LEGO Historian

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  1. Glad to hear this.... I'm working on finishing a 9 Volume LEGO Encyclopedia book project for China. The first 6 of these 9 volumes will contain all the LEGO sets from 1949-2017. The 6 volumes are for LEGO sets... Volume 1 (1949-67), Volume 2 (1968-79), Volume 3 (1980-91), Volume 4 (1992-2000), Volume 5 (2001-2010) and Volume 6 (2011-2017). The last 3 volumes will be Volume A (rare LEGO parts), Volume B) (early LEGO wooden and plastic toys), and Volume C (LEGO display models and LEGO retailer items). The last few volumes are now being written, and they will all be translated into simplified Chinese, by China's major LEGO book company. LEGO is sizzling hot in China right now... and with a middle class of over 340 million, China is an ever increasing market for LEGO and LEGO related items. Fortunately I now have a book deal for USA/Canada for the English 9 volume book versions as well! Thanks to my over 100 LEGO acquaintances worldwide... I have images of MANY sets not found in the Billund Vault, and a few (licensee sets) not found in the Billund Archives. Gary Istok P. S. More info can be found in the Eurobricks Marketplace Bazaar.
  2. Lego themes that we need to be happen

    There's more than just Sleepy Hollow to Washington Irvings credit. There's also RIP VAN WINKLE... which granted consists of little more than him sleeping (with long beard) under a tree... but there's also the Catskill Mountains Dutch homestead as part of the Rip Van Winkle story. Another interesting building is Washington Irving's SUNNYSIDE home in Tarrytown New York. Granted this one would be more of a larger build... not as part of a Sleepy Hollow series. But the house is an amazing Dutch Revival homestead dating to 1835....
  3. Death of Lego Investing? Rerelease of Taj Mahal

    There were 4 people who purchased the old Taj Mahal set on Bricklink in October.... as of right now it appears that only 1 of those 4 buyers went thru with the deal. 3 backed out... including one buyer who paid $4500 for the set. I do bet that that one seller was really depressed....
  4. LEGO 9 Volume Encyclopedia

    My 2800 page online LEGO Collectors Guide is being expanded to over 5000 pages in a 9 volume LEGO Encyclopedia hardcover series to be translated into Chinese.... and also reformated into English (for the USA/Canada market)... The 9 volumes will be..... ============================================== The 9 volume series will be sold individually in book form or as a set. All the folks who ordered my Computer Desktop download of my smaller guide (2800 pages) will get the full upgrade to the larger book size (but online) for free. For a limited time, I can still sell the 2800 page online version for $29.95 that will be upgraded as a free download next year of the 9 volume set, for only a fraction of the price. 6 of 9 volumes are already nearly finished, with 2 additional volumes a work in progress. If you want to see what is in the first part of the LEGO Encyclopedia... check the link below. If you are interested.... click on the link provided at the bottom of this post message. The 9 volume book in hardcover will be much more expensive than the online version with free future upgrades!!
  5. Death of Lego Investing? Rerelease of Taj Mahal

    Did you mean 40 years (1978)? Because 50 years would take us back to 1968... and I see nothing significant in that year milestone?
  6. Actually.... the 2012 Employee set was the 4000007 OLE KIRK HOUSE. The workshop, which was not made into a set, was located on property behind the house.....{}
  7. LEGOLAND non-production parts

    From my LEGO acquaintance Michael Christianset of Denmark (no relation to the LEGO family).... Esso Petrol Pumps, along with a production Esso Pump set...... These date to about 1956.....
  8. Unreleased/Cancelled LEGO Sets

    Don't get me started.... .... there's the Cypress tree moulds....the old rail cap moulds.... and on and on....
  9. Unreleased/Cancelled LEGO Sets

    I wouldn't read too much into anything that TLG does.... and try to make logic out of it. They've done so many things in the past that make absolutely no sense, that I sometimes wonder if different parts of the company were at one time run like little fiefdoms (or maybe it was in the past)... and they were not always on the same page for the greater good of the company. Also, LEGO never threw anything away.... so if they had some new boxes produced, but not yet put into production... they weren't going to throw them away because they decided to make a big change in their individual systems. As long as items were still in inventory... TLG continued to produce older products, even though new ones were ready to come online.
  10. Missing Slopes

    One slope I had always wanted was the 2x2 (45 degree) outside corner (convex) slope in trans-clear.... I always wanted to use them with the bazillion regular 2x2 trans-clear slopes I had.... and when I heard that TLG was going to put out an architectural set of part of the Louvre Museum with Le Pyramid in clear... I was momentarily excited that they would create the outside corner in trans-clear. But for some odd reason TLG decided to go with a "weird build technique" that wasn't as smooth as just using 45 degree trans-clear slopes.... TLG... the dream crusher!!
  11. I always get a chuckle when dealing with LEGO anniversaries.... usually because LTG doesn't always get it right.... for example.... 1957 (late in year) first appearance of the tube bottom brick, but Patent was sent in in January 1958. Where do people get the idea that LEGO bricks didn't exist before 1958? There were (1949) slotted bricks and (1956) hollow bottom bricks, before the advent of the tube bottom bricks. So many LEGO anniversaries are either ignored by TLG or they got them wrong. I remember the 1998 introduction of the Silver Anniversary Bucket (with silver 2x4 brick) and Tub sets to mark 25 years of LEGO in the USA. Well that wasn't quite right. 1973 was the first year that TLG took back the USA LEGO license from USA Samsonite (they had it since 1961).... and not the true anniversary of the first year of LEGO in the USA. Sometimes TLG produces ambiguous anniversaries... that aren't quite right... but close...... Some anniversaries get skipped altogether by TLG.... so if you don't anticipate them.... you won't be disappointed when they're not celebrated.
  12. HELP! Can't Find Red Lego Briefcase

    The key comment to the Original Posters description was "flappable handle". None of the Samsonite carrying cases (made in either red or blue from 1966-71) had a flappable handle... they were all non-moving handles. However... that said... even the European carrying cases were of a non-moving handle type.....
  13. Missing Slopes

    Ole, I love to look at your prototypes.... The one (in my opinion) that would be the most useful would be the 2x2x3 78 degree concave corner slope. would make some great Mansard roofs. Not only desn't TLG compete "systems" that would be useful when used together... but they don't have them in matching color combinations. Such as the 3x3 33 degree slope double convex corner that they used for the first time in the Robie House architectural set. They don't make them in colors that are useful with other bricks of that type. TLG got away from their "System" back around 1998 when the LEGO color explosion started....
  14. A LEGO Encyclopedia is in the works...

    Na sicher kann ich noch Deutsch sprechen.... meine Mutter hat Fränisch gesprochen, meine Vater hat Donauschwäbish gesprochen und ich habe Hoch Deutsch in die Schule hier in Amerika gelernt. Da kenne ich noch 3 dialekten! The online version will be around a while longer.... and current owners will get updates with all the information in the 9 volume set... since the online guide is the baseline dcument. I just don't know exactly when I have to stop accepting additional orders of the online guide.
  15. A LEGO Encyclopedia is in the works...

    Yes, I'm familiar with'No Starch Press' I know several LEGO books on building (such as Allan Bedford's book) that are self published. The first country is as I mentioned China that will print my 9 volume series. However they will also promote and advertise my volumes, just like they do other LEGO volumes that they produced for the Chinese market. Here's a little bit of a background about me and the volumes (and online collectors guide)... I've been a builder, a collector, and now historian after 56 years.