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The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination Hardcover – September 19, 2011
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"…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
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?
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.Read more ›
Kids love to look and gawk at the models in this book. The models range from very simple, such as furniture and rickshaw, to the complicated houses and hot air balloon. The creative level of these builders is amazing and the models inspirational. However, don't try to build (most of) these models yourself unless you have been collecting various Lego elements through the years. There are different views of the models -- usually 2 of the following: front view, rear view, side view, top view. Many of the "unique" or special elements are not found in Lego's Pick A Brick store. The ones that can be found in the Pick A Brick store are sometimes listed under different names in the book. This is why this book only gets 3 stars from me.
Things I would like to see in the 2nd edition of this book:
1. An index at the end of the book. -- a listing of various models, such as Biplane, Microplane and Triplane, instead of just Airplane in the table of contents page.
2. Lego element ID used. -- this would help in Pick A Brick store.
3. Using more standard parts instead of the specialized elements. -- even better if the builders can build using certain tubs and sets, or recommend the sets to buy to get most of the specialized elements.
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This book is not an instruction manual. While it provides pictures and is pretty lengthy at 200 pages, the book does not give step by step detail of the models. The models are intended for inspiration. Tips are provided but I feel that the books is intended to give LEGO fans with a penchant for using their own imagination rather than instruction guides as a start-off point. You will get tons of ideas as each page is filled with ideas but you will largely have to use your own creativity to fill in the blanks.
The scale and types of creations and inspirations are very diverse. There are minifigure scale bridges and houses, microscale creations, mosiacs, space, castle, city, board games, etc. There is something for everyone.
If you or your child own a basic bucket of LEGO and want more ideas of what to do with that bucket of bricks, this book is probably not for you. As mentioned in other reviews, a lot of the inspirational creations use unique and hard-to-acquire pieces that usually aren't present in a basic bucket. Even with more of the simplistic creations, there are a fair amount of wedges/slopes that usually aren't provided in a substantial quantity in starter LEGO buckets. I've been collecting LEGO on and off since I was a child. I am now an adult and can't shake off the LEGO monkey off my back.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the second time I have purchased this book. It has so many ideas for varied ages - it has been a hit so far with a 12 year old boy and a 9 year old girl.Published 2 days ago by mew5c
Great book, I just wished it had actual instructions for the ideas rather than just pictures. You would have to figure it out - meant for older kids.Published 3 days ago by SAMANTHA CHEN
We gave this to my son for his 9th birthday. He loves flipping through the pages and marveling at all the ideas of things to build. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Rosellie Lai
This is my favorite product of all time. I am extremely happy with the purchase.Published 13 days ago by Trey Raymond
Daughter loves this book, so many different types of ideas for many skill levels.Published 13 days ago by alexisk