The Secret Life of LEGO Bricks author teases surprising stories

The author of upcoming book The Secret Life of LEGO Bricks has updated backers on the project’s progress, promising some juicy stories from the LEGO Group’s history.

Blocks magazine’s US editor Daniel Konstanski is writing the book, which will trace the history of the LEGO Group through its bricks. And he’s already begun putting pen to paper on what will be the first official LEGO title for adult fans.

“The writing process is getting underway, with a mix of about 50/50 writing and conducting interviews with some amazing folks at the LEGO Group,” Daniel wrote on the LEGO Ideas platform.

“Multiple people within the company are liaising with their co-workers finding folks who can answer some of the many, many questions I have sent in. The support and enthusiasm are incredible and I feel lucky to be a part of it.”

The LEGO Group and crowdfunding publisher Unbound announced The Secret Life of LEGO Bricks in August, following a fan poll to determine its specific subject matter. It then reached its funding goal in just two weeks, with nearly 2,000 backers currently supporting the project.

Daniel also teased a couple of nuggets in LEGO history that he’s unearthed during the research process. The first is Godtfred Kirk Christiansen’s original sketch of the modern stud and tube system, which apparently has “some surprise secrets in the margins”. The second is a promotional video from 1951, which offers “a tantalising clue to solving a longstanding mystery about early bricks”.

The only way get your hands on a copy of the book is to place an advance order at Unbound, as it won’t be coming to retailers. Here’s a taste of what you’ll get for your money:

Showcasing the extraordinary variety of LEGO elements, from monorail tracks and wheels to smart bricks, the Mask of Life from BIONICLE, and many more, The Secret Life of LEGO Bricks will feature interviews with the designers, managers and technicians who brought them to life, as well as artefacts from the LEGO Archive in Billund, Denmark.

The Secret Life of LEGO Bricks will go to print in 2022. To continue to support the work of Brick Fanatics, please buy your LEGO sets from using our affiliate links.

Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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