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Dec. 15th, 2010

12:20 am - Malformed Lego brick

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Lego is renowned for having some of the best quality control in the world. I've bought hundreds of Lego sets and never had a missing or damaged piece.

Until now. I got a set in which one of the bricks was malformed. It looks like not enough plastic got injected into the mold. Obviously, this is an extremely rare case.

Normal Lego brick and deformed one

What am I going to do about it? Nothing. I can easily replace it from my large collection of bricks, and it's actually pretty cool to have something like this; it's a bit like looking at an X-ray of a brick. And because it doesn't have any extra bits of plastic sticking out, it can still fit into constructions like a regular brick. Thanks, Lego!

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From:unspeakablevorn
Date:December 15th, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
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I've never seen that. I've never even heard of that. I was not aware that a lego brick could leave the factory malformed.

And until today it didn't occur to me how amazing that was.
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From:orv
Date:December 15th, 2010 09:26 am (UTC)
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Me either. Like KT says, they're known for extremely tight quality control. Part of this is because Lego bricks actually have to be made to extremely tight tolerances. If they weren't, they wouldn't fit consistently; you'd get some bricks that were impossible to get back apart, and others that would fall apart on their own.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 15th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
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Yes. Lego has always impressed me with its quality; I find it amazing that you can build working gearboxes and machines with it.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:December 15th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
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But not a 7 foot ball of 5 million LEGO bricks ...

I say that's handy to have for building houses under construction. You just have to get your hands on a couple dozen more of those, and you can have your very own unfinished house! Couple hundred more and you can build your very own "developing suburb!"
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From:orv
Date:December 15th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Which reminds me, did you see the Lego Antikythera Mechanism?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLPVCJjTNgk
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 16th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
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Oooooooooooo!
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From:deckardcanine
Date:December 15th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
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Sure you don't want to sell it as a collector's item?
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From:wildfox34
Date:December 15th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
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The one rare moment when they fell asleep at the QC desk. ;)
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From:gedrean
Date:December 16th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
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*screams in terror* Oh my god! I'm afraid! What does it meeeean?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 16th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
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Well, what it literally means is that not enough plastic got injected into the mold, and by sheer long-shot dumb luck, it slipped through the Quality Control process.

OR, maybe like in some bad animated movie, this brick looked down into the plastic remelting vat and screamed, "NO! I want to get out of here and be free!" and determinedly fought, snuck and tricked its way out of the reject bin and into a plastic bag on the assembly line, and eventually found its way to my house, where I, recognizing its true nature and innate value, will use it as the perfect piece to complete my Lego model of Alfred E. Neuman (it makes the perfect gap in his teeth!) and then the heartwarming hit song will play over the closing credits.

One of the two.
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From:gedrean
Date:December 16th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
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The second.
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From:unspeakablevorn
Date:December 16th, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)
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Also is it just me or is there a fingerprint on the side of the deformed one?
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From:discopanda
Date:December 16th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
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I'd say it looks more like ripples, like it was still trying to flow into the unoccupied space in the mold before the plastic hardened completely.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 17th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that's what it's more like.
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From:sky
Date:December 17th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
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You should contact lego anyhow, especially if you have the box. Their quality control group can look into the situation and make sure that unit is running correctly if you provide them the numbers on the box. Most companies offer some form of freebie for doing this. Coke for example will provide you with a coupon for a free 12 pack.
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From:alfador_fox
Date:December 19th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
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And they'll most likely understand if you say "I can send you photos of it, but I'd reeeeeeeeally like to keep the brick itself!"
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From:sky
Date:December 19th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
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They rarely want the product back. They could care less about the the piece just that their equipment is functioning properly.
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