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# Friday, 08 January 2010

I guess there are many among us who are not only Lego Players, but someone who invests in Lego. Well, this may not necessarily has to be trading, but the thoughts of owning a set that appreciates, let's say, by 100%, definitely is a pleasant thing. With such mentality, I previously owned three pieces of 32X32 Blue base plate, which was considered rare commodity, as they have been extremely useful in building oceanic MOCs, but were only available from a few old sets, believe it or not, I got my first blue base plate from the 2004 Spiderman set 4856 Doc Ock's Hideout, and that is a very costly set to buy in 2009. The other source, 9286 Large LEGO Baseplates from 1998, was not economical either.

So when Lego announced the 620 Blue Building Plate, it was quite a "surprise", but aside from having some assets depreciating, having a good supply of this blue baseplate may actually allow many to build more MOCs, including myself, and after all, three pieces is no big deal really.

As expected, 620 is exactly the same blue baseplate as released earlier, at first glance I somehow feel that the new one is a little darker in complexion, but I think that could be an misperception only, inspecting closely and I think they are of the same quality. But if anyone notice any quality issues during building process, I hope they will be echoed somehow.

New blue baseplate 620  ------------- Old blue base plate from 9286

The pricing at US ($4.99) is very good, but in HK they sold it at HKD 74.9! Equivalent to USD 9.6! A 192% price difference!! At the US pricing Lego is doing a good job responding to customer needs, but for HK players, despite that we are used to such huge discrepancy in regional pricing,  this near double pricing is not helping customer satisfaction.

Finally, an interesting observation, the package paper of 620 base plate says the item is made in Denmark, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic, a plate produced in 5 countries? Wonder from which one mine was made.

 

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