Let’s be honest, there really is no greater gift to than the gift of LEGO. Perennially best sellers, LEGO construction sets are beloved the world over by all ages (especially one particular blogger … ahem) With approximately 20 billion LEGO elements produced every year we can all agree …. There. Is. No. Stopping. LEGO. Evar.
Because every once in a while you need some help with your gift shopping, I went ahead and picked out some of my favorite LEGO related items from 2013. Hopefully there is something on this list for the LEGO maniac in your life.
For the Adult Fan of LEGO … LEGO Adventure Book, Vol 2
No Starch Press has been putting out fantastic books about LEGO for quite some time. One of their more recent releases by Megan H. Rothrock, a former designer with the LEGO Group, who channels the LEGO Idea Books of old as this latest volume features 40 step-by-step breaks downs and 100 example models
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol 2 focuses on some LEGO fan favorites: spaceships, pirates, and dragons and demonstrates some advanced building techniques and ingenious ways that LEGO elements can be connected.
For The Classic LEGO Fan … LEGO Castle – King’s Castle (70404)
In 2013 LEGO returned to it’s Classic Castle roots when they revamped the Castle theme. King’s Castle is reminiscent of one the all time great sets King’s Castle (6080) from 1984.
The modern version comes in at 996 pieces with 7 minifigures, a battering ram, and a ton of awesome play features. King’s Castle is modular in design so it can be combined with The Gatehouse Raid (70402).
For The Gamer in Your Life … LEGO Marvel Superheroes
At this point it is futile to go on at length about the stellar job Telltale Games has done translating the LEGO for
m to the video game format. Their latest licensed digital adventure is available on every gaming system and has been garnering really solid reviews since its release on October.
Unfortunately it’s a little too late to get the Wal-Mart per-order exclusive Iron Man 3 Iron Patriot Polybag, but that won’t stop you from having hours of brick building, LEGO Galactus smashing fun!
For The Star Wars Fan … LEGO Star Wars – Millenium Falcon (7965)
Fun fact, earlier this year my 23 year old brother called me to ask if I could rebuild his Millenium Falcon for him. Apparently he got 2/3 of the way through the build as miscalculated somewhere along the line, causing the whole ship to be misaligned. Being the dutiful big brother I am I painstakingly disassembled and sorted all of the pieces to start back at step one.
While I’ve never been a tremendous fan of the Star Wars LEGO sets, I must say that the Millenium Falcon has to be one of the most enjoyable builds I have had in quite a while. It’s odd geometry is well suited to the LEGO medium and the end result is a ship that is very sturdy and swooshable. Track this most excellent LEGO set down for the Star Wars fan in your life.
For Anyone … LEGO CUUSO – The Delorean Time Machine (21103)
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And finally, arguably my favorite LEGO set of 2013 is a tremendous accomplishment as it started as a fan project on the LEGO CUUSO, where fans around the world can submit their designs for consideration to be turned into an actual set.
Released in August, the Delorean Time Machine features Marty McFly and Doc Brown minifigures and enough pieces to configure the Delorean into your favorite version from the Back to the Future trilogy (mine is definitely the hover mode variation from BTTF 2).