Continuing with the release of previously unavailable pictures, I have uploaded today photos of many Minitalia sets.
Gary Istok writes in his Unofficial LEGO sets/parts collectors' guide: "Minitalia was the name assigned to a new variation of LEGO type bricks produced in the early to mid 1970’s, for the Italian market only. It appears that around 1970 the Italian Parliament passed some laws to protect Italian businesses from foreign imports. LEGO was one of those imports. So in order to get around the import restrictions imposed in the early 1970’s TLG established an Italian Subsidiary that produced and sold new sets under the 'Minitalia' name."
It was made from a cheaper plastic and the parts were completely different: they use an 'X' rather than a tube underneath to provide clutching power. As you will see in the theme browser, the sets were pretty uninspiring, consisting mainly of basic sets and houses. There are images of the sets we don't have photos of at BrickLink, although some are tiny.
Today, they are little more than a curiosity and individual parts can be bought on BrickLink for a small sum although complete sets are hard to come by.
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