donderdag 21 augustus 2014

Lego Space: Building the Future book review

Written by master builders Peter Reid (yes, the guy from the Exo Suit, the Ideas craze of 2014) and Tim Goddard, this book is a great addition to any Legobrary and those of Space lovers in particular.

Detailing through a great set of MoC building a fictional history of all the Lego Space lines interwoven into one, the book is stuffed with gorgeous eye candy, including the first appearance of said Exo Suit.  Tackling most of the themes like Classic, Ice Planet, Blacktron, Police etc... all with a twist, I really enjoyed this book.

I had read reviews about the book, now around nearly a year, before, and kept being drawn to it, so about a month ago I bit the bullet and got myself a copy from Amazon.  Now, you see, I am an owner of the original Yellow Castle (parts have been used over the past 30 years in all kinds of builds) and a medieval style builder.  But my biggest part of the childhood collection has always been Lego Space, and this kit has always been my favorite:

I can still build it, as none of it`s parts are AWOL, and have been doing that in the earlier time period when I came out of my Dark Ages.  It has been disassembled again in the meantime, but it remains my fondest play memory of childhood.  Set 6890, the Cosmic Cruiser with it`s jetbike that could store in it`s back.

Recently, I have been looking into building a spaceship left or right as one of the big projects for 2015, like the World of Warcraft inspired building has been for this year.  the reasons for this are two-fold:

1. Benny

2. This book.

I`m not sure in which universe I`ll be setting the build (EVE, Freelancer, Wing Commander or something else), but I already have a draft of possible candidates in pictures and screenshots, but that is a decision to be made somewhere in december.

But back to the actual topic, the book itself.

The story begins with humanity (Legomanity???) setting out to the stars and colonising at first the Moon, then expanding further into the universe.

When digworks are undertaken on an asteroid, a strange creature is found and this starts to mind-control the population of a space station, corrupting them to become eventually what we know as Blacktron, and an actual war between them and the `regular` space line breaks out.

The story then evolves on mankind fending off but not utterly defeating the alien invaders (star role for the Exo Suit here), and the discovery of the warpgate technology to start colonising outer planets and systems.  The Blacktron guys do follow but are repelled again, and space is open for the minifigs to build a new world.

So that is the story in a nutshell, taking elements from genre staples as Aliens, Stargate, etc etc... without really putting it`s finger exactly on one of those.  But when you read the book, you get the feeling of `knowing` the story more or less.  Excellently done!

Like most Lego books, this one also has building instructions for all kinds of smaller vessels and the likes, mostly in this case microscale ships. 

It is a nice and thick hardback book, with excellent colour pictures without the MoC`s and pictures actually dominating the whole story and making the rest just filler, something that has happened before in other publications.  It`s not a glorified `Look what we can build` book, but truly a work of inspiration and imagination.

A really good work to have in your possession, it isn`t that expensive going around 15 to 20 GBP on Amazon (but be certain to grab it now, as Q4 is nearing and Lego - or by extension, all things geeky - prices tend to soar higher then as people go gift shopping) and worth every cent for me.

1 opmerking:

  1. Interesting. Some of the earlier bricks in my collection were the old cellulose actetate ones inherited from my next door neighbour. There were no sets of models and wheels had only just been introduced!