November 12, 2010

The Ultimate Collector's Book Of The Millennium

We go to History with the culture we have, not the culture you want, or might wish to have at a later time.


316 pages. 136 Mb PDF download. Not including the copyright notices, well under 1,000 words.


I can't quite put my finger on why, but I feel that, at least when The Future looks back on us, here, in this moment, in this culture, in the--as the flight attendant unexpectedly put it when he announced our arrival at Schiphol--in this, the 2,010th Year of Our Lord,


the instruction manual for the 5,000+piece Lego Set 10179-1: The Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon may just end up as the touchstone, the most meaningful book, the best we managed to do. It is certainly the pinnacle of something.


During the unboxing, a giddy Amazon customer notes: "The bound instruction book weighs almost as much as the completed model! Almost. It's huge!!!"


Seriously, I'm thinking it should be sold as a stand-alone. On the shelf next to The 9/11 Commission Report. And published in a limited edition art book version, on archival paper. Or at least given a fighting chance by being uploaded onto

I mean, it's allowed, right?

If you plan to print the building instruction, please be sure to download the correct version:
# Building instructions labeled "NA" or "V39" may be printed on US standard letter size paper (8½ in × 11 in, 215.9 mm × 279.4 mm).

# Building instructions labeled "IN" or "V29" may be printed on EU standard A4 paper (210 mm × 297mm, 8.3 in × 11.7 in.) [via things magazine, so this might be the A4 formatted file, fyi]
UPDATE: Lego does have the Instruction Manual available for sale separately. It is $53, plus shipping. []

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