Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Book Review - Lego Heavy Weapons

About the Book
Jack Streat is an accomplished LEGO weapons builder whose YouTube videos have over 16 million views. Now he's the author of a new book about building LEGO weapons, and he's only 17 years old.


In LEGO® Heavy Weapons (No Starch Press, May 2012, 368 pp., $24.95, ISBN 9781593274122), Streat offers a collection of building instructions for four truly impressive, 1:1-scale LEGO replicas of the world's most iconic firearms. LEGO builders will learn to create a massive Desert Eagle handgun with blowback action, plus three accurate brick-shooting marvels: an AKS-74U assault rifle with folding stock, a bolt-action Lee Enfield sniper rifle (aka. Jungle Carbine), and a pump-action SPAS 12 combat shotgun.

According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, "Readers will instantly recognize these models from their favorite Tarantino films and videogames like Counter-Strike and Call of Duty." Pollock continues, "At last, LEGO fans can turn that pile of dusty bricks into insane weapons that they can brandish while running wild through their homes. The world may never be the same."

About the Author

Jack Streat started building with LEGO when he was four years old. Since posting his first LEGO gun video online when he was 13, Streat has played an influential role in the LEGO weapon builder community. In his spare time he modifies guitars in a never-ending quest to make them as loud as possible. LEGO Heavy Weapons is Streat's first book.

My Take on the Book
I am a HUGE Lego Fan and have nee since I was young, so I am always in awe of the things that people can make with LEGO products as well as how to make them myself. This book provides amazing step-by-step instructions for how to put together some very lifelike gun replicas out of LEGOs. While the book is well written and the instructions are top notch and easy to follow, I have to take pause at the content and what is being made because I know that many young people will also find this book to be intriguing and the book is encouraging the building of guns. While I am not prudish when it comes to guns, glorifying guns and making them cool is also something that I am not in the custom to encourage either. This book does allow the LEGO enthusiast to build some amazing things, but as a parent, I do not know how appropriate it is for younger children to have this book based on my earlier thoughts and opinions.

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