Jamesster, out of those 4 links, only one of them Is an actual mention of the game. The. rest are "well, they kind of look like Pepper."
You appear to have not looked at the links very carefully.
If these are the bestexamples of Lego's acknowledgement of older games, there is something seriously wrong.
Again, I might point out that there's really not much to
reference when it comes to older games specifically, as the games were usually directly based off of LEGO themes that were around at the time. The Minifigures theme has throwbacks to everything from LEGO Island (the screenshot already posted and a mention of the Brickster) to Adventurers and Drome Racers and Fright Knights and Knights Kingdom and many older Space (especially Blacktron) references, LEGO Universe had Johnny Thunder, Sky Lane, a classic space world, and pieces of gear themed after classic characters/minifigures like Ann Droid and Basil the Bat Lord and Futuron/Space Police, heck, even TT
has referenced classic LEGO themes in their games countless times. Space Police III was completely filled to the brim with throwbacks and nods to past space themes. I just saw some classic spacemen flashlights in a Toys R Us for pete's sake. The LEGO Movie is a whole mish-mash of past and present themes. LEGO is doing more fan service like this now than they ever have before. What on earth is there to be mad about?
Oh, right, LEGO Star Wars mobile versions. News flash, the new franchise makes money like crazy, and like it or not the old games from the late 90s and early 2000s are vastly outdated both in the technology they run on and the themes they advertise. Yes, they're fun, we like them, yes, the TT
formula has gotten stale, but to claim LEGO has "just completely forgotten about their past" is both factually incorrect and plain silly. LEGO puts out more throwbacks to past products now than they did in the 90s/early 2000s, and nobody complained then that they weren't getting their nostalgia fix. And hey, at this point, the early TT
nostalgic for a lot of people, even me - time flies, huh?