Every now and again, Lego-preferred publisher DK Books puts out a tome specifically designed to part a fool and my money. Often, that book includes a special minifigure, or tiny build that you wouldn’t, for a moment, think of purchasing separately, but now that it’s attached to the front of a $50 book you’ll flick through once or twice and leave on the shelf to gather dust and give the cat asthma, weeellllll, all of a sudden, there it is, on your shelf, and the cat’s sneezing its box off…..
Anyway, this is one of those ‘tiny build’ examples.
Thing is: DK put out pretty good books. And the tiny build in question is one that, you know, has some resonance. Which is all well and fine and stuff, but is it any good?
We’ve talked about this before. We’ll undoubtedly talk about it again. But to recap: fors there was Classic Space. Then there was a whole generation of kids who lost their shit for Classic Space. Then there was this conversation.
EVERYONE: Classic Space is great! Classic Space is the best! (Forms giant communities to talk about Classic Space, build Classic Space, MOC Classic Space, rub Classic Space on erect nipples, marry Classic Space and have its Classic Space babies). Give us more Classic Space!
LEGO: No. Have shitty Star Wars shit instead.
EVERYONE: We want Classic Space!
LEGO: Bad luck. Star Wars. No Classic Space for you. Star Wars only. (Releases 38th different version of Millennium Falcon for more than 500 bucks, yet again).
KIDS: Yay! Star Wars! Let’s make Dad regret ever introducing us to this stuff!
And so on.
But the love for Classic Space never went away. In fact, fandom for old and retired lines remains so strong that, when Lego realised they can release a book filled with pretty much nothing but pictures of those old sets, and charge oodles of moneybucks for it, they ran to the printers quicker than Donnie Drumpf accepting an invitation to speak at a race-hate rally. And their publishers being DK, as mentioned, this particular book is a very nice-looking book indeed.
Say what you like about DK (No, really, go ahead. They can’t hear you), but they put together really nice packages.
As you can imagine, that great big picture of a Classic Space set on the cover didn’t just happen by accident. Neither did the choice of mini-build. That’s shit is catnip.
And, look, it’s a cute little build. It’s just on 100 pieces, and every piece is generalised, so they’re eminently reusable. There are no really clever techniques or part usages, but it’s got the requisite colour scheme and it represents the much larger LL928 set it’s meant to resemble, so no complaints there. It may have been the bait to tempt me to spend much more money than necessary, but it did its job, and I’ve got no complaints.
Eh. It’s cute.
As to the book, it’s exactly the sort of quality I expect from this publisher. Plenty of large, high-definition pictures. Factoids abound. The spreads are large, double-paged, and arranged chronologically to highlight the evolution of sets as time passes. You might disagree with the writer’s choice of ‘great set’ for each particular time period, but that’s what a book like this is for: apart from lusting, it’s meant to promote conversation and arguments among nerdy types
totally unlike me because I’d never do such a thing.
Got it, got it, need it, got it…. got this one.
It’s an enjoyable read, but ultimately, it’s questionable how much an involved fan will get out of it. For myself, I’ve only dipped into it once or twice since the initial purchase. An inner eight year old wrapped in an outer eight year old (Or, you know just say an eight year old…) receiving this for Christmas may very well lose their shit. In which case, they can blog it.
For me, it’s a gorgeous package that persuaded me to throw money into getting roughly a bit less than experience has shown it was worth to me. No harm, no foul: the mini-build is cute enough to compensate, and there’s no doubt it’ll end up in a diorama one day. And the book is a good one to throw the grandkids to keep them quiet for, ooohhh, knowing my grandkids, thirty seconds?
And they got this one right, at least.
The rating system for this series is based on relevant expectation, not overall quality, so even though there’s nothing in this set that disappoints, it’s pretty much exactly what I expected. Not a bad thing, but not something that has me rushing to pick it up again in favour over other, more surprisingly enjoyable reads, or builds. It is what it is.
Exactly what you expect to get when you get something like this. Not bad at all, but not in any way exceeding expectations.
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