Reference Books for Licensed Themes – Part 1

Not being a big movie/cartoon buff, I substitute my knowledge gap in licensed themes by referring to reference books.  Sure, you don’t need to read those books to play with bricks, but sometimes I just like to check how accurately the set/location has been reproduced in LEGO form.  :P

Here’s a list of books I know.  If there are other great reference books for licensed themes do drop me a note ya?   By the way this is Part 1 cos I’m expecting a Part 2 for Star Wars reference books (and it’s a really long list!).

Links to Amazon.com for convenience. 

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0756616409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756616403
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    Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide by James Luceno (Hardcover - May 5, 2008)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0756635004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756635008
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    Harry Potter Film Wizardry by Brian Sibley (Hardcover - Oct 19, 2010)

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0061997811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061997815
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    Toy Story 3 The Essential Guide (Dk Essential Guides) by DEK Publishing (Hardcover - May 1, 2010)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0756663164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756663162
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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0756627052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756627058
  • LEGO Factory Project v2.0

    Apparently this demo made at LegoWorld 2010 (Zwolle, The Netherlands) is just a teaser.  I’m impressed anyway.

    This was built by Martijn Bosgraaf (Dryw Filtiarn), filmed by Peer Kreuger (mahjqa):

    The details:

    • Five Mindstorms NXTs
    • Constructed over four-and-a-half months (Jun to Oct 2010)
    • 150 hours for construction
    • 100 hours for programming
    • 25,000 bricks used (estimated)
    • Warehouse of 95 different bricks
    • 1520 bricks in stock
    • Maximum model size: 16 width x22 length x 11 height
    • Models designed in LDD

    Amazing huh?

    Martijn says “A more extensive video demonstration will come later this year when I get things reprogrammed a bit to be more efficient as it currently is“.  More efficient?  How? :O

    LEGO Great Ball Contraption & Another Rube Goldberg

    These videos are addictive, tho to be honest I felt quite exhausted mid-way thru from just watching the balls/machines move…

    LEGO Great Ball Contraption レゴ】玉ころがしをつくってみた.flv

    Another LEGO Rube Goldberg Maschine by  Brixe63

    P.S. Yeah, Rube Goldberg & Great Ball Contraptions are new discoveries for me … fascinating stuff… and the efforts to do one…

    Some New LEGO Related Products

    I’ve been suffering some withdrawal syndromes of sorts – no access to internet in the evenings and mostly too busy in the day to do my usual surfing and posting.   So until I’m back home mid next week I guess I’ll just have to adjust to the deprivation.  :(

    Some interesting new Lego related products like a glow-in-the-dark LEGO brick USB drive, a wii-mote with LEGO (but looks horrid for playing tho, imagine the stud marks!), a LEGO letterpress and being able to control your Mindstorms with Android app

    That’s all, a quick dash and post really. :)

    New Lego Books & Lego Harry Potter Visual Dictionary

    I had no idea so many new Lego related books are coming out until I did a search on both Amazon & Book Depository.

    Most interesting find for me on the long list below is the Lego Harry Potter Visual Dictionary (Hardback – May 16, 2011).  Will it include a special minifig just like the Star Wars version??  

    For fans in Singapore (and I think to most other countries), bookdepository offers free shipping. Most of the links below go to Amazon except for the May Harry Potter releases that were listed on Book Depository but not Amazon, but if you want an easy view of the coming books, click here to see the listing on Book Depository.

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