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Lego collector guide books


Can anyone recommend a collector's guide book for adults?

I've seen a few on Amazon and just wondering if anyone has got any and what they think of them?



  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 Member Posts: 1,827
    Paging @Istokg
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Administrator Posts: 6,754
  • CoopsCoops Member Posts: 22
    Thanks for the recommendation.

    I was after a book that might give you info on the different sets/figures, maybe something that explains the difference between each minifigure so that you can identify the set etc it came from (looking at Star wars minifigures, there are different versions of luke for instance so to identify which set it came from)

    I don't know if there is a book out there for all that? I'm sure you could get the info by checking online but sometimes having a book to look through is better also the pictures will be cool.
  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,362
    edited September 2018
    As @drdavewatford said, it depends on what you are looking for....  however....

    The 2011 (2nd Edition), LEGO Collectors Guide is good if you want just a list of all LEGO sets, key chains, and other parts.  However they used the LEGO archives information for the German Fantasia company to put that book together, and there are a lot of errors in the book.  It is not their fault... unfortunately the LEGO Archives can be difficult to decipher, and the folks who wrote the archives are mostly retired or no longer alive.

    I wrote a 2800 page collectors guide that is only available as a computer desktop (currently 73 chapters) download.  I have over 45 years of experience with LEGO collecting, and I found many variations to LEGO sets (mostly older ones).  TLG produced a mind boggling number of variations of older sets (sometimes as many as 11 box variations), and it is mind numbing if you ever wanted to collect everything!!  :-D

    Here's one of my chapters... 1953-65 Basic Sets... that I put for viewing on Youblisher...

    I have chapters on LEGO sets, parts, idea books, LEGO commercials, LEGO history by country, and 10,000 other things you never thought existed.

    I used to sell my guide on DVD, but shipping around the world got expensive, so now I only send downloads (instructions) that only take 10-15 minutes to download the 668MB of data from the Cloud to your computers (PC, MAC, SmartPhone, Tablet), thus saving anyone going to a store, waiting for mail, shipping charges, and NO customs.  Just US $29.95 via Paypal.

    Also... my 2800 page download will get you free upgrades to the 4000 page final online copy early next year, when a 9 volume hard cover book of it also becomes available.

    Gary Istok

  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie Member Posts: 1,813

    Having purchased Gary's Collector Guide, I highly recommend it. It is a great reference set, especially for very early Lego.
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