Carousel 10257 vs. Grand Carousel 10196 - Find 8 differences ! :-)


Wow ! Set 10257 is now a hot topic in LEGO store and there is no doubt that the new carousel is similar to his predecessor set 10196 Grand Carousel in many ways even though that 10257 was introduced just a week ago and the other one more than 8 years ago.
Let's take a look at 8 differences in these two fairytale sets that I've identified so far.

1) New carousel is smaller than the old one by approx. 600 pieces. 

2) Unlike the old carousel, the new one includes a ticket booth with a ticket sales man
Carousel 10257 vs. Grand Carousel 10196 - Find 8 differences ! :-)
3) Traditional horses in old carousel were replaced by cute colourful animals from fairytales 
Carousel 10257 vs. Grand Carousel 10196 - Find 8 differences ! :-)
4) New piece was made to cover the roof of the new carousel and to make it look more smoother
Carousel 10257 vs. Grand Carousel 10196 - Find 8 differences ! :-)
5) New carousel has more detailed core than the old one including the interior stairs
Carousel 10257 vs. Grand Carousel 10196 - Find 8 differences ! :-)
6) Old carousel includes three more minifigures than the old one

7) "Power house" of the new carousel is smaller and looks simpler than the old one and the animals seem to be rotating more smoothly and less effortlessly than in case of the old carousel
Carousel 10257 vs. Grand Carousel 10196 - Find 8 differences ! :-)
8) New carousel is by $0.001 cheaper per piece than the old one. 

I am more than happy that LEGO decided to release a new version of the legendary Grand Carousel and it was a day one purchase for me. I still do not have the 10257 set at home, but it should have been on the way already.

What do you think about this set ?

I will be very happy if you let me know in comments below.


Explore biggest and cheapest LEGO sets of last 3 years


It's been almost half a year since I thought to start publishing a Brick Market Report regularly every quarter with focus on analysis of newly released LEGO sets. With this idea came a pleasant duty to start collecting data about new releases. Even if I started collecting data only a few months ago, my Excel database has already more than 1,000 rows and contains every single set released since 2014.
Sometimes I just browse through the database whole night and filter data according to different criteria and eagerly wait what I get as a result. Just yesterday night I was playing with the database and so this post was made. :-)

1. LEGO SETS WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF MINIFIGURES (2014 - Q1 2017)
Here are 11 sets released since 2014 where LEGO was more than generous when deciding on number of minifigures to include in a set. You may not know that the average number of minifigures included in a set during last 3 years was only 2 per set but in these sets below you find more than 10 minifigs in each of them !
Explore biggest and cheapest LEGO sets of last 3 years 
2. CHEAPEST LEGO SETS PER PIECE (2014 - Q1 2017)
Here are 20 LEGO sets with bricks priced half cheaper than typical bricks. You will probably ask what's the reason behind their low price ? In case of LEGO Chess I think that it may be so cheap because it contains many small and very similar pieces and thus the variability of bricks is quite low. Big Ben is very limited in terms of colours. But what about the Parisian Restaurant ? One of the most popular Modular Buildings being on the list of 20 cheapest sets in last 3 years? This graph is a big question mark for me. :-)
Explore biggest and cheapest LEGO sets of last 3 years 
3. BIGGEST LEGO SETS BY NUMBER OF PIECES (2014 - Q1 2017)
Here are 20 sets that usually attract attention of not only LEGO community but also non-LEGO world because of their large scale. It's always interesting to observe reaction of non-LEGO people on brick models like Porsche GT3 RS or Disney Castle.
Explore biggest and cheapest LEGO sets of last 3 years 
I hope you found some of the information in today's short post interesting. You can find out more about last 3 years LEGO new releases in Q1 2017 Brick Market Report.

I will be very happy if you let me know in comments below.

LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ?



Everyone is curious about the selection of minifigure characters in LEGO minifigure series. I am not curious only about the minifigures but also about the design of packaging of each series, especially about the colour of the pack.
We've seen 7 different colours of packs so far in last 17 series - yellow, blue, orange, green, black, white and gold. I was wondering if there is a rule by which LEGO decides on the colour of the pack or whether is it a complete random selection ?
I've put together all 17 designs in this post and was thinking about the colours for a while and now I think that I might figured it out. :-) Look at the designs below and try to identify the rule yourself !
You can find my explanation at the end of the post. 

1) YELLOW - LEGO Minifigure Series 1
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 

2) BLUE - LEGO Minifigure Series 2
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 

3) GREEN - LEGO Minifigure Series 3
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
4) ORANGE / RED - LEGO Minifigure Series 4
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
5) BLUE - LEGO Minifigure Series 5
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
6) BLUE - LEGO Minifigure Series 6
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
7) ORANGE / RED - LEGO Minifigure Series 7
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
8) BLACK - LEGO Minifigure Series 8
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
9) BLACK - LEGO Minifigure Series 9
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
10) GOLD - LEGO Minifigure Series 10
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
11) GREEN - LEGO Minifigure Series 11
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
12) YELLOW - LEGO Minifigure Series 12
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
13) GREEN - LEGO Minifigure Series 13
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
14) BLACK - LEGO Minifigure Series 14
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
15) ORANGE / RED - LEGO Minifigure Series 15
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
16) YELLOW - LEGO Minifigure Series 16
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
17) BLUE - LEGO Minifigure Series 17
LEGO Minifigure Series packaging - is there a rule in a colour selection ? 
At first glance it looks like that the colours are completely random and there is only an attempt not to put two of the same colours in a row.
What I have noticed is that if you count how many times the yellow appeared in last 17 series or the blue, orange / red, green and black colour, you always end up with number 3. So there probably exists a kind of rule that takes into consideration that one colour shouldn't dominate another in terms of repetition. 
You can ask how to explain the gold colour in series 10 and the white in series 6 - both appeared only once, so the rule of 3 doesn't seem to support my initial idea :) The Series 10 was a special series due to the Mr. Gold madness so there was definitely a reason to choose not an ordinary colour of packaging. And the white packaging of series 6 ? It seems to be a good example of an exception that proves the rule, don't you think ? :-)

Have you found another rule in selection of colours for LEGO minifigure series packs ?

I will be very happy if you let me know in comments below.