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LEGO sets ship in sturdy cardboard boxes. The LEGO bricks inside the box are sealed in plastic bags (though some larger pieces come loose in the box) and for larger sets the instruction manual and sticker sheet are also sealed in a plastic bag. The LEGO box itself is not covered in plastic. LEGO uses “seals” to prevent tampering - these are basically just ...


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I believe it shows the target age range of the model - perhaps kids who've been doing all the harder Technic or more complex models - for example the VW Camper Van is rated 16+ - and might find it a bit "simplistic". Other examples include The Super Star Destroyer, also at 16+, the Tantive IV and Republic Drop Ship at 14+, and the Death Star and others at ...


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Actually TLG are listening, and in fact are replacing boxes with smaller ones right now as we speak. These new boxes will have a FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification “which lowers the CO2 impact of its packaging by about 10%.” You will be able to start seeing the smaller boxes this year and by 2015, all of the products will be in smaller boxes. ...


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I have a memory - possibly false - of Lego boxes being labeled with ages like "8-99" in my childhood. – Joe Wreschnig That's correct. The Creator theme used to mark sets aged X to 99. I think the LEGO marketing team were going along with the idea that you're never too old to play with Lego. The Creator product line produced brick buckets and tubs ...


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As far as regular sets go (ie. no furniture or big-boxes like that Chima combo), the current UCS Millennium Falcon does appear to be the largest box by total volume. 75192-1 Millennium Falcon - UCS (2nd edition) 54 x 45 x 39 cm = 94770 cm3 54 x 45 cm = 2430 cm2 The original UCS Millennium Falcon box was actually larger in 2 directions however, though the ...


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In addition to the other answers which highlight the lack of any external plastic covering and the use of seals or glue to indicate the product's unopened state, the products bought directly from LEGO are shipped in plain brown cardboard boxes along with plastic air cushions to protect them during shipping, like demonstrated in this video for example. Other ...


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Maybe straining the definition a little (although not too much, as at-least some of them did come with LEGO pieces), LEGO has in the past sold furniture. I think all of these items were shipped disassembled, and I can't find much information on exactly how large the box they came in was and can't be sure what I did find is accurate, but I would imagine one ...


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There is indeed a requirement that packaged products sold in the US must indicate the weight, volume or quantity plainly on the package. This is regulated by the FTC, which says in its requirements, The net quantity of contents (in terms of weight or mass, measure, or numerical count) shall be separately and accurately stated... Canada has a similar ...


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The ones I know of: 8072 - Sea Jet 8400 - Space Speeder 8398 - BBQ Stand 5611 - Public Works 5762 - Mini Plane 7241 - Fire Car 8130 - Terrain Crusher 5618 - Troll Warrior to be continued... In addition, some LEGO Creator sets, with only partly transparent bags are possible to build in bag, like this video shows - but it gets a lot harder.


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Straining the definition a little less than Alexander, some of the First LEGO League challenges came in boxes with the mat folded, making the box unexceptional, but some came in boxes with the mat rolled up. According to bricklink the 2015 challenge came in a box that was 117 cm long. That is quite a bit more than any of the dimensions of the Millenium ...


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When I asked a LEGO employee this, I was told, "Because the retailers tell us to". They went on to tell me that consumers' perceived value of $200 toy is influenced by the size of the box it's in. If some other random toy is on the shelves next to $100 LEGO sets, and the random toy is in a huge box and is only $9, the reptilian part of your brain goes wild ...


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It is an indication for the target audience for that set. It is mostly to guide people with little knowledge about child development toward a set. It's a rough guide, how much the child enjoys it is very much dependent on the child. But 10 year olds will be less likely to enjoy Duplo and be happier with Star Wars LEGO. On the other hand, I really like ...


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That number is not a real number, it is a production code (in your case, 27S5) consisting of 2 digits indicating the week of the year the set was made (in this case, the 27th week), a letter indicating the region the box was made in/for (R = US/Canada, S = Europe, I believe) and the last digit is the last digit of the year the set was made in. So you have a ...


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I thought that promotional boxed sets were good candidates for the smallest box as well, as I own a 1630-1 Helicopter (which, incidentally, I got as a promotional gift for buying toothpaste at some point in the 90s IIRC), at 7 x 7 x 4.5 cm (220cm3/0.22 litres). There are sets with similar dimensions as well, such as 5018-1 Gravity Games Promotional Set at 7 ...


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The boxes for usual LEGO sets are not packaged in plastic wraping. It looks like you consider plastic to be the packaging, while the box itself is the packaging, since LEGO bricks inside is the actual product and not the box. Considering environmental issues extra plastic wraping would be wastefull since (I assume) 99% of all sets are being opened. The ...


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According to this bricksetforum thread (and also true of the LEGO sets we have around right now) the LEGO bags are #5 plastic which is accepted by Whole Foods and some municipal recycling services. This thread has interesting commentary on bag packing considerations. Not surprisingly LEGO Group is optimizing for efficiency and dependability. The bags and ...


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I would suggest that you first ask the buyer what they would like. For example I would definitely prefer to get the set fully disassembled as I would like to build it from scratch. If the buyer doesn't care which way you ship it, fully disassembled is still the safest way. It will take up less room and also it is less likely that parts will be damaged or ...


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YouTuber Swedish Brick put up a nice unboxing video of your set here. The motor/battery box seem to be in the white enclosed box, he pulls them both out off camera. By his video, you will end up with: 26 Bags. 2 Motors 1 Battery holder, and 1 Motor in a sealed bag. 4 Wheels. 4 Rims. A sealed instructions bag with 1 sheet of stickers, and 2 large ...


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First of all, congratulations on securing a 75054 AT-AT. This is a very desirable set, and costs a pretty penny to purchase now that LEGO has stopped producing the set. There is nothing wrong with your bags. The bags with the white band are of a newer design than the bag labeled "4". The white-band style was introduced in 2015, whereas the older style was ...


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AFAIK TLG still uses these bags, and they are not unique to the 90ies. They are used for accessory bags, such as the one in your picture, or other various accessories such as these that came in the 2013 Friends Advent Calendar: https://store.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?S=41016-11


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Brickset has a feature to allow you to search sets by tags, which is incredibley useful as you can find a full list of Polybag sets. The list can be sorted in various ways. You can sort by year (descending) to find the newest sets that might still be available to buy, or which polybags have the most pieces and will probably be the most challenging. Some ...


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Well I used to keep mine as well. One thing I found very good was to take a razor or a box cutter and cut the front and backs off! this may seem obvious or defeat the purpose, but it made them easier to store. I would stack them all and slip them on a shelf or under my bed to keep them flat. This proved to be a very effective solution. Also, you could try to ...


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I would try writing a letter to TLG instead of filling out forms to replace your set. I have read many stories about people having really crazy issues with product quality, and TLG often responds with condolence and free replacement. They're a pretty empathetic company, so I would give that a shot. I'm really sorry that you've had to go through this with ...


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Use a manual impulse sealer. It consists of a linear heating element specifically for sealing bags in the fashion LEGO parts bags are sealed by the factory. Narrow sealers can be purchased new online for as little as $12-15. It's helpful that LEGO parts bags are relatively small. I use these devices to reuse bags for various non-LEGO parts storage. ...


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One way of resealing the bags is to use a laminator. Most laminators aren't designed to seal anything other than lamination pouches so you'd want to be particularly careful using them to re-seal LEGO bags. No matter how careful you are when you open them, most polybags tear slightly and leave rough edges that cannot be fed easily into a laminator. I ...


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No, the bags are actually not recyclable, and the bags aren't filled entirely because TLG wants the bags to be more flexible and loose,so they fit easily in the bags!


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When I was young my mother used the technique of cutting out the front and back and thus preserving the various ideas that the photographs of the set provided. She stuck the box bits into a large craft book and it was stored on the bookshelf; it was handy to get to and flip through. Don't do this; don't go cutting the front and the back off. Whilst most ...


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As @Mołot commented, first ask the contest committee whether they have specific rules. In general though, shipping in chunks is common, ideally few pieces that are simple and straightforward to attach. Rigid, sturdy builds are obviously going to stand up better to the travails of shipping, so try to avoid spindly construction. Follow good mechanical ...


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As with “biggest”, smallest also has different definitions (weight? Width? Volume?). Here are a few candidates: 5005250 Party Banana Juice Bar - 8 x 4.5 x 11 cm (the Chicken version also qualifies) 600-2 Police Patrol - 9.5 x 5.6 x 3.6 cm I don’t have a link or box picture, but the Dutch store opening gift Windmill comes in a pretty small box as well. ...


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