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New book: Incredible LEGO Technic

My new book collecting some of the world’s best LEGO Technic models is now available.


Two years after the release of my first book comes a new one: Incredible LEGO® Technic. The hardcover edition is available directly from No Starch Press.

Update: the book is also available from Book Depository and Amazon.

Reviews (in English unless stated otherwise):

First of all, I should apologize for building really little this year – as it happens, when I was listing my plans for this year early in January, my intention was to spend entire year building. The work on this book started just a few weeks later, and has taken the bulk of my time over the last few months. I have been working very intensely, and it left me almost no time to build anything, which is why the first model from my 2014 plans wasn’t ready until late June.

Second of all, I should explain that this isn’t a sequel of my first book. The Unofficial LEGO® Technic Builder’s Guide is at this point such an extensive book that any possible “sequel material” is simply insufficient to form a whole new book. Which doesn’t mean that things may not change in the future, as LEGO keeps introducing new elements into the world of Technic.

Incredible LEGO® Technic is a result of a collective effort rather than a single author’s work. My job was to select, gather, and then process the content, but I wouldn’t have much content to work on without the many awesome builders who agreed to join this project. Some of them have even rebuilt their models and taken brand new photos just for its needs, and not a single of them said no when asked to join, despite usually being quite busy already. This tells a great deal about our community, and demonstrates how this community, made up of many individuals all of whom strive to better themselves, is all about not rivalry but respect and support. This is what makes this community special, and this community is what made this book possible. At the same time, this book would never happen without the enormous and priceless help of Blakbird.

The full list of builders is: 2LegoOrNot2Lego, Amida, andrea Grazi, Barman, Brunojj, Crowkillers, Designer Han, Dirk Klijn, Dmac, Drakmin, Edwin Korstanje, Efferman, Eric Trax, Francisco Hartley, Gyuta, Jennifer Clark, Jerac, Jurgen Kroopshoop, Klaupacius, Konajra, Lasse Deleuran, M_longer, Madoca, Mahj, Makorol, Marat, Nathanael Kuipers, Nico71, Oryx Chen, RoscoPC, Sariel, Senator Chinchilla, Sheepo, Spiderbrick, Splat, Thirdwigg, and ZED.

This book allowed something I have long wanted to happen – using my skills in graphic processing, and Blakbird’s top-notch skills in rendering to present many models from many builders in the best way possible. Each of the 74 models shown in it comes with huge, colorful photos, information, facts and specs, and many of them are accompanied with awesome see-through renders. Each model also comes with a number of links, including video links where applicable, and – for 33 of these models – links to building instructions. Additionally, each of the 37 builders is presented in a separate section of the book, so you get to know more about the people behind these amazing creations.

Those of you who are hard-core Technic fans have probably seen at least some of the models included in the book – but there is still plenty of exclusive content for you. Some of the photos have not been published before, all renders are made specifically for the book, and every single picture was carefully prepared to look much better in print than it ever did on your screen. There’s even a bonus: the last model ever built by Jennifer Clark, which has never been published before.

The ebook version of Incredible LEGO® Technic will be available a little later, to counter the piracy which has been a problem with the previous book. Given the nature of this book, full of big high-quality pictures and available in hardcover, I strongly recommend printed version over the electronic one – it can make a nice gift for anyone interested in LEGO.

The ultimate goal of this book is to show you all the amazing possibilities of the LEGO system, which include combining elements from various product lines. Technic is just one part of the LEGO family, and it can be built very differently from what the current Technic sets show. Incredible LEGO® Technic includes models that look nothing like Technic and push boundaries of the very definition of Technic, along with the models whose creators went great lengths to follow the style of the modern Technic sets. All in all, these many various great models weren’t collected just to dazzle – I believe they can be a great source of inspiration to you.

Oh, and the last thing: it may include hamsters ;)

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  1. Sariel
    November 22nd, 2014 at 22:13 | #1

    @Artwodeetwo
    No no, there is no “Technic” in the name of this book. And it’s not mine. It’s a completely different book, this one: http://www.nostarch.com/legobuilder2

  2. Artwodeetwo
    November 22nd, 2014 at 21:47 | #2

    Hi Sariel, in the preface, Balckbird is said to do the images for your first book, and The Unofficial Lego Technic Builders guide 2nd edition, is this any different from the first book, and where can I get it?

  3. Sariel
    November 21st, 2014 at 00:22 | #3

    @Tomasz Miśkiewicz
    Dzięki za zainteresowanie. Nie wiem czy będzie polska edycja – to jak zwykle zależy tylko i wyłącznie od polskich wydawców, nie ode mnie. Co do zakupu, najtańszą opcją będzie pewnie Book Depository z darmową wysyłką. Polecam.

  4. Tomasz Miśkiewicz
    November 20th, 2014 at 23:17 | #4

    Szanowny Kolego! Kiedy będzie polska wersja książki? Czy np w jakiś sposób mógłbym ją kupić bezpośrednio od Ciebie? Mogę podpisać notarialnie, że nie “spiratuję” jej :-)

  5. EV3fan
    November 17th, 2014 at 13:58 | #5

    If it does not come out in German someday I’m afraid I’ll have to buy it in English because I WANT THIS BOOK!! ;)

  6. November 17th, 2014 at 13:41 | #6

    I just received my book. Earlier than expected. Already read and perused every model here. This is excellent work. I hope Sariel that you continue to get positive reviews and that tons of people purchase the book. I especially hope that this book generates enough interest for a second and third, etc… version. New, amazing models are being created everyday, and i am sure there are new models that could be in this book. Great job.

  7. Sariel
    November 12th, 2014 at 21:40 | #7

    @wouter kieft
    Perhaps it’s not in their warehouse yet, but it should be very soon. The publisher has it already.

  8. wouter kieft
    November 12th, 2014 at 18:28 | #8

    @Sariel

    Sariel Book Despository still sais:

    Item status Awaiting publication

  9. Sariel
    November 5th, 2014 at 09:16 | #9

    @Nick Maync-Matsumoto
    Well, for one thing I can assure you that all mechanisms in my Guide are designed with the most basic and common pieces possible. The book also gives you a solid insight into all these motors, as well as Power Function system and its components, and pneumatics too. So it may be a good way to start getting a grasp of what you actually need and what you don’t.

  10. Nick Maync-Matsumoto
    November 5th, 2014 at 01:24 | #10

    I have been browsing through the online pages of The Unofficial…Guide and am thinking of getting a copy for my son who is into Lego Technics. One concern though puts the brakes on and perhaps there is someone out there who can alleviate my fears. My son is into Technics but he is far from having everything and/or all parts. In fact we are struggling with a sensible way of storing parts of various models (in the end all mixed together and split by color; next, in addition, by function?) he has completed so far. But it appears he will need a lot more to get into the level discussed in this book. Where does one start? I didn’t know there are so many motors, I thought there is just the one. Mind boggling. Lego sales tricks? There are also the three books by Yoshihito Isogawa, but there the parts requirements are profound and hard to deal with unless you get a handful of the top and most expensive models. Isn’t there a way to remain on Earth and do great things with a minimum of parts. Somehow I can’t get a handle on this. It’s like saying you need a workshop full of electric precision tools to do a cabinet maker’s job when in fact you only need a few quality hand tools to do the same. Where does it all end? I don’t think my son will spend all his time on Lego but he would like to be stimulated, and construct some novel models of his own. What is needed as inputs? Where does one go next?

  11. Simon
    November 3rd, 2014 at 09:05 | #11

    @Sariel
    I had not. Thanks!
    Might wait for the ebook anyway. They’re just more comfortable. :)

  12. Sariel
    October 31st, 2014 at 10:50 | #12

    @Simon
    Did you check the Book Depository link? They have free delivery worldwide.

  13. Simon
    October 31st, 2014 at 10:19 | #13

    Please let us know when the e-book comes out. Shipping to Europe is more expensive than the book. :/

  14. Sariel
    October 27th, 2014 at 21:15 | #14

    @wouter kieft
    I am told the book will be available no later than November 3rd.

  15. wouter kieft
    October 27th, 2014 at 18:48 | #15

    Hi Sariel,

    I pre-ordered the book, but the book depository says that the’re waiting for the publishing?????

  16. Sariel
    October 25th, 2014 at 18:49 | #16

    @Artwodeetwo
    Ebook version will be available at a later date.

  17. Artwodeetwo
    October 25th, 2014 at 18:45 | #17

    @Sariel
    Can I somehow get a Kindle version?

  18. Justin
    October 24th, 2014 at 15:31 | #18

    @Sariel
    Ye I good point I will see how much shipping costs. I live in south Africa so its a bit expensive.

    I have your first book in digital as well

  19. Sariel
    October 24th, 2014 at 15:20 | #19

    @Justin
    Of course, but it’s not available yet. And I think that it’s nice to have a book with so many huge photos in a printed version :)

  20. Justin
    October 24th, 2014 at 13:23 | #20

    Hi

    Can i just buy the digital version ?

  21. Artwodeetwo
    October 11th, 2014 at 18:53 | #21

    @Sariel
    Thanks

  22. Sariel
    October 9th, 2014 at 12:02 | #22

    @Markus
    I don’t plan anything, I’m not the publisher. For a German version to come out, a German publisher must be interested in the book and make it.

  23. Markus
    October 9th, 2014 at 11:33 | #23

    Are you planing to publish the book in German too?

  24. Sariel
    October 8th, 2014 at 16:22 | #24
  25. Artwodeetwo
    October 8th, 2014 at 14:03 | #25

    Hi, on the publishers website, it states that if I purchase the book from them I get a free digital copy – what format is this in?

  26. Technic-Sammler
    August 13th, 2014 at 12:20 | #26

    Do you publish the book in German language, too?

  27. July 16th, 2014 at 20:25 | #27

    I am really looking forward to reading this book.

  28. Rasmus Bertelsen
    July 8th, 2014 at 23:00 | #28

    Sariel :
    @Rasmus Bertelsen
    No, but there are links for the building instructions for 33 of these models.

    That’s cool. Looking forward to study this book intensely, and hopefully get inspired.

  29. Sariel
    July 3rd, 2014 at 12:34 | #29

    @Dennis Hsieh
    No. But it gives you links to online building instructions for 33 of them.

  30. Dennis Hsieh
    July 3rd, 2014 at 11:39 | #30

    Hi,
    This is really an interesting book!
    I’m wondering does this book tell us how to build these amazing models?
    Thanks!

  31. Sariel
    July 1st, 2014 at 21:48 | #31

    @Sahin
    Dziękuję. Mam nadzieję, że w przyszłym roku w końcu uda się do niego usiąść :)

  32. Sahin
    July 1st, 2014 at 20:40 | #32

    @Sariel
    Dzięki i życzę powodzenia z następnymi modelami. Nie mogę się doczekać Solarisa Urbino :)

  33. Edwin Korstanje, aka VFracingteam
    June 30th, 2014 at 22:05 | #33

    @David Luders
    Great to here something from you.
    I miss your comments at EB.

    This will be a bestseller Pawel and i am proud that you ask me for your book.
    Later on this week i will show the owner of the real SL Gabon your previeuw of the book and hoop i can place some orders for your book.
    Greets Edwin Korstanje

  34. Sariel
    June 30th, 2014 at 18:19 | #34

    @Sahin
    Tak jak poprzednio – nie mam pojęcia. Jeśli któryś polski wydawca się skusi, to owszem. Ja nie mam na to żadnego wpływu.

  35. Sahin
    June 30th, 2014 at 18:18 | #35

    Czy książka będzie również dostępna w języku polskim?

  36. Sariel
    June 30th, 2014 at 12:02 | #36

    @caosoftware
    Because of the shipping, I guess. You can try ordering from Book Depository or wait until the book is available worldwide at Amazon.

  37. caosoftware
    June 30th, 2014 at 12:01 | #37

    I tried to preorder the book with the coupon, and the finally cost are so high 45 $ incredible

  38. Reinhard
    June 30th, 2014 at 09:48 | #38

    Cool! I can’t wait for this book to come out, What I love about your books is the way you write it and with nice big well explained Pic’s.
    Keep up the Great work!

  39. Sariel
    June 30th, 2014 at 09:14 | #39

    @Rasmus Bertelsen
    No, but there are links for the building instructions for 33 of these models.

  40. Rasmus Bertelsen
    June 30th, 2014 at 09:10 | #40

    Incredible! Gonna preorder this. Are there building instructions in this book? Doesn’t matter if there arent, just curious.

  41. Sariel
    June 29th, 2014 at 23:08 | #41

    @David Luders
    Thanks Dave, you, sir, are unfailing ;)

  42. David Luders
    June 29th, 2014 at 22:43 | #42

    What a great compendium of the best Lego Technic builders’ creations! You and Blakbird make a great team. I’ve pre-ordered the book!

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