toys http://kplu.org en Why Legos are so expensive — and so popular http://kplu.org/post/why-legos-are-so-expensive-and-so-popular I went to Toys R Us recently to buy my son a Lego set for Hanukkah. Did you know a small box of Legos costs $60? Sixty bucks for 102 plastic blocks!<p>In fact, I learned, Lego sets can sell for thousands of dollars. And despite these prices, Lego has about 70 percent of the construction-toy market. Why? Why doesn't some competitor sell plastic blocks for less? Lego's patents expired a while ago. How hard could it be to make a cheap knockoff?<p>Luke, a 9-year-old Lego expert, set me straight.<p>"They pay attention to so much detail," he said. "I never saw a Lego piece ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:37:58 +0000 7356 at http://kplu.org Why Legos are so expensive — and so popular Magnets, choking hazards top annual report on dangerous toys http://kplu.org/post/magnets-choking-hazards-top-annual-report-dangerous-toys <p></p><p>As parents gear up to shop for the holidays, a non-profit consumer group is warning them to watch out for dangerous toys.</p><p>For the past 27 years, the Washington Public Interest Research Group, or WashPIRG, has <a href="http://www.washpirg.org/reports/wap/trouble-toyland">released a report</a> on toxic and hazardous toys. This year, the group is pointing to many toys that meet federal standards but still pose a danger.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:11:59 +0000 Ashley Gross 7176 at http://kplu.org Magnets, choking hazards top annual report on dangerous toys