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The LEGO® Ideas Book: You Can Build Anything! Hardcover – 3 Oct 2011
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Perfect for little boys as well as men who are still big kids at heart (Veronica Kirby Handbag.com 2011-09-13)
Infinite inspiration for LEGO addicts (Child's Choice The Scotsman Magazine 2011-10-22)
This inspiring book contains compendium of ideas to fire up your budding builder (Catherion O'Dolan Junior 2011-12-01)
About the Author
Daniel Lipkowitz is an editor and story developer for the LEGO Group. 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 the author of DK's New York Times bestselling The LEGO Book, The LEGO Ideas Book, LEGO Batman Visual Dictionary and LEGO Play Book.
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Like other reviewers have said, this is a fantastic book and so different from most other Lego books (we do love a lot of those too). It's not a catalogue style book aimed at Lego collectors. Instead it's a book for all us passionate builders out there who like to make things by themselves. If you buy sets, build them and then put them on the shelf to admire them, then perhaps this is not for you. However, if you look at new Lego sets in terms of components and what you can do with them, then this book is a gem. It doesn't take away your own or your kids' creativity but gives you lots of inspiration and clever tips. My kids mainly love to build themselves scenes, ships and buildings for lots of minifigure action play and they've picked up lots of new ways of using bricks (like the great sideways spaceship wings) and discovered components that can be incorporated into ever more ambitious schemes (the collapsing drawbridge has been used in various ways in different buildings). We've also branched out into new areas of play... Inspired by the micro building, I managed to build a tiny house nightlight for my youngest.
We also love the profiles of the designers of the models. It's nice to hear about other people's inspiration and obsessions. Lego is such a fantastic and enduring toy (some of our collection dates back almost 50 years) but a lot of the current stuff is so license heavy that you don't get many bricks for your money and it doesn't encourage as much open ended play. This book is a great template for not just for lego building but for other forms of creative play and visual art. I feel it is helping my kids to find their creative voices, by being stimulated, by finding inspiration, by learning (but not copying) from what others' have done and then doing it their own unique way.
he has been a fan since he was five and so remembered alot of the old sets etc in the book, he has really enjoyed flicking through it all especially the mini figures book which is a part of the set.
i wouldnt say it was a book to read, more a book to flick through and enjoy old memories and maybe gain some inspiration for some model building from.
the plus point was not only did my husband enjoy it my 9 year old son has also enjoyed it so really its for any age group.
i think for the price its more than worth the money as the two books come inside a hard box style case and both are hardback books.
good value, good fun and good quality
The book contains a good variety of things for them to build, but I would imagine you would have had to spend a few hundred pounds on Lego to have all the pieces needed to build them, so only really suits avid collectors of Lego.
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