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Does the Quality Argument still justify some price points?
Yes, 3 coats of polish on the duck. Just 2 microns per brick...got it. Made of the same stuff as car bumpers, check.
Now, lets get down to brass taxes. I watched a reviewer today talk about the Rancor Pit and Jaba's Palace and he mentioned that if you add costs together its about $185 us for what really should be one much larger set.
Jaba's palace is hardly a Palace at one room with a little half area hanging off the side and the Rancor Pit is a wall-less frame with a gate.
No, this is not meant to be a "Lego is too expensive" thread. There are many sets (Mostly non-licensed) that are great value and well worth the cost in quality and production.
But, the question still stands. With Chinese factories and whatnot on the horizon etc...
Does the cost for quality claim still hold water?
Things like the Architecture Space Needle with like 62 pieces (and most of those Technic) for $20 bucks??? 62 piece Polybags with Mini-figures are only like 4-5 bucks. How is that justifiable? The Book?? Hardly 15 more dollars worth of Value.
Especially, when I bought Big Ben for $30 and am very pleased with it and the value.
The Lone Ranger Stage Coach is about $30 and is fantastic for that price. So it seems very inconsistent in determination.
Is the Quality argument truly still valid? Or would it be more honest just to accept that in some cases, your paying either too much, paying for Mini-Figures, Paying for a License, or Paying for the Lego Name?
Would you respect Lego more if they sometimes just said the above?
Where do you stand? Honestly?