The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2 Review
Value for Money:
Last week we was honoured to get the chance to interview Megan Rothrock who is the author of the LEGO Adventure Books and I’ve been looking forward to reading the sequel to last years LEGO book of the year (well in the Brick Fanatics awards it was). At the same time I was also worried as like film sequels they can be hit and miss. Some are as good or better than the first others are worse and ruins the legacy left by the original. So when the book came last week I opened it up with a sense of trepidation, hoping it would do the first book justice. Read my review to find out if it succeeded.
Megan as we know is a former product designer at LEGO and this is the follow up to last years LEGO Adventure book for me it was my favourite book of the year as I mentioned about, this book follows on from where the last book left off. The new title has new builders, new instructions and a new storyline as well. The book is due out in the UK at the end of November, so if you are looking for a book for Xmas this could be it.
- Title: The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2
- Year Release: 30 November 2013
- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press
- Author: Megan Rotherock
- UK Price: £17.49
- ISBN: 1593275129
- Availability: General Retail
Cover & Content
The cover is once again hardback but with a few changes from the first book. Firstly the colour scheme on the cover is red, the front has a nice medieval village scene and the full title is at the bottom which is “Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More!, 100+ modles and nearly 40 brick by brick breakdowns”. The back features more models and the blurb for the book. One of the models is instantly recognizable as a Peter Reid model.
The book is the same as the last one where we join Megs and Brickbot on another adventure as they track the Destructor and rebuilds models he destroys The book starts with Nabii visiting Megs at the Idea Lab and the 1st chapter begins. The book is split into 11 chapters, each chapter is colour coded has a different well known LEGO builder.
Each chapter gives you a bio of the builder at the start and the storyline plays out in comic book layout style making it appealing to both young and old and along the way you get shown models by the builder in that chapter with mini builds that show you the parts required and then a few simple pictures on how to assemble. For one example there was the tulips that required 21 pieces and yet are very simple designs and at same time are very effective. The first chapter along is packed with models and ides that can keep you busy for days.
What this boo kfeatures and I think really makes this book better that the first IMO is the larger models you get to tackle, for example in this book we are introduced to power functions and we get to build a train, which is not for a novice and the build is spread over 12 pages plus when you finish are given variations if you want to build more. It is one model that is a must for me next year.
I don’t want to spoil the storyline too much but it is really clever what Megs has done and it really gets you into the book as you shift between chapters/worlds/dimensions and visit builders and help them rebuild models. We visit Mark Stafford who shows us how to build one of his famous viper fighters, this is another good build with some very interesting techniques. We also get to look at more of his viper models. Each chapter is packed with ideas, tips and inspiration to inspire you to build. I picked up some ideas for signage in chapter 3 for my next model. To continue this book has picked themes I like and always wanted info from hot rod builders to ship builders it has ticked every book.
The storyline is good as mentioned and one you want to read cover to cover but then the book becomes a fantastic reference book for MOC builders who want ideas and tips for their next creation.
Instructions & Images
As one would expect from a No Starch Press book the photograph is excellent just like before, images are clear and crisp and make for an excellent book. what I do like more than the first is the instructions, maybe it’s because the models are better and bigger but the instructions are clear and very easy to follow and shows you plenty of building tips you might not think to try out
I started this review worried that it would not be as good as the first and ended up finishing it thinking it was better. The storyline became a sideshow for the real starts of the book which was the models you could build, these models are bigger, better that what was in the first and for me made this book every bit as good as the first and then some. What I also like is you don’t need to read the first one to enjoy this book, while the storyline might not be as easy to follow without the first volume for those wanting new things to build and new ideas then it does not matter about having the first.
Megs has done it again and really created a book that will appeal to both young and old and gives you ideas, tips and models to keen even the most active builders quiet for a few weeks. I said LEGO Space was the book of the year, well I think that statement was premature!
If there is a book you want to get, then this has to be the one. You can order this book from Amazon now by clicking here.