The most common question I get asked about the PowerShell Brickset Module is how to use it to download the online PDF instructions Lego produce to accompany each set. The Get-BricksetSetInstructions function is what you need for this task. A variation on this question is around Lego sets which contain multiple instruction booklets, since Get-BricksetSetInstructions will return a link to each of the PDFs for that set. There are some examples in a previous article which may cover what you are looking for.
Brickset recently updated their API to v3 and stopped supporting the previous API v2. After receiving a number of requests to update my PowerShell module for Brickset , (which was developed against v2 and consequently had stopped working), both via a GitHub issue and some direct contact (including, surprisingly to me, internal email at work) I decided I’d better put some effort into updating it. I’d had a quick look at the v3 API not long after it had been made available, and as far as I remember it was still only SOAP based.
Update 18/01/2021: See this post for details on an updated version of this module, parts of the below may now be out of date. In part 1 of this series, we looked at how to get started with the Brickset module. In part 2 we examined how to easily download sets of instructions. Now in part 3 I’ll show you how to use the inventory features of Brickset. When you are logged into the Brickset website you can use the inventory features to help keep track of your collection.
Update 18/01/2021: See this post for details on an updated version of this module, parts of the below may now be out of date. In part 1 of this series, we looked at how to get started with the Brickset module. In part 2 we’ll take a look at how to easily download sets of instructions. It may be the case that you have lost the set of instructions for a Lego set or perhaps you have got hold of a set secondhand that didn’t have the instructions to accompany it.
Update 18/01/2021: See this post for details on an updated version of this module, parts of the below may now be out of date. I recently gave my PowerShell Brickset Module a much needed overhaul, so thought it was worth putting a few posts out on how it works and what you can do with it. In part 1 we’ll look at getting started, including download and installation. Brickset is an extremely useful site for keeping up-to-date with Lego based news and managing your own collection of brick based goodness.
Update 18/01/2021: See this post for details on an updated version of this module, parts of the below may now be out of date. Brickset.com is one of my favourite sites for finding info about Lego sets and keeping up-to-date with Lego news. I noticed recently that they had an API so I thought I would check it out. I posted a while back on how to do some similar stuff with other websites, but some of the functionality on those websites is no longer available.
Update 20/07/2015: The details in this post are now superseded by a post I have made using the Brickset API. -——————————————————————————————————————— I’ve always enjoyed Lego and it’s currently experiencing a resurgence in our house thanks to strategic hinting encouragement that my children would find it fun too. (It seems like I’m not the only one) What does tend to happen though is that as sets are pulled apart played with we often need to dig out the instructions to put entire sets pieces back together again.