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I also received a copy of Beautiful LEGO 2 Dark from No Starch Press to review.  Beautiful LEGO 2 Dark is a follow up to Mike Doyle’s first book, Beautiful LEGO.

Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark is just that; beautiful.

Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark

The theme of this book is Dark.  It contains dark LEGO creations.  But how does one define “dark”?  Mike Doyle defined it very broadly.  In this book you will find dark creations that focus on the evils of man; war, greed, corruption, etc.  Other dark models portray the things that go bump in the night; monsters, zombies, nightmares, etc.  Still other are models simply built from dark colored LEGO bricks.  How would you define dark?

Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark

Beautiful LEGO 2 Dark is filled with creations from around the world made my LEGO builders you know and love.  It is laid out in sections, either showcasing a specific builder or showing several models of a particular type or genre.  The vastly different models are incredible.  The creativity of LEGO builders knows no bounds.

Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark

Be warned though, there are some disturbing and very adult oriented models portraying scenes of demons, horror films, and other terrifying things.  I was amazed how profoundly affecting models made from LEGO could actually be.

Mike Doyle LEGO art

Mike Doyle LEGO art


If you can’t find something to your liking, or inspiration for your own models, maybe you just don’t like LEGO.  Beautiful LEGO 2 Dark has a little something for everyone.

I give it 4/5 bricks.

Beautiful LEGO 2 Dark

by Mike Doyle

November 2014, 340 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-59327-586-0
Full Color, Hardcover

From the Publisher

Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark showcases dark LEGO master­pieces from artists around the world. From realistic sculptures of creepy ­crawlers to impressionist works of shadowy nightmares, this collection will leave you marveling at every turn. But dark has its lighter side, too—with sculptures of dark chocolate as well as plenty of black humor on display.

Gothic fantasies and sci-fi horrors come to life in scenes created entirely with the simple LEGO brick. Step into a world of pure imagination in Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark.

About the Author

Mike Doyle is an internationally acclaimed artist working in LEGO and the author of Beautiful LEGO. His work has been shown at the pop culture–inspired ­Gallery1988 and the Columbus Museum of Art, and is part of the inaugural collection at the Museum of Realist Art in Boston. His largest work to date is Contact I—a 6×6-foot masterwork built from more than 200,000 LEGO elements. He works as a graphic designer in Manhattan and lives in New Jersey.

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