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Master List of Lego Production Errors

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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,934
    Pitfall69 said:
    Yeah, interesting that LEGO attributes the lost figures to people abusing the system of replacement parts instead of, what is likely happening more as well, their lackluster security seals on their sets.
    But having those would anger the poor empty box collectors since the box might be damaged when opening.
    On that note - I've noticed a lot more boxes using the thumb tabs for opening lately, instead of the tape seals; and not just on ones shipped over from EU.
    I actually don't mind the perforated tabs; it prevents those jerks from buying sets with rare minifigures; opening the box, taking the minifigures out and then resealing the box and returning the pilfered box to the store.
    You can still open a tabbed box with a knife then reglue the box end.
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 4,720
    CCC said:
    Pitfall69 said:
    Yeah, interesting that LEGO attributes the lost figures to people abusing the system of replacement parts instead of, what is likely happening more as well, their lackluster security seals on their sets.
    But having those would anger the poor empty box collectors since the box might be damaged when opening.
    On that note - I've noticed a lot more boxes using the thumb tabs for opening lately, instead of the tape seals; and not just on ones shipped over from EU.
    I actually don't mind the perforated tabs; it prevents those jerks from buying sets with rare minifigures; opening the box, taking the minifigures out and then resealing the box and returning the pilfered box to the store.
    You can still open a tabbed box with a knife then reglue the box end.
    Hey, they should add tape seals! Yeah, that’ll fix it! ;-)
    FizyxPitfall69
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 637
    CCC said:
    Pitfall69 said:
    Yeah, interesting that LEGO attributes the lost figures to people abusing the system of replacement parts instead of, what is likely happening more as well, their lackluster security seals on their sets.
    But having those would anger the poor empty box collectors since the box might be damaged when opening.
    On that note - I've noticed a lot more boxes using the thumb tabs for opening lately, instead of the tape seals; and not just on ones shipped over from EU.
    I actually don't mind the perforated tabs; it prevents those jerks from buying sets with rare minifigures; opening the box, taking the minifigures out and then resealing the box and returning the pilfered box to the store.
    You can still open a tabbed box with a knife then reglue the box end.
    I do that with every box I get... well, the first part of it anyway. If the set gets sold on it won't be reglued, but figure that cutting where it's glued is the closest an opened box can get to the SB part of NISB!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,934
    Bobflip said:
    CCC said:
    Pitfall69 said:
    Yeah, interesting that LEGO attributes the lost figures to people abusing the system of replacement parts instead of, what is likely happening more as well, their lackluster security seals on their sets.
    But having those would anger the poor empty box collectors since the box might be damaged when opening.
    On that note - I've noticed a lot more boxes using the thumb tabs for opening lately, instead of the tape seals; and not just on ones shipped over from EU.
    I actually don't mind the perforated tabs; it prevents those jerks from buying sets with rare minifigures; opening the box, taking the minifigures out and then resealing the box and returning the pilfered box to the store.
    You can still open a tabbed box with a knife then reglue the box end.
    I do that with every box I get... well, the first part of it anyway. If the set gets sold on it won't be reglued, but figure that cutting where it's glued is the closest an opened box can get to the SB part of NISB!
    Same here if I am keeping the box for display purposes. But for smaller sets, they just go into the recycling.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,934

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  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 2,052
    People probably still want a 5 stud brick today but I think Unikatty was the only example!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,934
    Yes, unless you count Modulex.

  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 171
    The Lego Racers Ferrari FXX 1:12 Set Number 8156 Has 1 X 2569 Black Antenna Whip 8H, Nowhere In The Whole Build Of The Car Is It Used, Why Is There Lego??.

    I didn't see this one answered yet, I apologize if this is already common knowledge. The alternate images on the back of the box show the antenna being used to prop up the engine cover.
    Astrobrickssid3windr
  • mustang69mustang69 North CarolinaMember Posts: 539
    Not sure if this has been brought up, but with #75275 box art, is it me or is the fin on the right (looking at the picture) not angled correctly?


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  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 2,691
    It looks wrong to me too.
    MinifigInSpace
  • veyniacveyniac Northwest MinnesotaMember Posts: 288
    I think I found the first error on the Colosseum. They did the Roman numeral wrong on the fourth interior box:
    I should be IV (The image is from the Rebrickable review).


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  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 1,177
    veyniac said:
    I think I found the first error on the Colosseum. They did the Roman numeral wrong on the fourth interior box:
    I should be IV (The image is from the Rebrickable review).



    I understand why they did it that way, since it's more intuitive and lots of people may not know how Roman numerals work... but yeah, that's still pretty funny.
    MinifigInSpace
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 4,141
    Yeah, IIII can be used for four for sure ;)
    560HeliportMr_Cross
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 4,720
    Hey I learned something! Who says it’s all bad puns and sausage jokes around here. ;-)
    KungFuKenny560HeliportMinifigInSpace
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,934
    LIIII means lunch = four sausages.
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  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,288
    The Roman alphabet used the same character "U" (vowel) and "V" (consonant) in their text... but I digress...


  • Casper_vd_KorfCasper_vd_Korf Twente, The NetherlandsMember Posts: 211
    Istokg said:
    The Roman alphabet used the same character "U" (vowel) and "V" (consonant) in their text... but I digress...


    That’s kinda related though! One theory as to why IV wasn’t used is that it looked too much like the first letters of jupiter, which would be written with IV!
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 14,389
    CCC said:
    LIIII means lunch = four sausages.
    FIFTY FOUR!  Now, that's a lunch.
    Mr_Cross
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 1,863
    I came across a sort of production error while building the Resistance Transport #75293. One of the big bags of parts didn't have any smaller bags inside it. All the big, medium and tiny pieces were all mixed in together. Id be interested to know if that has happened in anyone else's copy of the set.

  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 4,720
    ^ Hard to see how that kind of “error” would happen. It must have been intended. Maybe more packaging reduction.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 2,691
    ^^ I don't remember noticing that when I built mine. But mine probably came from the Mexico factory. Maybe yours is a transition from plastic bags to the paper ones, and the paper bags won't have smaller bags inside?
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 1,863
    ^^ I don't remember noticing that when I built mine. But mine probably came from the Mexico factory. Maybe yours is a transition from plastic bags to the paper ones, and the paper bags won't have smaller bags inside?
    I think it's more likely some sort of weird error. Plus I believe the bags-within-bags thing is part of Lego's quality control. So they weigh a pair of tiny bags to make sure they're the right weight. Then they stick those in another bag of parts and weigh again. This is done for every bag and every bag containing bags and then for the entire set.

    So a big set might end up having all it's individual and cumulative parts weighed dozens of times. So for an error to make it all the way through to the finished product, it must have been missed potentially a dozen times or more. Just one way that Lego ensures missing pieces are as rare as unicorn poop. And if there is a missing piece... 999 times out of 1000 it will be user error.

    I don’t have first-hand knowledge of this, but it's what I've always believed to be the case. Either way, I can't believe they'd get rid of bags within bags. Interesting theory though.
    gmonkey76MinifigInSpacecatwrangler
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 2,691
    ^ My thought is that it's usually a bad idea to change several aspects of something at the same time: it's better to change one thing, see what unintended cosequences result, tweak it to get things the way you want, then change the next thing, etc. It just seems to me that if you got all the correct parts, the lack of little bags must be deliberate. 
    Astrobricksgmonkey76catwrangler
  • rd1899rd1899 U.S.A.Member Posts: 188
    Saw this on reddit today.  Set is #76150 Spiderjet vs. Venom Mech.
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  • DadsAFOL2DadsAFOL2 CA, USAMember Posts: 18
    In #10276 The Colosseum, Bag 29 is the last section in Book III, however the bags were packed into box IIII.   Wonder how many calls customer service is getting about missing bag 29.
    KungFuKenny560HeliportstluxFizyxCyberdragon
  • masterX244masterX244 GermanyMember Posts: 530
    ^^ I don't remember noticing that when I built mine. But mine probably came from the Mexico factory. Maybe yours is a transition from plastic bags to the paper ones, and the paper bags won't have smaller bags inside?
    I think it's more likely some sort of weird error. Plus I believe the bags-within-bags thing is part of Lego's quality control. So they weigh a pair of tiny bags to make sure they're the right weight. Then they stick those in another bag of parts and weigh again. This is done for every bag and every bag containing bags and then for the entire set.

    So a big set might end up having all it's individual and cumulative parts weighed dozens of times. So for an error to make it all the way through to the finished product, it must have been missed potentially a dozen times or more. Just one way that Lego ensures missing pieces are as rare as unicorn poop. And if there is a missing piece... 999 times out of 1000 it will be user error.

    I don’t have first-hand knowledge of this, but it's what I've always believed to be the case. Either way, I can't believe they'd get rid of bags within bags. Interesting theory though.

    Its also the only way to catch the small part weight differences.

    High precision scales got a limited max weight and the scales for larger weights got less precision. if a part is weighting less than the precision it can escape getting measured. the smaller bags being weighted group those to a larger "part" which can only goof up entirely or not.
    Fizyx
  • mustang69mustang69 North CarolinaMember Posts: 539
    From what I've read in the past, I thought the small spare parts were included to ensure the correct (required) amount were in a set. However, I noticed recently that some of the small bags that include the typical parts that are spares (1x1 tiles and plates, cheese wedges and such) dont have the spare. Has anyone else noticed this? Is this an indication that their weighing process is getting more accurate? I was wondering if they started including the spares just because we've come to expect it. Not complaining, just curious.
    gmonkey76MinifigInSpace
  • Casper_vd_KorfCasper_vd_Korf Twente, The NetherlandsMember Posts: 211
    When the small parts are in 2 or more separate stages of the build (like bag 2 and 6) then they’ll only include a spare in bag 2. At least, for most parts. 
    560HeliportMinifigInSpace
  • MinifigInSpaceMinifigInSpace USAMember Posts: 131
    An couple of small errors from the instructions of set #70700:
    1. The orange and black eye prints are gone from the robot. Looking at the upper right image that's found throughout the instructions, I find it funny that quality control somehow missed this detail...
    2. This page shows the head on the robot. The next page shows the head completely gone while the jetpack is being built. Wouldn't it be easier to keep the head off until the jetpack is installed?



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  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 1,863
    mustang69 said:
    From what I've read in the past, I thought the small spare parts were included to ensure the correct (required) amount were in a set. However, I noticed recently that some of the small bags that include the typical parts that are spares (1x1 tiles and plates, cheese wedges and such) dont have the spare. Has anyone else noticed this?
    Yup. Sadly it seems we only get one spare of a particular part per set now as opposed to a spare per bag.
    MinifigInSpaceFizyxmustang69
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,934
    An couple of small errors from the instructions of set #70700:
    1. The orange and black eye prints are gone from the robot. Looking at the upper right image that's found throughout the instructions, I find it funny that quality control somehow missed this detail...
    2. This page shows the head on the robot. The next page shows the head completely gone while the jetpack is being built. Wouldn't it be easier to keep the head off until the jetpack is installed?



    I don't see why 2 is an error. You can build the figure with or without the backpack. You have to remove the head to put on the backpack.  That is what the instructions are showing.
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 4,720
    CCC said:
    An couple of small errors from the instructions of set #70700:
    1. The orange and black eye prints are gone from the robot. Looking at the upper right image that's found throughout the instructions, I find it funny that quality control somehow missed this detail...
    2. This page shows the head on the robot. The next page shows the head completely gone while the jetpack is being built. Wouldn't it be easier to keep the head off until the jetpack is installed?



    I don't see why 2 is an error. You can build the figure with or without the backpack. You have to remove the head to put on the backpack.  That is what the instructions are showing.
    Is that the way you would build it? Put the head on, just to have to remove it again a few steps later?
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,934
    edited December 2020
    CCC said:
    An couple of small errors from the instructions of set #70700:
    1. The orange and black eye prints are gone from the robot. Looking at the upper right image that's found throughout the instructions, I find it funny that quality control somehow missed this detail...
    2. This page shows the head on the robot. The next page shows the head completely gone while the jetpack is being built. Wouldn't it be easier to keep the head off until the jetpack is installed?



    I don't see why 2 is an error. You can build the figure with or without the backpack. You have to remove the head to put on the backpack.  That is what the instructions are showing.
    Is that the way you would build it? Put the head on, just to have to remove it again a few steps later?
    No I wouldn't. If you wanted to play first without the backpack, they show you how to build it.

    Then you build the backpack and they show you how to attach it.
    iwybs
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,934
    Also, looking at the instructions, this is quite different to most backpack type designs. Usually the figure is built first with the neck bracket, then the backpack is attached to the neck bracket. Whereas here, the neck bracket is attached to the backpack before attaching it to the figure. I don't know if this is due to the design of the backpack (it doesn't look like there is anything special or difficult to align once on) or that the figure has a molded rather than tradition head.
    Astrobricks
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 1,995
    Spotted my first mistake in an instruction book today! Ploughing through the Technic Volvo 6x6 build #42114. Currently working on the fake engine at the front.
    Between steps 441 and 442 as you add the bonnet support, the side radiator miraculously appears from nowhere! Turn the page and the instructions for the sub build of it are there!
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  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,664
    I'm assuming this is deliberate rather than slipping through the cracks, but just noticed that on the S21 CMF Beekeeper's printed tile the bees only have one wing each.
  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 171
    I'm assuming this is deliberate rather than slipping through the cracks, but just noticed that on the S21 CMF Beekeeper's printed tile the bees only have one wing each.
    I assumed we were looking at the bees from the side, as if they're flying and the wings are atop the bee.
    gmonkey76pvp3020
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 2,052
    Yes, it is accurate to real bee keeping as they would have a vertical stack they pull out of the hive which has the honeycomb inside. I haven’t seen one yet but it’d be great to see a beehive MOC at minifigure scale with a set of CMF stacks to slide out.
    WesterBricks
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,714


    In the instructions for #75300 Tie Fighter the 1x4 plate in step 29 was added in step 28
    560HeliportAstrobricksBrickfan50
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,432
    Small misprint, but I was building #75278 D-O recently, and this caught my eye. 


    The "call out" states only one of the 1L bar w/ 1x1 round plate, but obviously requires two for the step. 
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  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,714
    #21324 Sesame Street bag 1 step 13 is missing the 16x16 plate in the call out.

  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 4,720
    edited June 3
    ^ I’m pretty sure that’s an illegal connection method, lol

    Where is that image from? I don’t see it in the images on Brickset.
    KungFuKenny
  • pvp3020pvp3020 Member Posts: 159
    ^ It's in the main image on the set's home page: https://images.brickset.com/sets/large/80025-1.jpg?202106010403. The staff/weapon that the mech is holding.

    Astrobricks
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 4,720
    pvp3020 said:
    ^ It's in the main image on the set's home page: https://images.brickset.com/sets/large/80025-1.jpg?202106010403. The staff/weapon that the mech is holding.

    Doh! I was only looking at “More Images”.
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,214
    wardm said:
    Just noticed this in the new #80025 monkie kid set! 
    Maybe Lego is re-introducing magnetic pieces?  :-)
    Cymbeline
  • CymbelineCymbeline CanadaMember Posts: 448
    I think that LEGO has presented us with a challenge. . .only the most worthy builders who are pure of heart will be able to balance the claws. The rest of us can just attach them in the boring usual way. :)
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  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,238
    But choose wisely, for while the true connection will bring you life, the false connection will take it from you.
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