Ask a LEGO Fan

Minifig Scale

Posted in Set Design, Uncategorized by lfanquestions on August 27, 2010

Claus writes:

Hi

Great BLOG you have got there!

What is the minifig scale?

Is it 1/32, 1/35, 1/48 or ?

And, the brick it self, in in connection with above…

Thank you very much in advance.

Cheers
Claus

Dear Claus,

A minifigure has odd proportions that do not exactly match one scale.  This is also true of sets featuring minifigures.  They have been and are designed in a variety of scales.

Please check out this interesting article regarding the original development of the minifigure by Jens Nygaard Knudsen: http://www.minifig.co.uk/default.asp?id=10

Sincerely,
LFan

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Yellow Castle Stickers

Posted in Uncategorized by lfanquestions on June 1, 2010

Filippi writes,

Hi LFan, 🙂


I’m drawing & building my old LEGO sets when I have time but the original stickers are all ruined. Take for example the flag logo and shield logos of the Yellow Castle, number 375.

Do you know if there is some place where i can find the original images so I can try to print them out and paste over?

Dear Filippi,

Please see images of the sticker sheets here:

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?P=375.2stk01

http://www.classic-castle.com/bene/6075stickers.jpg

Sincerely,

LFan

Extra Elements

Posted in Uncategorized by lfanquestions on April 12, 2010

Joao writes:

Sets typically come with a few extra small parts. I always thought
these were random freebies that came along because it was easier for
LEGO to package them with a bit of error. I’ve now seen websites with
part lists where they list the exact quantities of these extra parts,
so the freebies everyone gets seems to be consistent.

These parts are not advertised in the pcs count on the box. Why are
these extra parts included with the sets then?

Thank you.

Dear Joao,

LEGO weighs each bag in a set during the packaging process.  The bags must fall within a weight range or they will be removed from the line.  Additional small light weight elements are often included in sets.  It must be more efficient and cost effective for TLG to include these additional pieces than manually check the contents of each bag.

Sincerely,

LFan

Lego Train Track on Baseplates

Posted in Uncategorized by lfanquestions on January 12, 2010

Frankie writes:

Hi,

Do you have any recommendations on ways to attach Lego train track to the Lego baseplates?  It’s easy enough with the straight pieces, of course, but the curves don’t fit. How do other people solve this problem?

Frankie

Dear Frankie,

Please check out the following resources for information on fan solutions to Lego track layouts:

http://indylug.org/blogs/jkyle/default.aspx

http://www.brickpile.com/track-layout-geometry/

Sincerely,

LFan

Sets in the Attic

Posted in Uncategorized by lfanquestions on January 12, 2010

Andreas writes:

Hi,

As my parents recently cleared their attic I had to take over all of my old lego. The sets are from the late 80’s / early 90’s and most are in their original boxes with the instructions. It is mostly city, castle, pirates, technic and some space. I didn’t realize that there was such a huge market for used lego and I have some question concerning the fundamentals of this.

I haven’t yet decided if I should keep it all or try to sell it off but I’m also considering saving them for a while as an investment. How do you expect the future market for lego to evolve?

Does keeping them in sets make them more valuable? Also, how much does the box and instructions add to the value? Some are in quite good shape while others are crushed and torn. Is it wise to keep the sets apart or can I mix them up for my nephews/nieces to play with for the time being and then sort it out if I decide to sell them in the future?

Andreas

Dear Andreas,

All Lego sets will increase in value over time.  Boxes and instructions add 25% or more to the value of a used set.

My recommendation as a fan is to keep the sets.  Vintage sets are great for relatives to play with.  If you ever have children, it can be rewarding to build with them.

Certain old sets are worth hundreds of dollars and include very rare elements.  Research prices of large sets at www.bricklink.com and www.ebay.com.  You may want to build these valuable sets and store them separately from the main collection.

Sincerely,

LFan

Lego Set Investments 2.0

Posted in Uncategorized by lfanquestions on January 12, 2010

Ilene writes:

Hi Lego Fan,

I am interested in purchasing Lego sets as an investment and perhaps selling discontinued sets for a premium at a later date.  I’d love your advice on how to learn early about which sets/themes will be discontinued and when to buy at the best price for an investment?  Thanks so much.

Ilene

Dear Ilene,

Retail chains (Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, etc) constantly want new Lego products to sell.  Most sets will not be available longer than two years.  The best deals are often found when a line is phased out and sets are on clearance.

Extremely popular and profitable lines such as Star Wars are rarely on clearance.  It is better to look for retail sales such as 25% off or “buy two get one free”  for long-term toy lines.

Demand for Lego set is very high now.  It may not be as high in a few years.  The sellers who stockpiled Lego several years ago when it was extremely affordable are now reaping the benefits.  It may be more difficult today to find deals and turn a high profit in the future.

Sincerely,

LFan

Questions Thread: August 23rd-29th, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized by lfanquestions on August 25, 2009

Greetings LEGO Fans!

Please post your Lego questions for this week here.  You may also email questions to lfanquestions@gmail.com.

Thanks,

LFan

LEGO Brand Store: Pick A Brick options

Posted in Uncategorized by lfanquestions on August 21, 2009

Brickopolis wrote:

Any insights into what happened to the large $99 green PAB bin that recently disappeared from stores.

In addition, what about that $150 white box that pops up here and there?

(I’ve heard people say that the bins were just lying around a warehouse and they decided to use them for PAB on a spur of the moment thing.)

Thanks so much!

Dear Brickopolis,

Tubs that are part of bulk brick sets contain a large amount of ABS and are expensive to produce.  Many of these tub sets from several years ago were “loss leaders” used by TLG to drive store traffic.  It is unlikely that we will see a return to plastic Pick-A-Brick (PAB) tubs at LEGO Brand Stores in the future.

Currently, bulk purchasing options at LEGO Brand Stores vary from one location to another.  Some store managers only allow the standard two sizes of cups to be sold to the public.  Other stores sell cardboard K2 size boxes of a single type of element to fans.  This usually occurs during large fan conventions.  We will research the $150 USD white box purchasing option to see where it is available.

Sincerely,

LFan