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Decals

LuciusMalfoy7LuciusMalfoy7 Member Posts: 107
edited April 2011 in Building and Techniques
I'm interested in making decals for some Harry Potter characters - particularly Trelawney, who looks nothing like her wonderful movie counterpart. How in the world does one create decals? Could someone direct me to a tutorial of some sort, if one is available? Or is there a chance that someone else has Trelawney decals?

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  • MatthewMatthew Cheshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 3,734
  • legorob1legorob1 Member Posts: 1
    edited April 2011
    hey friends, i am trying to find someone who makes decals or stickers for some of my sets that are missing the originals ,any ideas ??

    thanks Rob
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,377
    edited April 2011
    There was a guy on eBay that did not make bad replicas (although the scale was a bit off). But I do not think he makes them any longer.

    I still think Lego would make a TON of money if they just make a book of stickers from the 80's-90's sets
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,288
    It's probably a lot easier to just find and buy the originals. Check bricklink.com. Enter the set number in the search field and it will bring up all items pertaining to the set. You can "search within results" and specify "Parts" instead of "All item types". You may have to step through a few pages of search results, but you should find them in there.
  • brickmaticbrickmatic Member Posts: 1,071
    I still think Lego would make a TON of money if they just make a book of stickers from the 80's-90's sets
    I think you're right and such a product would sell well. Can't be that expensive to produce either. Not sure if it would make them lots of money, but I think it would make at lot of their fans happy.

  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,377
    edited April 2011
    It's probably a lot easier to just find and buy the originals. Check bricklink.com. Enter the set number in the search field and it will bring up all items pertaining to the set. You can "search within results" and specify "Parts" instead of "All item types". You may have to step through a few pages of search results, but you should find them in there.
    ...which I have done in the past, but I find that stickers like the town square and notably train sets seem to be at a premium, and not always in good condition
  • sctty1987sctty1987 Member Posts: 24
    hey there my name is scott i have been a life long lego fan but have only just become in a position to become a serious collector of both old and new lego and was wondering from some of the more advanced collectors stickers on or off and any other advice i can pick brains for thanks scott
  • crazycarlcrazycarl USAMember Posts: 392
    Ive wondered this in the collecting end of it too. Personally if I have a set that I know I will never sell I will apply them. Some sets even get the decals added how I want and not how directed.
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,259
    I always choose to keep the stickers off. I find that most sets look just fine without the stickers. I come from the time of "printed bricks", so I kind of despise the application of stickers on LEGO.

    However, if the set just looks completely bleah without stickers (Maersk train for example), apply them!

    Or if you do not plan on reselling, choose whatever you would prefer and whatever you think best enhances the set!
    sctty1987
  • sctty1987sctty1987 Member Posts: 24
    i agree with the comment on printed bricks although still young i still have alot of old lego (loose) with printed bricks much better and am not best pleased with the idea of stickers

    i do mean to keep all lego i have apart from any duplicates

    so does applying stickers affect and future value the set may have??
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,259
    ^Not really... although I do find that not having applied the stickers gives the future buyer peace of mind. A lot of times, little kids apply the stickers and completely put them on wrong or sideways, backwards, angled.. etc.. That will hurt the value of the set for someone who cares about having correctly applied stickers.

    So if you haven't applied the stickers, and have the sticker sheet sold along with the set, than that gives the buyer the personal opportunity to apply the stickers to exactly how they want them applied.

    And if they mess up when applying them, they have no one to blame except their own self!
  • sctty1987sctty1987 Member Posts: 24
    perfect thankyou
  • RennyRenny USAMember Posts: 1,144
    edited December 2012
    I personally always apply them. For sets that are for my own personal enjoyment (not for resale) I like to see them displayed in their complete state (yes, I consider stickers as "pieces"). I don't mind them at all, then again I was raised collecting Panini sticker albums so I love applying the stuff. The only stickers I can't stand, and luckily rarely encounter them, are the ones that cover multiple pieces.

    If you do have resale in mind I would imagine that selling a used set with un-applied sticker sheets would demand a higher price but I don't think by much. I say stick them and enjoy them :)
    sctty1987
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