This year's Inside Tour set revealed

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LEGO System House

LEGO System House

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Now that this week's LEGO Inside Tour in Bilund has ended we can reveal that the exclusive set given to attendees is 4000034 LEGO System House.

I believe it's based on the building on the corner of Systemvej and Hovedgaden in the centre of Billund that is nowadays known as the Idea House, which you can see in this Google street view image.

Unusually for Inside Tour sets, LEGO has published the instructions so you can download them and try and build it yourself.

The instructions show the building's internals which consist of an office with a desk and drawing board on one side and a conference room on the other. Clearly, then, the model is depicting the building as it was used in the past because now it houses a small private museum for LEGO employees.

Update: the model depicts the opening of the System House in 1958 as seen in this photo and explained on this page at LEGO.com. It explains why people are standing on the roof! Thanks to Laz and Tsi for pointing this out in the comments.

There's a unique piece in it which you can see on page 57/step 65 of the instructions: the sand green part on the drawing board, a mechanical drafting arm. I'm told that it's a 3D printed piece so we are unlikely to see it elsewhere.

The instructions also show a timeline of all the Inside Tour sets, but of course you know what they are already because we have them listed here on Brickset.

What do you think of it? Which Inside Tour set would you most like to own?

60 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

That's a nice looking little set, and thanks for posting the link to the actual building. Do you know if the minifigs represent actual people?

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By in United Kingdom,

I think it's a "drafting head".

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By in Netherlands,

Nice set, and cool to see them provide instructions.

I like the 3x3 studded plates on the outside front wall for some LEGO details.

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By in United Kingdom,

Seems a little underwhelming to me compared to what's gone before if I'm honest, but I suppose that's down to the source material - it has a bit of a retro feel to it. Nice that TLG has made the instructions available though for those that want to build it. With this and the recent announcement about no longer doing regional exclusives, it makes it easier for LEGO fans to experience building some things that would've previously been unavailable to the majority.

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By in Canada,

@LAZ Now I get it:) Thanks for the explanation!

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By in Ireland,

@Laz: until I read your comment I admit I had a bit of a grump moment, especially seeing as past Inside Tour sets have been great in their own way. This one is a piece of history, lovely to honour it and, I'm sure, lovely to own it.

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By in Germany,

The picture shows the inauguration of the System House in 1958. Sales representatives are standing next to the flag of the country they are representing. I count eleven flags on the original historic photo, the set uses 10. Or is the 11th flag another flag outside the roof? I can't either see the glass domes of the roof on the original photo. Were they added in later years?

https://www.lego.com/en-us/themes/lego-history/articles/early-expansion-5d10104f65814ebc95aaafed85ba14e9

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By in Hungary,

Really nice set, I would really like to own this one! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I was also wondering why the flags were chosen, that explains it. I like the simplicity.

Are the light holes / porthole type things on the roof meant to be studs, making it look like a 2x4 brick?

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By in Poland,

Once again they mix Friends styled animals with minifigs :/

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By in United Kingdom,

Thank you @Laz and @tsi!

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By in United Kingdom,

We're thrilled by this over at New Elementary :D Thanks for highlighting Huw! - so many questions. If anyone went on the Tour and is opening their set, we'd love to know more - contact me at http://www.newelementary.com/p/contact-us.html

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By in United Kingdom,

As has been said its a mixed bag of free sets over the years (trying not to be negative) I suppose "the one you went on" would always be more specific to you and the set probably reflects the theme of the tour. All this time and I didn't realise Market street was an Inside Tour set.

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By in United Kingdom,

The 3D printed part is the armature on the drawing table/board, there are both the 3D printed part and an alternate set of standard elements in the set so you have the choice to make a Lego element version or the 3D printed version. It was positioned on reveal as being the first set with a 3D printed part.

The historical photo is on the back of the box along with the history/story etc. At handover the people involved were all present to explain the process from inspiration to prototypes, through refinement and to final product including product designers and even the guy who compiled the instructions.

What was discussed was the absence of the UK flag.. which was a territory at the time but wasn't represented in the event, so they have recreated in alignment with the photo.

As the article and comments say, it's Lego System House, which is now Lego Ideas House and the "vault" is under this building.

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By in United States,

All those flags! Wonder why those have not been an Extras set yet; seeing as we've had similar sets in years past. The building looks good, and is a reasonable size. It's full of little details. Even some miniature LEGO sets! The one thing that's a bit weird is the way they do the office chair legs--it's kinda creepy.

Of course, it's no Ferguson tractor, but it's one of LEGO's best buildings.

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By in Sweden,

What a lovely set, possibly my favourite Inside Tour set yet actually. Such a great looking front of the building especially (even though it's too much grey on top compared to the real thing) and some really neat brickbuilt furniture inside, including a typewriter - thanks for the instructions Lego!

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By in Canada,

Lots of cool sets. As to my favourite probably the LEGO Truck Show but also really like the LEGO House Tree of Creativity and Lego Ferguson Tractor.

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By in United Kingdom,

Ooh wonder whether bricks n pieces will have the flag parts they will certainly come in handy...

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By in Switzerland,

I like the windows' blinds, clever use of the ladder piece. And the world map is fantastic, so is the trypewriter :-)) I think Lego could sell a lot of this set if they wanted, but the exclusivity of the Inside Tour took over I suppose...

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By in United Kingdom,

It's quite likely that many of those kids in the front of the picture are still alive- the younger ones would only be in their 60s now. I wonder if any of them remember this event or still live around Billund or if any of them still play with Lego...

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By in Australia,

You know, my favourite part of the building is the map of the world, hanging on the wall. It took me a few seconds to realise what that actually was (I initially just thought it was a nice piece of artwork or something), but after looking at it for a little while, I was like, oh, oh that is brilliant.

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By in Singapore,

Are those new 1x4x4 windows? Like the new 1x3x3 windows seen in the new Knight Bus? Whoa.

Also, is this the most white 1xn bricks (by volume) we've seen in a single set in years?

@cody6268, legoavenger14: Unfortunately the flags are all stickers.

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By in Netherlands,

Really nice set. I do like the history behind these sets. In Septermber I will see if we get the same set or not.

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By in Norway,

Finaly a new Norwegian flag, unfortuanly it is rare...

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By in United Kingdom,

Too expensive, too many mini-figures and not enough play functionality. If Lego would've listened to my blog post in 2017 they could've avoided this catastrophe...

Only joking! Love the 3x3 studded plates used in repeat, gives a solid Scandinavian vibe in tune with the inspiration.

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By in Singapore,

@Tim Johnson: Oh, so these are the same frames that are used with the small shutter-looking doors in a fair number of sets including Steamboat Willie. But it looks like new glass (window panes) have been created for them starting with this set. Interesting!

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By in United States,

The unique piece is a mechanical drafting arm.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Thank you.

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By in United States,

Meh, nothing exciting. The exclusivity seems to be driving many people's excitement.

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By in United Kingdom,

@LegoSonicBoy Oooh, hadn't spotted that, thanks! There's only been a door in the past.

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By in United Kingdom,

The glass does have a newly issued part number: 6275866

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By in United Kingdom,

And there's never been one before, has there @huw?

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By in United States,

I think my favorite Inside Tour sets are Ole Kirk’s House and the Ferguson Tractor.

I’m going on the tour in September, and am looking forward to this set, though, as I very much enjoy the modular building sets as well as the Architecture theme. So this is kind of in between those.

And as a lifelong fan of LEGO, the history of this building is special to me. I only wish it included the vault!!

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By in Australia,

Hopefully the new glass becomes easier to get, I have a few potential uses for it.
As for the 3d printed part, it would be neat to have (its essentially the same as how LEGO does prototypes except this one isn't intended to have a mold made)

Going to have to pinch some of the neat furniture designs from this set in future I think (like that neat-looking typewriter and some of those chairs)

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By in Australia,

In terms of which Inside Tour set I wish I had, it would be the molding machines set.
If instructions (or a confirmed accurate re-creation in something like LDD) ever show up it might be neat to try and build that one from parts (assuming it doesn't contain anything exclusive or any stickers)

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By in United States,

So many flags, revealed on Flag Day in the United States!

As a former Inside Tourister, I love seeing the different representations--in the brick-- of LEGO history.

The 3D brick is an excellent demonstration of LEGO future.

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By in Brazil,

It looks very cool! And nice that they published the instructions this time, I wanted so much the instructions of the LEGO Truck Show from 2016...

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By in France,

No jeep?! Shame on you for this unfortunate missed opportunity Lego!
(very) bad joke apart, I like it just as I like quite every set, even the smallest ones, which refers to Lego history. That's why I really liked the Bricklink set relating it with 4 little connected vignettes.
In this one I really like the way they used small ladders to create half opened awnings or blinds. Very clever use. A bit disappointed it won't be available more widely, but that is always the case with such references, which purpose is to reward those who had the luck or who spared enough of their hard earned money to get there. Nice display and play piece anyway. Oh and such a great idea to use black sausages to make the chair feet!

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By in Germany,

Love this set.
And as someone who will never have the chance to take part in an Inside Tour event I really appreciate them providing the instructions.

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By in United States,

My favorites are the LEGO Truck Show, LEGO House Tree, and Ole Kirk's House. This LEGO System House set looks pretty cool, I've yet to check out the interior pics and am sure that's the best part. Although now I fear that every time I see a single story house-like structure I will always wonder what the "upside down" version would look like... the Stranger Things set has ruined the way I see LEGO! LOL :)

Ok checked out the instructions... yup definitely stealing the design for the chair w/the claw piece legs (the other one w/hot dog legs... yeah kinda creepy/weird lol), and will have to semi-copy that world map - too cool!

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By in Netherlands,

There’s one listed on Ebay already for little over....€11.000,- ...... What is this ‘seller’ thinking?! Good luck with that.

On this Inside Tour set itself: Love the nostalgia!
I haven’t been born back then, but I have visited it once (in 2003) after it became the LEGO Ideas House. And that drawing arm piece looks interesting! Nice set overall IMO (except for that Friends pet which isn’t my taste, though I’m sure many people do like these little creatures ;-)

P.S. Are those door handles printed 1x1 tiles?

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By in Italy,

@tsi, the domes were there from the start.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Rfa5Ptw6qK9L4imZ8

(This photo is before the 1960 fire, so it must have been taken between September 1958 - the inauguration of the System House - and February 4th 1960)

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By in United States,

@Laz that photo makes it look like the entire Ideas House has been moved relative to the position of Ole Kirk’s house next door (as seen in the street view provided by Huw). Can someone explain this to me, I’m curious. Anyway, my favorite inside tour sets are probably tied between this and the Lego Truck Show.

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By in United Kingdom,

Ignore the 2 storey extension built later on, if move in street view to nearer LegoHouse and then turn back towards the side street (sadly you can't go up there in google), you'll see the single storey building to the right i.e. coming off of the rear of the 2 storey block and running to the right.

or, get a birds eye satellite view in google, and spot the rectangular building with the skylights on it behind 2 storey one. It's a lot clearer from above and also explains the skylights...

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By in United States,

On the map the USSR is colored red. Nice historical touch.

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By in United States,

Just arrived in Billund for Lego Land and Lego house so I will have to look for this.

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By in Serbia,

@ind1g0 - unless you went on the LEGO Inside Tour, the only way to get it is to buy it from someone who did.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks to all who provided background info on this set. With the absence of the union flag, at first glance I thought it was a set about br... no.. nope I can't even type it.

PS: What no jeep?!

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By in Spain,

As far as I have seen in the instruction, in the inventory, there is a brick separator....in sand green? Is it true?? Please, saw a photo of it!!!

SAND GREEN IS THE NEW ORANGE!!!

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By in Netherlands,

@HeriSanmi, no sorry, it is just teal-colored like the ones in the more recent Lego Movie 2 sets and others.

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By in United States,

@HeriSanmi: Nope, that's the teal one that appears in several of this year's sets.

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By in United States,

The map looks absolutely fantastic! I'm building it in Stud.io right now.

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By in United States,

@NickF22:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drafting_machine

@tsi:
Matching up the LEGO flags with the real flags shows that second from the right (hidden behind Italy) is the extra flag. It appears to be a white cross on a grey background that looks very much like the Danish flag on the far left. So it very well may be just a campus flag behind or off to the side of this building, that just happens to be at the right angle and height to look like it's mounted on the roof.

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By in Israel,

the link to the instructions is broken...
:-(

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