LEGO Space: Building The Future, is an absolute masterpiece. Fans who recall the extremely popular LEGO Space theme from the 80’s are in for an updated treat that nearly defies definition. Yet for any LEGO space or sci-fi fan, this book delivers more than 200 pages of building instructions and interstellar eye candy that make this book a must buy.
This book is receiving five stars not just because of the overall content quality, but because it’s like four books in one:
1. Classic LEGO space fans will thoroughly enjoy seeing modern evolutions of their favorite theme, complete with the “LL” starship designation from the past. Never before have gray, blue and yellow LEGO bricks looked so cool. And as for fans of classic space sub themes like Ice Planet, Blacktron, Space Police and others, fret not. Reid and Goddard have tactfully included these themes, too, veiled in such a manner as to not infringe upon LEGO trademarks.
2. Builders of all skill levels and ages will love the well-rendered, step-by-step instructions of around a dozen space creations ranging from the soviet era Sputnik to a creepy space worm. The cool factor here is that the creations evolve from a sort of “you view it, you do it,” motif. You actually feel like you can relive portions of the books’ loose storyline—which is described next-- by pausing to build a drop ship, robotic turtle or survey robot.
3. Sci-fi fans and builders alike will enjoy the fact that this book includes a lot of narrative. Every creation has a story to go with it that far exceeds the insights provided by any previous LEGO book. The book begins with an accurate depiction of the world’s space program, then promptly moves into science fiction territory by telling bite-sized chunks of the history of “The Federation,” throughout. And as you might expect, “The Federation” deals with enemies, innovation, infiltration and imperialistic concerns that spawn spectacular LEGO creations to suit.
4. This book is flat-out inspiring and fun. You can open this book to any page and just enjoy the storyline, the photography or both. You’re guaranteed to get lost in the imaginary world and find yourself inspired to go build something fun, even if it’s as small as the six piece, robotic “Blip” featured on page 92.
While this book is spectacular in it’s own right, it is remarkable for another reason as well. Co-author Peter Reid’s Exo-Suit creation featured on page 24 will become an official LEGO set sometime in 2014 (as part of the LEGO CUUSOO program).
This hardbound book sets a new standard for future authors wishing to focus on a specific LEGO theme. Reid and Goddard have accurately captured the beauty, appeal and potential of the original LEGO Space theme and allow you to literally play along. But their greatest achievement is the mark of a truly outstanding book. They open the mind of the reader to a boundless world of imagination.