- Age Range: 9 and up
- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (November 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593275218
- ISBN-13: 978-1593275211
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Peter Reid has been a fan of LEGO since childhood. He is a contributor to The LEGO Play Book, his work appeared in The LEGO Book, and he has attended design workshops with the LEGO Group in Billund. His incredible LEGO Exo Suit, featured in this book, has been chosen by LEGO for mass production in 2014, as LEGO CUUSOO #006, Exo Suit. He lives near London with his fiancee, Yvonne.
Tim Goddard is a contributor to the New York Times-bestselling The LEGO Ideas Book and The LEGO Play Book. He has also participated in product development with the LEGO Group. He works as a laboratory manager and lives with his wife, Sharon, in the UK.
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But it is disappointing that the included instructions are only for small builds on the micro scale. Because I was already familiar with the models built by the authors, I was hoping to get some insight into their building techniques. But not a single large example/model has build instructions, nor do any of the non-obvious join techniques used in them get any attention. In short, if you are not already capable of building at this level, you will not get much building insight from reading this book. And for me, that is a huge disappointment because I was hoping this would help me advance my own LEGO building skills. What I'm left with is a physical manifestation of things I already access to from the web, albeit with much more fantasy context and back story added. While that context and back story makes the fantasy world these ships inhabit richer and fuller, I'm still left extremely disappointed because that's not why I bought the books. If I had known that before purchasing the book, it is likely I would not have done so.
The book is a fairly hefty full-color hardback which starts with a brief history of space exploration. It begins with Sputnik, and moves forward through some other major accomplishments like Voyager and Apollo. What a start! What a basis for a story! This is followed by a fun fiction story of the near future, when humanity awakens and steps out into the beyond all around us. The format is somewhat like a comic book or graphic novel, but with actual pictures of LEGO sculptures instead of drawings. Space ships of course, but also tense scenes of minifigures working or confronting problems, space colonies on distant worlds, and lots of robots, and a tiny bit of violence and sci-fi horror. The artist uses an absolute minimal amount of touch ups to the pictures, such as adding rocket plumes from engine nozzles, and some planetary and space images as backgrounds. It is mostly just beautiful images of actual physical LEGO creations, put together with an enthralling story.
I found out about this book thanks to the author's successful and awesome LEGO Ideas "Exo Suit 21109" LEGO set (which comes with a pair of unique green suited space minifigs!). A slightly modified version of his Exo Suit features prominently in some parts of this story -- it's a shame more of the ships, vehicles, and sets are not available as LEGO sets. The book is interspersed with standard-style instructions for building select models (like Sputnik!), and showcases a large variety of building techniques and styles. Again, I would love to be able to click a button on the computer and purchase all the required parts. Come on LEGO Group -- let us order any parts in any quantity!
The story itself is a stand-alone science fiction short about near future exploration and colonization of the solar system. Wonderful and welcome view point on the proper future of genetics and robotics and AI. So often, in fiction, these are demonized by traditionalist Luddites (whom I take as hacks seeking populist sales, instead of contributing anything new). It is so refreshing to see science fiction embracing the hopes of scientists and engineers like myself. Yet not everything in the story is a bright and carefree utopia -- danger lurks and threatens in the blackness of space, and not just technical hurdles...
There is a secret sub-story, which someone who has grown up with LEGO from the 1970s/1980s might recognize. It is a delightful twist, like revealing an unknown unexpected backstory to my entire childhood. Thank you Peter -- I didn't know the epochs fit together like that.
Finally, I sincerely hope there are sequels or spinoffs. A detailed, full LEGO implementation of all of the existing space probes would be a good study. Our real space exploration has revealed so many exciting new places. Pluto is at last resolved beyond a blurry smudge, into ice mountains and fresh nitrogen glaciers. Enceladus and Titan beckon: the first with perpetually fresh snow from geysers spawned in subsurface oceans, and the latter with methane/ethane rivers and seas. We've started to "feel" when distant black holes merge. Psyche will be in close orbit of a giant iron-nickel asteroid, and SPP will graze the sun itself. And there are a lot of unclimbed and unskied peaks and walls on Mars and elsewhere.
This is a new age of exploration, and books like this inspire, while showcasing a unique art.
And then there are the builds. First thought: Where do they get so many Legos?! But then: Wow, these guys are good. True, I'd seen some of these online before, but this is a great pictorial of amazing builds that both push the envelope of what can be done with Lego, and stay true to the themes of yesteryear.
Will it be for everyone? No. Your enjoyment of this book will depend heavily on nostalgia. But if you felt like Benny from the Lego Movie was basically speaking to you directly, then you probably want to pick this up. You know who you are.
P.S. Yes, there are instructions, and you can build the models!