This photo shows the Dark Side Box cover and an assortment of pieces that can be contained inside.
Themed Brick Boxes would work the same way as the generic brick boxes that currently exist. The difference would lie in the unique pieces commonly found within a series, including colored bricks that fit the brand colors of the series.
This concept utilizes the licenses LEGO currently has and would only repurpose the bricks/pieces and containers that the company currently produces. Each new series can utilize this type of product.
This isn’t necessarily a brand new concept or a plea to begin a new LEGO series based on my favorite video game, movie, or cartoon franchise. This is however a solution to an issue I myself and others have come across while purchasing and playing with LEGO products.
The many different models that span across the wide range of LEGO themes are beautiful works of design that help people learn and grow their imaginations. A lot of the times children and adults alike will buy sets with the intentions of building the intended model and then tearing it down for the pieces. I began discussing this issue with parents I know and work with. Many of them tell me that their children receive various amounts of LEGO sets for holidays and birthdays, building them once and then tearing them down and losing pieces.
I promote this behavior, however…
As the sets become more and more astounding, I myself have found it difficult to breakdown the model into it’s many components. Take the Millennium Falcon model for example. I loved building it and I love having it on display in my home. I would however like to build my own models with the pieces that were contained within the set but I also cannot go and spend the full amount again for the set just for the pieces.
This is where the idea of Themed Brick Boxes comes from. I am not suggesting all the pieces from this set are dropped into a box and sold at a lower price. I am however suggesting pieces commonly found within the different series such as Star Wars, Marvel/DC Superheroes, LEGO Friends, Ninjago etc. be sold in boxes that allow LEGO enthusiasts to build their own models using the themed pieces found across the series.
This product is not meant to compete with existing LEGO sets. These brick boxes will act as a complimentary product.
Pros to Themed Brick Boxes:
• Perfect for all CUUSOO members that create their own models.
• Allows users to bring their own ideas to fruition without sacrificing actual models.
• Spans across all LEGO series. Including new and upcoming series such as: Monster Fighters and Lord of the Rings.
• Provides themed containers in different colors.
• Provides access to unique pieces not commonly found in current brick boxes.
• LEGO can produce different size boxes with varied brick types.
• May cost more than existing brick boxes due to the inclusion of unique bricks.
• Could potentially compete with the sales of actual sets when users just want the pieces. (Even though this is not the intention.)
Complimentary ideas for this concept:
• Addition of unique mini-figures to each box.
• Instructions for random models designed by the LEGO master builders. (I really like the learning aspect of the Master Builder Academy sets and this would be a perfect product to continue the instructional building lessons.)
• Printed LEGO comic books to create a story or dialogue with the user and the product.
These are some series that can utilize this project: City, Friends, Star Wars, Monster Fighters, Lord of the Rings, Architecture, Modular Buildings, Marvel Universe, DC Universe, Spongebob Squarepants, Ninjago, Minecraft, Technic, Kingdoms, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dino, Hero Factory, Alien Conquest, Racers. (If there are other recent themes I left out let me know.)
I plan to update this idea as it evolves. I would appreciate any feedback from other CUUSOO Members.
This project is proud to support:
Female Mini-figure Set by Alatariel
Megaman Project by Alatariel
LEGO Blade Runner Spinner by Kaitimar
Portal Test Chamber by t-brick
Modular Death Star by Runar
Special thanks to the following blogs:
The Brick Fan
Brick Town Talk