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(WTVR)   Hidden economic indicator of the day: Lego sales fell for the first time in 13 years   ( wtvr.com) divider line
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2018-03-07 08:06:16 AM  
Indicator of what? Why didn't they fall in 2008-9?
 
2018-03-07 09:10:52 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Indicator of what? Why didn't they fall in 2008-9?


Indicator of no big Star Wars bump.

Also, the "Friends" line for girls is cooler than any of its current "boy" stuff.
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And,
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TIMMAY!
 
2018-03-07 09:24:33 AM  
So $6k Millennium Falcon kits turn out to be not a big seller, then? Hunh, did not see that coming at all.
 
2018-03-07 09:26:26 AM  

Sailing Starflower: Tr0mBoNe: Indicator of what? Why didn't they fall in 2008-9?

Indicator of no big Star Wars bump.

Also, the "Friends" line for girls is cooler than any of its current "boy" stuff.
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And,
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TIMMAY!


Me niece loves that stuff. I've been trying to turn her into an engineer, but I think she's going geologist instead.
 
2018-03-07 09:38:19 AM  
That's my fault. I showed my son how he can build any set with the Lego's he already has, by downloading the schematics on-line.
 
2018-03-07 09:40:41 AM  
Families are spending the kids money on kevlar backpacks now.

Thanks Trump
 
2018-03-07 09:41:48 AM  
We've reached peak lego!!!!1!
 
2018-03-07 09:41:58 AM  
It's only hidden until you step on it with your bare foot.
 
OOF
2018-03-07 09:42:24 AM  
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2018-03-07 09:42:53 AM  

sno man: So $6k Millennium Falcon kits turn out to be not a big seller, then? Hunh, did not see that coming at all.


Came to say this.   Of course they fell when you have to lose an arm,  a leg,  and a couple months worth of salary just to get a kit.
 
2018-03-07 09:43:17 AM  
Yeah.  There's only so many Lego that anybody is going to need.  I don't ever buy any of the big sets, but I buy quite a few of the blind bagged figures.  I think the only bb figures from last year were the Ninjago guys, and I ain't got time for that.

If I was going to buy a big set, it would be 742 Evergreen Terrace, the Quick-E Mart, or the firehouse.
 
2018-03-07 09:47:13 AM  
You can look at lego sales or at the entrails of sacrificed sheep, I keep my faith in the Baltic Dry Goods Index.
 
2018-03-07 09:47:44 AM  
Those kits have gotten ridiculously expensive. Last Christmas for what it would have cost for one large Lego set I was able to get my youngest a droid making kit and a big set of kinects.
 
2018-03-07 09:50:33 AM  
I buy all our Legos used or on clearance, and very rarely bother with the expensive stuff. That said, I'd love to splurge on the Monster Fighters, Alien Conquest, and LOTR lines.

This year's Star Wars lineup just didn't stand up to the last couple of years.
 
2018-03-07 09:51:09 AM  

sno man: So $6k Millennium Falcon kits turn out to be not a big seller, then? Hunh, did not see that coming at all.


That set has been a huge seller. It's currently out of stock online, and it's not always available in store either.

Lego sales have quadrupled since 2007. In 2014, the private company topped rival Mattel to become the world's top toymaker in terms of sales.
"It's grown so quickly with only one product that it inevitably had [to] slow down and hit a wall," Hudak said.


Lego almost went out of business entirely around 2000. They will survive one down year after a long run of growth.
 
2018-03-07 09:52:16 AM  
I'd love to get the Saturn V rocket set and assemble, it, but honestly, what do I do with it after that?  The thing's over a meter tall and I've got enough clutter, plus there's only so many times I can fly it around while making "WHOOSH" noises before my family begins to wonder if I need a different kind of home.
 
2018-03-07 09:53:39 AM  

Joe Stapler: If I was going to buy a big set, it would be 742 Evergreen Terrace, the Quick-E Mart, or the firehouse.


Watch a time-lapse video of Leo and his daughter building 742 Evergreen Terrace:

The Simpsons Theme (metal cover by Leo Moracchioli)
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2018-03-07 09:54:34 AM  
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2018-03-07 09:55:05 AM  

OOF: [img.fark.net image 288x162]


*shakes head* We really need to invest in infrastructure.
 
2018-03-07 09:57:09 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Joe Stapler: If I was going to buy a big set, it would be 742 Evergreen Terrace, the Quick-E Mart, or the firehouse.

Watch a time-lapse video of Leo and his daughter building 742 Evergreen Terrace:

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Any Phish fans from 25 years ago want to say "d'oh!" after every instance of that theme in that video?
 
2018-03-07 10:00:52 AM  
We're just saving up our money for the Death Star.
 
2018-03-07 10:04:26 AM  
Bare feet the world over rejoice.
 
2018-03-07 10:05:11 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: I'd love to get the Saturn V rocket set and assemble, it, but honestly, what do I do with it after that?  The thing's over a meter tall and I've got enough clutter, plus there's only so many times I can fly it around while making "WHOOSH" noises before my family begins to wonder if I need a different kind of home.


I love the Saturn V set. Most of my assembled sets sit on top of a bookcase.... except for that one since it is too tall. It's the only set that stays on the desk. The stages do separate so I could display it that way, but then it doesn't look as cool. And to me, the price of it isn't bad. $100 for a set with 1969 pieces.
 
2018-03-07 10:06:04 AM  
don't have kids but I've long seen how toy manufacturers & retailers screw the living fark out of parents and toy fans. f those companies. f them right up the a.
 
2018-03-07 10:09:56 AM  

nogalltogether: Glockenspiel Hero: I'd love to get the Saturn V rocket set and assemble, it, but honestly, what do I do with it after that?  The thing's over a meter tall and I've got enough clutter, plus there's only so many times I can fly it around while making "WHOOSH" noises before my family begins to wonder if I need a different kind of home.

I love the Saturn V set. Most of my assembled sets sit on top of a bookcase.... except for that one since it is too tall. It's the only set that stays on the desk. The stages do separate so I could display it that way, but then it doesn't look as cool. And to me, the price of it isn't bad. $100 for a set with 1969 pieces.


What I'd love to see next is a Falcon Heavy kit complete with a tiny Roadster and Starman.
 
2018-03-07 10:10:37 AM  
I loved the docuseries "The Toys That Made Us", and apparently they will be doing an episode on LEGO.  I wonder if this news will make it into the show.
 
2018-03-07 10:16:37 AM  
Lego hasn't been cool since they started making kits that consist of almost nothing but custom pieces.

The whole *point* of Lego was to make things with nothing but the standard pieces. Now, they're just snap-together model kits with pegs on them. That cost a fortune.
 
2018-03-07 10:16:54 AM  

khonshu: I loved the docuseries "The Toys That Made Us", and apparently they will be doing an episode on LEGO.  I wonder if this news will make it into the show.


Amazon Prime has a couple of decent Lego documentaries. They are very much from the point of view of the company, but still pretty interesting to see the behind the scenes stuff.
 
2018-03-07 10:17:31 AM  
We need a tariff on cheap Chinese Lego knockoffs.
 
2018-03-07 10:17:59 AM  
Blame this guy
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2018-03-07 10:18:07 AM  
Gee, I wonder why. The kits are outrageously priced. With that said, the Saturn V was an awesome build.
 
2018-03-07 10:19:41 AM  

ElwoodCuse: sno man: So $6k Millennium Falcon kits turn out to be not a big seller, then? Hunh, did not see that coming at all.

That set has been a huge seller. It's currently out of stock online, and it's not always available in store either.

Lego sales have quadrupled since 2007. In 2014, the private company topped rival Mattel to become the world's top toymaker in terms of sales.
"It's grown so quickly with only one product that it inevitably had [to] slow down and hit a wall," Hudak said.

Lego almost went out of business entirely around 2000. They will survive one down year after a long run of growth.


Any company making massive profits can survive.

And since they're privately owned, there's no greedy stockholders to bother with.
 
2018-03-07 10:25:31 AM  
Mysteriously all of their surplus inventory will be deposited outside your bathroom door at 3am
 
2018-03-07 10:26:26 AM  
I got the Saturn V kit for my husband for Christmas and he loved it - any recommendations for other kits? I'm eyeing some of the architecture ones but oh my they're expensive.
 
2018-03-07 10:27:23 AM  

dkulprit: sno man: So $6k Millennium Falcon kits turn out to be not a big seller, then? Hunh, did not see that coming at all.

Came to say this.   Of course they fell when you have to lose an arm,  a leg,  and a couple months worth of salary just to get a kit.


The Lego Milenium Falcon MCS is $800 and frankly worth every friggin' penny.  I know they aren't losing money on them because they can't keep them in stores and you still can't by them online from their shop.  I had to call my local Lego store a couple of days ahead of their restocking delivery day for weeks to find out if they had them and then had to hope one was still in stock when I got there.  I got lucky.  That was back in early February. 4 months after the set was released.
 
2018-03-07 10:29:21 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: I'd love to get the Saturn V rocket set and assemble, it, but honestly, what do I do with it after that?  The thing's over a meter tall and I've got enough clutter, plus there's only so many times I can fly it around while making "WHOOSH" noises before my family begins to wonder if I need a different kind of home.


It's awesome and yoi should get it.  It lays on it's side with the included stands at the back of my shelf perfectly behind some Lego Architecture sets.
 
2018-03-07 10:30:46 AM  

fiddlehead: I got the Saturn V kit for my husband for Christmas and he loved it - any recommendations for other kits? I'm eyeing some of the architecture ones but oh my they're expensive.


The 50's diner is fantastic.
 
2018-03-07 10:31:59 AM  
LEGO are fun toys but they're too damned expensive. If sales are dropping, then perhaps it has something to do with that - just a thought.

And my own personal gripe about the sets is that despite costing an arm and a leg, LEGO can't even be bothered to include a snap shut box or some ziploc bags in the set to safely store the pieces in.
 
2018-03-07 10:35:11 AM  

Joe Stapler: Yeah.  There's only so many Lego that anybody is going to need.  I don't ever buy any of the big sets, but I buy quite a few of the blind bagged figures.  I think the only bb figures from last year were the Ninjago guys, and I ain't got time for that.

If I was going to buy a big set, it would be 742 Evergreen Terrace, the Quick-E Mart, or the firehouse.


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2018-03-07 10:36:49 AM  
Crisis of Lego overproduction
 
2018-03-07 10:37:25 AM  

nogalltogether: Glockenspiel Hero: I'd love to get the Saturn V rocket set and assemble, it, but honestly, what do I do with it after that?  The thing's over a meter tall and I've got enough clutter, plus there's only so many times I can fly it around while making "WHOOSH" noises before my family begins to wonder if I need a different kind of home.

I love the Saturn V set. Most of my assembled sets sit on top of a bookcase.... except for that one since it is too tall. It's the only set that stays on the desk. The stages do separate so I could display it that way, but then it doesn't look as cool. And to me, the price of it isn't bad. $100 for a set with 1969 pieces.


Have been hugely on the fence, but you've probably pushed me over into getting it, since my family has NASA history anyway. Thanks!
 
2018-03-07 10:54:06 AM  
Hidden meaning ... Trump is causing adult-children to grow up ...
 
2018-03-07 11:02:54 AM  

BigNumber12: nogalltogether: Glockenspiel Hero: I'd love to get the Saturn V rocket set and assemble, it, but honestly, what do I do with it after that?  The thing's over a meter tall and I've got enough clutter, plus there's only so many times I can fly it around while making "WHOOSH" noises before my family begins to wonder if I need a different kind of home.

I love the Saturn V set. Most of my assembled sets sit on top of a bookcase.... except for that one since it is too tall. It's the only set that stays on the desk. The stages do separate so I could display it that way, but then it doesn't look as cool. And to me, the price of it isn't bad. $100 for a set with 1969 pieces.

Have been hugely on the fence, but you've probably pushed me over into getting it, since my family has NASA history anyway. Thanks!


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Do it. You won't regret it.
 
2018-03-07 11:04:37 AM  

giantmeteor: Mysteriously all of their surplus inventory will be deposited outside your bathroom door at 3am


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2018-03-07 11:06:31 AM  
Well, duh you can print your own at home with a 3D printer.
 
2018-03-07 11:06:51 AM  
Lepin is starting to cut into their market. Why pay $100 for a set when you can buy it for $30? The brand name is not worth the extra $70. In the end it is still just a pile of cheap plastic.
 
2018-03-07 11:06:55 AM  
Everything is NOT awesome.
 
2018-03-07 11:10:21 AM  

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I agree. The thirst to build and create has been satisfied by Minecraft and other games like the Spaceship building game. I buy a lot less LEGO for my 14 year old now than my 28 year old 14 years ago, if you know what I mean. That, and the smartphones.
 
2018-03-07 11:13:31 AM  

luckyeddie: Bare feet the world over rejoice.


Is there a corresponding foot injury decrease?
 
2018-03-07 11:15:28 AM  
Maybe its my imagination, or because I didn't pay for these things back then.  But the cost of Lego is kind of nuts now.  I was in a Lego store just this weekend and it was like $50 for a firetruck set.   The utility just isn't there.
 
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