The folks over at No Starch Press has let us know that they have teamed up with Humble Bundle to offer a collection of LEGO digital books at a “pay what you want price.” There are three different bundles that are offered.
Pay any amount to receive:
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1
The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1
Pay more than $8 to receive all of the above, plus:
The Cult of LEGO
Incredible LEGO Technic
The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 2
The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions
Pay more than $15 to receive all of the above, plus:
The LEGO Architect
The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book
The LEGO Neighborhood Book
The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book
The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Vol. 1
As you can see above, you can pay as little at $15 and you can get all 16 titles which is a very good deal for what you get. The Humble Bundle will end in two weeks on November 23.
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No Starch Press has sent over a press release regarding one of their upcoming books called Tiny LEGO Wonders by Mattia Zamboni.
Tiny LEGO Wonders
Build a lot with a little in the “new LEGO bible”
Tiny LEGO Wonders
San Francisco, CA (June 14, 2016) — While some LEGO models require thousands of pieces, anyone can make an impressive replica with fewer than 10 bricks, a dash of creativity, and the latest book from No Starch Press.
Hailed as the “new LEGO bible” by VICE, Tiny LEGO Wonders (No Starch Press, $24.95, 208 pp., July 2016) is a collection of step-by-step building instructions for 40 compact yet realistic miniscale models—each built with fewer than a few hundred bricks. Packed with stunning models of engineering feats like a muscle car, a fire engine, a Swiss locomotive, and wooden ships, Tiny LEGO Wonders teaches readers how to make the most of their LEGO collection, no matter its size.
The pint-sized models in Tiny LEGO Wonders include:
A space shuttle and crawler-transporter
Emergency vehicles like choppers, police cars, and fire trucks
A cruise ship, freighter, and wooden ships
An Airbus A380, F-15 Eagle, and V-22 Osprey
Flatbed trucks and cement mixers
Race cars like the McLaren F1 and Ferrari F1
A fleet of sci-fi military vehicles
Bullet trains like France’s high-speed TGV train
According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “Miniscale building has fascinated me since I watched a friend build an airport from a cupful of LEGO bricks. Tiny LEGO Wonders finally makes miniscale building make sense.”
No Starch Press continues to crank out books geared towards LEGO fans and the next one I have for review is The LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin. This book contains 192 pages and retails for $24.95 and it gives you a history lesson about the different architecture styles throughout the world.
Travel through the history of architecture in The LEGO Architect. You’ll learn about styles like Art Deco, Modernism, and High-Tech, and find inspiration in galleries of LEGO models. Then take your turn building 12 models in a variety of styles. Snap together some bricks and learn architecture the fun way!
The LEGO Architect is separated in to different chapters by type of architecture such as Neoclassica, Modernism, Postmodern, etc. Within each chapter, Tom talks about some of the history for that architecture type with examples of real-life buildings that incorporate it.
Of course this is a LEGO book so Tom also shows off different MOCs that uses the style. To take it a step further, Tom also gives you building instructions with a parts list of each type of architecture he talks about in the book.
At the end of the book, there are some tips and ideas of how to build your own buildings from various builders including Adam Reed Tucker who’s known for being involved with the LEGO Architecture theme.
Overall if you’re starting to get into creating buildings and structures, then The LEGO Architect is a good reference guide to help you start building. The instructions given are very helpful to give … Continue
The folks over at No Starch Press has sent me a couple of their upcoming books for review. One of these books is called Medieval LEGO by Greyson Beights. The book contains 132 pages and retails for $14.95.
Castles and kings, battles and treaties, famine and plague, intrigue and invasion!
Medieval LEGO takes you through real English history in the middle ages with a unique twist, with every event illustrated by a tiny little LEGO scene. With contributions by medievalists and scholars, this book brings medieval history to life in a fun, kid-friendly way.
Inside, you’ll learn about events like the Battle of Hastings, the chartering of Oxford University, and the signing of the Magna Carta. You’ll witness the infamous Black Death, and the Great Famine, and you’ll read about famous historical figures like Robin Hood, Richard the Lionheart, Geoffrey Chaucer, and William the Conqueror.
Grab your broadsword and turn the page to join the adventure.
The first thing I noticed when I saw the book was that it reminded me of the little children’s storybooks. The small size of it immediately gave me some nostalgia of some of the same sized books when I was a kid but don’t let that fool you. Medieval LEGO is filled with a lot of historical content along with closeups of builds that give a small scene for the event.
The book is separated into three parts which encompasses several date ranges throughout the Middle Ages. Within each chapter are a number of important historical events that happened in … Continue
Our friends over at No Starch Press has sent over a press release for their upcoming book, The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling. This new book by Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman takes a look at some real-life vehicles recreated with LEGO by various builders. It doesn’t look like there are instructions on how to build them but there are tips and tricks that describe the design and building process. You can pre-order the book over at No Starch or on Amazon.
The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling
New book showcases fan-built LEGO models of real vehicles
San Francisco, CA (August 4, 2015) — The LEGO scale modeling community brings a miniature world to life with artistry, skill, and patience—a world inhabited by remarkably detailed scale models of real trucks, ships, planes, race cars, and even construction vehicles. Some of these models are so intricate, they’re easy to mistake for the real thing.
In The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling (No Starch Press, $29.95, 204pp., Sept. 2015), authors Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman are our guides to this unique world. These two veteran builders, who have been scale modeling with LEGO since the 1970s, are now releasing a stunning and fascinating new book that belongs on the coffee table in every LEGO-loving household.
For the first time, we’re invited into the world of twenty-four of the most talented LEGO scale modelers, who showcase models like the Tyr Viking, a four-foot-long ship constructed from more than 20,000 LEGO elements; a Caterpillar bulldozer complete with two
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 … Continue
This morning, I received a press release from the folks of No Starch Press regarding former LEGO designer Megan Rothrock, The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 3: Robots, Planes, Cities & More!. It’ll be available this September for $24.95 at No Starch including a 30% coupon code to use on the site. You can also pre-order it on Amazon if that’s your preferred choice.
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 3
Robots, Planes, Cities & More!
San Francisco, CA (July 22, 2015) — Fans of The LEGO Adventure Book series from No Starch Press get ready—heroes Megs and Brickbot are about to embark on their most grueling quest yet! In the latest installment of this popular series (more than 100,000 copies sold), readers go on an unforgettable journey through the studios of the world’s finest LEGO builders.
In volume 3 of The LEGO Adventure Book series, titled “Robots, Planes, Cities & More!” (No Starch Press, $24.95, 192pp., Sept 2015), readers learn to build colorful LEGO models including an old-time movie theater, a Renaissance-era house, a jukebox, sushi, an ice cream truck, sports cars, and even a chicken coop. With step-by-step breakdowns of 40 LEGO models and dozens of lively scenes, studios, and more, this is Megs and Brickbot’s most inspiring adventure to date.
According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “We publish books that encourage our readers to think and create. This tour through the LEGO world shows that building with LEGO is about creativity; the number of amazing things you can build is endless.”