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LEGO book – LEGO Space: Building the Future

by admin on November 22, 2013

in LEGO Books & Magazines

Today I would like to show you a LEGO book I have recently read and just couldn’t put down. It is titled LEGO Space: Building the Future by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard, and published by No Starch Press. First let’s check out the official description and video introduction, then I will share with you why this book is one of my most favorites. 🙂

LEGO Book Review - LEGO Space Building the Future

LEGO Space: Building the Future by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard description: Come explore an incredible LEGO universe in LEGO Space: Building the Future. Spaceships, orbital outposts, and new worlds come to life in this unique vision of the future, built completely from LEGO bricks. A selection of step-by-step building instructions will have you constructing your own cosmic creations to play with at home. Marvel at interstellar battlecruisers, space pirates, charming robots, and other stunning builds from an amazing future!

Peter Reid has been a fan of LEGO since childhood. He is a contributor to The LEGO Play Book, his work appeared in The LEGO Book, and he has attended design workshops with the LEGO Group in Billund. His incredible LEGO Exo Suit, featured in this book, has been chosen by LEGO for mass production in 2014, as LEGO CUUSOO #006, Exo Suit. He lives near London with his fiancee, Yvonne. Tim Goddard is a contributor to the New York Times-bestselling The LEGO Ideas Book and The LEGO Play Book. He has also participated in product development with the LEGO Group. He works as a laboratory manager and lives with his wife, Sharon, in the UK. Here is a little teaser-video for the book:

LEGO Space: Building The Future is a very unique book. It pays tribute to many of the best LEGO space themes like LEGO Classic Space, LEGO Ice Planet, LEGO Blacktron, LEGO Space Police and more, with beautifully detailed models. It also includes step-by-step instructions for a dozen or so of those models. And it comes with a great sci-fi story that waves all the characters, robots and spaceships together into one book. As you flip through the pages, you will be reading the story, building the models, and looking at some of the best and most inspiring LEGO space models.

LEGO Book Review - LEGO Space Building the Future Instructions

The story of this LEGO book starts out with a summary of the history of real space travel from the first Russian Sputnik, to Neil Armstrong landing on the Moon, to the Curiosity rover exploring the surface of Mars. This section includes some realistic LEGO creations of the events.

LEGO Book Review - LEGO Space Building the Future Chapter One

From the second chapter on this LEGO book continues from the middle of the 21st century where the space-program expands into finding and excavating rich resources on distant planets, building human settlements in these new worlds, continue with exciting scientific discoveries, and face challenges that no-one anticipated.

LEGO Book Review - LEGO Space Building the Future Details

One of the most interesting aspect of this LEGO book is that as the story develops, for each of the key characters, ships, robots and settlements there is a LEGO creation included. This takes free-building with LEGO to a new level where the LEGO characters and models come alive within a narrative that feels realistic; you feel for these characters and every detail of the robots, vehicles, machines and space-stations makes sense.

Of course as in any good sci-fi story, things don’t always go as planned, and the humans (or minifigs in this case) run into some dangerous discoveries that will turn their lives upside down and send the whole space-mission into a completely unexpected direction.

LEGO Book Review - LEGO Space Building the Future Robots

I won’t spoil the story of this LEGO book for you, but I can tell you that I got completely immersed in the story, as well as the models, while turning the pages. As you read the book you will get inspired and pause at times to build the models with step-by-step instructions and are so much part of the story, and you will likely also attempt to build some of the more complex models that – although don’t come with instructions – are just so gorgeously detailed you can’t help but try!

LEGO Book Review - LEGO Space Building the Future Characters

This LEGO book is focused. And that’s what I like about it the most. It is one book, one story, and a wonderful range of interesting LEGO models that fit that story. A lot of LEGO books, although beautiful, are all over the place; covering many different topics, models and building-styles. Although they are interesting – especially for those who are not familiar with LEGO or are only casual LEGO fans – I believe these kind of single-minded books are more pleasurable (and useful) for those who are already immersed in the LEGO hobby. I tend to give away my generic and coffee-table LEGO books after I flip through them once or twice. On the other hand LEGO Space: Building the Future is a keeper that I know I will continue to explore and enjoy.

LEGO Book Review - LEGO Space Building the Future Droids

LEGO Space: Building the Future is hard-bound, beautiful, and over 200 pages long. I highly recommend it for long-time LEGO fans who appreciate (and miss) the LEGO Classis Space, LEGO Ice Planet and LEGO Blacktron era. I believe this LEGO book would also appeal to tweens and teens who are into sci-fi and space themes. It is available on Amazon, where you can also read more reviews and take a look inside the book. Here is the link: LEGO Space, Building the Future on Amazon

LEGO Space Building the Future on Amazon

If you have already gotten LEGO Space: Building the Future, feel free to share your thoughts and own review in the comment section below. And if you have any questions about this LEGO book don’t be shy to ask. 😉

And you might also like to check out the LEGO Books section for more reviews on interesting LEGO books, or check out these recent posts:

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Meneldur November 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Tim Goddard and Peter Reid are amazing designers. I love Tim Goddard’s Star Wars dioramas. Speaking of Star Wars, there are some neat looking new sets such as Grievous’ Wheel Bike. Finally they released a second one. Too bad it doesn’t include Obi-Wan’s lizard.

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ninja of stealth November 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

it doesn’t include that?! NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that would have been AAAAAWWWEEESSSOOOMMMEEE! AWESOME! but back to subject. I like the dioramas for star wars too! and I like to build space ships so this seems like a good book for me! 😎

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samuel November 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM

those mini figure sized droid/robot things look really cool.

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Kabooshka November 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Coming soon – LEGO Gravity. It has a total of one set – Wrecked ISS, featuring a Sandra Bullock in spacesuit minfig and the same for George Clooney.

Ok it’s silly, but what if they weighted everything so that it ‘hovered’ when it’s placed in water. Then you could shove a backdrop on it and it would look epic!

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ninja of stealth November 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

what is LEGO gravity about? sounds interesting 😈

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Bohrok Tru November 23, 2013 at 1:52 PM

I believe it might be a set after the movie Gravity, which was released into theathers kinda recently.

Anyways, the ROBOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I must have the ROBOTS!!!!! I will make an army of ROBOTS!!! and make little space fighting scenes full of ROBOTS!!!!! ok I’m done now.

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Fikko3107 November 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Ditto! Those small robots are remarkable! So much detail on something so small! I have much, much to learn…

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legoman640 November 25, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Amazing!

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Håkan November 26, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Peter Reid used some very rare pieces in his models. It’s mentioned in an interview, here.

http://www.newelementary.com/2013/10/neo-elementary.html

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admin November 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Nice article! 🙂

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Bohrok Tru November 26, 2013 at 2:11 PM

I just noticed… what is he using for some of the robots hands/claws? they appear to be pieces I have yet to collect.

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Bohrok Tru November 26, 2013 at 2:59 PM

wuHOOPSIES!! nvm its just the camera angle that makes the hands/claws look odd

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admin November 26, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Some of them are regular claw pieces, and some are from the tools wheel. 😉

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