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  1. LEGO Historian

    Advice on emulating an old church

    First of all... pre-Norman church would translate to "Saxon church" to me. English Saxon church architecture does not generally have rounded apses, as your image shows. That looks like a later Norman addition to an earlier church. Here is a LEGO ideas book page of a Saxon church, showing all squared sides.... If your intent is to keep it pure Saxon, then eliminate rounded surfaces, which would be later Norman or medieval additions.
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    Part list of Box 070

    The 070 Basic set was produced from 1967 until 1972. However, there is no known online parts inventory... at least not in Bricklink nor Peeron.
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    Trans Clear LEGO Thru the years...

    Funny that this discussion about trans-clear bricks from 7 years ago got re-opened. Recently on Brickset, I started a discussion on the latest plastic now used for trans-clear LEGO elements... called MABS... Methyl methacrylate-acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene. Here is the discussion:
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    Is LEGO using the 18+ rating wrong?

    Well stated Thorsten... Did some of you miss the announcement that LEGO was going to start labeling all sets geared for adults with the "18+" label, so that retailers can follow directions to put all of these sets together into one section just for adult collectors? Not all adult LEGO builders are active AFOLs... so this will help them out as well as AFOLs.
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    Question about vintage photo

    Just out of curiosity... is there a link to that slideshow on the LEGO company? Thanks!!
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    Question about vintage photo

    The LEGO Group has been "modifying" photographic images to make colorful LEGO images all the way back to 1953. Here is an early 1953 LEGO photograph showing Godtfred Kirk Christiansen's 3 children... Kjeld, Gunhild, and young Hanne. This 1953 image was colorized and cropped for the basic set box tops of 1953-55 (of Denmark, Norway and Sweden).... TLG has been doing this type of artwork changes during the early years of LEGO. For those of you who have my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide... (computer desktop download), there is an entire chapter devoted to modified artwork. (Note: for those of you waiting for your free upgrade to 2020, I will have it ready in 1st quarter 2021... with over 500 higher resolution older images, as well as thousands of images to cover the years 2000-2020.)
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    Lego Displays at ToysRUs and other stores

    LEGO retailer display models have always been glued, since the first ones shown at LEGO toy retailers in 1955. WITHOUT EXCEPTION they have always been glued. There are even yearly glued display model catalogs. In my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide, there is an entire huge chapter devoted to older glued retailer models. Here are some older examples... from the 1960s and 1970s, but my guide chapter has even modern models. These are mainly from 2 of my LEGO friends who buy and restore old glued retailer models... Henk (Netherlands) and Chris (UK)... 1959-60 Castle glued model... Very large glued model of Schloss Johanisburg in Aschaffenburg Germany (summer home of the Archbishops of Mainz)... Model of an existing half timbered house in Hildesheim Germany... A 1960s glued model of an office tower... A 1963 model of a Swiss chalet, showing the new (to 1963) small plates... A 1959 cruise ship model... An 1960 model of the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) in London... A 1976 historic photo of LEGO owner Godtfred Kirk Chrisitiansen showing Prince Claus of Netherlands a model of the Queen and Princes summer palace in the Netherlands... A late 1960s model of a LEGO medieval house using LEGO fence pieces as windows... A 1959 photo of glued "LEGO Gnomes" marching out of the LEGO factory in Billund... A mid 1970s group of Homemaker glued display models... A 1980s glued display model of an English manor house... A 1960s group of English half timbered glued display models... A circa 1970 glued display model of a fantasy castle... A 1960s glued display model of an aircraft carrier and a large cruise ship... A 1980s glued display streetscape of an English street, with a snack bar in frront... Besides these and many dozens more glued display models over the last 60 years, my computer desktop Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide chapter on glued retailer models also has images of glued retailer catalogs, retailer order forms, and other related items.
  8. If you have more modern sets, then Bricklink is the way to go... However, for sets before 1980 that becomes problematic, since many older sets have "N/A" in the Bricklink price history field, thus making it useless for determining the value of older sets. In my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide I have a 400 page "Insurance Pricelist" that covers all sets from 1949-80. This will help out for filling in the blanks for older LEGO sets. My guide has price info that any normal "collectible" guide would have... for 4 conditions: VG EX MIB MISB. The VG value would be for a set without the box. My collectors guide Insurance Pricelist has a 400 page document in US dollars and also a separate one in EUROs.
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    Who plays batman in the Lego Movie?

    Robert Pattinson, who became a Hollywood star when he starred as the love starved vampire Edward Cullen in the 5 movie Twilight Saga back in 2008-2012... will be the new Batman in the upcoming THE BATMAN movie due out in October 2021 (supposedly a trilogy of 3 movies is planned). He played a great brooding vampire in Twilight (and the other 4 movies, which grossed as much as all the Jurassic Park movies). It will be interesting to see his minifigure when the next LEGO Batman movie comes out...
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    LEGO Club PDFs and Digimags

    Sorry I can't be of any help... LEGO Club magazines is outside of my range of study. Of my nearly 35,000 LEGO images (I just had to move them all to a new computer, so I was shocked I had that many)... fewer than 50 are LEGO magazine related, and most of those are for the late 50s and early 60s. I also have the cover pages for comics that are related to sets, but nothing related to the LEGO Club magazines.
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    Is it time for LEGO to stop being colorblind?

    This whole thread is kind of pointless.... Throughout LEGO history until the minfigs came out in 1978... other ethnic groups, such as Africans in native garb, or Middle Easterner Muslims in Birqa's and others were represented in LEGO builds, such as these alternative builds in 1960s model sets 316, 324, 321, and 317.
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    Is it time for LEGO to stop being colorblind?

    That is also actually incorrect... tan was first used in Modulex (not part of the LEGO System of Play) in 1963, and it first came out in 1968 in small plates in LEGOLAND Denmark... so the LEGO model shops were the first to have a supply of tan parts. In 1985 I saw a huge model of the Brussels Hotel de Ville (City Hall) made of tan and dark gray bricks... but it was not available in any LEGO set until 1998. When people say that tan or flesh tones came out in the 1950s, that was tan or flesh colored PAINT, not bricks. Here are some of the LEGO cyclists that were sold in the 270/1270 parts pack of 1956-65.... (images from my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide)... Tan bricks/plates were never part of any LEGO set until the 1990s. Sure TLG could have produced tan parts at any time they chose, and I am sure that some designers really wanted to use tan in their building models (just like they wanted to use gray, dark gray or green bricks)... but TLG was very stingy in their use of their color palette in those days. With the exception of the gray (and first Maersk blue) bricks in the 1974 #1650 Maersk Container Ship, gray was only used for plates and the 10x20 baseplates until the 1980s, dark gray was not used at all until some castle/pirate sets had weapons and parts in that color, and green was not used for bricks for many decades after first being introduced in 10x20 baseplates and (1963-66 small Samsonite LEGO plates). LEGO was very odd about the release of colors in their color palette until starting in the 1990s... and since 2000 the color palette has exploded into more colors than they really need. Very strange. As for the first minifigs being yellow... TLG just followed their earlier tradition of using yellow in the maxifigs heads, and minifig stiff heads (with the single exception of both being the 215 Red Indians set). All the odd things that TLG did in the early years I just call it "LEGO Mayhem"... and leave it at that... there was no rhyme or reason to a lot of what LEGO did back in the early days....
  13. After all the kerfuffle over pink LEGO and the Friends sets among feminists, and the protests over making Shell LEGO sets by environmentalists... TLG probably decided to be ahead of the curve... and remove police themed items from their selection for a while, until this all simmers down. Can't blame them for that. As for any LEGO sets in inventory or those that perhaps might be returned to TLG by retailers... they'll just stick them into trash compactors and shred them to oblivion.... Hehehe... just kidding... We all know that TLG NEVER throws anything away.... they'll be back when things cool down (or maybe relegated to Shop-At-Home). The end result may be fewer of these sets produced, with short production runs... but I don't see Police sets (a staple of LEGO Town/City since the 1970s) being eliminated completely.
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    Terms to use in your MOC's place-names

    Um.... I don't know if I follow you... but most LEGO set names (if that is truly what you are referring to)... they are meant to entice 10 year olds. I was just adding the Pharaoh's Quest sets to my LEGO collectors guide... and I was numbed by some of the "eye rolling" names they used there such as 7307 "Flying Mummy Attack".... before coming back to reality and realizing that these descriptives were for children. Now if you are referring using simple nouns and verbs to describe LEGO... then yes... that will be a snooze as far as naming MOCs go. I try to capitalize on naming MOCs in reference to historical or architectural terms for names (even modern style MOCs)... such as this MOC I built 20 years ago, based on a TLG design in a 1960 LEGO Idea Book... but I built it out into 3 dimensions, and gave it a powerful period name... I call this MOC (in honor of the LEGO founding family).... "Christiansenborg Castle... in the style of the 16th Century Scandinavian Renaissance".
  15. I received a nice feedback from a French quarantined LEGO collector who just bought my guide this week.... "Hello Gary, I love your book ! Can't describe the pleasure and memories it brings to me especially in these times of confinement !!! And if ever you need help on anything for your next edition you're working on, be it LEGO related or computer wise or anything really, just let me know ! Kind regards and congratulations again ! David Lefebvre"