Today, I’m doing a book review on the LEGO book titled ‘365 Things to do with LEGO Bricks’ and no this isn’t a sponsored post like other reviews of this book because sadly DK Publishing never sent me a copy like the other bloggers in this LEGO space
Instead, I’m doing a review, because I believe this book has some really great LEGO ideas in it and plus I’ve even spied a copy of my LEGO Puzzle Cube I published on my YouTube Channel several months ago. Coincidence? Perhaps but more on that later.
365 Things to do with LEGO Bricks
For someone who’s been playing with LEGO a long time, I’m surprised they just didn’t go all out with the title and publish a book called.
‘Make something with LEGO every day, for the rest of your life’
We’ll the LEGO system is that good, and the opportunities to make something different with LEGO every day are endless.
But when you’ve got so many LEGO ideas to choose from, which do you choose?
Well, the ‘365 Things to do with LEGO Bricks’ book has already solved this problem by adding an activity selector and timer to the front cover.
That’s right, you don’t even need to think about which one you’re going to build. Just hit the button to get a random LEGO model selection and begin the timer.
OK, let’s give is it a try and my lucky number is : 242
So let’s take a peek inside…
And there we have it. A LEGO Puzzle cube you can try to put together and impress your friends.
But wait, it’s just a picture and doesn’t really give you any ideas on how to actually make the LEGO Puzzle Cube, does it?
Fortunately, I’ve already made a video for this LEGO Puzzle Cube 3 months before this book was even published. My video details the exact method you use to combine bricks and plates together to form the symmetrical shapes you need for the Puzzle Cube. (A standard 2 x 2 brick isn’t a cube)
And here’s that video…
And that’s the first problem with this book.
It’s really just a LEGO picture book.
Yes, I know it’s things to do with LEGO and not necessarily how to make things with LEGO, but a few references and links to the sources would actually be useful in the book.
Now, I’m by no means suggesting they stole my idea, because this Puzzle Cube Design has been around for ages and I just translated it to LEGO. I’m sure many others have done the same and just not published a video or book on it.
But if there is a known reference, perhaps it would help the reader to learn more about what they’re trying to create.
To make it easier for the newcomer to LEGO, there is a few pages dedicated to LEGO building techniques and handy tips. However, this still won’t prepare you for what’s ahead.
You see, although there are over 365 things to do with LEGO bricks, it’s unlikely you’ll have the pieces you’ll need to build anything useful at all. And even if you have the pieces it’s unlikely you’ll have the right colors, such is the vast range of LEGO elements and color combinations.
Again, maybe a list of parts, a piece count or estimated cost would be more helpful for the reader.
Unfortunately, this appears to be more a coffee table book, rather than a book that might inspire the LEGO Master Builders of tomorrow.
And sure you’re probably thinking an AFOL is not the target market for this type of book.
But my 7 and 9 year-olds don’t find it particularly useful either, to them it’s just a picture book.
“Mom, don’t buy me this for Christmas”, instead just buy me more LEGO.
And if you need another 2+ million LEGO ideas on what people are building with LEGO then, head on over to Flickr and simply search for ‘LEGO’.