The LEGO Castle book

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The LEGO Castle Book by Jeff Friesen is another excellent LEGO title that's just been published by No Starch Press.

If you have Jeff's earlier work, LEGO Micro Cities, you'll know what to expect: sumptuous photos of stunning micro-scale models intermixed with building tips, techniques and instructions.


The 200-page hardback is divided into six chapters. Early chapters cover the history of castles, how they were built and their architectural features, all explained with the help of plenty of photos.

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The middle part of the book explains how to build the various features of castles with LEGO -- walls, towers, the gate, drawbridge and so on -- which you can put into practice in your own mini-models.

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The last half of the book provides instructions for six microscale castle scenes, complete with bases. Unlike the instructions in most No Starch books which are generated by a CAD program, in this one they are photographs so look just as stunning as the rest of the book.

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This may just be the most beautiful LEGO book ever published. It really is stunning. The photography is probably the best I've seen in a LEGO book: complementary backgrounds, soft shadows and not a reflection in sight on the shiny plastic bricks. Many of the pages are good enough to hang on the wall of an art gallery.

Not only does it look superb, it's also packed full of building techniques and ideas that will be useful and inspirational to anyone who builds in microscale. Having flicked through this book, I might just start doing so...

This is a book that will appeal to microscale builders and also those who are looking for a sumptuous coffee-table book to flick through from time to time.

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It's now available from Amazon: UK (~£15) | USA (~$23)


Thanks to No Starch Press for providing the book for us to review. All opinions expressed are my own.

21 comments on this article

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By in Germany,

Well obviously you have to build your own medieval world, because Lego do not care anymore about that theme.

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By in Australia,

Those models are seriously impressive!

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By in United States,

Can LEGO make a new Castle theme? I am making my own mixture of Sci Fy with some medieval look.

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By in Australia,

I really liked "Micro Cities", but the instructions were all full of errors in terms of required pieces and the numbers of pieces, and so forth. I remember being quite shocked that there were more instructions with mistakes, than ones without. I'll probably buy this book, because it looks beautiful, but I really hope he goes over it with a fine-toothed comb *before* it gets sent to the publishers.

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By in United Kingdom,

Some fantastic micro castles on scenery here...

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By in France,

Both quality of models and photography push me to order this nice book and compilation of such good microscale designs. This could be a good idea for a Christmas present? I'm going to talk innocently and with evasive intentions to my wife about it...

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By in United Kingdom,

The pictures are stunning, definitely going on the Christmas list!

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By in United Kingdom,

I wish there were sets for this kind of theme.

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By in Australia,

For all those people complaining about the lack of a Lego Castle theme - and I agree - do the Hogwarts castles not count?
I would think the huge one with 6,000+ pieces at microfigure scale is all anyone could want in a microbuild!... granted, at a price few can afford
:(

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By in United States,

Hope to get it some day!

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By in United States,

No the Hogwarts castles do not count. The builds are nice, the pieces are great, but it's not a classic castle.
With classic castles you don't fly over the walls, and you don't attack with lasers or light balls.
Instead of sci-fi equipment or magic you just need men-force.
Walls have to be a challenge, and with a non-licenced theme you don't know who is going to win.
It leaves room for imagination.
I miss that.

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By in New Zealand,

Incredible. Does anyone know of a way to source the parts required to build these without doing it one piece at a time via bricklink ie is there a company that puts together the pieces and offers them for sale?

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By in Ireland,

Thank you Huw for drawing my attention to this book. Normally micro scale builds don't interest me that much but these builds are, dare I say it, works of art. So I have just ordered it and will definitely try my hand at building those that come with instructions. Thanks again.

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By in Germany,

I love these books.
Honestly, most of LEGO's current offerings are only interesting to me as parts packs (when on discount) to be able to use them to build stuff like this. Especially No Starch Press books offer so many inspirations that the standard LEGO program pales by comparison.

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By in Germany,

I always wanted to buy "Lego Micro Cities", but somehow I never got around to it. I guess I'll have to make it a double order now at some point. :-)

Lego microbuilds have something fascinating. It is a real pity that there are so few official microbuilds (at least outside of the Architecture line of sets).

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By in United States,

Lego Castle Fans: "Lego doesn't care anymore!"

Lego Bionicle, Classic Space, Fabuland, Western, Pirates, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, etc. fans... "Get in line..."

(I have a bit of a habit of teasing the Castle fans after Nexo Knights's entire run was summarized by AFOL's complaining it wasn't true castle for the entire run!)

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By in United States,

Wow. This looks like a really great book. Do you think they sell it at Barnes & Noble?

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By in United Kingdom,

@povoq , While we as AFOLs distinguish between Harry Potter sets, historically plausible castles and ‘Fantasy Era’ type castles, all those things occupy the same mental space for kids. So while LEGO has the HP/Wizarding World licence, it will continue to see that as covering the medieval/fantasy segment and will therefore not produce a Classic Castle type theme.

I’m not at all happy about that, but that is the reality. Similar situation to Space and Star Wars.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks like some nice images and designs. But I never buy this type of book as there are so many examples and tutorials on the internet anyway.

I also have an issue with the title. Microscale should have been in the title. This is not what most people think of when they think of "LEGO Castle".

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By in United Kingdom,

@Zander, so why did they have LOTR and Castle sets on the shelves at the same time? And also Castle and Harry Potter at the same time in the past during the 2000s up to 2010.

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