be used only once in a theme, but they still get a lot of recognition for being unique and having loads of potential, with some fans wishing that LEGO would use them more.
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    • Those include the extra-long limbs created for the Toy Story sets, the large torsos created for the TMNT sets and the adolescent legs created for the Harry Potter revival.
    • As for licensed themes, the SpongeBob SquarePants theme has continued to be very popular, even with their eventual discontinuation in 2014. Mostly because the figures are highly character accurate (at the time) and the theme having (boat)loads of potential, with many wishing for a revival, since dual-molds would allow for more high quality figures.
    • Animation based LEGO themes are very popular in general, despite being very sparsely released and often very expensive. Those include Toy Story, The Incredibles, Disney Princess note , the aforementioned SpongeBob, TMNT, The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo and The Powerpuff Girls. Most of which were very shortlived, except SpongeBob, the original runs of Toy Story and Cars, and Disney Princess note .
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  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: They are not called "LEGOs", the pieces are called "LEGO bricks" and the toys themselves "LEGO sets."
  • Fandom Rivalry: There is a well-established three-way Friendly Rivalry among fans of the three eldest LEGO Themes: LEGO Space, LEGO Castle, and LEGO Trains.
    • LEGO Vs Mega Bloks shorts on YouTube are not uncommon. Both are similar in design and use, and LEGO did sue Mega Bloks in the past.
  • It's the Same, So It Sucks:
    • Fans of Minecraft tend to complain about the relatively simplistic character designs of the minifigures, especially since the Minecraft artstyle is already simplistic to begin with. What really grinds their gears is that the Steve figure, despite LEGO being entirely capable of creating a high-quality version, still has no short sleeves or shoes, and his skin still being light instead of tan. The Zombies have the same problem, but they usually get a pass, since making highly detailed figures for Mook characters is not exactly plausible. The Alex figure also gets a pass, since her design is at least somewhat detailed in comparison.
    • Marvel fans are also annoyed at how LEGO simply recylced the character designs for Hulk and Thanos in the respective Avengers: Endgame set, despite the heavy redesigns (Hulk getting a shirt, Thanos not having a helmet). Especially the former, since it shouldn't take too much time to just print the shirt on.
  • Memetic Loser: Goofy is on his way of becoming one. Despite being one of the most well-known Disney characters, he still didn't get any physical minifigure releases.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I hope you step on a LEGO brick, barefoot, in the dark."
  • Misaimed Marketing: Cleverly averted. The 2016 DC Super Heroes set managed to tie in loosely to Suicide Squad (2016), but avoided any outcry over the subject material by using the comic versions of the Squad instead and not mentioning the film once.
  • Moe: The cute minifigures (especially the original ones with the simple dots for eyes and a curve for a smile that predates the character art designs of Adventure Time) tends to fall into this.
  • Moment of Awesome: See here.
  • Nightmare Fuel: 4000031 A LEGO Christmas Tale is a charming Christmas-themed set featuring Santa Claus on his sleigh, elves making toys, children opening presents, and a snowman with a skull for a head.
  • Older Than They Think: Specialized pieces and sets devoted to building one specific model have been around since 1955. Despite this, for many years now there has been a seemingly inexhaustible supply of people in their 20s or 30s lamenting this "recent" development and fondly recalling how it was all just boxes of random generic bricks when they were kids.
  • Periphery Demographic: LEGO is primarily a toy for children. It is immeasurably popular with teenagers and adults.
  • Sacred Cow: Considering its immeasurable popularity, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who actually dislikes LEGO, let alone thinks they're a bad toy.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Several parts and themes over the years. Galidor is a noted example.
    • Stickers. Most fans hate these because they don't last, can be difficult to align, and seem lazy. Never mind that printing every single part that required decoration is costly and would raise the price of sets. Of course a set with liberal sticker use (or several designed to match up) like the Mystery Machine, will be lamented.
    • Rubberbands (for sets like the Bohrok and the many, many X-Wing sets) suffer a similar fate, but unlike stickers, they're fairly easy to replace.
    • Studs. Their inherently tiny size makes them hard to keep a grip on and very, very easy to misplace.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • LEGO sets with brightly-colored Technic pins or liftarms for mechanisms. Even when the pieces are color-locked, they're not always covered up properly, which can annoy adult builders.
    • Stickers, as stated above, especially when they're clear-backed, which means a risk of air bubbles or smudging underneath them.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The revealed pictures of the tie-in sets for Toy Story 4 got a lot of criticism for redesigning the figures for Woody and Buzz, despite both already having well designed figures from the Toy Story 3 tie-ins. The fact that the redesigns got rid of the molded heads and the longer limbs for Woody doesn't help, plus the figures having generic minifigure faces instead of cartoony ones, arguing that toys aren't human and thus shouldn't look like generic LEGO people.
  • Ugly Cute: Attempts to make more intimidating or monstrous-looking characters with the normally adorable minifigures, like the Orcs from the Lord of the Rings sets, tend to have this effect.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • LEGO released an entire minifigure series based around Disney in 2016. It's safe to say that few people expected something like this, since LEGO isn't known to put licensed characters into a minifigure theme, outside of 'The Simpsons'', and even that had DTC sets to back it up.
    • 2018 was the start of LEGO Overwatch sets. Unexpected, since video game based themes only got made when they have a LEGO Ideas set based around them. Not to mention that Overwatch has a T-Rating.
    • The 2019 Disney series contained some surprises:
    • In 2019, LEGO revealed that they would be making sets based on Trolls World Tour, the first theme based on a DreamWorks property. Reactions were... mixed to say the least, as Trolls isn't particularly popular with the Periphery Demographic.
    • A Direct-to-Customer set for Stranger Things was leaked for a while, but brushed off for being too risky for a kid-friendly brand such as LEGO. Turns out it was real.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • Part of the fun in LEGO is that it's supposed to be, determinedly, a toy for both boys and girls. So naturally, many of the LEGO lines aimed directly toward young girls would tend to have these. Many have placed focus on domestic "feminine" activities, such as a resort set with focus on leisure activities, as well as a LEGO jewelry-making set. The LEGO Friends, the most recent attempt at marketing toward girls, has had some of the most criticism. Unlike the jewelry-making set, it directly advertised its affiliation with LEGO bricks, but the toy figures were modeled more after the idealized feminine image similar to fashion dolls (while the resort LEGO sets still kept the blocky-looking figures). This LEGO CUUSOO project attempts to offset the problem.
    • And even that CUUSOO (or should we say now, LEGO Ideas) project came with its own slew of Unfortunate Implications, along with the headline-making female scientist figure from LEGO Minifigures. Just try to find an Internet discussion regarding either the Ideas project or the female Scientist that doesn't have an argument started by someone saying, "What's the big deal? If these were male characters, this wouldn't be newsworthy."note  For example, here is a discussion resulting from LEGO selecting a second Ideas project revolving around female scientists.

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