Category: Lego Book Reviews

LEGO Amazing Vehicles Book Review

LEGO Amazing Vehicles – Build-It Book Review

LEGO Amazing Vehicles Book ReviewNo Starch Press were kind enough to send me a copy of their latest LEGO construction book, The LEGO Build-It Book Amazing Vehicles.

So naturally once it arrived in my house the book immediately disappeared for 2 weeks and finally surfaced after my son had thoroughly “read” and “re-read” each and every minute detail on each and every page.

As far as reviews go I’d say that this book passed with flying colours.

The LEGO Build-It Book Amazing Vehicles

Essentially the book consists of 10 detailed instructions for various vehicles that can be built with the set 5867, LEGO Creator Super Speedster which comes with 278 pieces.

It is wonderful that the book only requires the pieces from one set to complete all the models. The downside to this approach is that this particular set was released in 2010 and so is now quite hard to find – hard or “expensive”.

However every cloud has a silver lining.

As with most Creator sets, the parts included are fairly generic. There are very few parts that are rare or expensive to acquire individually. There are a full list of parts required in the front of the Amazing Vehicles book or you can find them itemised at Brickset. So if you don’t have the 5867 set, then head over to Bricklink and pick up the pieces you don’t have.

Models and Instructions

Amazon AU LEGO

The  models themselves are beautifully designed – the perfect balance of practical functionality and design ingenuity. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

LEGO Amazing Vehicles Book Image 1

Every now and then a cartoon-character guide informs readers about the specific construction techniques used. This allows keen designers to get an inside look into the creative decisions made by authors, Nathanaël Kuipers and Mattia Zamboni who made sure the models stand up to use.

Overall the book is a winner and if you can combine it with the afore-mentioned Creator set then it is the perfect combination for kids and big kids) who want to make the most of their LEGO building collection.

The Brick Link Review: Highly Recommended

LEGO Amazing Vehicles – Build-It Book Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press (July 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159327503X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593275037
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Purchase Price: $19.95
  • Available From: Amazon or No Starch Press (includes ebook with book)

LEGO Amazing Vehicles Book Image 2BUILD 10 COOL MODELS!

With just one collection of LEGO® bricks, you can build any of these 10 models—from the simple Go-Kart to the intricate Rescue Truck.

Handy tips and advanced building techniques will inspire you to create your own amazing models for even more fun!

  • Off-Roader
  • Go-Kart
  • Muscle Car
  • Stroller
  • Multi-Purpose Truck
  • Historic Racer
  • Classic Car
  • Wheel Loader
  • Street Rod
  • Rescue Truck

LEGO Amazing Vehicles – Build-It Book Images

 

Darth Mauls Mission

Darth Maul’s Mission – Lego Star Wars Book Review

Darth Maul’s Mission is one in series of books from Scholastic that are in essence, Lego Star Wars Comics.

Darth Maul’s Mission

Darth-Maul's-Mission page 4The comics are in a square paperback book format, measuring roughly 7.8 x 8 inches and contain only 24 pages. Having said that, the books are full of humor and gently poke fun at the characters and scenarios of the Star Wars Universe in a way that only Lego based products can.

The humor is clean and aimed at younger readers, though even adults may enjoy reading the stories as well. Each page is generally made up of one full panel of artwork, though a few are split into smaller panels in traditional comic style and others panels are spread across two pages.

Words are in the form of a narration box at the top of the page or dialogue spoken in word balloons – reading level is Grade 1 and up.

Amazon AU LEGO

Darth Maul’s Mission – The Brick Life Review

While my kids are “too old” for the reading level, they laughed out loud at the comic and it has been shared amongst friends and even used as inspiration for the creation of their own Lego Star Wars comics. The artwork on each page has numerous visual jokes that kids respond to – it really is great fun.

I would recommend Darth Maul’s Mission to all fans of the Lego Star Wars universe, as an aid to early or reluctant readers, for older fans who could use the book to get inspired in their own creations and for adults to giggle at when no-one is looking.

Other books in this series include Save The Galaxy (which is a board book), Anakin: Space Pilot (which is a 3D book) and Anakin To The Rescue which shares the same format as Darth Maul’s Mission.

Where To Buy