Chris McVeigh has long been one of my favorite builders. His models of everyday objects writ small in LEGO bricks are cute and inspiring, using some very clever building techniques, and every year he posts Christmas/holiday themed models on his website, along with building instructions … and now he has a book! The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book is a collection of 15 of his best models with instructions for each one.
These are all great models – ranging from a miniature hamburger to a Christmas wreath, from a vintage IBM PC that’s just about an inch and a half wide to an abstract symmetric ornament, there is something for every tree. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, and cover a wide range of subject matter. Also, a lot of these designs are great inspiration for your own original creations – as with any LEGO kit, you can learn new techniques by building the instructions, which you can then apply to your own designs.
To be honest, most if not all of these models can also be found on Chris’s website, and there are some on there that I actually prefer to the ones in this book. But having them in book form makes a great gift option. Of course, no parts are included, but the instructions are very clear and easy to follow, and a parts list is provided for each of the models. You can buy the parts direct from LEGO or from BrickLink or hopefully you will have them already in your collection. Also, some of these and other models by Chris can also be purchased as kits from him, including the parts.
Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher. I loved it, but to be honest I probably wouldn’t buy a copy – I’d just use the free instructions from his website. But this is a great gift option for the LEGO fan in your life.