Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Five Plot-Driven LEGO Sets for the Storyteller at Heart

lego sets for storytellers

Many people think of LEGO as a way to enhance design, construction and engineering skills, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s also an endless opportunity for honing the craft of storytelling! Children love coming up with scenarios that complement the worlds they’re building, turning LEGO figurines into fully-formed characters and acting out detailed interactions and stories. While all LEGO sets are conducive to this, many of them were actually designed with specific storylines in mind. These sets introduce complex and imaginative places, characters and action sequences so that children will have a rich base to use as a starting point for their own stories. Below are a few of our favorite LEGO sets that feature strong, imaginative storylines.

1. LEGO Bionicle

LEGO Bionicle follows the story of Toa, a hero in search of a mysterious set of masks known as the Masks of Power. In this epic quest, Toa must traverse a wide array of terrains and fight colorful characters on the island of Otoko, in hopes of keeping the legendary masks from falling into the hands of evil Makuta. Fight the Skull Spider or help Tahu, Master of Fire, hop onto his lava surfboard. Each set offers an array of creative dual weapons and fosters an intuitive building experience as children engage in the part-science fiction, part-fantasy world of Toa. The action never stops with this exciting, innovative playset!

2. LEGO DUPLO

Featuring large blocks geared to the very youngest builders and creators, many LEGO DUPLO sets also provide natural storylines for little ones to follow. We especially love Peter Pan’s Visit and The Joker Challenge, both of which feature multiple characters to allow children to play out relationships. The characters are also iconic and familiar, giving the child a good foundation from which to create his or her own stories and scenarios.

3. LEGO Friends

The LEGO Friends line features five best friends living in Heartlake City, each one with a unique personality and set of interests. This set is geared toward the child who prefers very character-driven play, rather than action-driven. The child will be able to enter each character’s world and build scenarios ranging from nature to rock shows. This is a great line for children who enjoy playing with dolls, as the storylines here will allow them to continue to foster empathy and role-playing while also allowing them to build and create!

4. LEGO Legends of Chima

LEGO Legends of Chima helps children imagine the fantastical, complex floating island of Chima and the magical, human-like creatures who belong to the island. Each Legends of Chima set features a different unusual creature and storyline, allowing the imagination to run wild as the characters interact. Whether it’s the stark power of Maula’s Ice Mammoth Stomper or the intricacy of Tiger’s Mobile Command, these sets are action-packed and offer an endless array of character interactions, battles, and scenarios.

5. LEGO Ultra Agents

For a true “Good Versus Evil” crime-fighting experience, it’s hard to beat LEGO Ultra Agents. This set is centered on Astor City, currently in the throes of an evil supervillain. Fortunately for the city, there’s a whole cadre of crime-fighting Ultra Agents to the rescue! Each Ultra Agent set will allow children to embark on a new storyline with a different agent, all while constructing futuristic machinery and even solving puzzles. To supplement the story, there’s a downloadable Ultra Agents app that prompts children to solve more difficult challenges while adding even more detail to the plot. Far beyond a traditional action toy, this LEGO set will challenge the mind!

Did we miss any great story-driven LEGO sets? Let us know in the comments below!

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