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New or previously unknown set? Dong Oil Rig
I managed to not win this Ebay item yesterday... I've never seen or read about it anywhere. (Hopefully the link works below)http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140679626975
The pictures frustratingly don't show that much - including a Lego logo on the box (i.e there is none to be seen). However, Dong is the Danish government's oil and gas exploration company and the language on the box is Danish (not Dutch as the seller suggests) so they are likely to use Lego for a promotional set rather than a generic copy. The words on the box basically say, "You can build an oil drilling platform." In the second photo of the contents you can make out a minifig with a white construction helmet and an orange jumpsuit/ overalls -unique?
Anyway I'd be interested to know more about it (including whether I missed out on a very rare set!). Maybe the buyer reads this forum?
BTW I "won" another previously unseen set recently on Ebay - this time it wasn't so exotic - a Canadian/Samsonite unnamed value pack:http://www.ebay.com/itm/260909426064?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
I'm not sure how this would be cataloged on Brickset, however.
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@huw I would send you a pic of the rig but I didn't win the auction! As for the Samsonite 1980 -83? Value pack (includes 6609, 6624 and 6628), unfortunately the top of the cardboard is missing but it's very similar to this one (also not in your inventory): http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=1973498
It has no number either. Are you able to catalogue these kinds of sets Huw or do they need a number (I have a UK purchased 1999 Football World Cup starter set similar to 880002 sponsored by Merlin that also has no number on it)? Will send a good pic if you can add it.
Item number: 150820958113
How utterly cool!
Think this should be the link to it , ta
It appears this is a mini model and not really to minifig scale, but that is just my guess
@herbertdsherbert are you able to get a good quality, front on pic for Huw to add the set to the inventory?
Seems really strange:
Never seen anything without Lego logo on box.
Never seen anything without Lego logo on instructions.
Never seen a Lego set that didn't come in sealed bags, this looks like the bag is sealed with a Lego sticker??
The image of the set on the box looks very little like the photo of the Rig.
The image of the set does not look like something Lego would come up with.
The instructions don't seem to show the same as the set on the box (at least a different colour).
The set appears to be a minimodel so the inclusion of a minifig doesnt make sense.
The fig does indeed appear to be of an X-Wing pilot which is licensed and therefore certainly not allowed in anything other than SW sets.
Not saying its not legit, stranger things have happened, but would like to find some background details.
Read more here (in danish): http://ing.dk/artikel/90439-lego-og-ramboell-suger-olie-sammen or here (in english) http://www.ramboll-oilgas.com/news/viewnews.aspx?newsid=C844EC45-9718-40A9-A912-50B47D99A841
The DONG-model however looks like it is more intended for children, so my guess would be that it was part of an educational package from DONG to danish schools, and not a LEGO-model you would be able to buy directly.
So there are other non-numbered LEGO promotional sets.
Samsonite of Canada did some pretty strange things at times... like numbering 2 sets with the same number at the same time (the #6002 Town Minifigs and #6002 Castle Minifigs sets) during those same early 1980s years.
But what really has me loopy is this image below from a 1975 Eaton's Department Store Catalog. It shows the (new to 1973) basic sets... here it only shows the #3, #5, #7 and #8 sets. These sets were introduced in 1973 in continental Europe, Britain and Australia in 1973, and they had the new (in 1973) LEGO logo.
However, I've seen the 1973 Canadian Samsonite catalog... and it still shows the older #120, #205, #285, #375, #450 and #615 sets introduced in 1965 (and also sold by USA Samsonite). So these new #3, #5, #7 and #8 sets were not introduced in Canada until a year later (1974).
So why do the #7 and #8 sets in this Eaton's image show these new sets with the (discontinued in 1972) old "open O" LEGO logo??
The sticker sealing the bag inside is dated 2004, and the light greys are a random mixture of old grey and bley.
Instructions are not typical Lego, just one double sided full colour A4 sheet, and seem tricky to follow.
There is a white 1x6 brick with a Dong sticker badly applied inside the box.
I have scanned the instructions to pdf and will post up a full inventory up later. Bear with me, as I haven't done one since 2002!
^BTW I have a recycling set with your name on it stashed away somewhere. Do you still want it?
You gonna be at NSC, STEAM etc. ?
^^ not planning on going to any other shows atm. Was planning on going to the last day of AFOLCON, but aforementioned incident happened the day before.
This is the closest picture I can find to the completed model that seem to match the essential features
http://www.ac-cess.com/Assets/Images/Siri Oil Platform.jpg
The box photo looks nothing like the completed model.
From a Lego point of view, there is one part in a unique colour, and several parts that will be difficult to get hold of.
Good old fashioned hinge plates have been used to make the cranes, and there are 2x white 1x6 hinge plates with fingers at both ends. I can't find these in any other sets, and the only sets that used these around 2004 seem to come from exclusive sets. I'm guessing these are favoured parts for park modelmakers.
Another unusual part is the orange sprung minifig legs from basketball figs.
I have put some pictures up on the link below and attached a pdf of the instructions
In fact the color scheme of the instructions exactly matches the much older Philips device... dark and light blue... with red as an accent color.
It's as though TLG has 2 types of promotional sets... those with a set number and official looking boxes (such as the Maersk and Scandinavian Ferry Line sets)... and these type of off-brand sets such as the Dong and Philips set.
But this is still a LEGO set! :-)
I'm not sure this has been discussed or not... but here is an unnumbered LEGO set that TLG produced for a San Francisco software company called Autodesk.
Here's the Autodesk website... and they developed the software to create a 8 1/2 ft. tall LEGO dinosaur (in green and blue) on display in their lobby...
Anyway, Darrin, a LEGO acquaintance, got a copy of a set that TLG made just for Autodesk... a small dinosaur set... from a relative of his. I'm not sure of the year, since the copyright date is "200X".... perhaps in the last 7 years or so.
Here's the front, back, and bottom of the unnumbered (sealed) box....
The image on the back of the box matches the 8 1/2 ft. tall image of the dinosaur in their lobby.
So is this set familiar to anyone.... or in an online database? It's going into my collectors guide chapter on Non-Traditional LEGO Sets.
The 4418 dates to 2007, so this set could likely date to about 2008 or 2009??
The 4418 Dino Pod Set comes in totally different packaging as well. Interesting how they put different "ages to play with" on the two sets....
Just a thought
Farther up this thread I mentioned and showed a diagram for some sort of medical scanner from the Phillips Corporation... an electronics multinational company founded in Eindhoven Netherlands (today based in Amsterdam). That little set for the medical scanner is still a mystery, and we may never find an answer to who the intended recipients for that set was for, although we can guess it was for some sort of medical gathering, as a souvenir.
Here's one of my LEGO anecdotes that I'm saving up for my next LEGO computer desktop collectors guide updates (future updates free to current owners!).
It's about the Phillips story and LEGO. Not all the answers have been found yet... but it makes an interesting read....
Well since everyone likes images... here's one of the 1964-67 #657 Mercedes Delivery Truck... known in 18 different "flavors". Phillips was one of these trucks... but it was not produced as a promotional item, but as a regular variation of the 657 truck that TLG sold as a boxed accessory. It's far from the rarest. That honor goes to the red "beef-poultry-fish" truck, with only about 10 known!
However, that first year the Esso Tanker and Esso Barrel Trucks were also produced for Esso Service Stations in Denmark as free souvenirs for gas fill ups. The kids must have loved these!!
They were given away in a box that had the "Esso Oil Drop Man" on the box (a common Esso symbol in the 1950s)... and "ESSO" on the box. But nowhere on the boxes does it mention that these were LEGO products, nor an item number. These freebies, unlike the ones sold in LEGO sets, had no "glass".
And today these beauties.... they sell for quite a few Quid!!
Then many years later I found the answer from a very old Samsonite LEGO ad in Readers Digest Magazine...
It was a special offer to get (via mail order)... a $1.95 set for only $1.00! :-)
Sigh.... the good old days when postal service was dirt cheap.... :-(
Had no clue until someone finally found one to purchase and opened it. It was produced in 1966 for the Swedish market (why nowhere else??) and was a small promotional freebie for the introduction of LEGO trains in mid 1966. The parts....
And included inside the box was a 1966 mini train catalog that shows the newly introduced Train System sets that contain these new parts....
But the biggest mystery to me was, why did only Sweden give out these Train System promotions?? These sets were introduced in all of Europe, Australia, USA and Canada....