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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Lego Space Book Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Lego Space: Building the Future book cover
Okay, this book is weird. Most Lego books I've run across are there to help you build your own Lego models. They show pictures of the completed model, then typically, walk you through the steps necessary to create the model. Not so with this book, Lego Space: Building the Future.
VX-O2 Drop Ship
Yes, there are the occasional step-by-step instructions on how to build some of the ships. The book, however, is almost meant more to be read like a book, literally. For instance, the first chapter is called The Space Age where the authors talk about the moon mission, Sputnik, and more futuristic builds like a base on Mars. Next to each block/page of text is a specific Lego build. Like, with the moon mission, there is a build representing Neil Armstrong's footprint on the moon. With Voyager, they talk about exploring the cosmos. (Yes, Voyager really is built with Legos in the picture below.
Voyager Legos
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Space Age
Chapter 2: The Federation
Chapter 3: Ships of the Federation
Chapter 4: Inhospitable Climate Engineers
Chapter 5: New Frontiers
Chapter 6: Realm of Shadows
Chapter 7: Army of Darkness
Chapter 8: Star Justice
Chapter 9: Infiltration 
Chapter 10: Across the Universe
The book itself is broken down into 10 chapters. The first chapter is mostly based on facts. The rest, not so much, creating an alternate reality for the future, controlled by the Federation. It is easy reading and all the chapters are illustrated with Lego models.
Lego Robots
So, in the section on robots, there are graphics on several of the models made. Again, no instructions on building. Just a big paragraph like here are some friendly robots, and what they might do in our next generation world. Of course, later they turn evil, but you'll have to read that for yourself to see what happens to the world.
Valor Squadron
The book is written by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard and apparently took two years to write. Much of that time was spent building models versus actually writing. But if you want to learn more from the author, read Peter's interview at CNET: Lego and space, a match made in heaven (Q&A).

Overall, an impressive Lego book that is hard to beat. You don't want to put it down. At just $24.95, a great price given its large footprint style book.
Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.