Book Review: The LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book

LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book
Hardcover, full-color
$24.99 USD, 200 pages

Dorling Kindersley (DK) is a publisher that is licensed to print official LEGO or LEGO-related materials, and has constantly released book related to LEGO themes. While many of the books are targeted to a younger audience, there are a few that adult LEGO fans can use. The LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book is one of them.

To be honest, this book is not an Idea Book as done by the LEGO Group years ago – the LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book is a much more general book, with ideas for things beyond building. As mentioned before, DK LEGO books are generally meant for younger builders (6+). However, this book has some interesting ideas and building techniques for more experienced/adult builders.

The book is broken down to:

Recreate – Relive your favorite Star Wars moments

Expand – Enlarge the Star Wars Galaxy

Challenge – Compete for fun with friends and family

Use It – Build treasures to keep or give

With 200 pages (including an index – VERY convenient), there are a lot of ideas and photos to look through and build. Whats good about the book is that there is something for everyone. In fact, there is a flowchart in the beginning of the book that directs you to activities based on what you want to do! I’m not that focused, so I went through the book from the start to the end. 

Star Wars fans will enjoy the Recreate section, as it deals with building Star Wars-related items. The models are not ultra detailed, but accessible for beginners. The parts needed are fairly common parts – you just need a collection of parts from a few sets to get started. Iconic people places and things are built in this section, which gives the builder a good core of building skill and information to go to the next section.

Expand lets the builder become more creative by giving challenges to the Star Wars universe. What would a R-Fighter look like? How about a new alien in the cantina? What would a custom stormtrooper or battle droid be assembled? Builders get to figure that out on their own, along with other challenges.

Speaking of challenges, the third section is Challenge. This is the games section – and is perfect for getting ideas for a party. games include: Pin the Arm on the Wampa, Podracing, and Speed building Threepio! In terms of Star Wars, this section is not authentic, but isn’t meant to be. It’s meant to show what kind of games can be done with LEGO parts.

The last section, Use It, is making useful items that are Star Wars related. Ideas include a Jango Fett pencil holder, a Gamorrean piggy bank, and a Darth Vader vase. These are pretty easy builds that show how creative a builder can get with parts and inspiration. 

For the Star Wasr fans, there are some neat things : the Aurebesh alphabet done with LEGO plates, and an Imperial rank bar diagram. For builders, there are tips throughout the book that give helpful advice.There are no instrucions in the book, so builders will have to figure out construction from time to time. Most models, though are not that complex to break down.

So is the book worth it? For a child, it’s a great buy that will keep him or her busy for a very long time. For an adult, the book is a good way to have refernence to techniques and ideas that are new. I enjoyed the book as a nice inspiration point for LEGO building.

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