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The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1

As a parent of young kids, we of course have Lego... lots and lots of Lego... all over the house. You'd think that would allow for lots of model building where they get more enjoyment out of following a set of instructions rather than figuring out all the mechanics of making a "cool" model. So we can either keep buying new sets ($$$) or find new instructions.

The Lego Build-It Book, Volume 1, Amazing Vehicles is the perfect resource for our situation. In this 132-page book, the authors show you how to build 10 different vehicles from one Lego kit. You can build several types of cars, a rescue truck, go-kart, and more. The instructions are presented in the same style as an "official" Lego manual, with each page showing an inventory of pieces needed and step-by-step instructions.

The base kit used in this book is #5867, the Creator Super Speedster. The set is no longer in stores, but can be found on eBay in the $20-$30 range. If you don't want to buy it there, you have a couple alternatives - you can scrounge through your existing parts (the book has a complete inventory of all parts needed in the front), visit your local Lego store's "Pick a Brick" wall, or buy individual pieces from a site like BrickLink.

My kids have enjoyed building several of the models so far, and they've held their attention to where they don't immediately want to tear it apart and build the next one. The author was a product developer for Lego, responsible for several Technic models, so he seems to have a good grasp of building interesting models.

This book should keep us occupied far longer than a single Lego set of a similar price. You can purchase it from O'Reilly's website:
The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1 .

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:34 AM Review | Back to top

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