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Price per LEGO brick, function of the set's theme and license

MaffyDMaffyD Member Posts: 3,500

Thought this might interest some people:

Haven't had chance to look at it myself, but the main takeaway is that Star Wars doesn't have the IP tax we all think it does, apparently. Might be because it's US-centric though.



  • FauchFauch Member Posts: 2,662
    city is the expensive theme in the US. here, it's star wars.
    I still think there may be some IP tax, I dunno how much specific pieces cost to produce, but when I compare to ninjago for example, the few star wars sets I built had more basic pieces. they also had less minifigs.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,761
    edited January 2017
    I just thought that City is skewed this year due to the outlandish prices of #60052 and #60097.
  • FauchFauch Member Posts: 2,662
    if I understand well, 10% of ninjago sets are over 21c per piece. is that a mistake? I really wonder which ninjago sets can be that expensive.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    edited January 2017
    That's correct, airjitzu sets are expensive on a per part basis. Some of the speedorz were almost that high too. Which is why you need to look at what the parts are, not just the number of parts.
  • MaffyDMaffyD Member Posts: 3,500
    Mindstorms. Those sets skew pretty expensive per piece too...
  • dbrougedbrouge Member Posts: 27
    Food for thought: City sets with big parts like planes, helicopter, boats, probably pull the average upwards.
  • FauchFauch Member Posts: 2,662
    what about the designers? do rehashing the police sets every year takes more time than creating a whole new theme from scratch?
  • catwranglercatwrangler Member Posts: 1,894
    The thing is that whatever they do with a theme, they're probably still going to focus-group it with kids, and that's all time and money... 
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