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Should my set come sealed in plastic?

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 ...
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What LEGO set has the biggest box?

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 (...
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What does the 4 digit number embossed on my LEGO set represent?

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 ...
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Should my set come sealed in plastic?

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 ...
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What LEGO set has the biggest box?

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 ...
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What LEGO set has the biggest box?

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 ...
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What LEGO set has the smallest box?

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 ...
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Is there any way of knowing how many bags came with a set?

Instructions If you cannot find a review, most sets detail which bags you will be using for each stage within the included instructions. LEGO provide a easy lookup for most instructions included in ...
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Are the plastic bags inside the LEGO box recyclable?

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. ...
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What does the 4 digit number embossed on my LEGO set represent?

I can verify that Phil B's answer is correct, based on a personal experience I just had. I recently purchased six copies of Set #31128 at a local retailer: I gave the sets away as Easter gifts, but ...
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Should my set come sealed in plastic?

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 ...
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Is there a reason why there's sometimes multiple "Bag 1" bags in particular sets?

I assume this is down to purely logistic reasons, like the available plastic bag sizes, the characteristics of the different packaging pipelines (it is known that LEGO takes extreme care when packing ...
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Which sets can be built in the bag (all the parts are in one bag)?

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 (...
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What LEGO set has the smallest box?

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) ...
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Where is the motor in the 42082 Rough Terrain Crane box supposed to be?

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 ...
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Why are the plastic bag designs different? Bag 4 looks normal, but are the rest legitimate LEGO designs?

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 ...
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When did LEGO stop using perforated plastic bags and switched to simple ones?

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 ...
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THE LEGO® TECHNIC PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS

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 ...
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How to ship a LEGO sculpture to a contest?

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....
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How can I reuse LEGO part bags?

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 ...
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How can I reuse LEGO part bags?

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 ...
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Are the plastic bags inside the LEGO box recyclable?

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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Why are the Lego boxes so unnecessary big?

The possible reasons include: Surface area needed for legal info, practical requirements like barcodes, information, feature descriptions and artwork Aspect ratio of the artwork means the boxes can't ...
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Is there any rhyme or reason to the sizing of LEGO boxes?

This is marketing department wizardry. From a pure engineering point of view, the closer to a perfect cube (or rather sphere) you are, the greater of internal volume you can enclose with the same ...
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Is there any rhyme or reason to the sizing of LEGO boxes?

Magnus' answer doesn't explain why different themes have same sized boxes or same front area (but different depth). Also same set re-release can have different sized box (take Mini from Creator for ...
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Is there any rhyme or reason to the sizing of LEGO boxes?

The size of the box seems to be theme specific. It appears that they choose a specific box design for any given price range and then stick to that size for the rest of the theme. For example, in the ...
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