the LEGO NEIGHBORHOOD book by Brian Lyles and Jason Lyles (a J!-ENT LEGO Book Review)

September 29, 2014 by  




AUTHORS: by Brian Lyles and Jason Lyles

Price: $19.95

Company: No Starch Press

Availability: Available Now | Ages 10+

Softcover: 208 pages

From LEGO builders, Brian Lyles and Jason Lyles comes a book featuring building instructions that have been featured on their website,

The book is written for those who have experience building LEGO modular buildings.

From creating things like roof moldings and cornices, lights, column and railings, windows and shutters, newspaper racks, fire hydrants, parking meters, benches, traffic lights for details.

And then easing your way to creating interiors such as a living room, console tables, shelvings, recliners, lighting plants, kitchen, appliances, dining room, beds, bathrooms, etc.

The how-to-guidebook shows you how to create a variety of objects and also shows photos of the Lyles’ creations, such as their Chilis restaurant, a bakery inspired by a cake shop in New Jersey and other buildings inspired by real buildings that they have seen in other cities.

But once you complete half the book, you then are introduced to the more complex modular buildings that you can create.

This is where it’s important that one has have a collection of pieces available to them as the book shows parts lists (you can also download from the No Starch website), but you can build a corner drugstore, a house, a Parisian apartment, a colonial row house and canal ring house (these are all pictured on the front cover of the book).

For those who are wanting to move up from intermediate to expert, both “the LEGO NEIGHBORHOOD book” by the Lyles and “BRICK CITY: GLOBAL ICONS TO MAKE FROM LEGO” are wonderful books for one to further their creativity, but also be inspired to build their own creations.

I found this book also wonderful in the fact that there are mini builds, aside from just buildings, so you can make lamp posts, traffic lights, recliner, tables and more. So, for those who have pre-existing LEGO sets and want to do slight modifications for their interiors, this is another plus for this book.

I do not recommend this book for young children, but I do recommend it for serious builders who are willing to invest in the many pieces that will be needed to create these modulars.
For those not familiar with LEGO modulars, they tend to run over $150 and by buying these pieces separately, you should expect to be paying over a $100 because there are many pieces involved.

For the how-to-guide, similar to LEGO guidebooks that come with sets, they are easy to follow and for the most part, those with experience and patience will be able to build these modular buildings, some may want to follow the directions, but by using the appropriate color pieces that would suit them.

Overall, another LEGO how-to-book that I recommend!

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