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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DK LEGO Play Book: Exclusive interview with the designers

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This highly anticipated new book, published by Dorling Kindersley, is now available. Subtitled 'ideas to bring your bricks to life', it contains 'more than 500 build and play ideas from LEGO fans'. This then, is a book featuring models designed by AFOLs, all of whom are British, and all but one of whom I know personally. It's divided into five themed chapters. The models...

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Brickmaster Star Wars Battle for the Stolen Crystals

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The tenth Dorling Kindserley Brickmaster book, Star Wars Battle for the Stolen Crystals, has just been published. Like the others, it has a thick front cover which holds a bag containing (in this case) 189 LEGO parts with which to build the projects in the book, which consists of cartoon strips and step-by-step instructions. The book follows the story of Commander Gree chasing...

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Review: Amazing Vehicles

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The LEGO Build-it Book Amazing Vehicles by Nathanael Kuipers and Mattia Zamboni has just been published by No Starch Press, who have sent me a copy to review. Nathanael has worked for LEGO as a designer of Technic models, and prior to that he was well known in the community for making fantastic alternative models from Creator and Technic sets, which you can find on Brickshelf....

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Review: Brick by Brick

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Brick by Brick, How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry is not, as you can probably tell from the title, like any other LEGO book in the bookstore. I've been sent a copy by the publishers to review. It's written by David C. Robertson who's a professor at a Swiss business school, who was named the 'LEGO Professor' in 2008 and as such had...

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The Yoda Chronicles

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The Dorling Kindersley book The Yoda Chronicles has just been published and I received my copy yesterday. To be honest, the book itself is not really what I was expecting given that the definition of chronicle is 'an extended account in prose or verse of historical events, sometimes including legendary material, presented in chronological order and without authorial interpretation or comment.' I...

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Build your own LEGO vehicles

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This book has just been published by Heel. It's written by Joachim Klang, who was also involved in the The Big LEGO Builders Book, also published by Heel, that we reviewed in October last year. If you enjoyed that book, you'll like this one too because it's pretty much more of the same. It contains detailed building instructions for the four models shown on the cover, plus a...

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