For the avid builder, the baseplate is essential in the creation of any large, imaginative environment.
Bases act as a springboard for creativity with their flat design; the LEGO equivalent to an artist's canvas. They are especially useful in the creation of large cities and dioramas, projects that would be impossible to take on without the help of a base.
Despite its usefulness however, the baseplate receives much less attention than it deserves, and somehow has earned itself one of the least varied inventories of any LEGO product.
There are currently only 3 baseplates being sold.
These include a large green plate, a large blue plate, and an extra large grey plate.
Now, some may look at these and think that this is a satisfactory catalog of bases, but what if you wanted to make a desert, snowy tundra, or martian landscape?
You could cover a regular plate with pieces to turn it that color, but this would take time, pieces, and patience in taking off all these parts later.
I would like to see more variety in baseplates, mainly their color.
Some of these colors would include:
All of these plates would be manufactured in the 32x32 plate format, and would be flat to guarantee pricing consistent with current plates. These would then be sold either individually, or in five plate sets in which the colors would be allotted according to a specific theme.
For example, there could be a medieval pack that included a
Grey, Dark Grey, Brown, Green, and Forest Green plate.
As far as pricing is concerned, each individual plate would cost about five American dollars, equal to their current price on LEGO.com, while the five-pack would cost about twenty-three.(These are merely suggested prices)
There are many times in which I've found myself stuck with using a plate in a project that doesn't suit it at all chromatically. Different colors would mean different possibilities, and with a broader catalog of bases would come a broader expanse of the builder's imagination.
The base is a piece in painful need of diversity, so if you ever want to have the opportunity to build on something other than green, blue, or grey in the future, then please support my project!
Thank you for reading, and if you have any suggestions, please write them in the comments.