No, it does seem to be the '8043 Service Bag' yet... At least no LAs and no other parts seen inside the package.
Someone raised my attention to these photos, from a Dutch FOL, found at Brickshelf.
It seems that at least some Building Instructions booklets and stickers, started to be packed so they won't get damaged while boxes travel around before getting into our hands.
Most of us should have experienced at least once, the frustration of opening a LEGO box and see the BIs or a sticker sheet creased or even torn.
Did TLG listened to our complains and changed their mind, or suddenly started to get an huge amount of complains via Costumer Service (which seems never have been the case)?
Now the questions. Where does it apply?
- Sets with large and/or several booklets?
- Sets containing sticker sheet?
This week I received an official answer from TLG on this topic.
"Sorry for the late reply.
Yes as off the 17th of July for all sets with more the 1000 elements the building instruction, labels and textiles are packaged in a plastic bag with the support of a cardboard sheet. This is done in order to reduce the number of building instructions that are damaged. Your pictures are showing version 1 and the project team is now working on a better and more sexy solution.
I hope the AFOL like this initiative"
So it seems the picture we have seen is not the definite solution that TLG adopt, but the instructions and stickers from the larger sets will definitely get appropriate protection, so they arrive at our hands in perfect conditions.
Last Update: 2010.Oct.09 17:55 CET