10 LEGO Sets That Kids Today Just Wouldn’t Understand

By on November 12, 2013

M.C. Escher RelativityToys may be for kids, but Legos aren’t toys! They’re more like architectural engineering simulation guides… for ages 5 and up. And even if some people with no imagination and joyless lives call them “toys,” then they’re one of the greatest toys ever conceived with a lot of benefits other toys don’t offer — just ask Christina Stephens from number 8.

Mature, super-cool adults aren’t the only ones who like Legos, there’s actually a large population of children who also enjoy building with these plastic blocks (perhaps that’s where the “toy” myth originated). And we don’t get along with children today, mostly because they don’t get any of our references.

(Yeah, I’ve met my first person who’s never seen Ghostbusters. Imagine what kind of existence must they lead.)

So us super-cool adults who still play with Legos need to find a way to differentiate ourselves from those weird lame-os who are too inexperienced in the world to know what they’re doing. Luckily, we have intelligence on our side… maybe because our adolescences were graced with advanced knowledge of physics and engineering?

Breaking Bad Lab

Breaking Bad Lego Set

The Breaking Bad Lab was either sold out or discontinued due to scandal, but either way, it must have been popular. Only an adult could exemplify concepts like pride, obsession, paranoia, and addiction while they make their little figurines dance around in a doll house.

Golden Girls Brick People Toy Set

Golden Girls Brick People Toy Set

Well, they use the ambiguous “brick people” instead of “Legos,” so it’s probably a knockoff… but the spirit is still there. Our favorite sitcom with an all elderly-woman cast (and the only one that will ever be made, because it was a miracle someone bought that pitch in the first place) is represented with perfect facial expressions for each character.

M.C. Escher’s “Relativity”

M.C. Escher Relativity

Kids just don’t understand art. Adults don’t either, for that matter. But for a piece like M.C. Escher’s “Relativity,” Legos are actually one of the few mediums to do it justice, with their gravity-defying connectivity.

Facehugger

Facehugger

While kids would prefer the much more playtime-friendly Alien (looking at you, E.T.), it takes an intellectual mind to appreciate the biological significance of the Facehugger – a truly imaginative way for a species to breed.

Ron Burgundy

Ron Burgundy

Would a Scotch-swilling, nonsense-dribbling chauvinist really appeal to children? Meanwhile, he’s no-less-than legendary among people who have hit puberty… Give it time, kids, you’ll get there one day.

Lego Architecture Studio

Lego Architecture Studio

Yes, this is exactly what we were talking about! This box is an assortment of pieces and a manual outlining some suggestions and techniques… Architectural engineering simulation guides!  Ages 16 and up!

Nintendo 64 Transformer

Nintendo 64 Transformer

“What’s a Nintendo 64?”  ~ Your Grandkids. What was, 15 years ago, the most revolutionary piece of machinery ever built by man is now biding its time as trash until its revival as a collector’s item. That it’s a Transformer, too, is a nice touch.

Prosthetic Leg

Prostethic Leg

That’s right… Let’s see Fisher-Price do that! Mechanic Christina Stephens may have needed to amputate her leg after an accident, but she then built her own artificial limb out of mother-trucking Legos. While only a prototype, a more functional version is in the works.

Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress

Ugh, with her past, can you believe she used white Legos? Almost every little girl has at least at one point fantasized about her wedding… if you find one who envisioned herself in a wedding dress made of Legos, you’ve made the right choice locking that down. Designed by Rie Hosokai (because that’s important with dresses).

Goonies Playset

Goonies Playset

Yeah, Goonies is a kids movie, and, yeah, we loved it when we were kids… in the ’80s. Kids today just wouldn’t understand.

About Matt Ellis

Freelance web writer. I like science, comics, and long walks on the beach. I write and draw this webcomic in crayon.

One Comment

  1. Danielle Jones

    November 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I love the creativity that comes with the old style legos.

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