The LEGO Ideas Book

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The LEGO Ideas Book

We really are being spoilt for LEGO books this year. We've already had several excellent Dorling Kindersley books and now two more have been published. This one, however, is slightly different to the others in that it's been created with the help of AFOLs rather than the LEGO group, although of course it is licensed from them. (I'll be reviewing the other new DK book, the Star Wars Character Encylopedia, in due course.)

As its title suggests, this is an ideas book that provides inspiration for your own models. It's A4-ish in size and about 200 pages long. Its presentation is as stunning as we've come to expect from DK: superb photos on clean white backgrounds surrounded with snippets of text. It makes a superb coffee-table book.

The LEGO Ideas Book

It's divided into six chapters which set the theme for the models within: Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Town and Country, Out of this world, In Days of Old, A World of Adventure and Make and Keep. Most pages features a main model and variations of it. The book doesn't contain instructions for any models, but usually shows enough pictures of them to be able to reverse-engineer them should you want to. However, that's not the idea really, the models are intended for inspiration for your own creations.

The LEGO Ideas Book

I had to chuckle at the statement in the introduction about this "We don't show building steps or lists because it's unlikely you will have all the bricks for each model...' Actually, I think it highly likely that I do, and I suspect many of you do too!

Perhaps the best thing about the book is that most of the models have been created by AFOLs, the majority of whom are Brickish Association members: Barney Main, Tim Goddard, Duncan Titmarsh, Andrew Walker from the BA, and Debrah Higdon and Sebastiaan Arts. They have done a fantastic job, and it's interesting to see that they've sometimes used building techniques that LEGO set designers probably wouldn't, although I'm told all models had to be approved by LEGO.

Should you buy this book? If you build with LEGO bricks then yes, this is for you. If you're someone who just buys sets and keeps them MISB, then it probably won't be of interest. But nobody here does that, do they? :-)

It's available from Amazon for about half the publisher's price so there really isn't a reason not to add it to your bookcase.

27 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

It's a great book, full of interesting builds and inspiration. Highly recommended.

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By in United States,

Great review. Except one thing:

"We really are being spoilt for LEGO books this year."

Typo. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I've read half of the book, its really have given me ideas for my MOCS and future models, great buy

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By in United States,

MISB?

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By in Slovakia,

Mint In Sealed Box

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By in United States,

Well, thanks for the book review.
On a slightly off-topic note: Whatever hapened to the "Pick-of-the-Week" reviews?

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By in United States,

@Huw:

Oh, OK. That would explain it. Thanks!

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ They'll be back, during quiet periods.

^ I like to stick to the Queen's English on this site, not the mangled dialect you write in the USA :-)

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By in Canada,

It looks great! I might even get it.

^Mangled? What?

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By in United States,

This sounds like a good book. I think I'll get it. It'll definetly help me with getting ideas for building animation sets and props.

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By in Canada,

Hadn't heard of this book before, but it's definitely one I'd want. Thanks for the review.

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By in United Kingdom,

Comments relating to bypassing Amazon affiliate links to acquire this have been removed :-)

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By in Germany,

@Huw: Careful with your words, Americans might get a little annoyed. Look at Thomson's reaction... XD Anyway, why would someone try to bypass the Amazon affiliate links?! THOSE LINKS GIVE MONEY TO BRICKSET!!! :P Only if you buy something, of course. :P

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By in Canada,

LOL Queen's English, I like that XD

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By in United Kingdom,

This book does look good. I love making little models, but I haven't bought many bricks for making my own creations in a while (too obsessed with Bionicle at the moment :P).
Hopefully this book will give me some more inspiration, or better still, I could buy more bricks :)

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By in United Kingdom,

@ Alemas Careful with your choice of nationality. I don't think the Canadians appreciate the accusation of being American ;-)

Had a peruse through the pages of the afore-mentioned book whilst on the high-street. A jolly nice book. I have since purchased a copy over the inter-web.

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By in Germany,

@billyaplin: Eeek, forgot the American-Canadian problem... O_O XD

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By in United States,

Can't we all just get along? I love my Canadian neighbors to the north. :-p

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By in Germany,

@Talas Antares: Alright, back on-topic... :P

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By in Canada,

^^Thank you.

Check TBB for a new brick separator.

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By in Canada,

Huw, you still have to add all of the new DK books for this year. Other than Building the Magical World.

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By in United States,

Just got this book from Amazon and it's terrific - great ideas, great models, well put together. I also like that it's by LEGO fans. My favorite sections are the Meet the Builder feature - getting to learn a little bit about how others come up with ideas and seeing more samples of their work. I hope that there will be more books like this. Searching the internet is fine but sometimes you just want to have a really well made book in your hands with a bunch of really good ideas.

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By in Slovakia,

I received my copy yesterday, and am happy to amplify the common opinion - this book really is worth having. Terrific photos, lots of them, great models and above all, lots of ideas. But unlike looking at the Brothers Brick, the models here all seem do-able by the ordinary builder.

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By in United Kingdom,

Also available from The Book People for only £4.99, although there's a £1.95 P&P charge for orders under £25. Luckily, they've got plenty of potential Xmas presents to bulk up orders.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I'm having a sense of dejà vu here... see Huw's post above re bypassing Amazon affiliate links...

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