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Top 8 Popular Lego Series
Lego has a rich history of almost 100 years of existence of a toy that grew from small wooden playthings to plastic building bricks that are dominating the world markets today. Today Lego has a range of series allowing kids to enjoy construction play in a varied and fun way.
The first Programmable Lego Kit was released in 1989, which was probably the first smart toy in that generation. In 2006 July, Lego came out with Lego Mindstorms NXT an advanced robot it that replaced the first-generation Lego Mindstorms Kit. On 7th January, 2013 Lego announced that it is going to release the third generation Lego Mindstorm EV3 in summer 2013.
This new series is going to unleash a new invasion in the robotic world. It will allow you to customize your robot in just about 20 minutes with its super advanced “Intelligent Brick” The EV3 system operates on Linux and the brick has a USB 2.0, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Intelligent Brick has an ARM processor, embedded 16 megabytes of flash memory, 64 MB of RAM and an SD expansion slot. With 550+ Lego bricks you can create and command your wildest imagination.
You can control your Lego Mindstorm EV3 robot with an iPad or a smart phone. Imagine and create robots.
Lego Star Wars is Lego’s first officially licensed theme released in 1999. This popular Lego theme is based on the Star Wars film series. The Lego star Wars sets allows your child to imagine and build cars, space ships, buildings, galaxies and much more. Lego and Star Wars have been sharing over a decade of successful history together. Since 1999 there have been over 240 Lego Star Wars sets released.
In 2005, the Lego Star Wars sets were the first to do away with the traditional yellow face Lego figures and move towards the more realistic flesh colored Lego figures that are popular today.
The theme was originally planned to end in 2007, but was renewed and slated for discontinuation in 2011. However due to the popular demand of the Lego star Wars and the growing fan base, Lego has established another contract guaranteeing to continue the theme till 2022. There, do i see a smile creeping in.
Lego Ninjago released in January 2011 has been Lego’s largest product launch till date. The Lego Ninjago has been inspired by the Japanese Ninja series. The Ninjago story is based on 2 brothers – Sensei Wu and Lord Garmaddon – sons of the great “Spin-jitzu” master. Sensei hides his father’s 4 powerful weapons to protect them from the evil brother Lord Garmaddon. In addition to this Sensei also hires 4 Ninja’s each with a unique strength to protect the weapons. The ninja’s are – Zane the ice ninja, Cole the ninja of earth, Jay the ninja of lightening, Kai the Ninja of fire. An additional character in the series is Nya the sister of Kai who brings the strength of intuition to the group.
The Lego Ninjago theme has a small story behind its name – the story line is based on 5 Ninja’s and 5 in Japanese is “go” – hence the name “Ninjago”
The Ninjago sets incorporate 3 play patterns for kids – imagination, construction and competition.
Lego Friends was Lego’s big launch in January 2012. The series is mainly targeted at girls in the age group of 5 to 12 years. Lego introduced this new series keeping in mind the extensive research that girls usually interact with toys on a more personal and human to human level.
The Lego Friends theme is based on 5 friends – Andrea, Emma, Mia, Olivia and Stephanie. They live in the Heartlake City and each of them has a different interest and personality.
These Lego Friends sets have a curvier and fashionable girl figure rather than the traditional Lego block figures. These sets are more focused towards girl’s daily leisure activities and hobbies. For e.g. they have a “Bake Shop Set” instead of a “Fire Truck Set” for a more realistic pretend play.
Lego Friends launch in early 2012 was very successful and immediately became popular with girls. Lego also concluded a 24% rise in profits with the launch of Lego Friends in the first half of 2012.
Lego Legends of Chima:
Lego Legends of Chima was the next big release for the Lego Ninjago fans. Lego Legends of Chima released in January 2013 is a theme based on the magical kingdom called Chima. The kingdom has advanced animal tribes with human bodies. They can speak and act just like humans. The Kingdom has a powerful energy called Chi – that gives its possessors special powers to speed up their vehicles and strength to fight.
The theme is interesting and will spark your child’s imagination. Lego Legends of Chima has a show on Cartoon Network and a toy range based on the theme.
Lego Legends of Chima series will continue until at least 2015 and is backed by a TV Show, Toy range and video games based on the Land of Chima.
Lego Duplo is a series of Pre-School building toys for kids as young as 18 months. The Duplo series was started back in 1969. These bricks are twice the size of the regular Lego bricks. They are large enough and safe for kids under 3 years to kick start their career as great builders.
Lego Duplo sets today comprise of both loose bricks as well as themed play sets. Loose blocks let child create and build whatever they imagine. Other playsets are themed to basic things like police, farm, doctor, fireman, zoo, supermarket and trains. Lego Duplo blocks are the best toys to introduce kids as little as 18 months building toys.
As the name suggests Lego City toys have a theme based on the city life. These construction sets are based on things that a person would come across in a city. The sets introduce kids to things like the airport, train, construction work or emergency services.
The Lego City theme originally started back in 1978 as ‘Lego Town’. In the years to come Lego City was named as ‘Legoland Town’, ‘Town Junior’, ‘World City’ and finally ‘Lego City’.
One of the first Lego City toys was the 10159 Airport. Lego has also introduced sub-themes under the City series – like fire, Transportation, Police and Construction.
Have you heard of LEGO Technic? The purpose of the LEGO Technic series is to build complex and advanced structures. This concept was introduced as the “Expert Builder Series” in the 1977. Later, in 1984 it was renamed as “Technic”.
LEGO Technic comprises of advanced LEGO pieces such as gears, axles, pins and beams. Most of the sets come with electric motors.
This series is developing over years. LEGO Technic today uses the “Studless Construction”. This means that the set does not use the regular LEGO bricks with studs to connect to other pieces. LEGO Technic uses pins and beams to interlock to other pieces.
LEGO Technic allows you to build fairly complex structures like race cars or heavy-duty construction vehicles. Building a Technic takes more time than some other regular LEGO sets but it leaves with an accomplishing sense of achievement. LEGO Technic sets are usually a little more expensive than the regular LEGO sets. LEGO Technic sets take a different approach to construction toys and help kids re-wire and think as they build complex structures. These sets add action and adventure to a child’s play. So are you ready to take on the adventure?