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LEGO history 1891-1969

The display windows of LEGO Idea House in Billund, Denmark showcase the history of LEGO. Here is the first close-up installment, years 1891-1969. Make note of the early wooden toys LEGO made (LEGO was originally a wooden toy manufacturer for a couple of decades), as well as the earliest plastic LEGO bricks, tortured by the…

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Localized train stickers

In the previous story I rediscovered my old partial 7710 Push-Along Passenger Steam Train locomotive, released in 1980. Let’s take a closer look at it and especially its stickers. Feel free to shudder at the STAMP, but do note the logo on the train, VR. Apparently LEGO used to localize its sticker options, because instead…

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Locomotive ruins

What can I re-use for the train? search of my old bricks continues. While I’m not sweating on building the exact oval track of the 7740 Inter-City Passenger Train, and I know I have hardly any 12V components in my old collection, I collected what I could find anyway. I will definitely want to run…

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What can I re-use for the train?

Quest for Inter-City train: It has been a while since I last dug into my childhood LEGO collection. That time it was for the (still slightly incomplete) Quest for Lion Knights’ castle. I was strictly looking for LEGO Castle parts then. This time I’m armed with a slightly more diverse 7740 Inter-City Passenger Train set’s…

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Fabul(ous)and vintage

One of the clear, constant aspirations I have had for this blog, and my AFOL hobby as a whole, has been the exploration and (re-)discovery of LEGO history. Be it for example through my original Quest for Lion Knights’ castle, the second Quest for Inter-City train, playing with my father’s 1960s LEGO, visiting museums or…

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LEGO Idea House museum

Continuing my Road trip Billund: As mentioned in a previous story, TLG has big plans for a new LEGO House in their hometown of Billund, Denmark – and according to preliminary information, the new House is supposed to include a LEGO museum as well. However, construction of this new place of LEGO worship is not…

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LEGO Salt & Pepper Set

850705 Salt and Pepper Set is a new version of the 2008 model. Like the Ice Cube Tray, I purchased the set from the accessories shelves at LEGO Shop Billund (see that previous link for box shots). The set includes two matte plastic salt/pepper dispensers, one black and one white 1×1 LEGO brick lookalike, with…

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LEGO Ice Cube Tray

4585502 Ice Cube Tray is one of the LEGO merchandise I purchased from the accessories selection at LEGO Shop Billund (see that previous link for box shots). The tray is red, made of bendable rubbery material. It can hold 10 ice cubes that gain a nice 2×4 stud pattern on top – although, unless you…

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Taking stock

Quest for Inter-City train: Back in last August (has it really been almost a year?) I sourced some 45% of the 7740 Inter-City Passenger Train brand new from TLG’s online store. I have also made a few smaller BrickLink and parts kit acquisitions to help the cause – and dabbled with Power Functions too as…

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Banging head on Pick a Brick wall

My quest for Inter-City train (to build the 7740 Inter-City Passenger Train from spare parts) has been mostly dormant since I found myself again lacking plates, waiting for the right moment to resurrect it. I did, however, pay a little attention to the project when re-visiting LEGOLAND Billund and the LEGO Shop there. Namely, I…

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Accessories galore

One thing that separates ordinary toy stores from LEGO Shops (or the Japanese Click Brick franchise), is the amount of LEGO accessories and apparel. While well-stocked toy stores may feature an excellent selection of LEGO sets, my experience is they usually have less in terms of LEGO accessories and apparel. One of the absolute best…

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Views from Hotel LEGOLAND

One of the great things about staying in Hotel LEGOLAND at LEGOLAND Billund (apart from a private entrance to the park) are the views. Select one of the Kids House rooms and the view from your second or third story hotel room window overlooks the park. With the hotel wall serving as the park perimeter,…

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LEGO Studios 4D

Last year’s (2012) new attraction at LEGOLAND Billund was the frigid Polar Land, including penguins and a surprising roller coaster. This year (2013) the penguins have had babies, but that’s not the new attraction – Chima is. Namely the Chima Miniland (more on that later) and the LEGO Chima 4D Movie Xperience. The Chima movie…

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Return to LEGOLAND

I had the opportunity to visit LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark – the original LEGOLAND next to the birthplace and home of LEGO – for the fourth time this summer (see here, here and here for arrival stories). Repeating last summer’s visit was a blast and I look forward to sharing some experiences over future posts.…

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Gold Getaway II

Continuing from the previous post (where you can view box pictures and more), a mini-review of 70401 Gold Getaway from the new LEGO Castle (2013) theme. LEGO Castle (2013) pits two factions against each other: Lion Knights and Dragon Knights, both having plenty of counterparts in earlier LEGO Castle themes, but here appearing in new…

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Gold Getaway I

Part of the new LEGO Castle (2013) theme, 70401 Gold Getaway is the second-smallest set in the range so far. At 199 pieces, including three minifigures and a new horse, it is still a significant set that also includes two vehicles and a small brick-built guard post wall. The set looks fairly traditional and lacks…

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LEGO Castle (2013)

As I noted in the year one update, LEGO is coming out with a new LEGO Castle theme this summer. This is after a three year hiatus that saw LEGO Kingdoms, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises instead. Of course, LEGO Castle has been running on and off since 1978, the year of…

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Update completed

Quest for Bricks has gone through all kinds of design changes over the past year or so, leaving some things to be cleaned up later. I am happy to report I have finally managed to check all of these boxes and can now focus more on LEGO blogging and less on blog maintenance. Here are some of the things that have happened behind the scenes: The move from questforcastle.wordpress.com to questforbricks.com to questforbricks.wordpress.com had left a trail of obsoleted links within the content. While they have still worked, pointing to redirection pages, this has been hardly optimal and was always intended to be a temporary solution. I have now gone…

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The Story of Three LEGO Men

On an unassuming Billund, Denmark street corner, there is a metallic stand telling the story of the three generations of toymakers behind LEGO. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves – you can click them for larger versions. Suggestion: For more on the history of LEGO, check out Keyring 1958.

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On the streets of Billund

Unlike many megacorporations, LEGO’s corporate presence on this planet is fairly modest – at least as far as its headquarters in Billund, Denmark are concerned. Let’s continue my Road trip Billund with a quick spin around the LEGO hood… Main Street, Billund: Other than having built their own airport, which I guess is suitably megalomaniac…

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