Lego Quality Reference
Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:57 PM
I'm a bit nervous about going and checking my Tower Bridge (which has been built once, never played with and just been on display...but has been standing for a year).
Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:31 AM
I have actually had at least one or 2 dark bley slopes break completly because of this. These MOCs have just been sitting there with no specific pressure put on the slopes.
All the evidence I have seen suggests that there is a specific weakness in this element. I wonder if LEGO can re-design either the element or the plastic formulation to make it stronger without making it less usable.
Also if anyone has any idea how to stop these parts breaking short of "dont keep things built" please speak up.
Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:11 PM
I have a couple of treads from 7248 : Digger (Town). In my memory they were smooth to the touch. I just unpacked them from storage and they seem to be rough and 'dried out'. Now rubber tends to deteriorate over time but in this case I'm not sure whether it's my memory playing tricks on me or whether the treads did indeed deteriorate. There are no discernible cracks and the treads can be fitted properly....
Anyone have any ideas as to how the new treads looked and felt?
Posted 20 May 2012 - 05:39 PM
There is definitely a problem with that piece, given how many people have reported cracks in it now. It's strange how only some people seem to get them though. Mine are all just fine, even if they have been placed on models for many years. My best guess is that it's either related to the room temperature/humidity or limited to certain factories/geographic regions.
I see some differences on my treads too. Some are rougher than others. The rough ones were like that out of the box (late 90s sets opened in mid-2000s), but could have deteriorated into that state over time. This doesn't seem to affect their performance, however.
Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:32 PM
I had two 2x1 hinges holding a third, much larger piece as if they were one single hinge. The sides of the hinge broke as shown in these pics:
The pieces came originally with the Prehistoric creatures Creator set. Just two have broken, so I believe that the fact they were holding a bigger pieceon their own had some influence. Anyone else has hadthis problem with these peices?
Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:14 PM
Posted 20 June 2012 - 11:35 PM
An old problem resurfacing again
Later bought 10230 Mini Modulars, 4434 Tipper Truck and 4432 Garbage Truck.
Apparently almost all yellow parts in the 2012 sets seem to suffer from this
Usual old'ish yellow left, new'ish yellow right.
Thankfully, Jan Beyer has stated (in our LUGs forum) that LEGO is well aware of the problem (partly due to too little yellow dye being used and partly due to dual sourcing from two different dye suppliers) and that they are working on it
Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:37 PM
I keep it around 72-82F year round, so there isn't much variation. Prolonged hot temperatures (over several years) can cause bricks to expand and develop a stronger grip, which I've seen with some late 80s sets. Maybe the cracking cheese slopes are caused by something like this.
They told us the exact same thing with yellow four years ago, so I'm taking it with a huge grain of salt. Here is another picture from a few years ago. This effect is hard to see in a picture though since it varies a lot with the ambient light.
Posted 31 August 2013 - 05:51 PM
Also has anyone come up with a more substantial and solid plate base to keep it from twisting? Unfortunately all of my parts are at home; only the Robie kit came to the mountains with us, so it will remain unbuilt. I will call customer service next week to see if they can find me some tiles without scratches because these are placed on the outer row and are quite visible. Sad for a set that is priced at $200US.
The moral of this tale is to take at least three large sets to build if you have three days free. Meanwhile I get to help hubby build his many Faller N scale train buildings! Woohoo....
Edited by Legogal, 31 August 2013 - 05:52 PM.
Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:03 PM
Posted 08 September 2013 - 08:09 PM
Here is another example:
Edited by datune, 08 September 2013 - 08:11 PM.
Posted 21 September 2013 - 02:57 AM
Posted 21 September 2013 - 04:39 AM
As for any clear elements... remember they are made of Polycarbonate (instead of ABS), and are more brittle. So cracking of parts is not that unusual. 1x1 round clear bricks always seem to have issues with their bases showing cracks... so 1x1 round plates sound like they have the same problem... only on a 1x1 round plate, there's less holding it together than on 1x1 round bricks.
Posted 22 September 2013 - 02:18 AM
h-h-h-h-hot glue trippin
Posted 22 September 2013 - 08:31 AM
... and the reason is... because Bayer Corporation for 10 years now, no longer produces all the ABS plastic in the specific colors that TLG used to order... pre-colored as pellets.
And it wasn't just the colorization... but also issue such as the clutch power of the bricks (the specific mix of the ABS or Polycarbonate)...
Here are many different Bayer test bricks that were used for specific colors (most not even in production back when these tests were done... but also many of these bricks had different levels of additives to make them more or less brittle or elastic....
Images from my Dutch collector friend Michel (Maxx3001) as found in my LEGO Collectors Guide DVD/download chapters on LEGO Ads and LEGO Bricks.
Edited by LEGO Historian, 22 September 2013 - 08:34 AM.
Posted 22 September 2013 - 02:14 PM
In this case (like all others like it) I would contact LEGO Customer Service. Talk to a representative and ask for replacement bricks (all of the ones you belive are un-aligned). Offer to send a photo. This is the best way to get feedback into the quality department at the factory.
(However, don't confuse this with the fact that bricks are slightly tapered, otherwise they wouldn't come out of the mold. This taper will create a noticeable gap between bricks, so if you gently drag your nail from bottom to top of a stack you should feel a slight "catch" between each brick.)
Posted 22 September 2013 - 03:29 PM
There have always been slight variations in the dimensions of bricks and the exact locations of the studs on pieces, despite what TLG says about their tolerances. It's not ideal, but is normal. I can't tell in the picture if this is any worse than usual.
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