With the reveal of LEGO Avatar, you might get the theme confused with another of a similar name, but it’s not hard to tell them apart.
Those familiar with the history of LEGO sets will likely know that the upcoming LEGO Avatar range isn’t the first theme to use that word. While James Cameron’s Avatar offers an alien world to recreate in LEGO sets, a 2006 theme recreated the animated Avatar: The Last Airbender series’ elemental action.
While the 2006 sets have long since been retired, meaning confusion between these two themes is very unlikely, it still makes for a fun coincidence that both popular Avatar franchises have now received a range of LEGO sets each.
LEGO Avatar: The Last Airbender
Looking at the 2006 theme first, LEGO Avatar: The Last Airbender featured just two sets – 3828 Air Temple and 3829 Fire Nation Ship. As well as the builds, they also included the only minifigures of Team Avatar and the members of the Fire Nation. Momo, the long-eared animal in 3828 Air Temple, even used a brand new element. However, there’s not a single tall blue alien in sight.
Turning our gaze forwards toward the upcoming LEGO Avatar range coming on October 1, 2022, the theme based on James Cameron’s film includes five sets with the BrickHeadz pack. These include more new pieces than the 2006 theme with the return of long legs, new heads, hair bricks and animal heads.
Overall, it should be easy to tell the difference between the two LEGO Avatar themes, especially since one hasn’t been on shelves for over a decade. Still, it’s not every day that two LEGO themes have such a similar name. The brand new LEGO Avatar sets are currently on display at San Diego Comic-Con, offering a closer look at the models.