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Brick Journals

CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
edited December 2011 in Buying & Selling Topics
Wondering if anyone here could shed some light on LEGO Brick Journals. Maybe a first hand review? And if anyone is willing to sell them?


  • MartinMartin Member Posts: 375
    edited December 2011
    They are excellent magazines that are produced independently. Whereabouts in the world are you?
  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    I am from Pakistan and have access to get LEGO products. How about you @Martin?
  • MartinMartin Member Posts: 375
    I'm in the UK. I stock BrickJournal in my store but it's not usually cost effective for me to ship outside of the UK.
  • bmwlegobmwlego Member Posts: 819
    First off, love your avatar!
    Second, if you are an AFOL then I can whole heartedly recommend Brick Journal to you and any other AFOL who enjoys trolling around on the net reading about LEGO. The editor and creator of Brick Journal is one of us, Joe Meno. I have had the pleasure of meeting him at LEGO events here in the states and the man is as passionate about the brick as anyone I have met.
    The magazine is written from that perspective and It speaks directly to your inner LEGO enthusiast.
    You can download an issue of the original online only versions of the magazine here

    and read a review of the magazine here

    I would subscribe to the digital version if I lived overseas but give it a shot.
  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    @bmwlego, thanks a LOT! I would like to buy these Journals from someone who has the current ones. I won't call myself an AFOL as my brick collection is at a mere 10K only. But, technically I am the biggest LEGO Hobbyist in my country :D Maybe one day I will have the space and privacy to create my own Layout and show it to all my friends here on Brickset. I am mostly interested in City/Town theme.

    @Martin, please consider sending these to me. I can pay you via Paypal. Where is your store??
  • collect_thatcollect_that Member Posts: 1,327
    @Coolsplash - you don't need to have a large collection to be an AFOL just lots of enthusiasm and the enjoyment it brings! Reading your comments on the forum since you joined you certainly have lots of enthusiasm! :)
  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    @collect_that, thanks!! and Wow for the fact I am getting noticed ;) Well I know my comments sometimes seem to get a bit sad or whining, but, honesty is the best policy :) And like I said in one of my comment, I really enjoy this Forum, and appreciate everyone's support and friendly nature. Where are you from @collect_that? Care to tell me a bit about yourself please :)
  • bmwlegobmwlego Member Posts: 819
    There are also collected editions of Brick Journals on the 1st website I linked to above if you wanted to try ordering them.
  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,362
    I've contributed several historical LEGO articles in the earlier editions of BrickJournal for Joe. Been too busy lately working on the Encyclopedic Volume 2 collectors guide to have much free time for him lately... but Joe Meno is a great guy!
  • momof2boys99momof2boys99 Member Posts: 322
    I think we have all of the BrickJournals including the combined ones. My kids read them cover to cover. They are wonderful. I think I might have a few doubles somewhere. I will pm you if I can find them.
  • coolpixcoolpix Member Posts: 357
    @Coolsplash you can buy the magazines in PDF format for $3.95, and they are really well made and content-rich magazines. A must have for any AFOL. I've spotted #16 on my local LEGO Store this week, and it's cool to see the LEGO stores selling these magazines, since they are not an official LEGO product.
  • streekerstreeker Member Posts: 299
    edited December 2011
    If the first issue was any indication of its quality of reporting, then Brick Journal hit the mark. It's got a bit of everything; Batman, USC Millenium Falcon, a very good article about the community input behind the Hobby Train, female AFOLS. One strong word of caution: if you do not have a Cafe Corner, do NOT read its reviews. They will make you want to pay those insane prices.

    Here's the PDF of the entire first issue Spring 2007:
  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    First of all @Istokg, wow I am so impressed. Good job my friend and keep it up and do keep us posted for the Encyclopedic Vol 2.

    Wow @momof2boys99, you have made me more excited now :) Please let me know if you do have the doubles.

    Well @coolpix, I do not enjoy books in PDF as I believe that books are books, something to hold, treasure, and feel rather then flicking your finger over a tablet or clicking the mouse to turn the page :P BUT I will look into your info BUT buying the Journals in book form is my first priority :)

    @streeker, thank you as well for the info. But I don't think I can ever afford to buy the Cafe Corner by just reading reviews :P I have to be careful with my Lego spending as it is just something I do on the side.

    I really appreciate you guys helping me out so much. Brickset rocks!!!!
  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,362
    @Coolsplash Thanks, Volume 2 is nearing completion. Here's 2 images from the CD... LEGO basic sets of 1953-55... called "LEGO Mursten" (Mursten = "Brick" in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, the countries they were sold). Basic sets 700/1, 700/2, 700/3, 700/3a, 700/4, and 700/5... in 3 different box colors (off white, blue and green). No specific reason for the different box colors. That's a young 6 year old Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and his older sister Gunhild on the box top. Today these siblings own Kirkbi/AG... the parent company of TLG.
  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    Oh wow @Istokg, such rare info! You truly are The Lego man :) or woman :)
  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    @Istokg, so is it a Encyclopedia on CD??
  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,362
    It's titled "Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide 1949-90s" on CD. This will be volume 2 which is a cummulative volume 1 + volume 2. Here's some earlier chapters and pictures from volume 1 (version2... yeah it gets confusing, because I made 3 iterations of volume 1, each one with more "new found" information...

    When it is 100% complete very very soon... I will be advertising it... although preorders are always welcome... :-D

    Preorders get very old (1950s) freebies)...

    Anyway... getting back to BrickJournal... they will also be advertising it, as well as me adding some new (old) LEGO articles to upcoming editions. And when I'm done, I'll be helping Brickset adding older set entries...
  • sidersddsidersdd Member Posts: 2,432
    Anyone have print versions of the early magazines for sale or trade? I'm interested in collecting these.
  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    @sidersdd, do let me know if you are able to find any :)
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