Questions about the industrial manufacturing process of brick toys or related materials.

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Cost of different works in a LEGO set price?

What percentage of a LEGO set's price goes toward research, design, manufacturing, marketing etc. It's just my curiosity since all my minifigures (from Series 3) are made in China and I don't know if ...
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Where are the LEGO toys made? [duplicate]

Are these LEGO parts/toys made in China? Are there labels which clearly identifies the country of origin? Are there lead issues for the children?
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What are LEGO baseplates made from?

I want to lasercut a green LEGO baseplate for a project, but cannot cut a plastic with the laser if it contains PVC or Vinyl. Does anyone know if the green baseplates are free from these materials.
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Where are the minifigure capes / cloaks in my set?

I purchased The Mines of Moria (Lego Lord of the Rings item 9473) directly from The Big Store in Legoland, Florida. When I opened it up at home, the capes / cloaks for Pippin and Boromir were ...
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Factories that could make off-patent bricks?

I'm quite interested in finding a factory that can produce a small-ish run of high-quality plastic bricks that I can use in my classes and possible to re-sell as stand-alone kits. I only need a few ...
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Why is there such a small supply of dark red 1x4 bricks?

I've recently been thinking of building in dark red because it looks so nice, but as I've been looking at how much it would cost to get the bricks, I found that 1x4 dark red bricks are almost ...
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Are there more studs or “antistuds”?

I was reflecting this morning about the recently introduced element Brick 1 x 1 with Stud on One Side and the fact that there is no real counterpart for it; that is, a 1x1 brick with a hollow cavity ...
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Are the molds for LEGO bricks maintained in house or is maintanance partly outsourced?

I'm a maintenance engineer myself and busy with my MBA courses with the following strategic question: what maintenance can be outsourced or not. I was wondering if Lego does all maintenance of the ...
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Lego with hollow posts underneath - dates?

When did TLG change the small posts on the underside of the modern bricks and plates , eg 1x6 and 1x4, to hollow ones?
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Does Toy 'R Us (or more expensive-than-average) retailers have more extra parts than average?

I haven't bought LEGO sets for a while, as my kids are just getting old enough to make the sets, but I am assembling the LOTR sets which I find impossible to resist. I bought Gandalf Arrives (9469) ...
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How does LEGO decide it needs a new element?

Aside from the need to add licensed series specific pieces, how does LEGO decide it's time to introduce a new shape to the element palette?
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Have any Lego sets been released with errors/mistakes in the build instructions? If not, why not?

I was thinking about the documentation process of a large set like the Death Star and it got me thinking; surely at some point Lego must've released a set of instructions that contained a mistake? ...
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How do they decide when to remove an element from production, and what happens to the molds when they are retired?

We all know certain LEGO elements are no longer being produced. How do they decide when to remove an element from production, and what happens to the molds when they are retired?
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Are LEGO bricks recyclable?

Yes, I know that it is kind of a dumb question, as no one would want to dispose of LEGO bricks. But it's a curiosity thing: are Lego bricks recyclable?
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Where and when did the straight block letter LEGO logo appear on brick studs?

The LEGO logo that appears on the tops of brick studs has had several styles over the years. In the US, when Samsonite began manufacturing LEGO bricks, they apparently made some alterations to some of ...
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Is it possible to build Lego bricks with a makerbot replicator 3D print?

Is it possible for plates, tiles or small pieces ? Is it possible to use MLCAD with a Makerbot replicator?
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What causes these 'bite marks' that appear consistently on new bricks?

I purchased a set (second hand) which has the following defects on the 75°-sloped, inverted 2x1x3 blocks: I assumed they were teeth-marks and asked the seller for replacements, and he found and ...
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How many copies of each set is produced?

Is there any way to find out how many copies of a set were produced? I would like to know how rare some of my older sets actually are.
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Is there a logic to the way The LEGO Group fills the plastic bags?

When opening a new box, most of the pieces are in closed plastic bags, and sometimes inside those plastic bags is another plastic bag for smaller pieces. I find the pieces, for the most part, rather ...
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How can I make custom LEGO packaging?

How can I print high-quality custom packaging for a custom-made model? I am aware of DesignByMe. But as many of you know, the pieces for that are limited, as are the options for making your own box. ...
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Under what conditions are the Lego boardgame dice unfair, and by how much?

For Lego's board game line, they have moulded a Lego die, with a 2x2 stud pattern on each side. Obviously, weight distribution is going to be thrown off if you use a full studless plate on one side ...
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What kind of metal/alloy were on the old LEGO 9V train tracks?

LEGO's train tracks (the actual rail part) were made from some kind of metal alloy that does not seem to oxidize, and seems to have good electrical charateristics (low resistance). Any ideas what ...
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Are companies producing custom molded LEGO pieces legally entitled to do so?

We have seen (or I have seen, given I am a member of a few popular BIONICLE fan sites) an uproar from custom molding companies -- that is, companies that create their own LEGO pieces. My question is ...
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Where are LEGO parts made?

Are all LEGO parts made in a single factory, or are there multiple factories? Where abouts is it/are they? If there are several, are there different factories for different pieces/sets, or do all ...
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Has anyone made their own custom LEGO bricks?

As I've just learned, LEGO bricks are made from ABS plastics. I wonder if it would be possible to make some simple molds at home, get some ABS pellets, melt them up and make your own custom bricks? ...
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What kind of plastic are LEGO bricks made of?

It’s rather obvious that Lego bricks are made from plastic, but there are many kinds of plastic. Is the recipe for LEGO bricks plastic secret?
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Is there difference between different colors of LEGO axles?

There are a few different colors of LEGO Technic axles, but not enough to really use for artistic variation - black, grey, some beige, and recently I have started seeing blue. The particular color ...
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Are transparent neon Lego bricks made from a different plastic than usual?

There are several colors of transparent, fluorescent Lego bricks. In particular, "trans neon yellow" and "trans neon orange", introduced in the early 1990s, exist in a variety of specialized shapes ...
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Why are old LEGO bricks more brittle than new ones?

My vintage LEGO sets (circa 1980) are difficult to unbuild. Some pieces are prone to break. Did the plastic recipe change with time or are the bricks simply degrading?
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How has the basic brick changed over the years?

The basic 2x4 brick has many versions. For example the modern one has thinner walls and funny shaped tubes compared to an early 1980s brick. What were the changes over the years and how did they ...