You may have heard about Moleskine, the Italian manufacturer of luxury notebooks. Moleskine notebooks are very popular because of their sleek design, high quality materials, and traditional ivory-colored paper. The notebooks also come with a ribbon bookmark, an elastic-band to keep them closed, and a pocket inside the rare cover. The brand is popular worldwide, with entire communities of enthusiast who write, sketch, paint and draw in Moleskine notebooks, and share images with each other through social networks. So yeah, they are well-liked. 🙂
A few years ago Moleskine introduced a line of LEGO themed notebooks and planners. They came with a black cover with a color image of a minifig or LEGO bricks, and even an embedded plate that you could build on. These notebooks were fun and whimsical, yet carried the air of sophistication and high quality that characterizes both LEGO and Moleskine products. The brands were a perfect match, and the notebooks became very popular.
Later Moleskine released a second generation of LEGO notebooks with more color options and cover designs. See first and sedond image, and here are the details: The Moleskine Limited Edition LEGO pocket notebook is a celebration of one of the biggest toy and entertainment brands in the world – loved by adults and children alike. Featuring a hard cover with themed graphics and details, ribbon bookmark and elastic enclosure to keep everything secured, this special notebook also comes with limited edition stickers and a real LEGO plate.
The second generation LEGO Moleskine notebooks come in four colors, two sizes, and either plain or lined. The larger size is 5.1 x 8.2 inches and comes with 240 pages. The pocket size is 5.5. x 3.5 inches and comes with 192 pages. The white cover notebook is large and ruled. The blue cover notebook is large and plain. The red cover notebook is small and ruled. And the black cover notebook is small and plain. They all come with stickers and an inserted plate at the front (the small ones have a 2×4 stud plate and the large ones a 4×4 stud plate).
Both the first and second generation LEGO Moleskine notebooks are available at various retailer, and you can also get them on Amazon. They are not cheap; run between $10-$20 depending on the size and availability, but these are luxury notebooks and in my opinion totally worth it. People love to receive them as gifts, and of course you can also get them for yourself. You can find them on Amazon at the following link: LEGO MOLESKINE NOTEBOOKS ON AMAZON
So what do you think? How do you like these LEGO notebooks? Are you planning to get one? Or do you have them already? If you do, feel free to share your own review in the comment section below! 😉
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I use this style of notebook all the time for jotting down lego ideas/inspiration and first sketches of layouts etc. I do go through 8-10 a year mind you so I tend to buy cheaper ones myself (there is a shop called Tiger here in the UK that sell pocket sized bamboo notebooks almost identical to these for about $1.50) but I’ve been given a number of these as gifts over the last 2-3 years. They are lovely.
Nice! That’s a lot of notebooks a year! I tend to scribble on pieces of paper, but the downside is that they are easy to loose. I do have two LEGO notebooks and should used them more often. 😀
It is a lot of notebooks but I work better off paper than trying to use pinterest or bookmarks for inspiration. Sadly 90% of my lego is in the loft for now so I’m down to ideas and plans until I have the space or time to actually build them. It is a poor substitute to actually building but it keeps me going for now.
I also prefer paper for doodling and planning. I’m just not as organized as you as far as keeping it all in one place. I also have a “greeble box” – a storage-box of small pieces all in the same color – which is great for working out details and building techniques. Easy to keep it at my desk or carry around. 🙂
You need to save the Lego brick even when you’ve finished the notebook, though. It’s complicated…
I wouldn’t ever throw away such nice notebooks. They are for forever, so no need to take out the brick. 😉
Also: If you’re that hard up for a brick, you’re doing it wrong.
You can’t throw away Lego, even if you have to throw away your collection of sordid state secrets!
Talking like a true LEGO fan… 😀
I probably shouldn’t mention that I ended up binning 7kg of lego last summer when I moved house then! It was all scratched/damaged/discoloured pieces but even so it nearly broke me….
Yeah, that’s sad… there are people who like those pieces though, for battle damaged MOCs and such. I have sold or given away quite a bit of damaged LEGO in the past. You can just put up an add at your local Craigslist; “free damaged LEGO to a good home”. People are very creative. 🙂
I couldn’t shift it, even on ebay 🙁
Craigslist is better for stuff like that because someone can just pick it up locally, which means very little effort to both you and the person picking it up. You might consider trying it out next time. 🙂
My friend told me that some guys used discolored pieces for dilapidated buildings or for gradients… Seems a complex building task, but artists gonna suffer anyway…
Yep, there are some great MOCs with old, discolored and beat-up pieces, most in the post-apoc genre. LOL! Sounds like you don’t have a very high opinion of artists. 🙄