samlr

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  1. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    The most basic injection mold made in China with limited precision costs around $1000 USD. The ones used by Lego, if I am not mistaken cost between $3000 USD and $100.000 USD, the most expensive being the one used to produce the dice part. For a Lego minifigure, you need 8 different infection molds (Left leg, right leg, hips, torso, left arm, right arm, hand and head) 6 of which are not basic. You need a minimum level of precision to have the so called clutch power. You also need the tools and machinery to use those molds. Before you even produce your first minifigure, you have to spend between $15.000 and $30.000 USD. Before you earn your first penny, you'll probably have to sell a 1000 minifigures. All this does not include, ABS, energy, infrastructure, R&D, communication, building a reputation, packing, shipping etc ... This is also not considering the risk of not being able to sell as many, the risk of flooding the market or the risk of getting caught. To make it simple, it has been done, it's not that easy and it's certainly not a clever idea if you hope making shitloads of money. How you can know they are not knockoff ? On one hand, the knowledge and production process of Lego are not public, on the other hand, cost constraints are not the same when you sell 1000 parts a second and when you sell 1000 parts over several weeks. Those two elements lead counterfeiters to make errors. It is possible to find those errors. When you feel bad about this injustice, just remember that we here are part of the 1% wealthiest people on the planet and that we spend a average of 90L of drinkable water per day in our toilettes, when 833 millions people don't have direct access to drinkable water.
  2. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    Broken, Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary (for the ones we are not sure about) and you can color code them Gray, White, Blue, Purple and Gold ! That is probably what I am going to do for my next update :-D It's a great idea to distinguish PC and ABS ! For Light Nougat leg assemblies, I am aware of 3 productions (I bought some from each): - First production was sold in North America, the color is off and I had the felling it came from before Lego changed there colors. - Second production, rarer and more expensive was sold from Germany. The color was right. - Third production which is current, is the same as "Factory" trans-monochromes For Magenta, it was avalable in Lego Land with a promotional minifig (LLP001). Later, in 2019, they had a stock they got ride off by selling them as Build A Minifigure parts in some stores (Including the one at Clermont-Ferrand where I bought some). I believe Lego produces part for designers, for events or even for canceled sets and they end up not using them. They have several ways to get ride off those, like given them to LUGs, or selling them to big BL stores. As member of a LUG, I was given some "interesting" bulks ... Finally, for Lavender legs: - Some seem to be designer / prototype parts. I've never had any, so I don't know more. - The ones sold on facebook, ebay, instagram and BL with the following production numbers; hips : 35-65, left leg 8-44 and right leg 5-54 are fake. There are so many things wrong with those that they cannot by genuine. - Anyway, the problem should be solved by next month with the new Ninjago sets PS : I am starting to like the word "Factory" ! For the PC monofigs, they are mainly sold on Instagram, probably to avoid trouble. I was offered those, just this morning for $300 USD each :
  3. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    You can distinguish 5 categories: Officially released : those are the commun ones and it includes the very expensive Gold Chrome. Limited released : light nougat hips and magenta legs. Nightshifts : those where produced by Lego employees with Lego equipment with the intention of reselling then. They are absolutly not prototypes. They are becoming fairly common. Prices range from $30 to $50 USD for full transparent minifigs, $10 to $15 for non transparents minifigs and $5 to $20 for parts.Those seam to come from north America, but I have had a hard time tracking there origin. When I learned about those, I contacted Lego employees several time, mainly because I was worried about the legality of those parts. They are not clear about there position, they know about those and they are willingly letting this happen. On the other hand I had echoes saying they are investigating. I believe (that's a personnal opinion) that they don't care about the those as long as the quantities are small. The big problem is that the sellers who have those as also have large quantities of unreleased, sometime unannounced minifigs. I think a least 2500 baby Yodas were sold before they released the Razor Crest ... Prototype wannabes : kind of rare and they are very expensive. This includes the lot of 7 transparent minifigs at $5000? USD, the Tarfful head piece and the transparent Iron Man helmet. Those are almost always shipped from China even when ebay says the seller is elsewhere. There is one seller on ebay that sells some from mexico, not the same parts not the same colors. Using the address and name, I was able to link one of these with someone working at a Lego Learning center in the area of Shanghai. Those are not prototypes and they are currently being produced. They are just limiting the quantities sold so they can raise the prices. With the right contact you can get them for 10 to 20 times cheaper than on ebay. Genuine prototypes : those are extremely rare and very hard to get without a contact inside Lego. Concerning some of the polycarbonate transparent minifigs mainly the trans-green and trans-dark blue, I have doubts on the fact that they are actual prototypes. They seams to get cheaper and cheaper. They also seam to become more and more common. It doesn't make sence.
  4. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    Thanks a lot ! Samuel, USA (rarest_minifigures) is supposed to own one Glow In The Dark Trans but he is not alone. Sascha Rücker, Germany (magicbricks_lego_mocs) has one also. Those are very serious collectors, but you are right, there is a part of investigation that has to be done and the sheets will have to be updated ... Concerning the R/L, does Metamorpho (DC CMF) have to L logo on his trans-clear leg ? I believe a least one genuine minifigure with transparent leg is missing the R/L logo ... Now, to fully honest, I have big doubts on the logos being a proof of authenticity. A bricklink/instagram/facebook seller has put Lavender leg assemblies on sell around last October. The hips are not the right shape and size, the injection molds have several differences with all the genuine ones I've checked, the friction is wrong, the legs make a unusual squicky noise when turning, the color is off and the production numbers are identical on all 5 I've been able to check, but they have all the logos where they should be ... Thank you ! I would really appreciate your feedback !
  5. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    Thanks a lot ! I'll add it to the next update !
  6. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    Finally got some time to short everything out ! Trans-Pink and Trans-Dark Pink exist. Trans-Pink is a supposed to be an old prototype in polycarbonate. Trans-Dark Pink is a current, non-official production. I understand it is made out of MABS and I can confirm that it feels like ABS plastic. Glow in the Dark Trans is retired as you said. A least one old Glow in the Dark Trans prototype exists (A picture can be found on the account rarest_lego_minifigures on instagram) You are absolutely right and to be honest, I was also confused by the sellers being confused. Trans-Bright Green is the one currently being sold and is an non-official production. Trans-Neon Green exists as an old prototype. Trans-Green exists, it's being sold as an old prototype, but I really suspect it to but a current production. Trans Light Orange, that's me being confused. The one I was thinking about is Trans-Orange. Amazing work ! Thank you so much ! Here is an update ! I found more prototypes and productions. You can find pictures on the account transparent_minifigs on Instagram. I am probably missing some such as Milky White, but I can find any pictures. Do you have any pictures, please ? I'd love to add it ! Chrome Red, there are the hands missing ... It's the same with Flat Silver, but you can use Dark Bluish Gray hands and it's hard to make the difference ! And this is for fun !
  7. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    Here is how I check the existence of those trans monochromes (and other rare monochromes) : Light-Flesh : There were several productions of leg assembly but those were never released. Several hundreds were made in Mexico but the color doesn't match the current Light-Flesh Lavender : The leg assembly is currently being produced, may soon available in a set Trans Black : I own one Trans Purple : I own one Trans Green : Sold on ebay, owned by a collector I know Trans Dark blue : Sold on ebay, owned by a collector I know Trans Red : Owned by some collectors I follow, may soon be more accessible Trans Bright Green : I own one Glow In The Dark Trans : Owned by one collector I follow Trans Pink : Sold on ebay, owned by a collector I know, may soon be more accessible Trans Light Blue : I own one Trans Clear : I own one Trans Medium Blue : Owned by some collectors I follow Trans Light Orange : I own one Trans Yellow : Sold on ebay, owned by a collector I know, may soon be more accessible Trans Orange : Sold on ebay, owned by a collector I know I had a contact with one seller who sold me trans monochromes and he assured me that a least 10 colors were available for sell. I was not able to double check this information. Please note that even if I tried hard to check all this information, there might be mistakes.
  8. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    Here is a list of all the monochromes for which I was able to confirm the existence. Please tell me if I made mistakes or if you know others !
  9. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    They are perfect fit. They feel maybe just a bit tighter then ABS. I am just worried to break them ...
  10. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    They are from Lego factories. I did an analysis of the casting molds use to produce them. PM
  11. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    Bothers me too ... My supplier thinks the problem will be fixed soon !
  12. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    I love nightshift productions !
  13. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    Star Wars Monochromes progress. I am not happy with some of the figs so I'll be waiting for TLG to release new parts.
  14. samlr

    Monochrome Minifigures

    I have to apologize, I was so exited to have a coral monochrome and I saw a soon to be released ninjago minifig which seamed to be coral. After having seen other pictures, I have to admit, I was wrong ...
  15. You can do it by tricking LDD : Step 2 : add the tiles Step 3 : remove the modified brick and one tile Step 4 : add modified brick Step 5 : copy/paste tile and modified brick Step 6 : replace 1x1 modified brick by 1x2 modified brick