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Box Art Blunders

Hi all, I don’t know about you, but I’m always very interested in when Lego make a mistake in their promotional pictures for sets, whether it be incorrect building, wrong minifigs or anything else in between!

I noticed on the promo pic for #8896 Snake Canyon, the sticker on the front of the lime motorcycle is peeling off!

Feel free to share any you’ve noticed!


  • jmeninnojmeninno The Batcave (MA)Member Posts: 831
    The set with Arctic Batman vs. Mr. Freeze comes to mind.  The word arctic was misspelled artic.
  • jmeninnojmeninno The Batcave (MA)Member Posts: 831
    #76000 that is
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Chicago Burbs USA (and sometimes Ireland)Member Posts: 1,004

    The airplane wing supports are shown in white on the front and are actually grey.  I emailed customer support, complained and they sent me the white ones.  Always great CS!
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,101
    One of the promo photos of the UCS TIE had a sticker that was catty-wompus. Made me laugh at the time.
  • CM4SCM4S United StatesMember Posts: 1,364
    Ever since I got the set 7626 for my birthday many many years ago I always noticed this binder clip on the exploding play feature that wasn't photoshopped out

    Unfortunately I don't have the box and Google doesn't have any good images of the back of it so this is the best I could find 

  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,358
    Not box art, but just noticed this gem on the stock images for #70316

    I suspect someone used the wrong layer when saving the images.
  • 19741974 Member Posts: 141
    383 has the filed down pony tail hair for the king (same as on the 675 box and probably also 361 but I couldn't find a decent pic)

    They diy shock absorbers on 8860 (which was pretty cool as this was the way I made them back then before getting 8845 - we had no working pens left in the house, haha)
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,964
    The official images for #75005 Rancor Pit have some very subtle blunders. Can you spot them?

    If you enhance the edges with a little bit of photoshoppery, it becomes apparent that the base of the set has the feathered outlines of the minifigures on top of it:

  • 19741974 Member Posts: 141
    Also, the two finger hinges are seen in blue in several sets (like 6844) but never actually made it into production in that colour
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,694
    Wait! Is that key just floating there??
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,077
    Posted this one recently in the 2017 Village rumors thread. 

    Interesting missing roof plate on the left side of  Station
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Chicago Burbs USA (and sometimes Ireland)Member Posts: 1,004
    edited October 2017
    ^Wow...How crazy is that....On the cover!

    It's funny, I was thinking about this before seeing your post that after looking at this catalog , whoever put it together seemed to be just throwing it together.  They have a lot of coverage of the Ninjago city set, but never show all the minifigures. 
    edited October 2017
    Not necessarily box art, not necessarily a blunder but I was always amused that the box art for #6442 Stingray Explorer implied a highly scientific study of an elusive undersea giant.
     However, closer examination of the official catalogue image reveals that these guys were just really, REALLY missing their lost hats!

  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,507
    insert "hot shots" meme here
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,205
    edited October 2017
    An oldie.... but doozie....

    The 1956 introduced  (310/1310) LEGO Esso Service Station came in several box designs over the 10 years it was produced (1956-66).  And in the earliest box image it showed artwork instead of a photograph (the LEGO Photo Dept. wasn't opened until 1959).  And that artwork showed this box top design....

    There was a hand painted red edge to the white plates along the roof line... but never to the  top side edge of the 1x bricks (including a macaroni) above that.

    This error was "partly" corrected in 1959 when TLG came out with a new box design (with introduction of the new LEGO Photography Department)....

    However... they still didn't get the instructions right... because the (inside box top) instructions showed the red painted plates line on the side of the building.  That line actually was only added (hand painted) to the front 2 sides of the plates (with the curve between)....

    TLG finally got it all right with the 1960s version of the 310 Esso Station when the instructions were moved to the bottom of the lower box part... but this was correct only until 1963......

    Both the 1960s box top and instructions on the bottom were once again incorrect from 1963-66.... when the labor intensive red lines were eliminated from the set, and the garage door was changed to red (white garage doors were retired in 1962).   The box top and bottom were never changed to reflect this parts change however...

    Here's the 1960-66 box top....

    My LEGO collectors guide would only be half as big... were it not for these types of anomalies.... ;-)

  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,660
    Just noticed they left the 2x2 slope off the right front foot of the main model image of #70611 Water Strider. Left foot included for comparison:

  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,694
    Ayliffe said:
    Ah, how could I let this thread go by without 70127 Wolf Legend Beast's legendary product render? 

    Ouch. Just ouch. That is a really, really bad blunder. 
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,738
    Ayliffe said:
    Ah, how could I let this thread go by without 70127 Wolf Legend Beast's legendary product render? 

    The hell? “It’s a play feature!”
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,331
    That's not a blunder, that is what happens when you play with Chi swords.
  • SearchlightRGSearchlightRG AmericaMember Posts: 239
    Wasn’t a promotional image, but I know the box for Iron Doom got Acronix and Krux’s names switched around.
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,738
    ^ Looks like they got it right for the new chess set #40174 but I can’t understand why it would matter. Maybe if I played chess more...or at all.
  • JRLJRL UKMember Posts: 86
    The resurrection of this thread is timely as I have noticed my Downtown Diner box omits the word ‘Expert’ from the top right had corner:

    Examples I’ve seen elsewhere have ‘Expert’ printed. Does anyone else have this variation?
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,738
    Weird. Is anything else missing?
  • JRLJRL UKMember Posts: 86
    Nope, otherwise complete and purchased direct from the Lego Store in Leicester Square, so I’m confident of its provenance. As you say, weird. 
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,452
    edited February 2018
    Wrong image (and manual, sometimes) used on #31070 box as detailed in

  • buildalotbuildalot Pennsylvania, USAMember Posts: 31
    From the 2016 "pop star" sub-theme of Friends: 

    Amazing how the top of her headphones seems to go right through her neck... 
    ^Amazing she can breathe, let alone sing, with a neck less than two inches in diameter...
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 3,935
    edited February 2018
    Am I the only one who, on first glance, saw similarities to a Madonna outfit for a second or so?
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,829

    ^ No, you are not.

    ^^ Isn't her hair in front of the rest of her neck, flowing over her left shoulder? Ah, but that would mean there is something wrong with the headphones, maybe. Oh well, could be worse - they could've made her head wider than her body. Hang on...

  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,464
    This is a stylized cartoon based on a mini-doll.  I wouldn't expect these to be studies in accurate anatomy or physiology.  DaVinci would not be impressed.
    ^Amazing she can breathe, let alone sing, with a neck less than two inches in diameter...
    Since her head is balloon-sized, she doesn't actually need lungs or a diaphram to sing.  It's just air whistling between her teeth...
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,507
    small one on the main artwork for the scuttler, i can't see the print on the joker left leg.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,660
    Reading the main page article about worst Star Wars sets and I noticed a rather large missing part on #8015:

    It is missing in the box art as well.
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,738
    ^ Not sure what’s missing. On first impression, I thought the big gray 3x10x1 slope on the back was missing, but upon closer inspection it’s there.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,660
    @Astrobricks yeah I guess you are right. It is there. I thought that was an empty bracket at the front.
    edited February 2018
    ^^ & ^.  Having just had the speeder in my hands, I'm going to have to say you're both right!  the slope is missing from the right side of the speeder when looking at the front of the speeder, but it's definitely there when looking at the back.  Looks like it was digitally 'cleaned up'....
    maybe we should have a poll or something?
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,738
    ^ Could you post a picture of the real thing taken from the same angle? I’m not convinced.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 516
    What is this optical illusion shenanigan? I don't see the piece!





    *GASP* I see it! I see the tip of it!

    And it's clearly blue not grey! (and not a dress, :P)
  • jmeninnojmeninno The Batcave (MA)Member Posts: 831
    "Enhance.  Enhance."
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 3,935
    I'm completely confused now.
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,358
    Reviving this thread because I just noticed this odd render mistake

    Seems like Jack is being haunted by some phantom leg print
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,077
    ^Jack Skellington-Inception. A leg within a leg within a leg... Seems fitting for what it is. 
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,694
    Just noticed that the Wither Skeleton on the Nether bridge in #21126 has light bley legs. :/

  • Pumpkin_3CK5Pumpkin_3CK5 CaliforniaMember Posts: 785
    edited December 2018
    Normal warp speed wear and tear. 
  • maniacmaniac Yorkshire, UKMember Posts: 829
    edited December 2018
    #850486 (Rock Band Minifigure Accessory) in the main official photo has the drummer appearing to have a lime mohawk with pink sections. However, the mohawk is just purely lime.

  • SirBrickalotOfLegoSirBrickalotOfLego WalesMember Posts: 552
    ^ Also, the guitarist has a different hair piece than the one in that photo.
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