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10179 Falcon Editions

snypa762snypa762 Member Posts: 6
edited September 2012 in Collecting
Hi all

Ive just bought a factory sealed ( Lego mailing box seal intact ) MF. However I dont know if its a first edition or not. Would an expert be able to tell just by looking at the Serial Code sticker on the box. Looking at the manufacture date I can see its 071105. Im guessing thats 2007 ??

Any help would be appreciated. Pls go easy on me if I seem ignorant of the basics as Im very new to this.

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  • RennyRenny Member Posts: 1,145
    That sounds odd that the seller wouldn't identify whether it was first edition or not as that can affect the price of the set.
  • WeezyCupcakeWeezyCupcake Member Posts: 103
    Why does that affect the price, isn't it the same set?
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 1,145

    Why does that affect the price, isn't it the same set?

    Not in the eyes of some collectors. Most first editions command a premium....much like other collectable items.

  • RennyRenny Member Posts: 1,145
    Some collectors like to have the limited version that comes with a certificate of authenticity. The set itself is exactly the same though.
  • snypa762snypa762 Member Posts: 6
    The seller has not open the brown cardboard mailing box to look inside if it is First edition. It is fully sealed. So Im guessing he doesnt know about different editions.
    I have seen other sellers opening the outer mailing box to show if it is First Edition.

    Do you think it is wise to break the outer seal on the mailing box to check if it is First Edition.

    Or if there is a way to tell by the version number on the box and production time. I was thinking it might be more valuable if the outer seal is intact.

  • BanditBandit Member Posts: 889
    The Falcon first shipped on Oct. 1, 2007, so yes, this is assumedly a first edition.
  • y2joshy2josh Member Posts: 1,996
    I feel like it's pretty unlikely to be worth more just because it's inside the shipping box. Personally, I'd be a lot LESS likely to buy it, for the reasons you've demonstrated here and more. Without opening the shipping carton, you can't verify edition, condition or even whether or not there's actually a Falcon in the box to begin with.

    So my own personal opinion is that you should crack open the shipping carton and verify the contents. Maybe wait to hear if anyone else thinks the shipping carton will add value first, though, cause I'm certainly in the minority on at least a few of my opinions.
  • Penkid11Penkid11 Member Posts: 788
    I would seriously open the shipping box. As long as the set is still sealed.
    @snypa762 By the way, how much did you pay for it?
  • RennyRenny Member Posts: 1,145
    I personally can't imagine a sealed shipping box adding any value. As a buyer I would want to know for sure what the contents of that sealed shipping box are, what edition the set is and what condition the box is in. Sometimes seals can break from moving around to much in a shipping box as the parts sway side to side.
  • TitusTitus Member Posts: 79
    Photo in first post + label printer paper + brown box + handful of legos to rattle around + eager AFOL = Big Big Money!
  • snypa762snypa762 Member Posts: 6
    I will open the box soon then post pics, for those that are curious, I paid 3k Australian.

    I don't actually intend to open that actual Lego box just yet....
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP Member Posts: 1,917
    edited September 2012
    Woah! That is 3k USD and CDN!
  • snypa762snypa762 Member Posts: 6
    Yep, well...I basically gave my left nut for it. I just hope in 10 years itl be worth at least double.
  • Penkid11Penkid11 Member Posts: 788
    In only a couple years, opened sets without box will be selling for 3k, believe me.
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 3,161
    Penkid: As long as the cost of bricklinking them goes up. Right now it can be done from scratch for about £900/$1400 with no substitutions or about £700/$1100 with minor substitutions.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    Maybe he should have the whole thing graded by
  • snypa762snypa762 Member Posts: 6
    No thanks, I wouldn't take it that far ;)
  • JohnnyfinlandiaJohnnyfinlandia Member Posts: 358
    Well I didn't know which MF this was until I googled it. :( Now I do. Very nice set. :) So I had a quick look on Ebay and couldn't believe one seller has 2 of them amongst other Lego items. (Not envious at all. At least I have a nice Funhouse which he has too). Anyway .. the 2 MF sets he has (marked 1st Editions) though are graded and in plastic containers. Anyone else heard of the the grading website and the containers. Seems extreme but then again you don't want to squash your precious and for insurance purposes maybe worthwhile. It is also the first time I have heard of 1st Editions like books. Makes sense but way out of my league. I would be very tempted to open the box to see the contents and hope no mice have got in ;) This was the seller .. and no it isn't me!
  • zoinkozoinko Member Posts: 12
    I think he should get the set graded by AFA, at least then he could display it and not worry about bugs getting in.
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