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New Documentary

MatthewMatthew Cheshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 3,734
edited March 2011 in Everything else LEGO
Here's a new documentary I found on youtube about how the new police station was designed and made. It's in 5 parts.




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  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,726
    A seen a few of these documentaries but none as detailed as this one in terms of the moulds. Really interesting - good find @Matthew.
  • korkor Member Posts: 392
    That was great!
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,375
    Here's a new documentary I found on youtube about how the new police station was designed and made. It's in 5 parts.
    Great find, Matthew - this documentary is excellent ! It's just about the most detailed expose of LEGO's manufacturing and distribution I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing !

  • PaulTRPaulTR Member Posts: 115
    Fabulous documentary! I rarely see anything like this, so thank you for posting it!
  • OrthobotrexOrthobotrex Member Posts: 165
    From the videos, I just realized some of the reasons why LEGO is expensive...it's probably because of the freaking moulds! Imagine how much they're worth...
  • MarkeyMarkey Member Posts: 69
    Great post! There are a few videos around that show behind the scenes footage, but not as detailed as this.
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,375
    From the videos, I just realized some of the reasons why LEGO is expensive...it's probably because of the freaking moulds! Imagine how much they're worth...
    If I heard right, the moulds are worth up to a quarter of a million Euro each. Between that and George Lucas' cut of the Star Wars sales, no wonder LEGO is so expensive.....

  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    IIRC from a factory tour a few years back, there are two grades of mould. The expensive ones cost upwards of 100,000 euros each (depending on the complexity of the mould - how many different moving parts, etc.), but can produce millions of bricks in a useful lifetime (& are refurbished multiple times over their life). The lower grade of mould can only produce a few 100,000 bricks in their useful life, can't be refurbished but "only" cost ~30,000 euros to make. They are used for smaller production runs of more specialised elements.
  • thesinisterpenguinthesinisterpenguin Member Posts: 96
    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing the videos!
  • brickmaticbrickmatic Member Posts: 1,071
    This was a very interesting documentary. Thanks for sharing!

    Yeah, molds are expensive because of their incredible precision. I mean think about how small the tolerances are: a few hundredths of a millimeter!

    My favorite quote: "We are willing to take that extra step and decorate. The little boy will not have to place a tiny sticker in the place where he is expecting the dog's eye. We will make it for him and it will stay there for good." Sounds like a politician running on an anti-sticker platform :p

    Also, I winced when I heard the part about Lego Universe being the biggest investment. I really hope it eventually pays off in the long run, at least as a stepping stone for future products.
  • georgebjonesgeorgebjones Member Posts: 224
    Now I want to go buy the police station. :)
  • RogueRogue Member Posts: 27
    Great documentary! Thank you for posting! :)
  • aplbomr79aplbomr79 Member Posts: 159
    From the final Video:
    "My Favorite part of the LEGO set is the garage... you can open and close it".

    Spoken from the mouth of an 8yo aficionado. GARAGES TLG, GARAGES!!!
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    Very nice. I love these kind of shows anyway, but this was lovely.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    "Moulds are very expensive, so designers try to use existing pieces" - I wish!
    If I had a penny for every time they invented a new piece where old ones would have done fine, I'd be a millionaire.

    Great documentary though, thanks for posting.
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