Faefrost

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  1. Faefrost

    Removing gender bias

    Lego actually has a much bigger and better study. One they spent millions on and that involved thousands of kids over several years. Studying how kids actually play. On the basis of that study's findings the minidolls were created and Lego leapfrogged from #3 toymaker to #1 in under a year. That study will always be the authoritative one. Because it drives actual sales. This other study? This whole "removing gender bias" concept? This is someone at Lego, someone almost certainly not involved in actual peoduction decisions, giving lip service to a darling idea of the media. Lego's not going to serriously do it because everytime they try it they lose lots of money. Minidolls aren't going anywhere. Because actual girls like them and ask their parents to buy them. At the end of the day Lego either provides the product the customers actually want to buy, or they fail as a company and brand.
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    What are these parts? Stumped

    The hands and arms are long obscoleted finger hinge parts. Seen in many things such as old school space and divers. These are the hands https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=4221&idColor=11#T=C&C=11 plus these https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=4220&idColor=9#T=C&C=9 These are the bulk of the arms https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=3612&idColor=9#T=C&C=9 plus https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=6048&idColor=11#T=C&C=11 and https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=6217&idColor=11#T=C&C=11 Be warned that these older finger hinge parts are quite fragile. Which is why they were discontinued 25 years ago.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    He's poking fun. Jamie Berard is the Lego Lead Designer who personally created the Modular Line, He designed the first 5 Modulars himself. Cafe Corner, Green Grocer, Fire Brigade, Grand Emporium and Pet Shop. Starting with Town Hall he switched off doing every other, than just the special ones like Assembly Square. He runs the whole Creator Expert/18+ line these days. But to explain his poking fun at you Jamie Berard is sort of the Patient Saint of Modular sets and builders. To us there is only 1 Jamie
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    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    It's pretty clearly retiring right now. It's out of stock at shop.lego.com, and is on the Clearance Shelves at the Lego stores near me. I snagged one for $80.
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    How does Lego figure out sets prices?

    Licences get very complex. And each is different. But here's a safe up front assumption. There is a substantial up fron cost for the license. This is typically an annual cost for the lifespan of the license. There is also typically a %of sales price goes to the licensor per unit sold. This can be anywhere from 3-15% on average depending on value of the license and other underlying considerations. The higher priced ones are also licences with greater complexities. For example actors are owed royalties for toys based on their image, so that is factored into the license.costs. (they get paid by the licensor from the money paid by the licensee). So stuff like Marvel Movies and Harry Potter cost more than Mario. While we will never ever know any terms of any licences (the first rule of IP licensing is nobody talks about IP licensing) we can make a few informed guesses based on the sets we see. Either Marvel Avengers or Disney Princeses are likely the highest unit cost license Lego has right now. Star Wars and Harry Potter actually seem quite reasonable.
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    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    Most likely because they are set to store planograms over a year before release. And they can’t change the planned shelf/peg layout for Target or Walmart now.
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    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    Well three at the moment until they hunt down enough cardboard to make boxes for the rest.
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    LEGO Store "Build a Minifigure"

    That's a Ninjago Stone Army head. Probably from this guy
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    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    Keep in mind they are being replaced with a multimedia linked competitive play theme that just happens to be hidden in a City Subtheme. The Stuntz line. The impulse buy offerings are meant as a short term high turnover product offering. Looking for a pattern in an individual sets lifecycle is the road to madness. Their shelf life is determined more by whay comes next to fill that impulse buy slot.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    It's probably they tossed in a wheelchair, much like they have added bicycles and baby carriages. Although we can't rule out a peg legged artist with one eye and a hook.
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    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    Thats not surprising. Many of the impulse buy and $20 Great Vehicles sets only have a 1 year lifecycle.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Git Outa Mah Lego Store ya damn hippies!
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Take projected EOL dates for D2C sets with a grain of salt. That is the anticipated maximum lifecycle. Because they are produced in large batch runs, when a production runs stock gets low they will evaluate whether to do another run or just let the set retire on sell out. They look at all the sales data. How fast was the sell through. Anticipated remaining market. And whether a similar product is far enough in production to replace it. So if Seinfeld, the friends apartment or queer eye sell out in late 2022 The Office would probably simply replace it. .ost D2C sets only get 1 production run. Unexpected hits may get 2. True Legends such as the Modular Fire Brigade got 3.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Fair point.
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    Spare parts in kits?

    When lego sets are backaged the numbered bags are filled using precise weight, not actual part count. The smallest of parts are inside the possible margin of error of the filling stations. So the machine will always dispense an even number of those parts. With a minimum of 2. This happens with 1×1 studs, technic pins, very small minifig parts suck as helmet visors, etc.