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Review: 10 LED Projects for Geeks: Build Light-Up Costumes, Sci-Fi Gadgets, and Other Clever Inventions

I am a sucker for things that light up, blink, flash, or otherwise visually grab attention. In the past, I’ve utilized Arduinos and LEDs to spruce up my own projects, so I am naturally attracted to a book on how to do more of them, which is where 10 LED Projects for Geeks: Build Light-Up […]

Review: LEGO Micro Cities: Build Your Own Mini Metropolis!

I’ve reviewed quite a few books about how to build buildings, cities, and architecture, but many of them focus on building them at minifigure scale. While it’s great that the minifigures have places to inhabit, sometimes LEGO builders want to build at a smaller scale. For such cases, there is microscale building. LEGO Micro Cities: […]

Review: The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book Volume 2

In the midst of the heat of summer, thoughts of the holidays dance about as we seek ways to cool down. What better way to celebrate Christmas in July than by building ornaments out of LEGO with The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book Volume 2?

Review: The LEGO Architecture Idea Book

While many LEGO building books focus on overall projects, The LEGO Architecture Idea Book approaches building from another perspective. Rather than teaching how to build, it is more of a reference book. It shows the completed design techniques with a couple sentences written about how it is done. This is not a book for beginners as it skips all the how-tos and shows all the interesting ways you can build windows, siding, and frames.

Review: The LEGO Zoo

At one point or another, everyone takes their LEGO bricks and attempts to build an animal or two. Stacking bricks to create legs and a body to create a rudimentary animal is the beginning steps to a bigger world, but what happens when a builder wants to move to the next level? That’s where The LEGO Zoo by Jody Padulano comes in.

Review: Coding iPhone Apps For Kids

We have entered a digital world where everyone carries a smartphone and everything seems to need an app. Every event and every company puts out their own app, so it only makes sense that writing code becomes a skill for all ages to learn. No Starch publishing is doing their part to bring that skill to younger folks with Coding iPhone Apps For Kids.

Review: Ultimate LEGO Star Wars

Ever since I was little, my favorite movie has been Star Wars. When LEGO started releasing Star Wars sets almost 20 years ago, it was the first LEGO sets I had bought since I was a kid. It was a way to relive some of my childhood by building ships from my favorite movie. Now, DK Publishing has released Ultimate LEGO Star Wars compiling all the creations released by the LEGO Group.

Review: The LEGO® Batman Movie: The Making of the Movie

When The LEGO Movie came out in 2014, one of the lead characters (that stole the show for some) was Batman. A snarky, ego driven Dark Knight was full of fun and humor while still true to the spirit of the 75 year old character. Now, years later, Batman gets his own movie that not only continues the charming cad from The LEGO Movie, but celebrates the history of every iteration of the character.

Review: The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide

Most people think for LEGO as the bricks that started the plastic building company, but there is a second type of LEGO building referred to as technic, which uses beams and pins to construct the builder’s creations. The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide teaches prospective builders how to make use of the technic pieces to create more technical builds.

Review: The LEGO Animation Book

For many years people have utilized LEGO parts to create their own stop motion animated films, more commonly referred to as brickfilms. Two notable members of the brickfilm community are David Pagano and David Pickett, and together they wrote The LEGO Animation Book to share their knowledge with those who want to start creating their own.