Toy Arts and Crafts
Brick Wonders: Ancient, Modern, and Natural Wonders Made from Lego
Brick Wonders
Ancient, Modern, and Natural Wonders Made from Lego
Paperback      ISBN: 1438004117

Barron's best-selling Brick City was a study of the world's most famous buildings in LEGO form. Now, master modeler, and LEGO aficionado, Warren Elsmore, takes the humble LEGO brick on another global tour, this time to recreate the stunning wonders of the ancient, natural, and modern world. Inside Brick Wonders, Elsmore presents helpful tips for neophyte LEGO modelers (such as where to buy the most useful bricks and how to build to scale) along with plans for constructing specific models. Vivid photos of completed LEGO models are stunning to view and include:

  • The Great Pyramid of Giza
  • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • The International Space Station
  • The Panama Canal
  • The Grand Canyon
  • The Great Barrier Reef

    Featuring helpful drawings of structural details to guide model builders, Brick Wonders presents a modeler's panorama of the world's most breathtaking wonders. More than 400 full-color instructional and inspirational images throughout. BONUS POSTERS: Enclosed with the book are two dramatic posters featuring LEGO(R) model photos of the Wonders of the World. The posters, which are suitable for framing, unfold to 17 1/2" x 24 3/4".
  • Brick City: Global Icons to Make from Lego
    Brick City
    Global Icons to Make from Lego
    Paperback      ISBN: 1438002491
    Brick City is a model builder's festival in book form. What lends special distinction to the models is the way they're constructed. Each is made entirely of LEGO bricks Known for decades as a favorite children's toy, LEGO bricks have entered the adult model builder's repertoire in recent years. Author and model maker Warren Elsmore presents instructions for neophyte LEGO modelers plus plans for constructing specific buildings and landmarks, along with vivid photos of completed LEGO models. The models represent landmarks from all over the world, and include--

  • St. Basil's Cathedral
  • New York's New World Trade Center
  • The Arc de Triomphe
  • Rome's Colosseum
  • A London taxicab
  • Hong Kong ferries
  • Buckingham Palace. . . and many others

    Featuring amazing photos of LEGO models, and scale drawings of structural details to guide model builders, Brick City presents a modeler's panorama of contemporary urban landscapes. More than 400 illustrations in color and black and white.

    BONUS POSTERS: Enclosed with the book are two dramatic posters featuring LEGO(R) model photos of architectural world landmarks. The posters, which are suitable for framing, unfold to 17 1/2" x 24 3/4"

  • Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi: More Than 40 Itty-Bitty Minis to Knit, Wear, and Give
    Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi
    More Than 40 Itty-Bitty Minis to Knit, Wear, and Give
    Paperback      ISBN: 0823026922

    It's an indisputable fact: Everything is cuter in miniature. And while it's true that knitted toys are cute to begin with, they're even more adorable when they're tiny.

    In Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi, designer Anna Hrachovec presents more than 40 patterns for her quirkiest and most endearing knitted Tinys -- three-dimensional animals, objects, toys, and people. Tinys make cool gifts for any occasion, and are some of the fastest, easiest projects you'll ever knit. They can be turned into pins, magnets, Christmas ornaments--anything that could use some scale-model silliness. So pick up your sock yarn and size 1 needles and get started--you're certain to make even a grouch giggle like a schoolgirl
    Made to Play!: Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations
    Made to Play!
    Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations
    Paperback      ISBN: 159030912x

    Delight young children and encourage play through unique handmade toys. From sewn and stuffed musical instruments to interlocking paper building blocks and wooden animal figurines, the projects in this book are meant to encourage open-ended play. Organized by kid-loving subjects, the toys here follow the themes of Zoo; House; Blocks, Cars & Trucks; Dress-Up; Music; and Art. Overall, the projects here are meant to stimulate imagination, build confidence through success and enjoyment, and enhance the bond between family and friends through the creation of unique, artistic handmade toys and crafts.

    The thirty-five projects in this book include a variety of crafts, from drawing to sewing and light woodworking. The toys presented here are made out of wonderfully tactile materials--repurposed fabrics, wood, and paper--and invite opportunities for creative and imaginative play. Every project is easy to complete, made with accessible materials, and requires little time to make. The projects are simple enough that endless variation can come from the making of each, leaving enough room for you to make the item to suit your own personal interests.

    With a design aesthetic that is clean, simple, and modern, each project is presented with full-color photos and hand-drawn instructional illustrations and templates. Projects include:

    - Modern Doll House and Doll House Furniture
    - Portable Zoo Animals
    - Abstract Vertical Puzzle
    - Wooden Nature Scene
    - Bottle-Cap Tambourine
    - Exploration Cape
    - Modern Alphabet Game
    - Shadow Puppet Theater
    - And more
    Transformers Vault: Showcasing Rare Collectibles and Memorabilia
    Transformers Vault
    Showcasing Rare Collectibles and Memorabilia
    Hardcover      ISBN: 0810998688

    For the first time ever, Transformers Vault reveals the complete story of the Transformers, everyone's favorite robots in disguise. Loaded with never-before-seen images, this book is a guide to the epic battle between the Autobots and Decepticons, as it began with toys and television, and continued to comics, film, games, and other media. There's something here for all generations, from classic toys that have become sought-after collectibles to the amazing, high-tech visuals of the three live-action films.

    Hasbro has opened its official archives, gathering more than 250 images and several featured pieces of memorabilia. Look inside for a sheet of Generation One tech specs with a secret revealer, a rare pencil sketch from comics artist Casey Coller, an unseen character profile for Hot Rod from the 1986 film, an animation cel, and much more. Exclusive photos of Japanese Transformer prototypes, archival development art, and brand-new information about the future of the Transformers make this the ultimate package for every fan.

    Praise for Transformers Vault

    "Transformers Vault . . . has a permanent place on our coffee table. If you need a unique gift to give your Transformers fan, we recommend this book. . . . they will discover something new every time they open it."


    --Wired.com
    "Transformers Vault is a collector's case at an affordable price. . . . With original artwork, amazing pictures of rare exclusive Japanese variants and a foreword by the voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, Transformers Vault does not disappoint."


    --examiner.com

    Crochet Monkey Business: A Crochet Story with Amigurumi Projects
    Crochet Monkey Business
    A Crochet Story with Amigurumi Projects
    Paperback      ISBN: 144023874x

    It's a world of crochet

    Follow Mockey the Monkey on his travels through a world of crochet It's an imaginative world, full of wonderful crocheted friends, from Bear and Panda to Elephant and Rooster.

    - Includes step-by-step illustrations of crochet techniques.
    - Overview of tools and materials.
    - Includes project patterns and instructions for 15 friends--and 10 miniature accessories
    A Million Little Bricks: The Unofficial Illustrated History of the Lego Phenomenon
    A Million Little Bricks
    The Unofficial Illustrated History of the Lego Phenomenon
    Paperback      ISBN: 1626361185

    There aren't many titles that haven't been bestowed on LEGO toys, and it's not hard to see why. From its inception in the early 1930s right up until today, the LEGO Group's history is as colorful as the toys it makes. Few other playthings share the LEGO brand's creative spirit, educative benefits, resilience, quality, and universal appeal. The LEGO name is now synonymous with playtime, but it wasn't always so. This history charts the birth of the LEGO Group in the workshop of a Danish carpenter and its steady growth as a small, family-run toy manufacturer to its current position as a market-leading, award-winning brand. The company's ever-increasing catalog of products--including the earliest wooden toys, plastic bricks, play themes, and other building systems such as DUPLO, Technic, and MINDSTORMS--are chronicled in detail, alongside the manufacturing process, LEGOLAND parks, licensed toys, and computer and video games.
    Learn all about how LEGO pulled itself out of an economic crisis and embraced technology to make building blocks relevant to twenty-first-century children, and discover the vibrant fan community of kids and adults whose conventions, websites, and artwork keep the LEGO spirit alive. As nostalgic as it is contemporary, A Million Little Bricks will have you reminiscing about old Classic Space sets, rummaging through the attic for forgotten Minifigure friends, and playing with whatever LEGO bricks you can get your hands on (even if it means sharing with your kids).

    Scary Cute: 25 Amigurumi Monsters to Make
    Scary Cute
    25 Amigurumi Monsters to Make
    Paperback      ISBN: 0764146734

    Here's a fun Create-Your-Own-Monster book that will appeal to both beginners and experienced crochet hobbyists. These monsters are small, and although they're just the least bit scary, they're mainly cute. That's because they are Amigurumi monsters Amigurumi is a popular Japanese crochet method that uses the double-ring technique for making delightful miniature toy animals out of crochet yarn. This book concentrates on patterns for animals of the monster variety, presenting 25 original monster-making projects plus advice to readers on how they can design their own original Amigurumi animals. Author Annie Obaachan advises on yarns, crochet hooks, and other materials, and presents clear instructions for making:

  • A Halloween Monster Collection of Ghosts and Pumpkins
  • Purple Attack--a Miniature Octopus-like Monster
  • Dinky Dinosaur
  • Things with Wings . . . and many more

    Each of these funny little fellows averages four-to-six inches long. The book's easy-to-follow directions are complemented with more than 200 color illustrations.
  • Felt Menagerie: Create Off-The-Wall Animal Art
    Felt Menagerie
    Create Off-The-Wall Animal Art
    TOY      ISBN: 0760355258
    Create your own flashy, taxidermic wall mounted art without having to harm animals in the process. Felt Menagerie includes all of the tips and techniques you will need, and even includes the tools.

    Create your own flashy, taxidermic wall mounted art without having to harm animals in the process Felt Menagerie shows you how to get into felting crafts. Looking for an easy-to-learn, instantly rewarding craft project? Do you like the hip, vintage look of taxidermy, but don't want to do the real thing? Look no further than modern felted taxidermy

    Felting is easy to learn, and these creations will only take a few hours to complete, making them a great project for those new to the craft of felting. This kit includes a book of ten projects ranging from the classics (deer, bear, moose), to the unexpected (unicorn, triceratops), and an introduction that will teach you all you need to know to get under way.

    Also included are die-cut templates and everything needed--felt, embroidery floss, sewing needle, stuffing, die-cut templates, and mini head mounts--to make two complete projects. These felted wall mounts are sure to add quirky flair to any interior
    Collectors Encyclopedia of Barbie Doll Exclusives and More: Identification & Values
    Collectors Encyclopedia of Barbie Doll Exclusives and More
    Identification & Values
    2nd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 157432134x

    Collector Books is proud to release the second edition of this book, now including all Barbie exclusives produced and discovered by collectors since 1997. This all-in-one resource features over 1,800 vibrant color photos of Barbie exclusives with close-ups of each doll and descriptions. This encyclopedia includes the unusual and rare ultra-limited Jubilee series of dolls, the porcelain and vinyl dolls produced for Disney, the complete Barbie Festival collection, every national Barbie doll Collectors' Convention set, a spectacular collection of one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls auctions by Mattel for charity, and much more. 2002 values.