• Themes that have gone extinct, or do they still live on?

    Compiled by Novelty. Updated 16 October 2009. Contains 17 sets.
    Over the years, many themes and even systems have stopped production for one reason or another. This isn't a list of all of them.

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3660: Fisherman's Wharf

Pieces
25
Minifigs
1
RRP
$11
Bricklist notes
Theme: Fabuland

This theme lasted from 1979 to 1989 and was eliminated in the 90s. It was sneakily revived as Mickey Mouse (see below) in the 90s, but that only lasted a year.

Fabuland parts though, lived on in many future themes, from the hairbrushes found in Paradisa to the crow's nest found in Pirates.
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100 own this set, 49 want it.

2855: Baby tiger

Bricklist notes
System: Primo

This system was a variation of the Duplo system for even younger children - there's only one huge stud on all bricks. There were connector bricks to ensure compatibility with the with the Duplo system as well, but it was very much a dud.
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12 own this set, 13 want it.

6765: Gold City Junction

9 reviews
Pieces
350
Minifigs
6
RRP
$50
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Theme: Wild West/Western

Cowboys, Bandits and Indians! This theme created the wild west. The theme ended in 2002, but there is a petition to bring it back from at least one online community.

Some of the parts live on in future sets, including the snakes in Adventurers and the weapons in a variety of sets.
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1647 own this set, 871 want it.

5948: Desert Expedition

3 reviews
Pieces
196
Minifigs
5
RRP
$20
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Related sets
Same as 2879-1 5909-1
Bricklist notes
Theme: Adventurers (and Orient Expedition)

Desert, Jungle, Dino Island and the Orient. This theme was about aventures and treasure hunting in the mid 20th century. The idea has been reborn in the Indiana Jones license theme and the Prince of Persia license theme.
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352 own this set, 415 want it.

6774: Alpha Team ATV

10 reviews
Pieces
134
Minifigs
2
RRP
$20, £14.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 65118-1
Bricklist notes
Theme: Alpha Team

Recreate battles over the Arctic, under the Ocean, and on a secret island between the alpha team and ogel. This was Lego's answer to G.I.Joe. The theme may have gone the way of the dodo, or has it? Doesn't it remind you of... maybe Agents?
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971 own this set, 260 want it.

3510: Promotional Set

3 reviews
Pieces
25
RRP
$1
Instructions
Yes
Notes
Limited release. 25-pieces.
Bricklist notes
System: Znap

This is the Lego version of K'nex or Mechanno. Models were built using a completely new system. It didn't catch on - lego is about bricks, not rods or other building parts. Some of the parts though, have survived in future sets.
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72 own this set, 29 want it.

4040: Nick

14 reviews
Pieces
3
Packaging
Polybag
Notes
Promotional release with McDonalds in US and Canada.
Bricklist notes
System: Galidor

Action figures with interchangable parts. This sounds interesting in theory, but was impractical in reality. The lesser known subject matter did not help the sales of the line and it died off. Lego learnt its lesson and Bionicle and Knight Kingdom action figures were based on Technic parts. Some are calling the new Ben 10 theme the new Galidor.
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138 own this set, 37 want it.

5470: My First Quatro Figure

Pieces
18
Minifigs
1
RRP
$10, £7.99
Bricklist notes
System: Quatro

Duplo bricks, but double again the size! The studs on these bricks were 4 times the size of a normal Lego system brick, hence the name. Like it's predecessor Primo, it wasn't very popular with its target demographic (babies) and it died a slow death after 3 years with only 10 sets produced.
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5 own this set, 9 want it.

1376: Spider-Man Action Studio

8 reviews
Pieces
248
Minifigs
5
RRP
$30, £24.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Theme: Studios

This theme had a number of subthemes including Jurassic Park and Nesquick Rabbit. It also saw the introduction of Spiderman which went on to receive its own theme a year later.
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703 own this set, 348 want it.

4852: Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin -- The final showdown

11 reviews
Pieces
360
Minifigs
4
RRP
$50, £44.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Theme: Spiderman

It featured sets from the two spiderman movies. However, Lego did not continue its partnership with Marvel for the 3rd movie and this theme died prematurely. However, the superhero genre lived on in Batman.
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659 own this set, 627 want it.

7884: Batman's Buggy: The Escape of Mr. Freeze

22 reviews
Pieces
76
Minifigs
2
RRP
$9.99, £9.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Theme: Batman

Lego switched its license from Marvel's Spiderman to DC's Batman and this theme lasted for 3 years. Bits and pieces from Batman still survive in other themes, but the Batman theme is no more.
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1025 own this set, 974 want it.

7017: Viking Catapult versus the Nidhogg Dragon

14 reviews
Pieces
225
Minifigs
2
RRP
$20, £12.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail - limited
Instructions
Yes
Notes
Limited release in North America.
Bricklist notes
Theme: Viking

This wasn't really a Castle theme, but was an odd little theme on its own. The theme does not live on, but the mythological fantasy aspects is still alive in Castle sets today.
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1510 own this set, 644 want it.