After hearing about the magnet packs getting glued together I started researching on the web and couldn't help but notice a lot of comments where people were saying they despised the quality. I was surprised to hear they were made in china! I'd never bothered to look and assumed all Lego products were produced the same way. Apparently the collectible fig sets, key chains, magnet sets, and even the battle packs are all made in china.
I've had 6 or so key chains and I did notice the printing wore off quickly but I just attributed that to them being abused in my pocket
My Yoda key chain also split where the arm & hand interlock which is unusual but I've had it happen on a few minifigs over the years.
Now recently I've been buying the battle packs because it's a pretty reasonable price for minifigs and a handful of parts. I'd have never guessed they were any different; they all seem to be the same as any other minifig I've ever had. Someone said they "feel different" but I didn't notice. Others claim the printing wears off faster but I haven't really had them long enough to find out.
Has anyone really noticed the chinese stuff is truly that different? I'm tempted to buy some magnet sets before they all get glued together but I don't want to be buying minifigs that are going to wear out quickly... we do actually play with these things and they just get tossed in drawers with masses of other figs and bricks so they aren't babied in some glass geek shrine. Are these just Lego snobs or are the minifigs cheap chinese junk? What's your experience been?