The LEGO Build-it Book: More Amazing Vehicles

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You may recall that in August we reviewed The LEGO Build-it Book: Amazing Vehicles by Nathanael Kuipers and Mattia Zamboni. It provides instructions to build ten vehicles using just the parts in 5867 Super Speedster and we thought it was great.

Now, No Starch Press has published a second book entitled, unsurprisingly, The LEGO Build-it Book: More Amazing Vehicles. Incredibly, this book also contains instructions for ten vehicles using the same parts as the first book!

It's pretty much identical to the first book in that it consists of very high quality renders of the finished models and their instructions, which are on a par with those produced by LEGO.

More Amazing VehiclesYou might expect that Nathanael would have run out of steam after designing the first ten and that these might be flimsily constructed or similar to those in the first book, but that's not the case at all. Just about the only similarity is that they all have wheels. In many cases, the vehicles in this book are actually better than those in the first, and certainly better than the official 5867 model.

My personal favourite is the F1 Racer which is in many ways better than the official LEGO Ferrari models: quite an achievement given the limited parts palette Nathaniel had to work with.

More Amazing VehiclesMany of the models feature techniques that probably wouldn't be used in official models, for example, in the F1 Racer's case, half of it is built upside down. All of the models use a healthy dose of SNOT and it's likely that you'll learn a lot of useful techniques when building them.

Like the first one, this book is an excellent demonstration of the versatility of LEGO and of Nathanael's talents. Armed with copies of both books and a 5867 you will have hours and hours of fun.

I guess the only problem with it is that 5867 is now obsolete and secondary market prices seem to have soared since the first volume was published. In the first review I noted that you could "buy it on eBay or BrickLink where it can be obtained for not much more than its original RRP" but that's certainly not the case now. That said, none of the parts are particularly rare and all can be purchased from secondary marketplaces for about £20.

In summary, then, it's another excellent book from No Starch which you'll enjoy whether you have the first one or not, particularly given Nathanael has saved many of the best models until last.

It's available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca.

9 comments on this article

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By in Norway,

Seems like an nice idea for Christmas gift. I am thinking how easy is nowadays to get hands on a 5867 Super Speeder set?

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By in United States,

Both this book and the one that came before it are awesome concepts. It's amazing how much the authors were able to do with that one set! I think that's part of the beauty of LEGO Creator: when everything is designed to be built and rebuilt into different models, there's really no limit to how many models you can build with the pieces!

But even when the first one came out I was worried about prices for that set going up. It would have been amazing if the authors could have partnered with the LEGO Group so that the books could be tied in somehow with a reissue of #5867 (or if the authors had anticipated these books and stockpiled plenty of #5867s while they were still in production)!

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By in United States,

Reissue of the 5867 set would be great. Love all his models and could use multiple sets :) Used my 5867 set to make the Gran Turismo a while back by looking at pictures and experimenting.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love the concept and as I've managed to pickup a #5867 in the last month or so, I will no doubt be buying both books. However I was hoping the price would drop from £13.99 on Amazon UK to around £10, as some of the marketplace sellers are already at that level - but I've had poor experiences with some of them. At full RRP by the time you've bought the set and both books it makes for a pretty expensive present.

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By in United States,

I love the concept of getting many more models out of one set. I wish there were more of them like this for other Lego sets. If you order the book from No Starch Press, for a small additional charge, you can also download a PDF version of the book, or you can just get the PDF instead of the print version. I find it much easier to use the instructions on my laptop than trying to keep the book open on the table. I've bought both books and I highly recommend them both.

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By in United States,

It's difficult to tell from the photo, but based on the parts in the set, I assume the forks on the forklift don't move?

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By in United States,

I bought the first book and built a few of the models with my #5867. In my opinion, only two of the 10 models were any good from a build perspective. Yes, the models looked nice but 8 of the 10 would crumble in your hands when you tried to pick them up. I posted a few videos on YouTube covering one of the bad models and one of the good models.

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By in Singapore,

@osuharding1: I couldn't agree with you anymore, precisely you've just reveal my thinking. No offend, those sets might look very nice but in fact most of the sets are very crumble and not playable at all. Just got the 2nd book last night and try on the model Big Rig, in my opinion it might be built with very good snot technique however it's still very crumble perhaps due to the limitation of the bricks.
So for those who had purchase these books please kindly share your thoughts too.

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By in United States,

It's a strange coincidence that I decided to buy 5867 back when it was still on store shelves. I don't usually by the creator vehicle sets. That set just seemed to stick out in my mind and I bought it. I even saw the first book and didn't put 2 and 2 together that it was all based on that one set. Thanks to these reviews I understand just how great the builds really are. I now have a renewed appreciation for the creator vehicles and plan to get both books for the love of the build. I also plan to get the newer Highway Seedster set. You never know.

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