That’s why LEGO ditched its classic baseplates in the 2021 CITY sets
The LEGO Group has revealed the real reason for replacing their classic baseplates with a new roadplate system in this year’s CITY sets.
Vacuum-formed baseplates have been used in LEGO products for generations, including specialized plates with missing studs and prints to mimic roads and sidewalks. But in January of this year, the company decided it was time for this long-standing legacy to be removed and shot.
In their place were the 60304 road plates, a brand new brick road system that has also appeared in other LEGO CITY sets, including 60292 Town Center and 60306 Shopping Street. As far as the LEGO Group is concerned, this is the future of urban planning – and for good reason.
âLEGO CITY buildings are built on regular plates which are not easily compatible with vacuum formed plates,â said the teams at Element Design and CITY. New elementary. âOn top of that, it’s always been a challenge that you couldn’t build on a vacuum plate and a normal plate.â
However, these aren’t the only reasons that baseplates have been slowly but steadily phased out from most LEGO sets over the past few years. According to the same teams, this is also the result of the company’s move towards more environmentally friendly packaging, as the decrease in the size of the boxes meant that the huge 32 Ã 32 baseplates could not be included. than in the largest sets.
In the eyes of the designers of the LEGO Group, the new buildable road signs – the development of which took a full decade – are a comprehensive solution to each of these problems.
âThe new road signs offer greater opportunity and flexibility for the layout and scaling of an urban landscape,â explained the CITY and Element Design teams. “The considerations that led to the final format were the proportions and playability in the context of the LEGO CITY models, but also the versatility and scalability within the LEGO system.”
We’ve seen some of that versatility in the reconfigurable 60304 roadplates before, but the new elements will go even further in this summer’s sets, which recolor them to represent sand and water.
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