New images of sets from 1966-1969 added

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It's been almost a year since bluemoose and I visited the LEGO archives in Billund, and now, finally, I have added the last batch of images taken in there. Our priority during the two day visit was to photograph sets from the 1970s as well as Fabuland and Dacta sets. Once we'd finished those we had a couple of hours spare so we went back to the first shelf in the archive to make a start on the 1960s. Starting at 1969, we went back to 1966 which I consider to be the 'birth of the modern era' of LEGO sets: the die cast cars and vehicles were just about finished and the 4.5v 'blue rail' trains were introduced.

I've populated the database with all sets from 1966-1969 that were available in Europe and which are not boxes of bricks or service packs (of which there were many, are very complicated and beyond the scope of Brickset at the moment). You can see them here: 1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969

It's interesting to note that some of the train sets released in that era were very sophsticated, with some having sonic remote control by means of a whistle (138, 139): it would be decades before remote control trains would be available again!

I hope you've either enjoyed the trip down memory lane over the last few months, if you're old enough, or liked seeing the sets your dad, and maybe grandad had as kids!

So, I guess it just leaves me to thank Mark and Megan for organising the visit, Jette in the Idea House for letting us handle and photograph the precious sets, and finally bluemoose for the photography and image post-processing. Now to organise the next visit...

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By in Germany,

Where has the 1961 Rocket set gone? It has disappeared! :(

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By in United States,

Yes, it's now out of scope. I intend to define the scope somewhere on the site soon.

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By in Germany,

@Huw: Ah, I see. I'll miss it... :( Still, nice sets! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Great work as ever guys, as always, it is very much appreciated. Just how complete do you consider the database to be now then?

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By in Germany,

Hang on, where has bluemoose gone? He's not posting news anymore...
EDIT: The larger image of set 955 won't load up!

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By in United States,

Thanks for putting in the '66-'69 sets, Huw! Doesn't look like much happened besides Trains....

@Alemas, I was going to ask that too.
@Huw, What's "out of the scope"?

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw - Why does that Amazon article keep coming up to the top: It's annoying me! I missed reading lots of the news as I scrolled down and just saw that so I thought it was a 'slow news week' Incidentally why can't we comment on that?

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By in United States,

The Amazon article will be there until Christmas. It's there to help people help Brickset if they want to.

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By in United Kingdom,

@ Huw: 'So, I guess it just leaves me to thank Mark and Megan for organising the visit, Jette in the Idea House for letting us handle and photograph the precious sets, and finally bluemoose for the photography and image post-processing. Now to organise the next visit...'

Now to organise the next visit... Can I come :-)

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By in Belgium,

The early big baseplates were 50x50, now they're 48x48. I own one 50x50, and loads of 48's :)

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By in Australia,

I can't believe that set 116: http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=116-1 actually came pre-built!

Can you imagine the production line, back in 1967!? how many people did they employ to BUILD all those trains and carriages! I guess they were trying to compete with other 'ready-to-play' toy trains at the time. It's a shame they don't introduce more automated functions into trains again

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By in United Kingdom,

Great work guys! :D
Looking back at the system kits makes me... Sad. Lego have lost they're touch...
Also, Off Topic Here but
Huw. Is there any plans for a forum? And never more Off Topic. But, you lived in the Same County I went to for vaction. :P

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By in United Kingdom,

Fantastic - my oldest set is from 1966 and there's now a picture for it on the database !
Thanks for doing this for the community, guys - much appreciated. It's an awesome resource.

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