- Age Range: 8 and up
- Hardcover: 220 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (September 4, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593277660
- ISBN-13: 978-1593277666
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book: 15 Designs to Spread Holiday Cheer Hardcover – September 4, 2016
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From the Publisher
Deck your tree with gorgeous, minimalistic LEGO versions of classic Victorian ornaments, like this striking barrel design.
About the Author
Chris McVeigh is a LEGO builder, author, and photographer whose work has appeared in publications such as Esquire. McVeigh designs LEGO builds and sells the kits to make his constructions online.
Top Customer Reviews
Each design requires special Lego pieces and Chris provides the Lego number for each piece. However, upon shopping on the Lego website I discovered that the majority of these pieces are not available or are not available in the proper color.
You can purchase these special Legos in building kits directly from Chris's site for at least triple the price. Some kits were even more expensive. So he's reselling Legos for a profit. As if Legos aren't already expensive.
Even after you obtain all of these pieces, the designs are fragile (items keep falling apart as you build) and are difficult to put together. This was an activity I wanted to enjoy with the kids, but they were more frustrated than anything, because their ornaments kept falling apart.
Cute designs if you already have the Legos laying around but I regret buying this book. It ended up being more of a headache than fun.
Spend your money on an actual Lego designed kit to save yourself the frustration and money.
Like most of the things No Starch Press does, I love this book. The photos are gorgeous and the book itself is a nice square hardback. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. My five year old son and I easily built the gingerbread house together (pictured above, with a few color swaps). I’d say a typically eight year old could do most of the models with only minor assistance.
My only complaint, and really this goes for most of the LEGO books, is the challenge of getting the right pieces. Most models in the book require at least a couple of specialty pieces, in most cases multiples and in specific colors. The average child simply won’t have enough of these pieces to build a model. Even I (an adult with decades of LEGOS) had to substitute a few pieces for ones I didn’t have.
In short, few people have the exact pieces to build these models without specifically ordering them for the project from a website like BrickLink and BrickOwl, or the rare times that a LEGO Store’s Pick a Brick wall has what you need.
This is a fun book and is perfect for people who want to make some little ornaments for their Christmas Tree. It is, simply put, a hard cover set of instructions for 15 ornaments. Each ornament is shown full page, and then followed with a page showing the necessary LEGO elements to use when building it and (or course) several pages containing the actual building instructions. On some of the models (like the barrel), the author shows a few color variations at the end of the instructions.
The book includes some traditional looking ornaments like a Christmas Tree, a snowflake and a wreath, a few ball ornaments, barrel ornaments (elongated six-sided balls) and a few fun ornaments like a computer, a hamburger and a camera. The designs of these ornaments is top notch and really shows off the creativity of Chris's work.
This book is also good for people wanting to learn some SNOT (Studs Not On Top) techniques. I have been making Christmas ornaments for years using an old technique known to the LEGO community for making 4 x 4 cubes, and have also seen several other useful ways of building SNOT, but Chris introduced me to a couple of different techniques that I had never seen before. They are great for ornaments, and will also end up being great for other builds I will be doing. This information alone made the book worthwhile.
The one thing that might prove to be a little frustrating to some people (and the reason I gave the book only 4 stars instead of 5) is acquiring the parts that are needed to build the ornaments. As I browsed through the parts lists, I did not see any rare elements being used, and for an AFOL such as myself, I can find all of the parts easily in my collection. However, if you only have a couple of LEGO sets at your disposal, you will need to go shopping for the parts. This is really quite easy once you know some of the places to buy individual LEGO elements. There are a few ways you can do this:
1) [Recommended] Use the LEGO community based exchange called Bricklink [...]
2) Chris McVeigh (the author) has some models available for purchase on his web site (the link is in the book).
3) The LEGO Shop At Home web site ([...]) offers individual elements for sale.
4) A local LEGO retail store where there is a "Pick a Brick" wall will have some of the elements needed (do not plan on being able to find every element there since they only carry a small selection at any given time).
Chris McVeigh has amazing skill and artistic ability in creating Lego creations that are sturdy and beautiful. No Starch Press makes beautiful books for the AFOL who has a Lego Book Library.
This book is amazing and just in time for the holiday Lego prep! Now to bricklink to get the bricks and plates needed to make some of these amazing ornaments.
My only wish is that No Starch Press and Chris McVeigh team up for even more great Lego books!
The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book: 15 Designs to Spread Holiday Cheer