The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!

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Unleash your imagination as you journey through the wide-ranging world of LEGO building with The LEGO Adventure Book. This inspiring tour is filled with bright visuals, step-by-step breakdowns of 25 models, and nearly 200 example models from the world's best builders. Learn to build robots, trains, medieval villages, spaceships, airplanes, and much more. Whether you're brand-new to LEGO or have been building for years, this book is sure to spark your imagination and motivate you...

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Overview

Unleash your imagination as you journey through the wide-ranging world of LEGO building with The LEGO Adventure Book. This inspiring tour is filled with bright visuals, step-by-step breakdowns of 25 models, and nearly 200 example models from the world's best builders. Learn to build robots, trains, medieval villages, spaceships, airplanes, and much more. Whether you're brand-new to LEGO or have been building for years, this book is sure to spark your imagination and motivate you to keep creating!

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 4 Up—LEGO enthusiast Megs builds an Idea Lab for creating projects and, with its completion, travels by Transport-O-lux to see what others are inspired to make. On her journeys, she meets LEGO builders the world over, observing their creations and including them in her Building Journal, describing techniques and ideas that readers can adopt to make these creations their own. Formatted like a graphic novel, the book uses step-by-step photos of the models to make the author's observations easily adaptable for readers to re-create and enhance, provided that they can acquire the pieces needed-some seem a bit obscure. This, and the fact that some photos are unclear about the exact placement of certain pieces are the only downsides. Rothrock does an amazing job of bridging the real world with that of LEGOland. All of the characters are actual people and their names, professions, and nationalities are given along with links to Flickr pages displaying their creations. This broadens the book's scope giving it an international feel. Gender is transcended as well, as two of the contributors are women. In a satisfying finish, the last page contains each LEGO persona accompanied by photographs of the builders. Also of note is the fact that the contributors themselves sometimes admit to defeat, becoming frustrated and stumped by what they are trying to build; when one considers the impressive complexity of their work, this should serve as inspiration to readers who find themselves in a bind. This one certainly won't sit on shelves. A fun read for LEGO fans of all ages.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593274429
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 101,707
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Megan Rothrock is a former set designer for the LEGO Group whose models have been displayed at ComicCon and at LEGO events across Europe. Rothrock enjoys meeting builders at LEGO fan events and hopes that her book will inspire the LEGO builders of tomorrow. Originally from California, she currently lives in Denmark where she works as a freelance toy designer.

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    Ramp UP the Fun!

    Let your imagination run wild with The LEGO Adventure book: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More! This is a big, impressive book that every Lego lover is going to want to get their hands on. All 200 pages are filled with large, glossy, colorful photographs to inspire and amaze.
    The first chapter shows you, step by step, how to set up a home base.

    The LEGO avatar, Megs, says she’s calling it the idea lab. Then it’s on to the LEGO town. Here Megs meets Craig, the aircraft parts manager. He shows Megs (and the reader) how to build a San Francisco-style cable car, coffee shop, zoo buggy, bridge, two-story house, and garage. The house could be a bakery or store instead—it’s all up to you.

    Once the garage is done, you’re ready for hot rods and cool rides. These are impressive vehicles, complete with exposed engines to show off your craftsmanship.

    Do you prefer flying? You won’t be disappointed as Jon demonstrates how to construct the Skywolf, Gryphon, Scarlet Fury, Viper, Skyhammer, and Steel Wind. Jon offers a good building tip: “Make sure that your minifigure can fit into the cockpit before you build too much of your place!”

    Throughout the book, helpful building tips guide the LEGO builder. For example, in the chapter showing how to build the action figure Counterbalance, the tip says, “Of course, your mecha doesn’t have to have two identical arms. How about adding a rocket pod or a power sword instead?”

    Each chapter is designed by a different avatar, which are representations of the actual LEGO enthusiast from an international community.

    This book has something for everyone. If you prefer medieval, there’s a whole village, complete with hilltop tower, castle, market, woodsman’s cottage, and even a stagecoach.

    There’s so much more, but you get my drift. Everything from a train to a thinking tower is here. Your creativity is guaranteed to be bumped up with the abundance of ideas. Whether you’re new to LEGO building or an experienced engineer, you’ll be delighted. Both my husband and our grandson loved this book. I suggest picking up at least two: one for yourself and one to give as a gift.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    After reading this book I find the graphics of the book very det

    After reading this book I find the graphics of the book very detailed and well placed among the pages. The building tips were very detailed and easy to understand and translate to the real world. I enjoyed the characters with info bubbles helping along the way. This wasn't just another book that shows tips it also has instructions more than a few projects. Another plus is that it doesn't just cover 1 genre of building type it covers many like city, castle and space so it hits all angles and skill levels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    Cute Lego Book

    This book is about a little Lego girl traveling to different places and viewing creations from various Lego designers. Each designer has a subject they enjoy (like dinosaurs) so several examples are shown for each person. Many are very detailed and elaborate. At least one creation for each designer is laid out as a pattern for readers to make. The patterns are not quite simple step by step like you see in Lego instructions. They require many different pieces and some guess work when completing the steps. That's because there's not enough space in the book for every single step so they are combined into fewer ones!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Great addition to collection of Legos

    Our son builds a new Lego set, plays with it for some time, then modifies and dismantles it and asks for a new one. He has accumulated a large amount of Legos over the last few years so we did not want to buy him more for christmas. We decided to give him this book to provide him with ideas to build other things with his existing collection. This book gave him the inspiration and creativity to repurpose his pieces and have fun with what he already has.

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

    This is a great book for young people, or the young at heart. It

    This is a great book for young people, or the young at heart. It is designed like a comic book of lego building, showing you how to build specific projects in a super-illustrated way, with several full-color photos on every page. From planes, trains & automobiles, to large scale playsets, The LEGO Adventure Book makes is easy to create something anyone would be proud of. Large-scale creations include medieval villages, to “Jurassic Park”-like settings, to a futuristic robot factory. It’s a beautiful book, with helpful commentary from the author’s minifig avatar, and those of the people who actually built these sculptures (names, countries, and URLs of their online profiles included). I was also excited to see that this book is only the first of many such editions.

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