MrCRskater wrote:As several comments have already leaned this direction, it seems like a "world history" theme might go over well. Folks have been interested in historical/famous structures in terms of the Architecture line and the whatever-they-call-it line with the Taj Mahal, Tower Bridge, Eiffel Tower, etc., not to mention all those interested in a WWII playset or something. With the announcement of the upcoming Adventurers-Egypt line, at least a couple folks suggested it would be even cooler if it were more realistic, pitting ancient Egyptians against the Romans, or Rome vs. Greece, etc.
So maybe a "World History" theme could offer battlepacks (Romans/Greeks, Allies/Axis, Union/Confederacy, etc.), military vehicles and playsets, vikings, explorer ships and playsets (Magellan, Columbus, Lewis & Clark), samurais, ninjas, the possibilities are endless. Surely LEGO could come up with a certain direction or angle that would make it profitable to both kids and AFOLs.
ka.lego wrote:• Creative Race with teams competing to circumnavigate the globe. It could have different "legs" (each year's sets focused on one or two) ie funky hot air balloons, animal-powered vehicles, mecha runners, jetpacks, funky subs, gliders, etc. Could culminate in galactic version with funky spaceships.
ka.lego wrote:• Truly Global! Ancient China! Three Kingdoms, Great Wall, etc. Expand the feudal Japan stuff. The Ninja line coming up is cool, but there's definitely more to explore. Persia! (Such a rich history and culture beyond Disney's flick to explore.) I imagine amazing non-Western architecture and an amazing variety of minifigs. Don't get me wrong. I'd LOVE Ancient Rome/Greece too, but would love to see LEGO celebrate non-Western cultures a little more. Use it as a chance to educate the kids about the world around them. It'd help make up for the cursory "Indian" and "Island Native" depictions of cultures of color. [Please consider this sentiment when considering folks' "world history" ideas. I'd LOVE to see those too, but it's 2010 and it'd be good to see a more holistic view of history.]
All of your ideas (including this one), but this sounds exactly like the current "World Racers" theme.
MrCRskater wrote:Couldn't agree more, thanks for expounding on this a little bit. "World History" should at least also include the middle- and far-east, if not also some great civilizations in central and south america.
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