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Of the few things that annoy me about Lego (and very little does) is how the company decides when to produce and sell certain things. We all know about how there are no base plates included with Insult on Hoth and that's fine since kids like to pick up sections and move them around. What annoys me though is that plates aren't made available for purchase separately. Maybe Lego intends to put one out soon, I don't know, but the general approach to base plates is confusing. They should be available for purchase along with matching themes. For instance, a separate blue base plate would go along perfectly with the Deep Sea Exploration theme from last year, or even Prison Island. A white base plate would have gone well with the Arctic theme, etc. To my mind base plates in standard colours should remain in production. Wouldn't these be reliable money makers for the company? I could
buy other base plates on the secondary market but they are ridiculously expensive like this:https://www.amazon.ca/LEGO-Bricks-Building-Plate-32x32/dp/B002RL7VNY/ref=sr_1_11?s=toys&ie=UTF8&qid=1459710395&sr=1-11&keywords=lego+baseplate
It also doesn't make sense to me that I can buy tan and green 32x32 plates (which is great), but I can't buy grey in 32x32, only 48x48. Why?