The Lego Animation and Geeky Lego Crafts Book Review + Giveaway
Since I was an only child, I had many moments throughout my young life that I would be bored in my own home. It was usually during these moments that I would begin to reorganize my room or start a new project I had never done before.
One of my favorite things to do was to put together LEGO kits, you know the ones that have all the pieces needed to create a ship, or van or environment for my LEGO people. I would spend hours matching pieces and clicking them together.
Despite my creativity, I never thought that there was much more I could do with LEGO’s and inevitably they would end up taken apart, in the box in my closet never to be seen again. When I recently received a copy of the LEGO books Geeky LEGO Crafts and The LEGO Animation Book I realized the missed opportunities I had all those years earlier with my beloved brick blocks. .
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I received a copy of each of the following LEGO Books for review:
Geeky LEGO Crafts: 21 Fun and Quirky Projects is a collection of 21 crafts that can be created with LEGO’s. This is a 128 page collection of step-by-step instructions to build cursor bookends, floppy disc coasters, a wine rack, pencil holders, and many more. Since each project has step-by-step instructions this makes it easy for anyone to create, although the book is recommended for kids 9 and up.
The hardbound nature of the book will keep it looking nice, and each picture is in full bright color and explains what is needed to create the project.
The second book I reviewed was The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies. This is basically a book that explains how to create your own LEGO movies.
The book explains each concept to make a LEGO movie, and give full color and full instructions and will show you how to bring your models to life with stop-motion animation. The best part is that there is no experience required! Follow step-by-step instructions to make your first animation, and then explore the entire film making process, from storyboards to post-production.
Covered in the book are items such as how to create special effects like explosions and flying mini figures, how to convey action and emotion with your mini figure actors. Also covered is design sets for animation with tips about how to make three buildings look like an entire city. Light, frame, and how to capture consistent photos are covered as well as how to add detail and scope to your films by building in different scales. There is even instructions how to build camera dollies and rigs out of LEGO bricks and how to choose cameras, software, and other essential animation tools to create your movie.
The combination of these two LEGO books would give hours upon hours of entertainment for any LEGO lover. If you happen to have an aspiring film maker in your life, or just a lover of LEGO’s Geeky LEGO Crafts: 21 Fun and Quirky Projects and The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies the perfect book duo for their collection!
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GIVEAWAY: No Starch Press/DealsAmongUs is giving a copy of each of these Lego books to one lucky reader! (1) lucky winner will be selected at random to win 1 physical copy of Geeky LEGO Crafts: 21 Fun and Quirky Projects and 1 physical copy of The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies – This is a $27.00 value! I will be randomly choosing 1 person on March 17th (3/17/2017) to receive this LEGO creation combo! Open to residents in the US and Canada only. To enter complete the entries below! Winner will be notified by DealsAmongUs by email and prize will be fulfilled by No Starch Press/DealsAmongUs. Remember you have 48 hours to claim prize, or I will choose another winner. GOOD LUCK!!!