LEGO Historian

Eurobricks Counts
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited


About LEGO Historian

  • Rank
    Older than ABS

Spam Prevention

  • What is favorite LEGO theme? (we need this info to prevent spam)

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
  • Interests
    LEGO, History, Architecture


  • Country
  • Special Tags 1

Recent Profile Visitors

3448 profile views
  1. LEGO Historian

    New Flickr limits

    I think that people should first "cull the herd" in their photos. I have 30,000 photos (the majority which I don't keep online because they're for my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide). But the problem with photos that you post here on Eurobricks and elswehere, will get a broken link if removed, which is no fun at all. One of my biggest beefs about Flickr was not a Flickr problem, but lazy posters... who just post an image labeled with their photo ID.... such as "DSC001040", which is useless when you try to do a "LEGO" search. But I digress. I do like Flickr's large image size capacity, not available on some other image hosting sites.
  2. There were only 2 LEGO sets of that bucket type that were likely made by TLG. One was the 9903 Basic Set of Canada in 1982, and the othe was the 6219 Basic Set of Italy in 1986. I'm not sure about the 100 count for this set, but this is not the 25th Anniversary of LEGO in Italy... but the 25th Anniversary of LEGO Italy offices in 1961. The first LEGO sets were sold in Italy in 1958.
  3. LEGO Historian

    Unknown LEGO Sets...

    This set was only known with Japanese writing on it. If you have one without, do you know where it originated from (Europe?).
  4. I wonder how many "ticking time bombs" are out there.... of MISB sets that were purchased because all the seals looked like they had not been tampered with... and were put away for many years.... only to be opened in the future and found to be full of rice or worse (Megabloks or Lepin).
  5. LEGO Historian

    Do modern white bricks still turn yellow?

    He said he noticed some results after a few days. The process can take weeks.
  6. LEGO Historian

    Do modern white bricks still turn yellow?

    No.... direct sunlight will whiten yellowed parts. I took 40 year old yellowed mint condition classic ABS windows and left them in a sunny window sill... and after a month they became pure white. Two problems that cause yellowing is the fire retardant they put into ABS plastic for molding LEGO parts, and also MRA... Mold Release Agent... that allows parts to easily be released from the mold when the parts are produced, have both shown to be a reason for yellowing. Here's a FLICKR thread on results for leaving elements in a sunny window for whitening them....
  7. LEGO Historian

    Lego Quality Reference

    I don't have the time to read thru 9 years of info... but just a few things.... 1) the whole UV light issue and yellowing of parts... every take a yellowed white brick and put it into a sunny window for a few months. Guess what happens to it? It turns pure white. 2) when opening a sealed box of LEGO (that has never seen the light of day), "oxygenation" (or whatever) is not the culprit on why just some of the parts may have turned yellow. A possible reason for only some parts yellowing may be due to MRA (mold release agent)... and how much was applied to molds to release the parts after the molding process. The MRA will affect LEGO colors down the road. 3) red and blue parts from before 2000... I have not seen them with color issues. I have over 100,000 parts from the 1970s thru 1995... and see no color variances like we do with parts today with the colorization process happening just prior to molding. From 1963-73 red and yellow parts were darker because of adding Cadmium to the red and yellow dyes, but not since. Some color changes are more likely due to yellowing. And of course prior to the 1970s.... Cellulose Acetate was used before ABS plastic, so the LEGO colors were different than with ABS.
  8. LEGO Historian

    LEGOLAND non-production parts

    Oh I'm sure that there are many BL sellers who make mistakes... but a friend has the light aqua 1x1 rounds... and 5 years ago I purchased 205 of the Maersk Blue 1x1 rounds at only 15 cents each... back before some sellers realized the rarity of the parts. When buying "off color" parts, it pays to discuss it first with the seller as to how sure they are that they have the right color.... and even when you receive them you could still get the wrong color. Prices for both rare and set produced parts on BL can be all over the price spectrum. A few years ago a seller had 150 of these on sale for 15 cents each... I could still kick myself for not having bought the lot..... now they are at an average price of $5.18....
  9. LEGO Historian

    LEGOLAND non-production parts

    Buying LEGO parts in unreleased (in sets) colors is really quite easy. It just requires browsing the Bricklink database. For example... the 1x1 hollow stud round bricks are available in 8 additional colors not found in any known LEGO sets... The PRICE GUIDE INFO column (colors available for sale) for these round bricks lists 8 additional colors that are not found in the KNOWN COLORS column (colors found in specific known sets). Many times these additional colors are "unreleased" only in that they were never found in a set. One of these 8 unreleased colors is Maersk Blue. I know that all Maersk Blue round bricks originated from the Windsor England model shop as surplus parts, and made it somehow to the secondary market on Bricklink. 6 years ago I had purchased 200 of these from different UK sellers, and one of them told me of their origins (but not how they were obtained). So one could go thru the Bricklink parts database and obtain a nice collection of parts in colors not available in any sets.
  10. This would not be the first time that TLG used an old mold for images in a book (released or otherwise). In 1968 TLG introduced spoked train wheels, at first in red. In the early 1970s TLG introduced the 241 and 242 building ideas books. These books show train models with red 12 spoke train wheels (view them as you would the hour hands of a clock to easily spot that they have 12 spokes). The irony is that these were all produced from a prototype LEGO wheel mold, since all known old red train spoked wheels only have 10 spokes to them. There are no 12 spoke old train wheels known on the secondary market. This is just one example of old LEGO items that never made it to production... I have an entire chapter in my computer desktop online Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide related to old sets and parts that never made it to production. Today there are a ton of different unreleased parts that have found their way out of the LEGO company onto the secondary market.
  11. LEGO Historian

    question about lego 6441

    The inside the ship area of a moon pool has to be air tight (you need double door entry with an "airlock" between them), or else the ship will sink. It's only this airtight principle that allows a functioning moon pool. Just like the airlock (double doors with a chamber between them) on a space ship is the only way that someone can make a space walk... this same double door system with a chamber between is needed for a moon pool, but it's the concept in reverse.
  12. LEGO Historian

    Do you talk about Lego outside EB?

    Mainly here, on Brickset, Flickr (have dozens of followers and followees), and my Facebook page...
  13. Well the OP was kinda ambiguous about the question, so there are probably many right answers.
  14. LEGO Historian

    Buying Older Parts

    LOL.... I couln't have said that last sentence any better myself!
  15. I hate to even bring this up but.... what other surprises will some of you find in the distant future.... when you open what you thought were SEALED sets....