The LEGO TECHNIC Idea Book Series

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The PDF book "LEGO Technic Tora no Maki" will be published as a printed books series in October, 2010.
"Tora no Maki" will however continue to be sold from now on.

If you are enough just to look at the PDF book on the screen of the PC,

please get "Tora no Maki" from the Download page.
Then please pay for it from the Payment Methods page, if you like it.

If you would like to look at the printed books,

please purchase them from "no starch press".
For more information about "The LEGO TECHNIC Idea Book" (English version):


For more information about "How to Build Machines with Bricks" (Japanese version):

burotsuku de tsukuru kikai no hon


LEGO Technic Tora no Maki is a book packed full of my LEGO Technic knowledge and experience.
It introduces a wide range of information, from basic assembly using LEGO Technic parts to applied techniques.
This book will be helpful for those who want to make all kinds of moving masterpieces, as well as those who want to make original robots with MINDSTORMS.
It can also be used as educational material for teaching the workings of machines and for experiencing the fun of mechanics.

Take a look at some of these samples.

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If any of these look interesting to you, click on "Download" above to get the PDF file.
The file has no protections or restrictions. You can view every page.
If you plan to continue using this book, however, I would appreciate it if you would pay for it.

A vast array of examples
With over 200 pages, LEGO Technic Tora no Maki shows you more than 300 examples of things you can make through over 1,700 pictures.
If you make just one a day, this book will keep you entertained for over a year.

For children and adults around the world.
Only the first three pages have any text. From the fourth page, there are only pictures and numbers.
That means the book can be used by children who cannot read yet and by people who can't read Japanese or English.

Made possible by PDF
This book is provided as a PDF file.
While you will need a computer to view the book, PDF files provide a great benefit in that photographs can be easily enlarged on the computer screen. That way, you can identify detailed parts with ease.
And, as no paper is used, PDF books provide a bit of a contribution to preserving the Earth's forests.

All we are asking for is $10.
If you plan to continue using this book, please click on "Payment Methods" above to pay for the book.
Children who aren't able to pay by credit card are asked to have a parent or guardian do the payment procedures for them. Adult supervision will ensure that children are not mixed up in any unfortunate incidents regarding the Internet or financial institutions.