- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (September 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593275714
- ISBN-13: 978-1593275716
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Note From the Authors
We loved playing with LEGO when we were kids, and like a lot of kids, we dreamed of becoming LEGO designers when we grew up. But also like most other kids, we put our LEGO bricks away in the attic when we reached our early teens. When we came back to LEGO as adults, we marveled at the things fans were building—the astounding models featured online. What really turned our heads, though, were the amazing minifig-scale buildings that LEGO had released. There was a wonderful community of builders trying to emulate the “modular building” style and improve upon it, too. We first fell in love with the Fire Brigade (set #10197). The rest, as they say, is history.
We’ve built dozens of models since buying our Fire Brigade; there’s just something irresistible about using little building blocks to create models that emulate architectural details, creating a whole miniature world. We wrote this book to share our passion. We hope you get lots of ideas for building your own models in these pages.
About the Author
Brian Lyles is a professional videographer who runs Brick City Depot, an online repository of detailed LEGO architecture building instructions.
When not running brickcitydepot.com with his brother Brian, Jason Lyles works as a software developer.
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Top Customer Reviews
I’m biased towards this type of a Lego book because it’s oriented towards folks who like the Architecture and Creator sets and would like to create their own custom builds but could use some ideas on how to add those little details that really make your sets stand out.
About 1/3rd of the way through the book, you’ll see a custom Chili’s restaurant. I’d purchased those designs from the authors and built the set last summer. The set sits on a shelf at my house and gets as many compliments as my purchased Lego sets do. It’s nice to see their other creative work in this book.
This isn’t one of those books filled with giant, complex Lego builds that the average user never has the time or brick collection to build. I love those books too, but this book is one that I’ll have splayed open on the dining room table this weekend playing around with the step-by-step designs they’ve included in their book. Highly recommended!
It really clearly displays how to build structures correctly and has lots and lots of brick-built things like furniture and lamp posts and such. He LOVED it.
Using information in this book, he built a hospital with three floors, a working elevator and surgical suite, waiting area, revolving doors and -- well -- who knows what else is in there.
If your Lego person is looking for brick-built ideas to expand a city -- this was a great one for us.
Once again, this is not really a good book for the typical 7 year old Lego fan, but a teenager or adult will delight in it. For those in that older target audience this might be among the single best Lego books ever published. Every page will teach you something new.