It isn't a mistake.
Lego weighs the bricks in each bag to ensure that the right components are present. However, it is difficult to weigh the smallest pieces accurately. (This is also why small bits tend to share one bag). If Lego tried to get the component count spot-on there is the danger that they would miss the very rare occasions when one of these ...
The Millennium Falcon has been so popular there appears there are six known sets, and seven versions. Four of which share the exact same product name.
Millennium Falcon, 2000 (7190) 600+ pieces
Millennium Falcon, 2003 (4488) Microscale version with only 87 pieces.
Millennium Falcon, 2004 (4504) 900+ pieces (New minifigures with the flesh skin colour).
You're probably the only one who can answer that question, but here are a few thoughts anyway.
If you're interested in mechanic complexity and how machines work, Technic is indeed a good way to go. And as you hint, it can evolve into robotics, whether with a NXT or with anything else you fancy.
If you're after building complexity, I wouldn't recommend the ...
Some of the earliest "LEGO brick" sets I could find were these three on BrickLink from 1954:
As other answers have noted, there were earlier sets than this, but they were referred to as "Automatic Binding bricks". It wasn't until 1953 that the bricks were officially renamed as "LEGO bricks" (i.e. "LEGO Mursten").
These sets were using precursor designs of ...
That part is the new Brick Separator which LEGO includes in most bigger sets:
It's not part of the construction itself, but is a tool to allow you to easily disassemble constructions. You can compare it with the older version in this question on how to separate 1x2 plates.
It seems like you understand why there are unique minifigs, but I'll point it out explicitly anyway. Unique minifigs add character to sets, and add to playability. For example, I always wanted this guy as a kid:
Without him, my pirates were just a leaderless band, but once they have a fearless leader with a peg leg and hook, things become a lot more ...
As far as regular sets go (ie. no furniture or big-boxes like that Chima combo), the current UCS Millennium Falcon does appear to be the largest box by total volume.
75192-1 Millennium Falcon - UCS (2nd edition)
54 x 45 x 39 cm = 94770 cm3
54 x 45 cm = 2430 cm2
The original UCS Millennium Falcon box was actually larger in 2 directions however, though the ...
I believe the main reason is so that the pieces are easy to identify in the instructions - as many LEGO sets don't have the Technic style "List of elements used in this step" it's always a fun game of "Spot the difference" to see what's changed:
If those pieces were all red, then the target audience (5+ on those sets for example) might find it very ...
As you've seen, the LEGO Friends sets are the latest theme aimed primarily at girls, however there are a number of current, and even more historical themes.
Other themes have included:
The Powerpuff Girls (2018 - ) - Uses Minifigs with custom heads, based on the popular Powerpuff Girls license
Elves (2015 - 2018) - Uses Minidolls similar to the Friends ...
Not a great pun, but the 2016 advent calendar was:
40222-1: Christmas Build-Up
Sort-of a pun/double-meaning on LEGO being a building toy, and the set being meant to build-up to Christmas.
The 2017 version also has the same name.
The LEGO Direct team's answer to this question is on brickset:
Since its release in 2010, 10213 Shuttle Adventure
has proven to be very popular! Although the model was designed for a
16+ target audience, our consumer call center has brought to our
intention that many younger children have been building and playing
with the model. As a result, ...
LEGO sets usually have a number of extra pieces. In most cases they are small bricks, that are easier to lose like 1x1 plates/tiles/studs, cheese slopes, levers/antennas and flower petals.
I know some people would throw the extra bricks away, never do this! Like loose change they will add up over time and can be used to add extra details to your models.
There are several discrepancies between the double-decker couch featured in The Sea Cow set and that depicted in the LEGO Movie. I've recreated the movie version as best I could in LDD and LDraw, and have compared it side-by-side with the Sea Cow set version. In the first picture, the Sea Cow set version is on the left, and the movie version is on the right, ...
3852-1: Sunblock (or Sun Block as styled on the packaging)
Here "Block" takes on 3 meaning, as part of the word "Sunblock", a pun on LEGO blocks (though I prefer to call them bricks), and a reference to the game play where you try to block your opponents from making another move.
You might be interested in the excellent, hilarious and comprehensive Communist LEGO report. It tells you all you can expect, from the good brands to the bad brands. At a minimum, it'll get you rolling of your chair with laughter.
A summary taken from the document:
Brand List 2015
LEGO is a global brand and has been the subject of many copies over ...
(M) = Microscale
4841 Hogwarts Express,
(M) 40028 Mini Hogwarts Express
4755 Knight Bus,
(M) 4695 Mini Harry Potter Knight Bus
10182 Cafe Corner,
10190 Market Street,
10185 Green Grocer,
10197 Fire Brigade,
10211 Grand Emporium,
(M) 10230 Mini Modulars
Pirates of the Caribbean
4184 The Black Pearl,
(M) 30130 Mini Black Pearl
Maybe straining the definition a little (although not too much, as at-least some of them did come with LEGO pieces), LEGO has in the past sold furniture.
I think all of these items were shipped disassembled, and I can't find much information on exactly how large the box they came in was and can't be sure what I did find is accurate, but I would imagine one ...
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.
In the UK shop, there are currently two sets:
The Unimog U 400 [set:8110] which uses the motorised "compressor" to supply the power (as opposed to the manual sprung pump).
And the Tractor with Log Loader [set:8049] which uses the manual pump:
The other sets that look like they have piston arms (such as [set:8043]) are actually using "linear actuators", ...
Some of the reasons (including some you've mentioned):
To make building easier / sturdier, so that the set is more suitable for its intended age range
The larger pieces are sometimes cheaper than the component pieces would be
The component parts may not be part of the current inventory of parts available to designers
To make the build interesting
To provide ...
As a conservative approach I would suggest the LEGO Juniors series which has cars and other sets and that are easy to build.
However, from first hand experience I can tell that kids learn quickly. Even if reading instructions is too difficult, playing with regular LEGO parts will soon be a lot of fun.
Besides : Losing small parts will be an issue with ...
You've already discovered yourself two good ways:
count by ten
put elements on large surface by type
The latter technique can be extended to an art called "knolling":
Place all elements by type in right lines with right angles on a large surface...
Its a very relaxing exercise and fun in its own right. Checking completeness becomes trivial, building ...
A brief search led me to a very thorough blog post by Ruth Suehle on GeekMom, which includes the data and a Graph:
Does It Feel Like Lego Bricks Just Keep Getting More Expensive?
In her findings, she found that average cost per piece in 2011 is about US$0.12, down from a high in the '80s of about US$0.40 - these prices were adjusted for inflation, etc.
LEGO bricks aren't suitable for children under 3 as they are considered a potential choking hazard.
LEGO also sell a DUPLO brand of construction toys which are twice the size of regular bricks. DUPLO bricks are designed for children aged 1½ to 5 years old.
I am not aware of any sellers that do this, but if you like to assemble discontinued sets, bricklink
has a feature that allows you to do this using bricklink seller inventories. Just look up the set on bricklink, add the Inventory to your wishlist and review which sellers have the pieces you need, then order them.
Go to the "Wanted" tab on Bricklink: http://...
The largest LEGO set by piece count is :
75192-1: Millennium Falcon (2017)
Piece count: 7541
Second: 71043-1: Hogwarts Castle (2018)
Piece count: 6020
Set 10189-1 - Taj Mahal (2008) (re-released as 10256-1 Taj Mahal (2016))
piece count : 5922
Largest Techic set :
42100-1: Liebherr R 9800 (2019)
Piece count : 4108