New No Starch Press books: Mindstorms and Technic

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A couple of weeks ago I reviewed two new LEGO books published by No Starch Press. Today I will take a look at two more: Incredible LEGO Technic by Pawel 'Sariel' Kmiec and The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book by Yoshihito Isogawa. All four books are listed at Amazon as being released at the end of November and can be pre-ordered now. Incredible LEGO Technic Pawel's second No Starch...

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Blocks issue 1 review

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The pilot issue of Blocks, published back in the heady days of summer, clearly sold well enough for the team behind it to take the plunge and make a go of it ‘for real’. Over the past few months we watched as slowly, Blocks took on board more and more of the Brickset staff and regulars as contributors. Well at least the writing should be good... I have one particular criticism, which...

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New No Starch Press books

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No Starch Press is publishing six new LEGO books in the run-up to Christmas, ranging from coffee-table books to Mindstorms EV3 programming manuals. I have four of them here and will take a look at two of them, Beautiful LEGO 2 and Steampunk LEGO, today, then two later in the week. Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark by Mike Doyle is a follow up to the original Beautiful LEGO book published last October (read...

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Book Review: LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side

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The latest addition to DK Publishing's Star Wars line-up is the hotly anticipated LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side. Information about this book has trickled in during the last couple of months, and there was some conjecture for a period concerning what the exclusive Minifigure might be. The reveal of Emperor Palpatine was met with trepidation by some as this is the first version of the character...

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The LEGO Neighborhood Book

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No Starch Press should be congratulated for providing so many AFOLs with an outlet to publish LEGO-related books. Their output is as prolific as DKs but because they are 'unofficial' books they cover a far wider range of topics and are generally more geared towards, and appealing to, adults. The latest book to be published, The LEGO Neighborhood Book -- Build your own...

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Legends of Chima Character Encyclopedia

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Legends of Chima Character Encylopedia

Legends of Chima Character Encyclopedia is the latest publication to come off the Dorling Kindersley LEGO book production line. Given the number of characters and the rich back-story of Chima, it will be welcomed by fans and those trying to make sense of it all, alike. Best of all, it comes with a unique minifigure. The cover-mounted minifig is Firox, a member of the Phoenix tribe. Although...

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Review: Ninjago The Visual Dictionary

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As I mentioned yesterday, Dorling Kindersley UK has just sent me a copy of this book to review although it's not due in the shops until October 1st. If you have any of DK's other Visual Dictionaries this one will be familiar: it's a large, thick hardback with a box attached to the front cover to hold the minifig. The book itself is 96 pages long and filled with beautiful photographs...

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The Art of LEGO Design

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If you're a new adult fan of LEGO you've probably bought a shed-load of LEGO sets, built them from the instructions, admired them for a bit and then decided to take them apart to try building something of your own from the parts. You then look online for inspiration, on Flickr, Brickshelf and Brothers-Brick, and perhaps feel somewhat overwhelmed by the quality of the models you see...

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Friends Character Encylopedia

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My Amazon order for Dorling Kindersley's latest book LEGO Friends Character Encyclopedia turned up today, a week or so early. It's the same size and format as their other character encyclopedias so I won't be writing much about it. However it is worth mentioning what's in it. The mini-doll on the cover is Naya with exclusive outfit and accessories. According to the book,...

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DK Star Wars Visual Dictionary now available

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Dorling Kindersley's Star Wars Visual Dictionary Updated and Expanded  is now available. Mine arrived yesterday so I'll try and post a review in the next day or so. In the meantime, here are photos of the exclusive minifig that's mounted in the book's cover. It's an old-school yellow-flesh Luke Skywalker which is very similar to that which appeared in 1999's Landspeeder...

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The 2013 LEGO Minifigure Catalogue

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Christoph Bartneck has just sent me a copy of his latest book, The 2013 LEGO Minifigure Catalog. This, as the name suggests, covers minifigures released last year and is in the same format as his previous years' catalogues  (see our review of 2011 one). The photography appears to be slightly better in this one, and more consistent, e.g. white figures are photographed on a white...

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Brick Wonders

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One of the best LEGO books of last year was Brick City by Edinburgh-based LEGO artist Warren Elsmore. His second book, Brick Wonders: Ancient, Natural and Modern Marvels in LEGO has just been published and I've been sent a copy to review. The 256-page 22 x 17 cm paperback book is published by Mitchell Beazley in the UK and Barron's...

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Book review: Kaneda's Bike

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The Hispabrick magazine team has sent me a copy of a new book that's just been published by the Arvo Brothers and which contains instructions for building Kaneda's bike. Before receiving the book, I was aware of the model (I think it's been featured in the magazine) but it didn't really mean anything to me because I am unfamiliar with the source material. Apparently, according...

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Top 5 LEGO books of the year

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Here at Brickset we love LEGO books which is why we give them so much coverage in the news. 2013 has been a bumper year but with so many of them, if you're on a limited budget or not sure which ones to put on your Christmas list, it can be hard knowing which to choose. So, just in time for Black Friday, I thought it would be worthwhile compiling a top 5 list to help you decide. So,...

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Build your own Galaxy

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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...

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LEGO Space: Building the Future

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LEGO Space: Building the Future by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard is the latest LEGO book to be published by No Starch Press and is, quite simply, one of the best LEGO books ever. Before I start gushing on about it I should state that I've known Pete and Tim for years and consider them good friends. I was at the first 'LEGO fest' that Pete attended, some 11 years ago. In the early days his...

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Review: LEGO Adventure Book 2

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The nice folks over at No Starch Press have sent me a copy of Megan Rothrock's latest book to review ahead of its publication next month. The LEGO Adventure Book 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons and More! to give it its full title, is the follow-up to the first in the series, published this time last year, which was well received and by all accounts, a great success. If you haven't...

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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...

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Beautiful LEGO

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There are so many great LEGO books coming out just now in time for Christmas that I have a bit of a review backlog. The latest one to hit my doormat is Beautiful LEGO by Mike Doyle, published by No Starch Press. It's a 260 page paperback that the frontispiece describes as 'a compendium of LEGO artwork that showcases a stunning array of pieces ranging from incredibly lifelike replicas...

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LEGO Minifigure Year by Year

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The much anticipated book: LEGO Minifigure Year by Year A Visual History from Dorling Kindersley has just been published in the USA and will be available in the UK from next week. The book covers the history of minifigures from 1978 to 2013 in 256-pages. It features information and pictures of several thousand of them laid out in typical DK style. It doesn't set out to include every...

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