Category: Lego Books

The Yoda Chronicles – LEGO Book Review

The Yoda Chronicles BookDK recently sent me a copy of The Yoda Chronicles by Daniel Lipkowitz to review. So once I received it back from my kids (minus the free minifigure of course) I took a closer look at this large hardcover.

I must admit I had found The Yoda Chronicles a little hard to pin down. I have never really been sure exactly what it was.

To be honest I’m still not sure.
Is it a TV series, a web series, a game, an app, a ploy to sell more LEGO sets or all of the above?

It turns out that there has been a TV series in the US, featured on The Cartoon Network. The story played out over three animated specials which spawned the resulting books, games, apps and LEGO sets. I have no idea whether the series has shown on Australian TV. I’m a bit of a Luddite when it comes to broadcast TV (However, it isn’t on itunes, I know that much).

A press release tells us more:

LEGO Star Wars returns in epic style with THE YODA CHRONICLES, a thrilling, funny and action-packed new LEGO Star Wars story told in three animated TV specials! Set in the “Prequel” Star Wars timeline, THE YODA CHRONICLES stars the one and only Yoda—the Jedi Master who has seen it all, done it all, and taught generations of Jedi Knights—in an all-new adventure. With the help of a fresh class of Padawans, Yoda leads the Jedi in a desperate fight to stop Darth Sidious and his minions from creating a new super-weapon that could crush theRepublic and win the war for the forces of Evil.

So what about the book?

The Yoda Chronicles Book

The Yoda Chronicles Book Page 6-7The Yoda Chronicles Book tells us more about the story, the character of Yoda and other characters that feature in the series, some new, some old favourites. While a thick book, it includes a minifigure (an exclusive Clone Special Forces Commander), so a large proportion of the thickness is an empty space to protect the integrity of the figure and the book’s spine (this will make more sense if you have other DK books which have come with free minifigures).

All up it is 63 pages long and I have to say it won’t get alot of re-reading in my house but that is mainly because my kids are probably a little too old for the intended audience.

Younger fans will no doubt be impressed and pour through the colourful pages with glee, but for the more discerning older fan, the book will appear to be an expensive catalogue for the latest LEGO sets rather than a useful resource book. Additionally, because of the rather elusive nature of The Yoda Chronicles series if, like me, you are unfamiliar with the story then it might not be worth the purchase unless you simply have to have everything related to LEGO Star Wars.

Each page has a different focus (e.g. Where Does Yoda Come From, Pirates And Bounty Hunters, Jabba The Hutt, Yoda’s Galaxy, etc) and every other page features a Star Wars LEGO set prominently.

The facts are interesting and the figure is a powerful incentive for collectors but overall the book lacks something to make it universally appealing, and is best left for younger fans of LEGO Star Wars who are perhaps just starting on their journey into reading and the love of books.

The Yoda Chronicles Book

The Yoda Chronicles Book Page 22-23Includes an exclusive minifigure!

Relive Yoda’s adventures in the LEGO® Star Wars® galaxy with this all new format from DK.

The first in a brand-new series, LEGO Star Wars: Yoda Chronicles features themed spreads based on the legendary Yoda’s adventures, from his leadership of the Jedi council and his duels with Count Dooku and Darth Sidious, to his support of the Wookiees in the Clone Wars and his training of Luke on Dagobah. Specially commissioned photography shows minifigures and vehicles in action, with tons of storylines and facts that kids will love.

The Yoda Chronicles Book Image Gallery

In regards to the animated series, luckily someone has uploaded the cartoon to Youtube but the quality is poor so when it arrives on DVD I would recommend purchasing a copy.

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

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