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Finding LEGO Set Anomalies...
OK... I'm working on finishing up my 9 volume LEGO Set Encyclopedia... and as I am going along, I am finding a lot of odd things with LEGO sets. Finding anomalies in old LEGO sets is very common. But I am finding a lot of undocumented items even on relatively newer sets. So I'll be posting a few things here as I uncover "the dirt".... in case folks here are interested.
I'm working on Promotional Sets right now... and came across some weird things with 1998 World Cup LEGO sets.
Among the 1998 World Cup sets... there were 3 that were country specific....
3017 Germany World Cup Set....
The 3317 shows the German flag colors on the minifig artwork in the left corner.
The 3320 shows the Austrian flag (wavy pattern) on the minifig artwork in the lower left.
And then the 3318 is listed as an Engish soccer player, and shows the English (St. George's Cross) flag. However... the 3318 set number is missing... which is very odd....
It shows a "2" ( a Shell promo number). Well when I did some checking, I came across something very interesting. It may have been that the English polybag was also "repurposed" for other countries as well. Check this out...
It appears that this polybag 3318 set was sold within another (sealed?) polybag! Only the outer bag listed the set number and country that the set was for. Also included were 2 small sticker sheets, using the flag of each country. I am now pretty sure that there is one of these with the England outer label (3318-EN ??)... and also included English flag stickers in the outer polybag. Now I am wondering what other countries these were made for?
Also... online databases only mention the England version of 3318, but without stickers. In fact... the 3317 (German) and 3320 (Austrian) versions of this set also do not show stickers in the online databases. It makes me wonder if these other two polybags were originally sold within a clear bag like the Scotland-Netherlands-Sweden 3318 versions... and with stickers?