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This is a great book that helps you add movement to your LEGO creations. It is designed to help those with the “LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox” set (#17101) take their creations to the next level. That set includes 847 pieces, and is designed to be a fun robot building set, which also offers simple and educational coding/programming. While the coding software is easy to do, care needs to be taken to allow your robots to run smoothly in the real world, like adding pauses to give your robot time to complete each instruction. So, once you’ve made it through the basic instructions, and you’re ready to get more out of your LEGO Boost set, that’s where this book comes in.

It shows you — in a compelling, entirely visual layout — how to create specific types of movement that would be helpful in creating various kinds of vehicles, robots, “weaponry,” and other machines. There are nearly 100 projects, all of which only require that one LEGO Boost set to complete, and while not exactly easy, are straightforward and can be completed by almost anyone with experience creating with LEGO bricks. Projects include things like launching “rockets,” how to get your robot to “walk,” creating drivetrains for multiple “train” cars, or drawing specific patterns with a pen. Each project obviously opens doors for all sorts of creations once each ability is mastered. It’s a great way to add an extra and inventive bit of STEM into you or your kids’ lives.

We have a lot of LEGO expertise in our home, so we’re glad to find this book that helps the younger ones join in! This book, intended for all ages — boys or girls — walks you through five chapters of how to make fifty different (toy) animals, fish, and insects. The book is well-bound soft cover, with a deluxe binding, printed in nice paper in full color, with clear diagrams and excellent photos that make it very clear what to do next, even for those who aren’t the best readers just yet.

Each chapter offers increasing complexity, but all are fairly simple for anyone to make. Each project can be made in one sitting, and each is laid out very well. Projects are divided up into a visual listing of all the parts needed for each project, and then there are numbered step-by-step photos, with the pieces used in each step shown. The instructions include minifigs offering timely tips, too. The animals are a little clunky looking, more like a toy than the actual animals, and yet they require few blocks, so it’s a great way to start out. My whole family is happy to find a great way for everyone to join in the fun of LEGO!

Is your workplace one of those where showing off a huge LEGO Star Wars space ship on your desk might send the wrong message? Are you concerned about drawing a critical eye instead of merely showing off your clever creativity, masterful skills, self-starter dedication, and overall “nerd cred?” Do you wonder if it’s unwise to tempt coworkers’ inaccurate assumptions about your dedication to the workplace? But you’d still like to surround yourself with mementos of your favorite (e.g., LEGO) hobby?

Then you may be in the same boat as someone very close to me who shall remain nameless and whom I might refer to with randomly-selected initials of “DH.” We were both delighted with this book because it: (1) offers very small, yet incredibly inventive, LEGO sculptures / “micro cities;” which (2) look great-yet-casually-unassuming in a staid workplace setting; and (3) is a beautiful LEGO book, with excellent printing, binding, and design; and, (4) offers LEGO projects which are remarkably small (and thus do not require additional LEGO brick purchases)(a personal favorite). The book is seriously a great gift idea, as are the micro city sculptures/projects within.

The (amazing looking) book follows a fairly standard LEGO layout, with a listing of bricks needed for each building/bridge/etc. Yet this book includes text description for dense or complex constructions, which are most welcome. There are chapters broken up mostly by architectural styles for each miniature cityscape, including: Gilded City, Upper Brick Side, Bridge Town, Steamworks, Tomorrowland, Utopia, and Strange New Worlds, along with a chapter, The Finishing Touch, which covers general/re-used elements such as roadways, fountains, trains, and bridges. Full-color and full-page photos and diagrams are a huge help.

Has your family watched the LEGO movies umpteen times? Have you entered the looking glass and now have your own LEGO installation in a room unto itself? And are your in-house LEGO fanatics a little frustrated that their magnificent cityscape creations look a bit like, well, a bunch of LEGO bricks piled up on one another? If so, your family may be as happy as mine with this inventive and clever LEGO book. I think my family felt like they’d have their own LEGO Inception city and ended up with a pile of LEGO bricks, which can be hard to design into recognizable architectural landmarks.

This book really helps out. It is very well-designed, with full-color and great photos and diagrams throughout. The chapters cover a variety of city or town settings, including public places, pirate-y harbors, and residential or commercial neighborhoods. The book has minifigs offering tips and calling attention to realistic details. Many features are not actually explained, just shown, although those that involve several hard-to-see components (e.g., old fashioned style windows, ice cream display cases) are broken out with explanatory diagrams.

It’s all pretty simple to follow, especially for more advanced builders. The book itself is beautiful, and would make a nice coffee table book, too. There is also a section on micro-buildings for those built at a smaller scale than those sized to accommodate minifigs as the people walking about. My family is recreating a Paris cafe and apartments, like those in “Inception” (minus the mind-bending upside down versions!). All together, it’s a very helpful book for those wanting to take their LEGO projects to the next level!

I don’t know if there is a Bible for master LEGO builders, but this appears to be it. If you’ve seen the stellar LEGO models of Rivendell or Hogwarts online, the author was the creator of each (and so much more). Plus, the “1,001 ideas” slogan is entirely realistic. It’s a very well-designed book with great layouts and simple text explanations for basic elements. It is a really worthwhile and truly remarkable book.

Chapters include brickwork, wall cladding and shingles, curved walls, framing and paneling, patterned walls, molding and millwork, simple windows, custom windows, ornamental windows, window framing and decor… you get the idea. So much here. The chapters are broken up into various sub-sections and projects, and run the gamut from ancient, to fanciful, to everyday, to futuristic. For serious builders, or wannabe-serious-builders, this is all kind of amazing. Highly recommended.