A Voice from the Past

Read the words of LEGO founder Godtfred Kirk Christiansen as he describes Modulex in the introduction to an early brochure for the company. I’ll be scanning manuals that I have collected and sharing them on this website and also at the seminars that I hold at various LEGO AFOL (Adult Fan Of LEGO) conventions. My next seminar on the “History of Modulex” will be at BrickFair, NJ (during the AFOL setup days).

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MODULEX is a further development of the Lego system, so it is no accident if you have found a similarity between the two products.

Some years ago, when I was planning a building, I wanted to use a model as a supplement to the prepared drawings. I had built a model using Lego elements and soon discovered that there were special great benefits of this kind of model building. I could change as much as I needed. And I could work without scissors, glue and other tools.

On this basis our engineers started to further develop the Lego system. And the result was the Modulex system, which by its nature has exactly the same properties as Lego. A product with very steadily uniformity and extremely small tolerances.

In this brochure we show you some examples on how Modulex in practice have solved many different tasks. We hope that by studying these examples you will get an insight into the endless possibilities of Modulex. And that you will be inspired to an effective solution to your planning problem.

Godtfred Kirk Christiansen
CEO
A/S Lego Systems, A/S MODULEX

Many thanks to Thomas Bryde for help with the translation!

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Special Mini-Kit: Pumpkin

Tiny LEGO® Modulex® Pumpkin Kit

Celebrate the arrival of Autumn with this limited edition LEGO® Modulex® Pumpkin Kit. These are original, vintage LEGO® Modulex® bricks from the 1960s & 1970s. The kit includes 25 bricks, including 2 more than you need to complete the pumpkin. One of the extra pieces is another olive slope (so you will have a pair). Instructions included. These pumpkin kits will be on sale at the upcoming BrickFair NJ in Somerset, NJ (Nov 1-2, 2014). You can have one of these limited edition kits for just $12.50. Hold a piece of LEGO® history in your hand!

Limited Edition Minibricks Madness LEGO® Modulex® Pumpkin Kit

Here’s a quick photo of the Pumpkin with a BrickFair Minifig.

Pumpkin with BrickFair 2010 minifig

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Tidbits from LEGO® Modulex® History #2

What were LEGO® Modulex bricks made from? Were they made from the same kind of plastic that LEGO® bricks are made from?

Great question! Actually, the answer is “Yes” AND “No”!

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When my source from the original Modulex® company was telling me about colors and pigments, he also said that they experimented with both ABS and PPO for the plastic. Apparently, these two plastics yielded slightly different colors with the pigments. He also felt that the range of colors for the PPO was larger than for the ABS.

You can learn more about these plastics at these links:
PPO (Poly-phenylene oxide)
ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)

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Tidbits from LEGO® Modulex® History #1

Do you know where the name “MODULEX” came from?

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The answer was given to me by an employee who worked at the Modulex company in Billund, Denmark, back in the 1980s.

“I can tell you the name comes from Module X where the X is the Roman letter for 10. The architectural models were in a scale 1:10 which fits to the Roman letter X.”

Now you know!

UPDATE:
Here’s a page (and enlarged scale from that page) of the original M20 manual from 1963. This will help to answer the question in the comment below.
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manual_M20_scale

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Modulex MOCs from BrickFair VA

Here’s a few photos of the MOCs (“My Own Creation” built from LEGO) that use LEGO Modulex bricks! If you have created something with LEGO Modulex, send me a photo! Need some more inspiration? Check out the Flickr pages that highlight other creations from LEGO Modulex builders!

A LEGO Modulex "Minicon" version of the Micro Theme at BrickFair VA built by Joe Joe Miserendino

A LEGO Modulex “Minicon” version of the Micro Theme at BrickFair VA built by Joe Miserendino

A fun LEGO Modulex version of Pikachu!

A fun LEGO Modulex version of Pikachu!

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BrickFair NJ

MBM_displayComing up soon is the first BrickFair in New Jersey! BrickFair is an amazing series of fan-run events (organized by Todd Webb) that promote the creativity and fun of building with LEGO bricks. In addition to the Somerset, NJ event (Nov 1-2, 2014, public hours), there are events in Alabama, New Hampshire, and Chantilly, VA (this Washington, DC area event was the first, remains the largest and is the flagship of the BrickFair events).

Minibricks Madness will be displaying MOCs built entirely from LEGO Modulex bricks and an archive of original LEGO Modulex bricks, packaging, and manuals. Be sure to find us in the vendor area (yes, you can also purchase some of the original collectible bricks for yourself).

At BrickFair NJ, Karyn will be holding a seminar during the AFOL days of the event. The AFOL (Adult Fan Of LEGO) participants spend extra days before the public hours setting up their own creations for the public to view on the weekend, participate in LEGO-themed games, and attend seminars about many LEGO topics.

Karyn’s seminar is about the History Of Modulex:

LEGO Modulex: A History & the New Story

In 1963 LEGO created a smaller, different proportion set of bricks for architects to use. Never sold retail, always marketed for professionals, these bricks were used first for buildings, then floorplans, and finally were moved onto walls for signs and project planning. In the late 1980’s the bricks stopped being made. Until now. The grandson of the LEGO founder purchased the rights and some of the old molds for Modulex bricks and has begun a new business that intends to re-issue the tiny bricks!

Come hear about the original history of these special bricks, how they changed over time and the special unique elements that were created. Then learn about the new re-issue of Modulex bricks, how they will be made, see some of the first new test bricks out of the molds (and some of the old test bricks from 1963 that were painted as they tested colors!) Karyn has been in touch with the new owners and has lots of the backstory to share!

There’s still time to register and room for YOUR LEGO creation to be on display in Somerset, NJ. We hope to see you there!

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Links for LEGO Modulex information

In case you missed it, our sidebar has a list of links that will lead to more information about these amazing tiny bricks

LEGO® Modulex® Info Online

LEGO® Modulex® Parts Catalog
Brick Fetish’s Timeline (history of Modulex®)
Erich Harshbarger’s Modulex® Mosaics
Modulex® Article (PDF) from www.brickish.org
Visual reference of LEGO® Modulex® parts for LDraw
Modulex Photos on Flickr
Lego Wiki
Modulex Color Chart
Saving Modulex” (paper on history of Modulex)

I’ve been scanning many of the original LEGO® Modulex® manuals and promotional materials. I’ll be posting some of those online soon. Stay Tuned!

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Special Edition Mini-Kit for BrickFair: TANKS!

This year tiny tanks with rotating gun turrets will be making their way to BrickFair with me! These are the new-for-BrickFair Special Edition Mini-Kits. The kits include 20 LEGO Modulex pieces, include 2 studless bricks and a rotating turntable!

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GI Joe likes to build with Modulex too!

This MOC was on display at BrickFair 2011 (better late than never in posting it!)

"Joes like bricks too!" by Mike Warsocki (Chantilly, VA). "When he's not in battle, GI Joe likes to build in his free time too!"

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BrickMagic 2012

Yes! It’s that time again already! Come join us this weekend in Raleigh, NC for LEGO fun! MiniBricks Madness will be there displaying some Modulex MOCs and will be in the vendor area for you to see our Modulex history archive and buy some of your very own Modulex (including exclusives that can only be found at the LEGO festivals we participate in)!

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