I am sorry that your LEGO toy 10241 has peeling
stickers. I have set up a replacement order for you but need you to provide the
below details. We will send out the stickers once we receive your
1.You full mailing address.
2.Manufacturing code. It's a code with two numbers, a letter and another number. This code lets us know when and where we packed your set. Having it can help us figure out what might’ve gone wrong and make sure this mistake doesn’t happen again.
The code is usually in one of two places:
•Printed on the clear plastic tape (seal) of the original packaging (larger boxes)
•Embossed on the box near the logo or the barcode
3.These pieces you need are based on a story and characters we didn’t create ourselves. Before we can send you the parts, we’ll need to get a number off the back of your instructions. This acts as your proof of purchase. It’s printed at the bottom of the back cover near the LEGO copyright information and begins with a 4 or 6.
This will be of a one time exception to it as retired models will not have its parts or stickers reproduce again and again over a period of time. Its lucky though that we still have this set of stickers to help you replace. Should this happen again, you can try asking us on it but we wont be able to promise you if the stickers or parts are in stocks.
The problem I have now is that he is in the middle of the East China Sea at the moment, and won't exactly be able to go home and look for it. Also considering how long ago he got it, and it being the only LEGO model he has, I'm not 100% sure he actually kept the box or the instructions.
So, the reason I'm posting here is because I was hoping that a fellow Bricksetter would have the same set, and be able to provide me with a manufacturing code and a number from the back of the instructions. I am not making this up, nor am I trying to make a quick buck by selling off the stickers to someone. Just trying to do something nice for a guy I really like, and it would be fun for us to rebuild it together when he gets back.
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Can't send them pictures as the stickers are already on the model and he isn't home.
There are always at least two copies of the instructions with different numbers - a North American version and an International one. During the lifetime of a set, it's quite normal for there to be different versions of each - if nothing else, because the parts themselves change.
The manufacturing code determines where and when a set was packed. Only sets with certain codes will have particular instructions. Only sets with certain codes are sold in particular markets - although they can clearly be shipped around the world after purchase.
TLG may simply respond to the request if you give them the information required. However, they could also block you if you give them mismatched information - which is probably worse than the wrong information. (The wrong information implies you've got hold of the wrong end of the stick; mismatched information implies you're trying
They only used to ask for the number from the instructions; by asking for more, they may have implemented a degree of checking. If this is important to you, do what they say and negotiate if you can't, not try and work around it. Also bear in mind that once they flagged your behaviour as suspicious, it may affect how they respond in future.
Jern: If getting them from Lego doesn't work out, you can get them off the website Bricklink. It's a world-wide collection of people that sell nothing but Lego.
The set 10241 comes with 2 sticker sheets. You want sheet #2. Here is a link to everybody that is selling that item:
Link to sheet #1if needed:
Like come on LEGO, stickers have been peeling off built sets for a long, long time. :-P
Incidentally, you mentioned "years ago"; it was only two.
Apparently, some do and some don't. It could be that they're produced externally, and they want the data on which suppliers are at fault - and a reasonable idea of whether it's 1%, 10% or 90%.
Anyway, now I'm just going to have to hope that the stickers for 10241 that LEGO is sending over will fit on the older ones. I doubt they would have had the older sticker sheets anyway, so perhaps my mistake was for the best.
On the other hand, I am now ashamed of my level of LEGO knowledge ;-P
You're going to have to be careful with this because the branding keeps changing - some have "SeaLand", some don't. As an employee, he may have rivet-counting friends who know the difference.
As for two earlier sets, there are a lot more than that, dating back at least forty years (there was also one in a catalogue 15 years before that, but it's not known whether it existed in real-life).
Again, be careful with that - whilst I suspect that he doesn't have #1650, you'd have to verging on insanity to touch its stickers - it's one of the most valuable of all LEGO sets.
Unlikely; it's a different scale. And bear in mind what I said about rivet-counters.
Also he definitely wasn't working with Maersk 40 years ago, and his set wasn't obtained that long ago. I doubt Maersk would make a habit of selling long-retired sets to employees. I guess a set would still retain value even with stickers peeling off. I've never thought about selling off my sets, and I doubt he has either. As long as the containers on 10241 are smaller than 10152, it could work. I'll see what he thinks about it anyway; it is up to him in the end.