Forbidden LEGO: Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against!

Forbidden LEGO: Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against!

by Ulrik Pilegaard, Mike Dooley


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It just may be impossible to exhaust the creative potential of LEGO® bricks. With an active imagination as your guide, there are endless possibilities——provided you follow the LEGO Company's official (and sensible) rules. This means no cutting or tampering with bricks, creating models that shoot unapproved projectiles, or using non-standard parts with any LEGO product. After all, those little precision-molded ABS bricks can be dangerous on the wrong hands!

Well, toss those rules out the window.

Forbidden LEGO introduces you to the type of free-style building that LEGO's master builders do for fun in the back room. Using LEGO bricks in combination with common household materials (from rubber bands and glue to plastic spoons and ping-pong balls) along with some very unorthodox building techniques, you'll learn to create working models that LEGO would never endorse. Try your hand at a toy gun that shoots LEGO plates, a candy catapult, a high voltage LEGO vehicle, a continuous-fire ping-pong ball launcher, and other useless but incredibly fun inventions.

Once you get into the spirit, you'll want to try inventing your own rule-breaking models. Forbidden Lego's authors share tips and tricks that will inspire you and help you turn your visions into reality. Nothing's against the rules in this book!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593271374
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication date: 08/07/2007
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Ulrik Pilegaard was a Senior Designer and Studio Manager for LEGO MINDSTORMS in Denmark and San Francisco, where he worked on projects for LEGO Technic in collaboration with the Media Lab at MIT and designed multiple models for LEGO MINDSTORMS (including R2D2). After LEGO, Pilegaard held the position of Manager of Design at Evolution Robotics, where he helped develop state-of-the-art robotics solutions. Since 2004, he has worked for Energy Innovations as a senior product designer.
Mike Dooley worked as the Senior Product Manager for the original LEGO MINDSTORMS and was later promoted to Director of Development. Dooley is currently Vice President for Product and Business Development at Evolution Robotics, which focuses on next-generation technologies for consumer robotics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: How to Build Great Things
Chapter 2: Paper Plane Launcher (PPL)
Chapter 3: Candy Coated Catapult (CCC)
Chapter 4: Ping-Pong Cannon (PPC)
Chapter 5: All-Terrain Lego (ATL)
Chapter 6: High Velocity Automatic Lego Plate Dispenser (HVALPD)
Appendix A: Tips and Tricks

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Forbidden Lego: Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against! 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an absolutely fun book to read. The authors, Pilegaard and Dooley, both worked at LEGO. Apparently, as a LEGO engineer, there are many rules that need to be followed when creating a new toy. Most of these rules appear to be in place to protect children from getting hurt. The purpose of this book is to allow two amazing LEGO designers to create models that break one or more of the LEGO rules. The results are some really interesting models that are a lot of fun to build¿just don¿t let your 5 year old play with them! I¿ve read some previous LEGO books where the construction information was printed in black and white, making it difficult to follow. This book has all model instructions printed in full-color, making this book as easy to read as any LEGO-printed construction manual. It also helps that the models are a lot of fun to build. You¿ll see instructions for a paper plane launcher, a candy catapult, a ping-pong cannon, an all-terrain vehicle, and ¿high velocity automatic plate dispenser¿. Each model starts out with the builder¿s inspiration for the model, as well as why it is forbidden by LEGO. While some reasons include safety concerns for young builders (any catapulted item must be below a certain velocity for it to be deemed ¿safe¿), others include models that use non-LEGO parts. All in all, this is a very fun book to read and build along with. If you¿ve got a Technik set and want to try something new¿something forbidden¿then this is a great book to pick up. Not only are the models easy to follow (thanks in part to the color instructions), but they¿re fun to build.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book as a gift for my Lego loving college-aged son. He is going to have to wait till Christmas for it though. I am really sure he is going to be tickled to have it
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