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Sunday, December 29, 2013

The LEGO Adventure Book Vol. 2 Review and Giveaway

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Just over a year ago, one of the first reviews I did on here was for the first volume of The LEGO Adventure Book. That book covered Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs, and more. This time around, volume 2 covers Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons, and more. Technically, it doesn't say Volume 2 on the cover, but the publisher (and sponsor of the giveaway), No Starch Press, calls it that on the book's homepage.

Do you like those books/articles that show pictures of completed LEGO models with step-by-step instructions on how to build them? If so, this book is for you. It provides pictures of 100 models with step-by-step instructions for nearly 40 of them. 

The book is broken down into eleven chapters, with plenty of material to keep your average fan busy for hours if not days or weeks on end.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Back to the Idea Lab
Chapter 2: Victorious Vipers
Chapter 3: Service with a Smile
Chapter 4: A Ferry Nice Build
Chapter 5: Castaway's Cove
Chapter 6: The Tudors
Chapter 7: On Set: STAR CLUTCH
Chapter 8: Destruction Zone
Chapter 9: A Veritable Fortress
Chapter 10: Brick Friends
Chapter 11: A LEGO Legend Calls.

Lego Adventure Book Volume 2, Raider's Reef

For the pictures w/o step-by-step instructions like Raiders Reef, shown above, you have little scenes/models that can give you ideas. I definitely didn't have the monkey in the last diagram, but I really like the way the water is setup with the little white caps. I might have to use that idea elsewhere.
Lego Adventure Book Volume 2, Fortress
The better pages are those that are part of the step-by-step instructions, like for the fortress built here. Apart from needing 104 of one particular shape, the steps provide sufficient information on how to put together the fortress.

Like the last volume of the book, each chapter is color coded and specific to an expert builder. So all the brick friends, for instance, are from builder Yvonne Doyle. The build instructions are consistent between chapters and not specific to the "voice" of any specific expert.

The biggest problem I've run into when testing out the builds is lack of bricks. I never have enough of the fancy / uniquely shaped bricks. And if I have the brick's shape, I don't have enough of the different colors. I can't imagine what Megan Rothrock's place looks like with all the bricks she must have to do a book like this.

I love the book and my six (soon to be seven) year old son is at the point where he can actually build some of the models. The biggest complaint is just the patience to find the bricks to make the models. Even if we have all the bricks somewhere, there is no way he'd have the patience to find the 465 pieces necessary to complete the Fortress for instance, and that is one of the smaller pieces.
 
And now for the giveaway. This is open to US residents 18+ and ends on January 19th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will receive their own copy of The LEGO Adventure Book Vol. 2.


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.

79 comments:

  1. My boys built a pod racer that was tremendously awesome!

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  2. I use to play with my son and build cars. He loved it! Now, I want to get a bunch for my grand daughter. I strongly believe that playing with legos help teach problem solving.

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  3. I liked to build houses with my daughters.
    Thank you!

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  4. We built a village once....it was a blast and took up the whole table !!

    ktgonyea at gmail dot com

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  5. Using plans, my favorite is the lighthouse. We also have a castle that was built on our own that is pretty cool.

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  6. My oldest son built the USS Kittyhawk aircraft carrier he was on many years ago,

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  7. Years ago I built a castle with my cousin, it was awesome!

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  8. I personally haven't built anything with legos, but my nephew are always building cool stuff from Star Wars!!

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  9. My Grandson and I like to build anything.

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  10. we built a huge castle with walls around it.

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  11. My son build the coolest space ship!

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  12. I built a gas station.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  13. we built a motor home.
    we aren't too imaginitve!
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

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  14. My husband and my son built a really cool car that went super fast!!!

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  15. One time our son and I built a castle with a moat. It was great. We kept it together for weeks. Thank you for the super giveaway opportunity. Keep up the terrific blogging.

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  16. We've only done really simple ones so far. My son loves airplanes so we made one of those.

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  17. I think the Lego Pirate ship was my favorite Lego piece to build. The more pieces, the better! I LOVE Legos!

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  18. My son and I built a huge castle.

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  19. I helped my son build his police station lego set. Thanks for the giveaway! DamianMom at yahoo dot com

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  20. I helped my son build a star wars ship. That was fun!

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  21. I helped my son make a star wars ship once/

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  22. I built a river side cabin. It was so much fun!

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  23. My favorite thing was a Star Wars Starship Enterprise. So cool

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  24. A very tall tower with sprockets!

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  25. I like to build houses with my granddaughter

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  26. Are Legos the same as MegaBlocks, only in miniature? My little grandchildren and I built a lot of castles and pirate ships :)

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  27. My kids and I build all kinds of things with our legos. We just got them a lego table for Christmas to make building easier!!

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  28. A castle, complete with a drawbrige and moat :)

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  29. My son said his Lego base, two of his favorite super hero's bases.

    fmstill@gmail.com

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  30. Love the idea of a castle. thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. We built a castle for our Elf on the Shelf, last year.

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  32. My fiance, his nephew (who was about 4 at the time) and I built the whole castle once

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  33. We built a huge castle with legos.

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  34. My older son builds racetracks and cars. My younger son just likes to build towers and knock them down again.

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  35. my sons build everything but I loved the village he made & keeps on his shelf

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  36. my daughter built the Black Pearl ship from Pirates of the Caribbean, it looks so awesome!!

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  37. I built an awesome castle as a kid, kept it together for months till my little brother broke it!

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  38. We just build a jetfighter or starfighter for star wars.

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  39. My nephew and I built a firetruck! Thanks!!

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  40. I like to build houses with my kids.

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  41. one time i built a car with legos and it was really cool.

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  42. I built a drive thru fried chicken restaurant.Actually it was a faux fried chicken restaurant...I'm a vegan :)

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  43. The only thing I've ever build was a Lego Ninjago set for my son - but I was proud of my accomplishment
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

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  44. When I was a kid we built a giant castle.

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  45. We built a Lego City Mine once that was really cool.

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  46. legos weren't "that"elaborate when i was a kid, i was happy to biuld a house or a car....

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  47. We built a Lego City Ice Cream Shop

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  48. Built a really awesome castle once. It was awesome.
    Michelle Tucker

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  49. My entire family got into building a house once and it turned out incredible. We had so much fun that day.

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  50. My son built a massive fortress and made lots of nooks and crannys. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. I helped my son build SpongeBob's Krusty Krab, and it was fun

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