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Too many kinds of bricks

icey117icey117 DenmarkMember Posts: 506
edited April 2018 in Everything else LEGO
Lego admits there are too many different kinds of bricks. 3.700 :-)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43298897
mafon

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  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 2,195
    That not actually what the article says. They produced too many bricks in general in 2016, anticipating demand for Lego in 2017 increasing as in the years before. However demand was flat, so they were stuck with excess stock.
    gratefulnatFizyxgmonkey7677ncaachampsLyichir
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,474
    To be fair there are too many different types of bricks. Managing stock for a BrickLink store is almost hard work!


    Daragh
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,806
    Became a brock discussion here ...
    https://forum.brickset.com/discussion/28206/lego-apparently-made-too-many-brocks

    TheFew said:
    To be fair there are too many different types of bricks. Managing stock for a BrickLink store is almost hard work!

    I'm not sure I'd want to go back to an era where the majority of bricks were 2x2 and 2x4s, with just basic wheels, windows, etc.

    I know even in the 1970s there were loads of styles of bricks, but my memory seems to think the majority of what we had was just 2x2s and 2x4s.

    BumblepantsFizyxgmonkey76dmcc0
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 781
    CCC said:
    Became a brock discussion here ...
    https://forum.brickset.com/discussion/28206/lego-apparently-made-too-many-brocks

    TheFew said:
    To be fair there are too many different types of bricks. Managing stock for a BrickLink store is almost hard work!

    I'm not sure I'd want to go back to an era where the majority of bricks were 2x2 and 2x4s, with just basic wheels, windows, etc.

    I know even in the 1970s there were loads of styles of bricks, but my memory seems to think the majority of what we had was just 2x2s and 2x4s.


    I just got all the Atlantis sets (circa 2010-11) and even just in the 7-8 years since those came out, I feel like the variety of pieces per set has noticeably grown, and in general makes for a better building experience.  And lately I notice there is much less reliance on larger molded pieces than a decade ago.  At the same time, the bricks that we have are more useful across multiple sets as well.  I feel like the expansion of pieces types has been very good for LEGO, as they have generally been more general use and less specialized than when we got new pieces in the past as well.  I think they're in a pretty good place with their piece selection right now, and I have faith they can actually manage it now (unlike in the early 2000s). 
    BumblepantsstluxakunthitaCCCRonyargmonkey76snowhitie
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,474
    I do feel that the part selection of sausages is lacking. They could at least offer us a string of sausages and perhaps a nice curly Cumberland...
    stluxFizyxToc13gmonkey76M_BossTheOriginalSimonBpharmjodsnowhitie
  • daewoodaewoo TexasMember Posts: 324
    When I look at the pieces available when I got my first set (Classic Space) vs what is available now, now is so much better.  When I compare to just 10 years ago, now is so much better.  I would much rather have smaller parts that allow more creative brick building creations than specific molded pieces which were very common.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,806
    Fizyx said:
    CCC said:

    TheFew said:
    To be fair there are too many different types of bricks. Managing stock for a BrickLink store is almost hard work!

    I'm not sure I'd want to go back to an era where the majority of bricks were 2x2 and 2x4s, with just basic wheels, windows, etc.

    I know even in the 1970s there were loads of styles of bricks, but my memory seems to think the majority of what we had was just 2x2s and 2x4s.


    I just got all the Atlantis sets (circa 2010-11) and even just in the 7-8 years since those came out, I feel like the variety of pieces per set has noticeably grown, and in general makes for a better building experience.  And lately I notice there is much less reliance on larger molded pieces than a decade ago.  At the same time, the bricks that we have are more useful across multiple sets as well.  I feel like the expansion of pieces types has been very good for LEGO, as they have generally been more general use and less specialized than when we got new pieces in the past as well.  I think they're in a pretty good place with their piece selection right now, and I have faith they can actually manage it now (unlike in the early 2000s). 
    Definitely. I think we are in a bit of a golden age for brick designs. Although I use a lot of (boring old) 1x2 and 1x4 bricks, the types that have probably excited me the most recently are the modified bricks. We now have a great set of "studs on side" brick designss (such as the recent 2 adjacent sides 1x1 and the 1 2/3 high bricks) so there are great opportunities for fiddly SNOT designs not possible in the past. I also love little details and so parts like the 1x1 pyramid slope are a great addition. Being able to snot build assemblies from more general small parts almost makes specialised parts redundant. Although of course larger one piece parts have their place in more simpler sets or when part counts need to be kept down.

    However, what really bugs me is the colours available. There are still a lot of what could be considered fairly basic parts that don't exist in (useful, for me) colours, or are so rare and expensive that they might as well not exist. I know the 2017/18 parts will eventually come in more useful colours but it is so frustrating when a new part comes out and it is only available in colours like pink, purple and lime. Or where they do a roof slope in one colour but don't do the corner slope in that colour, and a corner slope in a different colour but not the regular roof slope in that colour. The 1x1 pyramid, it has been in 63 sets and always in either trans colours or metallic, and recently 4 of them in tan in Chicago. When I first saw that part, I thought of the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, but it will be a while before I get enough of them.

    I know it is highly unrealistic that they could ever sell service packs of every part in every colour, but I can dream. Even B+P doesn't always help.

    FizyxMynatt77ncaachampsmafonJennisnowhitie
  • willobee498willobee498 CanadalandMember Posts: 349
    I'm one of the few who like all the current large specialized pieces like front canopies on planes and trains. One big hunk makes it very easy to rip off and pop minifigs in.
  • RecceRecce Tiny Little Red DotMember Posts: 897
    I like the BURPs and LURPs. How else are you going to build nice looking hillsides or slopes? 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,806
    For kid friendly and quick building, I agree. For more detailed older TFOL and AFOL builds, there are quite a few techniques using slopes (SNOT based, hinge based, technic based, etc) that give much more random looking landscapes.

    drdavewatfordFizyx
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,474
    CCC said:
    For kid friendly and quick building, I agree. For more detailed older TFOL and AFOL builds, there are quite a few techniques using slopes (SNOT based, hinge based, technic based, etc) that give much more random looking landscapes.

    Presumably SNOT is preferable to crazy glue as you can reuse the bricks afterwards?
    FizyxSwitchfoot55
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 781
    TheFew said:
    CCC said:
    For kid friendly and quick building, I agree. For more detailed older TFOL and AFOL builds, there are quite a few techniques using slopes (SNOT based, hinge based, technic based, etc) that give much more random looking landscapes.

    Presumably SNOT is preferable to crazy glue as you can reuse the bricks afterwards?

    After a good washing, of course.
  • daewoodaewoo TexasMember Posts: 324
    IMHO, glue should only be used if there is no other option.
  • willobee498willobee498 CanadalandMember Posts: 349
    I want Lego to release it's own brand of glue just to frustrate people on the internet.
    77ncaachamps
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