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I lost almost all of my old Lego sets (dated 1987-1996) but recently I got into collecting new Lego sets, mostly City and Minifigs. I remembered Lego as an ultra high-quality toy, but you know, grass was also greener back then.
Nowadays I'm observing some quality issues. For example - loose hats, seats that can barely hold a minifig, different color shades of the same bricks in one set, etc.
I'm not able to compare the quality, how it changed thru the years, but maybe someone who's been steadily collecting sets can tell something more?
My observations are - set from 2007-2009 are the most problematic ones. Most recent sets, like the 3366 Satellite Van, are pretty good.
What are your thoughts on that?
Another thing - I'm a bit concerned about possible discoloration after long and steady exposure to daylight (not direct sunlight however). Currently I keep most of my sets crammed in a dark cabinet but I was hoping to put them on a nice display. I'm a pure collector, I just build the sets and don't really play with them (I also do some photos from time to time). Have any of you observed a significant discoloration or other bad things happening after several months? And if so, than how long did it take you to notice that?