Is there a correlation between AFOLs and the love for reading? There must be at least one study out there that we just do not know about, but it does not matter. If you are an AFOL, whether or not you love to read, you will want this coffee table for Christmas. Or even for an early Christmas present.
The book is titled The Cult of LEGO, and that is pretty much self-explanatory. Written by John Baichtal and Joe Meno, The Cult of LEGO will be released in November of this year and is 304 pages worth of LEGO goodness. Just in case those names do not exactly ring a bell, Baichtal is of Wired’s GeekDad renown while Meno is the founder of BrickJournal. That ought to tell you that this book should be worth more than something.
So what can you see in the illustrated book? People just like you who consider LEGO to be an integral part of their life. From the publisher’s page: ((No Starch Press))
People like professional LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya; enigmatic Dutch painter Ego Leonard (who maintains that he is, in fact, a LEGO minifig); Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator who builds CubeDudes, instantly recognizable likenesses of fictional characters; Brick Testament creator Brendan Powell Smith, who uses LEGO to illustrate biblical stories; and Henry Lim, whose work includes a series of models recreating M.C. Escher lithographs and a full-scale, functioning LEGO harpsichord.
If that is not enough to get you all worked up, how about the following?
- A life-sized Stegosaurus and an 80,000-brick T. Rex skeleton
- Detailed microscale versions of landmarks like the Acropolis and Yankee Stadium
- A 22-foot long, 350-pound re-creation of the World War II battleship Yamato
- A robotic, giant chess set that can replay historical matches or take on an opponent
- A three-level, remote-controlled Jawa Sandcrawler, complete with moving conveyor belt
The mere thought of these should be more than enough to get any AFOL excited! And even if you are not a hardcore LEGO fan, this book is a great Christmas gift idea for those who are and for kids. After all, it is never too early to get kids into LEGO, don’t you think?
Reserve your copy now at No Starch Press for $39.95 for the print book plus a free ebook in PDF. If you want the PDF only, it will cost you $31.95. That’s a no brainer!