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LEGO Ideas 21315 Pop-Up Book packs a big fairy-tale surprise [Review] | The Brothers Brick

LEGO Ideas 21315 Pop-Up Book packs a big fairy-tale surprise [Review] | The Brothers Brick

LEGO has revealed the subsequent LEGO Ideas set: 21315 Pop-Up Book. Chosen again in Might from the crowd-sourced LEGO Ideas platform, the guide’s ultimate design has been stored secret till now. LEGO has figuratively taken the covers off the set which incorporates 859 items to construct the e-book and two tales that fill its pages, in addition to 4 minifigures and one microfigure. The set will retail for $69.99 USD when it’s out there November 1st.

The Pop-Up Book is the brainchild of two followers, Jason Alleman and Grant Davis, two names chances are you’ll acknowledge. Each Jason and Grant are regulars right here on The Brothers Brick, having a lengthy historical past of constructing wonderful creations. Nevertheless, Jason’s identify might ring a bell for an additional cause, since this isn’t his first LEGO Ideas set. Jason additionally created 21305 Maze. (Take a look at our interview with him about that challenge.) This brings Jason into the unique double-feature LEGO Ideas membership, which was beforehand occupied solely by Ellen Kooijman who created 21110 Analysis Institute together with 21302 The Big Bang Concept.

The field and contents

Whereas we right here at The Brothers Brick don’t wish to spend an excessive amount of time analyzing the field for LEGO merchandise (we’re extra with what’s inside), this field bears word for its inventive design that may doubtless stand aside from the standard fare on the LEGO retailer. The paintings options a putting ebook on a picket writing desk, surrounded by the workplace artifacts of older occasions. The e-book itself is nearly levitating off the desk, opening barely and surrounded by a mystical glow. The picture virtually conjurs up the sensation you’d get from the start of basic Disney films with their opening fairy story books.

Now let’s transfer to the actual coronary heart of the expertise, the plastic bricks inside. With a field about two-thirds the dimensions of 21310 Previous Fishing Retailer, the set feels appropriately hefty. Inside are six numbered luggage, the guide, and the 2 eight×16 brown tiles that go on the ebook’s cowl.

The 150-page guide devotes a number of pages firstly to the fan designers Jason and Grant, as nicely a temporary introduction of the parents at LEGO who translated the unique design into an official product. Wesley Alan Talbott is the fan-turned-LEGO designer who was liable for the product design, whereas Crystal Marie Fontan created the graphic designs.

The subsequent unfold of pages options a temporary historical past of the pop-up ebook, from its early origins within the 1200s to its trendy types within the late 1700s. That is a nice bit of additional instructional materials that LEGO would do properly to incorporate in different units extra steadily and in higher quantity. It gained’t be of curiosity to each child (and even grownup) who builds the set, however for many who take the time to learn, it might encourage even higher curiosity in historical past and artwork, together with a deeper appreciation of the set.

Lastly, the introduction consists of a temporary synopsis of the 2 tales portrayed within the set: Little Pink Driving Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Every abstract is accompanied by a pretty pair of sepia-toned illustrations, one in a conventional fashion and one in brick type.

The construct

Luggage 1 and a couple of consist virtually solely of darkish inexperienced parts, with a small handful of black items thrown in. What’s instantly apparent as you open the luggage, nevertheless, is that this isn’t an odd construct. The abundance of SNOT parts is overwhelming in probably the most constructive method potential. Simply within the two luggage that make up the ebook’s outer shell, I counted 116 darkish inexperienced and black SNOT bricks of 5 totally different varieties.

Aside from the plethora of SNOT bricks, the primary third of the construct is sort of simple with bricks and plates stacked single-file into three partitions related by hinge bricks and plates. The SNOT bricks alternate dealing with inward and outward, to allow them to maintain not solely the ebook’s brown filigree cowl but in addition a number of the inside particulars.

On the finish of Bag 2, the uncooked base of the duvet is full although it’s utterly devoid of any particulars or the fake pages that fill the inside. The two brown Technic bricks will ultimately be hidden from the surface however are deliberately seen from the within the place they may function attachment factors for the swappable tales. The window within the backbone has a intelligent function we’ll take a nearer take a look at later.

The remainder of the e-book construct strikes shortly with Bag three filling within the pages together with a little bit of surroundings inside the underside corners, two small items of the Pink Driving Hood scene, and the adorned exterior e-book cowl. Amusingly, the directions reveal the right way to grip the e-book when putting tiles on its backbone by displaying an illustration of a human-sized minifigure hand. If solely LEGO bought these…

The entrance of the e-book showcases a lovely “Once Upon a Time” title on a eight×16 tile printed in darkish brown, off-white and gold. The intricate gold damask sample and the stylized lettering designed by Crystal are among the many greatest graphic design seen in a LEGO set within the firm’s lengthy historical past. The tiny golden 2×2 LEGO brick drawing captured within the tail of the B is the right crowning glory. (Nevertheless, now that LEGO has printed this beautiful sample on an eight×16 tile, there isn’t any excuse for not printing the data placard from the subsequent Star Wars Final Collector Collection set in place the dreaded monster-sized sticker.)

In a pleasant nod, the set consists of each the unique venture’s creators’ final names as “authors” on the duvet. It’s not exhausting to think about that LEGO mentioned printing these names instantly on the primary title tile, however fortunately, they’ve chosen as an alternative to go the rather more helpful route and printed them on 1×6 tiles which sit under the primary title.

The remaining three luggage of items are used to assemble the 2 tales which pop from the pages, with Bag four dedicated to Little Purple Driving Hood and the a lot smaller Luggage 5 and 6 for Jack and the Beanstalk. When constructed, the 2 scenes are flat facades since they should tuck away neatly into the guide when folded. However, the scenes are full of particulars.

Grandmother’s home has brown columns hooked up to the outside with SNOT bricks and a thatched roof product of vibrant mild orange and yellow slopes. The two headlight bricks dealing with inward on the fold line puzzled me as I used to be constructing the set, as I couldn’t work out their function. In a last step, although, a pair of cheese slopes are hooked up to them, stopping the scene from unfolding too far.

Shifting on to Jack’s story, the scene has few fascinating constructing methods–although don’t mistake that as a shortcoming. There’s magnificence in its simplicity. The beanstalk breaks from the straightforward bricks and slopes hillscape, jutting up as a big Technic beam. This one small little bit of Technic gadgetry will assist the scene come alive in a magical method, which we’ll present you arising.

The accomplished set

There’s no denying the e-book seems nice, like a darkish inexperienced and brown cowl evoking the leather-based of a well-worn tome from the expansive library of a Victorian gentleman. Jason and Grant’s unique undertaking featured a tan cowl which was utilitarian, however this greater than some other approach, LEGO’s designers have improved upon the unique design. The prime of the ebook has a row of uncovered studs, which irks my adult-fan tendencies to cover studs. Nevertheless, the stud is a hallmark of the toy which LEGO is all the time eager to showcase, if for no different purpose than individuals unfamiliar with the set can immediately acknowledge that it’s, the truth is, manufactured from LEGO bricks.

However we nonetheless haven’t addressed the important thing function. In any case, that is a one-trick pony (kind of). Pop-up books open with the pleasant surprise of the contents leaping out from their pages. The mechanism that Jason and Grant designed is flawless. The opening works easily, with none of the tiny catches or bumps that always plague LEGO contraptions.

The first story, Little Purple Driving Hood, has three sections. The first and most blatant is the cottage, which is a nice design regardless of not resembling Jason and Grant’s model. The inexperienced e-book makes for a pleasing grassy subject in entrance of it whereas the tan web page facade varieties a small fence.

Within the again, the cottage has two smaller scenes hooked up to tan 6×eight plates. The first options a desk and magenta tea set (sadly it doesn’t use the brand new teacup from the Harry Potter Collectible Minifigures line). On the opposite aspect is a mattress, which is among the greatest designs for a LEGO mattress but. It could truly match a minifigure down inside it and appears fairly convincing. (It’s a comparable concept to the hinged design we noticed in Future’s Bounty final yr, however much better executed right here.) In fact, for those who’re conversant in the story, you’ll know that the Grandmother sitting in mattress has unusually big eyes, and a lengthy nostril…

All three sections of the story (mattress, desk and cottage) pop off simply. The desk and mattress are hooked up with simply a few studs, and the folding cottage is held in with a Technic pin on every finish. Pull the pins and the entire mechanism comes up. A pair of plates stick out vertically and serves as a useful alignment device. Swapping scenes takes solely a matter of seconds.

As soon as the primary cottage mechanism and two additional sections for Purple Driving Hood’s story are up, the within of the ebook is naked apart from the 2 everlasting bits of surroundings (and even these are simply detachable should you’d wish to customise your personal inside).

You’ll word that there are two oddities within the middle backbone. The first is a black window body. That is positioned there as a result of because the ebook folds, the underside corners of the hooked up scene stick down simply a hair past the stud floor. The pure flex within the parts would simply take up this, however the fraction of an inch of additional area ensures the mechanism works flawlessly.

The second half is a black plate 1×2 with bar, which serves because the anchor level for Jack’s beanstalk, which clips in. (The raised bar shouldn’t be disguised in any method within the Little Purple Driving Hood scene.)

The scene from Jack and the Beanstalk is definitely swapped. The foremost mechanism for Jack’s tiny village attaches in the identical method because the cottage. Within the again, you join a string from the Technic beanstalk right down to a rock (fastened to a stud that used to carry Grandmother’s desk).

With the scenes now swapped, it’s time for the big reveal. Because the guide opens, the beanstalk grows and the citadel swings up into place. I’ll fortunately admit that the floating big’s citadel makes this scene a simple favourite for me.

Because the big is a represented by a minifigure, the village is created in microscale and Jack is a painted trophy microfigure. The new double-cheese slopes in orange make nice cottage roofs. The tiny windmill is probably not fan-quality micro-building, however it’s awfully cute.

The citadel within the sky could be very easy, however a pair of gray skates are used add a little bit of textural curiosity. Moreover, there’s a tiny little bit of stairs and cloud for Jack to face on.

The minifigures

The Pop-Up Book consists of 4 minifigures plus a microfigure, with two from Jack’s story and three from Purple’s. They’re nice renditions of the characters impressed in everybody’s minds from childhood retellings of the basic tales.

Pink has the “cowl with hair” component that was first used on Lloyd from The Ninjago Film Collectible Minifigures. She additionally sports activities a medium azure skirt with a pretty classic floral sample (which just about hides her brief brown legs). Purple’s torso is printed on the again however hidden by a tender, unstarched material cape. And naturally she’s carrying a picnic basket with sweets.

Grandmother and the Wolf may be among the many extra morbid pairs of minifigures within the LEGO universe, however nonetheless they’re nice figures. Grandmother is fairly simple with a gray bun and pink pajamas, whereas the Wolf has the identical pink pajamas however bearing indicators of fairly the wrestle. I do hope Grandmother acquired in a few good wallops with the forged iron pan earlier than taking place. The Wolf’s head is the newer type from the Collectible Minifigures Collection 14 Werewolf with a enjoyable new print. In a futile effort to disguise himself, the Wolf is sporting Grandmother’s glasses, and should you look very shut you possibly can even spot a smear of lipstick.

The Big seems to be like a normal fort determine at first look, however he’s truly loaded with nice element. There are barrels hooked up to his baldric, and he’s tucked the golden goose in his pocket with a golden egg in a satchel, too. On the again, he’s hiding a few tiny minifigure skulls of a few much less lucky intruders.

Lastly, there’s the Jack microfigure. Jack is blue and printed with a number of colours displaying a shirt and overalls. There’s no printing on the again apart from the darkish tan hair all the best way round his head. (Curiously, an additional was included. LEGO hasn’t included extras of printed microfigures earlier than, so it stays to be seen if that’s the case with all copies of this set.)

The unique Ideas submission

Taking a look at what was submitted to LEGO Ideas, the unique builders have been correctly conservative and targeted extra on getting the mechanism to work properly slightly than embellishing the set with particulars unlikely to face up to heavy play by youngsters. Whereas the precise scenes are totally different and the look of the guide cowl has modified, the completed set exudes the guts of the unique mannequin. The incontrovertible fact that LEGO selected to incorporate multiple scene–enjoying off Jason and Grant’s concepts for a number of scenes–is unbelievable. (I do miss the clasp which held the e-book’s halves collectively, although.)

Apparently, this isn’t the primary e-book of fairy tales that LEGO has launched this yr. That award goes to the superior promo set 40291 Artistic Personalities: Hans Christian Andersen. The two LEGO books look surprisingly comparable, although the promo set is far smaller (and now I want it have been a pop-up e-book too).

Conclusion & suggestion

21315 Pop-Up Book is a good instance of the creativity the fan group can supply. The concept is unique and in contrast to anything you’ve received in your LEGO assortment. The completed guide is completely beautiful, and the fashions contained inside are intelligent and galvanizing. (I’m positive it gained’t be lengthy earlier than we see many distinctive variations of guide inserts and covers created by the LEGO fan group.) It’s a bonus that the set comes at a nice worth too, becoming solidly into the “good value” class for brand spanking new LEGO units with 859 items for $69.99.

My favourite facet of the set is that it’s exceedingly straightforward to show, in and out. Merely fold it up and slot it on a shelf the place it appears proper at house. And finally, regardless of your tackle fairy tales, you’ve received to confess that is a really novel set.


LEGO Ideas 21315 Pop-Up Book consists of 859 items and 4 minifigures. It is going to be out there on November 1st in all the standard locations for $69.99 USD (costs variable elsewhere).

The LEGO Group despatched The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for assessment. Offering TBB with merchandise for evaluate ensures neither protection nor constructive critiques.


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