Review: The LEGO Book New Edition

We absolutely love LEGO in our house. Indeed, the kids have already built an extensive collection. What’s more, the sets I had as a kid remain all present and correct at my parents’ home.

There’s something quite brilliant about following the instructions to make vehicles and buildings or, of course, creating your own. This new title from DK is therefore right up our street!

The LEGO Book New Edition is a wonderful read that fans young and old will adore. Starting with the history of the iconic brand, it guides readers on a fantastic journey through the evolution of the much-loved playsets.

In case you’re wondering, the name derives from the Danish for “play well”. And play well we all certainly have.

I had always assumed that the LEGO company started out with the sole intention of creating the system it’s now synonymous with. Not so!

The first LEGO toys were actually wooden. It wasn’t until the late 1940s that the forerunners of the plastic bricks we’re now so familiar with were introduced.

A page from The LEGO Book New Edition showing a 1950s LEGO set.

In 1958, the brick was patented and continues to form the building principles today. It was fascinating reading about how these famous pieces came into being and took over as LEGO’s mainstay.

The LEGO Play Themes section covers all sets from the 1970s right through to the present day. I like the way they’re organised by theme rather than chronologically.

Showing them side by side shows how the sets have subtly changed while remaining true to their origins.

My kids are going to love going through the pages spotting favourite sets. They’re not alone in that either. I got rather sidetracked while flicking through it and caught myself saying “That’s so cool” on numerous occasions!

A LEGO light and sound set from the 1980s.

There was also a warm feeling of nostalgia looking through the LEGO sets I owned as a child. One of my favourite kits was a Light & Sound fire engine so I was particularly pleased to see it included.

It’s obvious that this book has been put together by people with the same affection for LEGO, which is only right as far as I’m concerned.

Finally, no LEGO book these days would be complete without a covermount and this one includes a marvellous collector’s item. An exclusive brick to commemorate the 60th anniversary of LEGO.

An exclusive LEGO brick.

The LEGO Book New Edition is a comprehensive and brilliant celebration of a hugely popular toy. If you love LEGO, you’ll love this. It has an RRP of £18 but I have five copies to give away.

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Disclosure: this post is a paid collaboration with DK.

96 Comments
  • Tracy Nixon
    December 11, 2018

    I remember receiving a set called Forbidden Island for Christmas and I loved it! It was an island where pirates buried their treasure! My parents bought it for me because I love Captain Pugwash at the time!

  • Laura Banks
    December 11, 2018

    i had a set with a motor and you could make cars

  • Susan Sargent
    December 11, 2018

    Didn’t have Lego in my days.

  • Susan B
    December 11, 2018

    I had one with buildings and trees but can’t remember what it was called.

  • Sadiyya Maryam
    December 11, 2018

    I didn’t really have one but my brothers had Space Command Centre which I loved helping them build. My daughter absolutely loves Lego and this would be an amazing prize to surprise her with. Many thanks for this great giveaway.

  • Clare Hubbard
    December 11, 2018

    I don’t think I had a Lego set but I did have lots of bricks, I used to love building houses with a very detailed floor plan!

  • Karen Langridge
    December 11, 2018

    We had a police station set my brother and I liked to play x

  • Alice Dixon
    December 11, 2018

    I had a huge airport set that I loved playing with, it had a plane and control tower and terminal

  • David Powell
    December 11, 2018

    I would really like to build a WW1 battleship, like HMS Hood

  • Ashleigh Allan
    December 11, 2018

    I just had the basic one to make my own creations

  • kelly wheelhouse
    December 11, 2018

    I used to love the Star Wars Lego kits!

  • Natasha Pretorius
    December 11, 2018

    I didn’t have Lego as a child, but my 7 year old son is obsessed with it. His favourite set is the Lego City police range

  • Angie Mcdonald
    December 11, 2018

    I had one with eyes on the bricks and I used to love building houses with face son the sides!

  • Solange
    December 11, 2018

    The Lego classic bricks.

  • Grant Robson
    December 11, 2018

    Millenium Falcon lego set!

  • Ruth Harwood
    December 12, 2018

    we had a star wars set – it was awesome!!

  • ADEINNE TONNER
    December 12, 2018

    As a child i loved the animal themed lego sets

  • Chris Andrews
    December 12, 2018

    when i was a child they didn’t come in sets, just boxes of bricks, and l always loved a new box to make bigger and better things

  • Amy Pest
    December 12, 2018

    i remember my favourite was a lego set with windows and doors i loved building houses

  • matt brown
    December 12, 2018

    i had a policeman set when i was younger where i could make jails

  • lorraine kirk
    December 12, 2018

    My brothers moon base set!

  • Maggie Ali
    December 12, 2018

    I didn’t have Lego but badly wanted.

  • Lyndsey
    December 12, 2018

    My brother had a big gallion ship it was amazing

  • Liam Bishop
    December 12, 2018

    I remember having an airport one which I loved!

  • Corinne Peat
    December 12, 2018

    It was a house. Think I still have some of the windows and door!

  • Helen M
    December 12, 2018

    My train set

  • Claire Woods
    December 12, 2018

    I don’t remember having any sets.

  • Kay Sherman
    December 12, 2018

    My brother had Lego that I couldn’t touch now my son let’s me play

  • Janine Phillips
    December 12, 2018

    I didn’t have an actual set, just lots of bricks x

  • Geri Gregg
    December 12, 2018

    I used to make houses with my Lego

  • Kellie Steed
    December 13, 2018

    I don’t remember there being ‘sets’ of Lego when I was a kid, just generic boxes of Lego that you made your own thing with. Am I that old!? lol

  • Michelle Ferguson
    December 13, 2018

    I didn’t have a lego set, we just had lots of bricks and odds and ends that I used to love building houses with.

  • Kim Carberry
    December 13, 2018

    I don’t remember having any sets I just had a big box of Lego which I used to build things with x

  • hannah igoe
    December 13, 2018

    We had a house with table and chairs and home comforts in it

  • Sue Leake
    December 13, 2018

    I did have a fire station set back in the early 60s after that I use to get pocket money small boxes in one colour

  • Keith Hunt
    December 13, 2018

    LEGO Building Set with People – Farm

  • Laura Wheatley
    December 13, 2018

    I loved the mix boxes that had instructions for little things. I used to love making houses. lego was my fave

  • Tee Simpson
    December 13, 2018

    I had a police station set which I loved building.

  • Marie-Clare Gauthey
    December 14, 2018

    I remember having a Zoo Lego set and I was obsessed!

  • Olga
    December 14, 2018

    Zoo Lego set was my favourite

  • Andrea Upton
    December 14, 2018

    It was a farm set that I liked

  • Tracy Newton
    December 15, 2018

    I never had a set. But had a huge tub of random Lego bricks. I loved building houses

  • Georgina Prince
    December 15, 2018

    i liked the loose sets i would make towns out of them

  • Kirsty Stewart
    December 15, 2018

    My gran always just had a big box of lego pieces, think the whole family played with them. It started my love of lego.

  • iain maciver
    December 15, 2018

    a good mixture of bricks no sets

  • Sarah Hughes
    December 15, 2018

    I remember having a police station set that I loved playing with

  • Allan Fullarton
    December 15, 2018

    The BIG pirate ship.

  • Angela treadway
    December 15, 2018

    i used to have all different sets and built houses that had real life like roofs x

  • Kate Sutton
    December 15, 2018

    Police station set

  • Lynn Neal
    December 15, 2018

    We had a set with trees and flowers so you could make a garden and I loved it!

  • Susan Trubey
    December 16, 2018

    Didn’t have lego

  • greig spencer
    December 16, 2018

    star wars

  • Gill Williams
    December 16, 2018

    I don’t think I had an actual lego set, just a box of bricks to make houses. I do remember a few trees too. I think it was a hand me down from my sister.

  • Catherine Stewart
    December 16, 2018

    Had a box of the normal Lego, which had stuff to make a restaurant. Now that was good!

  • Clifford Sherwood
    December 16, 2018

    My bro in law is a fanatic

  • Joanna Nichol
    December 16, 2018

    I had a lego house with people

  • Rachael Simmons
    December 16, 2018

    I actually never had a set, as my parents were poor when I was growing up. They did manage to get me a second hand box of LEGO which I loved making houses with, a few years later I found out that my dad gave the box to a little girl down our road who had even less than we did

  • Carol Boffey
    December 16, 2018

    i loved my lego as a kid

  • AnnaH
    December 16, 2018

    I had a lego house with animal figures – think there was a mouse and a cat – which I loved

  • Lucinda Fortune
    December 16, 2018

    I had a pirate ship!

  • emma howard
    December 16, 2018

    My petrol station with multi-storey car park!

  • Sheri Darby
    December 16, 2018

    We just had basic lego blocks and loved building houses

  • Louise Fairweather
    December 16, 2018

    I just had a small car.

  • Mark R
    December 16, 2018

    We mainly had a general collection of bricks but I do remember a police car and a caravan.

  • Jeff Hurst
    December 16, 2018

    Love Lego and this will expand my knowledge and of course childhood memories!

  • Laura Turner
    December 17, 2018

    Crikey – I must be old. Mine was just a plain old set of bricks – nothing fancy.

  • Zoey H
    December 17, 2018

    Cannot remember a specific sets but we has lots of bricks and would love building castles or cars

  • Laura Pyper
    December 17, 2018

    I loved building houses with a fence around the garden and flowers I the garden

  • Ray Becker
    December 17, 2018

    I barely remember it was a big box with a picture of a boy & girl on it

  • Sharon Everett
    December 17, 2018

    I didn’t have a kit. Just a small box of standard Lego. I used to make houses for my barbies. ⛄

  • MICHELLE Stewart
    December 17, 2018

    I had a Lego set with a street and traffic lights Loved It

  • gaynor Vincent
    December 17, 2018

    My five boys (dad and four littlies) would so love this book – they love to build everything from lego. My favourite thing I built was a target board for their Neff guns!

  • craig jones
    December 17, 2018

    A Lego Technics blue motorbike

  • Angela Wilcox
    December 17, 2018

    I had a little post van set with a post box and letters. We still have it, it’s now in my sons lego collection 🙂

  • Kim Neville
    December 17, 2018

    I don’t remember having any sets just a big tub and liked building houses with my sister with garden and furniture

  • Ruth lee
    December 17, 2018

    The classic Lego box

  • Julie Edwards
    December 17, 2018

    I used to have lots of lego that I made into houses. I loved the tree

  • ElizM
    December 17, 2018

    I was never allowed Lego as a child even though I always wanted it – totally deprived, so I love giving my kids Lego.

  • Ana Nunes
    December 17, 2018

    Times are different. I had some legos that my old cousins didn’t use anymore. But i remember building castles and rainbows, dreaming and smiling.

  • Tamara Wheatley
    December 17, 2018

    My son would love this…. all he thinks about is LEGO LEGO LEGO!!!

  • Debra Shanahan
    December 17, 2018

    I just remember making Lego houses on The flat green Lego base

  • KATHY D
    December 17, 2018

    I just love building the houses – still do in fact when I am allowed a turn

  • Karen Barrett
    December 17, 2018

    I loved the Fire Station

  • laura stewart
    December 17, 2018

    the star wars set is good x

  • Jackie L
    December 17, 2018

    Lego was in its infancy when I was a child. I remember building houses on the flat lego boards with my sisters. It has come a long way since then.

  • Michelle Newman
    December 17, 2018

    I don’t remember having Lego as a child but my son has lots and his favourite is a pirates ship.

  • Simone Griffin
    December 17, 2018

    I just used to love to build from my imagination – I loved to build Lego houses x

  • Christine Lockley
    December 17, 2018

    Growing up in the 70’s I don’t recall us ever being bought anything like the sets they have now, we just had basic bricks and would often build houses, farms etc

  • Sharon Burroughs
    December 17, 2018

    I had an Indiana Jones set.

  • JULIE WARD
    December 17, 2018

    It was one with just bricks, window and tree to build houses

  • Jade Bremner
    December 17, 2018

    I had a pink Lego house as a kid and I still have the set which my kids play with now

  • Rebecca Hussey
    December 17, 2018

    I can remember having a duplo farm set that I loved. My kids play with it now

  • Lorna-Jane Holland
    December 17, 2018

    My brother and I had a few sets from the Lego City collection – police cars and ambulances, which were always good fun to play with!

  • Elzbieta Znyk
    December 17, 2018

    I didn’t have any Lego as a child.

  • Kate Davies
    December 17, 2018

    I didn’t have sets just plain Lego bricks but I used them to build a massive house with my mum and we grew cress in the front garden.

  • melanie shah
    December 17, 2018

    Lego pirate ship

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