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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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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 boxes. ...


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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 tubs ...


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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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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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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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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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That number is not a real number, it is a production code (in your case, 27S5) consisting of 2 digits indicating the week of the year the set was made (in this case, the 27th week), a letter indicating the region the box was made in/for (R = US/Canada, S = Europe, I believe) and the last digit is the last digit of the year the set was made in. So you have a ...


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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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The complexity of the model and the expected time to complete it will increase with the recommended age. Lower aged sets, like the Juniors line, feature builds that rely heavily on standard stacking and more basic bricks. As the age recommendation goes up, you'll see more advanced building techniques such as offset stacking (think stair stacking), studs ...


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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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According to this bricksetforum thread (and also true of the LEGO sets we have around right now) the LEGO bags are #5 plastic which is accepted by Whole Foods and some municipal recycling services. This thread has interesting commentary on bag packing considerations. Not surprisingly LEGO Group is optimizing for efficiency and dependability. The bags and ...


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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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First of all, congratulations on securing a 75054 AT-AT. This is a very desirable set, and costs a pretty penny to purchase now that LEGO has stopped producing the set. There is nothing wrong with your bags. The bags with the white band are of a newer design than the bag labeled "4". The white-band style was introduced in 2015, whereas the older style was ...


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AFAIK TLG still uses these bags, and they are not unique to the 90ies. They are used for accessory bags, such as the one in your picture, or other various accessories such as these that came in the 2013 Friends Advent Calendar: https://store.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?S=41016-11


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I would try writing a letter to TLG instead of filling out forms to replace your set. I have read many stories about people having really crazy issues with product quality, and TLG often responds with condolence and free replacement. They're a pretty empathetic company, so I would give that a shot. I'm really sorry that you've had to go through this with ...


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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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No, the bags are actually not recyclable, and the bags aren't filled entirely because TLG wants the bags to be more flexible and loose,so they fit easily in the bags!


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When I was young my mother used the technique of cutting out the front and back and thus preserving the various ideas that the photographs of the set provided. She stuck the box bits into a large craft book and it was stored on the bookshelf; it was handy to get to and flip through. Don't do this; don't go cutting the front and the back off. Whilst most ...


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Brickset has a feature to allow you to search sets by tags, which is incredibley useful as you can find a full list of Polybag sets. The list can be sorted in various ways. You can sort by year (descending) to find the newest sets that might still be available to buy, or which polybags have the most pieces and will probably be the most challenging. Some ...


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As @Mołot commented, first ask the contest committee whether they have specific rules. In general though, shipping in chunks is common, ideally few pieces that are simple and straightforward to attach. Rigid, sturdy builds are obviously going to stand up better to the travails of shipping, so try to avoid spindly construction. Follow good mechanical ...


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Use a manual impulse sealer. It consists of a linear heating element specifically for sealing bags in the fashion LEGO parts bags are sealed by the factory. Narrow sealers can be purchased new online for as little as $12-15. It's helpful that LEGO parts bags are relatively small. I use these devices to reuse bags for various non-LEGO parts storage. ...


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One way of resealing the bags is to use a laminator. Most laminators aren't designed to seal anything other than lamination pouches so you'd want to be particularly careful using them to re-seal LEGO bags. No matter how careful you are when you open them, most polybags tear slightly and leave rough edges that cannot be fed easily into a laminator. I ...


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The possible reasons include: Surface area needed for legal info, practical requirements like barcodes, information, feature descriptions and artwork Aspect ratio of the artwork means the boxes can't be too long and thin Leaving space between the bricks so they don't get squished up against each other Size of the instruction manual or sticker sheet ...


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This is marketing department wizardry. From a pure engineering point of view, the closer to a perfect cube (or rather sphere) you are, the greater of internal volume you can enclose with the same amount of material. What does this mean? By not making cube shaped lego boxes, Lego isn't trying to be as efficient as they can be when it comes to their box ...


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Magnus' answer doesn't explain why different themes have same sized boxes or same front area (but different depth). Also same set re-release can have different sized box (take Mini from Creator for example). So there doesn't seem to be a rule for that. What I heard from TLG employee is that front area of the box is basically a marketing space. So TLG tend ...


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The size of the box seems to be theme specific. It appears that they choose a specific box design for any given price range and then stick to that size for the rest of the theme. For example, in the pictures below, you can see same sized boxes used in the same themes. There is definitely some crossover, but for the most part this holds true.


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