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LEGO Play Book: Ideas to Bring Your Bricks to Life Hardcover – August 19, 2013
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"The LEGO Play Book makes it easier to think of ideas to build. This gift is a great gift to peak the imagination." – Family Time Magazine
"It'll be a long time before you scratch your head, wondering what to build next, with the LEGO Play Book." – Wired.com
"Calling all Lego enthusiasts, this book is chock full of new ideas for builds, tips on using oddly shaped pieces, all while encouraging readers to use their most valuable tool, their own imaginations." – The Press Citizen
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Keep in mind tho, that it does not have any step-by-step instructions for any model inside the book. Instead, it provides enough pictures for you to use your imagination to try and reverse-engineer the models within. I especially love the "Handful of Bricks section" at the end of each chapter where they showcase the variety of models you can create with just a few pieces.
The book contains numerous ideas for Lego fans - young and old - to develop new skills. There are five sections in this book that contains ideas based on a specific theme:
Once Upon a Time - Jack's Journey, Fairy Tale Cottage, Enchanted Forest, Forest Flora, Fairy Tale Creatures, Quests, Troll Bridge, Castle Siege, Giants, Giant's Kitchen, Fairy Tales Characters, Undersea Characters, Dragon, Fairy Tale Castle, Meet The King, Castle Comforts, Castle Stables, Castle Entertainment, Castle Ballroom.
A Small World - Tiny Travel, City Life, Downtown, City Park, Race Track, Vehicles, Cargo Haulers, Oil Platform, On the Sea Floor, Monsters of the Deep, Ocean Life, Micro-Africa, Prehistoric Beasts, Dangerous Dinosaurs, Micro-Castles, Historical Buildings, Metro Skyline, Outer Space, Future Worlds.
Go Wild - Nature Trail, On Safari, Safari Giants, Safari Truck, Barnyard Beasts, Farm Fowl, Alphabets, Creeping Critters, At the Zoo, Made-Up Creatures, Tropical Fish, Marine Life, At the Poles, Artic Animals.
Things That Go Bump in the Night - Fright Night, Spooky Circus Train, Nightmare Carnival, Haunted House, Witch's Hovel, Monster Motors, Monster Race, Sweet Dreams, Something in the Bath, Mad Scientist's Lab, `Bots on the Loose, Robot Rampage, The Mummy's Tomb, Skeleton, Vampire's Castle, Graveyard.
Wish You Were Here - Earth Mission, Beach Nuts, Ice-Cream Stalls, Beach Accessories, Beach Boats, Hotel Pool, Making a Splash, Beneath the Sea, Extreme Sports, Adventures Up High, Mountain Biking, Water Adventures, Skiing, Snow Transports, Ski Hotel, Holiday Postcards.
Though there isn't Step-by-Step instructions in this book, it is easy to see how the builders made the various ideas presented in it. In the pages titled Handful of Bricks, each fan builders included in the book were given a handful of common Lego elements and asked to make as many different models as they could using only the pieces provided. In these two pages, you can see how creative the builders have been in coming up with fun little constructions for the readers. Even if I am personally not a big fan of the section titled Things That Go Bump in the Night - I am not a big fan of scary monsters and vampires and such - I find the builders are very ingenious. My most favourite section is definitively the Go Wild one with all the various creatures that can be build with Lego bricks!
Lego Play Book is packed with fun ideas that will stir up the imagination of your kids - small and big. I think they images are stunning - full of color and very creative. The text will provide some insights on how to build with Lego, ideas to get better in building and fun facts to read. This book is definitively great for a gift for the builder in your house.
Basicaclly you can only make 1/4 of the figures because you don't have the pieces-
Our son is not interested in exactly copying the ideas in the book at this point. This is probably partly his age, partly his personality type. However I do not think that any of the ideas in the book require step-by-step directions. You can pretty much tell by looking at the pictures what sort of bricks to use. I did stalk eBay lego lots until I found one that was 12 lbs of random Legos for $65. This resulted in enough Legos, I think, to do a decent approximation, if not copy of, anything in the book. (After researching lego organization for weeks, I also purchased 4 sets of Sterilite drawers (Sterilite 3-Drawer Organizer 2093). Unlike the official Lego organizer drawers, the Sterilite version have the advantage of not easily pulling completely out, which prevents mass dumping.) There are some minifigs in the book like a Frankenstein and a skeleton that would need to be purchased separately. Not having these has not bothered our son, however, who makes his own characters by drawing faces and outfits on paper, cutting them out, and taping them to his existing minifigs.
Very happy with this book.