Lego is awesome! New York Comic Con is awesome! Lego and Comic Con?!!? Amazingly Awesome! Deep in the heart of NYCC this year was this booth, with all these amazing Lego builds all over it and behind the table was Megan Rothrock, Lego Set Designer Extraordinaire! Her series of books, The LEGO Adventure Book (volumes 1 – 4), not only teach some great Lego builds but they truly inspire Lego creativity at a whole new level!
Boasting step-by-step breakdowns of 25 models, and showing off nearly 200 more “example models” from a bunch of the world’s best builders. This 200 page book covers everything from robots, trains, medieval villages, spaceships, airplanes, just be aware if you’re a Lego beginner this book has a pretty steep learning curve. Megan’s Lego-alter ego Megs takes us on a journey through some of her favorite Lego builder’s worlds, I swear the more I read the more space in the house was being commandeered for more Lego…
Most of the step-by-step stuff can be a little vague and actual parts lists are nonexistent (they are breakdowns not walkthroughs) instead opting for pictures of the parts grouped by color. This book is less instruction and more inspiration.
Here’s an example of a breakdown that appears in volume one:
Don’t let that scare you off though, I am hardly a “master builder” and I was able to copy two of the pieces in the book using parts we had in our build box. Granted the colors don’t match but I think we did pretty good.
What this book seems to offer is an engaging format with which to show off all the wonderful possibilities Lego brings, with enough patience and imagination you really can build anything…
The age rating of 9 and up seems appropriate and if your younger child is a Lego fanatic I promise they’ll pour over this book for hours figuring out how to build the amazing things on every page, just be prepared for a little pick-a-brick shopping! I truly can’t wait to pick up the other volumes in the series.
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More! Hardcover
by Megan H. Rothrock (Author) (follow her on twitter!)
Age Range: 9 and up
Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (November 6, 2012)