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What's a basilisk worth without the right fangs?

Hi there, I've been a Brickset member for a while but not posted before, so please be gentle! I got a Chamber of Secrets from eBay recently, the pictures showed it as being complete and the seller advertised a 100% parts guarantee. Unfortunately when it arrived, the glow in the dark fangs for the basilisk were nowhere to be found. The vendor has offered to replace them, but only with standard grey ones, so he's not really fulfilling his guarantee. My question is, how much of an impact does this have on the value of the set?
I'd be very interested to hear what you reckon.

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  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,753
    mowf said:

    My question is, how much of an impact does this have on the value of the set?

    Probably quite a bit, considering the glow in the dark daggers used for the fangs were unique to that set. The BrickLink average for a pair is ~$16 (used), which is ~12% of the average cost of the entire set (used).
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,237
    This is the best title of a thread I've seen on here. It is fantastic.
    LegoboyPitfall69LegoKipMasterBeefyAdeelZubairzipsforbananasDrLegOBrick
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 7,014
    Fangtastic, surely!
    binaryeyePitfall69LegoKipsnowhitieAdeelZubairplasmodiumandheDrLegOBrickLego_Star
  • mowfmowf Member Posts: 8

    This is the best title of a thread I've seen on here. It is fantastic.

    Why thank you. I think it's a question we should all be asking ourselves.
    zipsforbananas
  • SapmiSatanSapmiSatan Member Posts: 106
    I have the right fangs, but prefer using those (relatively) new spike pieces in white. They look better, although the glow in the dark daggers are novel.
  • SapmiSatanSapmiSatan Member Posts: 106
    Holy cow, my profile pic is topical! (Right set, at least...)
    Pitfall69LegoKip
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    How does a basilisk get through life with only one fang? 

    He has to grin and bare it.

    BumblepantsmargotsnowhitieAdeelZubairLegoboyandhezipsforbananasLobotLego_Star
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    So, you are saying there were no glow in the dark fangs in the basilisk's mowf? ;)
    CircleK
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,625
    Back on topic, I would tell him to get the correct fangs or take the set back for a full refund including your cost to ship it back.
    binaryeye
  • mowfmowf Member Posts: 8
    Pitfall69 said:

    So, you are saying there were no glow in the dark fangs in the basilisk's mowf? ;)

    That's right. They are there in the picture on ebay, but obviously never made it into the box. I don't want to make a big deal of it with the vendor, I certainly don't want the hassle of getting e refund and sending the set back, but they are kind of a big feature of the set and it's definitely not worth much without them. I'm thinking maybe I ask him to refund me the price of a pair of correct fangs from Bricklink.
    andhe
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    I had two of these sets at one time. I made darned sure the basilisk was complete and all Minifigures were accounted for. The seller should have done the same, unless he used someone else's ebay photo. It is only fair that you receive the exact replacement or refund the difference.
    BuriedinBricksLegoKipandheSirBen
  • mowfmowf Member Posts: 8
    Thanks for all your comments guys, they've been really helpful. I will let you know the outcome once I've been in touch with the seller. And then perhaps sell the film rights. But only if they agree to use the title of this thread.
    LegoKipiso3200andhe
  • TLGTLG Member Posts: 125
    2015 is already off to a great start. This thread title is priceless:)
  • monkeymonkey Member Posts: 235
    Have you checked and double checked the packaging? Just thinking since the fangs were in the seller's pitcure. Lego pieces especially small ones can act invisible, even in transparent bags after you've emptied it and checked that its empty and then missing a piece, it is not unusual to find it still sitting in the bag somehow!

    andhe
  • legomasonlegomason Member Posts: 190
    Or it could be stuck inside something. I once had two chains stuck in the back side of a 2x6x5 wall on box open.
  • 12651265 The Great State of TexasMember Posts: 1,092
    monkey said:

    Have you checked and double checked the packaging? Just thinking since the fangs were in the seller's pitcure. Lego pieces especially small ones can act invisible, even in transparent bags after you've emptied it and checked that its empty and then missing a piece, it is not unusual to find it still sitting in the bag somehow!

    Not buying it. The seller would not of offered replacement fangs if they were supposedly included in the original package.

    I believe the seller was trying to pull a bait-and-switch. Unfortunately for him.....someone with knowledge purchased the set.


    bobabricks
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,950
    I love the thread title. Sounds like an ancient proverb or riddle or something. :-P
    "Confucius he say, 'What's a basilisk worth without the right fangs?'"
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,237
    It's great. It's a line I could imagine reading in Aesop's Fables, reported in the trial of Thomas More, spoken in Philip Marlow's office, or shouted out in the Simpsons. Look at the other thread titles in the forum, how many of them have that kind of potential?
  • mowfmowf Member Posts: 8
    I seem to have unintentionally started something here. Just not sure what.
    plasmodiumbobabricksLegoKipBuriedinBricksmargotDrLegOBrick
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,237
    edited January 2015
    mowf said:

    My question is, how much of an impact does this have on the value of the set?

    It's easy to forget there was a request for help too. The fangs are available on Bricklink from a US seller (who has 2) for about £5 each and so in my view the impact would be about £15. I'd ask your ebay seller for that as a partial refund with a passing reference to payment avoiding the need to open a Not As Described case. If you end up with the set and not the fangs you should be looking to buy them sooner rather than later.

    There is no need to fang me.
    LegoKip
  • zipsforbananaszipsforbananas WalesMember Posts: 250
    Sorry, can't think of a pun to add to the awesomeness, though the title is beyond awesome!
    I'd think the simplest solution would be asking for a refund to match the amount replacement fangs will cost, sorting it through Bricklink should be enough to prove to them it's all legitimate and fair.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    Clearly, your favorite holiday must be Fangsgiving.
  • mowfmowf Member Posts: 8
    Thanks for your comments, they've definitely given me somefang to think about. Sorry. I messaged the guy this morning saying pretty much that. In the meantime I've sorted replacements via Bricklink, for about £15. I'm just waiting to see what the seller comes back with now.
  • natro220natro220 USAMember Posts: 545
    Hopefully you get the most fang for your buck.... sorry...had to join in the pun, I mean fun.
    LegoKip
  • natro220natro220 USAMember Posts: 545
    Maybe they are under Harry's invisibility cloak?
    zipsforbananassklambmatticus_bricksRainstorm26LegoKipcarlqbobabricks
  • legomasonlegomason Member Posts: 190
    Forgot to mention I got this set in a bag from Goodwill before Christmas for $30. Fangs included!
  • legomasonlegomason Member Posts: 190
    What's the sound of one hand clapping?
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^The sound a 'like' makes in cyberspace.
  • mowfmowf Member Posts: 8
    I know you've all had sleepless nights wondering about the outcome of this little episode, so I will put you out of your misery. The seller was good to his word and bought a set of the correct fangs and sent them to me, so it was a happy ending. Doubly so in fact, because I thought he would just take the easy way out and refund me £15, so I bought a set myself. Heigh ho.
    Pitfall69zipsforbananasLegoKipandheplasmodium
  • Tufted_duckTufted_duck Edinburgh Member Posts: 77
    Great title, whole load of puns, people being helpful and a happy ending. So glad I joined the forum. *goes off to make celebratory cup of tea*
    mowf
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