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I was wondering what's up with so many manuals in one set? Take 5887 for example, there's one book for the little jeep. One for the little helicopter. Then, just the one for the whole HQ(which was nice). Why not at least, put both vehicles in one. Or, better yet, just put them all on one book.

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I have seen that the new mining sets have a new logo on it 'modular building' or so. So I think it has to do with ease of build ability.

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maybe they want to keep options open logistically? Eg break out the jeep or helicopter as a separate pocket money set, so it makes sense for the instructions to be separate? Or from their research they found that people like to build these kinds of sets in groups? eg Dad builds the jeep while their child builds the helicopter?

(Although its simple enough to collate all instruction steps into one booklet and split out later on)

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They normally do that with city sets, from my experience. The boxes for most such sets feature a box on the back proclaiming "Modular Build, Easy Start!" I don't mind this that much. I'm sure it helps younger builders who either want to build the set "out of order," groups of builders who want to all work on the set at the same time without dividing up individual steps, and others. And as for advanced builders, or builders who are building on their own, a few more booklets really doesn't hurt anyone.

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The ideia is to share the building, for instance in 8110 there are 5 books, one for cabin, another for crane, etc...

This way all the family can be bulding different parts of the set at the same time and then assemble it.

Makes no difference to me, actually I prefer to have several "thiner" books than only one very big.

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I much prefer it. This way it is easy for me to take the bag I want, the booklet I want and build one bit one day, then leave another section for another day, or I can build one thing, my wife the other. We don't have a huge amount of projects to build so being able to divide them up over a few short sessions makes for more and easier fun.

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At first, I really disliked having multiple booklets, but now they've kind of grown on me. I still prefer having just one, even for large 1000+pcs sets. Maybe it's nostalgia; or the fact that my friends nor I ever had difficulty building sets with the all-in-one booklets. I do however still strongly dislike the many different sizes they come in. Even the the larger books don't all match (e.g. 10194 E. Night and 7998 Heavy Hauler). Granted the E. Night has more pieces, but they are both similar in size, the truck actually being bit bigger. Yet the trucks manual is not letter size (U.S./CA 8 1/2" x 11"). I have the same disgruntlement with many smaller sets, as well. It's quite frustrating when trying to sort and store default_sceptic.gifdefault_classic.gif

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In my day (60s-70s) manuals were nothing more than an image of the front of a model in various stages of constructions. you often had no clue as to how the back sides should look.

The 1961-65 #717 Junior Constructor Set was a notorious example of this. First of all... the instructions were in the inside of the box top.... and although they showed a lot of alternate models (in this instance)... you only got 4 images (with yellow background) of the main model....

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At first, I really disliked having multiple booklets, but now they've kind of grown on me. I still prefer having just one, even for large 1000+pcs sets. Maybe it's nostalgia; or the fact that my friends nor I ever had difficulty building sets with the all-in-one booklets. I do however still strongly dislike the many different sizes they come in. Even the the larger books don't all match (e.g. 10194 E. Night and 7998 Heavy Hauler). Granted the E. Night has more pieces, but they are both similar in size, the truck actually being bit bigger. Yet the trucks manual is not letter size (U.S./CA 8 1/2" x 11"). I have the same disgruntlement with many smaller sets, as well. It's quite frustrating when trying to sort and store default_sceptic.gifdefault_classic.gif

Yeah, that's gets me too. Storing them has me frustrated right know. Some will fit in the boxes with the sets, others are either just too big, or way to big.

In my day (60s-70s) manuals were nothing more than an image of the front of a model in various stages of constructions. you often had no clue as to how the back sides should look.

The 1961-65 #717 Junior Constructor Set was a notorious example of this. First of all... the instructions were in the inside of the box top.... and although they showed a lot of alternate models (in this instance)... you only got 4 images (with yellow background) of the main model....

Oh man, that's nuts. But, at least you didn't have to worry about storing the instructions. But, 4 steps for what looks like a pretty big set.

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Its so that one model can be used in several sets without the need to create additional manuals. So If you want to include a police car in a police station set, all that have to be done is to add the already existing manual(and bricks) to the package or vice versa.

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