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LEGO Instructions: for new and old LEGO sets and even custom models

Updated on September 10, 2014

How to find LEGO set instructions, and building instructions for custom LEGO models

This page helps you to find LEGO instructions online for all kinds of sets - official LEGO company sets (old, retired and new), and custom LEGO models as well. Most of them can be downloaded, but you can also find ways to get original printed instructions.

  • Have you lost the instructions for your favorite LEGO set?
  • Do you want to see LEGO instructions for a set you don't own yet?
  • Are you yearning for the instructions for a set you used to own when you were a kid?
  • Would you like to find instructions for unique custom models?
  • Are you looking to build retired LEGO sets and you need the instructions?

Then this is the place! Read on for answers and resources to help you find those elusive instructions...

Custom LEGO model images copyright 2000-2011 Kevin R. Wilson, Lions Gate Models.

LEGO model of farmhouse
LEGO model of farmhouse

Don't panic if you've lost your LEGO instructions - you can find them again!

If you're seeking lost instructions for a recent set you own, you can contact LEGO customer service and they'll send you new instructions - for a small fee.

If you'd rather get your instructions right away, several sites provide an archive of LEGO building instructions, and allow you to download them so you can print yourself a new copy.

To find what you're looking for, you need some information about the original set. The set number is most useful, as most of the sites index by this. Next most useful is the name (which varies between countries, even in the same language!) But even if you don't have either of these, so long as you know something about the set, you can probably find it.

Assuming you know the official LEGO set number, or at least part of the name...

Try the LEGO company's own site and enter the number or choose a category of sets to pick from, or search by a keyword in the set name.

Still no joy? Let's try another site. Go to Worldbricks, choose Instructions Number and pick a number range from the dropdown list at the top of the screen, or Instructions Theme and pick a starting letter from the dropdown list.

Without knowing the number or name, you can still find the set. Several sites provide databases of lego sets which you can search by theme, or using a single word you remember from the set name, or even just something related. Try LUGNET or Peeron, which will link you to instructions once you find the set.

You can even buy an original copy of instructions if you'd like to have the real thing. This catalog page on Bricklink allows you to find a set by theme, promotion or year, or search by set number. Once you get to the page for the set you're looking for, click on "Instructions Entry" below the small pictures.

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LEGO model for railroad depot
LEGO model for railroad depot

Custom Instructions

when the standard LEGO sets are not enough...

Given the huge numbers of LEGO fans online, adult and youth, it's not surprising that some of them create instructions - some free and some not - so that you can build your own versions of their models. A Google search on "custom LEGO instructions" will find all kinds of interesting things but here are some sites to get you started:

The very best resource for custom instructions used to be the Building Instructions Portal, or BIP. Unfortunately the website no longer exists, but you can still see much of the content using the internet archive Wayback Machine. Links from this page may be broken but it's worth exploring. Scroll down the page to see the list of categories.

Brickshelf.com is an image archive service for LEGO creations, and some people display instructions there too.

Other individual sites include:

Cubiculus.com Small buildings, vehicles and train cars

Lions Gate Models (my site): Large, detailed LEGO City building instructions such as this Car Ferry model.

My instructions come on CDs for US$15 each, with multiple models per CD (and shipping is free anywhere in the world). You can also download a bundle of instructions (equivalent to a CD) for $12, or download individual model instructions for US$7 each.

You can also visit the LEGO "Design by Me" site, where many fans have created models and uploaded them to the LEGO company site.

LEGO Official Instructions sites

Sites which archive official LEGO set instructions

My Custom LEGO CIty Models - All photos (c) kevinw1

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29" long car ferry holds 18 LEGO cars and trucks, full interior details, great play valueHistoric half-timbered building with modern or medieval shop interiors - goes great with castlesCorner store with lots of interior details and stockVictorian-style brick factory with yard and woodworking machineryFarmhouse with full interior, workshop, even a porch swing and dog kennelHospital with emergency room, wards, X-ray and ultrasound lab, ambulance, much moreClassic red barn to go with the farmhouse, sliding doors operate, interior stalls for livestock, upper floor hay and grain storage with crane to loading door.Old fashioned North American style railroad depot with ticket office, waiting room with heating stove, freight room, etcShopping mall with hardware store, sandwich cafe, dentist and pet store. Lots of details.3-storey brick apartment block with 5 apartments, office, laundry room, mechanicals room and roof garden.
29" long car ferry holds 18 LEGO cars and trucks, full interior details, great play value
29" long car ferry holds 18 LEGO cars and trucks, full interior details, great play value
Historic half-timbered building with modern or medieval shop interiors - goes great with castles
Historic half-timbered building with modern or medieval shop interiors - goes great with castles
Corner store with lots of interior details and stock
Corner store with lots of interior details and stock
Victorian-style brick factory with yard and woodworking machinery
Victorian-style brick factory with yard and woodworking machinery
Farmhouse with full interior, workshop, even a porch swing and dog kennel
Farmhouse with full interior, workshop, even a porch swing and dog kennel
Hospital with emergency room, wards, X-ray and ultrasound lab, ambulance, much more
Hospital with emergency room, wards, X-ray and ultrasound lab, ambulance, much more
Classic red barn to go with the farmhouse, sliding doors operate, interior stalls for livestock, upper floor hay and grain storage with crane to loading door.
Classic red barn to go with the farmhouse, sliding doors operate, interior stalls for livestock, upper floor hay and grain storage with crane to loading door.
Old fashioned North American style railroad depot with ticket office, waiting room with heating stove, freight room, etc
Old fashioned North American style railroad depot with ticket office, waiting room with heating stove, freight room, etc
Shopping mall with hardware store, sandwich cafe, dentist and pet store. Lots of details.
Shopping mall with hardware store, sandwich cafe, dentist and pet store. Lots of details.
3-storey brick apartment block with 5 apartments, office, laundry room, mechanicals room and roof garden.
3-storey brick apartment block with 5 apartments, office, laundry room, mechanicals room and roof garden.

The Buying LEGO FAQ

Where to find it, best deals, new and used LEGO...

I maintain a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions page) about how best to buy bulk LEGO bricks, LEGO spare parts, minifigs (people), etc - including Duplo, Mindstorms and technic as well as regular System LEGO. If you're planning on buying any LEGO sets or pieces, take a look here first :

Buying LEGO FAQ - New LEGO, LEGO sets, Bulk LEGO, Used LEGO and spare LEGO pieces

What do you call Instructions?

While the LEGO company calls them LEGO "Instructions", there are other names for them too. LEGO plans, directions and patterns are all ways of naming the same thing: those pages of (almost) wordless pictures which teach you exactly how to make an amazing LEGO creation. I wonder if IKEA modeled their wordless building instructions for their furniture on LEGO instructions? Is it something in the air in Scandinavia?

What do you think? - Know of more sources for instructions? Let me know!

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      andrea-sperling-79 3 years ago

      HALLELUJAH!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

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      angelatvs 3 years ago

      Great resource! Thanks

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      PatrickHayes76 4 years ago

      Huge fan of LEGO. Thank you for this great information. I have lost so many instruction booklets from my youth it isn't even funny!

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      Rick King 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      My son has a room full of legos, so now I know to point him in this direction to find some custom instructions.

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      jura 4 years ago

      Lego blocks are very relaxing but also time consuming , great lens .

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      Kevin Wilson 2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: If you mean set 10229, ski resort / Winter Village Cottage, you can find the instructions by searching for the set number on the LEGO.com site at

      http://service.lego.com/en-us/buildinginstructions...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, do you know of any instructions for building the ski lift or ski resort? Thanks,

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      There are some very nice lego creation in you photos, my kids and grandkids loved legos. My daughter and her husband went to LEGOLAND for their honeymoon.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Know of more sources for instructions? Let me know!

      www.worldbricks.com. This is a great big lego instruction database.

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      I wish all this had been available years ago when my sons were young.

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      intmktcenter 4 years ago

      I want to buy for my kid

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      rdcbizz 4 years ago

      Great lens. I can use this.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I need simple instruction for my 6 & 8 year old grandchildren. The lego I have was my sons from the 70' & 80'.

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      lucky_strike 4 years ago

      Love the boat lego. Nice lens!

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      joehelms 4 years ago

      Love the grand-piano video. I wish they sold that as a kit

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      oktoys 5 years ago

      Nice lens, LEGO instructions come in handy, you have one more LEGO Ideas book review here: http://oktoys.blogspot.com/2012/04/lego-ideas-book... Thank you for sharing this useful information.

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      Beautiful, I grew up with these things, do you realize how many memories I have when seeing a lens about them ... Oh ... :)

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      itravel2004 lm 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      Kevin Wilson 2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the addition, Brian

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello... Just curious why don't you have LetsBuildItAgain.com under "LEGO Official Instructions sites"? It's a great site and an excellent resource!

      http://letsbuilditagain.com/

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      Writer783 5 years ago

      Great lens! I never knew there was so much to Lego

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      drsalm 5 years ago

      Nice lens! Congrats! I even found something suitable for my nephew.

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      Haveagood1 5 years ago

      Great lens! Very useful.

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      xtremescooters 5 years ago

      You really have done a great job with this lego instructions lens! It's a wonderful resource to turn to for all Lego lovers. Thank you.

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      jediboy 5 years ago

      That was great reading! Some really nice models there, also I've found so many more links, for that I had no idea! Thanks!

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      oakstreet 5 years ago

      It was always fun to play with lego. Although I didn't know who made this but for sure it was just a great idea. It made the world full of fun building blocks.Great len and a "like" from me.

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      Vlad 5 years ago from USA

      I like the Lego piano video :)

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      aksem 5 years ago

      Thank you. You helped me much. I was looking for lost instruction for one of my granson's LEGO sets

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      HomeschooledKid1 5 years ago

      Great lens! (I love instructions, and to build!)

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      Alan 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Great instructions. I really like the custom models you have built. Trying to get my son more interested in making custom models

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Nice building. Great lens !

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      Gabriel360 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      nhotdeals 5 years ago

      Great lens. My grandmother used to get us Lego with Corn Flakes Box Tops

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      MGuberti 5 years ago

      Wow. I love the legos!

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      Scraps2treasures 5 years ago

      My husband has some kits from when he was a kid that no longer have instructions. I will have to share this great lens with him. Thanks for putting all the information together!

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      PecjakJN 5 years ago

      very nice beautiful leans thanks for sharing!

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      MGuberti 5 years ago

      I love this lens!

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      vinc18 5 years ago

      Hi, I added this your lens in my lens "Do It Yourself Ideas"

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      I've loved LEGO since childhood. Thanks for this wonderful lens!

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      oakstreet 5 years ago

      Your LEGO piano looks like the lego piano I have at home. Very similar to mine except the chair. Great len and I always like to play with lego even I am not a kid anymore.A "like" from me.

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      I love LEGO, the piano is really cool.:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      cool lens:-)

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      RandomChuck 5 years ago

      It's amazing what you can do with little blocks of plastic. Those ships are impressive. Great lens.

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      TheHealthCabin 5 years ago

      My husband always spends the Christmas holidays building Lego! Great lens, Thank you.

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      legohq 5 years ago

      awesome

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      Lego is the ideal means of growing young. Enjoyable lens.

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      davidleetong lm 5 years ago

      Huge awesome lens... thanks for the reference :D

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      I love that you have instructions for your own models - I should use squidoo to publish some of mine. It is worth noting that a number of models on Peeron have scanned instructions - ie http://www.peeron.com/scans/6199-1/. These are free!

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      You can never go wrong with LEGO blocks. Hours and hours and hours of my childhood were devoted to these wonderful toys with or without instruction sets.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Lego is still the best creative toy in my opinion. And it is great for ALL ages. Yes, even for grown -ups;-)

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      GREAT Lens!

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Love that willys jeep! In lego, awesome!

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      Stevesound3 5 years ago

      ahhh, legos... one word describing so much of my childhood

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      kokchoquan 5 years ago

      Nice job, remind me about my child time

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      kerryhrabstock 5 years ago

      Come visit Central Florida. Our new Legoland just opened. You'd love it.

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      toyfairy 5 years ago

      Great lens! My boys love Lego!

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      keinan 5 years ago

      Fantastic list!

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      markettrol 5 years ago

      Have you heard of Legos with dinosaurs???

      Great Lens...very helpful....thanks

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      FreelancinFran 5 years ago

      Now THAT is a Lego set! Awesome!

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 5 years ago

      Great page! Good job.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      some really good instructions here.

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Fantastic idea and use for a lens, thank you

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      camshaw007 lm 6 years ago

      Awesome lens, lego rocks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      cool page i used to play all the time with my mam and dad

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      fireblazzer 6 years ago

      nice page, i used to play with legos all the time when i was a kid.

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      LukeJB 6 years ago

      Great lens - loads of useful information. Good work!!

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Legos span the test of time. Our whole family loves them!

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      pyramidsphinx 6 years ago

      Wow that seems like so much fun!

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      JeanJohnson LM 6 years ago

      This is a great idea for a page. I look forward to building some new items with my kids! thank you

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      MyNashville360 6 years ago

      Cool lens! I love building with legos with my little boy all of the time. Thanks for the ideas.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens and great resource!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens and great resource! Thanks

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      This Lego lens is great. My son was always losing his instructions, so I am sure there is a need for this. Thanks!

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      I use LEGOs in my miniature house. Thank you for sharing and I Favorited It to come back again.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      We are big fans of building with Legos in our house -:)

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      KayeSI 6 years ago

      What a great resource! Thank you. My grandchildren LOVE their old AND new LEGOs so I will save the link for this.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      I remember when there were only plain white bricks!

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      LegoLegoLego 6 years ago

      You got Fabulous Custom Lego Instructions Here, well done! GREAT LENS

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      Nany Palacio 6 years ago

      My Daughters are only 2 1/2 and 16 months old... and I think I should give them a lego toys... it helps them a lot to build and be more creative. great lens!!

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      heehaw lm 6 years ago

      i never had a chance to play lego during my childhood. but i always wanted to have a lego set when i was a child

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i love lego! thank you for sharing this! cheers

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Will Lego ever die? I doubt it. This has been one of the most amazing toy products to stand the test of time. I still enjoy building houses the best though, that and vehicles that move.

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      mahimattphoto 6 years ago

      Nice lens don't do much legoing but I used to and it brings me back!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Very comprehensive lens! I'm sure you made some Lego fans very happy with all of these ideas and resources. Nicely done!

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      BuildingBlockToys 6 years ago

      I'm a huge fan of Lego. Made a couple of lenses on Lego building sets myself. But I've never tried going in for custom builds. Maybe I will after seeing this lens... will have to stop by often, mate. Great work!

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      antoivo lm 6 years ago

      I have just started a blog on blogger and have included this lens as a resource for lego instructions hope you don`t mind :)

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      KatrinaJames 6 years ago

      fab lens!:-)

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      antoivo lm 6 years ago

      Aww mate this is so so cool what a great lens you have created here you are my new FRIEND and lens rolling this now to all my lego lens`s big like my friend well done.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      This is a really nice lens on a unique topic. Featured on Kids Toys. Suggest you move this comment box to the bottom or people will take off without seeing the rest of the lens,

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Great lens! I miss playing with Legos, I may have to pick up one of the more complicated kits for myself.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Another site I have found for free Lego instructions is Lego Brick Instructions. I have used it on many occasions to look up the old sets that I used to have, that I now build with my kids. Thanks for a great lens!!

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      **Blessed** by the Squid Angel for legos and featured on my Squidoo Angel for Lego lens :)

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      **Blessed** by the Squid Angel for legos and featured on my Squidoo Angel for Lego lens :)

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      JimDuke 6 years ago

      You know I lived in Germany as a kid, and I grew up on Lego's (in the late 60's). I still have some left from those days. I don't think anyone in the US had a clue what they were back then, or gummi bears for that matter! You lens brings back some memories for sure.

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lego is the best thing ever. Great lens!

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      ezpostcard 6 years ago

      I love Lego! It's the reason why I dream to be an architect. I miss played it! :)

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      BackPorchView 6 years ago

      I think I managed to save every instruction book for all of my childhood LEGO sets. I just started building Knight's Castle 6073 from 1984 with my son. Great resource for those who have lost their instructions :)

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      Shelly Sellers 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thanks for the information! We sometimes pick up Lego Sets at garage sales and they don't always have the instructions.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I still have my son's Lego kit stashed away in the laundry room and he is now 37 years old.

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      stevetyke 7 years ago

      What a very useful lens you have created here. When I was a child I used to use Lego with my

      model railway set.