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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 the years....
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.
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.
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, ...
I raised this same question on Reddit.
Two people over there pointed out that the website was actually selling pants instead of LEGO.
So I just tried to access the website through https://hide.me/en/proxy.
When I use their Dutch proxy, the site can't be loaded at all.
When I use their American proxy, the site is shop for pants.
When I use their German ...
There are more than one set with such characteristics. While first four are from 20th century, I've included them anyway, since they are well-known and include characteristics you are interested in.
Let's begin with 8860 - Car Chassis from 1980. This model has steering, 4-cylinder engine, 3 speed transmission, adjustable seats, rear suspension, ...
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 ...
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 ...
According to the official description, these are for customizing the completed build:
This LEGO Batman toy playset includes 2 minifigures and children can customize their builds, minifigures and weapons with the included pack of 10 assorted Bat elements.
As a child, I was really into Star Wars and had lots of star wars figures. However, it was always annoying that Star Wars vehicles and playsets didn't come with figures. The Ewok Village has no Ewoks in it. The X-Wing has no pilot. Etc.
This policy let Kenner (now Hasbro) sell the figures at full retail on a per-figure basis and let collectors buy only what ...
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
LEGO does not directly create military sets.
A LEGO representative gave the following reason:
Are there any chances that Lego will ever start producing modern day warfare Lego, with tanks and helicopters and what not?
We have a strict policy regarding military models, and therefore, we do not produce tanks, helicopters, etc. While we always support ...
First thing to do would be to get together any building instructions you have and attempt to build those sets one at a time noting any missing elements as you go.
Once this is complete and if you still have unsorted pieces, you could use a website such as Bricklink.com to try to identify the sets and then use Peeron.com to source the building instructions ...
As part of this answer to the question: Does Toy 'R Us (or more expensive-than-average) retailers have more extra parts than average?, user Ambo100 posted a reply from LEGO Customer Services which also has relevance to this question.
When it comes to spare parts, it is random what pieces are included in
which sets. We always want to make sure our fans ...
Brickset.com is an excellent website with an inventory of sets stretching back as far as 1966.
The list is not 100% complete and the site is not an official site of the LEGO groups so it relies on contributions from fans for its updates.
The information below is from the site itself:
What's in the database? The database does not contain everything that LEGO ...
In this context, DTC means direct to consumer. These sets are typically only available directly from TLG either online or from LEGO retail stores.
Here's the original source and discussion for the DTC set that you mentioned and several others:
These scammer websites have been popping up for over a year on facebook.
Any money sent is lost. You will not receive even a Lepin set.
Use your common sense, how is this website supposed to make money with those prices?
Straining the definition a little less than Alexander, some of the First LEGO League challenges came in boxes with the mat folded, making the box unexceptional, but some came in boxes with the mat rolled up.
According to bricklink the 2015 challenge came in a box that was 117 cm long. That is quite a bit more than any of the dimensions of the Millenium ...