Please refrain from posting animated GIFs, memes, joke videos and so on in discussions other than those in the off topic area.

Dismiss this message to confirm your acceptance of this additional forum term of use.

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.




Comments

  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,695
    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: 6,228
    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: 6,228
    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.
Sign In or Register to comment.
Recent discussions Categories Privacy Policy