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The Cult of LEGO [Hardcover]

John Baichtal , Joe Meno
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Book Description

5 Nov 2011

No, this isn't a book about joining some fringe cult. It's a book by LEGO® fans, for LEGO fans, and you and your kids will love it.

In The Cult of LEGO, Wired's GeekDad blogger John Baichtal and BrickJournal founder Joe Meno take you on a magnificent, illustrated tour of the LEGO community, its people, and their creations.

The Cult of LEGO introduces us to fans and builders from all walks of life. People like professional LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya; enigmatic Dutch painter Ego Leonard (who maintains that he is, in fact, a LEGO minifig); Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator who builds CubeDudes, instantly recognizable likenesses of fictional characters; Brick Testament creator Brendan Powell Smith, who uses LEGO to illustrate biblical stories; and Henry Lim, whose work includes a series of models recreating M.C. Escher lithographs and a full-scale, functioning LEGO harpsichord.

Marvel at spectacular LEGO creations like:

  • A life-sized Stegosaurus and an 80,000-brick T. Rex skeleton
  • Detailed microscale versions of landmarks like the Acropolis and Yankee Stadium
  • A 22-foot long, 350-pound re-creation of the World War II battleship Yamato
  • A robotic, giant chess set that can replay historical matches or take on an opponent
  • A three-level, remote-controlled Jawa Sandcrawler, complete with moving conveyor belt

Whether you're a card-carrying LEGO fanatic or just thinking fondly about that dusty box of LEGO in storage, The Cult of LEGO will inspire you to take out your bricks and build something amazing.

Gold Medal, Independent Publisher Book Award, "IPPY" for Pop Culture

Silver Medal, 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards for Crafts and Hobbies

Grand Prize, 2012 San Francisco Book Festival

Selected for the Communication Arts 2012 Design Annual

Praise for The Cult of LEGO

"I defy you to read and admire this book and not want to doodle with some bricks by the time you're done."

—Gareth Branwyn, online editor-in-chief, MAKE Magazine

"This fascinating look at the world of devoted LEGO fans deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone who's ever played with LEGO bricks."

—Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief, Wired

"A crazy fun read, from cover to cover, this book deserves a special spot on the bookshelf of any self-respecting nerd."

—Jake McKee, former global community manager, the LEGO Group

"An excellent book and a must have for any LEGO enthusiast out there. The pictures are awesome!"

—Ulrik Pilegaard, author of Forbidden LEGO

"We're all members of the Cult of LEGO—the only membership requirement is clicking two pieces of plastic together and wanting to click more. Now we have a book that justifies our obsession."

—James Floyd Kelly, blogger for GeekDad.com and TheNXTStep.com

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (5 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593273916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593273910
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 20.9 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Baichtal is a contributor to MAKE Magazine and Wired's GeekDad blog. He has also written for legendary tabletop gaming magazines Dragon and Dungeon, as well as Kobold Quarterly and 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.

Joe Meno is the founder of BrickJournal, a print and online LEGO® fan magazine. He has organized and run LEGO fan events, acted as an advisor on LEGO projects, and helped design LEGO sets.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cult of LEGO 17 Jan 2014
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Bought as a present. Person was over the moon with it. Extension of childhood. good purchase, arrived on time and in excellent condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for Lego fans. 13 Mar 2013
By Sue L
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Great fun and very interesting for fans of Lego. Perhaps more for older children or adults and especially for AFOLs.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Lego? You'll love this! 2 Dec 2011
There are a lot of Lego books out at the moment, however this one is a bit different.
This one has a bit about the history of Lego but the main trust of the book is AFOLs (Adult fans of Lego), the amazing things they create and the effect it has on there lives, communities and even partners.
If you have even a passing interest in Lego this is the book for you, if Lego is your hobby you should already have this book.
I must confess I maybe a bit biased as I was asked to have one of my Lego creations, but even if I wasn't in it I would have still brought it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice reading but not worth the price 26 Mar 2012
By Mobi
This is somewhat a story book on Lego. It gives some history behind the company, their different themes, what special projects some Lego users have developed etc.

It does not teach you any technique of using Lego. The book is costly as it contains many color pages.

It is a good read if you get it free (not impossible if you search on the web) but otherwise it is expensive to buy.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult of Lego perfect for all lego lovers out there 10 Nov 2011
By T. Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
Do you have a Lego lover in your house? I know we do. My son and husband love Lego's. Honestly so do me and my girls as well. I mean who doesn't love to build with those little bricks and see what we can create. I love that we get to use our imagination to create all kinds of amazing things. I have a perfect gift for those Lego lovers and it's called The Cult of LEGO by John Baichtal and Joe Meno, from No Starch Press. If you love LEGO, you'll really enjoy this book.
The Cult of LEGO isn't like most of the other LEGO books that only show pages and pages of model examples. This book isn't going to show you how to build a race car, but it does have tons of info about LEGO brick history, as well as AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) and their creations.The book is full color, hardcover, with 304 pages. There are 12 chapters that cover topics such as: The History of LEGO, Minifig Mania and LEGO Art.

We have loved the book. It is so interesting to read all about Lego's history and see the awesome pictures of stuff people have built with them like life size models of them selves or of WWII ships or even working vending machines. I mean wow is all I can say! I love the little tidbits of information it also shares. It is fun to see that most of the people that are building these amazing Lego structures are in their 30's and 40's. We can't get enough of this book.

So if you are looking for a great Christmas present for your Lego lover check out Cult of Lego book. They will love it and so will you!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best LEGO Book Ever 31 Oct 2011
By Marco Ciavolino - Published on Amazon.com
A few months ago our robotics club, TechBrick (Techbrick dot com), was asked to review an amazing book by no starch press: "The Cult of LEGO." It is simply one of the coolest books ever written about this amazing toy and tool.

It has more than 280 full-color pages covering almost every topic and task accomplished with LEGO bricks and parts.

I took it to a church youth meeting and we could barely get the kids back on task (we were building rockets). They poured over the book for more than an hour.

So if you have a LEGO fan in your house (even you) this would make a great Christmas gift (or an anytime gift).

But be warned, you will invest hours in this when you get it. But it will be worth it.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book that Will Open Your Eyes 3 Nov 2011
By Dad of Divas - Published on Amazon.com
This was an amazing book! For anyone who has been or currently is a fan of legos, this book takes you inside the world or Lego and completely makes it turn on end. With beautiful images and intricate inside knowledge of all things Lego, you will leave the book completely intrigued and wanting to go out and buy a whole new set of Legos to work with immediately. In reading this book myself, I found myself looking deeper into the book and being completely immersed in the world. I was amazed to find that I was half way through the book, and that was in the first evening. This book is a must have for any lover of Legos!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my 2-year-old won't give it back 5 Nov 2011
By Philip Greenspun - Published on Amazon.com
I could not get my 2-year-old daughter to give this book back. There is a lot of dense text in the book, comprehensively covering LEGO history and capsule biographies of LEGO nerds (AFOL=adult fans of LEGO; a job as a computer programmer seems to predispose one to this fate). I think what captivated the kid, however, were the full-color photos on every page. The book is really a celebration of the intense color that is only possible in an entirely plastic world.

Great gift for a family because people of all ages can get something different from the book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 8 Year Old Loves this Book!! 3 Nov 2011
By Robin Gorman Newman - Published on Amazon.com
If you're a LEGO lover...no matter your age....this book is an engaging read. Fabulous photos. Incredible LEGO creations. My 8 year old son can't get enough of it and brought the book to school to share with classmates. A great gift for any LEGO lover.
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