a million little bricks the unofficial illustrated history of the lego phenomenon

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A Million Little Bricks

Author : Sarah Herman
ISBN : 9781620878675
Genre : Business & Economics
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Toy of the Year, Toy of the Century, Greatest Toy of All Time . . . there aren't many titles that havenÕt been bestowed on LEGO toys, and itÕs not hard to see why. From its inception in the early 1930s right up until today, the LEGO GroupÕs history is as colorful as the toys it makes. Few other playthings share the LEGO brandÕs creative spirit, educative benefits, resilience, quality, and universal appeal. The LEGO name is now synonymous with playtime, but it wasnÕt always so. This history charts the birth of the LEGO Group in the workshop of a Danish carpenter and its steady growth as a small, family-run toy manufacturer to its current position as a market-leading, award-winning brand. The companyÕs ever-increasing catalogof productsÑincluding the earliest wooden toys, plastic bricks, play themes, and other building systems such as DUPLO, Technic, and MINDSTORMSÑare chronicled in detail, alongside the manufacturing process, LEGOLAND parks, licensed toys, and computer games. Learn all about how LEGO pulled itself out of an economic crisis and embraced technology to make building blocks relevant to twenty-first-century children and discover the vibrant fan community of kids and adults whose conventions, websites, and artwork keep the LEGO spirit alive. As nostalgic as it is contemporary, A Million Little Bricks will have you reminiscing about old Classic Space sets, rummaging through the attic for forgotten Minifigure friends, and playing with whatever LEGO bricks you can get your hands on (even if it means sharing with your kids).

Extreme Bricks

Author : Sarah Herman
ISBN : 9781628734652
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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From the Great Pyramid of Giza and Stonehenge to the Colosseum and the Taj Mahal, man has never shied away from an extreme building challenge, and the LEGO builders of the twenty-first century are no different. Whether they’re re-creating the works of ancient masters in brick form, building life-size superheroes, breaking world records with skyscraping towers, or firmly adjusting their thinking caps to program plastic robots, some LEGO fans are taking their passion for plastic to the extreme. Sarah Herman, the author of A Million Little Bricks: The Unofficial Illustrated History of the LEGO Phenomenon, has brought together some of the world’s most ambitious builders in a fact-filled showcase of truly mind-blowing models for this exciting illustrated book. Extreme Bricks chronicles the first attempts at large-scale models embarked on by the LEGO Group as well as the early work of LEGOLAND artists and builders and contemporary LEGO Certified Professionals who build big for a living. It charts the rise of AFOLS (adult fans of LEGO) and their increasingly spectacular models and gargantuan collections. Packed with two hundred color photographs to shock and surprise, the book also explores the popular building competitions and includes a closer look at the shockingly smart LEGO MINDSTORMS robots that can do everything from solving a Rubik’s Cube to building their own LEGO models.

Lego Studies

Author : Mark J.P. Wolf
ISBN : 9781317935452
Genre : Social Science
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Since the "Automatic Binding Bricks" that LEGO produced in 1949, and the LEGO "System of Play" that began with the release of Town Plan No. 1 (1955), LEGO bricks have gone on to become a global phenomenon, and the favorite building toy of children, as well as many an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO). LEGO has also become a medium into which a wide number of media franchises, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Batman, Superman, Lord of the Rings, and others, have adapted their characters, vehicles, props, and settings. The LEGO Group itself has become a multimedia empire, including LEGO books, movies, television shows, video games, board games, comic books, theme parks, magazines, and even MMORPGs. LEGO Studies: Examining the Building Blocks of a Transmedial Phenomenon is the first collection to examine LEGO as both a medium into which other franchises can be adapted and a transmedial franchise of its own. Although each essay looks at a particular aspect of the LEGO phenomenon, topics such as adaptation, representation, paratexts, franchises, and interactivity intersect throughout these essays, proposing that the study of LEGO as a medium and a media empire is a rich vein barely touched upon in Media Studies.

The Cult Of Lego

Author : John Baichtal
ISBN : 1593273916
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The authors take readers on a story-packed adventure through the history of LEGO, from its humble beginnings in a small Danish village to its ascent to the summit of the toy world. They learn hundreds of obscure LEGO facts as they're surrounded by countless fantastically complex and challenging models built by some of the most famous adult LEGO builders.

When Cats Turn Bad

Author : Sarah Herman
ISBN : 1840247843
Genre : Humor
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They may look cute and fluffy, they may even appear affectionate - but don't be fooled. This is what happens when cats turn bad. It's not pretty. These malicious moggies are rude, crude and foul-mouthed. Here at last is a book that exposes cats' true agenda. Combining photos of the coolest cats with captions that reveal their inner wickedness, When Cats Turn Bad shows our furry friends are no pussies.

Building A History

Author : Sarah Herman
ISBN : 1844681254
Genre : Toy industry
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The history of LEGO from its early days making yo-yos and other wooden toys (which continued until the 1960s), a record of its toys, including the famous building bricks and Duplo and how it's adapted to the changing toy market e.g. bringing in licensed products such as Star Wars and Harry Potter. The book will also include LEGO world records, the LEGOLAND theme parks and their development, including how they commemorate world events such as President Obama's inauguration was anticipated with an impressive LEGO display. In more recent times, James May built a LEGO house, complete with flushing LEGO toilet and people have sailed in homemade LEGO boats. This fascinating book contains lots of LEGO facts including how wooden yo-yo discs were turned I to truck wheels when the yo-yo craze died, how many bricks were used in LEGOLAND's Mount Rushmore and the meaning of LEGO – 'play well' and 'I put together'. The book ends with a chapter full of practical tips and designs for making objects out of LEGO e.g. keeping balance, hollow insides to save on using bricks, waterproofing etc.


Author : Bill Deen
ISBN : 1468083996
Genre : Humor
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You know the scene.You walk into any toy store, “for the kids” (*wink wink*), to purchase just ONE toy. You come out with just about every LEGO® set the store has—for yourself. Next, you're wondering how you're going to pay the bills, and whether you'll be able to give your kids Christmas presents this year.Brickdiction: A Seven Step Recovery Guide for People Addicted to LEGO® lays out the principles and procedures YOU can apply to YOUR life to recover from your plastic brick addiction.Countless people have turned their lives around by going through the steps outlined in this book. You too can recover from your LEGO® addiction by working through these steps.Recovery will be hard, but it is possible. Have hope.**Disclaimer: This might be a good time to point out that this whole book is a joke. (You didn't think I was actually serious, did you?)

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