Sunday, November 4, 2012

Book Review: The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide...



When the 1st edition (2005) of The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide by Allen Bedford was released it was the “must have” guide to LEGO building.  The LEGO fans, of all ages, found a reference book of the practices of LEGO building; they could now understand the principles behind the kit instructions and take that step into freestyle building. The book teaches LEGO fans how to choose and use the various building elements in different ways so that LEGO builders can maximize their creativity and build models that are sturdy. However, something was missing from this wonderful book...... COLOR!

Well LEGO builders, the new The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide, 2nd edition is now in COLOR! This updated version of the book is more condensed; it gets right to the point, which is great, because we LEGO builders would rather be building.

Curious though, three chapters were eliminated in this edition, Technic: Not As Technical As It May Seem; Sorting, Storage, and Sitting Down to Build Something; Making and Using Tools For LEGO Projects. The chapter on Storing... yes, it could be eliminated because LEGO builders find their own personal way of sorting, storing, and how they start to build. However, I think the chapter on Making and Using Tools... would have been valuable for the neophyte LEGO builder, and it had tips for some intermediate LEGO builders as well. The chapter on Technic... and the technic elements that were eliminated in the Brickopedia, I also feel should not have been eliminated, because LEGO builders today are making use of Technic elements with the traditional elements to create amazing models. Perhaps, it was a “cost” decision (color production is expensive), but I believe LEGO fans would have paid the extra cost to have these two chapters (Technic and Tools) included in this edition as well.

All in all, Allen Bedford’s The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide, 2nd edition (No Starch Press) is a GREAT book to have if you are a LEGO fan/builder.

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