Myself and the other database admins (Grahame and Bluemoose) have decided to make some changes to the categorisation of some items in the database. The main change is that we have put all 'extended product lines' (as LEGO calls them) into a single theme called 'Gear', which is what BrickLink calls them. Gear includes magnets, key chains, books, clothing and so on: basically everything that isn't a proper construction set. Future updates of the site may differentiate 'gear' from proper sets in search result listings etc.
It's worth mentioning now what criteria we use to decide what 'gear' goes in the database. The general rule is this:
- If it's sold by LEGO at LEGOshop.com, it goes in. This includes products made by LEGO (e.g. key chains and magnets) and those made by other companies but sold by LEGO as their own product (e.g. bedding and clothing)
- If it's a product that contains LEGO bricks but is not itself a LEGO product it goes in (e.g. Dorling Kindersley Brickmaster books). However, books of little interest to AFOLs which contain bricks, such as annuals and story books, don't.
- If it's a product of great interest to the AFOL community, is licenced by LEGO, and likely to warrant having reviews written here, it goes in (e.g. other DK books)
- If it's a product carrying a LEGO logo but not made by LEGO and not sold by them it does not go in (e.g. the minifig torches, brick-shaped storage boxes etc.)
We have to draw the line somewhere, and outbound licenced products is where we draw it. We aim to have a 100% accurate and complete database of proper sets but we don't aim to do the same for gear.
The other change was to move Bonus/Value packs into the appropriate theme. So Star Wars B/V packs will now appear in the Star Wars theme listings, for example.
We hope that makes it easier for you to find your way around the database.
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