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The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination Hardcover – September 19, 2011
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From the Publisher
Six stunning chapters cover:
- Vehicles of all shapes and sizes
- Buildings, from houses and farms to furniture and bridges
- Space, with attack ships, moon buggies, and aliens
- Castles to defend or invade
- Fantasy, including pirate ships, robots, and jungle temples
- Practical makes, from picture frames to treasure chests
The LEGO Ideas Book
Unlock Your Imagination
Be inspired by LEGO fan builders to create amazing LEGO models! The LEGO Ideas Book is a visual treasury of building ideas, tips, and tricks to inspire your own brick creations. Inside its pages you will find medieval castles, intergalactic spaceships, dastardly pirate ships, soaring jet planes—and much, much more!
- Discover building ideas to suit all abilities and ages
- Learn new ways to approach building with LEGO bricks
- Unlock your imagination and become a better LEGO builder!
Bricks for Adventure
In your world of adventure, anything is possible. Swinging vines, towering ships, and hi-tech robots all have a place in your LEGO world. Here are some bricks that might be useful when building your fantastic adventures, but search your own collection for cool pieces, and use them! What else can you build?
"…full of cool creations…" — The Washington Post
"If you're a LEGO fanatic (or know one), The LEGO Ideas Book is worth taking a look at." — Wired.com
About the Author
Daniel Lipkowitz is a LEGO(R) Group Senior Writer and story developer. He writes for 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 Book. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
The one thing that's missing is the instructions - this is not an instruction manual. Also, unlike Sean Kenney's smaller books (Cool City,Cool Cars and Trucks, and Cool Robots), this is a big book - nearly 200 pages! Like Sean's books, this book is filled with photos of LEGO creations. Like Sean's books, the intent of the book is to give you ideas on how to build things. You'll find that a lot of ideas can be crammed into 200 pages.
The book is broken up into sections, essentially these are: vehicles, buildings, spaceships & robots, castles, pirates & adventure, and real world creations. This last section is very interesting, showing you things such as picture frames and pencil holders made out of LEGO. As you can see, like the old LEGO Idea book, this book hits on many of LEGO's core themes.
Each of the sections starts out with a two page spread of useful parts that can be used to build creations in that section. I found that even these pages gave me ideas and started me thinking on how a particular part could be used. After that you'll find a number of creations beautifully photographed, often with multiple views which come in handy if you are attempting to reverse engineer one of the creations so that you can build it yourself. I can't tell you how many times I've looked at a LEGO truck and wished I could see how the frame was built. The multiple angle photos in this book help so that you won't experience that problem. At the end of each section, you'll find a few pages where you "Meet the Builder." These include some interview style questions where you learn about the builder who wrote a particular section of the book. I was surprised to find that one of the builders is only 18!
I think LEGO fans of all ages will enjoy the book, but young children might have a hard time handling the book due to its size. The lack of instructions also mean that it is probably more suited to an experienced LEGO builder - either an older child or a parent who enjoys building with younger children. My six year old son enjoys paging through the book, but it's a bit much for my 3 year old to handle. Neither would be able to build anything in this book without my help.
Overall, I think this is another great book option to inspire LEGO builders - but remember this book is about ideas and imagination - and you can't write instructions for that. If you know what you are buying, I think you'll really like this book, but don't expect it to be what it is not. If you want instructions, try one of the Brickmaster books such as LEGO City Brickmaster.
They come packaged with the right amount of pieces that you assemble in one way to create the design advertised...
The problem that comes with that is that in reality, kids destroy it really fast and then lose several pieces... So basically, it's done.. You build it once and unless you glue it, you will never build it again...
This book is relevant because its purpose is to inspire kids to build new items with a variety of pieces... So at the end, I find the purchase more relevant.