The Lego Adventure Book, Volume Two Does It Again

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Kris Bordessa’s son, Evan, talks about The Lego Adventure Book, Volume Two. 

Author Megan H. Rothrock is back with a second book in the Lego Adventure Book series. The Lego Adventure Book, Volume One was great; it had a fun backstory, interesting creations, and instructions for some of the more basic builds. The Lego Adventure Book, Volume Two is even better. The book starts off at the Idea Lab once again, where you’re encouraged to build some simple models to add to the original Idea Lab layout discussed in volume one. Once you’ve built those models, you dive in head first into building some pretty impressive models. Here’s what Lego says:

Learn to create sleek spaceships, exotic pirate hideaways, fire-breathing dragons, fast cars, and much more. With nearly 40 step-by-step breakdowns and 100 example models, The Lego Adventure Book is sure to spark your imagination and keep you building!

The models featured in this book were created by builders within the online Lego community, which I’m pretty familiar with. Since I’ve met or had contact with many of the artists included in this collection, I connected with this volume more than I did with the first book. The creators featured in this book include Mark Stafford (Lego set designer), Tommy Williamson (founder of BrickNerd), Tyler Clites (freelance Lego artist), and more. I had the opportunity to see Tommy Williamson’s slightly modified visual effects Stage 18 at BrickCon 2013, though I had no idea it was going to be featured in this book. 

One model, The Sludge Puppy created by Tyler Clites AKA Legohaulic, really brought back memories. In fact, it was one of the first models I saw before joining the online Lego community. I was pretty hyped to see that Tyler had a chapter of the book dedicated to his builds. But when I saw instructions to build the Sludge Puppy included in the book, well, I had a bit of a fanboy moment. Even though the model is a simplified version, with all strictly “legal” techniques, it’s still a fantastic model. And while I haven’t had time to build one myself, I plan on doing so in the near future. I was also impressed with the car ferry and the collection of film equipment models.

I’d highly recommend The Lego Adventure Book, Volume Two to anyone who enjoys building with the little plastic bricks! Whether they’re new to the hobby, or a hardcore builder, this book has enough for everyone, and is not to be missed.

GeekMom received a copy of this book for review purposes.

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