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Later this week I will be in Billund attending a fan site media event, along with representatives from other sites and magazines. I will have the opportunity to interview people from various LEGO departments, including:

  • Technic
  • BIONICLE
  • LEGO Life/LEGO Club
  • LEGO Rebrick
  • LEGO Ideas
  • LEGO Worlds

Do you have any questions you'd like me to ask? Obviously they won't be answering any relating to future products or plans but if you have anything else you'd like me to probe them about, let me know in the comments below.

I will be reporting back about the trip next week.

Image from The Guardian.

108 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Will Bionicle Generation 2 really end in 2017? Plus when is the release date for Lego Worlds and will they be returning Technic Figures?

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By in United States,

Why did you choose to package the Porsche model the way you did? Is that a peek for future boxes?

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By in Canada,

To the Technic team:
When designing the sets, do you replicate the machines' mechanisms found in real life models exactly?

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By in Canada,

Has there been any internal discussions regarding the recent dissatisfaction of the public to the Star Wars line? Star Wars Lego was how I ended my dark ages, but the sets now except for the occasional UCS set (Slave 1 and Ewok Village) are so underwhelming to me with such a lack of value. I've almost completely switched over to Creator and occasional one off sets like Temple of Airjitzu.

And don't let them get away with saying 75105 was a best seller.....it was just a tired rehash that only existed because people bought into the movie hype.

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By in Germany,

How do they feel about eliminating stickers? I like the sets with no stickers. I know a lot adult builders feel the same. But do kids really like stickers?

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By in United Kingdom,

How is Lego Worlds made?

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By in United States,

How many percent of the designs can be made into products in your apartment?

Well, I have another question falls into different apartments...
I don't know if it's ok to ask this question...
If possible, can you ask them the question below:
For those licensed themes, how long do your apartment develop sets before the movie come out?

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By in United States,

To the Lego Club team:

Will/have you considered a Lego Club type magazine for adults, or for an older target audience?

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By in United States,

^^^^ I don't think it's about how people like them as much as it involves budgeting and the like.

^^ I think you mean DEpartment. ;-)

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By in Netherlands,

Why do 16+ sets just rarely have stickers, but regular sets (excluding juniors) have? Older people could put stickers on Parts better, IMO

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By in United Kingdom,

If Megabloks can produce sets with all printed parts and no stickers plus have much more accurate detailing in their licensed sets, why can't Lego? One big complaint by reviewers is the simplicity of many licensed sets. I understand that Lego is a much higher quality product but it is also a much higher priced product. When, not if Megabloks sorts this quality issue out, Lego could find themselves under a big threat.

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By in Netherlands,

Why did Lego decide to use red and yellow axles? Will the color vomit ever stop?

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By in New Zealand,

I would like to know more of LEGO's reasons behind why an Ideas set is not approved. Rather than us speculating it may be about licensing or cost and so forth.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd like to know if the designers have ever thought about 'unbundling' large sets to increase sales. You know, by breaking things down into sets which are more... pocket-money-friendly...

For example, take 60110 Fire Station: whereas mum & dad would baulk at the idea of forking out £80 in one go, the same bricks could be acquired in four stages:
1: Nº1 son gets the helicopter for his birthday £8;
2: Nº2 son get the chief's car for his birthday £8;
3: Overseas uncle sends his favourite nephew the Big Red Fire Engine for £18;
4: Granny buys the (vehicle-free) Fire Station at Christmas for £46.

Oh sure, it took six months to get every piece, but we got there in the end. Fellow bricksetters: why not apply the same logic to 60124 'Volcano Exploration Base', 60125 'Volcano Heavy-Lift Helicopter' or 60103 'Airport Air Show'?

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By in United States,

To agree with Pizzetano - so.E of the idea sets like the natural history museum were never going to be idea sets due to cost and size. It was a great model and should be made, but clearer approval criteria should be applied.

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By in United Kingdom,

Funnily enough, I'm in Billund end of this week as well on a short family holiday :o)

Would love to hear from them what they think is the biggest thing they're doing differently now from 10 years ago (not theme per se, but internal behaviours / practices etc)

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By in United States,

I was wondering about the Lego Ghost Busters Headquarters why it looks so much like the one on Lego Ideas by Sergio, and why they didn't even acknowledge him in any way?

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By in United States,

Will there be a Takanuva set for bionicle in the future?

Will the Bionicle team repeat history and make an ancient city like Metru Nui?

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By in France,

When are they finally going to have the guts to start making Game of Thrones sets and minifigs? Of course if it is not for children, but it would have a huge success amongst AFOLs!

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By in Ireland,

A few questions that affect many themes:

Instructions these days cover many more steps and pages than in the past with 100+ page books not uncommon. That costs a lot of paper and often takes the challenge out of a build. Is there any chance that Lego will reverse that trend?

In the old days there were images of alternative models on boxes without any instructions included with the set. This in my mind is the core of Lego; using imagination to create things. I've been told one of the reasons this is no longer done because of too many calls from parents complaining that little johnny can't build the model that's shown on the box. Is there any chance we might see the return of these images without full instructions?

Why are so many online instructions of very low resolution, making them very hard to read?

Are Lego considering doing away with paper instructions altogether in future?

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By in United States,

^^^^I totally agree about the pics for alternate builds!!!

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By in United States,

I have one more- why did LEGO Club move away from "themed" issues? For example, to promote Knights' Kingdom II, one magazine was tied together by a running string of Knights' Kingdom comics at the bottom of most pages, and there was a scavenger hunt throughout the magazine for different pieces of a shield.

That magazine was my favorite when i was younger, and when I look at a Club magazine now, they seem very disjointed...

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By in United States,

To the ideas team

Why did you choose adventure time

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By in United Kingdom,

Is Bionicle selling well?

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By in United States,

Why are many, if not most, adult female minifigures portrayed wearing lipstick?

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By in United States,

One thing, and one thing only. Why did LEGO start using hero factory parts for BIONICLE? Why can't they go back to the good old pieces we used to know, I thought they were the best. Hopefully I get this answered.

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By in United States,

Unikittius - lipstick makes it easier to tell it is female.

Gidislove - Lego were developments ng that set before Sergio did and there are key differences. He got a free set and us just trying to be a martyr.

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By in Canada,

1. How many molds are made into prototypes but never released? And if so what are some examples?
2.What percentage of prototype sets are passed onto the production stage?
3.What is the biggest reason sets are made into prototypes but not passed into the production stage?
4.Why did the company stop showing alternate builds on boxes of sets even though they did for so long?
5. (For the lego ideas team specifically) What is the biggest reason- apart for licensing issues - that models do not pass the review process
6. Has any department ever considered breaking a larger set into multiple smaller ones?
7.Has there been much (if any) internal discussion about the sea of Chinese knockoffs as of late?8.What is the Lego company doing to stop knockoff brands posing as the real Lego Group?

Hope one or two of these get answered...thanks! :)

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By in United States,

This is a question for Brickset when are you going to get some videos up on Youtube? I was one of the first subscribers.

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By in United States,

How big does the audience and community support for a LEGO Ideas set need to be to have it be produced as a set? How come two Ideas submissions are sometimes accepted in the reviews? For BIONICLE, is the entire story (including characters) planned out ahead of time, both for if it is successful and is continued further than 2017, and if it fails to meet expectations and ends in 2017? Also, to whatever designer from BIONICLE is sent there, which sets did they design? If they made ANY of the 2015 Toa Masters, hug them for me : )

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By in United States,

For ideas:

What is too big for ideas? Anything over 500 - 600 pieces?

What are the chances of a Marvel, DC, or Star Wars Ideas set?

Are there clauses in contracts that limit them? I don't expect them to disclose this or terms, but, possibly a yes or no?

Thanks!!

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By in United States,

Dear Huw,
Could you ask the product designers (i.e. the people who design the sets) a few questions for me?
A. What is the official name for their job?
B. What qualifications do you need to have to become a lego designer?
C. What does a 'day in the life' look like?

Lego ideas representatives:
What would happen, as far as the Designer Bio goes, if a minor (under 18) designer were to get a project produced?

Lego worlds
Could you just suggest having exploration biased part's libraries? (i.e. a basic brick selection then as players explore, being able to unlock other parts libraries, such as slopes or side building pieces, by finding them in chests or in structures etc...)
Also could you ask them to port over more LDD parts?

Thanks and have a good trip while you are there,
TumaSkrall10

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By in United Kingdom,

Stickers are my biggest gripe...why print on complicated curved parts for a small 'Junior Poly Bag' but have stickers in some of the most expensive sets produced...just add a £ onto the expense and give printed bricks instead of stickers...one of the car sets has something like 30+ stickers.

Maybe thank them for taking all my spare money ;-)

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By in New Zealand,

"Why do you have such a nonsensical global pricing policy? New Zealand and Australia get charged a premium, the US is cheaper than Europe, Asia is priced by a random number generator, ..."

Huw : Do you want me to send through a copy of the email correspondence I had with TLG a few months ago? Sorry to keep banging on about price at every opportunity, but we deserve some answers. Pricing makes no sense and certain markets are most definitely hit with price-gouging costs while others enjoy significantly *lower* pricing (if we compare against, say, the UK as a benchmark).

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By in Germany,

Hmm, might not be a current topic, but it would be kind of interesting to know a little bit more of some discontinued colors... Like when was '296 Cool Silver' actually available in sets and what parts are there out? Also, are any sets that actually contain parts in '7 Orange' or '8 Cobolt Blue'?

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By in Australia,

How do Lego Ideas know if a project that receives 10000 votes is good enough to be put on the shelf?

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By in United States,

What is meant by this introduction of the ultimate technic line, and can we expect these so called "ultimate" builds every year?

Will there be a new power functions system coming out soon for technic? And when?

Thanks Huw for letting us voice some of our opinions and questions! Have fun!

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By in United States,

1. Will Lego Worlds get official mod support through some sort of plugin/mod API?
2. Will Lego Worlds get SNOT parts and sideways building, as well as hinges or gears? Or will top-down parts be all we ever get?
3. Has Lego Worlds been successful? How has it performed in comparison to other Lego video games?
4. Is an LDD replacement in the works? If so, will it be available for mobile devices?
5. Has Bionicle been renewed to extend beyond 2017 yet? How has it performed so far?
6. Could there be more detailed explanations as to why particular projects didn't pass the review? Back in the early days of Lego CUUSOO/Lego Ideas, there were reasons given as to why certain projects failed the review, whereas these days its left for us to try and guess why.

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By in Australia,

If Bionicle is to continue in 2017, will we see the return of the Toa Mahri with the addition of a new Toa of Ice? Or will there be a new Toa Team?

I like that the original Toa are back but I do wish next years focus would be on another team!

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By in United Kingdom,

^ To echo what Sprinkleotter said about the Club magazines, I also used to enjoy the magazines up to about 2008 roughly when the Clone Wars sets came out. The two occurences don't necessarily have any connection but the magazines used to have a great balance of audience input (letters and Mocs) and actual expansion of plot lines and characters in the themes that was canon and added to their stories.

This might be subjective, but will TLG ever readdress this balance in the magazines? Or perhaps a pertinent question now would be - why isn't there an official Lego Club AFOL magazine directly from TLG? I feel like there are so many extra magazines now, a couple of them in-part endorsed, but there's always the chance for some extra storytelling and to hype up future themes! One sneak peek that sticks out to me from the kids club magazine was the Exo Force reveal in 2005(?)and it would be great to see something like that happen more often.

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By in United States,

I am amazed no one has mentioned Assault on Hoth yet, except through very vague references!

My question:

I could ask 50 questions about this but to sum it up:

Why was Assault on Hoth designed the way it was?

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By in United States,

Why do the most expensive Technic sets use stickers while many of the cheapest sets use superior painted pieces?

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By in United States,

Please ask anyone & everyone about the status of Bricks & Pieces.

Last year it was possible to purchase new parts in quantity a few months after they were released in sets. For example, I purchased 200x 20482 (Plate 1X1 W/3.2 Shaft/1.5 Hole) shortly after the first Friends sets featured them. This year very few of the interesting new parts have been added to the B&P database. A few are listed, but remain always "out of stock" (I'm viewing B&P from the USA). For instance: the 22484 Nexo Knights arrow which is a handy towball on a bar (3.2 Shaft W/5.9 Ball).

Why the change in policy this year? Is this the new way going forward? Or is LEGO just falling behind with too much going on? Some official communication would be nice. It's frustrating to be forced to trawl BL for these parts, and then have to wait 6-12 months for the prices to come down.

B&P used to be such a nice service for AFOLs interested in the newest parts.

Thanks!

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By in United States,

Ask them, "Where's my DC Ares minifig?" see the looks on their faces XD.

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By in United States,

How come Lego sometimes uses the older, stiffer style of cape and other times the newer, softer style of cape without any clear strategy to which capes are used in what sets?

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By in United States,

Is LEGO Worlds going to have an actual disc release?
How did 42056 make it through testing with such an ineffective and complex gearbox?!

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By in United States,

These questions have probably been answered before, but what is the best way to get a design position?
Also, how hard is it to transfer between themes? Do you miss working on your old theme? Do you get a choice?
Also, do designers always get summers off, or is that only for senior designers/creative leads?
Does everyone who works for TLG in billund know Danish?

As you can see I have a one-track-mind :)

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By in United States,

Will NinjaGo be back in 2018?

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By in Australia,

Was Hero Factory always meant to test out the new system before bringing Bionicle back or did Lego genuinely think it could be a good replacement?

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By in United States,

For the designers:
Was there ever a set that you presented to the powers that be and you thought, "There's no way this will get approved for release as a set," and it did?

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By in Australia,

@Aidypie : I can answer a few:
The design openings in recent years typically had 10x more applicants (that were invited to come to Billund) than positions. Requirements nowadays include a design degree although there have been exceptions. If you google this topic you can find some details on the application process to see what kind of skills you need.

LEGO is very nice to it's employees as per Danish customs; that includes leave and the opportunity to occasionaly join an Inside Tour ;)

Several of the designers I've met admitted to not speaking Danish.

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By in United States,

Hello Huw, I have a few questions.

What percentage of a Lego set designer's working hours are spent designing Lego sets? Is there a significant percentage of time devoted to other jobs such as meetings, real-world research, or possibly less enjoyable tasks like paperwork?

Also on that topic (perhaps someone at Brickset knows the answer), what is the official count for Lego set designers? If not an official number, is there a good ballpark?

When Lego parts are created, are all the same part produced in the same place? If so, how is it determined what quantity of each part to produce? Is this based on the requirement for that part in sets (e.g. there are more Brick 1x1 W. 1 Knob produced than Spruce Tree, Small)? Or are some parts produced in greater quantity than sets require so they can be used elsewhere, such as in displays?

I have two more random questions, too.

Why did Lego Club magazines retire building contests a few years ago?

For what reason have element separators become so prolific in Lego sets?

Thank you for this opportunity to query The Lego Group, and enjoy your trip!

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By in Australia,

In regards to LEGO city why do LEGO continually bring out a police station and fire station every few years, but a decent sized hospital is rarely on the agenda. When you think of the variety of buildings and the variety of vehicles that there is now in LEGO city I just find it mystifying why sick LEGO people have no where to rest.

It would be a great idea to bring out a hospital in a future Modular release to complement LEGO city.

As a side note, being a massive History fan, why has LEGO never entertained the idea of releasing a new series based on Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome? For history fans out there it would be a massive hit. Imagine being able to create a ROMAN legion Fort, year by year with new releases. Or an Ancient Roman town. I feel LEGO has really missed a beat by not having a historic theme such as Ancient ROME and ANCIENT GREECE.

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By in United States,

To the Bionicle designers, where do you get your ideas for new designs?

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By in United States,

To the Star Wars designers:

It used to be that nearly every one of the larger-scale Star Wars sets had that "iconic" feel to it: AT-AT, Sandcrawler, Ewok Village, Millennium Falcon, Jaba's Palace, etc.

It just seems that something has been lost over the past year or so. The more recent sets are merely "meh": Kylo Ren's Shuttle, Hoth Base, Carbonite Freezing Chamber, etc.

Was there a change in team members or leadership? Was the "editorial" review process changed? What is different now such that the latest Star Wars sets are not giving us that inspiring feeling when we see them?

Thanks for your insight. :)

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By in Australia,

Jeez, a lot of people sure didn't get the "Obviously they won't be answering any relating to future products or plans" message...

A question for the people here: what's with the sticker hate? You can chose to not put stickers on, and thus actually be able to use the piece in MOCs. Can't do that with printed pieces. Not to mention stickers give a superior level of detail (in a few cases, like Mars Mission, even giving detail which would be impossible with printing). And contrary to what a lot of people insist, they're really not hard to put on straight. What are you people doing, just carelessly slapping them on?

But I do have a question for Lego: many sets contain sprinklings of seemingly randomly coloured pieces when it comes to pieces which aren't visible in the final build. What's up with that?

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By in United States,

Several part question;
why is LEGO not going after the train community as it was a few years ago when we had not only the "my own train" line but subsequent train specific CITY sets in quantities over several years.
Why is LEGO not going after the remaining independent toy retailers with specific items and promotions, such as individual train sets and zip bagged parts that would not only help those small independent retailers but also help them become partners in the LEGO brand and an additional opportunity to increase LEGO sales and brand penetration into smaller markets not serviced by LBR stores?
With the above idea why not allow loyal AFOLs and TFOLS to gain VIP points when shopping at these independent retailers who are helping to grow and support the brand?

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By in Australia,

@Block-n-Roll With the recent decrease in the value of the Australian dollar, Australia actually pays quite similar prices to the US. Sets in the new Volcano Explorers theme are straight up cheaper in Australia than in the US. Not to mention Australia's minimum wage is twice that of the US's (when you take the conversion rate into account), and the US doesn't include sales taxes in the listed price. Australia actually gets a better deal on Lego when it comes to recommended retail price. Although, there's no such thing as any substantial discounts on lego here. Sets stay at their RRP until the store doesn't have any stock left to put on the shelves (I say it that way because TRU often has more expensive sets long after they're discontinued), where as in the US they tend to decrease in price over time at many retailers. But that's not Lego's fault

I'm not sure if the same is true for NZ, but they do have to spend twice as much as Australia on the online store to get free shipping, so you're definitely getting screwed in that regard.

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By in Australia,

Continuing on from tumaskrall's first question about designers:

(What qualifications do you need, etc?) I remember it being some kind of engineering, but I'm not sure which one. Could you please find out? Also a few of my own:
1) Do all design teams work in Denmark or are there any internationally?
2) Do designers need to be fluent in Danish to get the job?

Thanks Huw

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By in United States,

Any chance in making clear color flying vehicles display stands so my ships can look like they're flying instead of resting on a shelf. Step style display stands for mini figures is a must have, and adjustable clear color stands for flying mini figures.

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By in Australia,

^ adding to that, those clear articulated stands they use at conventions to display flying vehicles, where do those come from? I can't find any for sale online.

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By in United States,

What's the rationale behind the pricing of Lego sets that seem tosh they probably aren't worth as much as what they're being retailer for? For example: the new gas station. It looks great but given the low piece count and lack of intricate detail, I don't think it's worth that much.

If Lego is going to price sets as much, at least put note detail into the sets to justify the costs. Otherwise, don't overprice them as it's a surefire way of guaranteeing lackluster sales.

In general, I think Lego sets have gotten way too expensive over the years, and not a lot of detail is going into the designs of these sets to justify costs. I get that Lego is expensive because of their quality (though I did see a video on how a lot of pieces are formed via assembly line which logically would make things cheaper in the long run as there is less costs per unit) of there isn't a lot of detail and high piece count, then don't price sets too high.

Lego needs to get the message that theirs sets are getting more and more expensive and less affordable and should reconsider setting prices too high. It's not like plastic is expensive to make (plus the cost of oil has gone down significantly).

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By in Poland,

I would love to ask about Lego Worlds -
What is the hardest part of creatoing this game?
Why there is barrely any marketing?
WIll the team from MInifigures online join in to Worlds team?

Also where they will give you Animal molds featured in this game? :D

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By in Serbia,

To those asking about Danish language requirements: the official language of the LEGO Group is English. Knowing Danish is not a requirement for positions which are not tied specifically to the Danish market.

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By in United Kingdom,

A few questions from me Huw, if thats okay:

1) Will Technic Maxi Figures return?
2) Can we return to printed, non-stickered parts? Cobi do them...why can't Lego, who can clearly afford to do so?
3) Can we have affordable pocket money sets again?
4) Studded Technic please?
5) Most importantly, can there be a return of a better Town, Castle and Space themes? This links to Q3, sets of varying sizes at affordable prices and NOT just regurgitated Emergency themed ones or Utility ones, but various sets based on houses, post offices, shops etc, etc...As for Castle and Space I'm sure you'll know what I mean...
5) Bring back Fabuland???!
6) Lego say they 'don't do war toys' but clearly they do: Ninjago, Nexo Knights, Star Wars and Super Heroes themes all feature conflict and weapons...so why not do a proper Army based theme, after all, Cobi lead the market with their 'contraversial' WW2 items and Oxford make great Military and edgier SWAT / Police based rescue sets...? Aren't Lego being hypocritical here?

Thanks and enjoy your trip. (Hope Lego are paying!).

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By in United Kingdom,

How long do get given to make a Lego set? Is it stressful? If you don't make the set in time do you get fired or told off. Are you allowed help with building your lego set?

Thank you for answering my questions!

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By in United States,

When will LEGO retail stores start supporting Apple Pay (in countries with Apple Pay support)?

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By in United Kingdom,

Do you have plans to realise a Tie interceptor or Tie bomber one day? The last time we got those in minifigure scale was roughly 10 years.

Thank you for answering my questions!

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By in Australia,

@Block-n-Roll alright now that the new wave of sets is available I guess I have to take that back, Australia's back to paying more than the US. Well, what I said was true a few hours ago, haha.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thank you for your suggestions. I'll ask those that are appropriate for the people I am meeting.

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By in United States,

Will there ever be a quest system (besides the get the item of defend the figure from three guys) in LEGO Worlds? Like, real story mission? Story worlds (Hubworlds)?

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By in United Kingdom,

Could a solution to the sticker issue/hate be to provide two sets of stickers per model, i.e. one set to use and one set for future use?

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By in Singapore,

Thanks Huw! This is indeed a great opportunity congratz! Anyways some of my questions, (hopefully relevant and could be answered):

1) Regarding Bionicle, how do the designers view the rebooting of the franchise and how would they consider this wave to be different/similar?

2)Lego IDEAS is indeed a unique part of the Lego Brand and is a resounding success amongst the fan community, what was the inspiration behind starting Lego IDEAS and did the designers foresee where it would end up today?

Thanks again Huw!

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By in Italy,

I'd like to know which pieces a Superhero designer would use to make the figs of Zemo, Xavier young from X-Men DOFP and Ajax.

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By in United States,

If you could: What sets are most likely to make it in through Lego ideas, also are they planning on making a CW Flash/Arrow/Supergirl set any time soon.
Thank you very much, this is greatly appreciated!

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By in Italy,

And also what headgear would they use for cerebro

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By in United States,

When making sets from licensed themes, I'm sure designers have to pick what key ideas or features they want in the set, and leave out some things they wanted. What are the priority things or features that are musts in every licensed set, and what extraneous things have designers had to leave out?

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm quitting Lego ideas because I've become totally disconnected from what it is trying to do.
Lego ideas now seems to be all about how many followers you have and how many clutch points you have. Projects have become secondary. Take the guy at the top of the community board: he's never had a project go over 550 supports, but he supports and follows every single project and member. Is that what the site is about? I think not.
Also the consistency of projects is terrible. They go from tiny builds of a dozen bricks that a 4 year old could do, to huge builds that would cost hundreds of pounds to buy. The ideas that 'could' or 'should' be sets are lost in between.
What is Lego ideas about now? I'm sure I don't know; does the Lego group?

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By in United States,

Any chance for the resurrection of "Legends" sets...the re-issuing of older fan-favorite sets?

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By in Sweden,

Bionicle:
1. Why haven't there been a corrupted mask for every toa? In neither wave of generation 2 have there been six corrupted masks.
2. Will we see a makuta set?

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By in United States,

How many stages does a LEGO set go though to be a LEGO set?

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By in Slovakia,

Will there be some adventurers like theme or Western ?

i miss these themes in new Lego waves :)

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By in United States,

Why was Lego Lord of the Rings cut short to two waves when it was so popular, and it was clear that there were so many iconic scenes left out?

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By in Canada,

Here's a couple from the TTV Message Boards (a BIONICLE fan hub) :

What's the thought process when it comes to sets with functions? Is it build first, then function? Or do you incorporate the function with the build in your planning?

If Bionicle ends in 2017, is Lego going to replace it with another original Constraction line?

How much do you consider Bionicle a prominent theme? More than Galaxy Squad or Alien Conquest, since this past it's first year, but is it near the same level as, say, Ninjago?

How important are functions in the designing process?

Are throwbots/slizers a potential successor to bionicle when it ends?

Will we get a makuta set?

What really goes into the design process of a set?

How do... mediocre... set designs like the beasts get clearance to be produced?

what is your favorite lego set?

Seriously though, do they have any limitations on the number of part recolours they can make each year?

Are LEGO seeing different popularities in the colours of the sets?

Will we've see the Piraka in a future sets?

How closely do you work with other team members (i.e. concept artists, modelers, story developers, etc.)?

If you could redo any Bionicle reboot set so far, which would it be?

What is the design process for creating a new Bionicle set?

If possible to say, how many characters new to the Bionicle universe can we expect to see?

When designing the Toa, were certain choices made based off the characters established personalities? For example, giving 2015 Kopaka's condensed, bulky physique would reflect his more reserved character?

How does the story design process fold out (story-boarding? scripting?) Also, in the event of adding new plot points to extend the theme run, how do you link them to the old plot points?

What was the thought process when it came to ending Hero Factory?

Will we be seeing a larger expansion of the CCBS system in different LEGO lines?

Will there be more then two CCBS lines?

Will the CCBS system be going anywhere anytime soon?

Will we see a return of Vehicles and large, technic based Titan sets?

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By in United States,

@PDelahanty: I can answer that with a definitive "no". Multiple LEGO designers like Jamie Berard and Mark Stafford have made it clear that the LEGO Legends sets were a massive failure and the LEGO Group isn't in any hurry to repeat that mistake.

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By in United States,

My question: Could there be a possibility for a new Lego MMORPG in the future? One more oriented towards older children, like how LU was, for example?

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By in United States,

When will CMF Series 16 be released??

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By in United States,

Would love to know how LDD was made (in house, outsourced, etc.) And what that team is working on now. And how they would feel about open sourcing the code and releasing it to the community!

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By in Canada,

Do Bionicle set designers go through the same audition process as System set designers or is there a different structure for that position. I'm curious if those designers had to compete against system builders for the job or against other Bionicle builders.

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By in United States,

^ Same question

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By in United States,

I have a few.
Concerning Bionicle, what was it like trying to start a re-boot that would appeal to both fans of the original series and builders who may not have known much about the original series? Also, was it ever considered to continue the original story?

Why did LEGO Worlds have such a quiet launch, and will it be available on more platforms?

What's with the LEGO Ideas and not giving specific reasons on why sets did not pass reviews, and will they ever give reasons on why certain sets do not pass?

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By in United States,

@Block-n-Roll

Talk to your government if you want real change. It happens at every company that exports down under. I know it feels that Lego could be part of the solution, but they are not. They are playing by your governments' rules. They are paying their taxes, duties and other nonsense I am sure they get charged.

I see the same arguments made about Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and any popular company for "gouging" Australians. They aren't doing it to hurt you, the end user, but to pay to play the game of life.

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By in United States,

For LEGO Ideas, how do you intend on making fans of certain lines of LEGO sets, like BIONICLE and Minecraft, more easily accesible for Ideas members?

For BIONICLE, I have been a big fan of the line since 2004, and when the reboot came I became really excited (even though it is obvious how much 2010 has affected Gen 2). What I'm curious about is when will we find out about the connection between Gen 1 and Gen 2? There are so many easter eggs in both the videos and the sets, and I am so excited. Also, will there be any other villains from Gen 1 appearing other than Makuta? And is this Makuta the same Makuta Teridax that we knew and loved in Gen 1?

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By in New Zealand,

Will technic dudes ever come back?

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By in United States,

Will there ever be a Lego style Call of Duty and Mario Cart type game? Any plans for Lego to be in VR?

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By in United Kingdom,

If at all possible can you round up all of the people that run Lego.com and ......... well get them to fix it. Might be just me but for over a month now, two computers, two different browsers if I try to buy items > £50 as a normal person I can and get a free gift and free postage. As VIP me I get various combinations of no free gift, free gift, but a message about not getting points and no free postage options...... surely its not affecting all VIP's ?

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By in Russian Federation,

Will there be the ending for Bionicle G1's storyline?
Will the characters from G1 like Vezon, Icarax, and the Great Beings appear on Okoto?
Were the Brothers the Great Beings?
Is Ekimu making an evil plan?
What if Makuta isn't so bad(the mask is corrupting him maybe)?
Will there be any connection between Hero Factory and Bionicle G2?(I hope so)
Who was Kulta the Skull Grinder before Makuta send him to destroy the MoC?
Will there be the story about Umarak's past?
I was confused when Hero Factory was closed without the ending of the story. What is Von Nebula doing? What happened with brain spiders? And what about that little bug in the end of HF: Invasion From Below?
Plz notice me Legomen

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By in United Kingdom,

Just two questions for me.
Will lego ever reproduce the classic space theme again for us adults.
Will they produce the original packaging that you could open the front flap of the Box to reveal the main parts and minifigs laid out in plastic trays on higher value sets or ideas sets even.
The packaging now is just awful and disappointing on bigger sets.
It's a premium product that needs better packaging.
The weight of the bags just makes the boxes bulge at one end eventually.
Looking forward to a response.

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By in Russian Federation,

BIONICLE:
1) What is significance of the planets on the Okoto sky? Are it the real planets or something different?
2) Were there any other Mask Makers, besides Ekimu and Makuta?
3) How old is Okoto? 100 000 years?
4) Who created the Golden Mask of the Skull Spiders?
5) What are the statues of scorpion warriors at the shrine, where Pohatu found the golden mask? Is that an old civilization of Okoto?
6) Can that statue head from the Gali comic be considered as canon? It definetly has the human facial features.
7) Was the Temple of Time created alongside with the island at the same time?
8) What are the Masks of Strength and Speed, that were described on the Bionicle.com?
9) Was the Skull Slicer four-handed during his life on Okoto? Which race is he belong to? Judging by the fact that the height of the Okotans much less than Toa's, is he representative of another race? Is he connected to those scorpion statues?
10) What are the origins of the Skull Spiders? Were they created by Kulta?
11) Where are all the island technologies now? Was the burst of energy so powerful that it knocked out all the airships?
12) According to the ancient prophecy, the Toa came to the island many years ago?

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By in Australia,

1. Why don't Australia & New Zealand get better availability of Polybags, particularly Star Wars, Marvel & DC Polybags?

2. Why weren't the last three Ultra Agents sets at least made available to Europe, Australia & New Zealand through the Lego Shop online?

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By in Russian Federation,

BIONICLE

Why wasn't the Lord of Skull Spiders' mask mentioned in the story?

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By in Ireland,

What's the thinking behind extremely low run and exclusive items, such as the SDCC Marvel/DC minifigs, or the Yoda Chronicles press set?

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By in United States,

TheBrickPal thanks!

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By in United States,

How well/poorly has Assault on Hoth sold when compared to other UCS sets in the same stage of their shelf life (about 1 month after release)?

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By in Russian Federation,

BIONICLE

1. Is Gen2 Mask of Creation the same mask as was in Gen1?
2. Can you describe the planet Okoto is located on?
3. Are you going to expand the story and the world?
4. Do any characters or artifacts from Gen 1 exist in Gen2?
5. What races do exist in Gen2 world?
6. Why was the 3d graphic novel canceled?
7. How many okotoans do live on Okoto?
8. Are you going to enter characters from Gen1 to Gen2 story?
9. Do you work on creating new building system for action figures?
10. Will smth like the Gen1 guide books be published?
11. Any Bionicle-related "Dimensions" sets?
12. Why you don't produce trans-red parts for Bionicle sets?

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By in Canada,

Here's another batch of questions from the TTV MBs, in case Huw is still taking questions:

How do think Lego style has changed over time?

What are some set concepts you have developed but chose to save for a latter date due to it not fitting a wave's theme, lacking a part to streamline it, etc.?

Is there any possibility of a G1-G2 Connection?

What influenced some of your design choices, like making Ketar a scorpion or shaping the Mask of Creation the way it is?

Will Hero Factory ever receive a reboot in the near(ish) future?

Will Bionicle G2 have a "prequel" year?

Will we get a rahkshi like bad guy? Or at least one designed to look similar to them?

What are your favorite designs from Bionicle's past?

What new features would you like to see added that aren't in the pipeline already?

How do you designers create an aesthetic without bypassing the budget?

Is it possible Lego may make system Bionicle sets?

If possible, could there be a D2C for Bionicle?

What are the requirements for becoming a designer? Graduation? Demonstration of Lego skill online? Living in Denmark?

Do you actually consider how useful the pieces in a set are useful for MoCs? Even at the age of 4 this was my main concern when buying a set, except possibly sheer piece count/complexity.

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By in United States,

Will we ever see a return of Castle? I've got utterly no interest in Nexo Knights, and with Lord of the Rings & Hobbit lines ending, it's been a long drought for fans of classical Castle.

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