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I've messaged the seller to say this likely ain't proper Lego and am waiting their reply.....
This pic really is the clincher http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/UMMAAOSw8-xZyOe-/s-l1600.jpg
from Lego? so this is the real minifig with non-Lego weapons?
"Maybe. Who am I to judge?
It's only the bottom image where we see the true color.... common regular blue. where 99 Euros would be a bit steep, unless it were a near mint example. Also... the lack of good images of the front, back and sides could make for an unpleasant surprise when you find things like blemishes, or rusty metal wheels or heavy wear marks... those would drop the value considerably. We can't make that determination in these images.
These originzlly came in cardboard boxes with an open side to view in.
If this were a black Fialt 1800 (ony about 1/2 dozen known)... then it would be worth thousands. I saw one sell on Ebay 5 years ago in nice played with condition for over 3000 Euros.
Funny thing it was never sold in a plastic garage... but due to the rarity of the Fiat color... no collector would quibble.
So now we have people who (knowingly or unknowingly) are selling the reissue as the real 1948 set... and unknowing buyers are paying a fortune for the reissue!
.... just not well informed about old LEGO... ;-)
The lack of response to your comment on their site shows how much they care about facts.
wow, that's a lot of boxes but still, lol at the price
I know he says sealed...I just imagine a pallet full of empty "sealed" boxes arriving for $1M.
The most perfect LEGO boxed wooden toy I have ever seen (and they are extremely rare in boxed condition) was this one... from the late 1940s/early 1950s....
The inside is perfect, and box has seen better days.
If I didn't know that the LEGO 500 Wooden Blocks wood boxed set was re-issued in 1998, I would still be questioning why this supposedly old set was in such perfect condition. And it's not just because I don't believe that perfect old sets don't exist... it's that fakery is not solely a modern issue with Chinese knock-offs. There is a lot of old LEGO items being sold with "box is not original" or "inlays not original" (mostly on Ebay) that concerns me. And once that set hits the secondary market as a real item... it becomes a ticking time bomb when future sales of the item come up.
People are much less aware of old counterfeits, than they are about new ones, and for obvious reasons... they're not generally talked about in the online community.
Here is a 'real' (perfect box) 1961-65 LEGO basic set in a box variation I had never seen before... but it is a real set, so far only yet found in Sweden and France.
And here is a fantasy set (based on Danish emergency servces company called "FALCK". This set is a fake, made by an acquaintance of mine, who has dozens of real 1960s sets.
That partial blue brick on the cover would set off alarms for me (TLG only put complete bricks on the box top)...
For modern sets and especially parts... the online forum discussions generally do a good job of spotting fakery.
For old sets... there's no public forum for the general discussion of this issue, and ways to spot them (this is where I would ordinarily put in a shameless plug for the Fake/Counterfeit LEGO Chapter of my computer desktop LEGO Guide ;-) ).
People who get into collecting old LEGO... should do so cautiously... or you could get burned... like the owner of the wooden box blocks set did.
Not eBay or a specific listing, but, I noticed that minimum buy amount while searching for some black fenders. Maybe an error?
Guy with $5,000 min buy - "I'm trying, I have no idea why no one is buying from me"
1. They 'sell' stuff extremely cheap to get your information. Their account can't provide tracking so they get shut down.
2. They then sell stuff moderately inexpensive/cheap, let's say they're selling some $60 set for $20
3. When item 2 sells they then purchase it from another seller for $60 with your information.
4. Person who purchased item 2 receives it but you dispute random charge on your card.
5. You get your money back, scammer keeps the $20, legitimate seller out $60, person who purchased item 2 is oblivious(and probably had their information swiped too).
From what the video said it's more difficult to pull off step 2 on eBay which is why sellers don't usually get hit but they are definitely information swiping on eBay. Also they seem to need credit card or billing account information already but with the big equifax breach if you're an American I wouldn't take any chances (or really anyone for that matter).
Sorry for typos I'm in my phone. If this is still unclear let me know and I'll try and explain it better on a computer
Finally someone who's not asking for 10x the original price.
She was one of the high fliers from S1 on the secondary market.
Especially because the only reason I want it is to complete my collection. Guess I'll just have to keep looking for a decent used one.
But 1 is a number, so I can't just pretend they didn't make the series...
Mr. Gold doesn't exist...
Just kidding. I bought a custom one so I "have one". I know it's not real, but it's good enough for me to display. Only time I've gone to the dark side like that.