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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (November 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593273916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593273910
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description

LEGO is much more than just a toy—it's a way of life. The Cult of LEGO® takes you on a thrilling illustrated tour of the LEGO community and its creations. You'll meet LEGO fans from all walks of life, like professional artist Nathan Sawaya, brick filmmaker David Pagano, the enigmatic Ego Leonard, and the many devoted AFOLs (adult fans of LEGO) who spend countless hours building their masterpieces.

In this full-color coffee table book, you'll find page after page of photos showcasing the fantastically creative and complex models built by the LEGO community. You'll marvel at a life-size stegosaurus, a microscale Yankee Stadium, a 22-foot long World War II battleship, a MINDSTORMS-powered monster chess set, and a remote- controlled Jawa Sandcrawler (with moving conveyor belt!). Visit the conventions where LEGO fans gather to socialize and show off their work. And discover the serious side of LEGO, used in therapy, prototyping, and teambuilding.

Whether you're a card-carrying AFOL or just thinking fondly about that dusty box of LEGO in storage, John Baichtal and Joe Meno's magnificent look at the world of LEGO will inspire you to take out your bricks and build something amazing.

Praise for The Cult of LEGO

"I defy you to read and admire this book and not want to doodle with some bricks by the time you're done."
—Gareth Branwyn, online editor-in-chief, MAKE Magazine

"This fascinating look at the world of devoted LEGO fans deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone who's ever played with LEGO bricks."
—Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief, Wired

"A crazy fun read, from cover to cover, this book deserves a special spot on the bookshelf of any self-respecting nerd."
—Jake McKee, former global community manager, the LEGO Group

"An excellent book and a must have for any LEGO enthusiast out there. The pictures are awesome!"
—Ulrik Pilegaard, author of Forbidden LEGO

About the Author

John Baichtal is a contributor to MAKE Magazine and Wired's GeekDad blog. He has also written for legendary tabletop gaming magazines Dragon and Dungeon, as well as Kobold Quarterly and 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.

Joe Meno is the founder of BrickJournal, a print and online LEGO® fan magazine. He has organized and run LEGO fan events, acted as an advisor on LEGO projects, and helped design LEGO sets.


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In reading this book myself, I found myself looking deeper into the book and being completely immersed in the world.
Dad of Divas
The Cult of LEGO is a great book for adults who are curious about the growing pop-culture fascination with tiny toy bricks.
Ashley Glennon
I was skeptical that a book about LEGO and AFOL (adult fans of LEGO) could be interesting, but The Cult of LEGO is great.
John Graham-Cumming

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. Jensen on November 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Do you have a Lego lover in your house? I know we do. My son and husband love Lego's. Honestly so do me and my girls as well. I mean who doesn't love to build with those little bricks and see what we can create. I love that we get to use our imagination to create all kinds of amazing things. I have a perfect gift for those Lego lovers and it's called The Cult of LEGO by John Baichtal and Joe Meno, from No Starch Press. If you love LEGO, you'll really enjoy this book.
The Cult of LEGO isn't like most of the other LEGO books that only show pages and pages of model examples. This book isn't going to show you how to build a race car, but it does have tons of info about LEGO brick history, as well as AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) and their creations.The book is full color, hardcover, with 304 pages. There are 12 chapters that cover topics such as: The History of LEGO, Minifig Mania and LEGO Art.

We have loved the book. It is so interesting to read all about Lego's history and see the awesome pictures of stuff people have built with them like life size models of them selves or of WWII ships or even working vending machines. I mean wow is all I can say! I love the little tidbits of information it also shares. It is fun to see that most of the people that are building these amazing Lego structures are in their 30's and 40's. We can't get enough of this book.

So if you are looking for a great Christmas present for your Lego lover check out Cult of Lego book. They will love it and so will you!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marco Ciavolino on October 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A few months ago our robotics club, TechBrick (Techbrick dot com), was asked to review an amazing book by no starch press: "The Cult of LEGO." It is simply one of the coolest books ever written about this amazing toy and tool.

It has more than 280 full-color pages covering almost every topic and task accomplished with LEGO bricks and parts.

I took it to a church youth meeting and we could barely get the kids back on task (we were building rockets). They poured over the book for more than an hour.

So if you have a LEGO fan in your house (even you) this would make a great Christmas gift (or an anytime gift).

But be warned, you will invest hours in this when you get it. But it will be worth it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was an amazing book! For anyone who has been or currently is a fan of legos, this book takes you inside the world or Lego and completely makes it turn on end. With beautiful images and intricate inside knowledge of all things Lego, you will leave the book completely intrigued and wanting to go out and buy a whole new set of Legos to work with immediately. In reading this book myself, I found myself looking deeper into the book and being completely immersed in the world. I was amazed to find that I was half way through the book, and that was in the first evening. This book is a must have for any lover of Legos!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philip Greenspun on November 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I could not get my 2-year-old daughter to give this book back. There is a lot of dense text in the book, comprehensively covering LEGO history and capsule biographies of LEGO nerds (AFOL=adult fans of LEGO; a job as a computer programmer seems to predispose one to this fate). I think what captivated the kid, however, were the full-color photos on every page. The book is really a celebration of the intense color that is only possible in an entirely plastic world.

Great gift for a family because people of all ages can get something different from the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robin Gorman Newman on November 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you're a LEGO lover...no matter your age....this book is an engaging read. Fabulous photos. Incredible LEGO creations. My 8 year old son can't get enough of it and brought the book to school to share with classmates. A great gift for any LEGO lover.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Graham-Cumming on November 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it certainly is, and at first I wondered whether I was going to like it. Like a lot of people I played with LEGO (a lot!) as a child and then stopped as an adult. I was skeptical that a book about LEGO and AFOL (adult fans of LEGO) could be interesting, but The Cult of LEGO is great. If you have any interest in what happens when adults get their hands on LEGO, or just want a trip down memory lane and to dream about all the great models you could be building, I recommend this book.

I was particularly drawn to the minifigs. I actually don't like minifigs because I prefer models without people in them, but the section on them changed my mind completely. Some of the dioramas and large objects with minifigs in them were great. I found myself marveling at the detail and effort in the models (although I could have done without the authors' musings on minifigs and race).

There's a great deal to discover in this book as it covers many aspects of LEGO that only the most ardent LEGO fan is likely to be aware of. My only real criticisms are that I found the font chosen a bit hard to read, and I wished that some of the photographs were larger so I could get a feel for the objects built in detail. This is a book that would work well as an iPad app.

Recommended as a Christmas present this year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Fedde on November 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As one of the people who's work is featured in this book, I must say that it is an honor to have been chosen to be a part of a book like this. This work chronicles the hard work or many fans just like me, and I must say that it does it well. I can see how much work went into it, with every page a full color homage to those who's creation's lie upon it. It reads like a story book, keeping my interest beyond just the pages that my work was featured on. If I had the necessity, I would buy it again.
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