No Starch Press sent me three LEGO books for review on my geek dad blog. The titles of the books are:
- The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!
- The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide
- The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide
My son and I think the LEGO books are awesome. In my opinion, the books are excellent holiday gifts for the LEGO geeks in your family.
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!
This is a fun book filled with brick-by-brick breakdowns of interesting projects. The examples in The LEGO Adventure Book are easy to follow and feature step-by-step illustrations. If you had all the LEGO parts, which we don’t, you shouldn’t have any problems building the models in the book. Here are some examples of projects shown in the book:
- Flying machines, from vintage propeller planes to futuristic starfighters
- A medieval village featuring an outdoor market, butcher shop, and fortified castle
- Dinosaur favorites like the Stegosaurus and T. Rex, complete with articulated tail and jaw
- A modern city full of shops, garages, vehicles, and even cable cars
- A realistic British locomotive with working brakes
- A huge selection of hot rods and racecars
The hardcover book was written by Megan Rothrock, who is a former set designer for the LEGO Group. Her models have been displayed at ComicCon and at LEGO events across Europe. The LEGO Adventure Book has a list price of $24.95. However, you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $15.57.
The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide
The LEGO Builder’s Guide is a book for kids and adults who are really into building with LEGO bricks. The book explains the essentials of design and construction with LEGO bricks. There are color illustrations and step-by-step instructions in the paperback book. However, most of the content consists of detailed text. The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide explains fundamental building practices that apply to any model, no matter the size or complexity. This book is for people who take LEGO building seriously. The book shows readers how to:
- Construct models that won’t fall apart
- Choose the right pieces and substitute as needed
- Build to micro, jumbo, and minifig scale
- Make playable board games from LEGO pieces
- Create photo mosaics and curved sculptures
- Build a miniature space shuttle, a minifig-sized train station, and more
The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide was written by Allan Bedford. He is a lifelong LEGO fan and builder whose most ambitious model is a 5,000-piece replica of Toronto’s famed CN Tower. The book has a list price of $24.95. However, you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $16.18.
The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide
This book is intended for people who love building LEGO Technic system. The book shows the in’s and out’s of building working models with motors, gears, bricks, pneumatics, and pulleys. The paperback book is full of detailed text and useful illustrations. The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide is perfect for dads and kids who own a LEGO Mindstorms NXT. The book will show readers how to:
- Create sturdy connections that can withstand serious stress
- Re-create specialized LEGO pieces like casings and u-joints, and build solutions like Schmidt and Oldham couplings, when no standard piece will do
- Build custom differentials, suspensions, transmissions, and steering systems
- Create remote-controlled vehicles, lighting systems, motorized compressors, and pneumatic engines
The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide was written by Pawel “Sariel” Kmiec. He is YouTube’s most popular LEGO Technic builder, a guest blogger for the official LEGO Technic blog, and a 2012 LEGO Ambassador. The book has a list price of $29.95. However, you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $18.57.