The Unofficial LEGO® Builder's Guide

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UPDATE: January 19, 2010

Four years later, over forty thousand copies sold, and ULBG just keeps on going! I wanted to say thanks again to all the kids, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers and other LEGO-loving adults who have bought the book. The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide remains a top seller on!

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Are you interested in taking a look inside The Unofficial LEGO® Builder's Guide? A sample chapter is now available for download from No Starch Press.

Curious to know what people are saying about the book? Read some of the reviews on the No Starch Press website or check out some of the reviews that have been posted to

Read a posting to my blog that talks in-depth about the black and white images in the book and why they ended up that way. Some people have expressed concern about the book having been created in black and white (actually subtle greyscale tones) so I felt it was important to explain exactly why this was done and why it doesn't negatively affect the readability of the book. And as always please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

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.

The Unofficial LEGO® Builder's Guide is available at all major book retailers. If your local store doesn't carry a copy, you can ask them to order one for you. The book is also available for ordering from or For links to other online retailers, please visit the order page.

Email me with questions, or read more about the book in my blog entries.

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