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Forbidden LEGO: Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against! [Paperback]

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Pages   186
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 8.5" Height: 10"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 2007
Publisher   No Starch Press
ISBN  1593271379  
EAN  9781593271374  

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It just may be impossible to exhaust the creative potential of LEGO bricks. With an active imagination as your guide, there are endless possibilities-provided you follow the LEGO Company's official (and sensible) rules. This means no cutting or tampering with bricks, creating models that shoot unapproved projectiles, or using non-standard parts with any LEGO product. After all, those little precision-molded ABS bricks can be dangerous in the wrong hands Well, toss those rules out the window.

"Forbidden Lego" introduces you to the type of free-style building that LEGO's master builders do for fun in the back room. Using LEGO bricks in combination with common household materials (from rubber bands and glue to plastic spoons and ping-pong balls) along with some very unorthodox building techniques, you'll learn to create working models that LEGO would never endorse. Try your hand at a toy gun that shoots LEGO plates, a candy catapult, a high voltage LEGO vehicle, a continuous-fire ping-pong ball launcher, and other useless but incredibly fun inventions.

Once you get into the spirit, you'll want to try inventing your own rule-breaking models. Forbidden Lego's authors, share tips and tricks that will inspire you and help you turn your visions into reality. Nothing's against the rules in this book

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Ulrik Pilegaard was a Senior Designer and Studio Manager for LEGO MINDSTORMS in Denmark and San Francisco, where he worked on projects for LEGO Technic in collaboration with the Media Lab at MIT and designed multiple models for LEGO MINDSTORMS (including R2D2). After LEGO, Pilegaard held the position of Manager of Design at Evolution Robotics, where he helped develop state-of-the-art robotics solutions. Since 2004, he has worked for Energy Innovations as a senior product designer

Mike Dooley worked as the Senior Product Manager for the original LEGO MINDSTORMS and was later promoted to Director of Development. Dooley is currently Vice President for Product and Business Development at Evolution Robotics, which focuses on next-generation technologies for consumer robotics.

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Half an instruction book - no way to order parts needed to build  Oct 30, 2008
A waste of money. This is a well done instruction book that motivates you to build the design and then stops. There isn't a parts list and since it doesnt give you the Lego parts numbers, neither is there any place you can go to get the parts. The Lego website won't let you order without them and, even with hours of searching, you can't find most of the special gears the authors magically came up with. A good example for business classes of how to foul up a really great idea. I raised this question to the publisher, NoStarch Press and they thanked me for my comments but offered no solution. They said they talked to the authors "from time to time" and would ask them - 6 months later, still no response.
Incomplete!!!!!!  Sep 8, 2008
This book is not useful!!!! Great ideas, but no parts numbers listed. Too hard to find the pieces necessary to make the models. Pictures are not detailed enough to redesign the machines yourself. You might as well read the project names from the table of contents and design your own machines to carry out the functions.
More than just an instruction book  Sep 2, 2008
I've enjoyed with this book not only creating some of the creations it has, but also reading the LEGO design-related stories, guidelines and ideas the authors have written through all the chapters.

The pages format and design are very attractive and the building steps are perfectly structured, fun and easy to understand.

For me, a must-have being a LEGO fan.
fun to read but frustrating to do  Jul 21, 2008
We bought this book for our 8 year old lego-fantatic son. He really enjoyed reading the book and looking at the designs. But as for doing the others have said, there aren't that many actual projects in there, and most of those require specialized pieces my son doesn't have. In order to get the right pieces, he must either buy a kit that includes those pieces (such as a motor) or go to one of the sites that will sell individual pieces...but the prices are high for a kid.

So, although he was excited to get this as a gift, it hasn't worked out so well for him.

I'd rather a book that gave more projects with more standard pieces.
not impressed ...  Jun 24, 2008
the boook is fine, but you only get five "projects". for $17 dollars new, you'd think there would be more ... guess i should have reviewed the table of contents before purchasing. also, the pieces aren't identified well enough for me. a name, or piece number would work MUCH better because i don't have some of the pieces and would need to purchase them, so now, i have to order them, blah, blah, blah. anyway, the book is nice, slick and well bound. there, i said something positive.

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