Of all the releases to come from LEGO Ideas in the last few years, this will be my favourite for sure – 21315 Pop-Up Book. By now, if you’ve been reading these posts for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of JK Brickworks & Grant Davis’ Pop Up Book submission on LEGO Ideas. I’ve made them bigger and created my own, and now we finally see what LEGO has done with them, and my goodness, they look excellent!
Consisting of 859 elements, and available for purchase from November 1st, 2018, this set will cost you US $69.99 / CA $89.99 / DE 69.99€ / UK 59.99£ / AU $109.99.
Two fairy tales can be created – Little Red Riding Hood (as confirmed by the teaser tweet yesterday), and Jack and the Beanstalk.
There are four brand new minifigures – Little Red Riding Hood, Granny, the Big Bad Wolf, and the Giant – and one new microfigure, Jack. I love the look of these, especially Little Red Riding Hood. By the looks of things, we get some excellent elements included. A beautiful new plastic skirt print, a recoloured red hood with fringe (first seen in the LEGO Ninjago Movie CMF’s Lloyd), and I absolutely love the Big Bad Wolf. Let’s take a look at the book itself.
The cover of the book is beautifully put together, with a large printed 8×16 tile with “Once Upon A Brick” written on it, plus two 1×6 name tiles, one each for Jason and Grant. The edging around the book, as well as the spine and back look great, and mean they will look beautiful even when closed – something I didn’t manage to do with mine.
The internal structure is also quite different to the original project submission. The plates sticking up at each edge are to stop the Technic pin from twisting during folding. These have been changed from bricks to plates. The bar in the centre is most likely to stop the pop-up wall from folding flat and falling over – at least, that’s what I found in my bigger versions.
It will be interesting to see how the hinges impact the folding – I found that they got in the way with the wall in the first test versions of mine. There’s also that curious hole in the middle of the spine. I’ve got no idea why it’s there. From the image above, of the beanstalk wall, there seems to be a couple of green plates underneath the beanstalk. These could fit in that hole to provide some support for the height, although I feel that it might impact the folding mechanism. If the centre lifts up when folded, it could lift out of the hole.
On to the stories! The original submission had Little Red Riding Hood in it, but this one is a very different design, with a much cuter house featuring in it. I love the design of this house, especially the wooden framing around the door, and that chimney stack. It’s bright and cheery.
Inside there’s a kitchen and a bed, that a minifigure can sit in. From the looks of the image, there are tiny little builds in the front corners of the book, however this is been reduced from the original submission. It appears that these don’t change with the fairy tale.
The standout story for me, purely for the difference in pop-up mechanism design, is Jack and the Beanstalk. The base of the wall section consists of a microscale town, with hills and clouds, and a little windmill, with the rest being the beanstalk. Jack is seen at the very front of the spine.
By the looks of the string, the top half collapses shut when the book closes. This mechanism design is absolute genius, and I can’t wait to see how it works in the plastic!
The press release also mentions that both stories can be built at the same time, so it’s much easier to pop them out and change the story up.
I am ridiculously excited about this set – this is probably even my favourite LEGO set ever. I’m very excited to see what other people will do with this. There’s so much potential for modifications. For a very unique set, it’s at an affordable price, and looks unreal.
You can read the full press release below.
21315 Pop-Up Book
Ages 12+. 859 pieces
US $69.99 – CA $89.99 – DE 69.99€ – UK 59.99£ – FR 69.99€ – DK 599DKK – AU $109.99
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.
Enjoy 2 classic fairy tales with this brick-mazing pop-up LEGO® book!
Build, play and display the classic fairy tales Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk with LEGO® Ideas 21315 Pop-up Book! This first-ever buildable pop-up book made from LEGO bricks opens to reveal the famous scene of grandmother’s forest cottage featuring opening door, bed and kitchen area. Recreate the scene when Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolf or swap out grandmother’s cottage for the scene of the giant’s castle in the clouds. This collectible toy features enough bricks to build both scenes or you can even build a scene of your own and makes a perfect creative gift. This LEGO set includes a booklet with a short history of pop-up books, a condensed history of each fairy tale in the set, as well as information about its fan designers and LEGO designers.
– Includes 4 new-for-November-2018 LEGO® minifigures: Little Red Riding Hood, Grandmother, the Wolf, and the Giant. Also includes 1 new-for-November-2018 microfigure: Jack.
– First pop-up book in LEGO history features 2 different LEGO fairy tale stories: Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk.
– Build and display or recreate your own stories from 2 classic fairy tales with this imagination toy.
– This LEGO® Ideas set features enough bricks to build both fairy tales in the set or you can even build your own scene.
– Includes a booklet featuring building instructions, a brief history of pop-up books, a short history of the 2 fairy tales in the set, plus information about this amazing classic fairy tale’s fan designers and LEGO®
– Pop-up book measures over 7” (20cm) long and 5” (13cm) wide when closed, and over 11” (28cm) wide when open.
– 859 pieces – LEGO Ideas playset for boys and girls aged 12+ and for fans and big kids of all ages; This LEGO Ideas 21315 Pop-up Book building toy can be built together with all other original LEGO sets and LEGO bricks.
– Build and display or recreate 2 of the best known and most cherished classic fairy tales with this LEGO set: Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. You can even build your own scene and mount it in the book.
Available directly from LEGO Stores & shop.LEGO.com from
1st November, 2018