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Forbidden LEGO: Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against! [Paperback]

Ulrik Pilegaard , Mike Dooley
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Book Description

23 Aug 2007

It just may be impossible to exhaust the creative potential of LEGO bricks. With an active imagination as your guide, there are endless possibilities-provided you follow the LEGO Company's official (and sensible) rules. This means no cutting or tampering with bricks, creating models that shoot unapproved projectiles, or using non-standard parts with any LEGO product. After all, those little precision-molded ABS bricks can be dangerous in the wrong hands! Well, toss those rules out the window.

Forbidden Lego introduces you to the type of free-style building that LEGO's master builders do for fun in the back room. Using LEGO bricks in combination with common household materials (from rubber bands and glue to plastic spoons and ping-pong balls) along with some very unorthodox building techniques, you'll learn to create working models that LEGO would never endorse. Try your hand at a toy gun that shoots LEGO plates, a candy catapult, a high voltage LEGO vehicle, a continuous-fire ping-pong ball launcher, and other useless but incredibly fun inventions.

Once you get into the spirit, you'll want to try inventing your own rule-breaking models. Forbidden Lego's authors, share tips and tricks that will inspire you and help you turn your visions into reality. Nothing's against the rules in this book!


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (23 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593271379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593271374
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 21.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ulrik Pilegaard was a Senior Designer and Studio Manager for LEGO MINDSTORMS in Denmark and San Francisco, where he worked on projects for LEGO Technic in collaboration with the Media Lab at MIT and designed multiple models for LEGO MINDSTORMS (including R2D2). After LEGO, Pilegaard held the position of Manager of Design at Evolution Robotics, where he helped develop state-of-the-art robotics solutions. Since 2004, he has worked for Energy Innovations as a senior product designer

Mike Dooley worked as the Senior Product Manager for the original LEGO MINDSTORMS and was later promoted to Director of Development. Dooley is currently Vice President for Product and Business Development at Evolution Robotics, which focuses on next-generation technologies for consumer robotics.


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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, if slightly flawed.. 17 Mar 2008
By Bushy
Format:Paperback
Just received the book and built the first model (paper plane launcher).

The CAD instructions aren't as good as genuine lego - at the end of the model there were a couple of things that weren't connected properly which meant some improvisation on my part. Also had to bodge it a bit in places because I didn't have all the parts needed as per their spec. But I guess that's part of what the book aims to encourage so I shouldn't complain too much!!

As per the other reviewer's comments though it really does send the mind racing to new and unexplored possibilities.

Oh, and the PPL was an instant hit with my 4 and 1 year olds once built - hours of fun launching planes all over the place in a way that my one year old in particular would never have managed on her own if you'd tried to get her to do it manually. Fun for all the family :) Looking forward to building the other models and more inventions of my own...
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This will set your mind racing 29 Oct 2007
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Excellent book, but! If you are looking for some really cool stuff to make then perhaps you'll be disappointed, there are only a few models detailed but they are covered very comprehensively. The book will set your mind racing at the possibilities LEGO provides and perhaps that is the whole point, a good buy though.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My boys love this!! 8 April 2009
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I bought this for my boys for Christmas, they absolutely love it and have tried to make several models, however they were most upset that some models needed bricks to be cut up... sacrilige!! A great book, kept them very happy for hours!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daring fun for Lego enthusiasts 2 Jan 2011
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Recommended by a colleague & an excellent gift for my adult son. Gives adults another excuse to continue to "play" with their favourite toy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you have the parts .... 27 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
Bought this for my son for Christmas, as he loves his Lego Mindstorms. He was disappointed however, when he looked at the models as you need lots of Lego Technic bits which he doesn't have - and are hard to get hold of. Hopefully, we'll be able to make something out of sticky back plastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book very creative Ideas 2 April 2014
By Mag
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My son is a real lego fan and he loved this book it has given him great ideas for new creations and hours of enjoyment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LEGO BOOK 11 Sep 2013
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I BOUGHT THIS FOR MY GROWN UP SONS , WHO LOVED LEGO , AND STILL HAD A FEW BITS , IT ARRIVED IN GOOD TIME , THANK YOU ,
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