LEGO printing errors now extend to boxes with 21336 The Office

The LEGO Group is building on its history of rare and mysterious printing errors with a weirdly misprinted box for 21336 The Office.

From a Stormtrooper who’s seen some things to a Bullet Bill that’s interminably depressed, there are countless examples of LEGO misprints finding their way into the wild. (We even gave one away a couple of months ago.) But for the most part, they’re all focused around prints on specific elements, while packaging errors are typically due to design decisions that affect entire print runs.

That’s not always the case, though, as proven by redditor TheMon420 – who placed an order for two copies of the newly-released 21336 The Office from Walmart, and received two very different boxes. While one is the LEGO Group’s standard all-black affair for its 18+ sets, the other has clearly suffered some sort of serious printing malfunction, splashing blue along one edge and on to the front.

According to printing experts on reddit (this is the internet, of course printing experts found this error), the most probable cause of the strange box is that either black was missing from the printer, or the process was stopped prematurely. There’s also a lack of yellow ink beyond the LEGO logo, which one commenter suggests likely uses a separate and specific shade of yellow.

Whatever the reason, the end result is that this redditor now has a LEGO box that presumably very few other people have. And if the market for misprinted pieces has taught us anything, it’s that it’ll probably be worth a small fortune someday – depending on how many boxes were in the same production run, that is.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

One thought on “LEGO printing errors now extend to boxes with 21336 The Office

  • 06/10/2022 at 23:03
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    For me this kinda looks like the box was placed in a spill of some chemical. Maybe cleaning chemicals at the warehouse. Because this looks like something got soaked up in the cardboard, discolored/bleached the ink and evaporated.

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