The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide (Now in Color!), 2nd Edition
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: October 2012
Pages: 240

What's the difference between a tile and a plate? Why isn't it a good idea to stack bricks in columns to make a wall? How do you build a LEGO mosaic or build at different scales? You'll find the answers to these and other questions in The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide.

Now in full color, this brand-new edition of a well-loved favorite will show you how to:

  • Construct models that won't fall apart
  • Choose the right pieces and substitute when needed
  • Build to micro, jumbo, and miniland scale
  • Make playable board games out of LEGO pieces
  • Create photo mosaics and curved sculptures
  • Build a miniature space shuttle, a minifig-sized train station, and more


Of course, the real fun of LEGO building lies in creating your own models—from choosing the subject to clicking that final brick into place. Learn how in The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide.

Includes the Brickopedia, a visual dictionary of nearly 300 of the most commonly used LEGO elements!
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By a_van_kan

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      Comments about oreilly The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide (Now in Color!), 2nd Edition:

      99% redundant and obsolete information.

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      5.0

      Excellent LEGO Reference

      By hfb

      from Nashua, NH

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      • Accurate
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples

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        • Intermediate
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        Comments about oreilly The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide (Now in Color!), 2nd Edition:

        Well, I'm on a roll right now going through LEGO books and I have to say this is an EXCELLENT reference book for anyone that's in to LEGO bricks. I haven't really played with them for a while and what little I've dabbled in lately has been Technic/Mindstorms stuff so looking through his book brought back some memories.
        As a note up front, this guide only goes through all the basic bricks and doesn't really touch the custom parts for different series or Technic stuff. Just good ol' plain LEGOs.
        First off, it's in color and that's a definite plus. I'm sure you could get by with B&W but having it color makes things that much more clear and vivid.
        The book starts with the basics such as names, sizes, and things like that and explains how they connect together and stay together because of the design. Kind of a nice way to get started for a new person.
        Then it goes into basic techniques on how to build better walls by overlapping. Very handy for different types of builds. They were thorough on things too, which was quite welcome.
        Then they moved to more project related elements that added to the basics explained before with a lot of good pictures and explanations on how to put it together. I liked how you could build a ball. It did a good job documenting it all. Eventually, you get to how you build an entire Sphinx. Not bad.
        One feature I thought was nice was an explanation on how to make mosaics or patterns from real images. You take a digital picture, pixelate it quite a bit, and then it's possible to make something similar. There are also techniques using graph paper that help in making patterns that I never thought about doing.
        Then in the Appendix, there was a parts listing for basically every brick with it's name, size, and description. That is very handy for anyone looking for something specific.
        I would definitely recommend this to anyone as a reference. It's well done and a great book to have.

        Disclaimer: This book was received as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program. All comments represent my thoughts and opinions.

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        4.0

        Perfect to get to the next level!

        By Dillie-O

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          Comments about oreilly The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide (Now in Color!), 2nd Edition:

          I love legos! I still have my functioning train set from when I was 10 years old that we pull out at Christmas. I have the 1st edition lego death star that took a week to put together, and a handful of other items around. My girls are getting into legos now too, which adds to the fun. We spend hours putting together the designs on the pages, or making our own, like a fire station, movie theatre, or even "Captain Frank's Emporium". So when I stumbled upon this book, I had to look to see what new inspirations I could find with them.

          This book provides an amazing "engineering guide" on how to build models with legos. It provides the fundamental details about most the pieces in the system (bricks, plates, etc.). From there it moves into building techniques, such as overlapping bricks on each later for maximum stability. It also demonstrates how to get desired effects, such as angles or curves, using pieces you might not expect. Once you get the hang of these concepts, you're introduced to building models to scale, just as you see it in Legoland or other places. You're even introduced to the concept of "mega bricks" which look like your normal small bricks. You are also introduced to mosaic patterns and sculpting with your bricks. All of this culminates by the end of the book in the process of building a simple scale model of a space shuttle.

          In addition to this overview, the book provides a "Brickopedia" which catalogues all of the prominent pieces in the LEGO universe. It gives you the catalog number (in case you need to order some), it's release date, and helpful insights on how to work with them. There is also a section showing how to use design grids, which are amazingly helpful at visualizing and laying out your project, from any angle.

          This book wasn't what I was expecting. I was expecting to read a general guide on how to make simple trees, or people, or houses. Instead, I read a great "foundational" book on how to get more out of my lego building experience. I immediately saw how I could take some model ideas and put them into action after reading this book. I was hoping that I could pass this book on to my 6 year old girls and let them run wild with it, but I don't think it will quite suit them. However, when they turn 9 or 10, this will be the perfect book to enable them to expand their building horizons.

          This book is the perfect book for your beginning or intermediate LEGO builder looking to get to the next level with their building skills. With plenty of pictures and examples, it is a fun and insightful read all at the same time. While I wouldn't recommend it to the youngest of builders, it would make the perfect gift for anybody 9 to 99.

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