Absolutely everything you need to know

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We've harped on about DK's Ultimate Star Wars book recently but have yet to mention the other reference book the publisher has released recently: LEGO: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know.

Given that it's currently available at The Book People for a mere £5 today, now's a good time to do so.


The subtitle on the cover "Stacks of LEGO Facts" pretty much sums up the contents of the 240-page hardback book. Each double-page spread deals with a particular aspect of LEGO and is illustrated with official imagery surrounded with random facts, often accompanied by superlatives.

It's divided into five sections: Bricks and Pieces; Building Worlds; Cars, Planes, Ships and Trains; Minifigs, Monsters and More; and Beyond the Brick.

If you've been in the hobby for any length of time much of the material in the first four sections will be familiar so you may well find the last one the most interesting which covers manufacturing, packaging, designer 'Easter eggs', LEGO Ideas, LEGO films, video games and so on.

It's certainly not a book you'd pick up and read from cover to cover but it's fun to flick through and read about something random. None of the subjects are covered thoroughly so it's not a reference book as such but it does present a myriad tidbits of information in an interesting, attractive and easily digestible form and you're sure to learn something new every time you dip into it.

It's not an essential addition to the AFOL's LEGO bookshelf by any means but it is a fun book to randomly skim through, and I suspect the target audience -- kids (of course) -- will get a lot more out of it than I did.

For a fiver at The Book People today you really can't go wrong, either for yourself or as a Christmas present.

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15 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

I found this book to be absolutely fascinating and full of very interesting facts. The way they categorise some of the themed facts meant I learnt so much about LEGO that I wouldn't have even thought of before! Certainly worth the price :)

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By in United States,

Seeing pictures of the Hailfire Droid in minifigure scale reminds me I made a good investment on that set as the newer ones are lame or are variations not seen in the cannonverse.

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By in United States,

Unfortunately the color chart is already out of date, considering the introduction of Copper Metallic this year.

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By in United States,

There's a chapter on Sausage Facts, right?

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By in United Kingdom,

They get a mention on the food pages!

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By in Lithuania,

Huw, do you happen to know the weight of this book?

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By in United Kingdom,

I hate to point this out, but if you're in the UK you can get it for less on Ebay.

@Huw, It's 'titbits' with a medial 't', not 'tidbits' with a 'd'. 'Tidbits' is how our American cousins (mis)spell it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Amazon are also selling the book for £5, probably price matching The Book People.

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By in United States,

I like the color palette page :-) It's designed in a very kid-friendly way, as opposed to the official 2016 LEGO color palette.

I did an article on color some years ago on my website and in Bricks Magazine: http://brickarchitect.com/color/

I find it interesting that there are so many gaps in the LEGO color palette, but I think we all appreciate that the color palette has been stable for the past 10 years or so.

---tom

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By in United States,

@Zander, it is complete per the 2016 official LEGO color palette:
39 solid colors, 14 transparent colors, 3 metallic options, and one glowing color. (I counted, and they are all there.)

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By in United States,

Can we discuss though - however good the book is - how often they screwed up by using pictures of the alternate model for classic sets? Even the Airport Shuttle! They used one of the alternate build photos.

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By in United States,

Does this book's title mean "absolutely everything", or "absolutely everything, specifically except for Bionicle and constraction"?

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By in Canada,

When I was looking at the book I was sad to see that Bionicle only had 2 pages. Lego owes a lot to that line so only seeing it get 2 pages felt a bit insulting.

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