What Movie Series Were The First Themed LEGO Building Sets Based Off Of?
Answer: Star Wars
Although it might seem as if there has always been movie and franchise themed LEGO building sets, they’re a recent development in the history of the half century old toy company.
It wasn’t until 1999 that LEGO began producing sets with themes that deviated from their core themes (such as the classic Town, Castle, and Space themes). The occasion? The release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Over a dozen Star Wars themed sets were released around the time of the movie; they were quickly snapped up by Star Wars fans of all ages.
Although more themed sets followed, including Harry Potter sets in 2001, Spider-Man sets in 2002, and Batman sets in 2006, the Star Wars themed LEGO sets remain the most popular.