Accessory

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An accessory is a specialized element primarily designed to be carried or used by a minifigure with limited utility for building due to few connection points. The earliest parts to be considered accessories were weapons (spears, swords, halberds) included in Castle sets but as minifigs have come to dominate LEGO themes more accessories have been produced from shovels and brooms to hair dryers and buckets.

Controversy

Some fans consider accessories a distraction from the experience of building with basic brick and a contributing factor in the excessive number of elements in production and attendant inventory control problems in the opening years of the 21st century. This eventually resulted in LEGO undergonig a major restructuring under the first non-family CEO of LEGO: Jørgen Vig Knudstorp.

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