Here are the differences between the two books:
The history of TLG, pages 1-29, are identical.
A few of the title pages for theme chapters have different pictures, as well as many of the 'Sets to remember' pages.
'Lego Elements to remember' now includes POP, Alien Conquest & Friends.
The Special Editions page now has pictures of the winter sets rather than the modulars.
The fashion & style has 1 page of completely different pictures.
The 2 pages for LEGO Universe have been replaced by LEGO video games
The reprint has 56 more pages with 256 compared to 200 pages.
The new pages are as follows:
+2: The time-line of 'New Worlds to Discover' now includes 2 pages for 'And Beyond', covering releases up to 2012.
+2: Alien Conquest
+2: LEGO City 'City Outskirts' - sets from 2010-2012
+2: LEGO Castle 'Kingdoms' - sets 2010-2012
+2: LEGO Space 'Alien Conquest'
+2: LEGO Pirates 'Imperial Flagship'
+10: LEGO Adventures: +1 Pharaoh's Quest, +1 Dino, +1 Atlantis, +1 Agents, +2 Monster Fighters, +4 Ninjago
+2: Collectable Minifigures
+4: Hero Factory
+2: LEGO Creator - sets 2010&2011
+2: The LEGO Wheel
+2: LEGO Friends
+2: New introduction to LEGO Duplo
+2: the modular houses
+2: Star Wars
+2: DC Super Heroes
+2: Marvel Super heroes
+2: POC & POP
+2: Toy Story & Cars
+2: Star Wars Miniland
+2: LEGO games
+2: 'New Hoirizons' - covering CUUSOO & Life of George
So with all the new inclusions the book is quite up to date, but as I said otherwise there isn't anything new. The new inclusions follow exactly the same layout as in the first version, but the original info hasn't been changed/added to.
So unless you want a more complete version with the new themes from 2010-2012, there isn't anything new.
LEGO Historian, on 15 September 2012 - 01:23 AM, said:
I only own the older copy. I helped out in some way that I was not privy to until after it came out, and my name was in the list of credits at the beginning (I believe some of the AFOL helpers owned an early version of my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide).
But I have a question for owners of both guides... the year 1963.... are there a lot fewer entries for that year? When I got my complimentary earlier guide... for inadvertently helping them (
) I noticed that the year 1963 had twice the entries in the first guide than it should have.... I was wondering if the new guide corrected that with fewer entries for that year?
And while we're at it... does the year 1961 show 2 different 810 (Town Plan) sets? The first guide only showed one.
The 2nd Edition of the LEGO Collector's guide still has only 1 entry for 810 in 1961, and there are now 15 sets shown as released in 1963 as compared to 29 in the first edition.