Are you a fan of Fabuland?

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Patrick Panda

Fabuland was a fantastic theme aimed at younger kids, and was released between 1979 and 1989. More than 100 sets were produced and even today, the sets and figures are highly regarded and sought after.

Decent pictures of the sets have been hard to come by, which is why until now, we haven't had too many here at Brickset. One reason for this is that many of the sets came in blister-packs or small boxes without instructions, so the images used on other sites tend to be scans from catalogues.

Last year bluemoose and I had an opportunity to photograph a collection (which you'll find out more about in due course) and now for the first time on the Internet, we are able to present an almost complete set of high-quality images taken directly from the set boxes. We are only missing three images now.

If you're a Fabuland fan already, I'm sure you'll enjoy browsing and reminiscing; if you're not, I suspect you soon will be!

Expect more photos like these to be added in the coming days and weeks.

37 comments on this article

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By in Germany,

FANTASTIC! I always wanted to see more Fabuland images! Thanks Huw!

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By in Sweden,

Good news indeed!

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By in Germany,

BTW, what are blister-packs?

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By in United Kingdom,

These are really interesting pics, you can see some well known pieces nowadays in these older sets when they may have been brand new! Like the wooden tub on the picture above.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Alemas - I think blister packs are like when there is cardboard backing and then the clear front, could be wrong though.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Alemas - Or maybe bags.

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By in Canada,

In the case of Fabuland, the blister pack was a sheet of card with a transparent plastic box stuck to the bottom half of it. The top half had the set image on it.

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By in United States,

@blister packs- Those are the strangest Lego packages I've ever heard of. lol

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes! I was right!

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By in Canada,

Sweet! I only had one set - Boris Bulldog and mailbox - but it was awesome.

I wonder what happened to it?

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By in United Kingdom,

Did the collection belong to a certain PT?

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By in Germany,

@talltim: Huh? What's(or who's) a PT?

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By in Canada,

@talltim, no, I doubt whether he has a complete set :-)

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By in United States,

These were before my time, but they still look neat. Good job!

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By in United States,

I'm betting Billund

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By in United Kingdom,

That's an amazing collection of images. It's great to have them online - and here at Brickset.

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By in United States,

Are 324 and 3605 possibly the same set? The picture for set 324 looks like it consists of just the minifigure and a motorcycle, rather than the 174 pieces listed.

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By in Singapore,

Thanks Huw for finally updating the Fabuland catalogs. Normally, I don't really like to post, but this is something which has indeed caught my attention. Appericate the work that you have put in.

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By in Australia,

hey i think i have clive croc on his skateboard and i noticed u dont hav a pic

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By in Hong Kong,

Very good news indeed. I'm a new fan of fabuland!! I mainly collect fabuland figures. Fabuland sets are too expensive for me. So happy to be able to see more pics!! ^_^
BTW, can anyone tell me the difference between the pic of 3694 and that of 3695? They look the same to me~

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By in Canada,

3694 and 3695 were in identical boxes. The contents may be different, possibly a different set of figures. I don't believe they were ever sets that were available to buy, more likely they were promotional items given to shops for display purposes, to show all the different figures available at the time.

@jinxjinx550: it looks as if set Fabuland 324 has been linked to the data for the other set 324, I'll sort that out later.

@Quirrelthesquirrel, if you can send us a good quality photo of the box that would be great!

@WhiteFang, thanks for your comments, they are appreciated!

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By in United States,

The current issue of Brickjournal (Issue 8, Volume 2-Large Yellow Castle on the cover) has a great write up on Fabuland and has pictures of 92 sets! Check it out! Brickjournal is available at Barnes and Noble Bookstores, at LEGO Stores and you can find subscription info at http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=78

I do not work for Brickjournal. I am a huge fan of the magazine. It is the only one dedicated to the hobby aimed at Adults. When I am not reading about LEGO on Brickset, Flickr or the Brothers Brick, I am reading Brickjournal. If you are an AFOL or TFOL and enjoy reading, this magazine is worth picking up.

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By in Sweden,

Fantastic! Great work, Huw! Even more images to come in the next few weeks, eh? I can hardly wait!

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By in Australia,

If only I could get my hands on some of this stuff now...my daughter would REALLY love it.

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By in France,

GREAT!!
:)

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By in Canada,

@bmwlego, I have that issue but haven't read right to the back yet, so I didn't see that article until you pointed it out! Interesting that two of the three we are missing are missing from that article too :-)

I agree about BJ - it's an excellent read!

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By in Germany,

Is that BrickJournal suitable for kids? You know, with no swearing? Also, is it available in the UK?

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By in Canada,

Of course it's suitable for kids - there is no swearing or adult content at all. LEGO is primarily a kids' toy after all.

It's difficult to get in the UK -- someone in my club gets 30-odd of each issue sent over from the USA for distribution to other members.

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By in Germany,

@Huw: Ah, good, the way bmwlego said made me think that it isn't suitable for kids!

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By in Netherlands,

A wonderful line indeed. These were just before my time, I started collecting Lego around '86 or '87. A shame really, the whole Fabuland theme is filled with parts that are perfect for modern-day MOCs :) I bet most of them are pretty rare nowadays. Tip for a fun game: spot the pieces (aside from plain bricks) that are still used in present sets!

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By in United States,

Alemas
I described Brickjournal accurately. The content is written at a reading level most likely associated with a teen or adult. Young children can enjoy the LEGO creations in the magazine and much of what is written but they would need help doing so.
On the flipside I can understand your confusion being that I said Brickjournal is for TFOLs or AFOLs.

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By in New Zealand,

@Alemas: I buy the online version for 3.95 USD when each issue is released. You then have the choice of reading it on your computer or printing out if need be.

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By in Denmark,

I have the Crocodile on his Skateboard, but I'm afraid that the packaging was lost when I opened it being a small kid and all. Anyone got it? It's a crocodile with a black shirt and a red skateboard with yellow wheels.

I used that skateboard alot when I was playing with it.

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By in United States,

Great pictures, many of the Fabuland pieces are re-appearing in new sets. I love it! Those old Fabuland sets are hard to find (complete).

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