REVIEW – LEGO Ideas: Pop-Up Book [21315]

Manufacturer: LEGO
RRP: £59.99 / $69.99
Release Date: 26th October 2018
No. of pieces: 859
Build Time: 2 Hours approx.


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.

LEGO Ideas has been a fantastic platform for uber LEGO fans to submit their own creations and actually have them released as a finished product, and over the last few years we’ve seen some incredibly imaginative releases. The Ship in a Bottle, The Old Fishing Store & Apollo Saturn V are just a few of our favourites, but the latest idea to make it to market is truly something special!

The LEGO Ideas: Pop-Up Book is the brainchild of fan designers, Jason Allemann and Grant Davis (and actualised by LEGO Designers, Wesley Alan Talbott and Crystal Marie Fontan), and features a book that opens up to reveal not one, but two, pop-up storybook scenes.

Starting off with the packaging, there’s something incredibly craftsman-like with the box art; the greens and browns make it feel like it was crafted from deep inside the very woods that Red Riding Hood might have ventured.

The instruction manual is beautifully presented, too. There’s some background info on the designers, as well as a potted history of Pop-Up books in time. There’s also some background on the two stories featured in the set; Little Red Riding Hood and Jack And The Beanstalk.

Spread out over 6 bags, and comprising of 859 pieces, it took us around 2 hours to complete.

The build itself was fun throughout, with the brown detailing on the outside of the book, particularly fun to put together. The slow build-up of the book shell was incredibly satisfying and once complete, it looked stunning in its own right.

The story elements have their own build stages; Red Riding Hood will appeal to the modular build fans amongst you, whilst Jack And The Beanstalk favours some of the Technic elements. Certainly, the latter is the more impressive as once you open the book, the beanstalk swings out and up, revealing the miniature castle build at the very top. Red Riding Hood’s Grandmother’s house also pops up, and there are two separate elements that help to flesh out this story, in the form of a bed and a tea table accessories.

Once complete, whatever story you choose will pop out and neatly fold away when you open and close the book, respectively. The stories clip in to the two anchor points, and can easily be removed and replaced. It’s deliciously simple, effective, and most of all, impressive!

There are 4 minifigures included in the set; Little Red Riding Hood, Grandmother, the Wolf, the Giant, as well as 1 microfigure of Jack.

Overall, we were incredibly impressed with the Pop-Up Book; not only does it offer something fresh and new for LEGO, but the ability for you to create and snap-in your own stories is the real USP, here – even if it isn’t something that was necessarily promoted in the marketing of the set. The book shell, and its anchor points, serve as the hub for your story ideas, and together with the already fabulous story scenes included, we are proud to award this set one of our rare, ToysWorld 5 Gold Stars!

If there’s one present you want to get the LEGO fan in your life, this Christmas (or even a treat for yourself) – this is most definitely it!





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