Lego Fabuland

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Lego Fabuland
Lego Fabuland logo.png
Availability 1979–1989
Total sets 102
Characters Edward Elephant
Bonnie Bunny
Max Mouse
Mike Monkey
Paulette Poodle

Lego Fabuland was a theme and product range of the Lego construction toy, aimed at young children. Introduced in 1979, the range aimed to fill the gap between Duplo and the standard Lego product ranges. Aimed at both boys and girls, the range encouraged storytelling, and was the first theme to be extended into books, clothing, and a claymation TV series that aired in the UK and Canada during the 1980s as Edward and Friends. Each episode was five minutes in length.[1]

Characters[edit]

Fabuland sets featured anthropomorphic animal characters. These pieces were larger than standard Lego Minifigures, but smaller than Duplo figures, and included movable arms, legs and head. Some of the characters appeared in more than one set, and were given names, and sometimes even stories. Recurring characters included Edward Elephant, Bonnie Bunny, Max Mouse, Clive Crocodile, Walter (Wilfred) Walrus, Lucy Lamb, Lisa Lamb, Ricky Raccoon, Roger Raccoon, Freddy Fox, Bruno Bear, Bernard Bear, Billy Bear, Perry Panda, Patrick Panda, Bertie Bulldog, Boris Bulldog, Buster Bulldog, Barty Bulldog, Clarke Bulldog, Mike Monkey, Mark Monkey, Gabriel Gorilla (Chester Chimp), Paulette Poodle, Harry Horse, Henry Horse, Catherine Cat, Charlie Cat, Sandy Seagull, Lionel Lion, Hannah Hippopotamus, Joe Crow, Marjorie Mouse, Mortimer Mouse, Michael Mouse, Patricia Piglet, Patrick Pig, Percy Pig, Peter Pig, Hugo Hog, Billy Goat, Gertrude Goat, Clara Cow, Doctor Dog, Paul Parrot, Robby Rabbit and Ernie Elephant.[2] This was the first Lego theme which characters had names[3]. In different countries names of the same characters were different.

Style[edit]

Fabuland had a distinctive friendly style with various animal characters that each had a job or purpose in the town of Fabuland. Fabuland featured special elements that were larger than standard Lego bricks, but were fully compatible with regular Lego. Fabuland used a primary colour scheme and the sets were aimed for children between 4-8 as a transition from Duplo to Lego. Fabuland was unique due to the special elements, such as walls, roof elements, tables, chairs, boats and cars chassis. Larger Sets included buildings with story book like instructions and the theme also had many vehicles and individual characters with accessories. Fabuland is highly sought after today among collectors and there is a large fan base that keeps the theme alive via Lego fan sites.

Fabuland was discontinued in 1989 and since then many elements have reappeared in many themes. In 2000, Lego released the Mickey Mouse theme that contained many Fabuland elements. Fabuland elements have appeared in Harry Potter, Belville, Castle/Kingdoms, Friends and Lego Games and others. The Fabuland line was referenced in the 2014 film The Lego Movie.

Sets[edit]

1979 Sets[edit]

  • 324 Ricky Raccoon on his Scooter
    • 2 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 325 Percy Pig with his Barrow
    • 3 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 121/328 Michael Mouse and his New Car (Car − Michael Mouse Goes Driving)
    • 22 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 329 Bernard Bear and his Delivery Lorry (Lorry − Bernard Bear Delivers The Goods)
    • 109 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 128/338 Blondi the Pig and Taxi Station (Taxi Station/Patrick Pig is Fabuland's Taxi Man)
    • 37 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 132/341 Catherine Cat's House and Mortimer Mouse (Cottage/House)
    • 123 pieces, 2 minifig
  • 134/344 Service Station with Billy Goat and Mike Monkey
    • 80 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 137/347 Hospital - Lucy Lamb and Charlie Cat Visit Dr. Dog (Hospital)
    • 205 pieces, 3 minifigs
  • 140/350 Town Hall
    • 122 pieces, 3 minifigs

1980 Sets[edit]

  • 3602 Lisa Lamb With Her Pram (Pram − Lisa Lamb Goes Walking)
    • 3 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3604 Mark Monkey With His Fruit Stall
    • 3 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3605 Ricky Raccoon and His Scooter (same as 324)
    • 1 piece, 1 minifig
  • 3634 Dustcart − Joe Crow Keeps Fabuland Clean and Tidy (Charlie Crow's Carry-All)
    • 17 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3665 Harry Horse and Clara Cow's Ice Cream Shoppe (Ice Cream Shop − Harry Horse Helps Clara Cow)
    • 36 pieces, 2 minifigs

1981 Sets[edit]

  • 3601 Elton Elephant (Edward Elephant's Garden Table)
    • 6 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3603 Boris Bulldog and Mailbox (Boris Bulldog Postman)
    • 5 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3615 Percy Pig (same as 325)
    • 4 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3628 Perry Panda and Chester Chimp (Window Cleaners)
    • 3 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3629 Barney Bear (Bruno Bear's Car/Mechanic's Car)
    • 16 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3635 Bonnie Bunny's Camper (Mobile Home/House On Wheels)
    • 25 pieces, 1 minifig

1982 Sets[edit]

  • 3654 Lisa Lamb's House (The Flower Garden)
    • 32 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3666 Billy Bear and Mortimer Mouse's Service Station (The Lazy Mouse)
    • 28 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3667 Pat and Freddy's Shop (The Tasty Bread)
    • 58 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3669 Fire Station (The Naughty Raccoon)
    • 33 pieces, 3 minifigs
  • 3672 The Motel (The Cooking Contest)
    • 60 pieces, 3 minifigs
  • 3678 Lionel Lion's Lodge (The Noisy Neighbours)
    • 123 pieces, 4 minifigs
  • 3694/3695 Fabuland Figure Collection
    •  ? pieces[4], 80 minifigs
  • 3701 Charlie Cat the Fisherman (Fisherman)
    • 2 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3703 Peter Pig the Cook (Cook)
    • 2 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3704 Marjorie Mouse (Housekeeper)
    • 2 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3706 Ernie Elephant (Street Sweeper)
    • 2 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3707 Clara Cow (Gardener)
    • 2 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3708 Rufus Rabbit (Baker's Boy)
    • 3 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3781 Maximillian Mouse (Handyman)
    • 4 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3782 Paul Parrot (Press Photographer)
    • 4 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3784 Hugo Hog the Tinker (Tinker)
    • 4 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3786 Boris Bulldog (Postman)
    • 8 pieces, 1 minifig

1983 Sets[edit]

  • 3626 Roger Raccoon and His Sports Car (Roger Raccoon With Sports Car)
    • 16 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3627 Bonnie Bunny (Bonny Rabbit)
    • 18 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3637 Gertrude Goat the Painter (Gertrude Goat)
    • 14 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3638/3642 Buster Bulldog (Fire Engine)
    • 17 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3709 Henry Horse the Carpenter (Henry Horse)
    • 2 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3710 Patrick Panda (Peter Panda)
    • 2 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3787 Hannah Hippopotamus the Public Gardener (Hannah Hippo)
    • 8 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3788 Paulette Poodle's Living Room
    • 12 pieces, 1 minifig

1984 Sets[edit]

  • 801 Fabuland Characters
    • 2 minifigs
  • 3639/3643 "Paddy" Wagon (Police Van)
    • 9 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3664 Bertie Bulldog Police Chief and Constable Bulldog (Police Station)
    • 63 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3670 Service Station
    • 52 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3671 Airport
    • 49 pieces, 3 minifigs
  • 3711 Tubby and Tuba (Tuba Player)
    • 4 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3712 Robby Rabbit (Accordion Player)
    • 4 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3713 Mike Monkey (Drummer)
    • 7 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3789 Constable Clarke (Speed Cop)
    • 5 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3791 Wally Walrus (Scooter Tourist)
    • 6 pieces, 1 minifig

1985 Sets[edit]

  • 3624 Flower Car (Pick Up Truck) (same as 3627)
    • 19 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3625/3630 Sandy Seagull's Aeroplane (Aeroplane)
    • 8 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3631 The Fabuland Big Band Peter Pig and Gabriel Gorilla (Band)
    • 30 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3641 Car and Camper (Poodle's Camper)
    • 22 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3660 Fisherman's Wharf (Fisherman's Cottage)
    • 25 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3673 Paddle Steamer (Steamboat)
    • 61 pieces, 3 minifigs
  • 3681 Amusement Park (Fairground)
    • 99 pieces, 4 minifigs
  • 3714 Workman and Barrow (Bricklayer)
    • 6 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3715 Hannah's Flower Stand (Hippo With Flower Stand)
    • 14 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3716 Telephone (Fox At Office)
    • 8 pieces, 1 minifig
  • Mouse in a Tub Fishing (Angler)
    • 9 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3792 Lisa Lamb's Bedroom (Bedroom)
    • 14 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3793 Boris Bulldog and Mailbox (Post Office)
    • 12 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3794 Police Motorcycle (Bulldog on Motorcycle)
    • 14 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3795 Catherine Cat in Her Kitchen (Catherine Cat's Kitchen/Kitchen)
    • 28 pieces, 1 minifig

1986 Sets[edit]

  • 1570 Fabuland Character Polybag
    • 4 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3633 Motor Boat With Walter Walrus (Captain Walrus in His Motor Boat)
    • 13 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3644 Mike Monkey and His Taxi (Mayor's Car)
    • 10 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3668 Merry-Go-Round With Ticket Booth (Merry-Go-Round)
    • 42 pieces, 3 minifigs
  • 3679 Flour Mill and Shop (Mill With Shop)
    • 73 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3718 Outdoor Cafe With Bonnie Bunny (Outdoor Cafe)
    • 6 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3796 Patricia Piglet at Her Bakery (Patricia Piglet's Bakery/Little Bakery)
    • 30 pieces, 1 minifig

1987 Sets[edit]

  • 1516 Promotional Set (Theatre)
    • 23 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3636 Lucy Lamb's Bedroom (Lucy Lamb in Her Bedroom)
    • 21 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3645 School Room (Classroom)
    • 24 pieces, 3 minifigs
  • 3659 Playground
    • 16 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3662 Double-Decker Bus (Bus)
    • 32 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3674 Bonny Bunnie's New House
    • 44 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3675 General Store
    • 103 pieces, 3 minifigs
  • 3682 Fire Station
    • 149 pieces, 3 minifigs
  • 3719 Bus Stop With Maximilian Mouse (Bus Stop)
    • 5 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3797 Fire Chief Barty Bulldog
    • 8 pieces, 1 minifig

1988 Sets[edit]

  • 3622 Rowboat With Lionel Lion and Hannah Hippopotamus (Rowboat)
    • 12 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3623 Beauty Salon
    • 24 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3646 Catherine Cat in Her Kitchen (Walrus & Cat in the Kitchen)
    • 53 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3680 Caravan and Rowboat (Camping in New Caravan)
    • 27 pieces, 3 minifigs
  • 3683 Amusement Park
    • 93 pieces, 4 minifigs
  • 3721 Clive Crocodile on His Skateboard (Crocodile on Skateboard)
    • 10 pieces, 1 minifig
  • 3798 Hannah Hippopotamus on a Picnic (Hippo Goes Picnicing)
    • 24 pieces, 1 minifig

1989 Sets[edit]

  • 3647 Lionel Lion's Classroom
    • 42 pieces, 3 minifigs
  • 3663 Max Mouse's Merry-Go-Round (Merry-Go-Round)
    • 23 pieces, 2 minifigs
  • 3676 Cathy Cat's Fun Park
    • 43 pieces, 4 minifigs

Books[edit]

Instructions for sets contained text stories with illustrations. This was the first time Lego used inspirational material[3]. There were also printed story books based on Lego Fabuland theme. These include Edward's Skyscraper, The Missing Fireworks, Catherine Cat's Birthday, Billy Bear's Holiday, Ricky at the Restaurant, Charlie Cat's Flying Circus, Lionel Lion's New Car, Morty's New Job, Henry's Night Out, The Flower Song, Edward's Butterfly, The Birthday Present, The Burblies, The Troll in the Mountain, The Fabuland Rainbow (released with a poster and a vinyl record), Max & Edward All At Sea, Adventure in the Dark, The Red Ball, The Whirlwind, The Snowstorm, The Secret Trip, Edward Elephant, Bonnie Bunny, Lionel Lion, Boris Bulldog, Marjorie Mouse, Mortimer Mouse, Doctor Dog, Freddy Fox, Gertrude Goat, Catherine Cat, Doctor Lucy Lamb, Barty Bulldog, Henry Horse, Paul Parrot, Billy Bear, Hannah Hippopotamus. Additionally seven books were released, based on Fabuland TV series "Edward and Friends". The comic strip "Fabuland, the Country of Fantasies" was included in the Italian magazine Più e il suo Gioco[5].

Other products[edit]

For the Fabuland theme Lego introduced such licensed products as key chains, table decorations, pens, playing cards, jigsaw puzzles, memory games (in association with Ravensburger), parachute toys, children cutlery sets (in association with BSF), bed cover sheets, children’s clothing[3]. Fabuland characters were attached to Nestlé's Orzoro jars[6][7]. In 1979 in Germany Phonogram Inc. released on vinyl record radioplay "Stories from Fabuland" written by Sebastian Beck and directed by Michael Weckler.

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lipkowitz, Daniel (2009). The Lego Book. Dorling Kindersley. p. 126. ISBN 978-1-4053-4169-1. 
  2. ^ Fabuland 3679. Germany: Lego Group. 1986. 
  3. ^ a b c "Lego Fabuland history". www.lego.com. Lego Group. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  4. ^ "Exact contents and availability not known. It could possibly have been a promotional or shop display set". brickset.com. Retrieved 2017-09-13. 
  5. ^ "Lego Fabuland". mikimoz.blogspot.com. 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-10-04. 
  6. ^ "Nestlé Orzoro Fabuland TV Commercial 1985". www.youtube.com. 2016-01-30. Retrieved 2017-10-04. 
  7. ^ "Nestlé Orzoro Fabuland TV Commercial 1987". www.youtube.com. 2016-01-30. Retrieved 2017-10-04.