Random set of the day: Mobile Car Crane

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Mobile Car Crane

Mobile Car Crane

©1989 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 1489 Mobile Car Crane, released in 1989. It's one of 23 Town sets produced that year. It contains 174 pieces and 2 minifigs, and its retail price was US$12.75.

It's owned by 240 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


 

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17 comments on this article

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By in United States,

That truck design is very clean and elegant. It’s actually very detailed and in my opinion could be released today with only minor changes (width may be one). I wasn’t aware of this set but I’m glad to have seen in now.

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By in Norway,

This one I have never seen before, was this a special edition in a limited area? I had one similar but that was all yellow and with smaller wheels.

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By in New Zealand,

Cool Logo too!

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By in United Kingdom,

The database suggests it was US only.

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By in Poland,

First random set I own! I got it last year and the best thing for me about this is the metal hook. They don't make'em like this anymore ;)

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By in Turkey,

I think 6366 is a better looking crane. The tires on this set makes it look huge, it doesn't fit with other town sets. The car is awesome though. I'm a huge fan of classic designs.

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By in {Unknown country},

@Lego.lord - did you mean 6361 maybe? I like that one as well.

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By in Germany,

That was the best era. Not long after that things went different and I entered the dark ages.

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By in Germany,

Have never seen this set before either. Being a US exclusive explains it. Nice set though. Was twelve back then, and fully into LEGO at the time. My dark ages were still almost eight years away at the time.
Fond memories.

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By in United States,

So I took a look at LEGO sellers out there (to include BrickLink) to see who was selling this set. I'm sure this topic has come up before but how can anyone LEGALLY sell this set for $850.00+ and not face any criminal charges for it? How can they sell a set for 66 times its original retail price and not endure some legal backlash? It's not like the set was ever appraised by LEGO that certified that a set from 1989 would be worth $850.00 29 years later.

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By in United Kingdom,

^Just because they have listed it at $850+ does not mean it's going to sell for that. The set is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, and given there haven't been any sold (new) on Bricklink in the last 6 months it's difficult to tell what someone is willing to pay. Average used is around $45 which is probably not bad considering it's age and apparent US exclusivity.

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By in Turkey,

@ChicoCheco, oops, my mistake. You're right.

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By in United States,

I always wanted this set. I had the previous yellow crane, and I loved that metal hook. It was heavy enough that you didn’t have to pull down on it to unwind the string. That’s a problem that still plagues the plastic hooks. I mean it’s not a huge deal but it was something I noticed.

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By in United States,

@Harken_X I can't tell if you're being sarcastic, but in a capitalist society you are allowed to sell things for whatever someone is willing to pay for it, for the most part. About the only exception is in the case of monopolies and price fixing. New and desired Lego sets regularly sell for exponentially more than their original retail value, which is why many people consider them to be good investments as well as good toys.

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By in United States,

@natro220 No, I posed that as a serious question. I don't see how some could expect to sell a LEGO set at a considerably higher than MSRP unless certain criteria were met (i.e. limited quantities produced, rare elements, printed elements, common elements in rare colors, etc.) that would warrant it a "collector's item." I've seen the prices that some pay for sets that are only 10 years old, especially the first of the modulars, and I'm glad I paid retail for them. And as you stated, they are truly an investment.

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By in United States,

I love it when random sets of the day are ones I had as a kid, and still own today (thank you mom for keeping all those legos in your basement until I could come and get them!). Loved this set back then and hope my littles have fun with it in a couple years.

As for the price for used legos...everyone has their price. If someone offered me $850 or even $500 (or even $100 considering it is used) for this set I would sell it to them in a heart beat. I could buy a lot more memories with my kids for $500 than this set would bring. This is a free market society and anyone can sell ALMOST anything for whatever price they want, as long as someone is willing to pay it. These are legos, not drinking water during times of natural disasters.

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By in United States,

First random set I actually used to own as a kid. This set, along with many others was sold around my first marriage. One of my biggest regrets, especially since I also had Eldorado Fortress and Big Rig Truck Stop :(

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