Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide

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The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide is a book by Allan Bedford, published by No Starch Press.

From the Author's Website:

The Unofficial LEGO® Builder's Guide, begins by asking such questions as, "What exactly is a slope? What's the difference between a tile and a plate? Why is it bad to simply stack bricks in columns to make a wall?"

The book then moves on to cover such topics as:

  • The best ways to connect bricks and creative uses for those patterns
  • Calculating and using scale - it's not as hard as you think
  • Creating a minifig scale train station - step by step plans included
  • Complete instructions for building your first sphere
  • How to build jumbo sized LEGO bricks - these quirky creations are both easy and fun
  • Building micro scaled models from just a few parts
  • Designing a complete model - a mini space shuttle
  • Tips for sorting and storing all of your LEGO pieces
One interesting feature of The Unofficial LEGO® Builder's Guide is the Brickopedia. This section is a visual guide to nearly 300 of the most useful and reusable elements of the LEGO system. Included are historical notes and common uses as well as part numbers and the year each piece first appeared in a LEGO set.



  • Publisher: No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA
  • Year: 2005
  • ISBN: 978-1-59327-054-4

Second edition

A second edition (ISBN: 978-1593274412) was published in late 2012 replacing the black and white illustrations with colour renderings but removing three chapters on making and use of tools for building; sorting and storage; and Technic - covered in another brand new book from No Starch Press: The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide.

External Links

  • Publishers page
  • The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide Blog


  • Review from BZPower
  • Review from Blogcritics
  • BimP Book Review: The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide: Second Edition from BimP retrieved January 9, 2013.

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