LEGO Pop-Up Book – History and Model Comparison


Hey everyone, Jason here. Today we are
going to continue our look at the LEGO Ideas pop-up book and in this video
we’re gonna take a closer look at the differences between the finished model
and the model the Grant and I originally posted to LEGO ideas. In addition, we’re
gonna go even further back and also take a look at Grant’s original pop-up book
model which started this whole process off. If you aren’t familiar with the
history behind the pop-up book set, this was originally entirely Grant’s idea and
as he tells it he’s been interested in pop-up books for pretty much his entire
life and as a fan of LEGO I don’t think it was that surprising that he would
eventually try and build one using LEGO pieces as well, and I just happen to have
a copy of his original design here which he posted up to Flickr on November 1st
2014, which coincidentally happens to be exactly four years to the day before the
official LEGO Ideas set will be released on November 1st of this year. If we take
a closer look at this model a lot of the ideas he had here have carried through
the entire process to the finished set, including the idea of having exposed
studs on the inside to add scenery, as well as the idea to be able to swap out
different interiors. I only have this castle interior here for this one but if
you look at his original video, he swaps it all out into some kind of science
fiction based scene as well, and as you can see he’s using rubber bands to
anchor either end of the pop-up scene, which actually works reasonably well,
although it does have quite a few reliability issues and if you’re really
rough with the model the scene can flop around a little bit and sometimes take
out some of the interior. He’s also using one of these old spring-loaded leg
minifigs which sadly LEGO does not make anymore. Fast-forward about a year and
grant got in touch with me about fleshing out this idea and helping him
develop a model to be submitted to LEGO ideas and this was the final model that
we came up with, which looks very similar to his original. Obviously there’s a few
differences. We came up with this Technic based anchoring system for the pop-up insert, which was much more reliable than the
rubber bands that he was using. We also made the book thicker, so that there was
four studs of space to use on the inside, which allowed us to make the pop-up
insert two studs wide on either side. It also gave us a little more room for the
scenery so you could build it up a little bit taller without interfering. We
also added a clasp on the side to keep the book closed and throughout the
process of it being on Lego ideas I think we came up with eight interiors
for the book including this cottage, a castle scene, a jungle ruins, a
western-style building, Humpty-Dumpty on his wall, Rapunzel in her tower, a
cemetery and steampunk structure. All just to show kind of the versatility of
this model and what you could do with it. For the cemetery model, I also
experimented with a different colored exterior and also adding details to it.
Fast-forward another couple of years and we finally have the finished lego ideas
model, and obviously the biggest differences are in the appearance of the
model with the dark green cover with the brown decorative elements on the outside, as well the cottage has been given a nice little makeover and the Jack and the
Beanstalk scene was a completely new addition by the LEGO designer. If we take
a look at the frame of the book it is the exact same size and width as the
model that we submitted and they also retained a lot of the interior studs for
adding scenery, but they did remove the interior studs along the spine which I
really liked and used quite often for like a pathway or other decorative
elements in the interiors I designed. To anchor the pop-up insert, the’re using a
Technic brick with a hole in it, which allows you to use an external pin
connected to the insert itself and the reason that they can do that is because
they have these tiles on the outside of the book which covers up the hole that
you get from that Technic brick on the outside. That is one of the reasons why
our original book was tan. Because the piece we’re using is a 1 by 2 brick with
a pin, this piece here, which actually comes in a very limited number of colors and
the reason we used this is so that we didn’t get a hole on the outside of the
book because we weren’t using any kind of coverage on the outside. And the
biggest difference with the frame of the book is the omission of the clasp that
we had in our original model which I was a bit sad to see go. I really liked it.
With the clasp it really gives you a nice secure feeling when you’re picking
up and handling the book. If we take a look at the mechanism itself, it hasn’t
really changed that much although Wes made a few minor
improvements that really improve the reliability of it. For example, he had a
cheese slopes in spine here to prevent the scene from being able to be pushed
further back because it really needs to stay at an angle for it to work reliably,
and if you take a look at our original model you can really push the scene back
if you’re really aggressive with it which can cause problems with it binding
when you’re trying to close it. Another difference is that each side of the
pop-up insert is twelve studs long, whereas it’s only eleven studs long in
our original model and this allows being able to add two of these Technic plates
with holes in them to be anchored to this axle here which allows for much
stronger and smoother performance of the mechanism. You do run out of space really
quickly inside this book though and to accommodate the wider inserts, Wes added
this window into the spine which allows this little semicircular protrusion from
the hinge plate some room to sit in there when you close the book. Otherwise
it would push out against the inside of the spine and put a lot of stress on the
anchor point of the insert. And of course Wes developed a whole new mechanism for
raising and lowering the Beanstalk in the Jack and the Beanstalk story. And I
think that’s about all I wanted to talk about in this video. Next up will be a
tutorial on adding the clasp back in, which hopefully I will be able to post
in a couple of days. As always thanks for watching, keep on building and I’ll see
you next time

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78 thoughts on “LEGO Pop-Up Book – History and Model Comparison”

  1. Lego Gamer Nik says:


  2. The Kid Critic says:

    Been waiting for this video

  3. Danny 420oof says:


  4. Benoice says:

    I never new this existed wow

  5. Rafi Bricks says:


  6. momo bin gigi says:


  7. Pandis Pandus says:

    Awesome 😱🐼👍

  8. BlockHeadUK says:

    Great comparison, which shows us things we might otherwise have missed in the evolution of the project. Also helpful info about the hinge hole etc for if we want to build our own custom inserts. 👍

  9. greyztone says:

    The official version looks better on the outside but I prefer the original pop up house and totally agree about the path; it adds a really nice sense of depth.

  10. SobaTac says:

    Heya how ya doin?

  11. 오서독스 says:

    Your design is always simple and marvelous

  12. JJ BRICKS says:

    cool 🙂

  13. BryanStopMotionProduction says:

    Your design was so effective but Lego made it even better

  14. Greg M says:

    The fact that this kit encourages creativity so actively is awesome. I bet the Lego designer who worked on this must have loved it.

  15. GoldYeller says:

    This is so awesome Jason. I'm excited for this one to become available to the public.

  16. Idiot says:

    This content on this channel never ceases to amaze me

  17. Masterzecke says:

    Please make a death note 🙂

  18. Ariunbold Dorj says:

    waw wew wiw wow wuw wyw

  19. Rainbow Brick says:


  20. GalaGade says:

    Very nice for you to do vids I love seeing how it got evolve like a little Easter eggs I also like the clasp idea I think Lego was trying to keep the pieces count down lol

  21. Swedish builder studios says:

    I am so buying this

  22. david emperor says:

    This is such a great set for kids. Encourages creativity, is educational and hopefully promotes reading. Thanks for sharing the process and your opinions.

  23. Victor Storm says:

    Hey there, love your videos. I have a legomodel that I really want to see you build. It comes from a danish movie called "The Olsen gang." Here is a link. Hope you are up for the challenge 😉

  24. TulioSounds says:

    Am I the only one who does not like these up books? They are so bulky and the interiors are so empty. I don't see the appeal.

  25. Totoro says:

    I definitely prefer the aesthetic of LEGO's green/brown design, but I am sad they removed those studs on the inner spine, as that front section feels very empty when the book is open.

  26. Gimpzilla says:

    Congratulations on having Lego adopt your design. Great Work!

  27. Mardigrasman23 says:

    Such a great story

  28. Freek Mol says:

    Very cool. But them taking out those studs in the center really is too bad

  29. Grant Davis says:

    Cool to see them all in a line!

    Super fun going through the process with you Jason.

  30. OGINGOCNI says:

    NOICE comparison

  31. L3 says:

    Yes, I was also very sad to see the clasp go and I am definitely looking forward to your next video so that I can include it once I pick up the book. I didn't know the Grant's original version is much thinner.

  32. Nate Dole says:

    so that's why that window is there. I was wondering

  33. God of none says:

    0:50 that was soooo planned

  34. AWM LEGO films says:

    I personally prefer the design of the one with the brown cover. Nice use of gold parts! Though it’s not my favorite design, I will be picking up the official set when I can 🙂

  35. Dion Bablusha says:

    I love the cemetery and the steampunk structure.

  36. CrappyContent Studios says:

    Instead of that window peice in the spine you could add 1×2 slopes and 2 cheese slopes to make a smaller hole. This would need some of the peices around the hole to be 1×1 side-studded peices. Just personally I think the would look better and sit more flush, as might look like a small hole in the grass instead of looking like a window.

  37. BrickProductionStudios says:

    The western version is my favorite!

  38. Davin Lie says:

    Pls tell me where do you get it! I wanna buy it!!!! 😆😆😆😆😆

  39. ZG Brickfilms says:

    Very cool to see how the project progressed! Congrats once again to you and Grant, this is a phenomenal set!

  40. Joseph cheeseinthepie says:

    I'm amazed at how much the model has changed. It's a good thing that the designer used window pieces to give leeway for the jutting hinges, as well as other elements. The clasp would've been a nice element to keep to make the book feel "secure" as you said. I'm really excited to get my hands on this set! By the way, what was the LEGO Pop-Up Book signing like for you? It must've been fun to sign people's sets. Have a good day! Regards, Joseph cheeseinthepie. 10/30/2018

  41. Kayle Mathew Comendador says:

    Hey JK, is it safe to replace some of the book spine pieces with some side studded bricks?

  42. irbricksceo says:

    Out of curiosity, why was the clasp removed in the design process? you clearly were quite fond of it

  43. Kons37 Flyingreapper says:

    It looks way to epic eveb the design kf the book. I want to have so much lego like you.

  44. Yarghs Sammelsurium says:

    Dear Jason, thank you very much for this very informative comparison. I will to build in the clasp definitely when my book arrives. It is really a pity, that LEGO deleted this in the final product.

  45. Михаил Голосов says:

    Lego boost

  46. Mike Wilhelm says:

    They should make add ons so ou could have a Graveyard, and more that could add on the the original lego model.

  47. Stephanie Wilson says:

    Is it just the clasp you would add back, or any of the other changes as well?

  48. Michael M says:

    Need a three little pigs pop up

  49. I comment for no other reason than wasting 3 secs of ur life reading my username says:

    I actually liked legos green design more but its sad that they removed the studs and the closing thing. Especially the closing thing would make it more steady.

  50. joseph b says:

    You would think that TLG would have implemented some kind of hasp or locking mechanism. I thought that was a great idea. Love this model and can’t wait to get it

  51. Geezt Jeez says:

    Too many legos, I want it 🙁

    jk, lmao

  52. Elliot Potts says:

    Great set can't wait to buy it

  53. JK Brickworks says:

    The Pop-Up Book is now available from LEGO's online store.
    More information can also be found on my website.

  54. BrickTDP says:

    2:52 More Of Am Indiana Jones reference because of the golden thing (which is probably meant to be an inspired by the golden idol of fertility)

  55. Green Is Not A Creative Colour says:

    This might be my favourite ever LEGO set… It's genius!

  56. John Barnes says:

    JK I just ordered the Book an cannot wait 🙂 I was hoping to find the instructions/part list for all the different inserts you had for your original pop-up, are they anywhere on your website?

  57. carladolfing says:

    Congratulations! Well doen both of you.

  58. Matt says:

    Wow! I didn't you it was you who created the pop up book! Congratulations!

  59. Eduardo Matos says:

    It breaks my heart that you did all of this work for just 1% royalty.

  60. CuriosityRocks says:

    This is such an awesome design 🤗😍

  61. TheBrokeBrick says:

    I truly love this build! Thank you for sharing its evolution as you guys created it. I can't wait to build my own adventures within and also see what clever designs the community at large will develop. A+!

  62. Aurum Arma says:

    I'm glad you'll have a guide to add the clasp. That's a really great part of it, that I don't understand why it would be removed.

  63. Jace Hunter says:

    I got an ad before this and it showed the entire Lego movie

  64. Sean Copper says:

    I love that I think "I'd wanna put the clasp back in" and you almost respond to the thought "I'll show you how to put the clasp back in".

  65. Wiggly Warrior says:

    I got a add of the LEGO movie two for an hour

  66. Grestchim Yes says:

    It would be awesome if we could get a jungle ruins or the humpty dumpty!

  67. Th3D0m1n8r says:

    Still 22 days to Christmas… but I want this set now…

  68. Denis Setiawan says:

    i kinda liked the lock, too bad it's removed

  69. Heartlake Channel says:

    They are just amazing…

  70. It’s Livi says:

    I love my lego

  71. Bennett Cook says:

    I’m in NY on vacation and I JUST bought the set minutes ago. I’m most likely not gonna build it until I get home, but looks fantastic!

  72. 레고동화제제튜브 says:

    I love that  amazing quality !

  73. Il Y Aura Du Soleil says:

    You are a Master Builder.

  74. Petter Martinsson says:

    Yes yes!!!!! You are best

  75. Владислав Сычёв says:

    I am from Russia. Ussually i am know big part into the video. Now I don't know ever.

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