Take a closer look at the all-new LEGO CITY road plate system
The LEGO Group has added the new CITY road signs to its online store, offering a more detailed look at the new system.
For decades, LEGO cities have relied on baseplates with studded and smooth sections to represent sidewalks and roads, respectively. Starting next year, however, the LEGO CITY theme ditches those classic baseplates for an all-new roadplate system.
We can now get a closer look at how this new system will work thanks to the 60304 road signs. Each 112-piece set includes enough elements to build a T-junction, complete with traffic lights, street lights and even a pedestrian crossing. The large roadplate segments are all printed and connected using tiles.
The real beauty behind the new system, however, is that you don’t to have to build a T-junction. Where previous road baseplates limited you to anything imprinted on the smooth area, new buildable roads allow you to configure them in the configuration that your heart – or cityscape – is. longed for.
While the LEGO Group has generally eliminated road baseplates from sets, the new roadplates will be featured in a number of LEGO CITY 2021 products. Family Home 60291, Downtown 60292, and Shopping Street 60306 all incorporate the new elements, allowing you to quickly build your new road network.
Of course, a new system will always meet the hesitation of seasoned fans. And replacing an existing and extended road layout could prove costly, especially given that the 60304 road plates sell for £ 17.99 / $ 19.99 / € 19.49. In contrast, the newer two-pack of road baseplates was priced at £ 9.99 / $ 14.99 / € 9.74 apiece.
It’s also unclear how the LEGO Group will introduce curved roads in the new Angular system without large dedicated elements, but hopefully we will find out later in 2021. For now, you can expect the launch of 60304 Road Plates with more LEGO CITY sets on January 1st.
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