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Badass LEGO Guns: Building Instructions for the World's Most Dangerous LEGO--New from No Starch Press

December 7, 2010

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San Francisco, CA, December 7, 2010—When No Starch Press delivered the best-selling Forbidden LEGO® in 2007, critics and the media hailed it as "The Anarchist Cookbook of the nursery." Now, just in time for the holidays, they've returned with a new, even more daring LEGO book at the cutting edge of toy warfare.

In Badass LEGO Guns (No Starch Press, December 2010, 240 pp., $29.95, ISBN 9781593272845) lifelong LEGO gunsmith and veteran author Martin Hüdepohl invites readers into the crazy world of LEGO firearms. With the help of a few rubber bands, some sanding, and a touch of Krazy Glue, readers learn how to build five complex and functional guns that shoot plastic LEGO bricks or rubber bands at high speeds with surprising accuracy.

"This is the ultimate book on LEGO weapons," says Hüdepohl. "It has designs for automatic, semiautomatic, and slide action brick and rubber band guns—plus a butterly knife, which is my personal favorite. For people who are bored by more traditional, peace-loving LEGO sets, Badass LEGO Guns is here to reignite their interest in these amazing toys."

The easy-to-follow instructions include complete parts lists, assembly tips, and a discussion of general design principles for:

  • Thriller Advanced, a powerful crossbow pistol with smooth cocking and chambering mechanisms
  • Parabella, a pint-sized, rubber band-shooting marvel
  • Warbeast, a fully automatic bullpup submachine gun
  • Liliputt, a sophisticated, semiautomatic pistol with a nine-brick magazine
  • Mini-Thriller, a lightweight, folding-crossbow pistol
  • Magic Moth, a fully articulated butterfly "knife"

The models range from advanced to simple, and builders of all ages will find something enjoyable. Toy guns have never been so much fun.

DISCLAIMER: This book is unofficial and is not endorsed or authorized in any way by the LEGO Group.

For more information or to request a review copy of Badass LEGO Guns, contact Travis Peterson at No Starch Press (nostarchpr@oreilly.com, +1.415.863.9900, x300), or visit www.nostarch.com.

Sample pages from Badass LEGO Guns:

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About the Author
Martin Hüdepohl, a.k.a. Xubor, built his first LEGO guns in the early 1990s and has been developing ever-more sophisticated models since. He is a freelance programmer living in Germany.

Additional Resources
Sample Building Instructions for Thriller, a Powerful Crossbow Pistol (PDF)
Table of Contents
Detailed Table of Contents (PDF)
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Badass LEGO Guns Badass LEGO Guns
by Martin Hüdepohl
December 2010, 240 pp
ISBN 9781593272845, $29.95 USD
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About No Starch Press
Founded in 1994, No Starch Press is one of the few remaining independent computer book publishers. We publish the finest in geek entertainment—unique books on technology, with a focus on open source, security, hacking, programming, alternative operating systems, LEGO, science, and math. Our titles have personality, our authors are passionate, and our books tackle topics that people care about. Visit http://www.nostarch.com for a complete catalog.

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