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  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,183
    edited July 2015

    From my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide - Chapter 11 -  Small Model Sets.  Here's the listing I show (in ascending numeric order, and only the 1xxx sets) of all sets from 1980-90... and where they were sold.  I show 1974 as a single "Legoland Triple Pack" without individual sets comprising it...  and also being sold in USA/Canada.  

    Unfortunately things don't line up well from a MS Word document....

     

    1980-90 LEGO Small Model Sets - Numbering System

    ___________________________________________________________________

     

    Set                                                                               Year                Where

    Number           Description                                         Intro               Sold *

    ___________________________________________________________________

     

    #1496   Rally Car Set (in #1509)                                 1987        USA/CAN/AUS

    #1497   Rally & Pit Crew Team Set (in #1509)           1987                AUS

    #1506   Town Value Pack (has #1528, #1572)            1986                ALL

    #1509   Town Value Pack (has #1496, #1497)            1987                ALL

    #1515   Town Value Pack (has #1517, #1518)            1989                ALL

    #1517   Race Car Set (in #1915)                                  1989           USA/CAN

    #1518   Race Car Repair Set (in #1915)                      1989           USA/CAN

    #1525   Container Truck Set (Special Offer)               1986       EU/USA/CAN/AS

    #1528   Dragster Set (Special Offer)                           1986         EU/USA/CAN

    #1572   Super Tow Truck Set (in #1506)                     1986                ALL

    #1630   Helicopter Set (Special Set)                            1990                EU

    #1631   Black Racer Set (Special Set)                         1990                EU

    #1632   Motor Boat Set (Special Set)                          1990                EU

    #1633   Loader Tractor Set (Special Set)                     1990                EU

    #1967   Value Pack (has #1959,#1969,#1970, #1971)1985                USA

    #1974   Legoland Triple Pack                                      1989           USA/CAN

    #1976   Town 3 Pack (has #6611, #6628, #6629)       1984    EU/UK/AUS/CAN/AS

    #1978   Town Value Pack (has #6611,#6623,#6624)  1983                USA

    #1979   Town Value Pack (has #6621,#6628,#6805)  1984                USA

    #1997   Town Value Pack (has #6603,#6622,#6633)  1985                ALL




    USA = USA
    CAN = Canada
    EU = Continental Europe
    UK = Britain/Ireland
    AUS = Australia
    AS = Asia
    ALL = All locations
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,183
    edited July 2015
    One other point about Canadian sets I forgot about (which drives me crazy).... is that the parts count don't always match the counts elsewhere (this was also the case for early USA sets before the Samsonte license was revoked in 1972).

    Even little sets may vary by a part or two or three.

    And then there's the packaging.  In the case of the 1974 set, it appears the same (since both the USA and Canadian sets were produced in Enfield).

    But with earlier sets, sometimes they were the same, other times they were not.

    The 1980 introduced 722 Universal Set had a styrofoam lining on the inside of the outer box (for strength) for Europe and the USA, and it contained 3 separate trays (2 green ones and one clear one) that the styrofoam held suspended in place.



    While the Canadian version had no such styrofoam lining... and the inner tray was a single molded piece that sat on the bottom of the box.




    So as I've been learning.... with Canadian sets it is more than just the outer box labeling that can be different!!   :#

  • MrShinyAndNewMrShinyAndNew Member Posts: 276
    Istokg said:

    ...the Canadian version had no such styrofoam lining... and the inner tray was a single molded piece that sat on the bottom of the box.


    That explains why my memory of certain space sets don't match the pictures @drdesignz posted. Mine had a blue plastic tray instead of the clear one shown. I guess that proves they were the Canadian versions. I kept those trays for years, they made good moon craters or pools, until they eventually fell apart.
    Istokgjesirose
  • drdesignzdrdesignz USMember Posts: 104
    I just purchased a scanner and over the next few days will be scanning (in high-resolution) catalogs, books, and promotional material I've found in the collection.  There's at least one that's not on Bricklink, so that's kind of neat.  Here are the first two catalogs:
    pharmjod
  • drdesignzdrdesignz USMember Posts: 104
    Life got in the way, so it's been quite a while. But I'm back at it:
    These take a very long time to put together, so I don't have the rest at the moment. But much more to come. I also had time to build the Blacktron I collection and only had to buy Meteor Monitor to complete it. Alienator was included in the Lego bag. That album is here: imgur.com/a/i4o7H
    catwranglerpharmjodkiki180703Galactus
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    Why cant LEGO make a castle range as good as that shown in the 86 catalogue. Its not rocket science.
    SumoLegokiki180703
  • natro220natro220 USAMember Posts: 545
    Why cant LEGO make a castle range as good as that shown in the 86 catalogue. Its not rocket science.

    Because they're busy mashing together core themes to make room for more and more licensed ones.  Space + Castle = Nexo Knights...  Pirates + Ninja = the current Ninjago line.  Trains + Boats + Town + whatever flavor of the month (Volcano, Mining, Arctic, Diving) = City.
    pharmjodkiki180703
  • drdesignzdrdesignz USMember Posts: 104
    Does anybody know anything about the "all systems go" poster on the back of the US 1986 catalog? 

    http://i.imgur.com/mLfPe6H.jpg

    I can't find it on Bricklink.  Would love to own it.

  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,854
    natro220 said:
    Why cant LEGO make a castle range as good as that shown in the 86 catalogue. Its not rocket science.

    Because they're busy mashing together core themes to make room for more and more licensed ones.  Space + Castle = Nexo Knights...  Pirates + Ninja = the current Ninjago line.  Trains + Boats + Town + whatever flavor of the month (Volcano, Mining, Arctic, Diving) = City.
    Hmmmmm. I like Nexo Knights, but it's hard to escape that impression, yes...
    SumoLegokiki180703
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,145
    Why cant LEGO make a castle range as good as that shown in the 86 catalogue. Its not rocket science.
    Why can't LEGO make a space range as good as that shown in the 86 catalogue.  It's not alchemy.
    cheshirecatkiki180703
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,510
    SumoLego said:
    Why cant LEGO make a castle range as good as that shown in the 86 catalogue. Its not rocket science.
    Why can't LEGO make a space range as good as that shown in the 86 catalogue.  It's not alchemy.
    I wish they made a classic castle alchemy set. Seriously, that would be awesome.
    tallblocktoocatwranglerkiki180703
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