120,000 LEGO Star Wars sets were recalled in 2015

A product recall that took place in 2015, previously unknown, saw 120,000 Star Wars sets recalled by the LEGO Group.

According to a report from Gizmodo, the LEGO Group recalled 120,000 LEGO sets in 2015 due to the wrong shade of grey being included. The story, unknown until now, was revealed in the LEGO Group’s in-house magazine.

The mishap reportedly happened back in 2015, inside Lego’s factory in Billund, Denmark, when one worker accidentally labelled the dark grey pieces as light grey. Even the product recall page of the Lego website proudly boasts that there have been no recalls since 2009.


It’s not clear which exact sets were affected by the error, though the Metro claims some of them were Star Wars themed.

The recall apparently cost the brick-manufacturers more than £1.3 million, and staff were called in from leave in Hungary and Czech Republic to repack the offending sets. Nobody had to face any disciplinary action, however, with Lego instead resolving to spend £50,000 improving the lighting labelling in the factory.

The £1.3 million figure puts Bricklink sellers making mistakes with grey bricks into perspective…


Graham was the BrickFanatics.com Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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