Gig103: I was promised science, not math.
Asa Phelps: That and northern european labor rates.
DD44Dostivei: Gonna copy some old-school instructions off the internet and build so many sets when 3D printers let me just print the pieces.
fusillade762: Someone has WAY too much free time on their hands.
Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Those ridiculous production tolerances probably aren't necessary, given that 20 year old bricks that are nicked, chewed, bent, and generally beat to hell, fit together just as well as brand new parts out of a box. I never once had any trouble with even my most ancient, hand-me-down bricks, nor with Mega Blocks.Actually I rather liked Mega Blocks, they had some neat pieces and they made them in metallic colors and military camo, which it took years for LEGO to do (at least for my generation, maybe there were some antique sets with pieces like that). Not quite as good as LEGO but still decent quality. The other knockoff brands though, yeah, utter crap.
Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Because manufacturing tolerances are razor thin? Because the company passes the cost of licensing popular franchises into Lego kits on to their customers? Because they have a practical monopoly, both in branding and in product (lots of knock offs, but everyone ALWAYS compares those to how well they fit a Lego piece)?I'm just spitballing here.
Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: military camo, which it took years for LEGO to do (at least for my generation, maybe there were some antique sets with pieces like that)
wildcardjack: ABS costs $1.29 per pound in when bought by the gaylord.USED Lego goes for about $5 a pound on eBay, more if it includes a lot of Star Wars series pieces. I think new retail it's close to $20 a pound.The difference is in the dies. I've seen the production line and they run it slow, which means they're probably getting really fancy in the heating and cooling of the dies. Combine that with being very specific in your ABS batch specs gives you high dimensional control. Do this for decades and you have a reputation at the end, and much like Apple you can charge what you want for your products.
daveinsurgent: I also assume it takes a non-trivial amount of time (thus, money, cost) to come up with the sets. I bought my son about $500 or so of LEGO City recently and they really do make excellent re-use of parts despite the fact that the various vehicles look quite different.No matter why, they are an excellent toy with extremely high quality (especially compared to mostly everything else) and are worth it. The only thing I dislike is that in Canada, they sell the mini figures in mystery packages, so you end up with a lot of duplicates. You can buy specific ones straight from Amazon US, but not CA. It may be time to start looking at different places online (brick link?)
tdyak: The set he used is from 1981. You can look up any set information if you know the code.
gund goat: the exterior dimensions are the least important, within reason, and easiest to control part to a lego brick.s precision. what I would find interesting is the measurements of the precision of the locking features. small interior features are always the most difficult to get just right in injection molding
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