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The LEGO® Ideas Book Hardcover – 3 Oct 2011


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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (3 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405350679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405350679
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2 x 28.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,186 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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134 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Roo on 7 Oct 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Angela TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a mum rediscovering the joys of making things out of bricks with her children, I've long felt that Lego has lost its way somewhat since the 1970's when I was playing with it and making a whole world of bricks. Modern sets are very prescriptive and plagued by big bricks, high on realism but often low on imagination I feel. This book redresses the balance and for any Lego loving family should be all the inspiration that is needed to build more interesting and creative models.

This hardback book isn't a book filled with instructions for models, but as the title would suggest, it's jammed pack full of ideas of the kind of things you could make from the bricks you have. In typical DK style, real annotated photos show you a range of ideas in various themes, from planes, space, houses throught to castles, a world of adventures and things that you might actually be able to use in your home. There are 200 pages of models from the inspirational but unattainable through to model cars and ships that will have you reaching for your box of bricks in a drive to emulate the master builders whose work peppers the pages.

The book is low on text and high on photos, in each section there are pictures of the type of bricks that you might need for the different areas. The book doesn't tell you specifically how to make the individual models but there are plenty of examples how to use different pieces, eg how best to make a tail fin for a plane or how to construct a duck or make a secret door. There are ideas on how to plan, or not, and lots of top tips.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Harris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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148 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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