Recently I read an article or saw a television show describing the contrast between "old legos" and "new legos". The point of the article was that in the good old days lego kits were full of generic, highly interchangeable bricks that could be used to make anything you could imagine. But nowadays the newer lego kits are full of bricks of more limited intercompatibility, bricks which are mainly designed to let you construct the single, elaborate, predefined centerpiece pictured on the box (such a spaceship, or a car).
The article argued this change was a bad thing, since it required less imagination from people using legos. I have two questions for the lego mavens here.
Simple Question: Where on Earth did I read this article (or TV piece)? I can't remember where I ran into the idea, but it took root in my mind. I'd like to revisit it. It may have been on the BBC, but I'm really not sure.
Deeper Question: Is this true? Is this the common wisdom, or a common complaint, among lego afficianados? Have lego kits changed from the good old days, so that now a given kit can produce a smaller number of interesting results? If this is for real, what kits old and new stand out as representative examples of this trend?
I'm much obliged for all your opinions and pointers.