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1) They can't possibly keep all the pieces in the selection (on the LDD at least), it would be confusing.
2) They gotta keep the theme-sets attractive, by having some special bricks in them that can't be purchased elsewhere.
3) Maybe their "Pick-a-brick" robot machine thing have a limited amount of cases it can select from in order to keep the selling effective. (and they they do adjust some of the special bricks to each years theme. 2007 they had some castle-pieces that are out now. Last and this year they have several Atlantis-themed pieces).
So I guess you are right. Keep the shop FRESH, but also EFFECIENT and maybe keep their themes a bit EXCLUSIVE!
Great way to keep me addicted to Bricklink.
Have these appeared in sets yet? I don't recall seeing these in anything.
They also appear to have most of the Series 6 Minifig parts, and the Alien Conquest stuff they were missing in 4.1, including the ADU Gun...
@teslin1212 - I haven't spotted any problems yet.
Looks like they're new pieces in the Marvel Quinjet: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tereglith/6908125130/
Very, very exciting.
What's with the prevalance of rounded corners on everything these days? The worst is with the single high panel pieces like this, which now have small gaps when strung together to form a wall:
Are they just trying to reduce foot injuries?
They don't really bother me on the SNOT bricks, but the panels are another story.
Of course, the other corners on those parts pictured above have sharp edges, so I'm not sure exactly what TLG is trying to accomplish here...
The color we all call green is "Dark Green", Color ID 28 to LEGO.
"Earth Green" (ID 141) is what we would call dark green.
Perhaps that's what you're seeing?