For a few years Lego were gravitating more toward large single-purpose pieces (gradually becoming more and more like Mega Blocks, ugh). Circa 2011-2012 they started backing off from that. While not "general purpose" their "Chima" line has a lot of small, versatile pieces. And AFAIK they never stopped selling buckets… » 11/22/14 7:27pm Saturday 7:27pm