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The Lego Group has acquired BrickLink, the world’s largest online LEGO fan community and marketplace

9 comments

  1. [8]
    daychilde
    Link
    Wow! Normally an acquisition like that would make me worried for the acquired property, but this sounds like it might be pretty awesome. I think LEGO have gotten a lot of things right. Hopefully...

    Wow! Normally an acquisition like that would make me worried for the acquired property, but this sounds like it might be pretty awesome. I think LEGO have gotten a lot of things right. Hopefully this will just make things even better.

    3 votes
    1. [7]
      Grzmot
      Link Parent
      Interesting, all I've heard in the past few years is that LEGO is doing mostly everything wrong when it comes to design of their sets and pricing and I tend to agree. LEGO is expensive, and...

      Interesting, all I've heard in the past few years is that LEGO is doing mostly everything wrong when it comes to design of their sets and pricing and I tend to agree. LEGO is expensive, and they've made some weird set decisions in the past few years, especially when it comes to enthusiast lines like LEGO TECHNIC.

      3 votes
      1. [6]
        daychilde
        Link Parent
        LEGO is expensive, but the materials they use are, too. They last forever. Compare to other manufacturers who make "compatible" stuff. That being said, I'm not saying those opinions you mentioned...

        LEGO is expensive, but the materials they use are, too. They last forever. Compare to other manufacturers who make "compatible" stuff.

        That being said, I'm not saying those opinions you mentioned are wrong, but my take is that it is worth the price and not expensive for what it is. Alas, it means I can't spare money for it, at least not for a while. heh

        5 votes
        1. [2]
          zptc
          Link Parent
          Not only are their materials expensive, their manufacturing techniques are very precise. Look at reviews of knock-offs and you'll often hear "some pieces didn't fit together right" or "they don't...

          Not only are their materials expensive, their manufacturing techniques are very precise. Look at reviews of knock-offs and you'll often hear "some pieces didn't fit together right" or "they don't stick together very well." Meanwhile Lego pieces sold today are still physically compatible with sets released decades ago.

          6 votes
          1. daychilde
            Link Parent
            I cannot agree enough and it's such a lovely fact. :)

            I cannot agree enough and it's such a lovely fact. :)

        2. [3]
          Grzmot
          Link Parent
          The material price of LEGO is low. Very low. Also, competitors have been getting very good, and I mean actual competitors like Cobi, not Lepin which just blatantly copies every Lego set for...

          The material price of LEGO is low. Very low. Also, competitors have been getting very good, and I mean actual competitors like Cobi, not Lepin which just blatantly copies every Lego set for cheaper.

          But yeah, Lego is definitely Premium product. When I was a kid, Bionicles were my jam, because you could play with them very well after building them. I can't get into adult Lego now because I don't have a place to put all those models, and I despise putting things without a purpose just so they catch dust.

          3 votes
          1. [2]
            daychilde
            Link Parent
            Huh. Just looked up Cobi on Amazon, and happened to see only my favorite plane of all time - a Corsair. Added THAT to my wishlist immediately! If I am ever able to start collecting a bit of LEGO...

            Huh. Just looked up Cobi on Amazon, and happened to see only my favorite plane of all time - a Corsair. Added THAT to my wishlist immediately!

            If I am ever able to start collecting a bit of LEGO (or maybe LEGO-like stuff), I was going to say I'd never worry about space because I'd build the model, then break it down and build other stuff because I admit I'll play with it like a kid. lol.... but that Corsair I might actually build and keep as a model. heh. I'm glad you mentioned that brand!

            1. Grzmot
              Link Parent
              They produce in Europe too! So you don't have to worry about supporting China :) Cobi is also fully compatible with LEGO (as are most non-LEGO brands).

              They produce in Europe too! So you don't have to worry about supporting China :)

              Cobi is also fully compatible with LEGO (as are most non-LEGO brands).

              2 votes