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So... whatcha want for that poster?
I'd love to hear your initial thoughts on the book though!
On a positive, I'm thoroughly enjoying building the Home Alone house one bag per day. Today looks like it will be Kevin and the Christmas tree.
So after about 30 minutes with the book, paging through it and reading only the introduction, I have the following comments:
1) The book is beautiful, well bound, very colorful and very LEGO in it's color pallet.
2) The cover is cloth over board and after laying a classic red 2x4 LEGO brick on the cover, I see that they have matched the red LEGO brick extremely well to the cover textile.
3) Photos (color and black and white) and graphics are all very well reproduced. 1st class.
4) The author writes very well. The introduction is good with a hook.
5) Text is on the small side. I can just read it without my reading glasses, but won't.
6) I think it will be worth the many hours I'll spend with the book in the coming months.
I would expect nothing less from a book commissioned by LEGO House.
Here are some pics. Sorry about the bit of glare on the last two.
Thanks for the photos and excellent review @rockethead26!
I, of course, use Brickset extensively for my collection... but I too have numerous spreadsheets (in my case, I actually keep them in Google Sheets for easy access from anywhere anytime) to track and document parts of my collection. Like @Brickfan50 I do it often by specific theme, here's an example:
I also have more graphical sheets for things like minifigures and such.
It's good to know that we nerd out in similar ways... be it LEGO, or fascination with spreadsheets!
Just got an email update on The Secret Life of LEGO Bricks book, they just released the eBook, and, it has color graphics/photos!!
Super excited about this. Still wishing I'd gone for the hardcover, but this certainly makes me a little happier about the eBook.
I'll be looking forward to digging into this book soon. I'm currently about 40% through The LEGO Story book which has been an absolutely fabulous read! I'm learning so much about the early history of the company that I had no idea about, and I felt like I was pretty knowledgeable about LEGO history.
#71411: The Mighty Bowser £100 off ..
but the big kicker is the lego shop i did 3 days ago...
to get the promos. if i had know 2x vip was comming this month i would have waited...
what am i building?
#76405 Hogwarts Express - Collectors' Edition
this joins the list of set built in the past 6 weeks that list being.
#71040 Disney Castle
#21330 Home Alone
#10303 Loop Coaster
#76161 1989 Batwing
i also build some Brickheadz set's 5 in all. but them take next to no time to build.
and #40516 Everyone is Awesome :) that was fun...
As of today, I've officially completed my collection of the entire Western theme!
This has been such a fun theme to collect. And it all came together fairly quickly too, which was nice (especially after the long journey collecting the Pirates theme). These sets are really great across the board, and I personally don't feel there is a dud in the entire batch.
Displaying them on this IKEA Billy bookcase is less than ideal, but it achieves the purpose for now. Sometime soon I'll figure out some space to lay all the sets out properly and take some better photos of them.
That didn't take you very long! Clearly, you need more of a challenge. Therefore, I dare you to collect a complete set of... Znap! Ha ha ha!
Did you know, that there is actually an image out there of some unreleased prototype sets for the theme... including a couple of western style trains! I wish that at least one of these had made it to production.
For those who haven't seen this before... also take note of the buffalo piece!
They really, really are! It's a shame we only got the one "curved road" plate with the rutted path pattern, I wish that we'd gotten a straight section as well.
Same goes for the river plate. Both this tan river plate design and the green one from the Islanders sub-theme could have really, really used some straight sections for expansion!