This year LEGO introduced (or more like resurrected – if you have been around LEGO long enough) a new line of products called LEGO Classic, with sets that include nothing more than basic LEGO elements in a variety of colors, and some suggestions for models that you can build with them – leaving the rest up to your imagination. 🙂
LEGO Classic is a spinoff of the LEGO Creator line, which always included basic brick boxes, and sets using simple pieces with several alternate models, however it also contained large models like LEGO Creator Expert Builder sets with thousands of pieces catering to older LEGO fans. This created confusion with shoppers who weren’t really sure what to look for when they just wanted to get LEGO set with basic bricks. In fact, LEGO even got the reputation of no longer offering simple LEGO kits. This is of course not true, but it is understandable for casual LEGO shoppers to get this impression when LEGO isles are often filled with licensed and more complex sets. And because the LEGO Creator line has been so varied in itself, it has become hard to locate the most basic brick boxes. So to make it very clear what to shop for when someone just wants a basic box of bricks, LEGO released LEGO Classic. Simple idea, simple bricks, simple name, that even parents and grandparents should be able to easily remember. 🙂
There are six sets in the LEGO Classic line, all containing the most basic LEGO elements; bricks, plates, slopes, wheels, arches, windows and doors. There are a couple of more interesting pieces like propellers and printed tiles with eyes, but there are no complex pieces or minifigs. The whole focus of LEGO Classic is to facilitate free-building with the simplest LEGO elements. One thing that is quite complex in the LEGO Classic sets though is the color selection. They include an absolutely beautiful rainbow of colors; yellows, oranges, pinks, purples, blues, greens, browns, grays, and of course black and white. The color selection gives you plenty of options to create really pretty models even with basic elements.
Here is the official description of the LEGO Classic line: “LEGO Classic helps you to develop your child’s creative skills. Imaginative building play is easy with these bright, colorful and versatile LEGO bricks. Each set includes classic LEGO bricks, a mix of special pieces and ideas, to help you get started, so your child will have everything they need to be inspired. Houses, vehicles and animals are all possible with LEGO Classic, as your child discovers their creative building skills. And because LEGO Classic spans so many different age groups, there’s fun for all the family and imagination for every generation.” Notice the last sentence, which appears to be a direct acknowledgement of older LEGO fans who remember building with basic LEGO elements, and have been criticizing LEGO for getting too complex. The point is that LEGO Classic can appeal to anyone. In fact the official recommended age-range by LEGO is 4-99!
As I have mentioned, there are six sets in the LEGO Classic line. They all contain a similar variety of LEGO elements to give you plenty of options. The only difference between the sets is the number of elements included, some of the colors, and the packaging. The smallest set is the #10692 LEGO Classic Creative Bricks with 221 pieces for the price of $16.99 (which comes to 7 cents a piece – an excellent price!). The largest set is the #10698 LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box with 790 pieces for $59.99 (also 7 cents a piece). The other sets are in between these two in both piece-count and price. Of course the larger sets will offer more options, but even the smallest one has plenty of pieces and a good variety of creative ideas. You can’t really go wrong with any of them.
We normally don’t talk about LEGO boxes as they are basically just packaging (although some people save them for the art-work), but I would like to bring to your attention that the Boxes of some of the LEGO Classic sets can also double as nice storage options, and this may be a deciding factor on which set you end up choosing. The #10693 LEGO Classic Creative Supplement and #10694 LEGO Classic Creative Supplement Bright both come in the standard cardboard boxes. These are not very useful for storage. The #10695 LEGO Classic Creative Building Box comes in a very sturdy cardboard box with much stronger walls, and a flip-top closure. This can work really well for storage, although it is still cardboard, so won’t last forever, but it is nice.
The #10692 LEGO Classic Creative Bricks is also a very sturdy cardboard box, with a plastic top with knobs to make it look like a LEGO brick. This box can be used for longer term storage as well. The #10696 LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box and the #10698 LEGO Classic Large Creator Brick Box both come in fully plastic storage containers. The lids have knobs on the top, and the bottom section has holes to receive the knobs, so these plastic containers are very stackable. They are also quite large; the smaller of the two, is 14x6x7 inches, the larger one I don’t have so I can’t measure, but looks about twice as tall. Both of these can work well as long-term storage options. (I would note here that some of the LEGO Juniors sets also come in the same type of fully plastic and stackable boxes, so you can use those for storage as well).
All of the LEGO Classic sets feature a handy inventory on the outside of the box with a picture and piece-count of each element, so you can see exactly what’s inside. The sets also include an orange brick-separator, so you can train your younglings early on not to use their teeth to take apart LEGO elements. And it’s a very useful tool for adults as well (although most of us probably have a gazillion of these by now). Inside the sets you will find all the elements in plastic baggies, grouped together by color, and the instruction booklet with some suggestions about what you can build. LEGO Classic sets are all about using your imagination and free-building, however these models can give some inspiration and get you started. Some of the step-by-step instructions are included in the booklet itself, while others you can find online at the official LEGO Classic website. I actually recommend looking through these models even if you don’t have the LEGO Classic sets (but have a decent selection of basic LEGO elements), because the models are really nice and can provide good activity for kids.
All in all, I believe the LEGO Classic line is going to be a real winner and I would highly recommend checking them out – especially if you are looking for building up the bulk of your LEGO collection with basic elements, or if you want to encourage a child (or adult) in free-building. I have nothing negative to say about these sets – the only thing I would wish for is LEGO to release larger booklets with more inspirations and instructions. I know they are available online, but it is nice to be unplugged at times and just flip through a book with imaginative ideas. They used to release books like this in the past, and it would be nice to reintroduce them. You should be able to get the LEGO Classic sets at your local LEGO retailer, and you can also find the whole selection under the LEGO Classic section of the Online LEGO Shop.
So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Classic sets? Do you think they were a good idea t introduce? Do you have any of them already, or did you buy them as a gift for others? Feel free to share your own review and thoughts in the comment section below! 😉
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