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The Lego Book Hardcover – October 5, 2009
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About the Author
Daniel Lipkowitz is a LEGO® Group Senior Writer and story developer. He writes for the LEGO Master Builder Academy and LEGO Club Magazine, creates characters and storylines for new LEGO themes, and writes scripts for animated LEGO movies and videos. He is also the author of DK's bestselling The LEGO Ideas Book.--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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If you are looking for "building tips" or "an idea book" this is not the book for you, instead I would look into the purchase of: "The Unofficial Lego Builder's Guide" by Allan Bedford, or the DK Lego Modelers series that have booklets containing ways to create characters using common lego pieces that you may already have in your collection.
I was DEFINITELY NOT disappointed.
The LEGO Book was (and still is) interesting from the very beginning, from it's motto to the first wooden toys, from that famous tractor of the 50's to the birth of the first plastic bricks, from the timeline to the various play themes (BIONICLE being my all-time favorite theme up until it's demise), and even products beyond the brick, including TV episodes, movies (once again, BIONICLE: Mask of Light being my all-time favorite LEGO movie), and also watches, salt / pepper shakers, and even a LEGO brick MP3 player... I may have known LEGO since (need I say it again?) the very first BIONICLE (and, yes, that is my favorite section of the book), but there was so much I didn't know about the company, it makes me think why didn't I know this stuff when I had the chance? Probably because I am only 20 years old and LEGO have been around for almost 60, maybe 70 years. Hey, why should kids have all the fun?
Anyway, the quality is exceptionally good, and is packed with information even the biggest LEGO fan may not have known.
I hope LEGO and DK keeps churning out these books, because I'm getting more of them by the month.
HEAVY, thick hard covers, in an even HEAVIER thick slip cover! Even the "bonus book" about the mini figure is the same wonderful quality. GREAT value for the money!
What a brilliant look a the history of the LEGO brick and the company as a whole. For those looking for new and outrageous models you might be in for a bit of disappointment, as this is more of a visual history. I had so much fun remembering back with all the old sets they showed, and looking at the time line and thinking, "Was it REALLY 20 years ago I got that set for my birthday?"
This book is all about the visual. There is a minimal amount of words per page, but they do a wonderful job at describing what is going on, and leading us through the journey, and not taking away from the well laid out pages.
One other review complained that this was a "glorified catalog", but how else would you like to display almost 300 pages of toys? ANY book about a 50+ year line of toys will come off a bit catalog like, no matter how much you try to avoid that. I for one give kudos to the authors from cramming in so many sets and making sure the name and year of each set shown is displayed. These names and date help link the items to the time line, as well as give me a starting point to try and find an old copy of a set that this book brought out fond memories of!
I love new and exciting builds as much as the next guy, that's why I am a Brick Journal subscriber (the compendiums are available here on Amazon, and well worth the money!), this book is not meant to do that. This book is a visual history of the entire LEGO system up to today. The book even included the current Space Police and Power Miners lines, and mentions the new Disney lines coming out next year, so you know the information is as up to date as possible in print form!
The history and progression that is portrayed in the book was enlightening
(The book is set up in a timeline format showing the readers how the advancement and ideas progressed in the lego world over time)
The pictures of old sets brought back a lot of memories as well!!
I liked how they added the set number/code so you could easily find online!
I had a weird feeling they didnt include info or pictures on every single set that they have made. However I felt they did an excellent job with what they included!
I recommend this for kids and for Lego enthusiast who wishes to learn a little more about their beloved bricks!