Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Book Review - Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO

About the Book
Brick City is a model builder's festival in book form. It's a pictorial collection of world- famous buildings--and a photo gallery that also includes pictures of each building's miniaturized model. What lends special distinction to the models is the way they're constructed. Each is made entirely of LEGO bricks. Known for decades as a favorite children's toy, LEGO bricks have entered the adult model builder's repertoire in recent years. Author and model maker Warren Elsmore presents instructions for neophyte LEGO modelers plus plans for constructing specific buildings and landmarks, along with vivid photos of completed LEGO models. The models that readers can build represent landmarks from all over the world, and include--

  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • New York's New World Trade Center
  • The Louvre in Paris
  • Rome's Colosseum
  • A London taxicab
  • Hong Kong ferries
  • The Great Wall of China . . . and many others

Featuring photos of actual landmarks, amazing artwork, photos of LEGO models, and scale drawings of structural details to guide model builders, Brick City presents a modeler's panorama of contemporary urban landscapes. More than 400 illustrations in color and black and white.

BONUS POSTERS: Enclosed with the book are two dramatic posters featuring LEGOƂ® model photos of architectural world landmarks. The posters, which are suitable for framing, unfold to 17 1/2" x 24 3/4"

About the Author
Warren Elsmore is a LEGO modeler who has worked with several commercial companies in the United Kingdom, building plastic models to help them visualize their conceptions. As a hobbyist, he is best known for his 13 1/2-foot-long LEGO model of London's famous St. Pancras railroad station.

My Take on the Book
As a person who grew up on LEGO, this book was a treasure trove of amazing creations that I only wish I had enough LEGO blocks to be able to create them myself  The book itself provides not only great content but also full color images to draw you into the pages and make you get lost in the book itself.

I will say that this book provides insights and creations for the expert and semi-expert builder in my opinion, as the creations in this book are very time intensive, but even more so people intensive.

This definitely is a book for anyone who loves LEGO. You will be completely amazed by the overall breadth and depth of the creations that are shared here - I know I was!

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1 comment:

Jedi 008 said...

I bought the book as well and as an adult Lego modeler/hobbyist, I am a bit disappointed by the tiny pictures of the Colosseum. I would have much rather seen one bigger over all picture of the base instead of 6 tiny ones that do not even magnify well. But perhaps I am totally wrong here as that could be part of the challenge of Lego building!