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They added 100 VIP points to my account as an apology. All is good. Amazing set! =)
"I'm sorry to hear that the stickers that came with your Vampyre Castle set do not glow in the dark. The best way to for them to glow in the dark would be to leave the set in a lighted room.
We could send a replacement sheet out but due to needed changes for the glow in the dark ink we cannot maintain the quality and glow effect that will live up to our standards and can only replace with white non-glow ink stickers. If you would still like a replacement please let us know and we would be more than happy to send them."
I have no idea what good that information does someone, unless you can use it when ordering from TLG directly, but there you go.
Original 6 73419 16763 5
New 6 73419 19566 9
I think the non-glow versions are way more valuable than the original glow versions. How many of us afols stare at our sets in the dark? My lights are usually on when showing off!
The issue may well be with cracking and flaking of the gitd stickers. I've noticed this happening on some of the kids' parts where they have applied stickers after only 6 months or so.
You would probably have to lick a fair few mummies before you got ill though.
The updated sicker sheet number for #9464 Hearse is 6032267.
Both the Hearse and the Castle sticker sheets were replaced due to cost and their durability. They had had complaints that the paint wasn't particularly hard wearing and not "glowy enough". Interestingly, the Hearse also had "legal issues" but no information was available on that.
I questioned why the Haunted House wasn't affected but he didn't know.
a) Are you implying that the glow-in-the-dark stickers can't be seen in normal light? Sure they can
b) As far as value goes, I would think just the opposite, that the sets with glow-in-the-dark stickers/lickable mummies are going to be the valuable ones. In fact, I think once this word gets spread, they will be big-time valuable
If I had a choice, one or the other, I would choose 'coloured'. In monetary terms, of course the rarer, now EOL'd glow-in-the-dark version will be more sought after and so more valuable.
There are a couple other items I've found like it in "Silver Ink" and "Titanium Ink", obviously printing counterparts to Silver Metallic (the current Flat Silver color) and Titanium Metallic (the current Pearl Dark Gray/Dark Silver/Gunmetal color). "Tampo" is short for "Tampography", or pad printing, the method used to print LEGO elements. All were found sequentially near 2013 elements. The numbers in the item names seem like they may be Material IDs, the same sort of ID number used for the plastic colors of bricks (i.e. 21 Bright Red, 315 Silver Metallic, etc), in which case these ones are specific to the ink colors and not to the corresponding plastic colors.
Always been a sucker for glow in the dark stuff.
"I am happy to answer your question regarding the glow elements of our Monster Fighters sets. Due to needed changes for the glow in dark ink, we cannot maintain the quality and glow effect that will live up to our standards. We have therefore felt obliged to out phase glow in the dark ink on this item and replace it with a white non-glow ink. You will mainly see this affecting the sticker decals in the Monster Fighter sets. Sadly, we have no way of identifying which sets have already underwent this change and which have not. I am very sorry, as I am sure that this is disappointing to hear."
Sounds reasonable that the Ghost Train will not be affected. In semi-related news, I disassembled Diagon Alley to put up newer sets. Using the 2x1 glow in the dark panels on the VC and Haunted House (which I will be picking up in a couple days).
"We could send a replacement sheet out but due to needed changes for the glow in the dark ink we cannot maintain the quality and glow effect that will live up to our standards and can only replace with white non-glow ink stickers."