The LEGO® Ideas Book: You Can Build Anything! Hardcover – 28 September 2011
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- Publisher : Dorling Kindersley; 1st edition (28 September 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405350679
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405350679
- Reading age : 7 - 11 years
- Dimensions : 23.39 x 1.91 x 27.71 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 8,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Infinite inspiration for LEGO addicts -- Child's Choice ― The Scotsman Magazine Published On: 2011-10-22
This inspiring book contains compendium of ideas to fire up your budding builder -- Catherion O'Dolan ― Junior Published On: 2011-12-01
From the Publisher
Building tips and tricks
Explore a visual treasury of hundreds of building ideas, tips, and tricks across six themed chapters that will be sure to inspire your own brick creations.
Create amazing LEGO models
Encounter dragons, build medieval castles, create intergalactic spaceships, explore pirate hideaways, give your space a LEGO makeover – and so much more.
Fun for all ages
Discover building ideas to suit all abilities and ages, learn new ways to approach building with LEGO bricks. Unlock your imagination and become a better LEGO builder!
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My son is great with building Lego, but he got quite disappointed with this book, as it is too hard for children, or eventually even for me to build complex structures just by seeing a photo.
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There are two significant problems with it though.
The first is that there are no detailed instructions for ANY of the models shown in the photos (even online).
The second is that my daughter likes to build animals and there are almost none in the book, it is heavily biased towards machines and transport.
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.