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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...
    • Even if you just want to be a LEGO builder, buying bricks at all will cost you quite a bit; good luck tracking down bricks for more obscure colors for cheap, as quite a few bricks were, of course, only released along with specific sets that collectors already have to pay a lot of money to find—sending you down the Archives anyhow. You could just buy the bricks secondhand, but...
  • 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 shift from unique figure designs to standard minifigures was noticed by the fanbase, with LEGO practically forcing characters into the minifigure system, even if the characters looked closer to the original if they didn't. A good example of that is Lotso, who was given a completely new body mold which was very different from minifigures, but was still recognizable as a LEGO piece. Many fans imagine that he would be a minifigure if he was made today. Some fans are okay with that, as LEGO was always about the System and non-standard figures would be significantly less useful. Others think that minifigures need to be more varied in appearance, as not every living creature fits into the same box in real life. This could also tie into the Big-fig debate below, as people with bigger torsos aren't automatically hulking behemoths.
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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.
  • Creator's Pet:
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    • Some people have noticed that Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics and Harry Potter get a lot more attention than any other licensed themes. While this isn't a problem if one is a fan of these brands, some people express frustration about it, thinking that the other themes could actually use more attention.
    • The Big-figs. Even though many collectors and especially customizers have complained about the general uselessness of these figures, LEGO keeps using them to this day.
  • 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.
    • 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 .
      • Special mention has to go to the Avatar: The Last Airbender sets. Only two sets were released in 2006, but these two sets are in very high demand and often sell for very high prices in places like Ebay and Bricklink.
    • A Brickset survey showed that many people wanted the Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones themes to return, with them placing first and second on the polls, respectively.
  • 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.
    • Some have called LEGO Ideas "The New LEGO Space" for focusing a lot on space-themed sets despite many other projects being much more interesting. This is more of a problem with the community than with LEGO themselves, however.
  • Memetic Loser: Goofy was this originally. Despite being one of the most well-known Disney characters, he still didn't get any physical minifigure releases. However, it became a Discredited Meme once he finally got one.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • 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:
    • 4000013 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.
    • The Mouth of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings line is about as horrifying-looking as he is in the Extended Edition.
    • The Mario figurine, when turned off, has his eyes and mouth go completely black, almost looking hollow or souless.
  • 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 was primarily meant to be a toy for children. It is immeasurably popular with teenagers and adults—a demographic LEGO has been more than happy to welcome as time has gone on, going as far as to make LEGO sets for series that are decidedly not targeted as being for kids, such as Stranger Things and Doctor Who.
  • 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.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • In spite of Adventure Time getting both a LEGO Ideas set and LEGO Dimensions packs, the latter having exclusive minifigures, the lack of a proper Adventure Time theme is both surprising and disappointing. The world of Adventure Time is huge and filled with characters who were just waiting to be made into official minifigures, but nothing came of it. This is especially baffling, considering the show was scheduled to end by that time. The same applies to many other Lego Dimensions-only IP such as Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • While it is a little convenient that LEGO launched a new Spider-Man theme around the time Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse came out, featuring characters like Peter Parker, Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, Aunt May and most of Spider-Man's Rogues Gallery, the lack of characters from Spider-Verse note  was upsetting for many Spider-Man fans. Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Ham later got added to the series, but many complained that the former looked more like a cowboy than a detective.
    • The lack of a proper Shazam! theme, considering how SHAZAM! (2019) came out around that time, was quite a bummer. Granted, there was a figure of Shazam in the new Batman theme and LEGO likely refused the idea due to trying to avert Spoiled by the Merchandise this time, there is quite a lot that could've been done with characters from the movie who only appeared in the trailers so far.
  • 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.
    • Also in 2019, LEGO announced sets based on the second Minions movie. It's their first Illumination based theme and got a similar reaction to Trolls.
    • On March 10th 2020 LEGO announced a partnership with Nintendo to create sets based on Super Mario Bros.. This was surprising due to how Mario was associated with LEGO’s rival K’NEX (though its most likely their license expired) and the fact that Mario’s formal rival Sonic the Hedgehog has appeared in LEGO Dimensions but has yet to receive a proper LEGO set.
  • Values Dissonance: It's very unlikely that set 215 "Red Indians" (who are literally coloured red rather than the usual yellow) would be considered acceptable in the 2020s.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: A few of their commercials by Ghost VFX, The Padawan Menace by Animal Logic and Hero Factory by CGCG. The feature films, also done by Animal Logic, are very pretty as well.

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