Toys / Fabuland
was a LEGO theme
produced from 1979 to 1989
, aimed at children from three to seven. What made this theme unique was the fact that instead of the standard mini-figs, the sets came with Funny Animal
characters. The construction manuals of the bigger sets were combined or complimented with stories featuring said animal characters thus explaining who's who, and what her or his role in Fabuland is
. Additional story-books could be acquired seperately.
Another notable piece of merchandise was Edward and Friends
, a British Claymation
TV series involving the Fabuland
characters, and with Edward Elephant as the main protagonist. Also, there was the small (only two episodes long) German Language Audio Drama
series Geschichten aus Fabuland
is rather obscure, although there are a handful of AFOLs out there in the internet who build Fabuland
-MOCs (Adult Fans Of Lego who build their (My) Own Creations
), set up fan-sites or even produce whole Fabuland
-webcomics. Also, Fabuland
is apparently still big in Japan
. (Really! Look!
Some helpful Fabuland links:
Some Fabuland tropes:
- Alliterative Name: The majority of characters has one.
- Animals Not to Scale: All characters are exactly the same size, regardless whether they are elephants or mice.
- Animal Stereotypes: Lionel Lion is the mayor, Wilfred Walrus a sea captain, the birds fly airplanes (!!), Freddy Fox at least tries to be cunning, Edward Elephant is very strong, and the fire- and policemen are all dogs.
- The Cameo: This Lego series is obscure nowadays, but it made a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in The LEGO Movie.
- Furry Confusion: One set contains a bird cage complete with a small non-anthropomorphic bird. The sole Fabuland character in this set was a poodle rather than one of the bird characters — but still...
- Honorable Elephant: Edward and Friends depicts Edward Elephant as a heroic Nice Guy.
- Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date: Set # 3622, implying an Interspecies Romance between Hannah Hippopotamus and Lionel Lion.
- Petting Zoo People: All characters have a body shape no different from human Lego figures, except for their animal heads.
- Retraux: The designers probably aimed for a "picture book for children"-look. Many objects, especially the cars and airplanes, look almost retro.
- Small Taxonomy Pools: All characters are well-known species, such as elephants, lions, dogs, cats, foxes, rabbits, etc.
- Species Surname: At least in English and German this is the case.
- Warm-Hearted Walrus: Wilfred Walrus is a grizzled sea captain who gladly gives the other characters a boat ride.
- World of Funny Animals: Everyone is an anthropomorphic animal.