15 June 2018

Inside Tour 2018 exclusive set

Spoiler alert! If you don't want to know what this year's LEGO® Inside Tour set is, look away now. Because Márton Ferenci was fortunate enough to attend and has given us this brief insight into the set, which can now be revealed to the public.

Being part of the LEGO Inside Tour is part luck, part madness. 3000 people signed up and a lucky 170-ish got chosen. Each year the participants receive a limited edition set, the subject of which is handpicked by the Kristiansen family to commemorate this special occasion.


The box gets handed out at the end of an intense 2.5 day journey deep into the real LEGO “land”. After learning so much about moulding, visiting the factory and meeting the LEGO designers (above), it is a true highlight to be given one of these.


After Automatic Binding Bricks were introduced in 1949, the portfolio of LEGO products was far from being dominated by them – their bestselling toy at this time was an honest piece of machinery, helping the good people of Denmark on the field and at home: the Ferguson tractor.

A year after the 1951 launch of this plastic toy, more than 75,000 had been sold – “Ploughing the way for the LEGO® brick”, as is noted on the back of the Inside Tour set box.


This homage to LEGO history is nothing short of awesome, thanks to Steen Sig Andersen who designed the set based on the proposal from Stuart Harris.

No new parts were designed specifically for this set – given the limited production number – however we were very pleased to learn that the tyres are a re-issue of a retired design, Tyre Ø81.6 X 15 (Element ID 290226|Design ID 2902), introduced in 1991 and last used in 2010.

We can see some really nice parts usage at the back:


Applying the décor:


And the steering actually works, mimicing the original toy, housed in the 3-stud wide chassis:


The brick built version is very much like the plastic one, which can be seen in the basement of LEGO House.


I'm inspired to build the red version as well; gold perhaps seems to be a challenge…

And for all the Hawkeyes out there, there's also another hiding under the stairs leading to the Green Zone.




The final model in all its glory...


...containing two printed tiles, adorned with the Ferguson logo (in agreement with the successor company Massey-Ferguson).

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16 comments:

  1. The rims (https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=2903&idColor=1#T=C&C=1) also have never been released in light bluish grey.

    I wonder if this means these parts will return to active duty.

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    1. unfortunately not this year as we were told, the rerun was specifically for this set.
      all being said LEGO did 6-700 new elements / recolors this year so who knows...

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  2. Now new part? Isn't the 21560 that makes the seat in LBG? If so, it's new, and I seriously hope it won't be limited to this set. I love those shoulder pads.

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  3. I find it fascinating that even the most exclusive of sets contain those rather annoying random-color filler parts...
    Nice last photo!

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    1. You find them annoying, I find them making a set easier to build. To each their own.

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    2. They're placed internally, anyway, and could hopefully lead to a bigger color selection of common parts.

      /Håkan

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  4. Why has no one asked about Nick Vas’s massive toothbrush?

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  5. @Joseph G - those random-color filler parts are there for the exact reason @AddictedToStyrene listed, to make finding parts / following instructions easier.

    @InvisibleTimmy - Nick's massive toothbrush is a collaborative effort with other designers (especially Nick in the back with the giant ice-lolly), they like doing it in the office :)

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    1. @csiramokus

      Does the Lego Designer team include two Old Nicks ?...

      /Håkan

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    2. Håkan - of course not but Niek autocorrected to Nick :(

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  6. Do Lego publish the instructions for these models at some point? This model is awesome....

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    1. Instructions are not officially available for these sets :( so unless you find someone who has them and is nice enough to share you have to build it based on the pictures available ;)

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    2. Oh well, I'll continue my reverse-engineering.

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  7. There is also a red version of this on display in the basement of the Lego House, I'll see if i can make my pictures of it available.

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  8. It does seem that there are no new moulds but there are a few parts never before seen in Medium Stone Grey / Light Bluish grey:
    15397 Plate 3 x 3 Cross
    21560 Large Figure Armor, Round, Smooth
    2903 Wheel 61.6mm D. x 13.6mm Motorcycle
    26047 Plate, Modified 1 x 1 Rounded with Handle
    Any others spotted?

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    1. There are other parts not previously done in LBG:

      - Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Pin Hole on Top (11458)
      - Technic Cam (6575)
      - Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Hub with 2 Perpendicular Axles (10197)
      - Technic, Brick 2 x 4 x 1 1/3 with Holes and 2 x 2 Cutout (18975)

      There are also the two printed tiles 1 x 8 "Ferguson"

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