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In the picture is also Bonnie Bunny and her caravan and Gabriel Gorilla and Peter Panda's window cleaning set. I actually got these years later but they are on a picture that shows the first collection you could get.
I only just discovered in the last couple of years that these were even LEGO, what they were called, and how old they actually were. XD I remember seeing them in Montgomery Ward and Kmart when I was a little kid, and I always ALWAYS wanted them, but for whatever reason I was never allowed to have any. I think my Mom thought they were too baby-ish? Or something, no idea. I now have one little yellow car with a couple characters, but I sure would LOVE to get a sizeable collection going.
I like the aesthetic of the theme; it's almost like a mash-up of Cloud Cuckoo Land and Chima and City. It'd be interesting if Lego threw together some retro kits. I'd like to see them release a new Fabuland kit in the same vein as Benny's Spaceship Spaceship Spaceship - a new take on some bit of childhood nostalgia, with the dials turned up to 11.
As for the simplicity of the builds, I totally agree. And it would be WAY cool to have a more intricate throwback set (or sets depending on their reception) released to capture the nostalgic feeling of this cool old theme, while giving builders something more to do. XD
Cloud cuckoo land
Double decker couch.
Bonnie bunny's spaceship spaceship SPACESHIP
And my personal favourite..
President Business's headquarters.
And to answer your question, I only remember girls having Fabuland stuff in the 80's, and none of my friends who were boys had Fabuland (not openly anyway - if they did I wouldn't have judged them).
Currently our childhood Fabuland sets are being playing with by my 4 year old niece, who seems mostly interested in the minifigs. Once her interest wanes (Speed Champions and Super Heroes seem to be more her thing), I might offer them here on the Marketplace so they find a good home.
From my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide.... FABULAND (1979-89) were first introduced in 1979 in USA/Canada and Continental Europe. Britain, Australia and Asia started sales in 1982.
Here's the list of sets for the first year when there were dual set numbers (USA had their own).....
1979-80 LEGO Fabuland Sets – Dual Numbering System
Set Year USA EU/CAN
Description Intro Sold # Sold #
Roadster Set 1979 #121 #328
Bernard Bear & Pickup Truck Set 1979 ----- #329
Taxi Station Set 1979 #128 #338
Cottage Set 1979 #132 #341
Service Station Set 1979 #134 #344
Hospital Set 1979 #137 #347
Town Hall Set 1979 #140 #350
Ricky Racoon & His Scooter Set 1980/1979 #3605 #324
Percy Pig Wheelbarrow Set 1980/1979 #3615 #325
I was going to post them all until 1989, but Brickset say's it's too much data! :-(
About the dates. Fabuland must of been on sale in 1981 in the UK because that is when I got my first set. I have the instruction leaflets for Bonnie bunny's set and the window cleaning set. These have a picture of what I have always assumed was the first range. The copyright date on them is 1981.
The information on it is written in English, French and Spanish (which makes you think North American market?). My other catalogues are for 1983 & 1986. They are in English, French and German and have England, France and Belgium post addresses. I'm now quite curious to when it was officially launched in the UK. Oh though have just noticed the English on the 81 one has English spelling rather than American(colourful not colorful). Hmm all interesting.
(I know it is weird to write this as a first posting but I started in 3 Lego forums in the last months and I had not enough time to write everywhere. But I had some postings on EB, so you can see that am no "fake or troll"
Here is a pic what the shop had (there were some sets indside, too). I don't know what is still availible. I think the big house was about 30€ and the smaller ones about 15€. But I need to ask again.
@MAGNINOMINISUMBRA all the emergency services chaps were bulldogs, the police and the firemen. I always wondered if it was because in real life bulldogs look tough and scary (although usually soppy creatures that just want to lick you). Surely the fabuland police should of been pigs!
I was thinking for a long time, if I need that Fabuland houses. They are really cute but this time I tried not to start another collection.
My daughters went straight from MB (ahem... I was in my DA then and someone gave them a large basic brick set, which they loved as toddlers) to LEGO Juniors and thence to Disney Princess / Friends / City etc. They never showed any interest in the parts and figures that we found in the large box of LEGO at my parents' house either and went straight for the standard LEGO.
Doesn't it look great!
I'll take some pictures in the next couple of days and share. I like your doll-house, I actually got all my Precious Places things too - did you ever play with them? I love those and collected all the keys :)
I don't know, they are funny, they didn't want the precious places. They do think Lego isn't really as suitable hobby for an adult maybe that's part of it. Oh well, it's okay, I've got plenty of Lego now, but some of the old stuff was cool too ;)
This is precious places:
this was my favourite: http://www.thisoldtoy.com/L_FP_Set/toy-pages/5000s/5166-magickeymansion.html
@LEGO_Dad77 yes parents are annoying. See the "too old" quote above.
Please can you tell me the name of the one wearing the yellow hat?
I recently purchased an older lego storage box with odds and ends of lego (no full sets). I was totally surprised when some of the pieces had lego on them.
I have that fig with the yellow hat, but I have yet to find out his name. I keep missing him as I go through the pictures.
Thanks to some of the more recent discussions on this forum, I recognized that some of the minifigs were from Paradise (sp). Fabuland was a total surprise with this little guy, and I am still trying to determine what some other pieces would have been in.
If you can help me find the poor little guy's name, I would really appreciate it.
Thank you so much. I appreciate your help.
I couldn't believe it when I saw him in @snowwhitie's post.
I am still trying to sort all of the lego from that purchase, but thanks to you, one of my questions has been answered.
@bookmum was so quick to reply, so glad you know now who he is, you can find him in the database here.
On the whole, Fabuland is very cute and charming, but I've always been struck with the discrepancy between how AFOLs talk about Fabuland versus how they talk about other preschool themes like Jack Stone/4 Juniors. Obviously they had very different aesthetics (Jack Stone was rugged and action-oriented, while Fabuland was quaint and bucolic), but in terms of building level and target age range they were about equal. In fact, #121 has the exact same piece count as #4600, and #3682 had only slightly more pieces than #4657. And neither theme was particularly realistic.
As an adult I learned more about Fabuland, including that it was one of the LEGO Group's first real forays into a story-driven IP. Years before Bionicle got chapter books and direct-to-DVD movies, Fabuland had picture books and animated stories on videocassette. Pretty impressive considering how many years it would be before LEGO would create another theme so story-driven.
During a visit to the LEGO Idea House in Billund I learned that Fabuland was fairly successful in Europe (hence its roughly 10-year lifespan) but never really caught on in the United States, which is probably part of why most of my exposure to it was online and most lots of used LEGO my parents picked up (even from that era) didn't contain Fabuland parts.
When you look at 2001, the Jack Stone theme's first year, there's police, fire and construction sets, all of which are pretty hideous and over-simplified. There were no City releases that year, and only three Town ones, of which two were airline promos and the other was a re-releases garage.
Of course, there'd been heaps of City sets released the year before, and the trend for over-simplifed, somewhat ugly builds was already present (I think it's the first time I bought sets grudgingly - should've saved my money for a few years and bought all the Farm stuff, but past!me couldn't see the future...), but I think the extreme cobbled-together look of the Jack Stone sets, plus, perhaps, the fact that the character design seemed to be trying so hard to be cool, turned adults off (and perhaps also children, since the 2002 was the theme's last year)...
I read one of those Fabuland instruction/picture books once (translated from German). It hardly seemed like a children's book.
I think it vaguely had the themes of lazy husband, nagging wife, split up, get back together, yada yada yada...