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LEGO® condition rating matrix

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Brick Lady's LEGO®

Condition Rating Matrix

When it comes to used LEGO parts and sets there is such a varying range of conditions that these items can be found in.  Brick Lady is leading the way by setting a standard for assessing and rating the condition of used LEGO parts and sets.  This matrix helps us to convey to you a more accurate picture of what you are about to buy but it can also help you tell us the condition of what you may be selling us.  We'd like to think this simple to use scale is a great approach to transparent second hand dealings.  It's a work in progress all comments welcome!

 

The key areas of assessment

Condition based assessments are rated on a basic 1 to 5 scale where 1 is Excellent condition and 5 is Very Poor condition.  Where applicable, these areas of the part or set are assessed;

  • Brick condition (1-5)
  • Stickers (Y/N/S/NA)
  • Sticker condition (1-5)
  • Sticker placement (1-5)
  • Estimated originality (1-5)
  • Minifigure(s) (Y/N/S/NA)
  • Minifigure(s) condition (1-5)
  • Instructions (Y/N/S/NA)
  • Instructions condition (1-5)
  • Box (Y/N/NA)
  • Box condition (1-5)

Here's the finer detail and examples

Note that in the case the item spans two conditions (upper and lower) then we'll indicate that with two numbers Best-Worst.  For example a set with bricks in condition 2, 3 and 4 will have a condition grading of 2-4

Brick Condition

1 - Excellent, new

2 - Good, light scuffing / slight scratched

3 - Ok, well used / played with, lots of scuffing

4 - Poor, usable / buildable (the set is buildable), nibbles, scratches

5 - Very poor, trashed / very damaged

Stickers

Y - Yes, the part or set has its stickers

N - No, the part (that should be stickered) or set does not have stickers

S - Some stickers are present

NA - Not applicable, the set or part doesn't normally have stickers

Sticker condition

1 - Excellent, as new

2 - Good, possible slight lifting on corners

3 - Ok, scuffed / bubbling / cracking

4 - Poor, scratched

5 - Very poor, very damaged

Sticker Placement

1 - Excellent, spot on

2 - Good, slighly skewed

3 - Ok, off the part - slight

4 - Poor, off the part - 50/50

5 - Very Poor, very poor placement (shocking)

Estimated Originality

How original is the set?  How many original parts do we think are included

1 - Excellent, all original parts

2 - Good, almost original (A few parts from our spares department)

3 - Ok, half / half (50% original, 50% from our spares)

4 - Poor, minimal (hardly any original parts)

5 - Very Poor, none (made entirely from our spares)

Minifigure(s)

Y - Yes, the minifigures are present that belong with this set

N - No, no minifigures are present that belong with this set

S - Some of the minifigures are present that belong with this set

NA - Not applicable (this rating is not used on minifigures themselves)

Minifigure(s) Condition

1 - Excellent, new

2 - Good. light scuffing / slight scratched

3 - Ok, well used / played with, lots of scuffing

4 - Poor, usable / buildable (the set is buildable), nibbles, scratches

5 - Very poor, trashed / very damaged

Instructions

Y - Yes, the instructions are included

N - No the set has instructions but they are not included

S - Some instructions are included, could be partial or missing pages

NA - This item does not normally come with instructions

Instructions condition

1 - Excellent, pristine

2 - Good, corners tatty

3 - Ok, 50/50 (missing page(s) / loose pages)

4 - Poor, falling apart but usable

5 - Very poor, falling apart, unusable

Box

Y - Yes, the original box / packaging is included

N - No, the original box / packaging is not included

NA - Not applicable, not packaging or box was issued with the set

Box Condition

1 - Excellent, brand new in box or just opened if noted as opened

2 - Good, opened, dents / scratches

3 - Ok, opened, hole in box / some patchwork with tape

4 - Poor, torn open, still identifiable as a box

5 - Very poor, one panel of the box only