The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide, 2nd Edition —New from No Starch Press
October 10, 2012

Full-Color Edition of Best-Seller Covers LEGO Building Techniques


San Francisco, CA, October 10, 2012—When it comes to LEGO building, the possibilities are nearly endless. That’s an exciting prospect but also a daunting one. Where do you start? How do you build?

To help LEGO fans of all ages make the leap from following canned instructions to freestyle building, author Allan Bedford explains the essentials of design and construction in this four-color edition of The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide (No Starch Press, November 2012, 240 pp., full color, $24.95, ISBN 9781593274412).

The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide explains fundamental building practices that apply to any model, no matter the size or complexity. The book’s tone is friendly, light-hearted, and geared toward helping builders of all ages get the most fun out of the popular pastime. Readers will find coverage of the nitty-gritty details of connecting bricks to create sturdy and attractive combinations as well as helpful advice for mastering those early stages of the creative process, from coming up with design ideas to translating them into a concrete blueprint for building.

The best-selling first edition of The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide was beloved by kids and grown-ups alike. “This is the book I wish I had as a kid and as an adult returning to the hobby,” said Jacob McKee, former LEGO Community Development Manager. “It’s a great resource and is going to have a cherished place on my worktable.” While maintaining the core of what made the first edition a resounding success, this new edition of The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide also gives readers what they’ve been requesting for years: full-color images that help to clarify concepts and make the discussion easier (and more fun) to follow.

The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide shows readers how to:

  • Construct models that won’t fall apart
  • Choose the right pieces and substitute as needed
  • Build to micro, jumbo, and minifig scale
  • Make playable board games from LEGO pieces
  • Create photo mosaics and curved sculptures
  • Build a miniature space shuttle, a minifig-sized train station, and more

The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide includes an updated version of the indispensable and well-loved Brickopedia—an illustrated, visual dictionary of nearly 300 of the most commonly used LEGO elements, with historical notes, common uses, part numbers, and the year each piece first appeared in a LEGO set.

The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide is perfect for kids ready for more ambitious projects as well as adults rediscovering the joy of LEGO building, whether as their own hobby or one to share with their children.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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