Since the 1960s, LEGOs have completely transformed the way children play with toys by promoting creativity over everything else.
The entire reason for LEGOs is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow. It is the only toy that is constructed in a way that children do not have to purchase every single new box of LEGOs that hits the market. They can use their own creativity to develop a house, or a car, or anything else that they feel like constructing.
However, that did not stop LEGO from selling their own themed projects like the homemaker, Wild West, or Legoland themed sets. But over the years, those themes can change and even some of them can be deemed inappropriate.
What might be appropriate in the 60s might not pass today. There were some sets that were socially acceptable back then. But if sold today, LEGO would have some explaining to do.
20 Church (1957)
Let's start with an easy one. Over 50 years ago, all of the LEGO sets being sold were very basic and were mostly houses and buildings around town. One of the original LEGO sets ever sold was the Church.
Now, it does not seem all that controversial to have a Church being sold as a LEGO set but they have only done it one other time since then. There is no longer a way to sell a Church set without also being fair to the other religions in the country.
19 Town Square Castle Scene (1980)
The infamous Town Square Castle Scene makes the list not because it would cause a stir in today's market but rather because it is not realistic for a LEGO set. One of the things LEGO prides themselves on is how accurately they portray a lot of their sets.
The Town Square Castle Scene features knights roaming around a town center on horses, none of which has a normal atmosphere or even a realistic appearance of a town center.
18 Indian Chief (1997)
The 1997 Indian Chief is one of a few times that LEGO used Indians in their sets, something that was never acceptable, especially in the late 90s. This might have been one of the last sets to ever feature the Indian Chief.
But it was not the Indian that makes this such a bad idea for 2019, it is more about that insane totem pole they decided would be a good idea. In one of the most amateur looking creations ever, the totem pole looks almost like a child put it together using whatever they had in their box of LEGOs.
17 Mr. Bunny (2003)
Speaking of amateur looking LEGO sets, Mr. Bunny just might be the biggest waste of time and money LEGO has ever tried to sell to consumers.
It sold for just $2.50 back in 2003 and could have just as easily been built using a couple of old pieces you never used to construct that Moon Landing set. The only thing you really bought was the rabbit's face, which is the only redeeming quality of this set.
16 Fire Truck (1978)
Apparently, back in 1978, firemen drove around in a tiny red trucks that were too small for them to even enter into and drive. As far as basic is concerned, this is one of the most simplistic designs ever and it makes zero sense to users.
If LEGO were to sell this product today, it would struggle to get past social media without being blasted for how horrible of a Fire Truck design it had.
15 The Fabuland, Big Band Peter Pig, Gabriel Gorilla (1985)
If you could only imagine a world that was created by The Beatles, then, and only then, you might be able to have enjoyed the Fabuland sets.
But this one stands out because of the Peter Pig and Gabriel Gorilla animals playing music in a scene that can only be described as wacky, even for 1985. Was there really any child looking forward to playing with such a weird LEGO set?
14 Girl (1994)
No, that is most definitely not a girl. Let's rephrase, this is a girl the same way that a single brick with a drawn female on it is a girl. This set had seven bricks total and could have been put together by a two year old, which is not a horrible idea but who thought of selling this?
If LEGO is going to sell a set that is named Girl, then they have to do a better job than this one.
13 Bathroom (1979)
Things have changed over the past 30 years and a prime example of this is the LEGO Bathroom set sold back in 1979. This complicated set featured 164 total pieces and came complete with a sink, bathtub, and even a counter for various bathroom accessories.
What makes this a terrible idea for today is that it also comes complete with a female figure, possibly the matriarch of the family, holding a brush and hair dryer while her child sits on a platform above the tub. There are simply multiple reasons for a big fat no here.
12 3 Little Indians (1964)
At one time, Samsonite helped carry LEGO into the future of brick-building toys and as such, was responsible for funding a lot of the early 1960s sets including this travesty.
The 3 Little Indians set is about as phony of a product as LEGO has ever sold. Not only are the three characters faceless, the only thing that makes them Indians are the black pieces on their heads, which is apparently an Indian trait in their eyes.
11 Final Duel II (2002)
This is one of those sets that is legendary among Star Wars fans because it baffles the mind as to who considered it a good idea to sell such a terrible set.
The Final Duel II is supposed to be dedicated to the infamous Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker battle at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, but it ends up being Luke's final walk to meet with Darth Vader instead.
10 King Leo (2000)
Again, we are baffled at the fact that LEGO would sell a product that features two mini figures and a horse and call it a set. The only reason they were able to call this a set is because of a very small and dark grey castle tower that sits in the background.
The tower serves no purpose and is only added to the set so that they can sell it for $5 apparently. Good luck trying to sell something like this today.
9 Scala Kitchen (1998)
Sexism was not really a mainstream issue until the last ten years. Before that, sexism was often dismissed and treated very poorly especially in items like the Scala series LEGO tried to sell in the late 90s.
The Scala Kitchen is quite possibly the worst thing they could have ever sold that set women back a few hundred years. The set shows a kitchen scene in complete disarray but with a family dreaming of putting it together and making it a kitchen. Of course, the woman is wearing an apron too.
8 Bank Breakout (2001)
Since when does promoting a bank robbery seem like a good idea?
Apparently, the Jack Stone series was supposed to be a very hot product for LEGO but it failed miserably upon release. Even though this set was from 2001, it marks the last time LEGO ever decided to feature a robbery in one of their sets.
7 Tusken Raider Encounter (2002)
Maybe it was not a good idea to sell a product to children that recollects one of the darkest movie scenes in the Star Wars series.
This set honors that moment Anakin Skywalker grabbed a racer and found the Tusken Raiders who slayed his mother. He brutally destroyed all of them, burning them to dust in the process as part of his revenge.
That seems a bit brutal for a LEGO set, right?
6 Offshore Rig With Fuel Tanker (1977)
In 2019, Offshore Rigs and Fuel Tankers are no longer an item kids want to build. In fact, most of the world does not want anything to do with them either after the multiple oil spills and countless wars fought over the price of oil.
Not to mention the lack of environmental care given by any of the companies that had offshore rigs or fuel tankers. But LEGO had a very widely publicized partnership with Shell Oil, which would actually come to an end a few years later.
5 Jabba's Palace (2003)
The reason why Jabba's Palace made our list was because it was considered to be a racist set sold by LEGO.
This set, taken directly from the Star Wars films, was supposed to be a replica of Jabba's Palace but instead resembled a former mosque in Istanbul and the Jami al-Kabir mosque which is in Beirut.
4 Red Indians (1977)
One of the things that LEGO has always done is create mini figures that were yellow in skin. They kept them as such to eliminate any type of racial problems between the figures. However, that was not the case in 1977 with the Red Indians set.
This is a set that makes even the most mild-mannered individual cringe. It features a family of Indians with red faces and could not be more racially insensitive, even for 1977.
3 Shell Service Station (1966)
One of the earliest Shell Service Stations and Shell LEGO products ever sold was this 1966 set. It was done many years before anyone considered Shell to be a dangerous company that had very little respect for the environment.
Greenpeace would eventually force LEGO to make a decision about their partnership and it came to an end a few years ago, for the first time in fifty years.
2 Duplo Family, African-American (1996)
Is there really anything we need to say to explain why this was a very bad product?
The Duplo series was part of the LEGO product and in 1996, they sold a couple of mini figures that were categorized by the color of their skin, an idea that might have seemed innocent back in 1996 but would cause nothing but trouble if they sold it today.
1 Lego Friends (2012)
People do not like to be told what to do, let alone be told how to think. So when LEGO released the LEGO Friends collection, which was obviously created for girls, LEGO fans got outraged.
Many women's groups protested the collection because it was forcing women to play with certain LEGOs designed specifically for girls. Why couldn't they play whatever they wanted instead of this one specifically?