The LEGO Town Plan
Differentiating the System
Reflecting the LEGO Group’s focus on urban environments, one of the first LEGO play themes to be introduced in 1978 is LEGOLAND Town. The theme is inspired by the LEGO System in Play products from 1955 and in particular the Town Plan. Among other things, LEGOLAND Town introduces an updated Town Plan in the form of new street building plates. The new plates have roads printed on them and incorporate studs making it possible to build houses directly on the plates to create a genuine urban LEGO environment deeply rooted in the LEGO System.
In 1991, the LEGOLAND name disappears, and the play theme is renamed LEGO Town. In 1999, the name changes again – to LEGO City, which has remained the name except for a brief period in 2003-04, when the theme was known as LEGO World City. Since the launch in 1978, the Town theme introduced instant classics such as police and fire stations. Over the years the town grew to a city, and many more sub-themes emerged – including Airport, Arctic, Coast guard, Harbour, Mining, etc.