Friday, December 7, 2018

The Lego Architecture Idea Book

legoaib_cover-front-newThe Lego Architecture Idea Book
By Alice Finch
Published at no starch press

About the book

Take your creations to the next level with The LEGO Architecture Idea Book! These clever building tips will give you endless inspiration for making your own amazing mansions, castles, houses, spooky shacks, and more.

Every chapter includes ideas for creating architectural elements like columns, doors, windows, and walls. But rather than providing step-by-step instructions, the book includes helpful photography from every angle that shows you how to achieve the look, adapt it to your build, and make it your own.

Learn how to:

  • Build amazing walls that break the mold, with brick-and-mortar effects, weathered walls, and loose bricks
  • Recreate structural effects like timber framing, soaring towers and turrets, shingled roofs, clapboard siding, and more
  • Elevate your models with “stained glass”, intricate color patterns, and tumble-down wear-and-tear
  • Use pieces like croissants, snakes, and goblets to make unique architectural ornamentation

Bursting with clever ideas, The LEGO Architecture Idea Book will show you how to turn your buildings into impressive, realistic structures.

My Thoughts

Whether you are someone who enjoys building amazing structures with Lego or simply someone interested in Lego architecture ideas, this book is definitively an great resource to have in your bookshelf.   The book is packed with tips on how to make your buildings more stunning in a wide variety of ways no matter the type of building you are planning to put together.   In all you will discover more than 1001 ideas for brickwor, siding, windows, columns, roofing and much more.

The table of contents gives you a general idea of what you can learn through the pages of this fascinating book:

  • Brickwork: simple bric walls, decorative relief, quoins, stone façade walls, weathered walls, and crumbling walls.
  • Wall Cladding and Shingles: simple siding, flat slope siding, cheese slope siding, curved slope siding, simple shingles, fishscale shingles, clip-on shingles, and curved shingles.
  • Curved Walls: simple curved walls, plate walls, brick and cylinder walls, tiled brick walls, grouted walls, liftarm walls, hinge walls and railings.
  • Framing and Paneling: simple timber framing, timber framing with masonry, timber framing variations, simple paneling, paneling using containers, paneling using windows, and decorative paneling.
  • Patterned Walls: horizontal stripes, vertical stripes, geometric patterns, horizontal tiles, patterned tiles, checkerboard walls, herringbone walls, textured walls, and  greebling.
  • Molding and Millwork:  horizontal molding, vertical molding, panel accents, egg-and-dart molding, circular and rosette molding, fence patterns, slopes and modified bricks, corbels, microfigs and minifigs, droids and robots, fists and claws, animals, plants, tools and sundry items, hinges, clips, and handles.
  • Simple Windows: basic windows, large windows, plate-glass windows, sunrooms and greenhouses.
  • Custom Windows: Mullions and muntins, panel windows, custom window shapes, bracket windows, microscale windows, tiny windows, bay windows, bow windows, box windows, recessed and raised windows.
  • Ornamental Windows: Romanesque windows, Gothic windows, stained glass, lattice windows, window tracery and rose windows.
  • Window Framing and Decor: windowsills, window trims, recessed panel trims, side trims, window crossheads, arched crossheads, classical pediments, decorative pediments, window pilasters, canopies and awnings.
  • Doors: basic doors, custom doors, custom hinges, garage doors, entryways, grand gates, and portcullises.
  • Columns: column bases, round shafts, multiple shfts, square shafts, decorative shafts, capitals, decorative capitals and connected columns.
  • Towers: stacked towers, liftarm towers, brick with stud towers, curved slope towers, tower bases, hinge towers, hinge and bracket towers, cheese slope towers, bracket towers, axle towers, clip-on plate towers.
  • Basic Roofs: sloped roofs, roof corners, roof supports, stepped roofs, shingle roofs, fixed-angle bases, flexible-angle bases, technic gable roofs, thatched roofs, terra-cotta roofs, wedge plate roofs, and curved roofs.
  • Domed Roofs and Spires: round roofs, basic domes, curved slope domes, wedge plate domes, brick-built domes, tower roofs, cone spires, slope spires, and ornamental domes and spires.
  • Roof Decorations: roof ridges, gable ends, roof trims, rooftop finials, and dormers.



The book is packed with illustration and description how the items can be made.  It also list the bricks needed to construct the type of architectural item you desire to build.   All  you might have to do if you do not have the bricks in question is go to Bricklink and order them. 

This book is definitively more of a reference sort of book in which avid Lego builders can research ideas in order to make their creation more original when it comes to architectural elements.  

If you are looking for inspiration when it comes to building cool design, this book is what you are looking for if you have a passion in constructing buildings of all shapes. 

The Lego Architecture Idea Book is available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, even on and


Disclaimer: Thanks to no starch press for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed h5ere are only my own.

The Lego Zoo

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By Jody Padulano
Published at no starch press

About the book

A children's book that shows how to build 50 simple models of LEGO animals using only standard LEGO parts that every LEGO fan has in their collection.

The LEGO Zoo book shows kids of any age how to build 50 simple animal models using only standard LEGO parts that are already likely to be in their collection. Readers learn how to build models of animals like crocodiles, zebras, wolves, lions, flamingos, plus many more. Projects are ordered by increasing difficulty making it easy to jump in without getting in over your head. The animals are so cute and goofy, whether building as a family or solo The LEGO Zoo is sure to deliver a roaring good time!

My Thoughts

Do you have a child who enjoy Lego and desire to learn more about how to build cool things like animals?   Well this book is definitively something you need to check out because it will allow your child to build over 50 animals following clear instructions.

The table of contents of this book is composed of five chapters that will allow you to build a wide variety of animals that can be found in a zoo.  What are these animals?  They are the following: caterpillar, bee, canary, crocodile, fly, mouse, mountain goat, beaver, ladybug, dinosaur, chicken, owl, pig, fish, rhinoceros, frog, donkey, camel, dog, swan, elephant, gorilla, cat, crab, bear cub, parrot, spider, scorpion, bull, hippopotamus, praying mantis, kangaroo, horse, deer, rabbit, flamingo, koala, cow, sheep, monkey, fox, butterfly, giraffe, seahorse, lion, wolf, peacock, octopus, tiger and shark.



Each animal possess clear instructions on which bricks to use and how to build it.   Bright illustrations and information complete the instructions.    Sometimes the instructions fit in a two page spread while other times you will have to go through a few more pages to complete your new Lego creation.  Most Lego animals demonstrated in this book are adorable.  However, I must admit that I am a bit disappointed with the ladybug.  I was somewhat excited when I saw that a ladybug was included in this book because of the theme of my blog but when I saw the Lego ladybug created in this book I was speechless…. it looks more like a red and black caterpillar than a ladybug… Ladybugs are more round than long if you see what I mean.   Nevertheless, apart from this little “error” in design from my perspective, I find the book to be great for children who loves animals and enjoy building new things.

The Lego Zoo is available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, even on and


Disclaimer: Thanks to no starch press for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed h5ere are only my own.

Marvel Legends Black Panther Electronic Helmet

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By Hasbro

About the helmet

Heir to the ruling dynasty of Wakanda, T'Challa dons the mask of the Black Panther and assumes his role as protector of his nation.
With the Marvel Legends Series Black Panther Electronic Helmet, imagine taking up the mantle of the Black Panther and protecting Wakanda with technologically superior gear.
Inspired by the upcoming Black Panther movie, this Black Panther Electronic Helmet from the Marvel Legends Series features premium design and styling, as well as intricate detailing on mask. Features Vibranium light effects and lenses that flip up and down.  Includes: helmet and instructions.

My Thoughts

This helmet is simply amazing.  Inspired by the Black Panther movie, this electronic helmet will bring joy to anyone who is a fan of the Marvel character or anything related to Black Panther.   It can also be use for cosplay or for a costume event if you have an amazing costume of Black Panther.    It is definitively a premium roleplay electronic helmet for sure!

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The attention to details put for creating this helmet is absolutely stunning.   You will find padding inside the helmet to make it more comfortable to wear for extended period of time and the eye area is protected with rubber so there is not pressure around that area.  This electronic helmet is packed with vibranium light effects that can be access by a simple touch of the side of the helmet.  This functionality helps to demonstrate the suit’s ability to absorb and redistribute the kinetic energy as we have seen in the movie.  The blue colors will spread on the side of the helmet.  Imagine seeing this in a dark environment…  

This helmet also possess flip-up and flip-down lenses which can be activated by the press of a button on the side of the helmet.   Also be aware that this helmet is not a protective device so do not wear it while doing extreme sports or riding a motorcycle.  This helmet is only for collectors and/or cosplay purposes.

Note that the helmet requires 3 AA batteries which are not included in the box.  And this helmet has been designed with an adult head in mind.  This is not suitable for a child’s head.

If you know someone who is a fan of Black Panther and collects items based on this character, this helmet would be a great addition to the collection.  It would also be a great gift for someone who is planning to become Black Panther in a cosplay event like ComicCon for example.    Or it could be a great décor element for the comic book fan in your life.   This electronic helmet is definitively an amazing item for anyone who enjoy the comic books universe.

The Marvel Legends Black Panther Electronic Helmet is available for purchase at your favorite toy store, even on and


Disclaimer: Thanks to Hasbro Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.