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I know many (if not seemingly the majority) of people on here are sticker haters. I just want to make a few statements and try to understand if this is purely an adult thing.
After building set 7948 Outpost Attack (now on sale at Target for $15 - target is having a big sale on Legos) I can totally see how annoying some stickers can be. After all they *used* to print bricks on these castle pieces and that made them seem more quality. So did they do stickers so that you could choose to NOT put them on and make the pieces more useable in rebuilds or is this a cheap out? Again, I get the annoyance.
Is this any reason to be a full-on sticker hater though? Some of the more quality stickers with the clear base actually enhance the product and fit perfectly on the plates or bricks, I love these! The police helicopter came with bi-lingual stickers. I thought that was pretty neat! Maybe it's because I grew up building models where you had to delicately attach decals after soaking them in water (now *that's* a pain) or maybe it's because as a kid we used to collect stickers and have books full of garbage Pail kids, scratch n sniff and oil stickers that changed colours when you pressed upon them. Who didn't like those secret stickers that transformers weilded letting you know if they were a spy or not?
I guess my point is that Legos, according to the ages printed on the box, are meant to be a building toy for kids and kids love stickers (last time I checked the polls among household 6 year olds) BUT I do think Lego can improve upon them and make them fun again. Why not bring back those cool hologram stickers back like 6899 - Nebula Outpost? Or give us lenticular stickers? Some sets even had magnetic stickers. Better yet, why not make scratch n sniff stickers so that my Lego semi-truck can actually smell like diesel :)
ok - I can sleep at night now
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Does anyone know how I can get replica stickers for sets instead of buying of ebay. OR find someone who can print my stickers on to bricks??
I always buy a duplicate sheet for every set I buy.
Back when I was younger I would actually make my own stickers out of adhesive labels, and some bricks in my collection still show the residue from these.
Usually under 50p, and depending on who you speak to on the phone, sometimes they give them out for free!
Any of you have suggestions on how to avoid that? I always wash my hands before I go to apply the stickers, but like with my recent Galactic Enforcer build - a big sticker goes on the sloping black pieces near the cockpit and sure enough, on the edge of the sticker you can see the light fingerprint outline from where the adhesive picked it up - despite me cleaning my hands thoroughly. I mean hell I'm actually pondering using gloves so I can avoid that as I find it just looks ugly :\
The coolest named beam of all was a double sided sign (red embossed signage) for the 308 Fire Station Set of 1958-62 (not found in Brickset DB)... those for the Belgian version of the 308 set had BRANDWEER (Flemish) on one side, and POMPIERS (French) on the other side of the white 1x8 brick. I'm still trying to determine the existence of a double sided Swiss 308 sign... which should read FEUERWEHR (German) and POMPIERS.
The UK 308 signs has FIRE STATION.
But my all time favorite sticker is from Spider Man's Doc Ock's Hideout... the sticker sheet for the 1x4x5 windows... which turn a large blank gray window into "sash" windows... a very pleasing design... that is great for Georgian or Neo-Classic architecture.
These 7 stickers produce some nice "18 over 18" sash windows. It's just too bad that they weren't produced in other common window colours (red, white... etc.).
Here's an example of a nice Georgian mansion with these type of windows...
And the nice thing with window stickers is that you need not remove them when disassembling the model.
OK, for starters, there's little worse than a sticker which fits over multiple pieces - you can't use the pieces for anything else, you can't ever fully dissassemble the set, and the join between the adjacent pieces means the stickers often don't lie flat. Is there anything more anti-lego in literally sticking pieces together so they can't be pulled apart and reused ? It's sacrilege.
While I understand many who like the felxibility of using ALL their bricks and elements in MOCs, but I usually find that the few bricks and elements you lose with stickers are worth the satisfaction of having the final model decorated appropriately. However, the Maersk Train was a nightmare.
Stickers have ALWAYS been a part of lego. I go back to my 1980 idea book which had a GREAT sticker sheet. The stickers on the original yellow castle were great too. However, while TLG could never TOTALLY get away from stickers, I would like to see them getting back to the old printed bricks, even if it meant an extra dollar or two on the particular sets that use printed bricks heavily.
I can see both sides of the issue - sticker sheets can be bent, stickers can be hard/annoying to apply (especially on transparent pieces - having air bubbles, dust or hairs underneath them is especially grating). They're not as elegant looking as printing. They're hard to remove/reuse (it can be done, but it's difficult).
Printed pieces can only be used in certain cases where the printing works. The printing can fade, especially on slopes that have rough textures. They aren't as varied as stickers because of the expense/time it takes to create them.
I think the best solution, which TLG should really look into, would be to print vinyl cling stickers - they wouldn't permanently mar the pieces they're used on, could be removed and reapplied as many times as desired, and look just as good as stickers.
There's actually a small business that someone created when their child was frustrated by the stickers in their brick construction sets - "BrickStix"
They're rather generic, but it's a cool idea. I wonder if they're making any money off it.
But the stickers I did place onto it did end up connecting two pieces for life each time they were applied. It really would have been nice to have had them printed on instead of stuck on, but I don't see Lego stamping a piece with a reflective print such as the one the stickers provide.
I much rather prefer the printed pieces over the stickers, if for no other reason than the printed pieces usually had the printing centered, while applying a sticker always runs the chance that there may be some misallignment, which may result in a torn sticker if when I try to fix it.
That's too bad, because you can take apart and rebuild your models with named beams, without the fuss that are required for reusing LEGO stickers.
Below are 5 sets of named beams, which were sold in LEGO parts pack #226 from the mid 1950s until 1965. They are 1960s French (upper left), 1960s Italian (upper right), 1950s German (middle left), 1960s German (middle right), and 1950s Danish (bottom). These images are from my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide - Chapter 33 - Printed and Painted LEGO Elements.... as is the 2nd image... a vast array of many of the named beams produced from 1955-75.
For obvious reasons, for those at $100, I only have one spare of each set.
Right now for the 9 or 10 people i build with i actually make the printed brick itself. we all hit the lego store and buy the sets, then order dupes of the parts that need stickers on bricklnk. I apply the decals and coat them and bring them completed "printed" bricks.
Hadn't really though about doing it larger scale, but If there is enough interest i can produce either waterslide sheets or sets of bricks for specific sets.(i'll need either scans, or scans an bricks) for a small amount (5 or 6 bucks above cost of bricks). but it would need to be very clear that i'm not selling the decals or the bricks, just the use of the printer to produce them (i wouldn't want to cross any legal boundaries).
he has even written a book on the subject. The minifig customization community is very active on their forums. great stuff!
I dont use either inkjet or laser. I have a Micro dry printer. Its water fast, and allows me to print white and metallic.
I only sarted buying LEGO sets for my children (okay... more myself) this year, we have purchased over 50 sets, I do not agree the stickers over printing, but I definitely like the sets to have the stickers on them, so have used them all up.
Wish I had read this forum before, as I would have scanned them first...
So my question to all of you experts is how do I get doubles (replacement) stickers sheets for all these recent sets. What would be the best way to approach Lego without having to fill in a form for each set...?
Is there a fan site which holds scans of all the stickers, or even better is there a third party who creates copies of original sticker sheets?