Lego Space: Building the Future by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard
$15.78 at Amazon ($9.99 Kindle)
When I was a kid, my favorite Legos were the Space Legos – Blacktron, M-tron, Space Police! I always wished I had more of them, but when I started playing with Legos again as an adult they were long since discontinued. Thus, I was happy to receive a copy of Lego Space, which promises step by step building instructions for similar models.
The book is written as something of a history, starting with Sputnik in 1957 and rapidly progressing to the birth of the Federation in the mid-21st century, proceeding into the colonization of Mars, first contact, and interstellar exploration. A variety of ships are presented, evoking all the classic models – the three previously mentioned plus Ice Planet. Ships are generally shown from multiple angles.
Overall, the book is very well done; I only have two complaints. The first is that, while the blurb suggests this is an instruction book, it actually contains only a handful of detailed instructions; for the rest of the models, you’ll have to figure out how to put them together yourself (although the pictures will give you a pretty good idea). I would have loved to have seen instructions for some of the larger ships. The other is that, as with similar books I’ve seen, there’s no parts lists for the models; if you don’t have a piece you need (or a substitute) it may be a challenge to figure out exactly what the piece is called so you can order one (or find a set containing it).
Despite those flaws, this was a fun read and it would make an excellent coffee table book.
Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book.