A few months ago I was approached by a fellow builder, the very talented Grant Davis, to help flesh out an idea he had for LEGO Ideas – a fully functional LEGO pop-up book. Of course, I was already familiar with Grant’s work, and was really impressed with his original pop-up book when he posted it on YouTube a couple of years ago, so I jumped at the opportunity to help him with this project.
We finally put the finishing touches on it a few days ago and it is now live on the LEGO Ideas website, so if you’d like to see it potentially become an official set, be sure to head on over there and add your support: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/151695
You can see the book in action in this showcase video we put together.
The book features a simple and reliable mechanism, built around a couple of constrained Technic axles, to raise and lower the main pop-out scene. We also added a clasp to the keep it closed, so everything remains securely inside when you are handling it.
The aspect of this project that I am most excited about is that you can completely customize the interior scene to tell any story you can imagine. I think it really expands on the core values that already exist within the LEGO system, especially exercising your creativity and imagination.
I designed a couple of interiors for the book, including a cottage and castle, which could serve as the backdrop for many popular fairy tale stories. I also have a few more in the works, which I’ll be posting over the coming weeks with some other updates to the project. Stay tuned!