LEGO City, originally known as (and also currently alernatively known as) LEGO Town is a series of construction toys by LEGO, consisting in playsets with a modern, mostly urban settings, also divided in many sub-themes. It's one of the three original Lego System themes along with Castle and Space
The series was renamed four times through the years:
- Town (1978-1997)
- Town Jr. (1997-1998), a reboot to the series featuring simpler sets.
- City Center (1999-2001). Known as City in European countries.
- World City (2002-2004)
- City (2005-present)
Some people consider the new names sub-series of the general Town series, rather than renamings of it. Both versions are right to some degree. No Town set was released outside these new series after their creation (Aside from sets that are part of other subseries), meaning that is right to consider them replacement for the original series, however these names were introduced to better identify those sets that wouldn't be part of any sub-series, since were general "town" sets, so it's debatable if the renaming should be applied to the whole town series, or only to those sets that aren't part of other sub-series.
A very high number of toy sets were released, some of which are part of specific sub-themes.
For a list of all sets that are part of this series see here.
Only two main games were released in the Lego City series, and are:
- Lego City Undercover (March 18, 2013), Wii U. Later released in 2017 for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.
- Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (April 21, 2013), Nintendo 3DS. A prequel to the Wii U game.
The Lego Island games are sometimes considered part of the Town/City series, but since their sets are not considered part of this series, so should be the games.
Additional, minor games were made available on the official Lego City site to play online. These include:
- Build It Game
- City Game
- City Puzzles
- Coast Guard Game
- Police Chase
- Time to Build (2006)
- Fire Fighter Academy (2008)
- The Robot Chronicles (2008)
- Train Story (2010)
- Harbour Game (2011)
- On Patrol (2011)
- Space Launch (2011)
- Catch the Crooks (2011)
- Team Up (2012)
- Forest Game Hub (2011)
- Winter Stunt Police (2011)
- Tree Fishing (2011)
- Protect the Presents (2011)
- Construction Game (2011)
- Great Vehicles (2012)
- Advent Race (2012)
- Advent Skiing (2012)
- Ready,Steady,Fire! (2013)
- Runaway Runways (2013)
- Santa's Toy Factory (2013)
Some Lego City-themed books were released in 2000 and include:
- Trouble at the Bridge, based on the City Center series.
- Mission to the Arctic, based on the Arctic series.
- Rocket Rescue, based on the Space Port series.
A Lego City magazine also started publication in March 2017, including various comic stories and an exclusive minifigure set in each issue.
- 851641 City Memory Game
- 4297442 City Memory Game
Promotional items include:
- A t-shirt featuring a promotional image of the World City series, released in 2003.
- A t-shirt featuring a promotional image of the Arctic series, released in 2000.
- A food placemat called 4271453 Arctic Food Placemat - Blue, released in 2004, featuring an artwork from the Arctic series.
- Two sports bags called respectively 33323 LEGO City Sports Bag (Small) and 33418 LEGO City Sports Bag (Roller), released in 2009.
- A1305XX LEGO City ZipBin Toy Box a box that opens into a playmat with a road pattern, released in 2009.
- 12160 Backpack and Pencil Case Set, LEGO City Police, released in 2010.
- A Fire-themed 60-piece jigsaw puzzle by Ravensburger, also including the set 5532 Fire Car.
- A Police-themed 60-piece jigsaw puzzle by Ravensburger, also including the set 5531 Police Motorcycle.
Each sub-theme of the Town series can be considered a sub-series of it. These are:
- Lego Race (1985-2000)
- Lego Airport (1985-2010)
- Lego Flight (1990-1996)
- Lego Nautica (1991)
- Lego RSQ911 (1991-1992), later known as Lego Rescue (1993-1996)
- Lego Paradisa (1992-1997)
- Lego Launch Command (1995)
- Lego Outback (1997)
- Lego Divers (1997-1998)
- Lego Football (1998)
- Lego Res-Q (1998)
- Lego Extreme Team (1998-1999)
- Lego Space Port (1999-2000)
- Lego Arctic (2000; 2014)
- Lego Trains (2003-2011), formerly its own separate series.
- Lego Space (2011), later known as Lego Space Exploration (2015)
- Swamp Police (2015)
- Great Vehicles (2015)
- Deep Sea Explorers (2015)
- Volcano Explorers (2016)
Additionally, many people consider most recurring themes, such as "Police" or "Firefighters", additional sub-series, but they are usually not officially identified as such.
Links to other series
|Lego Castle||1991||The Lego Town set 1477 Red Race Car Number 3 and the Lego Castle set 1480 King's Catapult were boundled together within 1476 5 Item Bonus Pack.||3
|Lego Pirates||1991||The Lego Town set 1477 Red Race Car Number 3 and the Lego Pirates set 1481 Pirates Desert Island were boundled together within 1476 5 Item Bonus Pack.||3
|Lego Boats||1991||Many Lego Boats sets feature the fictional Firefighters and Coast Guards from the Town series.||1
|The Firm (John Grisham)||June 30, 1993||The Lego Town set 6346 Shuttle Launching Crew makes an appearance in the movie The Firm.||2
|Lego Belville||1995||The Lego Belville set 5810 Vanity Fun was boundled with two Town sets in 22 Divertimento al Cubo.||3
|Stargate||1997||The Lego Town set 6339 Shuttle Launch Pad makes an appearance in an episode of Stargate SG-1.||2
|Lego Island||October 02, 1997||The Lego Island series is centered around sets from the Town series.||1
|Lego Sports||2000||The Lego Sports series was based on the Football theme, part of the Town Jr. series, and featured some of the same locations as sets. The Sports set 3408 Super Sports Coverage also includes a minifigure from the fictional Res-Q organization from Lego City, while the game Lego Soccer Mania features characters from the Arctic sub-series of the Town series.||1
|Lego Studios||2000||The Lego Studios set LEGO & Steven Spielberg MovieMaker Set includes a fireman from the fictional Res-Q organization from Lego City.||1
|Mickey Mouse||2000||The Lego Disney's Mickey Mouse set 4164 Mickey's Fire Engine features the fire department logo from the Lego City series.||1
|Lego Stunt Rally||September 13, 2000||Lego Stunt Rally features characters from the Race sub-series of Lego City.||1
|Lego Jack Stone||2001||The Lego Jack Stone sets 4603 Res-Q Wrecker, 4606 Aqua Res-Q Transport and 4622 ResQ Digger feature the fictional Res-Q organization from Lego City.||1
|Lego DUPLO Town||2001||The Lego DUPLO Town sets 3091 Big Gas Truck and 5605 Tanker Truck feature the Octan company from Lego Town.||1
|Lego Space||2001||The Lego City set 7637 Farm makes an appearance in the Space Police III short film "The Chase". Additionally, some mifigures from various Lego City sets (7567 Traveller, 7893 Passenger Plane, 7993 Service Station, 8401 LEGO City Minifigure Collection) wear a jacket with the classic Lego Space logo on it. Since that part was originally from Lego Spider-Man, this may be an incidental reference. Also the Lego Town set 1477 Red Race Car Number 3 was boundled with two Lego Space sets within 1476 5 Item Bonus Pack.||1
|Lego Racers||September 21, 2001||Lego Racers 2 features vehicles and other elements from various Town sets; The online game The Robot Chronicles is a crossover between the Lego City, Lego Racers and Lego Agents series.||1
|Lego Legends||2002||The Lego Town sets Pizza To Go, Breezeway Café and Lego Legends were re-released in the Legeds series.||2
|Lego Trains||2003||The Lego Trains series was officially included in the World City and City themes.||1
|Lego City 4+||2003||The Lego City 4+ sets 4654 Tanker Truck and 4655 Quick Fix Station feature the Octan company from Lego City.||1
|Lego Alpha Team||2006||Some mifigures from Lego City sets (7641 City Corner, 7724 City Advent Calendar, 7894 Airport, 7993 Service Station) wear a shirt with the Alpha Team logo on it.||2
|Batman||September 23, 2008||The Lego City sets 7236 Police Car and 7991 Recycle Truck make an appearance in Lego Batman: The Videogame.||1
|Lego Modular Buildings||September 01, 2009||The Lego Modular Buildings set 10197 Fire Brigade features the same fire department from the City series. 10211 Grand Emporium makes an appearance in Lego City Undercover.||1
|Rock Band||November 03, 2009||Lego Rock Band features unlockable characters from the Lego City series.||1
|Lego Agents||2010||The online game The Robot Chronicles is a crossover between the Lego City, Lego Racers and Lego Agents series.||1
|LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers||April 2010||Lego City: A Clutch Powers 4-D Adventure is part of both series. The Lego City sets 7639 Camper and 7945 Fire Station also can be seen in LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers.||1
|Lego Universe||October 26, 2010||Lego Universe features various elements from Lego Town, including 4778 Airline Promotional Set.||1
|Lego Minifigures||January 2011||The collectable minifigures Race Car Driver and Soccer Player feature the Octan company from Lego City as a sponsor, while the description of the Gangster minifigure mentions Lego City; the videogame Lego City Undercover features various characters from the Minifigures series.||1
|South Park||June 08, 2011||The Lego City set 7635 4WD with Horse Trailer makes an appearance in the South Park episode "You're Getting Old".||2
|Lego Games||March 2012||The Lego City/Games set 3865 City Alarm is a format crossover between the two series.||3
|Mario||March 18, 2013||The videogame Lego City Undercover features various elements from the Mario series.||1
|Donkey Kong||March 18, 2013||The videogame Lego City Undercover features a reference to Donkey Kong.||3
|Zelda||March 18, 2013||The videogame Lego City Undercover features a reference to the Zelda series.||3
|Lego Super Heroes||October 22, 2013||The motorcycle from 7288 Mobile Police Unit is one of the land vehicles in the game LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.||1
|The Lego Movie||February 07, 2014||The Lego Movie features elements from the Lego City series.||1
|Lego Dimensions||May 09, 2017||The Lego City Universe appears in the game.||1|