The Secret Life of LEGO® Bricks

By Daniel Konstanski

A celebration of the LEGO® brick, exclusively for fans

Non fiction | Recently added
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LEGO® Wooden Elephant Art Print


Limited to 100 First-edition LEGO® Originals art print of the famous LEGO Wooden Elephant, watercolour artwork from c.1937 in a LEGO branded presentation sleeve

This print has previously only been available to LEGO VIP members.

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  • One hardback book, featuring author Daniel Konstanski's signature
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  • Art Print dimensions: 25.5 x 31.6cm (10.03 x 12.44 inches)
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LEGO® French Patent Art Print


Limited to 100 LEGO® Originals art print of a page from the French Patent Application for LEGO DUPLO® Brick, dating from 1968, in a LEGO branded presentation sleeve.

This print has previously only been available to LEGO VIP members.

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  • One hardback book, featuring author Daniel Konstanski's signature
  • One name in the supporter list
  • Art Print Dimensions: 25.5 x 31.6 cm (10.03 x 12.44 inches)
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LEGO® Spanish Patent Art Print


Limited to 100 First-edition LEGO® Originals art print of a page from the Spanish Patent Application for LEGO Elements, dating from 1958, in a LEGO branded presentation sleeve.

This print has previously only been available to LEGO VIP members.

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  • One hardback book, featuring author Daniel Konstanski's signature
  • One name in the supporter list
  • Art Print Dimensions: 25.5 x 31.6 cm (10.03 x 12.44 inches)
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Double Hardback

Two copies of the hardback, shipped together. Plus two names in the supporter list
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LEGO® British Patent Art Print


Limited to 100 First-edition LEGO® Originals art print of a page from the British Patent Application for LEGO Elements, dating from 1968, in a LEGO branded presentation sleeve.

This print has previously only been available to LEGO VIP members.

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  • One hardback book, featuring author Daniel Konstanski's signature
  • One name in the supporter list
  • Dimensions of Art Print: 25.5 x 31.6 cm (10.03 x 12.44 inches)
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Exclusive LEGO® House Dinosaur set signed by LEGO designer Nina Koopmann


Limited to 20 Only available from LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark, 40366 LEGO House Dinosaurs is a miniature version of the three gigantic dinosaurs in the Masterpiece Gallery. We have 20 of these sets signed by LEGO designer Nina Koopman, who designed the set itself.

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  • One hardback book
  • One name in the supporter list
  • Exclusive LEGO set signed by the designer
  • Limited to one order per household
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Exclusive LEGO® House set, signed by LEGO designer Rok Zgalin Kobe


Limited to 20 Only available from LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark, 21037 LEGO House is a LEGO Architecture-style model of the LEGO House itself. We have 20 of these sets signed by LEGO designer Rok Zgalin Kobe, who designed the set itself.

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  • One hardback book
  • One name in the supporter list
  • Exclusive LEGO set signed by the designer
  • Limited to one order per household
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Exclusive LEGO® The Wooden Duck set, signed by LEGO designers Stuart Harris and Jme Wheeler


Limited to 20 Only available from LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark, 40501 The Wooden Duck recreates in LEGO bricks one of the most iconic toys in LEGO history: the classic wooden duck produced from the 1930s to the 1950s. We have 20 of these sets signed by LEGO designers Stuart Harris and Jme Wheeler, who designed the set itself.

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  • One hardback book
  • One name in the supporter list
  • Exclusive LEGO set signed by the designer
  • Limited to one order per household
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Exclusive LEGO® The Tree of Creativity set, signed by LEGO designers Stuart Harris and Steen Sig Andersen


Limited to 20 Only available from LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark, and soon to be retired, 4000026 Tree of Creativity is a miniature version of the LEGO House’s central model, a 15.6 metre tall LEGO tree that reaches from the ground floor to the building's top floor. We have 20 of these sets signed by LEGO designers Stuart Harris and Steen Sig Anderson, who designed the model itself.

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  • One hardback book
  • One name in the supporter list
  • Exclusive LEGO set signed by the designer
  • Limited to one order per household
$450  + shipping

Retired LEGO® Marvel Set


ONLY ONE AVAILABLE LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes The SHIELD Helicarrier. Set 76042 was retired in December 2017 but we have one available – specially retrieved from the 'LEGO basement' (with the possibility of a few slight marks on the box to prove it!).

PLUS:

  • One hardback book, featuring the signature of author Daniel Konstanski
  • One name in the supporter list
  • One retired LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The SHIELD Helicarrier set
$450  + shipping

Retired LEGO® Star Wars Set


ONLY ONE AVAILABLE LEGO® Star Wars Ewok Village. Set 10236 was retired in February 2017 but we have one available – specially retrieved from the 'LEGO basement' (with the possibility of a few slight marks on the box to prove it!).

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  • One hardback book, featuring the signature of author Daniel Konstanski
  • One name in the supporter list
  • One retired LEGO Star Wars Ewok Village set
$450  + shipping

Retired LEGO® Creator Expert Big Ben Set


ONLY ONE AVAILABLE LEGO® Creator Expert Big Ben. Set 10253 was retired in February 2019 but we have one available – specially retrieved from the 'LEGO basement' (with the possibility of a few slight marks on the box to prove it!).

PLUS:

  • One hardback book, featuring the signature of author Daniel Konstanski
  • One name in the supporter list
  • One retired LEGO Creator Expert Big Ben set
$450  + shipping

Retired LEGO® Lord of the Rings Set


ONLY ONE AVAILABLE LEGO® The Lord of the Rings The Tower of OrthancTM. Set 10237 was retired in August 2015 but we have one available – specially retrieved from the 'LEGO basement' (with the possibility of a few slight marks on the box to prove it!).

PLUS:

  • One hardback book, featuring the signature of author Daniel Konstanski
  • One name in the supporter list
  • One retired LEGO The Lord of the Rings The Tower of OrthancTM set
$450  + shipping

Retired LEGO® Creator Expert Parisian Restaurant


ONLY ONE AVAILABLE LEGO® Creator Expert Parisian Restaurant. Set 10243 was retired in December 2019 but we have one available – specially retrieved from the 'LEGO basement' (with the possibility of a few slight marks on the box to prove it!).

PLUS:

  • One hardback book, featuring the signature of author Daniel Konstanski
  • One name in the supporter list
  • One retired LEGO Creator Expert Parisian Restaurant set
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Retired LEGO® Creator Expert Mini Modulars


ONLY ONE AVAILABLE LEGO® Creator Expert Mini Modulars. Set 10230 was retired in December 2013 but we have one available – specially retrieved from the 'LEGO basement' (with the possibility of a few slight marks on the box to prove it!).

PLUS:

  • One hardback book, featuring the signature of author Daniel Konstanski
  • One name in the supporter list
  • One retired LEGO Creator Expert Mini Modulars set

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LEGO® fans have long wanted to learn the inside story of beloved LEGO bricks from inside the LEGO Group: to have long-standing questions answered and see the veil pulled back on how LEGO elements and products came to market  – or didn’t  –  through the LEGO brick’s 70 year history. Such an authoritative telling of the story has never been possible  –  until now.

LEGO bricks are design icons and marvels of engineering. Despite remaining virtually unchanged for over 50 years, the brick remains the foundation of the LEGO System in Play, in which each brick connects to every other brick, allowing the construction of almost anything you can imagine. LEGO minifigures may be the friendly smiling faces of the LEGO world, but bricks  –  in all their different shapes and forms  –  are its very foundation.

We all know the sets  –  many of which will feature in this book  –  but how much do we really know about the bricks of which those sets are made? From the first hollow bricks to the invention of the tubes that made complex building possible, each brick innovation has enabled ever more realistic and complex feats of building.

In broad terms, the LEGO story is a familiar one: Ole Kirk Kristiansen releases Automatic Binding Bricks after World War II, his son Godtfred Kirk invents the System In Play after a fateful boat ride, the first play themes  –  Town, Space and Castle  –  are invented, followed by the decades of LEGO® Pirates, LEGO® Aquazone, BIONICLE®, and many others, and into the era of licensed themes and blockbuster movies.

But there is so much more: the story becomes even richer when told through the bricks themselves, from the charmingly blocky houses and castles of the early days, often built by Dagny Holm Jensen, the progenitor of today’s professional Master Builders, to the complex shapes and sideways building techniques of today  –  and themes and bricks which never even made it to market.

Developed from first inception by an AFOL book group  –  and voted for by a public competition on LEGO Ideas  –  this unique book sets out to explore this rich history in unparalleled detail. It is a LEGO history like no other, thanks to the LEGO Group granting unprecedented access. Author Daniel Konstanski will establish the entire path of how and why new LEGO bricks are made. Because this book is officially sanctioned by the company, he has been permitted to speak to all the relevant people involved at each step: from the so-called “rock stars”  –  the set designers  –  through the element designers, design masters, graphic designers, to elements testers and approvers, plastics technicians, and many more.

This book is the one fans have always wanted: a behind the scenes look into the story of the beloved LEGO brick and the company which makes it, and it will include a wealth of new visual material from the LEGO Archive in Billund. It truly is a book for AFOLs, by AFOLs  –  made with the full support and involvement of the LEGO Group.

  • A full colour, high quality hardback with printed endpapers
  • 279 x 229mm portrait with head and tail bands
  • At least 350-400 colour and black and white photographs
  • Approximately 368-400 pages, and 60-70,000 words
  • Tons of amazing and exclusive pledge levels!

*Book designs, cover and other images are for illustrative purposes and may differ from final design.

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  • Daniel Konstanski is the US Editor for Blocks Magazine and a passionate, lifelong LEGO fan. He is an ardent student of the LEGO Group, its portfolio of beloved products, and the AFOL community, having researched and written hundreds of articles covering every aspect of the hobby. Thanks to a collaborative working relationship with the team of in-house historians at LEGO HQ in Denmark, Daniel has been privileged to tell many stories from within the LEGO Group itself and is considered one of the most knowledgeable and authoritative voices in the fan community on the company and its products. His dream job is to join the team of LEGO historians and be even closer to his favorite place on earth: The LEGO Vault in Billund.


    When he is not tinkering on his latest LEGO project or rushing to meet the next neverending deadline for Blocks Magazine, Daniel works as an environmental engineer and enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and bike riding with his wonderful wife and three kids on the trails near their home in Delaware, US. He is a regular on the east coast convention circuit.

  • 16th September 2020 The Secret Life of LEGO® Bricks: an update from the Author

    Wow, what a crazy and amazing couple of weeks! Years of voting for LEGO® IDEAS submittals had prepared me for a long, slow, climb to fully funded on The Secret Life of LEGO Bricks; I could not have been more wrong. I cannot say thank you enough to the fan community for bringing us across the finish line in just 10 days! You nearly set an Unbound record!

    While I certainly did refresh the books page…

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About the LEGO Group

The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with its foundation in LEGO bricks, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine. The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, its name derived from the two Danish words LEg GOdt, which mean “Play Well”. Today, the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company headquartered in Billund. However, its products are now sold in more than 140 countries worldwide.

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