Vintage Bricks and Pieces magazine unearthed

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Back in 2010, I was loaned a number of Bricks and Pieces, the magazine for the UK LEGO club back in the 1970s and 1980s, which I scanned and made available here at Brickset.

I am grateful to Peter S for sending me scans of another issue, from autumn 1979, which I've just added to the archive.

It's an interesting read, and harks back to a bygone, lost age. The article on the front cover about a shortage of LEGOLAND Space sets, which attempts to explain why there's a shortage, but not in a condescending way, is particularly interesting.

I also wonder whether they managed to organise the trip to LEGOLAND Billund by ferry, for £50 a person. Unfortunately we don't have the spring 1980 issue to find out...

As I said once before when discussing old B&Ps, the kids' models in the centre pages are actually quite good, and not the thrown-together bolocs models featured in today's issues. The model of the class 47 diesel loco is pretty good given the palette of parts available at the time, and the winner of the mosaic competition on the back page would not look out of place among AFOL creations today.

Update: Peter S has provided scans of the spring and summer 1980 issues. I'm pleased to see that a club trip to Billund was organised (they flew from Luton, cost £75, which is about £300 in today's money) and had a wonderful time, according to the report in the summer issue!

8 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Class 47? Looks more like a class 35 hymek to me... it's very nice we're getting these and being able to look back.

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By in United States,

Yes, you are probably right, given it's a BO-BO, but within the limits of what was available at the time, it could be anything :-) Whatever, it brought back fond memories of attempting to replicate EMUs and class 33s (I lived in the Southern area :) )

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By in United Kingdom,

I remember clearly the Pollution Patrol Vessel and the mosaics in that issue, so thanks for posting this. I'm also pretty sure that I went to Legoland in the winter of 1979, and it may well have been on that trip. (It's when my parents bought me #918, which I still have stored away, although sadly without its box.)

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By in United Kingdom,

Definitely a Hymek ;) It makes me wish Lego still put out things like this (in the UK at least).

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm 99.999% certain my Mother took me to the Lego Club Rally in Birmingham that's featured on the front cover.

Just a point...

I would have been 8 at the time and I'm not the beardy standing on the right of the picture!

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By in United Kingdom,

The trip to Billund was indeed fun! I'm in the photo (at the base of the stairs on the right with the decidedly dodgy haircut). I can fill in some of the hole in the Bricks 'n Pieces archive, certainly I've got 1979 No. 1&2. Although they're held together with yellowing cellotape (I didn't know any better as a child), issue 1 is worth it for the giant David Lyall recreation of my personal favourite Classic Space set: 928! Will fire up the scanner this evening.

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By in United States,

Wow, a comment from someone who actually went! Glad to hear you had a good time!

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