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Mixels Bag Smell Warning and not just the price!!

jediami65jediami65 United StatesMember Posts: 474
edited February 2014 in Collecting
@ TRU today with the kids and picked up 2 of the Mixel sets #41505 and #41507 since they were 50% off 2nd set. I open them when I got home and the smell from inside was very overpowering, for those that have kids that may be sensitive to strong odors I just want to give you a heads up.

2nd point I want to make is what is TLG thinking here, I bought this just to see and it will be the last I get. for $5.60 per set they have to be kidding me. At a minimum of 50% they may be worth it for some of the ball joint parts but even than I would think twice.

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  • bmwlegobmwlego Long Island, New YorkMember Posts: 762
    The CMF bags smell pretty odd as well.
  • jediami65jediami65 United StatesMember Posts: 474
    bmwlego said:

    The CMF bags smell pretty odd as well.

    yes I agree but not to the extent of the Mixel bags, I have 3 kids and even the Friends animal set bags did not smell this bad when I open them for the girls.
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    Is not really surprising, they are made in China after all!

    ;o)
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    I have a really sensitive nose and I dislike chemical odors, but I have to say that I didn't notice anything with our Mixels, it was no different than any other bag of Lego. I totally believe that yours smelled, so what I'm wondering is what was the difference between your batch and mine?
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 940
    I have no interest in these sets, but this reminded me of when The Topps Company release their premium baseball card set call Stadium Club back in 1991. This was the first company to release a card set with UV coating. Such a difference between the older card stock to the newer card stock. The UV coating did smell nice - call me strange - but I still prefer the smell of a fresh pack with a stick of bubble gum.
    Pitfall69
  • jediami65jediami65 United StatesMember Posts: 474
    @margot, this was the first time anything Lego related made me pause. My 3 kids all suffer from Asthma and allergies, the triggers are many, so we don't buy a lot of thing the kids pick up in the checkouts and $1 areas because of the material quality and their reactions.

    It has been about over 1/2 hour since I opened the Mixels bags and I still get that strong odor from inside the bag.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    I just went and smelled my Mixels to double check and I smell nothing from them. The instruction booklets do have an odor.
    I totally understand avoiding stuff. My son brings home these prizes from school that I usually sneak into the bin as soon as possible. The worst are the rubber yoyos, the smell is overwhelming.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,223
    edited February 2014
    1265 said:

    I have no interest in these sets, but this reminded me of when The Topps Company release their premium baseball card set call Stadium Club back in 1991. This was the first company to release a card set with UV coating. Such a difference between the older card stock to the newer card stock. The UV coating did smell nice - call me strange - but I still prefer the smell of a fresh pack with a stick of bubble gum.

    I know exactly what you mean. On the flip side, 1991 Upper Deck cards smelled wonderful. Kind of like baked goods or oatmeal :)

    1265
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    @Pitfall69 Lol, that's just a little bit weird... :o)

    @margot If that's the case, there is a good chance its ink used to print them, do they have a strong chemical odor similar to that of paint?
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,223
    ^I guess I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue.
    TheLoneTensorricecakeninjagolightlyGothamConstructionCoAanchircycoduckWil348murphquake
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    ^ Ha ha, I remember when I was younger, I'd get a new pack of coloring markers, and the first thing I'd do was pop off the caps and sniff till I couldn't walk straight...

    I guess that would explain a few things now... :o)
    GothamConstructionCocycoduck
  • jediami65jediami65 United StatesMember Posts: 474

    @Pitfall69 Lol, that's just a little bit weird... :o)

    @margot If that's the case, there is a good chance its ink used to print them, do they have a strong chemical odor similar to that of paint?

    Can't comment for @margo, but you may be right, could be the ink.

    I just opened two of the 2014 SW battle packs and their is no odor on instruction booklets, box, or parts bags. Opened a Friends animal pack too and nothing at all, seems to be just Mixels.
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    edited February 2014
    ^^ Lol, come on, what were you actually sniffing? ;o)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,223
    edited February 2014
    ^It was these clear larger Ponies that she just got. They have a strong odor. Must be whatever plastic they use to make clear toys.

    Why does anything I do surprise anyone?
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    Also made in China? :o)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,223
    ^Yup.
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 940
    Pitfall69 said:

    I know exactly what you mean. On the flip side, 1991 Upper Deck cards smelled wonderful. Kind of like baked goods or oatmeal :)

    Upper Deck introduced it's premium card set back in 1989. Also, their packaging was unique compared to the other companies. Sure, UD had it's own unique smell, nothing compared to the first UV coated sets by Topps.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,223
    Yeah, I was just commenting on the 1991 Football cards. I only collected football cards back then.
  • jediami65jediami65 United StatesMember Posts: 474

    ^^ Lol, come on, what were you actually sniffing? ;o)

    LoL: Homey don't play that!!
    Man we are showing our age here 1989-1991 cards. I use to do shows back then and had a little comic store, Griffey Jr. rookie card days.
    SirBen
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 940
    edited February 2014
    ^^
    Lol..the Griffey Jr. card was the one everyone wanted. Plus, the 1990 Leaf Thomas was a must have. Walking down memory lane....good times.
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,820
    edited February 2014
    $4.99 does feel a little steep for these and TRU going up an additional $0.50 doesn't help. I bought a set and really actually think they are ingenious little builds. I don't seem me keeping them together. I think they are the perfect size sets to doodle with. If I can catch them on clearance anywhere for 30%-50% off I'll probably buy a bunch. Lots of SNOT techniques in a compact form.
  • SirBenSirBen In the Hall of the Mountain KingMember Posts: 544
    I always likes the '88 Donruss puzzle cards, although I could never bring myself to break the puzzle pieces out. The gum in my Topps cards was always stale.

    @jediami65 Do the Lego pieces themselves smell, or does it seem the be the packaging, or the ink on the instructions?
  • aimlesspursuitsaimlesspursuits USMember Posts: 207
    I just bought a few of these today. It seems like it's the instruction books, so I'm guessing it must be the ink.

  • 12651265 Member Posts: 940
    ^^
    The Donruss puzzle cards was neat at the time but total bomb. IMO, I liked the Topps gum no matter how old it was.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310


    @margot If that's the case, there is a good chance its ink used to print them, do they have a strong chemical odor similar to that of paint?

    It's not really strong because mine have been open for a few days, but yes, definitely chemical odor like paint.

  • jediami65jediami65 United StatesMember Posts: 474
    @SirBen: I am leaning to to it being the instruction booklets and the ink at has been mentioned, there is a slightly less powerful odor in the parts bag but that could be just residual from being in the same back with the booklets, I am thinking of calling or emailing customer service just so they are aware.
  • veign06veign06 USAMember Posts: 136
    1265 said:

    ^^
    Lol..the Griffey Jr. card was the one everyone wanted. Plus, the 1990 Leaf Thomas was a must have. Walking down memory lane....good times.

    Hah I still want that card.

    I have to say I love the smell of a fresh pack of cards...games/movies too...lol and the plastics. ;)
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,096
    Factory fresh Billund Lego smells wonderful. China based CMF, Hero Factory and Mixels smell bad.
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,908
    I hope I'm not the only one that takes a whiff of Billund air from a large set.
  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca H-Town, USAMember Posts: 487

    I hope I'm not the only one that takes a whiff of Billund air from a large set.

    Oh no, my friend, you are certainly not alone. Getting harder these days, however, to get it without dilution. ;-)

  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,333
    No components in Mixels are sourced in China and those sold in the UK do not have a foul smell.
    y2joshBumblepantspharmjod
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,218
    1265 said:

    I still prefer the smell of a fresh pack with a stick of bubble gum.

    Ohhhh - nostalgia alert !

    I loved that smell......
    Pitfall69
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Chicago Burbs USA (and sometimes Ireland)Member Posts: 1,004
    Is it possible that parts for US are from china plant and UK/EU are from other plants?
  • bmwlegobmwlego Long Island, New YorkMember Posts: 762
    I'd eat a stick of gum from a sealed pack of 87 Topps Baseball any day. I don't think it'd be any harder now then pack fresh 25 years ago. These sticks of gum were usually consumed several sticks at a time and you'd pray that a star player wasn't the last card in the pack because it would undoubtedly have a wax strip on the back from sealing the wax packs.

    Couldn't understand the love for Griffey at the time as he was so young and hadn't done anything yet. Boy was I wrong! while filling up pages upon pages of Bo Jackson cards I should have done the same for The Kid.

    I've yet to open a Mixel but I will be doing so with baited breath when that time comes.

    Yellowcastlemurphquake
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310

    Is it possible that parts for US are from china plant and UK/EU are from other plants?

    I think the ones for the US might be made in Mexico?

  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,025

    Is it possible that parts for US are from china plant and UK/EU are from other plants?

    I just bought all the Mixels yesterday. I'm in the USA. None of the parts are made in China. (Components made in Denmark, Hungary, MExico and the Czech Republic - is what it says on the back.) I know the smell the OP is referring to. As others have mentioned I'm pretty sure it is the ink in the instruction booklet.

    If you are sensitive to odors, just open the baggies and let them sit overnight. I built all my Mixels last night. The parts had no odor, and by this morning there is no other in the bags either.

    margot
  • jediami65jediami65 United StatesMember Posts: 474
    akunthita said:


    If you are sensitive to odors, just open the baggies and let them sit overnight. I built all my Mixels last night. The parts had no odor, and by this morning there is no other in the bags either.

    You are correct, for the most part the smell is gone from the booklets and parts bags I left them out overnight too.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,172
    Pitfall69 said:

    I honestly have a problem. My wife caught me sniffing my daughters new My Little Pony toys.

    Wife: What the hell are you doing??!!!!
    Me: I'm sorry :(

    What part of the pony were you sniffing?
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,707
    I love how plenty of people commented on the made-in-China factor back before anyone had even looked at where the sets came from. Reminds me of back when BIONICLE was having issues with brittle parts and people frequently suggested the reason being Chinese production... this was in 2007-2009, when a look at the back of any canister (which, unlike boxes, you weren't even expected to throw out) would tell you that there were no Chinese parts in those sets. In fact, at that point, Chinese production for parts in regular LEGO sets was practically unheard of (though the 2006 BIONICLE sets did have some Chinese-made parts, probably the light-up swords and eyes).

    Anyway, perhaps there was a batch where the ink on the instructions didn't have time to dry completely before packing? In any case, I'm sure if you give the instructions time to air out the smell will diminish, even if it doesn't go away completely. Thanks for the warning, though!
    CCC
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850

    Pitfall69 said:

    I honestly have a problem. My wife caught me sniffing my daughters new My Little Pony toys.

    Wife: What the hell are you doing??!!!!
    Me: I'm sorry :(

    What part of the pony were you sniffing?
    @Pitfall69 Did it smell ass bad as the the Mixels?
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,223
    I don't know what the Mixels smell like, but what smells bad to some people, other people might like. For example: I love the smell of nail polish, spray paint, old school magic markers and gasoline.
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    Lol, yeah, I knew it wasn't just glue that you were sniffing... Pretty much anything you can get high on right? ;o)

    I used to like the smell of gasoline, but I've tasted to much of it at work to like the smell anymore....
  • prof1515prof1515 EarthMember Posts: 1,561
    Aanchir said:

    I love how plenty of people commented on the made-in-China factor back before anyone had even looked at where the sets came from. Reminds me of back when BIONICLE was having issues with brittle parts and people frequently suggested the reason being Chinese production... this was in 2007-2009, when a look at the back of any canister (which, unlike boxes, you weren't even expected to throw out) would tell you that there were no Chinese parts in those sets. In fact, at that point, Chinese production for parts in regular LEGO sets was practically unheard of (though the 2006 BIONICLE sets did have some Chinese-made parts, probably the light-up swords and eyes).

    Anyway, perhaps there was a batch where the ink on the instructions didn't have time to dry completely before packing? In any case, I'm sure if you give the instructions time to air out the smell will diminish, even if it doesn't go away completely. Thanks for the warning, though!

    People tend to fall back on unsubstantiated opinion rather than proven facts. I can recall someone once telling me how they preferred product A over B because B was "made in China" and therefore of "lower quality". So, I looked at the fine print on both packages and wouldn't you know it, product B was "Made in the U.S.A." while their heralded product A was "Made in China." They were silent and pretty pissed at me for shattering their beliefs regarding quality and manufacturing origin of their preferred brand but that's how some people are. They hate the messenger because of the message and they have only themselves to blame for forming a conclusion without doing even some rudimentary research beforehand.

    I haven't encountered these Mixels (and don't plan to either) so I can't say what the smell might be but your hypothesis regarding ink sounds more reasonable than the origin of production.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950

    Pitfall69 said:

    I honestly have a problem. My wife caught me sniffing my daughters new My Little Pony toys.

    Wife: What the hell are you doing??!!!!
    Me: I'm sorry :(

    What part of the pony were you sniffing?
    @Pitfall69 Did it smell ass bad as the the Mixels?
    Laf, was that typo intentional? If so, well played.
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    @TheLoneTensor It was indeed :o)

    Just wanted to know, because if it does smell ass bad as the Mixels, then it's probably made with pretty crappy quality plastic.

    ;o)
  • klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 717
    Picked up a #41508 Volectro yesterday. Yes there is a slight smell from the instructions, but it isn't that ewww-de-china petroleum smell. (I recently returned a laundry sorter for that reason and told the store why.) The plastic packaging is thicker than regular polybags - like Friends animal sets. But I've never noticed the smell from the Friends animals. Interesting.
    Volectro is very cute. He moved right into Cloud Cuckoo Land and is chasing the snail. As far as the price -$4.99 for 70 pieces is better than the Friends animal series at around 40 pieces for the same price.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,199
    Remember the animals sets have specialist molded parts - the animals, and based on BL prices, these are worth 20-30 small parts.
    klatu003
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,707
    CCC said:

    Remember the animals sets have specialist molded parts - the animals, and based on BL prices, these are worth 20-30 small parts.

    Beyond the matter of perceived value, the Friends animals are also more complex in molding and printing than most of these parts, and since they do not appear across as many sets as any of the Mixels molds, the individual sets probably have to subsidize more of the mold costs.

    I'll agree, though, that these Mixels sets offer a lot more building value as individual purchases than the Friends animal packs or Ninjago booster packs did. Also arguably more play value, since these sets are designed to function as stand-alone sets or support each other, rather than just to supplement more expensive sets.
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