As we approach the end of 2021, our attention naturally turns towards new 2022 LEGO sets, and leaks, and retailer product lists start trickling out from usual corners of the internet.
I however, am most excited about 2022 being LEGO’s 90th Anniversary, an incredible milestone for The LEGO Group, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Billund has in store for all of us.
This isn’t based on any inside information, but just wishful thinking and an educated guess of what I think we’ll get!
The big one – the winner of the 90th Anniversary Fan Vote
The big reveal that everyone is waiting for will be the LEGO Ideas 90th Anniversary Fan Vote – a showdown between the top 4 winners of the fan vote: Bionicle, Classic Space, Pirates and Castle.
I cannot see LEGO picking any other theme but Classic Space – a theme beloved within the LEGO Design Team, but also to longtime AFOLs and Adult Fans.
In the moonbase, a rainbow assortment of Classic Space minifigures, including the addition of a brand new colour – a Teal / Turqouise.
Well, based on this shot of the LEGO Designers, with props from the Rebuild the World Ad Campaign, which also curiously includes a Teal Classic Space outfit, worn by Niek van Slagmaat.
This is a colour that has never existed in LEGO’s history, and LEGO Designers have a special relationship with Teal, so I think we could expect a brand new Classic Space Astronaut in 2022, with the 90th Anniversary set.
Bonus prediction: while I think Classic Space will win, I think we’ll also see smaller renditions of sets inspired by Bionicle, Classic Pirates and Castle as gift with purchases (GWPs), or smaller commemorative releases.
A 90th Anniversary Collectible Minifigure Series
My next prediction? Instead of the typical three LEGO Collectible Minifigures (CMFs) we see in a year, we’ll get a FOURTH series, devoted to classic themes, and characters from LEGO’s 90 years of history. Yes, this is in addition to Series 22 and the rumoured Muppets series.
In the same vein as LEGO Minifigures Series 18 which celebrated 40 years of the minifigure, I think we’ll see LEGO devote a special series to some of its most iconic characters.
With the new 12-character CMF series, here’s what I’d love the characters to be:
- Pizza Chef (Classic Town)
- Red Spaceman (Classic Space)
- Captain Redbeard (Classic Pirates)
- Forestwoman (Forestman)
- Willa the Witch (Fright Knights)
- Merlin / Majisto (Dragon Masters)
- Female Aquazone Minifigure (Aquazone)
- Female Space Police Minifigure (Space Police 1)
- Nya (Ninjago)
- Baron von Barron (Adventurers)
- Koala Suit Girl (LEGO Minifigures)
- Octan Driver (Town)
Homages to other LEGO themes throughout the year
2022 is also going to be a big year of celebrations for a number of LEGO themes celebrating anniversaries, and I can see LEGO bundling these milestones up to the larger 90th Anniversary celebrations.
In no particular order, 2022 will be:
- 10 years of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- 10 years of LEGO DC Super Heroes
- 10 years of LEGO Friends
- 10 years of LEGO Minecraft
- 15 years of LEGO Modular Buildings
I suspect we’ll see some commemorative minifigures for DC, and Marvel, in the same vein as the recent Harry Potter golden anniversary minifigures.
I also think we’ll get some really special LEGO Friends sets, given it’s been one of LEGO’s most important modern themes, rivalling Ninjago for commercial and cultural impact.
It’ll be interesting to also see what LEGO does with Minecraft, given the enduring popularity of the LEGO theme as well as the computer game. Maybe a full-sized LEGO update with official skins, textures and updates that officially integrate LEGO’s aesthetics into the game, or a sub-game?
Oh, and as I‘ve speculated when LEGO released their new Rebuild the World ad – I can see LEGO re-releasing an updated version of the Cafe Corner as well – perfect timing for the 15th Anniversary of modulars!
Commemorative and Vintage LEGO sets
Outside of that, similar to LEGO’s 60th Anniversary, I can also expect LEGO to go heavy on vintage-inspired product design, as well as commemorative sets – possibly in the Creator 3-in-1, and Classic Theme?
This is wishful thinking, but I would LOVE to see LEGO bring back the classic flip-top box design back, even if it’s just for the 90th Anniversary set. LEGO have proven their ability to go all out for packaging (such as with the Adidas Superstar), so surely they could bring back the transparent windows.
That would make me (and many others) so happy.
And that’s it – some very early unsubstantiated predictions of 2022 and what LEGO might do with their 90th Anniversary plans! Rest assured, it’s an incredible milestone for The LEGO Group, so expect to see this being a major focus for 2022.
If you’d like to listen to me and Richard from The Rambling Brick discuss and speculate about 2022, you can check out our latest Extra Pieces podcast, which is available on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from.
What do you think LEGO might do for their 90th Anniversary? Let me know in the comments what’s in your wildest dreams!
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