Friday, 18 May 2012

Special Castle Sets, the LEGO Idea Books

Hello again LEGO Fans, I apologise for my absence and have decided to bring you a little treat I have been holding for a while now as a way to making it up to you. Back in November I took a little break from my usual format to show you the LEGO idea books from the late 80s and 90s, well it’s time to do it again except now it’s with Castle sets. 
Below we have the pages from all the LEGO idea books from the 80s and 90s as well as some very special photos of prototype builds that sadly never got made.
From the twenty plus idea books LEGO explored Castle on five occasions, in Idea Books 6000-1 (1980), 200-4 (1985), 250-1(1987), 260-1 (1990) and 267-1 (1997). Below are all the pictures, I apologise if any are slightly dark. The book from 1980 is particularly interesting as it tells a story of modern (or space) Lego figures going back in time to the castle era (I think), anyway have fun.

The LEGO Idea Book 6000-1 (1980)







The LEGO Idea Book 200_4 (1985)






 The LEGO Idea Book 250-1 (1987)






 The LEGO Idea Book 260-1 (1990)





 The LEGO Idea Book 260-1 (1990)



Prototype Photos






All idea book pictures can be found on Peeron and the prototype photos can be found on brickipedia below are the links.



As always thank you very much for taking the time to look and I promise I will be quicker with my next post.

16 comments:

  1. Good stuff, love the blog. Hope to hear your reviews on castle as well as other themes.

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  2. I am so worried you stopped for the blogging, and worried about the previous post is the last post. I am so happy that I can saw your new post today and love your post. I am grateful to your sharing in your blog. it is useful and let me have many precious memory come back.

    (Hope you can understand my english, my english is bad but I want you to know I am your 100% supporter.)

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  3. Thanks guys for the comments.

    Legoman, I have done a few theme reviews and I plan on doing the rest for the castle and pirate factions. After that I will probably go into Western, Ninja, Adventures, POTC and LOTR so as you can see I've got a lot of work to do.

    Matthew, 再次感谢评论和不担心,我了解你完全地你的英语比我的中国的。我有一个忙碌的生活中的位这最后一个月,这是我为什么缺席,但现在我回来了,我会做一个岗位,每两个星期。您的支持,意味着很多事要我。

    如果这是没有意义的,我很抱歉我的中文。

    Cheers all

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  4. Another great addition to your Blog.

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  5. haha, great, thanks for your translation.

    your chinese writing is good. So touching you are writing those chinese words to us, many thanks.

    What theme will you write next? Castle KK II or Space? lol I am look forward to your next post.

    祝你工作愉快 ~ hope you have good start at your new work. :D

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  6. I enjoyed this post. Thanks for keeping at this.

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  7. Wow. Seeing these idea books takes me WAY back! It was always such a bummer that I didn't have enough Lego when I was a kid to make half the creations pictured.

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  8. These look fantastic - so much detail!

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  9. Oh my saints, just look at those unreleased sets! I swear that I have a recurring dream about finding things like this on shop shelves.

    The bottom picture looks like a scene from the Three Musketeers. Highlights from the next one up include the old grey shields in brown, the fantastic variety of civilian minifigs and the clock face, then Lego tease us with the oversized red roof cones and varied heraldry in the second picture from the top-it's all just beautiful man.

    Do you know how these pictures became public? Is there a mole smuggling them out of Lego HQ? Seriously, if these sets were available I would buy them in a heartbeat.

    Great blog BTW-really personal and amusing writing.

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  10. Steve, if you don't post again soon, I'm afraid you may never get a monkey. That would be tragic.

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  11. Wow! These prototypes are beautiful. Such classic!

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  12. Hi, Lego Steve!

    I was wondering if you had encountered any fan-made plans for the castle enclosure from the 6000 Idea Book, or the lake castle shown later?

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  13. My Dad has that Lego ideas book from the top, the one with the space ship at the end.
    It's from 1978 by the way. :D

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  14. why does my feed say this was uploaded 7 months ago?

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  15. Super glad I found this blog

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  16. Great trip down memory lane looking at some of these sets. I bet they fetch a few bob these days, especially if complete and in decent nick!

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