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  1. Thanks for reminding me about the 7750.... yeah it had a very limited production area. I'm not even sure it was sold in Scandinavia? The only box version I have ever seen was with German/French/Dutch writing (for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Netherlands). Does this even exist in Danish/Swedish/Finnish? Reza, I checked the 1980-84 UK Full Catalogs on Brickset, and I could not find the 7750 in it. Now it might have sold there on Ebay via a collector getting it from elsewhere, or possibly as a special order from Denmark, but it's not shown in their catalogs.
  2. First of all I have a big time collector friend (Yashihito) who lives in Japan, who showed me the 12V blue track trains pictured in the above Japanese catalog. But he said that he has NEVER been able to find one single 12V blue track era train in Japan. so he thinks that the Fujisho Corp., which was the distributor for LEGO in Japan from 1969-78, never sold them to toy stores, even though blue track 12V trains appear in the above Japanese LEGO catalog. So I doubt that they were sold elsewhere in Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan) in the blue track era as well. As for the blue track 12V trains... they were not sold by British LEGO Ltd. (which includes Britain, Ireland and Australia). Could people special order them? I don't see why not. An acquaintance in England was able to special order the 080 large basic set (1967-70) as a teenager, and that was never sold in Britain either. British LEGO Ltd. (a Courtauld's subsidiary) appears to have been very accomodating, to customers, so they "could" have ordered the blue track 12V train from Denmark, I guess. Starting with the 12V gray track era sets... they WERE sold in continental Europe, Asia and Britain/Ireland/Australia. No 12V trains were ever sold in USA or Canada... despite the blue shunter locomotive showing up on the 1982 and 1983 Canadian catalog cover pages. I do believe that all 12V trains were sold in blue and gray track eras in all of Scandinavia. I'm not sure about Spain and Portugal. TLG seemed to have a smaller selection of items to sell in those 2 countries.
  3. What Causes Lego Bricks to Deteriorate?

    Most of my LEGO has been stored in a dark basement for over 30 years, and I find that yellowing of white parts happened anyway. For some odd reason this was especially true for old Homemaker era (1979-82) LEGO sets where I had purchased about 50 USA Homemaker sets (261, 268,269, 5233, 5235)... and the bricks from these sets had a tendency for the white parts to yellow (almost to the point of looking beige) more than other parts.
  4. IMHO.... a 1966-67 Fiat 1800 1:87 LEGO car (LEGO #605) of the Town Plan era. While common in white, gray, blue and red (worth about $50-$100), there are only about 5 known in black. This example (used) was sold about 8 years ago on Ebay for $3235.
  5. What Causes Lego Bricks to Deteriorate?

    I've had old 1980s and 1990s LEGO parts assembled in MOCs for over 20 years. When I took them apart (just bricks and windows/doors), all was fine... none broke, none were warped or cracked. So I agree this issue is part specific.
  6. Thick vs thin base plates

    Opps.... I clicked on the spoiler option... don't know what happened to the icon for displaying images. Just click on the 2 spoiler images to see the old 1950s-1990s 10x20 baseplates.
  7. Glad to hear this.... I'm working on finishing a 9 Volume LEGO Encyclopedia book project for China. The first 6 of these 9 volumes will contain all the LEGO sets from 1949-2017. The 6 volumes are for LEGO sets... Volume 1 (1949-67), Volume 2 (1968-79), Volume 3 (1980-91), Volume 4 (1992-2000), Volume 5 (2001-2010) and Volume 6 (2011-2017). The last 3 volumes will be Volume A (rare LEGO parts), Volume B) (early LEGO wooden and plastic toys), and Volume C (LEGO display models and LEGO retailer items). The last few volumes are now being written, and they will all be translated into simplified Chinese, by China's major LEGO book company. LEGO is sizzling hot in China right now... and with a middle class of over 340 million, China is an ever increasing market for LEGO and LEGO related items. Fortunately I now have a book deal for USA/Canada for the English 9 volume book versions as well! Thanks to my over 100 LEGO acquaintances worldwide... I have images of MANY sets not found in the Billund Vault, and a few (licensee sets) not found in the Billund Archives. Gary Istok P. S. More info can be found in the Eurobricks Marketplace Bazaar.
  8. Lego themes that we need to be happen

    There's more than just Sleepy Hollow to Washington Irvings credit. There's also RIP VAN WINKLE... which granted consists of little more than him sleeping (with long beard) under a tree... but there's also the Catskill Mountains Dutch homestead as part of the Rip Van Winkle story. Another interesting building is Washington Irving's SUNNYSIDE home in Tarrytown New York. Granted this one would be more of a larger build... not as part of a Sleepy Hollow series. But the house is an amazing Dutch Revival homestead dating to 1835.... http://www.irvingtonhistoricalsociety.org/nrhp/nrhp01.html
  9. Death of Lego Investing? Rerelease of Taj Mahal

    There were 4 people who purchased the old Taj Mahal set on Bricklink in October.... as of right now it appears that only 1 of those 4 buyers went thru with the deal. 3 backed out... including one buyer who paid $4500 for the set. I do bet that that one seller was really depressed....
  10. LEGO 9 Volume Encyclopedia

    My 2800 page online LEGO Collectors Guide is being expanded to over 5000 pages in a 9 volume LEGO Encyclopedia hardcover series to be translated into Chinese.... and also reformated into English (for the USA/Canada market)... The 9 volumes will be..... ============================================== The 9 volume series will be sold individually in book form or as a set. All the folks who ordered my Computer Desktop download of my smaller guide (2800 pages) will get the full upgrade to the larger book size (but online) for free. For a limited time, I can still sell the 2800 page online version for $29.95 that will be upgraded as a free download next year of the 9 volume set, for only a fraction of the price. 6 of 9 volumes are already nearly finished, with 2 additional volumes a work in progress. If you want to see what is in the first part of the LEGO Encyclopedia... check the link below. If you are interested.... click on the link provided at the bottom of this post message. The 9 volume book in hardcover will be much more expensive than the online version with free future upgrades!!
  11. Death of Lego Investing? Rerelease of Taj Mahal

    Did you mean 40 years (1978)? Because 50 years would take us back to 1968... and I see nothing significant in that year milestone?
  12. Actually.... the 2012 Employee set was the 4000007 OLE KIRK HOUSE. The workshop, which was not made into a set, was located on property behind the house..... https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?S=4000007-1#T=S&O={}
  13. LEGOLAND non-production parts

    From my LEGO acquaintance Michael Christiansen of Denmark (no relation to the LEGO family).... Esso Petrol Pumps, along with a production Esso Pump set...... These date to about 1956.....
  14. Unreleased/Cancelled LEGO Sets

    Don't get me started.... .... there's the Cypress tree moulds....the old rail cap moulds.... and on and on....
  15. Unreleased/Cancelled LEGO Sets

    I wouldn't read too much into anything that TLG does.... and try to make logic out of it. They've done so many things in the past that make absolutely no sense, that I sometimes wonder if different parts of the company were at one time run like little fiefdoms (or maybe it was in the past)... and they were not always on the same page for the greater good of the company. Also, LEGO never threw anything away.... so if they had some new boxes produced, but not yet put into production... they weren't going to throw them away because they decided to make a big change in their individual systems. As long as items were still in inventory... TLG continued to produce older products, even though new ones were ready to come online.