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The Cult of LEGO Hardcover – November 5, 2011
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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
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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The book goes into the history of LEGO and also goes into fake LEGO and competitors who are able to create interlocking bricks due to LEGO’s expiring patent.
The book also goes into the various type of LEGO fans such as the AFOLs (Adult Fan of LEGO), Women Builders and how a few fans to LEGO to the next level, created their own publication and also for those who are not familiar with the LEGO terminology, a LEGO fan glossary is included.
The book goes into the popularity of LEGO Minifigures. Controversial minifigures and people creating their own accessories and creating unofficial LEGO minifigures.
The book also goes into the more advanced nature of the LEGO fan, such as architectural recreations, trains, cinematic inspirations.
And of course, a chapter is dedicated to those who build their own structures or showcase their creativity with original designs using LEGO.
Which leads into a chapter of LEGO art featuring Olafur Eliasson’s Collectivity Project, Douglas Coupland, AME72’s LEGO Graffiti, Ego Leonard, Nathan Sawaya, Zibgniew Libera and more.
And there are those who have created their own back stories, political stories, comics using LEGO’s, so there is a chapter on diorama story telling and Brick Flicks for those who make their own stop-motion LEGO films.
For those wondering if there is a chapter on huge LEGO creations, there is. A Microscale and life-sized LEGO chapter is featured. From Microdioramas to collaborative microbuilding and those who like to build big.
Also, chapters that go into video games, LEGO fonts, LEGO fan resources. Another that goes into LEGO Robotics such as MINDSTORMS, the FIRST LEGO League and more.
And for those wondering if there is a chapter on LEGO conventions, “The Cult of LEGO” also features a chapter on the LEGO online beginnings, LEGO Users Groups (LUGs), LEGO conventions and Brick Cliques.
And of course, what best to showcase how LEGO has been used for good and technology by featuring how LEGO is used in autism therapy, marketing with bricks, prototyping a space elevator, open prosthetics and also software engineer Andrew Carol’s Mechanical Computers.
When it comes to finding a LEGO book that goes into different areas of LEGO fandom but also how LEGO has impacted the community and popular culture, “The Cult of LEGO” is one of the best books out there.
So, if you are a LEGO fan, one will definitely want to give this book a try!
It's a perfect coffee table book. People of all ages and maturity levels can pick it up and find it fascinating whether it's the history of Lego or all the different uses that people have for Legos. I think it also makes a good gift for the big or little lego builder in all of us.
On the other hand, I really liked the layout and bright colors, so that was fun. I didn't learn a whole lot that I didn't already know, but this book would be good as a "this is what you're getting into" guide for Lego fans' significant others.
The best thing about this book is its title. I love that I have a book entitled "The Cult of LEGO" on my bookshelf. It's worth it just for that. :o)
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Has it all: history, great characters, plot and I'll even use it as a travel guide.Read more