Brick City

Global Icons to Make from LEGO

Reading Brick City by Warren Elsmore was like revisiting my childhood to a time when I had such fun creating with LEGOs. For some, building with LEGOs is a fun distraction and something to keep a child occupied on a rainy day. But for others, building with LEGO bricks is something of a hobby. And like every good hobbyist, the author and contributors of this book challenged themselves to not only be good at LEGO building, but to be great at it. Don’t just build a cable car, build a train station. Don’t just build a tavern, build a whole street scene. That is precisely what these LEGO builders have achieved in this book. They took LEGO building to a whole new level.

At the beginning of the book, readers are given a bit of history about LEGO. I never knew they were created in Denmark, nor did I, a Whovian, know that a LEGO piece is called a “dalek.” There is also information about the types of LEGO pieces available for use, as well as web sites you can check out about getting the bricks you need as well as how to create a mosaic with your LEGOs.

The LEGO models in this book that took weeks or months to construct are impressive. From the Eiffel Tower to Buckingham Palace to the Coliseum, all of the major landmarks as well as icons of certain cities are very well put together. Some of them have even won awards and have been put on display at important events. I liked how a major landmark is featured in almost every major city around the world. I also liked how a bit of historical information about the landmarks is included, as well as information about how some of the models compare to the real thing. The photographs of the models are also wonderful complements to this book. I kept going back and forth in the book, admiring all of the pictures of the models. Finally, another bonus is that some very simple things to construct are included for the beginning LEGO builder. There are instructions on how to build some of the models, but there is also the web site listed at the front of the book readers can go to if they want information on how to build things.

Brick City is a good book for the LEGO enthusiast, but it is also a book that could be enjoyed by anyone. The landmarks and other assorted items created with the LEGO pieces are impressive and I am grateful to these builders for creating them and putting them into this fun and entertaining book.

If you have ever wanted to go big when building with LEGO, look no further than Brick City by Warren Elsmore. A book containing step-by-step instructions on how to build some of the most famous landmarks in the world, Brick City will keep a LEGO builder busy for hours constructing buildings and cityscapes rivaling their real-life counterparts.

Book Blurb for Brick City

Brick City is a model builder's festival in book form. It's a pictorial collection of world- famous buildings--and a photo gallery that also includes pictures of each building's miniaturized model. What lends special distinction to the models is the way they're constructed. Each is made entirely of LEGO bricks. Known for decades as a favorite children's toy, LEGO bricks have entered the adult model builder's repertoire in recent years. Author and model maker Warren Elsmore presents instructions for neophyte LEGO modelers plus plans for constructing specific buildings and landmarks, along with vivid photos of completed LEGO models. The models that readers can build represent landmarks from all over the world, and include--

The Golden Gate Bridge New York's new World Trade Center The Louvre in Paris Rome's Coliseum A London taxicab Hong Kong ferries The Great Wall of China . . . and many others

Featuring photos of actual landmarks, amazing artwork, photos of LEGO models, and scale drawings of structural details to guide model builders, Brick City presents a modeler's panorama of contemporary urban landscapes. More than 400 illustrations in color and black and white.

BONUS POSTERS: Enclosed with the book are two dramatic posters featuring LEGO® model photos of architectural world landmarks. The posters, which are suitable for framing, unfold to 17 1/2" x 24 3/4"

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2013 5.00