LEGO Space: Building the Future: Book Review
Add LEGO, a hands-on building guide, and a great story line together and you have LEGO Space—who could ask for anything more? Not me! LEGO Space is (please forgive me, but I really have to say it) out of this world.
The illustrations in are all made out of LEGO. We loved the way this title was photographed so much that I wanted to make sure I mentioned it to you. The photos, done by Ian Greig and Chris Salt are clean and so well done that you feel that the LEGO Ships of the Federation must be able to fly. I was most impressed.
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The authors did a nice job of creating what I would call a fantasy non-fiction style book. It reads as factual and is highly entertaining but not in an action/adventure type of way. The story line starts with a bit of space history and it takes a few pages to get into it—or at least that was the case for me but it is all-together enjoyable. The book features the typical good vs. evil, but with an alien twist. Our hero begins his journey . . . Well, I wouldn’t want to spoil the story 🙂 so I will just say that LEGO Space has a neat story-line. Oh, and there is even a bit of mind-control, and comments about rotting flesh to boot.
I love that the book has a hands-on aspect with its building guide. There are quite a few things that you can build. As always, we were missing specific pieces, and that can be a bit frustrating to a young builder. Sometimes you can use your imagination and still make a similar space item but in other cases you really needed to have those special pieces. The building guides are well done and fairly typical for LEGO building instructions. The buildable models in the book are small and fun to build. The other LEGO models are great examples of creative, clever building techniques designed to be gawked at and to inspire brick builders. I am personally fond of the little robots in the story. They are pretty easy to build, yet have a lot of character. You can certainly get a Lot of great bricking ideas here.
The authors are Peter Reid, and Tim Goddard. You might recognize both of their names from their extensive LEGO work.
Exciting news for Peter—his EXO suit, featured in this book, was chosen by LEGO to be made into a set. The odds of getting your idea made into a LEGO set are tiny—super small—itsy bitsy—but look what happens when you have a go! It is great to see the EXO suit in the book LEGO Space and know its place in the story. Lets keep an eye on how things go with the suit being made into a LEGO set. It certainly looks like it would be a fun build.
Note about the publisher: I am loving the books that are coming out of No Starch Press and this is no exception. They are a publisher to watch for great LEGO titles such as:
I am sure your boy will enjoy LEGO Space: Building the Future if he likes LEGO, space, robots, aliens or adventure stories. It is a good title to add to your LEGO collection for the story as well as the hands-on building and inspiration. What inspires your boys’ LEGO creations?