Star Wars is always the most popular theme for boys.
The chance to recreate a favourite moment from the films,
and to have enough parts to do it is an opportunity that
most boys are delighted by. The Star Wars party
contains 60+ figures, including a few Jedi, Sith, lots of
Rebel and Imperial Ships and some custom buildings that I
have created, like my Hoth Base. While SW is my most
popular theme, it is my least favourite theme to do, because
of the violence inherent in the theme and the lack of
imagination that I see in the play that happens. (see My
Case Against SW for more)
If you are doing a boy/girl party, you are best to choose
another theme. In my experience, most girls don't
really do Star Wars, likely because Lucas has not marketed
the franchise to woman by only having one token woman per
While I am still happy to do Star Wars themed parties, I
generally recommend that people choose another theme.
Incidentally, there is also a $10 StarWars fee, not intended
as a deterrent, but to offset the higher store cost of SW
LEGO, and the absurdly high replacement cost for lost and
damaged pieces (which is fairly inevitable given that the
bad guys have to get blown up).
City is a great theme that works very well for all ages and
with a boy/girl mix. While some kids may not connect
to a theme that is based on something specific, like Harry
Potter, City is universal and very easy for any kid to get
into. My City theme consists of a few large buildings,
a few medium buildings and a few small buildings. I
bring about 20 road plates to shape out the city and lots of
cars and people to populate it. The basic set up works
great for about 10 or 11 kids and this theme has several
add-ons to easily expand the size.
This theme is great for fans of the books and movies.
Like the StarWars theme, Harry Potter gives kids a chance to
recreate a favourite moment in the stories, or to create a
new scenario the way they imagined it. This theme is
also great for a boy/girl mix since it appeals equally to
both. This theme can also be combined well with City
to add a Muggle World into the picture.
Set sail for a LEGO adventure with tall ships, small ships,
Imperial Soldiers, Pirates and villagers! This theme
has a few large structures, including a large Imperial Fort
and Skull Island and a few smaller islands, several ships
and lots of minifigures.
The Train is always a bit lost in this theme, but can still
be fun on it’s own in a corner. This theme can work
for a boy/girl mixed party, but the girls will likely try to
build a village and the boys will try to plunder it and the
dynamic can be tricky.
The recent Space Police and Alien Conquest LEGO sets have
given LEGO’s Space theme new life. Space had been on
the back burner since 1999 when the StarWas line
launched. My Space theme is somewhat similar to
StarWas in that it is ships and stations, Humans and Aliens,
but it is a more flexible theme since it has no set story,
and seems to invite greater imagination from kids.
I grew up playing with LEGO Castles and it has always been
my favourite LEGO theme. Like Space, Castle sat on the
back burner for many years when the Harry Potter Line was
launched, but the recent Kingdoms and Fantasy sets have put
Castle back in the spotlight. LEGO Lord of the Rings
sets may push Castle back into another dark age, but I will
still be a loyal fan regardless.
Just as in the Pirate theme, the Train is always a bit lost,
but can still be fun on it’s own in a corner. Also
like Pirates, this theme can work for a boy/girl mixed
party, but the girls will likely try to build a village and
the boys will try to attack it which can be a tricky
Based on the short lived LEGO Atlantis theme of 2010 and
2011, this party is a little strange and awkward. The
train really doesn’t fit in, kids are not used to the theme
and no recent films have popularized undersea adventure
(that I can think of). But, it is great when combined
with Space or City for a big party. The non-futuristic
parts can also be combined very well with a Pirate theme to
expand it. This is likely not a theme that most girls
would relate to, but I could be wrong.