The LEGO Adventure Book

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LEGO-cover-final.inddThe LEGO Adventure book, written by Megan Rothrock and published by No Starch Press has been highly anticipated since first announced a few months ago. I received a copy today to review ahead of publication, so read onto find out that it’s like and what I thought of it.

It’s a hardback book and printed on high quality paper. Its 200 pages are full colour throughout.

The premise behind the book is that a minifig representation of the author (Megs) builds a home base and transportation (in chapter 1), along with a companion (a small robot) then travels around the world visiting MOCs and their builder’s minifig representations, which are mostly shown in a photo-strip like presentation. It is therefore an unconventional approach and not exactly what I was expecting, but it does seem to work and prevents the book from becoming a dry read.

The LEGO Adventure Book: building inspirationEach of the remaining 13 chapters of the book feature a particular builder and a selection of their MOCs. They usually focus on one theme, for example Mecha by Mark Stafford (Nabii), Friends by Katie Walker (Eilonwy77) and my favourite chapter of the book (because I love brick-built animals), ‘Triassic park’ (dinosaurs) by Mike Psiaki.

This photo shows an inspiration page from the 'From below' chapter by nolnet.

 

The LEGO Adventure Book: clear instructionsWithin each chapter there is usually some photo-strip interaction between Megs, the MOC builder and their models, lavish photos of their MOCs for building inspiration and also instructions for building one or more of the models, or to illustrate specific techniques (such as, in the case of Eilonwy77, her excellent cheese slope mosaics).

The instructions are presented as photographs and are generally well done and would be easy to follow, as you can see from this Mecha leg page, part of Nabii's contribution to the book. There are exceptions, though. I would say building Carl Greatrix’s tank engine would be nigh-on impossible from the photos provided to all but the most advanced builder. Unfortunately the cool mining truck on the cover is not one of the 25 brick-by-brick instructions that are provided.

 

This is a fun book to flip through. You will want to build the models and the techniques illustrated will provide inspiration for your own models. I’m certainly going to have a go at Psiaki’s Stegosaurus!

I don’t really have any major criticism of the book: it’s unexpectedly different to other ‘building inspiration’ books and better for it. The only comment I would make is that I would have liked a page at the start of the book, before launching into the home base building, which explained who Megs (the minifig) was and what she was going to be doing throughout the rest of the book. (Update: it turns out there is a brief introduction on the title page which I completely missed.)

If, like me, you’re an aficionado of LEGO books you will want this in your collection. With so many other excellent LEGO books out at the moment I guess the only question prospective buyers will have to ask themselves is whether they can afford them all.

In addition to the photos above you’ll find a lot more in the flickr group dedicated to the book.

You can order it now from Amazon. It's out in the USA already and will be available in the UK at the end of the month.

14 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I preordered mine and it arrived yesterday as well. It's FANTASTIC! Lots of builds--many with instructions. Lots of great ideas!

Do we know if Megan has a blog where she might have the build on the mining truck from the cover?

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By in United Kingdom,

Mine arrived while reading your review and I can't wait to sink my teeth into it.

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By in United States,

"The only comment I would make is that I would have liked a page at the start of the book, before launching into the home base building, which explained who Megs (the minifig) was and what she was going to be doing throughout the rest of the book."

I do not have my copy in front of me, but IIRC the bottom of the title page (or thereabouts) has such an explanation.

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By in United States,

I received my pre-order yesterday from Amazon and was able to see about 1/3rd before the kids got ahold of it, and I have only had it back to repair a small page tear they made. From what i saw, looks great for adults, and definitively good for kids. Nice hardbound construction. The "Meg" tour guide reminded me a lot of the old 6000 idea book, and I quite enjoyed it.
It looks good enough I might have to buy a second copy, as I'm sure the first will be used so much i will never see it anywhere but in the kids hands covered in Legos :-)

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By in United States,

Got mine in the mail yesterday - it's fantastic - can't wait for volume two!

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for the review Huw; I got to see some of the models in the flesh & have a good chat with the Megster about the book at Skaerbaek last month; it's pre-ordered from Amazon, but no sign of it yet ... can't wait to get my copy.

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By in United Kingdom,

This looks like another fantastic book, recently it seems to me that loads have been released!

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By in United States,

^ Indeed. I have another two fantastic books to review that will be published shortly, so it's an expensive time for book lovers.

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By in United States,

This is a wonderfully illustrated book that guides you along. I would even recommend this over the master builders clubs. If you have your own bricks then this book is perfect. The price for the book is remarkably undervalued. I can see having to replace this book from all the use. I plan to order another 3-4 for Christmas presents. It is that good

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By in United States,

I asked Megan via FB if there were plans to release instructions for the miner vehicle on the cover and she said not right now (and directed me to the Flickr group pages linked on in this thread by Hello World).

It's a little disappointing given how prominently the vehicle is used on the cover and within the book.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think I'll definatly try to get one of these - just for the instructions to the jinty (the train)!!!

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