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The LEGO® Ideas Book [Hardcover]

Daniel Lipkowitz
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Book Description

3 Oct 2011 Lego

Be inspired to create and build amazing models in LEGO®!

The LEGO Ideas Book is packed full of tips from expert LEGO builders on how to make jet planes reach new heights, create fantastic fortresses, swing through lush jungles, have fun on the farm and send space shuttles out of this world! The book is divided into six themed chapters - transport, buildings, space, kingdoms, adventure and useful makes.

With over 500 models and ideas, this book is perfect for any LEGO fan - young or young at heart - who want to make their models cool, fun and imaginative.

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (3 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405350679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405350679
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.9 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Lipkowitz is a LEGO® Group Senior Writer and story developer. He writes for LEGO Master Builder Academy and LEGO Club Magazine, creates characters and storylines for new LEGO themes, and writes scripts for animated LEGO movies and videos. He is also the author of DK's bestselling The LEGO Book.

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129 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loves it 7 Oct 2011
By Roo
My son has been eagerly awaiting this book to be published. He is just 7 and has loads and loads of lego which is mainly second hand so lots of unusual bits that don't particularly go with a set he has. He is always looking for ideas of things to build and this book was brilliant for getting his imagination going. It doesn't have instructions but the pictures are very clear and it inspires you to use lego pieces in ways you would never have thought e.g skeleton legs as bannisters on stairs. It does make it clear in the book that you are unlikely to have all the pieces but encourages you to think about the lego you do have and how it can be used. He has had it two days and hasn't put it down yet. I can see how some people might be disappointed with this book, you do need a lot of lego to get the use from it perhaps but it is so much better than the Technic Lego Ideas book he also bought (not endorsed by Lego) which in my opinion is complete rubbish.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious 22 Oct 2011
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This book is exactly what it says - a book of inspiration and tips. It doesn't contain detailed instructions or parts lists for the models shown, because, as it says, you may not have all the parts. Instead, it is about helping Lego enthusiats move on from simply faithfully building boxed models to devising their own (and playing with them - it's clear that Lego is to be played with, and emphasises that models therefore need to be sturdy!

The book has an introduction which goes over some of the basic concepts of Lego. If you've been using it for long, some of this might seem obvious, however to a beginner, or someone who has mainly assembled Lego sets, issues like scale or colour or the importnace of having bricks sorted before you start are worth going over.

There is then a series of themes - vehicles, town and country, space and so forth, ending with a section on making "real" things - either full size models or actual useful things (a CD rack, a desk tidy, a bookend). Each section introduces some particularly useful bricks for its own models, and then gives clear photographs of a range of models, with helpful techniques described. Finally, we are introduced to the designer of the the section's models and hear about when the started with lego, what inspires them - and what their top tips are.

Most of the models shown are fairly compact, which fits the overall level of the book, making it easy to see how they are made even without plans and giving maximum inspiration in the least space.

An ideal Christmas present to give, perhaps, alongside those Lego boxed sets to help ensure that once built, they won't just gather dusk but be recycled into new and exciting models.
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139 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Misinterpretations? Its a Lego IDEAS Book 22 Oct 2011
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Whilst I love talking to other Lego fans about this wonderful building system, I can't say I have too much sympathy for the negative reviewers who were to expect "full building instructions" or to not have to use lots of bricks. Personally, I would have thought a clue as to what this book entails would be found in the title, since it is afterall named The Lego 'IDEAS' Book.

And that is exactly what this book sets out to do; to present a range of beautiful, imaginative and often very clever IDEAS that the reader will be inspired from and encouraged to use their own imagination. In doing so, you can build your own models without worrying about rigid instructions, requiring only certain types of bricks or not having flexibility in the designs. As someone who has been using Lego since the 80's, I can assure you that books just like this were once a very common release, but have sadly been lacking over recent years as I believe that Lego themselves are forgetting how less can be more, whilst both creative and imaginative design can be enhanced through challenging the user to make solutions, rather than simply putting them on a plate with 'special' bricks.

That is why books like this are special, because they place a positive slant on breaking free from instructions, instead, placing an emphasis on exploration. Their are model ideas to suit everyone here, and they're all categorised into 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles' (no, not the John Hughes film!), 'Town & Country', 'Out of this World', 'In Days of Old', 'A World of Adventure' and 'Make and Keep'. How typical of Dorling Kindersley to set things out in a fun but effective manner, which is the hallmark of all their brilliant books (especially their past Lego books too).
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, visually and mentally 2 Nov 2011
By Martin Greenhead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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My son (like most people in the world?) loves Lego. He spends hours just building, being 9 it usually revolves around a house in the shape of a box, cars or guns. There is something tactile about the little bricks that just makes you want to pick them up and get going. I am not really a fan of the big ticket items (Star Wars etc) as it takes forever to build them and then that is it. What is needed is an Ideas book to take it to the next level with a couple of buckets of bricks......

When I first got the book I thought it would be along the lines of it telling you what you need to build a fire station (or whatever) and then you get Ikea-esque instructions. That would be ok, but it would be a bit like join the dots. What this book does is far better. It just shows you pictures with some very nice narrative. Nothing more than that - that is it. But it is made by Dorling Kindersley so the phots are lovely to look at, the usual white backgrounds and light shadowing. And there is a great interview with a Lego builder at the back.

The proof of the pudding is whether it can capture the imagination of a small boy, surrounded by computer games and footballs. He spent a long time reading it, and kept coming to me and pointing things out, then I found myself just sitting reading it. And then I just built some small items, because it isn't just about stacking up 4 red bricks, it is about using the bricks in a new way. Who guessed that 2 video box bricks become a hob, for example. So it also brought out the kids in me.

One demonstration of how the book really is an Ideas book is when he came up to me with the latest model, saying it was a house.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book but does not do what it says on the packet
It is a lovely book to paw through but I was hoping for some fun simple ideas of things to build, I suppose like we used to from our simple box of lego in the 80’s. Read more
Published 13 days ago by BWW
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
I bought this for each of my grandsons who adore Lego and they love it. Lots of things to make.
Published 13 days ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BIRTHDAY GIFT
Published 15 days ago by Dot
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have simpler builds
I expected the book to have some simpler builds and then progressing to more complicated ones.
I think the book is good for kids 9+ years with plenty of special parts (not... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Janne Komulainen
4.0 out of 5 stars Response from Lego fan, good!
This was gift for a grand son. He was very happy and so was I. the quality of the item was good.
Published 29 days ago by Anthony Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars The lego ideas book
bought this for my son - some great ideas and pictures which I am sure he will use for years to come
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars More like a coffeetable book
I had high hopes for this book since I wanted my 4-year-old (He's more like 6-7 yrs when it comes to building with Lego bricks) to get new ideas for his Lego play, but in this book... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paivi
5.0 out of 5 stars what to do when you have a box of lego and no instructions
A christmas gift which went down well combined with a big bag of assorted second hand Bricks and odds and ends
Published 1 month ago by Blondasmam
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
This is an okay book. Not as many do-able ideas as I thought but got if for a Christmas present for my Lego mad nephew and it was too heavy to return.
Published 1 month ago by C. Clementi
5.0 out of 5 stars Lego book
My grandson was over the moon with it. Loved the ideas, great for a 6 year old to follow loved it
Published 1 month ago by kim pixley
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