Ideas Books scans

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LEGOLAND Idea Book

LEGOLAND Idea Book

©1980 LEGO Group

Our document library has received a boost this week thanks to Brickset member Xiaolong (Andy) who has provided us with scans of many of the Ideas books that were published in the 1970s and 1980s.

They were a regular fixture in LEGO's product lineup and provided a wealth of ideas and inspiration, and I suspect that flicking through them again will being back fond memories for many of you.

You'll find them all in the library, where you can view them using our fancy viewer, or download as PDFs.

Thanks to Andy for taking the time to scan them: if you have printed material that's missing from our library that you'd like to scan and share then do get in touch.

 

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37 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Andy thanks for uploading these - I have a number from when I was younger {late 70s} but it's nice to have them in electronic format - as I can see the other ones as they were always great for ideas.... and as mine are quite well used and delicate I can avoid causing greater damage to them!

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By in United Kingdom,

Aaah the memories ... Thanks for making this happen Huw and Andy. I spent hours looking through these as a kid. I didn't have enough bricks back then. Perhaps a good excuse to build now what I couldn't back then.

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By in Germany,

Ah yes. I should still have at least one of those, from back when I used my teeth to seperate stuck parts. (I was young, it seemed convenient and I did not care much about damaging my bricks.)

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By in United States,

Most humble and sincere thanks to Andy for this VERY valuable contribution to the site and of course to Huw for hosting & presenting it all. These hit a lot of us grown-up kids right smack in the nostalgia spot.

Like ^DrGenie I had very little LEGO stuff as a kid, but the featured 1980 Ideas book in particular transported me to imaginary worlds for countless hours and is the primary reason it now says "2030 sets" at the top of this page when I'm logged in.

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By in United Kingdom,

Awesome! The 1980 Ideas Book featured up top certainly brings back the memories!
I love how they jumped into a Spaceship and travelled to Yellow Castle Land :-)

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By in Belgium,

I still have parts of 222 and 6000. This is great! I still think 6000 tells such a wonderful story without text!

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By in United Kingdom,

I remember book 6000 very vividly... and the sticker sheet that came with it! :)

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By in Netherlands,

I've got the 1987 one, and felt exactly like DrGenie at the time. How I yearned to be able to build the 3-axle wrecker and the castle sets...

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By in Poland,

These are great! Thank you SO MUCH!

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By in United States,

We had a couple of these that were destroyed at my hands as a toddler, I’m sure but not positive. As a kid I remember tattered copies with many loose pages lying around. I believe one edition came with stickers? Those, I—if it were my fault (which being the younger hellion of a brother, I am sure it was)—I stuck on several of the loose pages...

My brother, father, and I had enough bricks to make some of the ideas in the book, but every Christmas our LEGO collection was set up very much like a train display—exactly like a train display when we got our first battery powered trained—so sets and bricks were not allowed to be mixed; they had to be stored in their original boxes so they could easily be built each year for the Christmas display. I longed to mix our bricks and build something from those idea pages.

That is probably a part of why Paradisa is so dear to me. As a old tween or young teen, I was finally allowed to mix those bricks as long as I could rebuild the original sets each Christmas.

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By in Czech Republic,

I have idea book no. 697 from 1997 and cannot find it in database, I can make scan if needed.

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By in Belgium,

Hi everyone,
Thanks for your appreciation. I’m happy to bring you some sweet memories.
It was a pleasure and an honour to contribute a little to this wonderful website and our community.
I still like 221 from 1973 in which you see lovely houses and cool cars with just a pile of standard bricks. The outlaw from page 33 is still standing on my shelves after all these years.
Andy

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks Andy and Huw. I have a mint one from the early 80's that I can get scanned. My family use it often. It had a big yellow victorian style machine with a chain drive that I thought I would never be able to build. I now have enough chain links so I am nearly able to build it at last! I was always frustrated that you never had anywhere near enough bricks to do most of these books - even in the wrong colours!

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By in United States,

Thanks to Andy for the scans...they're really cool to see. I didn't have any of the idea books but the aesthetic reminds me so much of the instruction booklets and catalogs from the time. Brings back memories.

Back then I had no concept of product releases and yearly waves so every time I got a new set there was a level of excitement to see if there was a new catalog insert inside. Lego was brilliant in including those things, bypassing the parents and going right to the kid. But I digress..

Thanks again for the scans!

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By in United States,

These are wonderful - thank you for sharing them Andy and Huw!

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By in United Kingdom,

I built many many things* from the 1973 and 1976 books and still have them myself! I'll have to have a look through and see if I have anything else to add to the collection. Between me and my two brothers our Lego era was around 1972-1988.

*not necessarily in the correct colours ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Brilliant! It's this sort of thing that sets Brickset apart from other lego news & reviews sites. Keep up the stellar work!

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By in Norway,

Thank you both Andy and Huw! A nice trip down the memory lane :) <3

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By in Belgium,

Thank you so much. This is great.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow - thank you to all concerned! 7777 and 6000 are almost as much part of my ‘Lego childhood’ as the bricks themselves. It’s lovely to go through them and see them in high quality, and without risking my (now aging) copies falling apart!

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By in United States,

WHAAAAAAAT?!?!? I didn't even know there WAS a Library section on Brickset. Awesome!
And those old Ideas Books are wonderful! Thank you, Andy!

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By in United States,

My grandparents have one of these! They were my favorite when I was a kid- the one we have still has the sticker sheet inside of it.

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By in United Kingdom,

These are great. I think I had most of them from the 1970s-80s.
I think they should be required reading for anyone wanting to post an idea on Lego Ideas these days. Might raise the standards a bit!

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By in United States,

That 1980 book is still greatness. So many memories.

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By in Australia,

Thanks so much for uploading! Wow, turns out I was spoilt - I had all the books from 1980-1984. Even today I find pieces with stickers on them from 6000. Let's see how well today's stickers hold up (we know the ones from the 2000s have already crumbled away!). I still have bits of all of them today but none are complete.

I especially love the random "story" in 6000 where visitors from space turn up and whisk the minifigs away.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for a lovely nostalgia trip!
(Obviously these are long out of print, but, according to the strict letter of the law, is this scanning & sharing legal...?)

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By in Netherlands,

Putting time and effort to contribute some nice LEGO documentation to the community, so all fans can enjoy it too, is always a good thing. So thank you Andy!

Besides, I read the title as "Ideas Books scams" at first. :p

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By in United States,

Fantastic! Really looking forward to reading these and I appreciate the work to put these together. Unfortunately, it seems I can't download anything. Clicking the links just hangs.

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By in United States,

I still have 6000 with most of the stickers. I loved the subtle story of the characters throughout the book. I was disappointed when the next book had no story.

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By in United States,

So awesome!. I still have two of mine, and flip through them all the time.

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By in United States,

I have 6000 and 260 over at my parents' house and leaf through them every time I go over. Need to bring them back with me soon. They are like a time machine - come to think of it, so is my parents' house.

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By in United Kingdom,

Ah the memories:-) I used to spend hours poring over these (222, 6000, 7777) wondering how on earth someone could have enough bits to make those big locos or that huge railway layout with the viaduct... Now I probably have getting close to enough for many of the models (though not necessarily the right colour!), just no time for it... Oh well, at least when the children are old enough it's there for them:-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Ideas book 200 from 1985 taunting us on the cover pages with a red fireman's helmet and a light grey castle guard's helmet - both of which don't exist. Not to mention a yellow construction helmet - which does exist but at the time was made from pure unobtainium. It's like they were playing with us ;-)

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By in Hong Kong,

Wow, this brought back a long lost memory for me. I'm sure I used to own the 6000 book...but what happened to it???

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By in United States,

Thanks Andy! I still have 7777 (held together by lots of tape), it was quite possibly my favourite book as a kid. I was very happy when I eventually got enough technic to build some of the bridges and other structures. Great to see all of the other books which I've never seen before, will share with my son who keeps attempting to claim my 7777 as his own.

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By in Canada,

I'm impressed! It is an amazing job! Thank you so much, Guys!!

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