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Neck Printing

Posted in Product Quality & Safety by lfanquestions on September 27, 2009

Jake writes:

Hello LFan,

What is the story behind the paint on the necks on a minifigure torso? Once the head is on, you can’t see this so it seems superfluous, but there must be a reason for this (otherwise, why would LEGO take this extra step?)
Thanks for your blog!


Dear Jake,

The printed mark is added to a minifigure torso neck so the machines know which side of the torso to print and add arms to.  Until a few years ago it also helped a machine place the heads on the torsos correctly.  This last feature was removed to reduce production costs.



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  1. The Don said, on September 28, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Thought that the paint helped the head gain traction, as an added “layer” to tighten the attachment of the head to the body. Ah well…

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