Book Review : The Cult of Lego

November 27, 2011


Product Description:
In The Cult of LEGO, Wired’s GeekDad blogger John Baichtal and BrickJournal founder Joe Meno take you on a magnificent, illustrated tour of the LEGO® community, its people, and their creations.

The Cult of LEGO introduces us to fans and builders from all walks of life. People like professional LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya; enigmatic Dutch painter Ego Leonard (who maintains that he is, in fact, a LEGO minifig); Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator who builds CubeDudes, instantly recognizable likenesses of fictional characters; Brick Testament creator Brendan Powell Smith, who uses LEGO to illustrate biblical stories; and Henry Lim, whose work includes a series of models recreating M.C. Escher lithographs and a full-scale, functioning LEGO harpsichord.

Marvel at spectacular LEGO creations like:

- A life-sized Stegosaurus and an 80,000-brick T. Rex skeleton
- Detailed microscale versions of landmarks like the Acropolis and Yankee Stadium
- A 22-foot long, 350-pound re-creation of the World War II battleship Yamato
- A robotic, giant chess set that can replay historical matches or take on an opponent
- A three-level, remote-controlled Jawa Sandcrawler, complete with moving conveyor belt

Whether you’re a card-carrying LEGO fanatic or just thinking fondly about that dusty box of LEGO in storage, The Cult of LEGO will inspire you to take out your bricks and build something amazing.

As a child, we’ve all played with Lego and even until now we still do, the only difference is, we build crazier and cooler things then a pirate ship or a castle.

To see a book dedicated to the Danish company’s history and creativity is a blessing for all fans (including us). The Cult of Lego by John Baichal and Joe Meno is a 304 page hardcover book that explains and compiles the ideas behind the brick, art that was inspired by it, new technologies and creations, and stories told by many using the humble brick.

What we really like about this book is the fact that it has a good balance between written words and images. Some books are awesome with just images but it can get quite boring not know what you’re actually reading about (or vice versa). In this case, the authors definitely explained every page, article and feature in detail giving us a valuable insight to the subject matter.

There are 12 different sections to the book and our favorite bits have got to be the “Lego Art”, ”Telling Stories” and “Serious Lego” sections. These 3 sections alone sum up it’s influences on pop culture and where it is headed.

If you are a true Lego fan, this book is a must have on your shelf.
Available now at all good bookstore near you.

words by Benny Teh

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