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A Million Little Bricks: The Unofficial Illustrated History of the Lego Phenomenon

3.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  83 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Toy of the Year, Toy of the Century, Greatest Toy of All Time . . . there aren't many titles that haven't been bestowed on LEGO toys, and it's not hard to see why. From its inception in the early 1930s right up until today, the LEGO Group's history is as colorful as the toys it makes. Few other playthings share the LEGO brand's creative spirit, educative benefits, resilien ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Skyhorse Publishing
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Bill Ward
Nov 01, 2012 Bill Ward rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lego
I was a little disappointed with this book to be honest. It started out all right, giving the story of the origins of the LEGO company, spelling out the trials and tribulations of the nascent toy company. But the bulk of the book is really just a list of all the different sets LEGO has produced over the years. There was only a small bit at the very end about the LEGO fan community, talking about a few of the conventions and Web sites, but I would have really preferred to see some MOC builders fe ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like this started off strong and then lost steam. It seemed that once the product lines started expanding, Herman had a hard time organizing her writing. I was confused why some themes broke out minifigure and significant set descriptions while others didn't. Also, the two-page interview at the end seemed completely random.

It was interesting on a whole but really could have been done better.
Apr 09, 2014 Aaron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been into Legos since I was three or four, so I couldn't resist picking up this book and checking it out. I loved the background story of the Lego company, and there are some interesting facts that I didn't know about one of my favorite toys...but once you get into this book it becomes a list of every single series and set. I appreciated some of this - because some of the older series are hard to come by and I've often wondered if anyone else remembered about the MTRONS and BLACK TRONS. I d ...more
Mar 21, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lego Fans
This book provides a more in depth history of The Lego Company than many of the other Lego books produced by The Lego Company itself. However, the book has a few editing problems and is somewhat disorganized. The long chapters (some as many as 100 pages), make it difficult to read and keep the information in your mind. There is a lot of great information in here, and I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about Lego history.
Aug 11, 2013 Fletch rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As other people have mentioned, this is a fairly uneven read - a failure on the editing. It starts out as a history of the LEGO group, shifts into a brief touch on the evolution through the 70s and 80s (MY era of LEGO, which disappointingly, had the least coverage) and then almost a line-by-line product guide of the 90s and later products. I would have been perfectly happy with either a more historical approach, or an illustrated guide, but as it is, this kinda missed on all fronts. Having recei ...more
Christopher J.j.
Feb 13, 2015 Christopher J.j. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, did-not-finish
Terrible. A history of the company that does not go in chronological order. Difficult to follow. Boring. Someone has to write a better history of Lego. This stinks.
Wow, I knew so little about TLG (The Lego Group) from its origins in pre-WW I Denmark, to it's invention of the Lego building system in 1957, and it's eventual mega huge success it has today. However, the company did have hard times and this book narrated it all, something that an official history book might not do. I did not appreciate the chapter orginization; frequently a chapter about the years of 1989-1999 would talk about events in 2005, very confusing. Plus I would have loved way more pic ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Tiimo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is great if you love Lego. It shows the history of Lego and how it's made.
May 03, 2014 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts off well, but the tail end of the book loses its luster.
Anne Lawrence
Jan 22, 2014 Anne Lawrence rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Best part of the book is the first section, especially Legoland (pp 48-59)
Mar 13, 2015 Milt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
some assembly required, good information
selective depth read
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Jan 07, 2013 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides marked it as maybe-read-sometime  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This looks like a well-done book, and the production values are great. (Nice paper, color pictures, etc.) However, I'm not enough of a LEGO geek to want to read another book on the subject, at least right now. Lego: A Love Story was the one I'd read and enjoyed before.
Sara Goldenberg
It's a heavy book and not that interesting. There is nothing really new that is contained here either.
Andrew Murphy
Mar 27, 2013 Andrew Murphy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a huge disappointment. Like other have said, it started out well with the history but then it became a listing of products and updates. There was very little in terms of illustration. Do not buy this book, I sure you find a better catalog of Lego products on the internet.
Jeff Tate
For an illustrated history it was fairly light on illustrations. The history of LEGO section was interesting, but it only made up a third of the book. The rest just reviewed various sets and products that have been released over the years. Overall, it was disappointing.
Feb 17, 2013 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Nice pictures, when they had pictures, but way too much detail and history for a casual reader and LEGO user such as myself.
Evan Saltzman
Mar 02, 2013 Evan Saltzman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An awesome book for the Lego fan in all. Makes you want to go back and put together all the sets I had as a kid.
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