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Master List of Lego Production Errors

Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,381
I've been collecting for many years and occasionally I'll stumble upon an error in the instructions or a missing piece; although it's rare, it does happen. I want to create a list of Lego production errors, not only for educational purposes, but to help out others as well who may have sets with missing bags (Fire Brigade) or missprinted parts (Back to the Future) in their collection.
Bumblepants

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  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 5,882
    Towards the end of the Grand Emporium #10211 production the large white flower used as decoration on the top floor had a mold change from hollow stud to solid stud which prevented it from connecting to the model. I think they sent out replacements if you asked? It has been a long time though so it is hard to remember how it went down.
    Pitfall69Bobflip
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,080
    edited July 30
    This is a great idea! Thanks for starting.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,945
    edited July 30
    There was the chess set mentioned on this thread ...


    Pitfall69 said:
    missprinted parts
    Did this go through LEGO's spell checker?
    Pitfall69davetheoxygenman
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 892
    Misssprinted. Ran really fast in the wrong direction?
    Pitfall69andheAstrobricksdavetheoxygenmangmonkey76sid3windrturboslot
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 892
    ...and then I put yet another "s" in there. Wow, this isn't gonna be my day.
    CCCgmonkey76sid3windr
  • amokamok Istanbul, TurkeyMember Posts: 36
    Steamboat Willie (21317) set has the wrong Ideas number tag on the box. It was printed as #24 on the first batch where it should have been Ideas set #25. LEGO has since corrected that error with the new batches though.

    Harley-Davidson Fat Boy (10269) set has a misprinted sticker, Milwaukee is misspelled as "Milwauke" on one of the stickers.
    gmonkey76sid3windr
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,473
    Obviously the BTTF Delorean set had the misspelling on the printed brick.
    Pitfall69
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 890
    While I was still emerging from my dark ages I got #31019. I thought I was going mad as I just couldn't connect the printed 2x2 round tiles (for eyes) in the way the instructions showed. Finally discovered that I had the old tiles with the cross on the underside as opposed to an anti-stud.
    Pitfall69FizyxAstrobricksdmcc0
  • jhuntin1jhuntin1 Indiana, USAMember Posts: 42
    Arctic Batman vs. Mr. Freeze: Aquaman on Ice (76000) was spelled "Artic" on the box when it released.
    Pitfall69andheAstrobricks
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,381
    Back in 2002, Lego Re Released #6762 Fort Legoredo and #6764 Sheriff's Lockup. I do believe that they put the wrong horse in one of those sets and they sent out replacements. I still have the replacement horse still in it's perforated bag that Lego sent me.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,381
    One of the more notable errors is the "Smooth Hair" Leia from the original Tantive IV. 

    Could Galidor be classified as a production error ;) ?
    SumoLegoAstrobricksmadforLEGOdavetheoxygenmangmonkey767BSprevere
  • ChromideChromide Ssi-ruuvi ImperiumMember Posts: 62
    Kanan Jarrus in set 75053 has a variant with black hair. Does Finch Dallow count as an error?
    Fizyx
  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca H-Town, USAMember Posts: 523
    Pitfall69 said:
    Back in 2002, Lego Re Released #6762 Fort Legoredo and #6764 Sheriff's Lockup. I do believe that they put the wrong horse in one of those sets and they sent out replacements. I still have the replacement horse still in it's perforated bag that Lego sent me.
    Hmm, interesting. I had this happen to me, but not with those sets. When I got #10000 Guarded Inn (the first Lego Legend set), it came with a horse from the Native American Wild West sets as well as a replacement horse (ordinary white). Why was Lego messing up horse placement in sets at the turn of the century?
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  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,381
    edited July 30
    Pitfall69 said:
    Back in 2002, Lego Re Released #6762 Fort Legoredo and #6764 Sheriff's Lockup. I do believe that they put the wrong horse in one of those sets and they sent out replacements. I still have the replacement horse still in it's perforated bag that Lego sent me.
    Hmm, interesting. I had this happen to me, but not with those sets. When I got #10000 Guarded Inn (the first Lego Legend set), it came with a horse from the Native American Wild West sets as well as a replacement horse (ordinary white). Why was Lego messing up horse placement in sets at the turn of the century?
    Wair... Hold your horses!! That was it. You are correct. All those Re Releases came out at the same time and I stand corrected!!! See; that's why started this thread :) 

    I misplace my horse all the time. The other day I left him at the KFC Drive Through
    Astrobricksgmonkey76jpeg07sid3windr
  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca H-Town, USAMember Posts: 523
    Pitfall69 said:
    Pitfall69 said:
    Back in 2002, Lego Re Released #6762 Fort Legoredo and #6764 Sheriff's Lockup. I do believe that they put the wrong horse in one of those sets and they sent out replacements. I still have the replacement horse still in it's perforated bag that Lego sent me.
    Hmm, interesting. I had this happen to me, but not with those sets. When I got #10000 Guarded Inn (the first Lego Legend set), it came with a horse from the Native American Wild West sets as well as a replacement horse (ordinary white). Why was Lego messing up horse placement in sets at the turn of the century?
    Wair... Hold your horses!! That was it. You are correct. All those Re Releases came out at the same time and I stand corrected!!! See; that's why started this thread :) 

    I misplace my horse all the time. The other day I left him at the KFC Drive Through
    Oh thank goodness. This issue wasn't as widespread as I thought it might have been!  And you may have left your horse at the KFC, but you at least had the good sense to not leave the "o", "g", and "h" at the "Drive Thru" like most people do.

    Another mistake I thought of was with the UCS Slave I . It had the word "tractor" misspelled as "tracor" on the plaque sticker. It was quickly remedied with the correct spelling in a subsequent production run.
    ChromideAstrobricksBumblepantsPitfall69
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 797
    Chromide said:
    Kanan Jarrus in set 75053 has a variant with black hair. Does Finch Dallow count as an error?
    Not just black hair, but black facial hair as well.  The question on Finch is interesting, because normally I would say he was a variant but not an error... but they were sending out the head and helmet to people with the original pilot figure in their sets, which seems more like 'correcting an error' than a variant.
    AstrobricksChromidePitfall69
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,945
    edited July 30
    I never noticed that when building it, although the next step makes it clear so that is probably why.

    If looked at as a one off, the green plate also looks quite strange in that angled view, almost Escher-like. The back green plate looks like it is attached to the upper section at a funny angle dipping under the dark grey plate. The black parts appear to be joined enhancing the illusion.
    DeMontes
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,326
    “Milwauke” on the Harley fat boy sticker...
    Pitfall69jhuntin1
  • Penkid11Penkid11 Member Posts: 783
    edited July 30
    31037 has a box error that calls it “Adventure Vehicules.”

    From what I can recall. They never caught this either.

    EDIT: Heck even the stock image for the box says so.
  • lkliment2lkliment2 ChicagoMember Posts: 81
    edited July 31
    The Qui-Gon fig in #7665 originally had the old Obi-Wan head. I believe it was corrected in later runs but I know they sent out the correct head upon request. 
    Chromide
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,080
    Does anyone ever think that TLG could make any of these mistakes on purpose? Just to mess with us?
    Chromide
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,945
    It wasn't a production error but an art error, for the 2016 movie Ghostbusters Ecto-1. There was an extra Holtzmann in the artwork that wasn't in the set.

    Another box print error, the 2015 SW advent calendar claimed to have an exclusive Darth Vader minifigure in the text on the box. This apparently delayed the release in Europe.


  • Gruff666Gruff666 United KingdomMember Posts: 185
    21303 Wall-E had the neck issues and 76039 the legs on the ant 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,945
    edited July 31
    If bad designs being corrected are in, then of course their somewhat weak admission that maybe fans did a better job than them on the Porsche gearbox, or maybe not, ...



  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,080
    I wonder if “older” sets had production issues? Or if they were just not as prevalent. Say a classic pirate set. Were pieces ever missing or instructions inaccurate?
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 932
    I doubt anyone could tell if the instructions of classic sets were inaccurate; there were so many steps per numbered instruction that to be honest, you’d be just thankful to have completed the model without error let alone spot lego’s errors!
    andhe
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 892
    edited July 31
    @piratemania7 My copy of 6270 Forbidden Island had a mistake in the instructions. On the upper level, above the prison cell, instructions showed a 1x1x5 "pillar" brick in the wrong place- the bottom of the brick was drawn so that the bottom of it was one stud closer to you, i.e. one place left and one place down, if that makes sense. This meant that the 1x1x6 arch brick that was supposed to have one end on top of this pillar was actually just floating there! I took me a bit of back and forth between the steps to figure out how it should be. I don't know if they ever corrected it, but I didn't buy that set until at least a year after it was released in the U.S. because I was overseas at the time. 
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,876
    CCC said:
    If bad designs being corrected are in, then of course their somewhat weak admission that maybe fans did a better job than them on the Porsche gearbox, or maybe not, ...



    Then you'd include Shuttle adventure/expedition updates on design as well.
    Pitfall69
  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 391
    Spotted a mistake in the instructions of #70848 - they put the printed piano piece in the wrong way around:


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  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,502
    edited August 26
    Nice.
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk Derby, UKMember Posts: 449
    Not sure if its mentioned elsewhere but in the instructions for #75894 on step 25 of bag 2 it clearly shows the bricks (and stickers) added in steps 26 and 27 already in place.



    The parts 4504375 (x2) and 6234695 (x2) are added in step 25 and parts 6170597 (x2) and the 2 stickers are added in step 27.
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