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Actually TLG are listening, and in fact are replacing boxes with smaller ones right now as we speak. These new boxes will have a FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification “which lowers the CO2 impact of its packaging by about 10%.” You will be able to start seeing the smaller boxes this year and by 2015, all of the products will be in smaller ...


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I believe it shows the target age range of the model - perhaps kids who've been doing all the harder Technic or more complex models - for example the VW Camper Van is rated 16+ - and might find it a bit "simplistic". Other examples include The Super Star Destroyer, also at 16+, the Tantive IV and Republic Drop Ship at 14+, and the Death Star and others at ...


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There is indeed a requirement that packaged products sold in the US must indicate the weight, volume or quantity plainly on the package. This is regulated by the FTC, which says in its requirements, The net quantity of contents (in terms of weight or mass, measure, or numerical count) shall be separately and accurately stated... Canada has a similar ...


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I have a memory - possibly false - of Lego boxes being labeled with ages like "8-99" in my childhood. – Joe Wreschnig That's correct. The Creator theme used to mark sets aged X to 99. I think the LEGO marketing team were going along with the idea that you're never too old to play with Lego. The Creator product line produced brick buckets and ...


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The main goal is certainly packaging efficiency (possibly where parts come from in the factory, for example), but there are other factors coming in. Sets which have "modular" building need to have numbered bags, and the numbering has prioity on other considerations — you'll need all bricks for module 1 to be in bags numbered "1" (plus sometimes, unbagged ...


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The goals for packaging are most likely efficiency and dependability. I would think LEGO's interest is to achieve this using an automated process. This explains why a missing piece is a very rare event. Size concerns: Similar piece volume in each bags. Sub packaging symmetry: Same bag used several time in a box. QA is done by weighting bags. Extra (small) ...


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I would suggest that you first ask the buyer what they would like. For example I would definitely prefer to get the set fully disassembled as I would like to build it from scratch. If the buyer doesn't care which way you ship it, fully disassembled is still the safest way. It will take up less room and also it is less likely that parts will be damaged or ...


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The ones I know of: 8072 - Sea Jet 8400 - Space Speeder 8398 - BBQ Stand 5611 - Public Works 5762 - Mini Plane 7241 - Fire Car 8130 - Terrain Crusher 5618 - Troll Warrior to be continued... In addition, some LEGO Creator sets, with only partly transparent bags are possible to build in bag, like this video shows - but it gets a lot harder.


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It is an indication for the target audience for that set. It is mostly to guide people with little knowledge about child development toward a set. It's a rough guide, how much the child enjoys it is very much dependent on the child. But 10 year olds will be less likely to enjoy Duplo and be happier with Star Wars LEGO. On the other hand, I really like ...


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This way of packaging is most likely optimized to prevent packaging errors. One of the leading method is the poka-yoke technique. Poka-yoke is a technique for avoiding simple human error in the workplace. By using jigs, automated(robotic) counting and other means this method aims to eliminate errors in a repetitive workflow.


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When I asked a LEGO employee this, I was told, "Because the retailers tell us to". They went on to tell me that consumers' perceived value of $200 toy is influenced by the size of the box it's in. If some other random toy is on the shelves next to $100 LEGO sets, and the random toy is in a huge box and is only $9, the reptilian part of your brain goes wild ...


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Well I used to keep mine as well. One thing I found very good was to take a razor or a box cutter and cut the front and backs off! this may seem obvious or defeat the purpose, but it made them easier to store. I would stack them all and slip them on a shelf or under my bed to keep them flat. This proved to be a very effective solution. Also, you could try to ...



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