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    John Baichtal is a contributor to MAKE Magazine and Wired's GeekDad blog. He has also written for legendary tabletop gaming magazines Dragon and Dungeon, as well as Kobold Quarterly and 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.

    Joe Meno is the founder of BrickJournal, a print and online LEGO® fan magazine. He has organized and run LEGO fan events, acted as an advisor on LEGO projects, and helped design LEGO sets.

    No, this isn't a book about joining some fringe cult. It's a book by LEGO® fans, for LEGO fans, and you and your kids will love it.

    In The Cult of LEGO, Wired's GeekDad blogger John Baichtal and BrickJournal founder Joe Meno take you on a magnificent, illustrated tour of the LEGO community, its people, and their creations.

    The Cult of LEGO introduces us to fans and builders from all walks of life. 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.

    Marvel at spectacular LEGO creations like:

    • 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

    Whether you're a card-carrying LEGO fanatic or just thinking fondly about that dusty box of LEGO in storage, The Cult of LEGO will inspire you to take out your bricks and build something amazing.

    Gold Medal, Independent Publisher Book Award, "IPPY" for Pop Culture

    Silver Medal, 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards for Crafts and Hobbies

    Grand Prize, 2012 San Francisco Book Festival

    Selected for the Communication Arts 2012 Design Annual


    Praise for The Cult of LEGO


    "I defy you to read and admire this book and not want to doodle with some bricks by the time you're done."

    —Gareth Branwyn, online editor-in-chief, MAKE Magazine

    "This fascinating look at the world of devoted LEGO fans deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone who's ever played with LEGO bricks."

    —Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief, Wired

    "A crazy fun read, from cover to cover, this book deserves a special spot on the bookshelf of any self-respecting nerd."

    —Jake McKee, former global community manager, the LEGO Group

    "An excellent book and a must have for any LEGO enthusiast out there. The pictures are awesome!"

    —Ulrik Pilegaard, author of Forbidden LEGO

    "We're all members of the Cult of LEGO—the only membership requirement is clicking two pieces of plastic together and wanting to click more. Now we have a book that justifies our obsession."

    —James Floyd Kelly, blogger for GeekDad.com and TheNXTStep.com

    Specs

    ISBN 9781593273910
    Genre CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Toymaking
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 290
    Publisher Date 2011-11-04 00:00:00.0
    Publisher No Starch Pr
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 10.25 in
    Wdth 8.25 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 2.62 lb
    Language English
    Edition Number 1
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Baichtal, John
    Country of Origin United States

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    • Inside look into the ardent fans of Legos

      I bought this for my adult son and grandson who love putting Legos together. I think it gave them another look into the world of fans who like them, want to see what others are doing with their Legos. Their imaginations are endless in this book. My son and grandson were taking turns reading the book. They hadn't seen this book before, so this was a nice surprise for them. It reminds me of the fans of Star Trek and how they too became a cult of that series. This too is a cult in a good sense. Fun for all.

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