|One of the most interesting LEGO sets in recent times has been the 6661 Mobile|
TV Set of 1989. This set was sold everywhere, and would have an otherwise dull
existence if it weren't for the fact that Germany has a very interesting
variation of this set... the West Deutsche Rundfunk (WDR) version of this set.
West Deutsche Rundfunk is a northwestern Germany TV Station that appears to have
had a promotional 6661 set made with the stations letters "WDR" printed on the 2
1x4x3 blue panels that make up the truck of this set.
What has been found among German LEGO collectors is a normal 6661 set with
normal 6661 instructions... and one polybag that has a pair of "WDR" panels
instead of the normal "TV" panels found in most examples of this set.
When researching this special promotional set, I sent an image of it to the
folks at the LEGO Archives/Collections in Billund. They had never seen or heard
of it before, so they sent the image I provided to the folks at the LEGO Sales
office in Munich Germany. Again, they too had not heard of it, and wondered if
it wasn't just a normal 6661 set with stickers placed on it at a later date
after it left TLG.
Ordinarily one would think that this was not a TLG sanctioned set, and therefore
something that was created later. However, I'm aware of the existence of
several of these in MISB (Mint in Sealed Bag)... and that could not have been
done easily outside of TLG. And the 1x4x3 blue panels didn't have a sticker
covering the old image. No, it was an image that was put over the old "TV"
image on the parts.
Well that got me thinking about how this could have escaped the folks in
Billund. The only thing I can think of was that perhaps an executive at WDR in
Cologne Germany contacted an executive at TLG in Billund, and asked to have some
of the regular 6661 sets contain the WDR truck panels. If this was done as a
special project... then maybe it was produced without having documentation
produced about the existence of this special version. And if it was produced
for WDR in Cologne, then it may have been sent directly from Billund to
Cologne, thus bypassing the (then) German Sales Office in Hohenwestedt Germany.
Whatever the story really is behind this very unique set... this is a very
valuable collectible on the secondary market. Perhaps only a few hundred of
these were requested by West Deutsche Rundfunk... and distributed thru them.
Whatever the reason... it's sets like this that make my research of LEGO sets
and parts for my Collectors Guides... pure pleasure!! :)
|We had a great second-chance sumo competition at our May SMART meeting. We voted|
on building a Space Elevator ribbon climbing robot for our June meeting. The
June meeting will be on the 29th, in the Michelangelo room.
Build a robot that can climb a ribbon. The ribbon I'll be bringing is a 3" wide
woven nylon "Caution" tape that I bought at Home Depot. If you want to get some
of your own, you can get it for under $20. Look for 500 Heavy Duty Reinforced
Caution Tape", Empire manufacturer, SKU 719-282, usually in the tool aisle at
The motivation for this is that there are two space elevator competitions coming
up this summer. For the mini-challenge, anything that can climb a ribbon is
great. If you want to see the rules for the competition, you can find them at
See you at the next meeting!
|In lugnet.loc.ca, Gail Meagher wrote:|
I can't see the Target flyer, sorry. I was planning to check it out at my other
half's yesterday, but they started painting the building next door, so I have to
stay away if I want to keep breathing.
Superstore has a LEGO movie in their flyer (full price, new release). LEGO
Batman: the Movie DC Super Heros Unite. Includes a Clark Kent / Superman
Minifig. Available May 21st. $15.97
S@H has a FREE Iron Man vs. Fighting Drone Set with Orders of $50+
> I'll post later if there is anything in the Target flyer. I can't see it on
> this computer.
> Gail Meagher
|Lars C. Hassing wrote:|
> Back in 1973 when I was 12, together with my younger cousin I made a
> 6 minutes Lego film in Super 8,
Marvellous! I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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