Everyone needs a LEGO Pop Up Book

I was browsing LEGO Ideas a couple of weeks ago, and found this stunning little LEGO pop up book project by Grant Davis and Jason Allemann, the genius behind 21305: Maze, the Sisyphus Kinetic Sculpture, and many more beautiful moveable LEGO creations.

As a librarian, I’m (of course) a big fan of books, especially kids books, and this was something I had never seen before. I couldn’t get it out of my head, so I decided to build one, but make it bigger – purely so I could fit more details inside.

Pop-Up Book - LEGO Ideas

I watched the video on LEGO Ideas over and over, paused it a few times when I needed to, and after the better part of a weekend in front of LEGO Digital Designer, I came up with my bigger version. The spine was now six studs wide instead of four, with the closed book being 22 studs wide (instead of 16). Instead of it being 21 bricks tall, I made it 28. Of course, with a bigger frame, the white “pages” had to be modified to fit, and the mechanism made wider too.

After looking through my collection of minifigures, I came up with the story of the Gingerbread Man, which prompted a few little built details, including a pond (the fairy tale has a river – a pond was easier), a fox, a bit of a farm, and a kitchen, where the farmer’s wife was making the cookies.

A couple of weeks, a few Bricklink orders, and a fair bit of trial and error later, here’s what I came up with – my very own LEGO Pop Up Book! I’m very happy with it. So happy, in fact, that I’ve started planning the next book. There are more photos below, and on Flickr.

The house part took a fair bit of fiddling around – too tall or too many parts, and it was too heavy to lift itself. I had to compromise by shortening the height, and adding a stopper behind the central hinge so it didn’t straighten out and fall flat.

The LEGO Ideas project is absolutely brilliant. This needs to get to the next review stage! It’s almost there – at the time of writing, it was at 8448 supporters. Give it some support!

Gingerbread Man Pop Up Book

What are you working on at the moment? Leave me a comment below and let me know.


7 thoughts on “Everyone needs a LEGO Pop Up Book

  1. Russell Burder Reply

    You’re right it’s a great idea. Love the fact your oversized it a bit and cramped more inside.

    • John Post authorReply

      It makes it much easier to create a second one, now that I’ve got the cover down, and a model to work with! It means I can mock up some other insides and stick them straight in to see how they fit. I think I’m addicted…

      • Russell Burder Reply

        What was the rough cost for the base book frame and lift mechanism?

        • John Post authorReply

          Well, anything inside the book was from parts in my collection, but the cover was all Bricklink. That was around $80. If you spend around $100, that’s a pretty decent result.

  2. JD Reply

    That’s very cool! Do you have a LDD file for the mechanism? I am not sure how would it work..

    • John Post authorReply

      Hi JD, thanks very much! I don’t have an LDD file for the mechanism as it’s not my original design. It wouldn’t be right to give away someone else’s design as my own. What I did was pause the video on JK Brickworks’ LEGO Ideas video at certain places and figured it out the old fashioned way. I hope it works for you! Let me know how you get on.

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