What is LEGO Creator? 7 Important Facts to Remember!

LEGO Creator is a popular LEGO theme with a focus on creative construction parts and has more vehicles than any other LEGO theme.

The theme is popular among adults and includes several sub-themes such as Creator expert (LEGO icons), Modular Buildings, and Creator 3-in-1. X-pods, and others.

Creator is one of the best LEGO themes with specialized bricks to create buildings, vehicles, creatures, and robots, allowing for creative and imaginative play.

This article goes over the LEGO Creator theme and answers important questions and facts to know about the theme so you can have a solid understanding.

Let’s dive in.

What Is LEGO Creator?

LEGO Creator is a theme that focuses on creative construction parts with a few specialized bricks to create buildings, vehicles, creatures, and robots. They have more vehicles than any other theme.

All LEGO sets in the LEGO Creator theme are 3-in-1 meaning the same pieces can be used to build an entirely different model.

The theme was launched in 2001 and was originally called Creator and was said to have replaced the old Model Team theme.

Creator is the parent theme to LEGO Icons (Modular Buildings), a subtheme for adults and adolescents that feature advanced building techniques and a large number of pieces, mostly known for detailed vehicles and Modular Buildings.

The theme has also had several sub-themes such as mosaics and  X-Pods, small portable containers that contained small sets of LEGO bricks, and came with a strap to join them together for easy mobility and transportation.

What Is LEGO Creator Expert?

LEGO Creator Expert (now LEGO Icons) is a sub-theme of LEGO Creator, introduced in late 2012 with sets featuring large, detailed, buildings and vehicles aimed at experienced LEGO fans (adolescents and adults).

The theme is considered a challenge to LEGO designers and the target audience and features models such as sculptures, aircraft, and world buildings, selling as exclusives with numerous specialized elements and complex building techniques.

In 2013, LEGO merged its advanced technique models into the Creator Expert theme with previously exclusive sets sold under the Creator Expert theme and some receiving new updated packaging.

LEGO Expert sets were advertised specifically for adolescents and adults until 2020 when the boxes ceased using the branding as “Creator expert” and simply used an 18+ age rating and a simple black box to further advertise for an older demographic.

In 2022, the LEGO Group announced that the Creator expert theme will be rebranded as LEGO icons in June 2022 to help adult LEGO fans (AFOLs) find new, immersive builds or models that link to their interests and passions, particularly when browsing or shopping online.

According to the LEGO Group, the LEGO Icons theme will span all sets designed for older LEGO builders that are not already part of an existing theme such as LEGO Architecture, LEGO Technic, LEGO City, or LEGO Ideas.

How Many LEGO Creator Sets Are There?

The Creator theme contains 39 sets: 6 buildings, 30 vehicles, and 3 creators. While the Modular sub-theme contains 13 sets: 6 sets and 7 exclusive sets.

How Many LEGO Creator Expert Sets Are There?

The Creator expert theme contains 37 sets including a fairground collection, Ferrari, Fiat, Maersk, Modular buildings, Trains, and Winter Village collections.

What Is LEGO Creator 3 in 1?

LEGO Creator 3-in-1 is a series of Creator sets that allow your child to create exciting builds in three different ways. This means that the set comes with instructions to rebuild the set in at least three different ways.

What Is LEGO Creator 3 in 1?

They open a world of possibilities with 3 different models to create in a box and keep builders happy for hours with a wide selection of models including fearsome creatures, cool toy cars, and brilliantly detailed houses. 

Each model can be taken apart to build something new to encourage youngsters to innovate and enjoy endless imaginative play as they plot stories around their models.

There are numerous 3-in-1 Creator sets available ranging in size, construction, and difficulty so you can select the best one for you and your child based on interest, age, theme, and other factors.

Do LEGO Creator Sets Come with Instructions?

Yes, LEGO creator sets come with step-by-step instruction booklets and you can also download one online at the official LEGO website.

What Is the Difference between LEGO and LEGO Creator?

There’s no difference between LEGO and LEGO Creator. LEGO Creator is a theme (category) from LEGO just like LEGO Star Wars, LEGO City, LEGO Architecture, and others.

Is LEGO Getting Rid of Creator Expert?

LEGO is not getting rid of Creator Expert, but rebranding it to LEGO Icons to help adult LEGO fans (AFOLs) find new, immersive builds or models that link to their interests and passions, particularly when browsing or shopping online.

Lisa D. Marsh

Hi, my name is Lisa and I'm the editor of BrickMechanics.com LEGO has been part of my life ever since I was young. I have a deep love of LEGO and it has guided me through my early years, through school, and eventually through my degree in Engineering.