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  1. 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?).
  2. 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).
  3. LEGO Historian

    Do modern white bricks still turn yellow?

    He said he noticed some results after a few days. The process can take weeks.
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    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....
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    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.
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    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....
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    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
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    Do you talk about Lego outside EB?

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

    LOL.... I couln't have said that last sentence any better myself!
  13. 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....
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    LEGO Pet Peeves

    Thank you..... The CMFs especially... Collectible? Yeah... until you realize that these are coming out of a 3 shift operating factory in China by the billions.... I wonder what year LEGO stopped becoming less of a construction toy, and more of just accessories to minifigs. I wonder what will happen by the time of the 47th series of CMFs comes out? (Besides Kjeld Kristiansen adding another 10 billion to his net worth...) Rant over...
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    Buying Older Parts

    It's not so much a matter of being unrealistic... it's more a matter of the fact that you will/can never get it 100% right.... LEGO mixed and matched parts so often, that it becomes virtually impossible to exactly match everything up to the same time period. Take the new light bluish gray color. Even though it was inroduced circa 2003... for years TLG mixed old light gray with the blue-ish version for years thereafter. Many 1980s sets have half of the parts with the molding pip on the studs, and half with the pip on the sides of the bricks. Bricklink makes it easy on the sellers to keep the part variations as simple as possible, by having as few part variations as possible in their database. Unfortunately that doesn't help buyers trying to replace parts for older sets. From the 1990s to the present, the major difference in plates is the "donut bottom" posts underneath, as seen on the right. Those are of more recent vintage. It's mostly sets from the 1960s and 1970s that a buyer may care about getting the right parts... and even then it was pure mayhem as old and newer parts were mixed together in many of those sets. FYI... orange parts weren't introduced until 1998... so you won't have much of a problem with that color anyway.