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Non Numbered Lego sets

royaltroyalt Member Posts: 2
I recently picked up a UCS star wars set from ebay. After opening the box I first saw that the bags are not numbered. I read somewhere of a persons complaint building a UCS star wars that they had to empty all the bags and color coordinate the pieces. Is this standard or is it a mistake that a few boxes get through without numbered bags ?



  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,634
    Once upon a time, all Lego sets came without bag numbers. I was pleased to find the Tower Bridge is old enough to be without bag numbers. Was a lot of fun sorting and searching.
  • royaltroyalt Member Posts: 2
    I think this was a 2006 model
  • samiam391samiam391 Member Posts: 4,492
    royalt said:
    I think this was a 2006 model
    I forget what year LEGO started doing all numbered bags, but it was definitely after 2006.

    Personally, I like the challenge of having to sort everything out. It adds to the building time.
  • leetshoeleetshoe Member Posts: 262
    l like the non-numbered sets. l don't even sort them. Just dump them all out and start building.
  • GallardoLUGallardoLU Member Posts: 644
    UCS SSD (10221, year2011) I believe is/was the last UCS set to be sold without numbered bags. but I also know that set 10123 Cloud City which was 2003, Did have numbered bags. looks like about 8 years of various numbered non-numbered releases.
  • TarDomoTarDomo Member Posts: 515
    ^ Luckily SSD came with numbered boxes, atleast!
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,789
    Actually, I open all bags and dump the parts regardless of numbers on the bags. An old habit I guess.

  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,363
    edited July 2015
    Geeze I hate having a "when I was a kid we never had..." moment.  But we didn't have polybags in sets until the late 1970s... and by the 1980s it was practically all polybags.

    Now they're putting numbers on the bags... to match them with the instruction books...

    I can actually say... "when I was a kid we didn't have instructions".... "you just looked at the box, and had to guess from varius building stages how the back of the model looked.  Sadly this was true for most sets in the 1950s and 1960s.

    Now not only do I feel old... but I have to lecture "you kids don't know how good you got it today!!"   :p   Hehehe....

    One of my earliest sets was in 1963 when I got this USA Samsonite LEGO #717 Junior Constructor Set....

    The instructions were on the inside of the box top, and only gave you 4 stages of construction...'

    You would have thought they would have layed down a layer of windows for the back sides for the 2 floors.... but nooooo... that was too logical......

    So I made a logical guess by using up all the windows in the set and building the back like this....

    It took me 50 years to finally figure out that I got it wrong.... when a model of the back of this set was shown in a 1960s Educational brochure....

    "LEGO.... the dream crusher".....   :(

    But I digress.....

  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,363
    Actually.... my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide has a new chapter on LEGO set packaging.... from the 1949-64 era when parts were shrinkwrapped into a single layer in a thin box.... to boxes with those horrible zipper openings, to having boxes within boxes, and then boxes with polybags with a plastic window over them... to an assortment of different variations on what we have today.

    Now I have to add numbered polybags to my reference chapter.   Thanks for the reminder.... :)
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Member Posts: 2,696
    @Istokg  Boy, you got that right. I just rebuilt an old set and all of the memories came back about having to count studs on the baseplate to get the position right. These days, other than color clarity on the printing, these are easy to work with. 
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Member Posts: 2,442
    Actually, I open all bags and dump the parts regardless of numbers on the bags. An old habit I guess.

    No wonder you're "mad"... ;)

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