One of the mistakes LEGO made during their Dark Ages, is thinking children don't want to build, they want to play! So they made all kinds of large, single-use parts to make the build go as fast as possible, resulting is themes like Jack Stone. Many are saying, LEGO is returning to those mistakes with the 4+ (and before the Juniors) themes. Do they have a point?

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LEGO’s core business is, as we all know, selling toys. But over the years, LEGO has grown beyond that. For instance, after the Dark Ages, LEGO started realizing, that it’s not just children that build with the bricks, but a lot of adults are too. This resulted in themes like Modular buildings and Architecture. When LEGO introduced Mindstorms back in 1998, it was meant to get children interested in programming. But it were the adults (and teens) that picked up this theme, and when they found out the limitations that the first Mindstorms software had, they quickly climbed behind their keyboards and started writing their own custom software. (Luckily LEGO learned from them, and improved the system, cooperating with the creative minds, instead of keeping everything ‘in house’).

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In 2017, LEGO introduced the PoweredUp system, as a successor of the standard InfraRed (IR) + Power Functions system. It uses BlueTooth as a connection, making it much more expandable compared to the limited IR, that’s limited to 8 channels. Also, this means the system can be connected to a smartphone, tablet or PC/laptop, that has a BlueTooth connection.

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A new addition in the young XTRA series. I hear a lot of positive sounds about this series. They are great as little adds to your LEGO City. Let’s see if the 40341-1 - Sea Accessories is as useful as the rest.

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The new addition to the Winter Village: 10254: Winter Holiday Train. The series started in 2009, and had a new set every year, except for last year. In 2015 LEGO released a re-release of the 10199 Toy Shop, the 10249 Toy Shop. Many were wondering what would come this year. Will LEGO bring something new, or will they make another re-release. That question is now answered: LEGO released a brand new set! Let's see how it will fit in the Winter Village.

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The much anticipated (at least by me) set Bucket Wheel Excavator 42055. When this monster was announced, I knew I had to get him. Especially the new gear-part 24121 looks like a great addition to the Technic collection. I’m expecting a new wave of MOC from it. Let’s see if this set can meet up with the/my expectations.

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