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Geeky LEGO Crafts


As LEGO grows in popularity, I’ve been amused to watch it intersect with the broader geek culture. My LUG has exhibited twice at our local comic convention (Rose City Comic Con), where I’ve met lots of casual fans that love the bricks but haven’t fallen into the AFOL hobby yet. This new book, Geeky LEGO Crafts, is aimed directly at those geeky hearts!

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Birds From Bricks


My favorite thing about LEGO Ideas are the original sets, so it was no surprise that I really enjoyed the 21301 Birds set when it came out. At the time, I commented that I would have liked to see a whole line of bird sets, but is wasn’t in the cards. Thankfully, there is a new book out by Thomas Poulsom (whose models led to the set) on how to build birds. Continue reading Birds From Bricks

The LEGO Architect


I’ve been quite pleased with the books that I’ve gotten from No Starch Press, so it didn’t take much of a leap to preorder their book on LEGO architecture back in April. I had hoped that it would arrive in early August for my birthday (sadly publication was delayed), but it was still sweet to have it waiting for me when I got home from BrickCon. Continue reading The LEGO Architect

The LEGO Neighborhood Book


Lately, I’ve been spending a bit more time around train and town AFOLs and it has had me thinking about straying into minifig scale buildings. I saw some lovely models last month at BrickCon, that inspired me even further. I don’t own any of the ‘modular’ buildings that Lego has released, so the idea of building one of my own is a bit daunting. Lucky for me, The LEGO Neighborhood Book is the perfect introduction.

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Waka’s Robot Factory


I follow a number of builders on flickr and my feed is full of mecha, space, and microscale builds. As I’ve mentioned before, I am drawn to Lego mecha and I follow a number of Japanese builders on flickr, just for their intricate mecha models. One of those builders, Tomoyuki Wakata (legorobo:waka) has just released a lovely how-to book for building Lego mecha

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Waka’s Mech World


As a child, I spent a year living in Japan. My father was contracting for a Japanese company and working long hours, so I had a lot of time to myself. Some of my oldest memories come from watching Japanese giant robot shows after school, so getting to explore toy stores full of mecha models and watch anime on tv (this was the early 80s, so it was still mostly unknown in the states), was inspiring.

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The Art of LEGO Design

The Art of LEGO Design cover

I’ve been playing with Lego since I was a kid, but I’ve only really been building seriously for about a year. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to educate myself on building techniques, so Jordan Schwartz’s book The Art of LEGO Design: Creative Ways to Build Amazing Models caught my eye when it was released last week. Being impatient, I bought a kindle copy and started reading it on my iPad.

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Lego Minifigure Year by Year


I only own a couple books about Lego, I’m not particularly into collecting Lego minifigures, but when I picked up a copy of Lego Minifigure Year by Year, I was struck. Here is a book that I didn’t even know that I wanted, full to the brim with nostalgia and inspiration. The cover alone portrayed some of my favorite minifigs, capturing whole eras of my life.

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