I was on a pretty casual stroll in my local Kmart (Australia) today and stumbled upon the new LEGO Classic Baseplates in their new paper packaging!
In case you forgot, last September, LEGO announced that it would be phasing out the plastic packaging for their entire line of baseplates, swapping them for more sustainable paper options.
This is in line with LEGO’s commitment to transition towards 100% sustainable packaging by 2025. Hopefully this means inner set polybags in general retail sets are not too far away!
As a result, the “older” line of base plates have been “retired” as these newer paper packaging have brand new set numbers.
Here’s the list to the SKUs – they’re currently not available in Australia on LEGO.com, but are available in the UK and Europe. They will be released in the US in May
- 11023 Green Baseplate
- 11024 Grey Baseplate
- 11025 Blue Baseplate
- 11026 White Baseplate
- 10980 Duplo Green Building Plate
Was surprised to see them in the flesh, as I had forgotten about them, and was curious to see how LEGO would pull it off, and how different the new packaging would look!
Here’s a look at the packaging for the Classic Green Baseplate. It has a nice matte texture to it, and it also has a flap at the top to hang on shelf fixtures.
It feels quite nice in hand, and isn’t too thick
At the back you can see that the paper used is FSC Certified, which means its sourced from responsible sources.
Here’s how the classic one looks.
And here’s how they look when displayed on the shelves.
And here’s a look at the Duplo Green Building Plate. Another interesting observation is that it seems like LEGO has a brand new Duplo logo, which makes its debut on the new Duplo Baseplate!
I haven’t seen this logo yet on any set packaging yet, even the new 2022 Duplo sets!
Keep an eye out in your local toy store, or LEGO Store and see if you can come across these new paper packaging baseplates!