"All parts for the minifigure series are made in China at Broadway and they are also packaged at Broadway.For info, we know 'key account sets' as 'retailer exclusives' (e.g. TRU exlcusives). For me the last part is the really important/interesting one.
For Ninjago it is as follows:
- All spinners are made at Broadway
- All the legs, torsos and heads for the Ninjago Spinner set are made at Broadway
- All spinner sets are packaged at Broadway
I need to verify if weapons and head part also are made at Broadway for the spinners set.
All play them sets: 2258, 2259, 2260, 2263, 2504, 2505, 2516 (I hope I got all the numbers right :-)) and the key account set (set only available at some shops) are made with bricks and minifigures moulded and packaged in either EU or Mexico at LEGO factory plants.
I hope it clears what is made where - if not please let me know.
Regarding the perceived quality and specially that the parts seams translucence.
I will share the information with our Q-team in China and ask them to set up an process to verify that the parts are solid in the color. But All of you can help me by posting what figures that you expedience it with in order for me to conduct a more crisp communication to China.
And at the end I just need to inform you that we have not moved the above minifigures to China in order to save cost. The main driver for the decision is capacity. We currently do not hold the capacity in Billund to mould, assemble and decorate the number of minifigures needed currently. We are in the process of expanding capabilities but as the sales keep increasing we have a hard time to keep up with demand."
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Also what point is it good to outsource your production where any cost savings are offset by absenteeism, theft, and poor quality and control??
I kind of find it funny that China makes TONS of knockoff to Legos that Lego cannot stop.. but yet Lego produces Lego in China.. I guess if China has one thing right in terms of thinking about jobs for their people.. I think I heard If you want to sell your product there you have to also build some of it there and share your tech in the process. Not sure how true that is, but if it is it means jobs for the people of China
I can grasp that they can't keep up with demand - when I consider the amount of bricks they have to print as they keep expanding lines + the demands we as customers place with sales, any company in their position is going to search for a short-term solution like that.
My only beef is that this should be a short-term stop-gap, not a continued "Oh, well, we already have it there so we'll let them do it and just try to fix quality when possible" solution because that'll only cause more and more problems. Get the necessary expansions done at their primary plants and close off doing work with lower quality production asap.
I can't believe the amount of countries involved in some of them. 7776 Shipwreck is made in Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Korea, Hungary and the Czech Republic, and for such a little set.
The only set of which I know that said fully Made In Korea was the Spiderman set 4852.
I LOVED the fact that my 7261 2005 Clone Turbo Tank (With the normal Mace Windu) was Quality made; Component's made in Denmark and the Czech Republic. And also the majority, of the 2005 if not all saying; Component's made in Denmark, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
Whilst the newer set's I have seen saying; Component's made in Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Austria, China, Mexico and the Czech Republic I suppose for me if it aleast say's a few if not all European Countries involved then I will be mostly happy. And if the set's that say China, Korea, Malaysia, Hong King or Mexico at least are at the end I will feel a bit better (Depending on the set) However there is nothing better than seeing Made In Denmark and the Czech Republic or Made in Denmark and Switzerland, those good Quality countries.
It is said that China is to be the world's largest economy in a few years time (by 2016, I believe). And there have been news articles about their workers demanding better compensation. Even if that would lead to higher production costs forcing companies to seek other countries to do business with, I just hope TLG will strive to keep the quality of the bricks at their best.
The only thing I'm glad for so far is that they havn't actually copied the design of the licensed figs like that of Star Wars. It will be a sad day to see a storm trooper with all the right shapes but differing only with the prints. I don't want LEGO to go the same way as that of the Transformers moulds!
A lot of companies when they manufacture globally seem to just duplicate production, but Lego do seem to have a truly global production facility with different regions making different parts, then all of them coming together. Must be expensive in transport though, surely, compiling a single set from so many locations, and with the price of fuel only likely to go up, I would have thought they might want to reduce this to at least 1 or 2 continents rather than 3.
Personally I cant wait for them to get their increased production up and running, because I assume this would increase the range of bricks available at any one time, especially through PAB, but also allowing TLG designers more flexibility in the design of new models.