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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

Book Description

No, this isn't a book about joining some fringe cult. It's a book by LEGO fans, for LEGO fans, and you and your kids will love it.

In The Cult of LEGO, Wired's GeekDad blogger John Baichtal and BrickJournal founder Joe Meno take you on a magnificent, illustrated tour of the LEGO community, its people, and their creations.

The Cult of LEGO introduces us to fans and builders from all walks of life. People like professional LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya; enigmatic Dutch painter Ego Leonard (who maintains that he is, in fact, a LEGO minifig); Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator who builds CubeDudes, instantly recognizable likenesses of fictional characters; Brick Testament creator Brendan Powell Smith, who uses LEGO to illustrate biblical stories; and Henry Lim, whose work includes a series of models recreating M.C. Escher lithographs and a full-scale, functioning LEGO harpsichord.

Marvel at spectacular LEGO creations like:

- A life-sized Stegosaurus and an 80,000-brick T. Rex skeleton
- Detailed microscale versions of landmarks like the Acropolis and Yankee Stadium
- A 22-foot long, 350-pound re-creation of the World War II battleship Yamato
- A robotic, giant chess set that can replay historical matches or take on an opponent
- A three-level, remote-controlled Jawa Sandcrawler, complete with moving conveyor belt
- Whether you're a card-carrying LEGO fanatic or just thinking fondly about that dusty box of - LEGO in storage, The Cult of LEGO will inspire you to take out your bricks and build something amazing.

Gold Medal, Independent Publisher Book Award, "IPPY" for Pop Culture

Silver Medal, 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards for Crafts and Hobbies

Grand Prize, 2012 San Francisco Book Festival

Selected for the Communication Arts 2012 Design Annual
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Want to learn more about the beloved LEGO Minifig? Check out The Cult of LEGO's "Minifig Mania" (PDF) and learn about Minifig pop culture, how old they are, and even the most nerdy Minifigs ever created.

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: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Cult of LEGO is a book that I am proud to adorn my coffee table with. This 304 page treasure is chock full of pictures, and a comprehensive history of LEGO from its humble beginnings.. to today's worldwide sub culture of LEGO fanatics. The Cult of LEGO is an easy and enthralling read, which opens you up to a whole world of LEGO that you may have never known to exist. Colorful pictures on practically every page pique your interest, and get you itching to turn the page to see what's next.

I was a huge LEGO fan as a kid in the 80's, and remained so during the 90's when my son started playing with them. However, this book schooled me at the turn of practically every page. Here are just a few (and I do stress a few) of the interesting facts I gleaned from this book..

-There is a whole set of lingo and terminology that would suit one well to learn, if delving into the hobby and or subculture of LEGO maniacs. For instance.. if you are an adult fan of LEGO, you are an AFOL, whereas an adult female fan of LEGO is an AFFOL. The term KKK refers to a LEGO group owner and former CEO of LEGO, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen. Also, if you make your own custom LEGO creations, they are referred to as MOC, meaning "My own creation".

-LEGO's are helpful with autism therapy.

-A LEGO brick will happily snap into almost any other brick in existence, from a 1958 brick to one fresh off of the production line today.

-Architecture firms have made architectural models from LEGO's to help visualize and pitch projects.

-There are LEGO conventions, user groups, robotics leagues, and artists worldwide.

This book has a treasure trove of information for LEGO enthusiasts.
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