Build your own Galaxy, The big unofficial LEGO builder's book is the second book to be published this year by a team of German AFOLs: Joachim Klang, Oliver Albrecht, Lutz Uhlmann and newcomer Tim Bischoff. The first one was Build your own LEGO Vehicles which we reviewed in July.
Like the first, it's a hefty tome: a 400-page paperback. Apart from a few introductory pages it consists entirely of instructions, for about 25 different models.
As the book suggests, these are all space-themed models and all but one are based on existing IPs: Star Trek, Star Wars, Space:1999, Battlestar Galactica, and Space Patrol Orion which seems to be a cult 1960s German production.
In the former category are micro-scale models of an X-Wing, Imperial Shuttle, Slave 1 and AT-AT, a minifig scale Viper from Battlestar Galactica, and, what is the only original model in the book, a very nice mecha.
They look to be competently designed and the instructions are very well done which will make building them easy. There's a parts list for each model which will simplify gathering or ordering them.
Seventeen of the models are 'Brick Heads' which are basically characters from the various IPs made to the same scale and style: short stubby bodies and round heads. There are Brick Head versions of Kirk and Spock, R2-D2 and C-3PO, and a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica to name but a few.
You are either going to love them or hate them. Unfortunately I fall into the latter group and thought that they were quite cute but I'd never bother to build them and, compared to CubeDudes, they lack charm and charisma.
I also felt there were way too many of them: a book purporting to enable you to 'build your own galaxy' should be full of spaceships, planetary exploration vehicles and so on, not quirky caricatures.
I wish the authors luck with it, but, unusually, it is not a book I will recommend based on the limited appeal of the bulk of it and a lack of originality of most of the other models.
I believe this is the last LEGO book to be scheduled for publication this year. Later this week I will publish my 'top 10' books of the year to enable you to make informed choices about which ones to add to your Christmas wish-list.
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