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Catching up on your LEGO reading

by admin on December 30, 2011

in LEGO Books & Magazines

(Written by William)

Surfing the web and diving into one LEGO forum after another is probably the best way to stay current on LEGO events. This never-ending effort to keep current can get rather tiring though. So you may wonder if there is something simple you can pick up and read that will get you the information you want that covers the LEGO facts you are interested in.

Fortunately you do have a wide variety of options before you. Starting with LEGO blog-sites like this is a good way to get small doses of information without becoming overwhelmed. Additionally, the writers of these posts check in regularly to interact with readers as various LEGO related questions come up.

Unfortunately, our expertise can only go so far. There may come a time you want to branch out and find other reading material. Depending on what you are looking for will determine what types of LEGO literature you’ll want. The following roughly breaks down different interests and reading suggestions in those categories.

LEGO BOOKS – INTRODUCTORY

If you consider yourself a shiny new Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL), you may consider an introductory text. These types of materials will give overviews of building techniques, events, history, and possibly some anecdotal information. They are simple to read and generally do not intimidate readers.

LEGO BOOKS – HISTORY

LEGO started out with wooden toys before moving into plastics. For this reason, LEGO has a history that spans decades. The best source for this information is through LEGO officially. The following products will suffice as good sources for history. Mind you, these books are rather dense as far as reading materials go.

LEGO BOOKS – REFERENCE

Let’s face it; there are so many different LEGO sets to get for your LEGO collection. Therefore, having reference materials will help keep you somewhat organized in terms of your collection. These books were made by LEGO fans for LEGO fans. They cover a vast quantity of material so don’t be surprised if a few things are off. In truth, these books are much more in-depth than what LEGO has officially offered.

LEGO MAGAZINES – NEWS

Sure there are hundreds of rumors that fly all around the LEGO fan forums. The problem is finding a reputable source that is current. Fortunately, there are a number of magazines aimed at providing reliable information to LEGO fans. It’s true you can always depend on the LEGO Catalog and LEGO Club Magazine that is officially released by LEGO. However, this only covers material that is about to be released and little else. The following are independent LEGO magazines you may find a bit more to your liking:

SUMMARY 

Finding out information about LEGO can be a job in itself. Wading through countless forum-boards in a variety of languages is by no means easy. Therefore, the publications provided above may be a simple way to get caught up with LEGO. They are by no means your only options; they’re simply a good place to start. 🙂

If you are interested in LEGO books you may also want to check here:

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori Woodel December 30, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Hi, I did a search on the Lego Collector’s Guide by Michael Steiner. He recently published a 2nd edition, with a BLUE Lego Brick on the cover. It appears it is only available in Europe. Can you find out more information, if we can buy it in US or from whichever country is selling the book? And how do I convert Euros! Argh!!
Thanks,
Lori

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admin December 30, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Lori, I will let William answer your question more in debt, but it seems to me that the second edition is only available in German. William, please correct me if I’m wrong. 😕

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Will December 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM

The 2nd edition has both German and English in it. Everything that is in German, is repeated in English. The book comes with a key chain with the old space logo.

It is available from BookDepository.com with free worldwide shipping. Here’s the link to the entry: http://www.bookdepository.com/LEGO-Collector-2-Edition-Michael-Steiner/9783935976640

Other websites may carry it, but this is how I bought it since I didn’t want to pay high shipping costs. It’s also the cheapest price for the book itself that I could find.

I am very glad I bought it. It’s a great resource.

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admin December 31, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Thanks, Will! 🙂

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toy December 31, 2011 at 10:40 AM

My dad is in LEGO A Love Story as Joe Pulizzi!

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admin December 31, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Oh really???!!! Maybe you two should write a post about that! 8)

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toy January 1, 2012 at 8:39 AM

I guess?

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Quad December 31, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Lego: a love story got me up out of my “dark age” and is a great read. Even though it is for and about AFOLs I still enjoyed it as aTFOL. 🙂

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Will January 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM

It’s funny that you mention that. It was the first LEGO book I read after coming out of my dark ages. Kinda gives a supportive environment for those who thought they left their LEGO behind, no matter what their age is.

Great point, and thanks for reading!

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Lori Woodel January 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I bought it for $33.82 with free shipping from http://www.bookdepository.com. Thank you for that link and other info! You answered my questions very fast and I certainly appreciate it! I’m looking forward to adding this new book to my collection, and I actually like that it will be half in German. Lego is global!

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Will January 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Just to give you a head’s up, the book will probably take 2 to 4 weeks to deliver because it did for me. I think they are based overseas, but since you don’t have to pay the shipping, I thought it was a fair exchange.

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do!

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