LEGO STAR WARS         LEGO SUPER HEROES         LEGO NINJAGO         LEGO FRIENDS         LEGO DISNEY         LEGO ELVES         LEGO MINIFIGURES         LEGO GAMES         LEGO BOOKS

New LEGO Ideas & LEGO Adventure books

by admin on December 4, 2015

in LEGO Books & Magazines

People often ask where to find ideas and instructions for LEGO models other than the ones provided with LEGO sets. Of course you can find a lot of inspiration online, but the models you find may be too complex to copy – especially for younger children. There are two series of books however that I found particularly excellent with lots of great LEGO models and many step-by-step instructions. ๐Ÿ™‚

LEGO Book LEGO Ideas and LEGO Adventure

It is interesting that these two series of books are from two different publishers, but with a very similar style. They also have the exact same size and format, and each series now has three published books. The LEGO Adventure Book series by Megan H. Rothrock and published by No Starch Press recently had it’s third volume released, and the LEGO Ideas Book series by Daniel Lipkowitz and published by DK Publishing also had a third book released this year. The builders featured in the book overlap as well, so you could pretty much consider these two series as one collection. Thus I thought it was a good idea to review the latest books from both series together.

LEGO Book LEGO Ideas Review

โžก LEGO AWESOME IDEAS: This is the third volume in a series of books published by DK Publishing. The first book was THE LEGO IDEAS BOOK, the second the LEGO PLAY BOOK: IDEAS TO BRING YOUR BRICKS TO LIFE, and the third is the LEGO AWESOME IDEASย book. Below is the official description of the third book in the series:

LEGO Book LEGO Ideas 1

LEGO Awesome Ideas is an all-new ideas book that unlocks the secrets of LEGO building and shows fans how to create a world with their imagination. Beautifully clear photography and informative text demonstrates how entire models are built up while also providing step-by-step visual breakdowns and offering alternative ways to build models. Explore each chapter as it steadily creates a themed world and ultimately showcases a dynamic diorama of the complete build, showing readers that they too can build up an entire LEGO world from scratch โ€” model by model, brick by brick. With creative model ideas and visual tips and techniques, LEGO Awesome Ideas will inspire anyone, from beginners to accomplished builders.

LEGO Book LEGO Ideas 2

This book is full of inspiring models to help you discover ideas and techniques for your own creations. The book is about 200 pages, and is broken down by themes; Outer Space, Modern Metropolis, The Wild West, Fantasy Land and The Real World. Each section has a bit of narrative to set the mood for the theme, then various models that you can build for that theme. There are also additional building tips and ideas for your own models. At the end of each section there is a whole diorama putting together all the models featured in that section. The pictures are large enough that you can build many of the models just by looking at them, and there are step-by-step instructions for some of the more complex ones.

LEGO Book LEGO Ideas 3

There is a good variety of small and large models in each section, so even if you have a smaller LEGO collection you should be able to find something to build. I particularly enjoy the small models; things like furniture, small vehicles, trees, etc. – they are excellent for learning new building techniques and using pieces in clever ways. As far as the complexity of the models, there is a great variety as well. Some of them are simple and easy to put together, while others are a bit more challenging. Based on the models and the level of difficulty I would say that the book is suitable for children age 7 or 8 and up. As an adult I also enjoy the book and have built many of the models or used them for inspiration.

LEGO Book LEGO Ideas 4

The models built in this book are by well-known and well-respected adult LEGO builders: Yvonne Doyle, Alice Finch, Rod Gillies, Tim Goddard, Tim Johnson, Barney Main, Drew Maughan and Peter Reid. As far as the three books in the series, I don’t think you would be disappointed with any of them. You can just get one of the books, or all three, and you will have plenty of ideas to work with. You can find all three books on Amazon with excellent discounted prices:

โžก THE LEGO ADVENTURE BOOK – VOLUME 3: This book also comes in a series, and the previous volumes are titled THE LEGO ADVENTURE BOOK – VOLUME 1: CARS, CASTLES, DINOSAURS & MORE!ย and THE LEGO ADVENTURE BOOK – VOLUME 2: SPACESHIPS, PIRATES, DRAGONS & MORE!ย This third volume’s full title is THE LEGO ADVENTURE BOOK – VOLUME 3: ROBOTS, PLANES, CITIES & MORE!ย Below is the official description of the third book in the series:

LEGO Book LEGO Adventure Review

In this volume of the LEGO Adventure Book series, Megs and Brickbot face their toughest challenge yet. The Destructor is on the loose again, demolishing LEGO models and shaking things up! Join Megs as she rebuilds the models and meets some of the world’s best builders. Learn to create a Renaissance house, a classic movie theater, sushi, Miniland-scale marvels, an ice cream truck, street lamps, and even a chicken coop. With 40 step-by-step breakdowns and nearly 150 example models, The LEGO Adventure Book will surely inspire you and keep you building!

LEGO Book LEGO Adventure 2

This series of books follows Meg on her adventures, and there is some continuation through the three volumes as far as the narrative goes. But the story is really just a background for showcasing some excellent LEGO models, so you could really start with any of the books.

LEGO Book LEGO Adventure 3

The format here is similar as in the other series; 200-page hardcover book, coveringย various LEGO themes, with models for inspiration, and others with step-by-step instructions. Based on the models and the level of difficulty I would say that this book is for a bit older kids; like age 9 or 10 and up. Teens who are still building with LEGO should also find it enjoyable, as well as adult LEGO builders.

LEGO Book LEGO Adventure 5

Here also, the models of many well-known and well-respected LEGO fans are featured: Megan H. Rothrock, Patrick Bosman, Peter Reid, Birgitte Jonsgard, Craig Mandeville, Jason Railton, Stephan Sander, Alex Bidolak and Matija Puzar. While in the other series of books it is not always clear who built each model, in this series, each chapter features models from a particular LEGO fan, so there is usually a consistent theme and building style.

LEGO Book LEGO Adventure 6

As far as the three books in the series – here, again – you can get all three, or just one of them, and you will find great models to build. I don’t think you would be disappointed with any of them. You can find all three books on Amazon with excellent discounted prices:

Personally I collect both series of books and I find them to be highly enjoyable. Some evenings I just sit down with one of the books and flip through the pages. When I find a model I really like I start building. Sometimes I build the whole model, and other times I just use it as a springboard for my own ideas. I also use some of the smaller models to add to my own creations: things like pieces of furniture, vegetation and various decorations. I like the LEGO IDEAS series as the models are simple yet effective, while THE LEGO ADVENTURE BOOK series covers some more advanced and intricate building techniques.

What about you? Do you have any of THE LEGO ADVENTURE or LEGO IDEAS books? Do you have a favorite book in the series? Feel free to share your own review and thoughts in the comment section below! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And you might also like to check out the following related posts:

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

jabber-baby-wocky December 4, 2015 at 12:15 PM

I have one of each series, and I agree that they are both great. The picture quality in the DK books is better. I agree that the DK books would be more appropriate for younger kids, but as an adult I enjoy them both.

Reply

admin December 4, 2015 at 12:40 PM

Yes, DK Publishing books have stunning pictures. But The LEGO Adventure Books are great too as far as picture quality. It is just that compared to DK, nothing will be that awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 4, 2015 at 3:16 PM

I love books like these showing how to make small, but really cool builds! I love that oreo :mrgreen:

Reply

admin December 4, 2015 at 5:04 PM

Yeah, I also like the small builds the most. Few parts, clever designs, and they can be incorporated into larger builds. ๐Ÿ™‚

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OG LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 5, 2015 at 11:16 AM

I love making little things for fun. Sometimes I just pull out my drawer of random LEGO pieces and will start building something. So much fun.

Reply

admin December 5, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Nice! That usually means you are really creative. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 4, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Ya know. I don’t know why I ever had “(Seriously I have a mouth of lightning)” in my name. I have never had a “mouth of lightning”

I guess cause it made my name longer. Do I still have the record for most posts on here?

Reply

admin December 4, 2015 at 5:04 PM

There are some pretty chatty people around, but you may still hold the record. Wasn’t the “mouth of lighting” had something to do with your story character? When you guys were writing stories? The good old days! ๐Ÿ™‚

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OG LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 5, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Oh yeah… I totally forgot about those stories we would write. I only wrote one. Something about an arcade. I would die reading it now… xD

Reply

admin December 5, 2015 at 11:48 AM

LOL! Maybe I should dig it up. ๐Ÿ˜€

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 5, 2015 at 3:15 PM

It’s on one of those websites made by a user that used to come on. sensei lexi I think

Reply

admin December 5, 2015 at 3:35 PM

Ah, yes. I wonder if Lexi’s website is still up and running. She was awesome to put it together and also shared many stories here.

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 5, 2015 at 3:30 PM

I was looking through my old comments on old ninjago episodes… from 3 years ago. Spelling was bad… it was cool though looking at stuff from 3 years ago. I remember I would spend so much time chatting/spamming the topics.

Reply

admin December 5, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Yeah, imagine when we will look back at all of this 10 years from now! I always remember you guys fondly. ๐Ÿ˜€

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 5, 2015 at 9:08 PM
DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 5, 2015 at 9:10 PM

Mine is Kai and Jay arcade saga :P:P:P

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 5, 2015 at 9:15 PM

Oh wait that’s not mine. Mine isn’t on there. Nevermind

Reply

admin December 6, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Sweet. Nice to see her website still up. If you posted your story here I could probably find it, but would need some clues I can use for searching.

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 6, 2015 at 2:05 PM

It had to do with an arcade I know that… what clues? ๐Ÿ˜›

TheBrickLot December 6, 2015 at 4:45 PM

Oh ya, that remind me Admin, what was your first post ever? Also could you give a link to it?

Reply

admin December 6, 2015 at 6:46 PM

Hm… I started writing toward the end of 2010, but then I juggled the dates of some of the posts around, so right now the oldest post is the one about the passing of Daniel Jezek, dated September 24th, 2010. But I actually wrote that post later and then pre-dated it, so yeah it’s a bit confusing. ๐Ÿ™„

Reply

TheBrickLot December 4, 2015 at 5:55 PM

Have you guys gotten any of the minifigure cubes now that they are out in stores? Even thought there is only 37 per store.

Reply

TheBrickLot December 4, 2015 at 6:41 PM

Also these books look awesome, the Awesome Ideas one actually has a “3D” cover and is WAY better that the original LEGO Ideas book.

Reply

admin December 4, 2015 at 9:53 PM

That’s true. I forgot to mention about the 3D cover. It does look great.

Reply

admin December 4, 2015 at 9:54 PM

I didn’t get one. Didn’t feel like driving over to Target just for that. Just wasn’t that interesting to me. But I know collectors like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Reply

Tom December 5, 2015 at 2:51 PM

I too have all of these. They are fab. Along with the unofficial series they occupy most of one shelf ao far…

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 6, 2015 at 8:12 PM

well I gtg family is having a star wars marathon that has been going for the last few weeks leading up to episode 7. Are you looking forward to that? ๐Ÿ˜€

Reply

admin December 6, 2015 at 8:15 PM

Absolutely! In fact I’m just now writing a Star Wars post for next week. Can’t wait for the film! I watched all the trailers a million times! ๐Ÿ˜€

Reply

hippyman May 10, 2016 at 1:03 AM

Would this book be able to give me the instructions to the Golden Girls set that lego tanked on? I am a huge fan of the show, and I am dying to find that set, official or not.

Reply

admin May 10, 2016 at 10:56 AM

Directly, no, although there are some similar furniture pieces included in the books. But that Golden Girls display is really not that difficult to copy just from the included pictures on their LEGO Ideas page. It’s not a complicated build, and there are plenty of pictures to get most of it. What I would suggest is that you first build it in LDD to work out the details, then order the parts you don’t have. Another option would be to contact the creator and see if they have LDD files, but I don’t think it’s even necessary.

Reply

admin December 6, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Okay, found it! Posted on April 24th, 2012. The story is in two parts on this page, towards the bottom: http://thebrickblogger.com/2012/04/lego-ninjago-rise-of-the-snakes-episode-thirteen/comment-page-28/#comments. Gosh, you guys were chatty! ๐Ÿ˜€

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Geez we were chatty lol

Thanks for fishing it up!

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 6, 2015 at 8:01 PM

Haha I loved reading it!! :mrgreen:

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 6, 2015 at 8:03 PM

Reading through the comments and I remember them all lol

I remember I was a little… naughty? ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 6, 2015 at 8:04 PM

Hey Neo and Lexi’s names link to their main websites hehe

Reply

admin December 6, 2015 at 8:08 PM

You guys were all sweet… and naughty. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 6, 2015 at 8:06 PM

sorry for now spamming this topic but… reading these comments is like reading my 9 yo. brother’s posts on the LEGO mb’s. Currently reading an argument with Neo that I had. Which I totally remember. One of the many arguments.

Reply

admin December 6, 2015 at 8:08 PM

Naw, it’s all-right. You’re just having a sentimental moment. I can understand. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Reply

DX ZX KENDO NRG KIMONO TECHNO JUNGLE JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (seriously I have a mouth of lightning) December 6, 2015 at 8:10 PM

Techinically it’s not spamming compared to me from 3 years ago… I said weakened whip in a comment :crying:

Reply

Leave a Comment

Subscribe to Comments Feed

Previous post:

Next post: