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Brickset vs Bricklink - Database Accuracy

linzellolinzello Member Posts: 22
Did anyone notice that Bricklink has reassigned all 1978 classic space sets to 1979?
Could this be because they have access to an official lego database and have updated their sets accordingly?

Which tends to be more accurate - Bricklink or Brickset?


  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,087
    Brickset of course...

    They were released in Europe earlier than in the U.S. which might explain it although the U.S. sets had different numbers .
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,087
    To which sets do you refer?
  • linzellolinzello Member Posts: 22
    All classic space sets from 1978...

    The release date matched Bricklink until very recently, but Bricklink has changed.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    Your question was answered on the BL forum:

  • linzellolinzello Member Posts: 22
    Ah okay it looks like I made a mistake. I often browse brickset and click through to Bricklink, which is perhaps where the confusion comes from.
  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,363
    Uh-Oh..... If Brickset sticks mostly with the LEGO Collectors Guide.... BIG MISTAKE!

    That guide is just riddled with errors.  They supposedly used the LEGO Archives info for putting their book together... mistake #2.  I have had many dealings with the LEGO Archives and Collections folks over the years in putting together my Unofficial Sets/Parts Collectors Guide (computer desktop guide)... and while they are really nice people... I have had to discard at least 20% of all the info they have ever given me... because I have found proof to the contrary on LEGO set information.

    Just look at pages 599-600 (LEGO Collectors Guide 2nd Edition) for 2004 Harry Potter sets 4750-4757.  The guide says these 8 sets were only sold in Europe.  But if you Google each of these 8 sets... you will find North American boxed versions (English/French/Spanish with parts counts) exist for each of these sets.

    That guide also doesn't show the 310/1310 Esso Service Station (1956-66)... nor the continental European 810 Town Plan set (1961-67)... I can find at least 100 other errors in it.

    My own 2012 version of my collectors guide shows all years as 1979 for the first space sets... but the current version (coming out by the end of the year)... does show corrections, with some USA sets as 1978... 

  • LusiferSamLusiferSam Member Posts: 574
    You beat me to the punch on the Lego Collector's Guide.  They are nice books and a good starting point.  The first edition is nearly unusable because of the number errors.  The second edition is better but still problematic.

    A number of the US Space sets have a copyright of 1978 on them.  They don't show up in the US catalogs until 1979.  When were they first sold and when were they indented to be first sold?  I have no idea.
  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,363
    Agree @LusiferSam!  Sometimes even the copyright dates are a problem. 

    The early 1101-1128 Service Packs have a copyright date of 1977.  But the actual packs themselves didn't get into production until 1980.  From 1977-79 TLG sold these packs as loose parts put into plain baggies by the retailers, under weird numbering systems (1-28 in Germany, Sp.1- Sp.28 in Italy, Britain and Australia, and S.1-S.28 in the Netherlands).

    Even LEGO catalog can be misleading.  The LEGO catalogs of 1962 show no LEGO wheels.  But the (1st year) 1962 introduced Australia catalog of March of that year does show them as newly introduced. 

    LEGO Mayhem....
  • stluxstlux Member Posts: 2,450
    Same experience here @drdavewatford. When talking to designers about The Vault and other internal resources they have to reference sets, their response was "I simply go to Brickset".
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Member Posts: 3,901
    So can we assume Brickset is the best- because even LEGO uses it instead of creating their own database? I like it!
  • pxchrispxchris Member Posts: 2,388
    stlux said:
    Same experience here @drdavewatford. When talking to designers about The Vault and other internal resources they have to reference sets, their response was "I simply go to Brickset".
    For some reason, I just absolutely love this.
  • linzellolinzello Member Posts: 22
    edited June 2018
    Update for anyone who wasn't following the related thread on the Bricklink forum:
    The Bricklink database shows the dates for these sets matched Brickset until early 2009 (shortly after the "Official" Lego Collectors Guide came out)...

    So it's Bricklink that's closely following the guide in this case. I guess Brickset is going off the boxes which all say 1978.
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