- Gebundene Ausgabe: 216 Seiten
- Verlag: No Starch Press; Auflage: 1 (31. Oktober 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1593275218
- ISBN-13: 978-1593275211
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,9 x 1,9 x 27,3 cm
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LEGO® Space: Building the Future (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 31. Oktober 2013
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"LEGO and space, a match made in heaven." --CNET "LEGO, is there nothing it can't do? A bricky final frontier." --SFX "One small brick for man, one giant brick for mankind." --BuzzFeed "Lovingly crafted. Kids still in love with LEGO will be agog." --Kirkus Reviews
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Peter Reid has been a fan of LEGO since childhood. He is a contributor to The LEGO Play Book, his work appeared in The LEGO Book, and he has attended design workshops with the LEGO Group in Billund. His incredible LEGO Exo Suit, featured in this book, has been chosen by LEGO for mass production in 2014, as LEGO CUUSOO #006, Exo Suit. He lives near London with his fiancee, Yvonne.
Tim Goddard is a contributor to the New York Times-bestselling The LEGO Ideas Book and The LEGO Play Book. He has also participated in product development with the LEGO Group. He works as a laboratory manager and lives with his wife, Sharon, in the UK.
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In diesem Buch(Mehr dazu)
Es wird die Geschichte der (LEGO-)Raumfahrt erzählt, angefangen beim Sputnik und weitergesponnen bis in die ferne Zukunft.
Das Ganze ist in einer netten, durchgehenden Story verpackt. Allerdings in englischer Sprache, und da der Text einen erheblichen Anteil am Buch ausmacht, ist es weniger interessant für nicht englisch sprechende LEGO-Weltraum-Fans als beispielsweise Das große Lego-Buch: Bau dir deine Galaxie das zudem noch tatsächlich zum Großteil aus Bauanleitungen besteht.
Neben der eigentlichen Erzählung gibt es natürlich noch etliche Bilder mit interessanten Anregungen zum Nachbauen von Raumschiffen u.ä. in verschiedenen Maßstäben, allerdings sind nur detaillierte Anleitungen für knapp zehn Modelle zu finden, daher finde ich die Aussage in der englischen Rezension "über 200 Seiten Bauanleitungen" stark übertrieben.
Insgesamt ist das Buch nämlich weniger als Baubuch, sondern eher als Anregung für eine Kreationen zu sehen, oder einfach um darin zu schmökern. Man findet viele der alten LEGO-Themen wieder, sei es Black Tron, Ice Planet und alle Farbvariationen von Classic Space.
Kein Baubuch, denn es enthält nur knapp zehn Anleitungen, aber für Fans von Classic Space sehr interessant - Englischkenntnisse vorausgesetzt
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This book is receiving five stars not just because of the overall content quality, but because it’s like four books in one:
1. Classic LEGO space fans will thoroughly enjoy seeing modern evolutions of their favorite theme, complete with the “LL” starship designation from the past. Never before have gray, blue and yellow LEGO bricks looked so cool. And as for fans of classic space sub themes like Ice Planet, Blacktron, Space Police and others, fret not. Reid and Goddard have tactfully included these themes, too, veiled in such a manner as to not infringe upon LEGO trademarks.
2. Builders of all skill levels and ages will love the well-rendered, step-by-step instructions of around a dozen space creations ranging from the soviet era Sputnik to a creepy space worm. The cool factor here is that the creations evolve from a sort of “you view it, you do it,” motif. You actually feel like you can relive portions of the books’ loose storyline—which is described next-- by pausing to build a drop ship, robotic turtle or survey robot.
3. Sci-fi fans and builders alike will enjoy the fact that this book includes a lot of narrative. Every creation has a story to go with it that far exceeds the insights provided by any previous LEGO book. The book begins with an accurate depiction of the world’s space program, then promptly moves into science fiction territory by telling bite-sized chunks of the history of “The Federation,” throughout. And as you might expect, “The Federation” deals with enemies, innovation, infiltration and imperialistic concerns that spawn spectacular LEGO creations to suit.
4. This book is flat-out inspiring and fun. You can open this book to any page and just enjoy the storyline, the photography or both. You’re guaranteed to get lost in the imaginary world and find yourself inspired to go build something fun, even if it’s as small as the six piece, robotic “Blip” featured on page 92.
While this book is spectacular in it’s own right, it is remarkable for another reason as well. Co-author Peter Reid’s Exo-Suit creation featured on page 24 will become an official LEGO set sometime in 2014 (as part of the LEGO CUUSOO program).
This hardbound book sets a new standard for future authors wishing to focus on a specific LEGO theme. Reid and Goddard have accurately captured the beauty, appeal and potential of the original LEGO Space theme and allow you to literally play along. But their greatest achievement is the mark of a truly outstanding book. They open the mind of the reader to a boundless world of imagination.
But it is disappointing that the included instructions are only for small builds on the micro scale. Because I was already familiar with the models built by the authors, I was hoping to get some insight into their building techniques. But not a single large example/model has build instructions, nor do any of the non-obvious join techniques used in them get any attention. In short, if you are not already capable of building at this level, you will not get much building insight from reading this book. And for me, that is a huge disappointment because I was hoping this would help me advance my own LEGO building skills. What I'm left with is a physical manifestation of things I already access to from the web, albeit with much more fantasy context and back story added. While that context and back story makes the fantasy world these ships inhabit richer and fuller, I'm still left extremely disappointed because that's not why I bought the books. If I had known that before purchasing the book, it is likely I would not have done so.
I was very excited to read this book because space has always been one of my favorite LEGO themes. In some ways this book exceeded my expectations, particularly in the way that it pays homage to the old LEGO themes of classic space, ice planet, Blacktron, and Space Police, while creating things that are new and different.
The book is different from most LEGO books I can think of in that it tells a fictional story, starting from the US space program in the 1960s (Neil Armstrong’s footprint on the moon on p.7 is particularly nice) through to the distant future. It uses photographs of LEGO to illustrate this science fiction, as well as 3d renderings of the step-by-step instructions on how to build some of the models. These instructions are the only real ways in which the ‘fourth wall’ of the fictional universe is broken.
The story is a neat excuse for the authors to bring in elements from the various themes that I mentioned, starting with classic space (“The Federation” – pp. 20-59). If you’re unfamiliar with this theme, see http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Classic_Space?file=Classic_Space_1979.jpg. The models that they show for this do a great job of keeping the color scheme (yellow, blue, grey) of the builds, while adding much more sophistication and detail than were ever present in the original sets.
The story continues on to Ice planet (see e.g. http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Ice_Planet_2002), which this story renames as “Inhospitable Climate Engineers (ICE)” (pp.62-85). This was one of my favorite themes growing up, and I love how the authors have retained the blue, white, and orange color scheme in their builds, while introducing entirely new concepts, such as the ICE robots (pp. 76-77). The snowmobile build on p. 75 is also impressive.
Blacktron is up next (http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Blacktron) starting around p. 116. One of my favorite two page spreads in the book is on pp. 122-123, in which these Blacktron lookalikes are attacking the Octania refueling ship. Fans of LEGO will instantly recognize that the name and color scheme (red, white, and green) of the Octania are a reference to Octan, the gas station in the town sets. (See http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Octan)
The last main theme covered by the book is Space Police I (http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Space_Police_I), whose ships are often black and blue, with distinctive transparent red canopies. The authors bring these into a more modern palette by changing the shade of blue and using many pieces which were not yet manufactured during the Space Police I theme (1989-1991).
Overall this book is amazing. My only problem with it is the story and prose. Here is one short excerpt:
“In the medical bay, the doctor was able to realize his increasingly bizarre dreams. His ambition reached new heights, and he went about his work with newfound passion. His scientific breakthroughs were as terrible as they were incredible” (p. 125)
I find that the writing is cliched and lackluster. The story is completely forgettable (I am struggling to remember one aspect of it after having read it about 2 weeks ago). I don’t think you would miss much just by looking at the pictures and admiring the models and skipping the story entirely.
The models are incredible in this book, and so too are the lighting and photography. This is an extremely well produced book, and some of the two page spreads could have come straight out of a movie. For instance, see pp. 154-155 which shows 3 soldiers in exoskeletons fighting off a mass of incoming aliens. The scene is shot from an overhead perspective, and you can see that the three soldiers are about to back right into each other, with no hope of escape.
If you are a fan of the LEGO space themes that I mentioned, then you will enjoy this book. It is full of fan service (e.g. the Octania ship I mentioned earlier), and all of the models are top notch. They manage to evoke the original theme without just copying directly. They bring the old styles into the modern day, using updated colors and pieces, and taking advantage of the roughly 20 years of progress between these early sets and today.
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