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  • plasmodiumplasmodium Member Posts: 1,956
    The answer to that question is "no, but there should be".
  • epyon396epyon396 Member Posts: 268
    I sort them by color and put them in zip-lock baggies
  • bellybutton290bellybutton290 Member Posts: 453
    Suprised given TLG cost cutting over the years that this practice of extra parts continues really welcome as it is.
  • binaryeyebinaryeye Member Posts: 1,831

    Suprised given TLG cost cutting over the years that this practice of extra parts continues really welcome as it is.

    In the overall scheme of things, it probably saves them money. Both directly, by not having to send replacement parts, and indirectly, by not having frustrated customers who then decide to not buy more LEGO.
  • MorkManMorkMan Member Posts: 919
    I have a micro-size house that I store them all in. Since most are 1x1 size pieces, I pop off the roof and drop them in. I've got plenty of windows to view the parts inside. Why I don't just put them into the color-sorted bins with the other parts, I don't know. They're separate, but equal.
  • dimefielddimefield Member Posts: 314
    Is it just me or does Lego seem to be including 1x1 plates extra in sets? The last two sets I've built included extra plates. Is this new?
  • StuckTogetherStuckTogether Member Posts: 42
    I haven't built any new Lego models in over 20 years, and never remember having extra pieces. I picked up a couple of small things last week to decide if I want to get into serious building.. I assembled the 40085-1 - LEGO Valentine, and had about 5 pieces left over. Started to look for what steps I missed when building and noticed I had an eye left over, so for sure that's extra.

    Today I made a couple of the black Mixels and same thing, each one had 5 pieces leftover. I'm sure I made a couple of mistakes and might have skipped a brick somewhere - but 15? that's doubtful.

    Is this normal - to drop in some extra stuff that might fall off and get lost?
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Member Posts: 1,659
    It is normal to have an extra piece of usually, the 1x1 round plates, tiles or slopes.
    Check the inventory, scroll to the bottom and look for "extra items"
  • bobabricksbobabricks Member Posts: 1,842
    sets come with extra pieces that are smaller. the following parts are gonna be extra: all 1x1 parts the height of a tile, tall antennas, all 2 stud long technic pins, lightsaber hilts, levers, horns right angle horns and long horns, pistols old style and new, binoculars, LOTR rings and many others I missed.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    @StuckTogether‌ - I have merged your question with this existing thread. I think you'll find some interesting notes above. :o)
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor Member Posts: 3,937

    As Laziter pointed out, there will be one extra of each color of the smallest parts: 1x1 plate, 1 stud round plate, 1x1 tile, 1x1 cheese slope, visor for helmets, the small levers used in cockpits, and luckily the new 1x1 round tile. Also some of the smaller technic pins.
    Additionally there can be extra parts connected by spruces, like there is always four flowers and two knives.

    Some technic sets have extra parts for building different models - they aren't "extra" in the sense that they don't show in the parts list.

    And sometimes you are just lucky and get an extra part! I got two pick-axes in set #4203!

    However, LEGO are changing their weighing-system, so the extra parts may dissappear in future sets! Reference: it is in danish, but the second to last paragraph reads:

    "Finally, the development of a new ultra-sensitive weight means that the overdose of the smallest items are a thing of the past"

    So I'm assuming this never came to fruition, and that's a good thing. You can never have too many cheese slopes.
  • StuckTogetherStuckTogether Member Posts: 42
    Wow - impressive fast response to my first post [and thanks for the move] - I did a quick check and indeed = Check the inventory "extra items" - does show the extra eye.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,556
    I don't just think it is down to the accuracy of the weighing equipment. Yes, lego could ensure that they don't make a mistake, but they cannot ensure that the customer doesn't. I often get a single small piece stuck in a bag that I don't notice first time around. I often drop a piece and have to scramble about looking for it. These two things happen mainly with 1x1 parts. They keep the customer satisfied by including extras in case of customer mistakes.
  • talostalos Member Posts: 49
    I've recently gotten back to collecting, and have built all the current modular buildings, after getting the Robie House model a year or so ago. That one just had extra 1x1 tiles, and I used them to extend the paved driveway. Then as I started building the modular buildings, my extra parts started to grow. So now I have them all in a wooden candy box I got, its about half filled!
    There seems to always be extra flowers and greenery parts, and I add those in my own way somewhere on the model.
    I got one loose curved blue roof tile in the box for the Parisian Restaurant, I thought a bag had a hole in it, but none of them were. In the end, it was left over. That is the biggest extra part. There was an extra paint brush part along with the usual small tiles.
  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    I have had sets with roughly six or more extra pieces, I've had poly bags with three or four extra pieces. But my husband did the Fire Station and he got about two dozen extra this was his first ever set, I thought he's left a lot of pieces out while building it. When I dismantled it, I double checked all the pieces, he had in fact missed about four little pieces but the rest are all extras.

    I just put any extras from sets into my trays, this way if I need pieces I have them all in one place. It's so much easier than looking through bags.
  • binaryeyebinaryeye Member Posts: 1,831

    I have had sets with roughly six or more extra pieces, I've had poly bags with three or four extra pieces.

    The number of extra pieces is theoretically the same for every copy of a set. It varies from set to set based on the number of small pieces used in the set and into how many different bags they are separated.

    Sets that have a wide variety of small parts accordingly have a large number of extras. For example, the Minecraft sets each have about 20 extra pieces and Mini Modulars has more than 50.
  • ClumsybumsyClumsybumsy Member Posts: 16
    I've got a few larger extra pieces, a white 1x2 jumper, a dark bley 2x2 corner plate and a white 1x6 plate(and i was missing a tan 1x6 plate). I can't say I object to those extra pieces. They are perfect for microbuilds
  • hoyatableshoyatables Member Posts: 873
    edited October 2014
    I save altoids tins and store them sorted by type.

    Many of them end up building out the town streetscape.
  • AndorAndor Member Posts: 252

    I do think that some things may be duplicated because they are easy to lose but are critical to the playing experience. I bought a number of LOTR sets to part out and almost every set with Frodo in it came with a spare ring and a spare sting sword. From a weight point of view they are not the smallest things in the box.

    I get the same thing too. In Three of the set I got three rings.
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