Beautiful LEGO: Wild! (英語) ペーパーバック – 2015/9/1
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Scenes from nature spring to life in Mike Doyle's latest curated collection of LEGO art, Beautiful LEGO: Wild! From botanical marvels to adorable critters—as a sea otter family made from 3,500 LEGO pieces—every page is sure to delight the artist and naturalist in all of us.
Interviews with LEGO masters from around the world give you a glimpse into the inspiration behind these incredible works of art. Discover amazing landscapes, insects, mythical creatures, and more, all within the enchanting pages of Beautiful LEGO: Wild!
"Like all good art, the sculptures in Beautiful LEGO: Wild! help us appreciate the beauty of what they represent...celebrates the interconnectedness of nature and LEGO."
"Beautiful LEGO: Wild! is a journey from the smallest bacteria to sweeping natural vistas, all made from the colorful toy bricks."
"Showcases the wild beauty of LEGO models."
We were expecting a book with builds based on the book's stated theme of replicating the natural world, but a full half of the included builds are of fantasy worlds and popular characters: these odd choices include Grumpy Cat, the "peanut butter jelly" dancing banana, and many, many takes on JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth (by way of Peter Jackson's movies). A full chapter is dedicated to "artificial life," with photos of robotic-looking centipedes and the like. Interesting builds (even if many of them we've seen already on various LEGO blogs and websites), but not what we were looking for in a book themed as "Wild!"
We were also disappointed that there is almost no text to accompany the photos. I know this is a coffee table-style book, but even the typical coffee table book offers some context! For serious builders like my eight year old, it's frustrating to flip through this book and find nothing on technique, nothing on construction. A couple of bigger names get short biographical notes, but that's it.
Some of the editorial choices seemed odd, too, like including tiny, strangely cropped photos of big, intricate builds (requiring thousands of pieces) right next to huge photos of small, basic builds (with few pieces). Rather than try to cram in so many builds like a joyless inventory, why not fill some of that empty page space with close-ups to focus on nice details of the larger builds? Or why not include a few photos of the process of building, rather than just the finished products?
All in all, I think this would be a much more satisfying book if fewer, on-theme builds were included, with more informational text on how the creators built their work. Perhaps some ideas for revisions for later editions?