In my next book review, I have Mike Doyle’s latest addition to his Beautiful LEGO series with Beautiful LEGO: Wild!. The book has 232 pages and retails for $24.95 and is scheduled to be released on September 25th. This book includes the latest curated collection of LEGO art showcasing work by artists in the LEGO community. If you remember, there was a call for entries back in February and people submitted their creations in hopes they would be chosen to be included in the book.
The cover of Beautiful LEGO: Wild! is made of the thicker cardboard that we’re used to by now and mainly features the Rainbow Lorikeet bt Gabriel Thomson. The back also has some smaller images highlighting some more builds that you can expect to see in the book. The inside flap gives a synopsis of what the book is about.
Scenes from nature spring to life in Mike Doyle’s latest curated collection of LEGO art, Beautiful LEGO: Wild! From botanical marvels to adorable critters—such as a sea otter family made from 3,500 LEGO pieces—every page is sure to delight the artist and naturalist in all of us.
Interviews with LEGO masters from around the world give you a glimpse into the inspiration behind these incredible works of art. Discover amazing landscapes, insects, mythical creatures, and more, all within the enchanting pages of Beautiful LEGO: Wild!
Like with Mike’s previous books, the chapters are separated into small chapters with the contributors section (index) at the end. Intermingled between the chapters are some artist spotlights of LEGO builders including Sean Kinney, Tom Poulsom, and Pascal Schmidt. These interviews give you some insight on what inspires their builds.
The contributors sections provides you details about the builders’ names, their online handles, name of their builds, and a link to their Flickr/MOCPages so you can check out more of their work.
The chapters are separated into various nature themes like trees, flowers, animals, oceanlife, so on and so forth. Each individual chapter gives you a couple of builds in that particular genre that have been selected from a very talented pool of builders. You’ll notice that a lot of the builds in Beautiful LEGO: Wild! have been seen before on many websites such as The Brothers Brick and BrickNerd.
As with Mike’s previous books, there are few MOCs that have minifigures included with the build. The purpose of these books are to show off various building techniques and the end results and minifigures take away from the main subject. Plus, he has stated that he doesn’t like them so there’s that.
Overall, as with the other books in the series, Beautiful LEGO: Wild! makes a great addition to your LEGO library and it also makes a nice coffee table book. It’s pretty cool to see some more builds that have been included in the book from friends and readers and their works being acknowledged in physical format.
A majority of the builds are pretty recent but there are some that date a few years back which shows you that some creations are so well built that they have a long-lasting effect on viewers.
Again, Beautiful LEGO: Wild! will be released on September 25th but you can now pre-order it over at No Starch Press with a 30% off coupon code or on .