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Marcus Aurelius: You get what you pay for.I've been playing with Legos since 1964, and I've always been amazed at the durability and quality of the stupid things. It costs a lot of money to injection mold pieces like that. I considered every set I bought for my children a bargain.And I can take my old square red while and blue bricks from 1964 and plug them right into the latest stuff on the shelf.It's kind of like UNIX that way.
Babwa Wawa: In my experience, competing products are simply not as high quality.I got one of the off-brand blocks that are interoperable with Lego brand blocks for my son. It was actually a cool set - a police officer scene with a vehicle, building, etc. Lots of blocks, and the instructions were solid, so he could follow really well. It was a bargain - probably 1/4 or 1/3 of the price of a similar Lego kit.But the manufacturing was off - blocks would not fit as tightly or reliably as Lego blocks. Assembly was pretty easy, but a lot of the more intricate assembly was frustrating because of it, and once assembled it was difficult for him to play with without having it come apart in his hands.He also got one of the off-brand Spider-Man block sets. Pretty much the same experience./DNRTFA
duckpoopy: Thanks for asking the question "Why Legos Are So Expensive" and then not even trying to answer it.
PacManDreaming: Classic Space sets...nothing will ever be as cool as they were.
Abox: Try pulling apart two of the flat squares stuck together. Nuff said.