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I stumbled across a Model Team 5591 Mach II Red Bird Rig and 5521 Sea Jet in a combined listing on eBay, currently at $10.50. I was pretty keen, until I read that the sets have been totally glued together.
The Bricklink price guide lists them at $150 and $35 respectively, but considering they were glued, I offered $50. I thought that was reasonable, and I figured I'd might be able to separate glue somehow. He still insists that "even though these sets are glued, they are still very collectible and rare" and that he "expects these sets to go into the triple figures".
I think he's kidding himself, in my opinion, glued Lego, isn't really Lego anymore...
What do you think? How much would spend on these sets?
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I think you're right though, I would definitely pay a lot less for a glued set. I'd have to really want the set, glued sets don't really appeal to me at all.
I'm not overly enthused, but if I can get a rare set, that I've been keen on for a little while now, for 1/4 or 1/3 of the price, I'm willing to take that gamble.
I guess if its always going to be on display then only you are going to know its glued and if you get it cheap then its worth it.
If I would get a glued LEGO set for free (the only way I would get one), I would sell it. Someone may want it, but not me.
Please note that if the set was glued by LEGO, you will not be able to take it apart without damage (if at all), as the "glue" they use, is technically a solvent. It "melts" the bricks together. The reason they use this is because there is absolutely no build-up of glue. And it is very strong.
If the set was glued by a LEGO-fan, you may have some luck separating it, depending on what kind of glue they used. But why go thru the trouble for that price?
Once in a blue moon I guess that someone may come along who, while not a LEGO fan per se, loves the finished model in which case I guess they might pay over the odds. I'd wager that most if not all of us would almost certainly just turn our noses up at the abomination of a glued set, however - it's sacrilege !
I'd guess about $5-$50, depending on the condition. Any set that's glued has probably been on display since it was built, which means it's likely been discolored.
Then I re-read and realized you are very much against... :-)
Glued lego defeats it being Lego... it basically is a glorified model set that was built (and how many completed model sets for kids go for any money as the fun is the building, not the displaying)
But since are all so against it, you've got me curious, now let me ask you this: Would you buy a UCS Death Star, Market Street, Taj Mahal or the like, (if you didn't have it already), for a ~1/6th of the price, but it was totally glued together?
(not that this set is in that league. :P )
Has anyone tried this for the new Ninja Princess magnet from Toys R Us for Bricktober?
But they'd never be on display at home - there's too much 'real' LEGO taking up the room for that :-)
I took off the hat, head and arms then I boiled a coffee mug of water in the microwave. It took about 2 minutes.
I dunked the princess headless head first all the way to the magnet for a few seconds and pulled her out and gently pried her off the base with a butter knife.
I had to repeat a few times as the glue gradually loosened.
There was a little minor damage on the bottom back of the legs, but it really was not bad enough to bum me out like the magnet did.
I was not as successful prying the legs from the torso though, so I will have to be content with not taking her apart...
I think a dull butter knife might work better than a sharper knife to get them off the base. I think a sharp knife migh just cut the figure and leave more damage...
Good luck to anyone that tries...!
How do you seperate the glued magnets e.g. PQ/ PotC?
Opps. Just saw greekmick's post. Do they glue keychains as well, or is that just newer ones?
To remove the metal pole I looped a paper clip through the little metal ring on top of the head and then held the paperclip with pliers. I then used a lighter to heat up the paper clip or pliers (I actually don't remember which it was) and this heated up the metal pole which allowed me to slide it right out. Unfortunately the heat was a little too hot and expanded the plastic on the neck so I can't really put any other heads on it. Next time I'll try to heat it less.
@greekmick so when you remove key chains are you talking about removing the legs from torso? If it worked for you I might give it another shot.
For the keychains, I just stick the tip of a heated soldering iron in the closest loop to the minifigure. After about 30 seconds, it will start to pull out, and i just pull it out and presto!
As far as separating the legs(hips) from the torso. I have only gotten one from the magnet figs, and zero from the keychains. The water is what dissolves the adhesive, and enough water just cant get in there.
There is NOTHING more disturbing than finding glued pieces. Republicans can take over my neighborhood, but if I find glued pieces, the disappointment can last forever. . .and I have to fight the urge to throw them in the trash.
I would rather find out that half of what I bought was MegaBlok...there is just something murderous about gluing Legos. . .I think that is it! A Lego set has a "life" in a way, and I can assemble and re-assemble a set my entire life, die, and my son can do the same, and give it to HIS son, who can do the same, and so on and so on, and when you GLUE it, YOU EFFECTIVELY KILL THE LEGO SET!
There is a person advertising on Ebay a set glued together @ $60 and adds "If you want any Lego set out there just let me know & I will build it & seal it for you...Online store is almost up and running for you to view.." and I sent her a message telling her that I think she is making a big mistake. . .says she's "glued all of her son's sets together, and he has them ALL"
Oh well, I suppose, as sad as it may seem, there are probably more than a few Cloud City sets sitting in a landfill somewhere because someone didn't know any better, and just had to clean out that "filthy" closet. [ugh...I am going to be ill]
There was one time that I thought the Legos SHOULD'VE been glued together, and THAT was when James May build the Lego House, and it kept falling apart, I was saying "GLUE IT!GLUE IT! GLUE IT. . .IT WILL BE the strongest house EVER BUILT, will NEVER get termites, and will probably last for 1000 years or more!"
I would prefer a way that separates the glue without having to first separate the bricks, but any suggestions are more than welcome.