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Have you ever gotten old sets that used to be in a shop window?
I have been asking in a toy shop for a few month and now I´ve got 5,5 kg of old sets that were in the shop. The oldest set is from 1991 (8856) and the newest ones are a few bionicle. They have no box, no instructions and some sets have been glued.
First of all I have tried to identify the sets, once the sets have been separated I´m washing the pieces and trying to take apart the pieces that are not glued.
I am going to try ungluing the pieces with the method used to unglue the new magnet sets, but another problem is that the white pieces are now yellow (6456). Someone told me that there are some products I can use to "clean" this.
Do you now an efficient method to do this?
Would anyone buy some of these sets, in case I decided to sell them, at a cheap price in spite of being glued?
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In case I sell something it would be Bionicle 8759 (glued) and 8697 (I still have to check if it is completed)
What do you think about collecting these special items that shops have (posters, LEGO statues, giant minifigs...)?
The beginning of glued models dates back to 1955, with the advent of the LEGO Town Plan system.
Here is a 1959-60 continental European Display Catalog showing glued models that retailers could purchase for their store displays...
And below are some interesting display models (first 2 from England) such as the front of York Minster (largest surviving Medieval Cathedral in England), the Moulin Rouge, a window display from 1962 of a Detroit department store window, and a TLG display cabinet that they sold in 1960 just for displaying glued models. These images are in my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide, the chapter on Toy Stores, Display Models, and Toy Fairs.
Glued models are usually more valuable glued together than the parts would be, when disassembled.
The Bionicle set is all glued, there you can see that I can not separate it more.