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Build Yourself Happy Might Help With All That Coronavirus Anxiety

Let me begin by saying I am not a mental health practitioner. Everything that I am going to say is a suggestion only and just my personal opinion. Anxiety and depression are serious medical issues. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Things are a bit shit at the moment, to put it bluntly. Everything that is going on has led to a huge amount of anxiety for a lot of people. I think we all need something to take our minds off things.

I know we’ve all got our LEGO sets to build but sometimes you need something else, and Build Yourself Happy by Abbie Headon is a great option. It’s a book that looks at simple ways you can use LEGO to improve your mental state.

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If you are looking for something to help you justify spending $250 on a modular to your less than supportive partner then this book isn’t for you.

This book is about Mindfulness.

Book Review: Just Brick It

Just Brick It Book Cover Small

RRP $29.99.
Available at most bookstores.

Unlike a lot of the books that I have been lucky enough to review, this one is targeted at the adult LEGO fan community. While I don’t mind the occasional trip to Heartlake City or the world of Ninjago, I was looking forward to something written for somebody like me.

The Just Brick It book doesn’t muck around with who it’s marketed towards – the introduction features the term AFOL with no explanation of what that term means. It assumes that you know what it means because you are an AFOL.

The book comprises of 20 different LEGO projects that you can recreate and the contents details where to find each. This isn’t a book you have to read from cover to cover, you can easily start with a build that catches your interest.

The layout of the book is quite easy to follow. The parts list is presented at the start of each model. This book is not an officially licensed product so unfortunately the parts list lacks detail like element IDs, which would make ordering parts online a lot easier. Having more detail on the parts would also help with colours – there are different shades of grey coloured bricks for example.

Book Review: LEGO Awesome Ideas

LEGO Awesome Ideas Book Cover

RRP $39.99
Available from most retailers

When I came back to LEGO one of the first books that I got was a LEGO Ideas book. The concept behind these sort of books is to inspire the master builder within us all. Does this book live up to that? Read on to find out.

If you spot the Awesome Ideas book on a store shelf you may pick it up, admire the holographic 3D effect cover and then put it back disappointed that it doesn’t come with an exclusive minifigure or small set. In my opinion that would be a mistake. Even though it doesn’t come any actual LEGO, this book is easily my favourite so far (sorry Friends Adventure Guide).

The book features 5 different sections; Outer Space, Modern Metropolis, Wild West, Fantasy Land and The Real World. Each page is then further categorised according to the type of content:

  • Expanding your world – builds related to the overall section.
  • Builder Secrets – the slightly trickier builds.
  • Showstoppers – the larger more impressive builds.
  • Dioramas – combining the previous builds into an overall display.

After the contents there is also a brief section on the things every builder needs to know. It’s a great primer for the terms and techniques used throughout the book.

I don’t want to spoil the contents of the book in detail but here is a brief overview of each section that should give you a rough idea of what’s included.