LEGO Avatar has only recently launched but with four more movies in the pipeline, it may need to get creative to last until the fifth film.
Avatar’s first film debuted in 2009, but with four more movies releasing soon or in production, it appears that Disney is hoping for the franchise to make a resurgence in mainstream media. At the time of writing, Avatar 5 is being reported for release in 2028, six years away at this time.
To help set LEGO Avatar apart from the rest of the LEGO portfolio, it could expand into other categories of builds to gauge interest and find its target audience. Minifigure-scale playsets and vehicles are already covered in the official builds available now, but here are a few more categories the theme could expand into, and how.
Note that this is only speculation based on existing models and the confirmation of four more Avatar films, with the second scheduled for release on December 16, 2022.
4 – Prop recreations
LEGO Star Wars, Marvel and Harry Potter have already demonstrated how realistic items from all kinds of genres can be recreated with LEGO bricks, from the huge 76391 Hogwarts Icons – Collectors’ Edition to the more affordable 76191 Infinity Gauntlet.
Avatar has yet to provide too many iconic props that could be recognisable to a wider audience, though there are four more films to go in the series yet so there’s still time for the franchise to develop such an item. As an example, for now, the breathing mask and Neytiri’s dagger could form a small collection of brick-built props, though it has yet to be seen if any items will play a more important role in the sequels.
3 – Dioramas
The current LEGO Avatar sets recreate scenes from the film using LEGO pieces, much like similar playsets from Star Wars. However, LEGO Star Wars has recently introduced a more detailed range of playsets for a more experienced audience – the Diorama Collection.
Jurassic Park has also been subject to this treatment, though only by coincidence, so a LEGO Avatar diorama in the same style could offer the theme an outlet for older fans, as well as younger ones – after all, the theme has plenty of specialised animal pieces ready for a detailed display including in 75571 Neytiri & Thanator vs. AMP Suit Quaritch
2 – Botanical builds
The LEGO Botanical Collection is only made up of real plants at the time of writing, with no licenses in the range. However, if there’s any theme suitable for a botanical collection crossover, it may be LEGO Avatar.
With plants such as the trees of voices and souls and the latter’s woodsprites as well as the bioluminescence of the species all over the fictional planet, LEGO Avatar could provide a unique palette of fantastical flora to expand the reach of both the theme and the Botanical Collection.
1 – Technic sets
Another way for LEGO Avatar to expand in the future could be a Technic creation, shifting the focus of the theme away from nature and towards the vehicles of the RDA. Both the AMP suit and SA-2 Samson could inspire a Technic model with movie-accurate functions to boot. It’s another way for the theme to gauge interest in a different type of audience that could assist with its longevity while waiting for the next four films to release.