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Collecting LEGO instructions – more confessions

by admin on February 9, 2013

in Community Articles

(Written by fikko3107)

If you’ve read my last article about collecting LEGO videos (see: Collecting LEGO Videos – A TFOL’s Confessions), you would probably already know about the extent of my devotion towards digital LEGO. This time, I bring you the next part of my guide to the fascinating world of digital LEGO media: LEGO Building Instructions. :)

LEGO Instructions at LEGO's Customer Service

You may be asking yourself this question: “Why am I even reading this? What’s so interesting about LEGO Building Instructions?” Ironically, I have been asking myself the same question recently. Since LEGO Building Instructions are readily available at the LEGO Customer Service page, there really is no point in archiving them on your PC. Of course, you may want to keep a few handy in the unfortunate event your physical building instruction disappears. But I think some people collects these instructions and take inspiration from them. But… I am not that kind of person…

LEGO Instructions Collection by Fikko

Which brings us to why I’m writing this post: LEGO Combiner Models and Alternate Models. I find these instructions more interesting since it’s like a building idea, but with the steps on how to build them. So then, let’s start with the first half of this post…

:arrow: INSTRUCTION FOR LEGO COMBINER MODELS

First things first, let’s clarify what’s a LEGO Combiner Model. It’s a LEGO model that you could make by mixing two or more LEGO sets together. Usually they come from the same theme/subtheme, since it makes it easier to make Combiner Models. Take the LEGO Dino combiner model of the #5885 LEGO Dino Triceratops Trapper and the #5887 LEGO Dino Defense HQ for example (featured below). See what I mean? Same theme, new model…

LEGO Instructions for LEGO Dino Combiner Model

Of course, occasionally a few Combiner Models popped up that are mixing different LEGO themes and/or subthemes. Like this Dragon Flyer Combiner Model for example; mixing elements from the #7726 LEGO City Coast Guard Truck and the #8634 LEGO Agents Turbo Racer Chase. The result actually ended up quite good.

LEGO Instructions for LEGO Dragon Flyer Combiner Model

Take this other one for example; mixing the #7957 LEGO Star Wars Dathomir Speeder and the #7956 LEGO Star Wars Ewok Attack, - both from 2011. The result ended up kind of awkward isn’t it? :D

LEGO Instructions for LEGO Star Wars Combiner Model

:arrow: INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALTERNATE LEGO MODELS

Alternate LEGO Models are instructions for models that use only one set. Let me just demonstrate. Below is my personal favorite, using pieces from #8942 LEGO Bionicle Jetrax T6. Pretty cool, no? You could take a not-so-massive-at-that-scale skyfighter and make it into a very cleverly scaled cycle. These Bionicle designers were quite bright.

LEGO Instructions for LEGO Cycle Model

Also check out this LEGO Star Wars model from the Build Together website. Build Together models may not be as good as the general Combiner and Alternate Models, since they are designed to be more family-friendly.

LEGO Instructions for LEGO Star Wars Alternate Model

:arrow: INSTRUCTIONS FOR BUILD-FROM-COLLECTION MODELS

Besides Combiner/Alternate Models there is one more type: Build-From-Collection LEGO models (at least that’s what I call them). These are almost exclusively only found on the LEGO Club website. These encourage you to build not from any particular set, but from using whatever pieces you have. Because of this, we have some remarkable models, such as the at-that-time-symbolic LEGO Club Door, a cute dachshund, and last but not least, a mystery van… *cough* Scooby-doo *cough* :roll:

LEGO Instructions LEGO Club Door Model

LEGO Instructions for LEGO Club Dog Model

LEGO Instructions for LEGO Club Van Model

You can find these LEGO model instructions throughout the LEGO website. Of course, those from older themes are discontinued, so they could prove more elusive than the ones currently available. I was lucky to be able to get the LEGO Ben 10 combiners from Web Archive. I even had a LEGO moderator go through great lengths to get me that LEGO Dino Combiner Model seen above.

LEGO Club Instructions

That’s all for now as far as collecting LEGO instructions. Despite it being quite ironic that I’ve never built any of these LEGO models, it’s still great fun hunting them down - since as previously stated; some are quite rare. Anyhow, what do you think? Have you made any of the LEGO Combiner or Alternate Models based on instructions available on LEGO’s website?  

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m a TFOL (Teen-Fan-of LEGO) and this is my second article here at theBrickBlogger. Feedback is welcome! In my next post I will tell you about collecting LEGO Wallpapers & Screensavers, so stay tuned! ;)

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

ninjanut February 9, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Interestingthat was a good post here is a TIE fighter! (-o-) :D

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Ninjoey February 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

i always wanted to build that yellow and red van…

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Fikko3107 February 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM

yeah, me too! But I was actually wishing to be able to switch the red to blue and yellow to lime green…and maybe add some custom decals…

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Ninjoey February 10, 2013 at 5:09 PM

sounds awesome! ;) :-D

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Legoman640 February 9, 2013 at 11:32 AM

How do you tell which sets the models come from? Like the yellow and red van…

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Fikko3107 February 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

The description says, and I quote,”Build this model from the bricks in your collection” for the van, implying you should use bricks you own. But for the combiners, the description may say so. or like the hero factory ones, the set number is written on the PDF instructions. When you’ve got no clue, you just guess, judging on the pieces…that’s the case for the Dino combiner.

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mr. dursey February 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

AAAAWWWWWW YEEEAAAHHHH!! :D :D
sorry but I have been waiting for the legoportal thing instruction for so long!
Thank you for posting!

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TheBookLady.ca February 9, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Great article…I was aware of the building instructions for sets on the LEGO customer service page but was not aware of the extra ones you mentioned on the LEGO Club website. I’ll have to check them out!

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Ninja girl (ninja of power) February 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM

very interesting

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Jacob February 10, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Keep up the good work. I remember I had to look really had to find Zivon instructions, as they were only available in LEGO brickmaster (don’t worry I do have it built, so I don’t need instructions.) Out of curiosity, do you consider fan made “official” models (like those in the Rahi and Dark Hunter guide books) as fitting this?

I terms of actual building, I the LEGO rock band bus (I don’t have all the colors correct, but other than that its done), as well as many of the BIONICLE ones. They used to include them in the LEGO club magazines, and I have mixed opinions about them stopping that. Although I like that they are more in depth than the magazine would provide, they are also easier to remove from the web, and I may not even hear of the model to begin with.

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Fikko3107 February 11, 2013 at 2:08 AM

Well, I don’t. They’re really cool, but sadly LEGO never provide the instructions. Also, I don’t subscribe to the magazine, sadly, (Why, Indonesia, why?) so I didn’t know they stopped doing it. and because of this I don’t have many combiners/alternates from the magazine. Thankfully, I’ve sometimes managed to find a few scans from the magazine, such as Lucas Valor, Zivon, Magnalink, Manutri, Sand stalker and Toa Jovan, with varying degrees of quality. LEGO doesn’t officially provide them, But I still accept them. These are quite elusive though, so if anyone can scan them and give it to me or direct me to some, I’ll be thankful.

P.S: If anyone is looking for a certain instruction, I’ll check if I have it and I’ll try to send it somehow.
P.P.S: The Krahka combiner from the story “The darkness below” IS a combiner, but I don’t have it.

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Fikko3107 April 8, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Update: I got the Bionicle Adventures: The Darkness below, and I take back what I said; It’s more like a series of inspirational pictures, much like the ones you find on the back of old LEGO sets.

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Paijo February 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Vera impressive article. You are a REAL TFOL

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Bryant February 27, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Hey, I was wondering how I could acquire the building directions for the dachshund puppy??

Thanks!

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Fikko3107 April 8, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Bryant; Sorry I took so long replying. You could give me your email, and perhaps I could e-mail it to you, since it’s long removed from the LEGO Club site.

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Ramidalis August 1, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Hi there, very interesting post, but I have some more important questions – how to find those instructions? How to combine my sets and search for them? is there any service for it or just tagging in search engine ;D

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admin August 1, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Ramidalis, LEGO instructions are available on LEGO’s website: http://service.lego.com/en-us/buildinginstructions/

In addition, if you would like to see what other sets you could build from your current LEGO collection, you can use Rebrickable: http://rebrickable.com/

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Alex55144 March 18, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Can I get the instructions for the Dino command truck? My email is: legoalexb@hotmail.com

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