Today we have something special. In honer of the 60th anniversay of The LEGO Brick, BrickLink has produced some AFOL designed sets. We take a look at one of them: The LEGO Story.
In 2018, BrickLink launched a special program to celebrate the 60th anniversay of The LEGO Brick. LEGO builders from all around the world could send in their design. A LEGO Design Team revieved these designs, and selected 20 models, that went into the next round. The second round was the crowdsourcing. People could pre-order a model. When a model got 100% of the needed funds, this model would be released as a 60 Years Anniversary set. In total, 13 models reached the production phase. The model of today, The LEGO Story, is one of these models.
From the designer:
I wanted to build the most important details from LEGO's history that include the wooden duck, the first milling and moulding machine, a LEGO desinger's office with the micro LEGO builds, and the modern factory with a big automated moulding machine and pipework. I also included some interesting building techniques in each small scene.
The box measures 394 x 278 x 64 mm. The packaging is high quality. It's a black box that is re-closable in a white sleeve. It weighs 1606 grams. The box contains 9 bags of parts, the building instructions, and a special brick, the 39789pr0001 - Brick Special 2 x 4 with 3 Axle Holes with '60 Years' print. The bags are from a different kind of plastic. It's more smooth and tougher to open.
The instructions measures 236 x 180 mm. It has 156 pages with 206 steps. In the front is some information about the designer and the model. In the back is the usual invenotry. Only difference here is that instead of Element IDs, here the part numbers are used, combined with a color number. Printed parts have the BrickLink numbering system. In the back is a Color Guide with the names corresponding with the color numbers. The style of the building steps is a little different from the LEGO version, but are clear and easy to follow.
I did spot a few errors. Some parts have no number in the inventory. Also, in some steps there are lines missing. But those are just small things, that don't have real consequences for the build.
The set contains 1442 parts, including 37 spare parts, in 25 different colors, and 27 different categories, with a total of 271 unique parts/color combinations.
Main colors are:
Main categories are:
Rebrickable doesn't count these models as offical LEGO sets, so the inventories are not listed here. I've made a public Custom List with all the parts for this model. There are no new colors or prints in this model.
Bags 1A and 1B build the old wood workplace. There are some small details like the famous wooden duck, the first milling machine, and of course Ole Kristians.
I have not build a Modular set yet, so I'm not used to the high part usage for the floor. The part count in each step is also high. I like that. Most sets are designed for children, and are sometimes a bit too easy to build.
The spare parts system seems to be a little different from LEGO. There are the normal 1x1 plates and tiles. But there is also a 3069b - Tile 1 x 2 with Groove in Tan, and a 32028 - Plate Special 1 x 2 with Door Rail in Reddish Brown. These are probably included because they are used a lot in this build.
Bags 2A and 2B build the first molding machine. There is also a rack with the extra molds.
Bags 3A and 3B build a designer's office. Oh, how I want to work there one day! The walls are a bit tricky to build the walls up first, and later add white 2431 - Tile 1 x 4. You have to be very carefull, as the walls are not really strong. It's easier to build the pillars that hold the 2431 - Tile 1 x 4 first and add the tiles directly, and places the entire sub build onto the walls.
There are some nice sub-builds in this vignette, like a micro version of the 10253-1 - Big Ben.
Bags 4A, 4B and 4C build the largest vignette: the modern LEGO Factory floor.There is a large molding machine, with pipes transporting the plastic granulate.
The first thing I wondered when I heard of this program, was "Will it hold up to LEGO's standards?". That, it does. The packaging is done good (dare I say better than LEGO?), the instructions are clear, and the end result of the build is looking amazing. This could easily be an offical LEGO set.
There are a few smudges, like the fragile walls in vignette 3, but overall the building experience is good. It captures the history of LEGO very well. It's really thoughtout and designed with a love for LEGO.