In 2021, LEGO will launch a brand new road plate system. It’s modular, customizable, and should work with most new City sets. But it is also not compatible with classic base plates, which are less expensive. So if you don̵
To be fair, the new LEGO ramps look fantastic. They feature a modular system that allows you to build crosswalks, speed bumps, glow-in-the-dark street lights, traffic lights and more. They are a huge improvement over the current system.
This is because the current system is a simple base plate with a stickered road. Lawns have pegs for your LEGO minifigures to stand on; road areas are flat. Do you need a curvy section? Buy another ramp. A crossroads in four directions? But a different base plate. A straight path? You guessed it, buy another bottom plate.
They are cumbersome and take up a lot of space. But do you know what else they are? Cheap. At least in comparison with the upcoming road plates. A classic two-piece road slab costs less than $ 15 and takes up a lot of space.
According to the LEGO site, the new Basic Road System package starts at $ 20. And the system has no way of curving your way left or right. It’s only right. For the extra money you get extra LEGO parts such as traffic lights, speed signs, etc. So the cost is justified.
But you have to choose which system to use. And at $ 20 for each road set, the price to switch is steep. So if you’d rather stick with what you have, get some road plates now. The LEGO site is already out of stock, but Amazon still has them.
LEGO hasn’t officially announced that it will stop carrying the old LEGO pieces, but the upcoming CITY sets have already changed to work with the new style. It’s just a matter of time.
A two-piece classic road plate
A winding road