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Unopened Set Bags

Posted in Inventories, Sorting, & Storage, Marketplace, Product Quality & Safety by lfanquestions on October 27, 2009

Mdbp writes:

Not sure if this is where  I ask lego questions of askalfan, but here goes! I came across a ziplock bag full of legos, still in the poly manufacture bags. the outer bag said “4501 complete” how can i find out how many bags were in the original box? I went to the bricklink site and noticed that this set had a weight in grams, does that include the box and instructions?  Why didnt lego label the bags?? sure would have helped.  thank you very much.

Dear Mdbp,

We are guessing that you would like to sell your copy of 4501 Mos Eisley Cantina.  Interestingly enough, a complete used set sells for almost the same amount as a new copy on BrickLink.  So it may be just as easy to build the set and then sell it.

I believe the BrickLink weights include the boxes and instructions.  Set weights do vary and it is better to weigh the actual product on hand.

The bags are not labeled with the set number because they originally came in a box.  Adding set numbers to each bag in each box would increase costs for TLG.

Unfortunately there is not a website with pictures of each set still in sealed polybags.  Even if there was, some sets have been known to be bagged in different ways if they were packaged in another country or in a second production run.




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  1. polywen said, on October 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Consider googling a review of the set. Many fan sites review sets when they come out and often accompany the review with photos of the unboxing and often show the number of polybags in the box.

  2. David Eaton said, on December 23, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Technically, Peeron still has polybag information for some sets, although it is not displayed. When Peeron was developed, its authors believed that “which bag contains which pieces” might be helpful at some point in the future, and so it was saved. However, most contributors did not include the polybag information, and so eventually this data was removed from the display screens. I believe the majority of the polybag data is only available for certain sets in the 2000-2003 timeframe.


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