Monkie Kid is the LEGO Group’s latest big bang launch, intended to cater specifically to its fastest-growing market: China. That doesn’t mean the sets are off-limits for everyone else, though, as you can now order them from LEGO.com wherever you are in the world. But if you’re not familiar with the Chinese tale of Journey to the West that inspired the new theme, you might find some of the characters and designs a little bizarre.
Fortunately, Blocks magazine is here to help. In our latest issue, which is now available to order (and, as shops reopen around the world, available to buy at all good stockists), you’ll find everything you need to know about LEGO Monkie Kid. As well as a primer on Journey to the West, we’ve gone behind the scenes on the theme’s development with Senior Design Director Simon Lucas, who also spearheaded the incredible The LEGO NINJAGO Movie range.
In a special eight-page feature, Simon reveals how he took his design team to Shanghai to learn more about Chinese culture, how a 500-year-old novel is still instantly recognisable today, and how the LEGO Group came up with its eponymous character. We also dig deep into the origins of all the LEGO characters, including the surprisingly dark backstory behind Pigsy.
That’s not all, though, as we’ve also spent time chatting to LEGO designer Justin Ramsden about how he brought 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech to life. The enormous mech boasts the largest quantities of drum lacquered gold elements of any LEGO set, but Justin also reveals how another rare LEGO colour worked its way into the model. It’s all illustrated with exclusive behind-the-scenes concept art and imagery, which you won’t find anywhere else.
To find out more about LEGO Monkie Kid, you’ll need to get your hands on a copy of Issue 69. Alternatively, check out our subscription deals, which can be started with Issue 69. Subscribers get the magazine early, free copies of the mag, and exclusive entry into our bi-monthly subscribers’ prize draw. Signing up between now and September 1 will put you in the running for 80009 Pigsy’s Food Truck.
The Blocks Review Index has been updated with review scores from Issue 68, headlined by LEGO Speed Champions‘ shift in scale to eight-wide cars. If you haven’t picked up the issue yet, the vehicular mayhem continues with a batch of CITY reviews, before we go globetrotting to take in the latest Architecture skylines.
You’ll find the scores from those reviews in the tables for each theme, either by navigating to the Review Index in the top menu, or clicking below:
If you haven’t yet spotted our handy Review Index, now is a great time to check it out. You’ll find our numerical verdict for every LEGO set reviewed in the pages of Blocks, along with the issue the review was originally published in. And if you want to read the full reviews, we have plenty of back issues available in our online store.
Issue 69 of Blocks magazine is now available to order, featuring reviews of all the latest Star Wars sets – including 75275 A-wing Starfighter – and our verdict on LEGO Minions.
The LEGO Group’s ever-expanding catalogue of ways to part you with your money now includes artwork. The first wave of mosaics launching under the banner of LEGO Art incorporates two existing licensed themes – Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes – alongside five iconic images.
There are 16 different tiled images to construct in all, across four different sets: Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe can be built in four different colour schemes; The Beatles builds each of the four band members; The Sith builds Kylo Ren, Darth Maul and Darth Vader; and Iron Man builds three different suits. You can also combine three copies of The Sith to build a huge portrait of Darth Vader, or three copies of Iron Man to build an enormous landscape of Tony Stark’s alter ego.
That will constitute a serious investment, though, with each individual LEGO Art set commanding a price tag of £114.99/€119.99/$119.99. Along with the 3,000 or so tiles or plates in each box, you’ll also gain access to a unique soundtrack to listen to while you build.
Check out galleries for each of the sets below, along with the full press release. You’ll be able to read more about LEGO Art in a future issue of Blocks. In the meantime, you can now order Issue 69, which features a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at another brand new LEGO theme, Monkie Kid.
31197 Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe 3,332 pieces Pop art admirers can now recreate Andy Warhol’s famous bright pink screenprint of Marilyn Monroe from 1967, or reimagine it in three different colours using LEGO tiles. As art and design lovers tailor the tone of their piece to suit their artistic temperament, they can tune in to new insights and details about Warhol from those that know him best.
31198 The Beatles 2,933 pieces Music lovers can bring Beatle-fandom into the home with a LEGO portrait of their favorite band member, whether it’s John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison or Sir Ringo Starr. Each set can be used to create four unique portraits or collect four and display the full band side-by-side. Fans can get by with a little help from friends of the Beatles as they switch their headphones over to accompanying soundtrack to listen to music and stories about the band as they build.
31199 Marvel Studios Iron Man 3,156 pieces Super Hero fans can decide between powering their hero up with the MARK III, the HULKBUSTER MARK I or the MARK LXXXV with this 3-in-1 set. After the tough decision is made, builders can recharge by listening to cool details about the set and stories from Marvel Experts as part of the accompanying soundtrack. Fans who want to channel Tony Stark and ‘run before you walk’ can combine three of the same sets into one to create the ultimate Iron Man artwork.
31200 The Sith 3,395 pieces Celebrate iconic villains from a galaxy far, far away with this 3-in-1 portrait set. Choose between portraits that pay tribute to the Sith, with Darth Vader™, Darth Maul™ or Kylo Ren™, or take the artwork to the next level by combining three sets into an ultimate Darth Vader™ wall piece. The soundtrack means the Force will be with fans as they create their very own piece of wall art while listing to music from the films and fun stories from Star Wars™ creators.
Today, the LEGO Group is launching a new canvas for creative expression alongside a series of much-loved partners. Designed for adults who pride themselves on their love of pop culture, four new LEGO® Art sets give creative adults a different way to transform their passion into art.
Those who love Warhol or Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles or iconic characters from the Marvel Universe and Star Wars™ galaxy can pay homage to their idols by creating their very own LEGO artwork portrait to proudly display in their homes, offices or wherever they enjoy their music, film or art.
The LEGO® Art sets offer adults a new creative experience to help them relax and recharge as they transform a blank canvas (or in this case, small interlinking base plates) using LEGO tiles. Each set can be reimagined in a number of different ways to express the personality of each different builder, and to make it easy and simple for pop culture lovers to refresh the LEGO Art piece on display in their house. All four new sets come with a signature tile unique to the set that is worthy of any true work of art, and a new hanging element to make them easy to hang up and switch around.
With new research from the LEGO Group finding that 73% of adults often research new ways to help them relax, each LEGO Art set comes with a bespoke soundtrack that makes the perfect building companion. Featuring fascinating anecdotes from the creators of Iron Man and Star Wars, or those closest to the stories of Andy Warhol and the Beatles, the soundtracks dive deep into the inspiration behind each design to help adults fully immerse themselves in the building experience and unwind while they explore their love of music, art or film in a new way.
The LEGO® Marvel Studios Iron Man set will be available exclusively from LEGO Retail Stores and LEGO.com in most countries while the other three sets will be available from retailers from 1st August 2020, or from 1st September in the US.
It’s time to take a look at the LEGO Ultimate Collector Series A-wing, with the set getting pride of place on this month’s cover. The in-depth review goes over this long-awaited release, sitting alongside more Star Wars reviews and a look at LEGO Minions.
LEGO Monkie Kid has arrived, developed especially for the Chinese market. Senior Design Director Simon Lucas explains just what that process was like, revealing how far he and the team went to infuse the new action-adventure theme with Chinese culture, before Justin Ramsden details his experience making the Monkey King Warrior Mech. The features are illustrated with never-before-seen concept art and sketch models.
That’s not the only deep dive this month, as Blocks takes a look at collecting rare minifigures. Two of the world’s most knowledgeable minifigure collecting experts reveal just how hardcore the hunt can get as they highlight the real obscurities that are out there.
For those who have wondered why the colours of LEGO parts can vary, this month’s magazine provides the answers. Looking at the production of LEGO bricks over the past two decades, Blocks reveals how changes in the manufacturing process led to inconsistent shades of certain elements.
Mod Squad turns its attention to the Creator Monster Burger Truck, revealing how to take the wacky new set and turn it into a more City-friendly burger truck – or even a monster-themed burger stand. Technique offers building tips on putting together microscale castles, so readers can try out building their own fortresses at a size that fits on a shelf.
There’s always time for a dose of Blockstalgia, with Time Cruisers being the very appropriate theme for this month’s turning back of the clock. As well as remembering everything that was great – and weird – about the short-lived theme, the section unveils an updated version of 6492 Hypno Cruiser with an aesthetic that fits the modern era.
Plenty more can be found within the 116 pages, including Month in MOCs with classic van instructions, Top Ten Battle Packs, Month in LEGO, Ideas Spotlight, Piece Perception, Rebuild Challenge and LUG Spotlight.
The LEGO Group has revealed official images for this summer’s LEGO Star Wars sets, which draw from the entire breadth of designs from a galaxy far, far away.
75288 AT-AT marks the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with what looks like the greatest iteration of the iconic walker so far; 75293 Resistance I-TS Transport brings the theme into the here and now with a Galaxy’s Edge-inspired ship; and 75283 Armored Assault Tank (AAT) should make Clone Wars fans happy, if only for its minifigures.
They’re joined by sets based on The Mandalorian, The Rise of Skywalker, and both prequel and original trilogy films, plus an advent calendar. In fact, this might just be the broadest LEGO Star Wars wave ever released.
Check out the full product info and image galleries for the new batch of sets below, and look out for our reviews in a future issue of the mag. You’ll be able to get your hands on the sets from August 1.
For now, you can read the latest issue by ordering online, or setting up a subscription. Not only will you get each issue before it arrives in shops, but you’ll also be entered into our bi-monthly prize draws to win free LEGO.
Kids can wake up to a gift every day in the run-up to Christmas with the 2020 LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar (75279) holiday building set. Behind each of the 24 doors is a Star Wars LEGO minifigure, LEGO figure, buildable starship, vehicle or location. Also, look out for a code to unlock Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game content. There are 6 LEGO minifigures and 6 LEGO figures to discover, such as Darth Vader with Christmas sweater decoration and D-O with a festive hat, plus a foldout playmat with an image of the Millennium Falcon with Christmas lights to inspire creative play. The 12 mini builds in this holiday calendar include Anakin’s Podracer, a Republic Cruiser and Darth Vader’s Castle.
Create epic conflicts between 501st Legion Clone Troopers and the Separatist Army’s Battle Droids with this action-packed LEGO® Star Wars™ building set for kids (75280). The posable AT-RT Walker and BARC Speeder construction models each have new-for-August-2020 designs and authentic blue and white 501st Legion color schemes, plus stud shooters for battle play. Youngsters can reimagine memorable Star Wars: The Clone Wars scenes with 4 LEGO minifigures: 3 501st Clone Troopers and a 501st Jet Trooper, plus 2 Battle Droid LEGO action figures. They all have weapons and the AT-RT has attachment points for a blaster and electrobinoculars element to inspire creative play.
Young Jedi can role-play Anakin Skywalker launching into battle piloting Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor (75281) with this action-packed LEGO® Star Wars™ set. This brick-built toy has lots of features to inspire creative play, including an opening LEGO minifigure cockpit, spring-loaded shooters, foldable wing flaps with space for R2-D2 and clips for spare ammo and Anakin’s Lightsaber.
75283 LEGO Star Wars Armored Assault Tank (AAT) 39.99 USD/34.99 GBP/39.99 EUR/349.0 DKK/59.99 AUD
Kids can enjoy hours of epic battle action with this LEGO® Star Wars: The Clone Wars Armored Assault Tank (AAT) building set (75283). The AAT has lots of realistic details to inspire fun, creative play, including opening hatches with space inside for the Battle Droids, LEGO minifigures, 2 spring-loaded shooters and a rotating turret with an elevating cannon. This action-packed set comes with 2 LEGO Star Wars™ minifigures – Ahsoka Tano and Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper – AAT Driver Battle Droid and Battle Droid LEGO figures, and assorted weapons to inspire role play. An awesome gift idea to enhance any fan’s LEGO Star Wars collection, this toy building kit is great for solo or group play.
75284 LEGO Star Wars Knights of Ren Transport Ship 69.99 USD/64.99 GBP/69.9 EUR/649.0 DKK/119.99 AUD
Fans can relive epic Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker action scenes with this Knights of Ren Transport Ship (75284) LEGO® building set. Hidden ‘skis’ underneath this Star Wars™ villains’ starship replicate the hover effect, and it has 2 opening cockpits for the Knights of Ren, a compartment for a captured LEGO minifigure and 2 spring-loaded shooters to inspire creative play.
75286 LEGO Star Wars General Grievous’s Starfighter 79.99 USD/74.99 GBP/79.99 EUR/749.0 DKK/119.99 AUD
Get set for an epic clash between General Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi! The powerful warlord Grievous is flying into battle in his awesome starfighter. Look out for the spring-loaded shooters. When the starfighter comes in to land, use Obi-Wan’s Lightsaber and the Airborne Clone Trooper’s blaster to challenge the warlord. Who will win this thrilling Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith battle? You decide!
Relive the Battle of Hoth and other classic Star Wars™ trilogy scenes with this AT-AT (75288) LEGO® building kit for kids! Different sections of the All Terrain Armored Transport vehicle open up for easy play, and it has spring-loaded shooters, plus a speeder bike inside. Fans will also love authentic details such as a winch to pull up Luke and his thermal detonator element.
75291 LEGO Star Wars Death Star Final Duel 99.99 USD/89.99 GBP/99.99 EUR/899.0 DKK/169.99 AUD
Kids can play out the epic Death Star Final Duel (75291) between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader with this LEGO® Star Wars: Return of the Jedi building set. Emperor Palpatine’s throne room has many cool features to inspire creative fun, including a LEGO minifigure Force-jump function. The stairs and bridge can also be collapsed, and Darth Vader can throw the Emperor in the reactor shaft just like in the classic scene.
75292 LEGO Star Wars The Razor Crest 129.99 USD/119.99 GBP/139.99 EUR/1199.0 DKK/199.99 AUD
Relive bounty hunter The Mandalorian and the Child’s battles against Scout Trooper and other enemies with The Razor Crest (75292) LEGO® Star Wars™ building toy for kids. This brick-built armored transport shuttle features a cargo hold with opening sides that double as access ramps and carbonite bounty elements inside, a dual LEGO minifigure cockpit, spring-loaded shooters, escape pod and more authentic details to inspire creative play.
75293 LEGO Star Wars Resistance I-TS Transport 99.99 USD/89.99 GBP/99.99 EUR/899.0 DKK/159.99 AUD
Young Rebels can play out heroic missions with this LEGO® brick-built model of the Resistance I-TS Transport (75293) from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – a new land at Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort. The top of the shuttle lifts off and the sides open for easy play, and there are 4 rotating stud shooters by the cockpit and 4 rear stud shooters for battle action.
If minifigure Mickey and Minnie weren’t doing it for you, the LEGO Group’s latest spin on Disney’s iconic cartoon characters might just fit the bill. 43179 Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters gives you the opportunity to build display models of the marvellous mice, each standing over a foot tall.
Check out the full press release and image gallery for the 1,739-piece set below. You’ll be able to order it from LEGO.com on July 1, for the not-insignificant sum of £169.99 in the UK, or $179.99 in the US.
We’ll feature more on this 18+ set in a future issue of Blocks. In the meantime, Issue 68 is now available to order – and it’s chock full of LEGO goodness, from our verdict on Speed Champions‘ new scale to a behind-the-scenes chat with the creators of the Collectible Minifigures.
Step back in time and get hands-on with the original animated stars of the silver screen, as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are brought to life in buildable LEGO brick form. With this brand-new construction set, fans can re-live fond memories and immerse themselves in the magical world of LEGO®|Disney , as they build their own versions of the world famous couple.
Based on Disney’s iconic characters, the large-scaleLEGO®|Disney Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters are full to the brim with nostalgic and stylish details. Perfect for Disney fans looking to re-create the magic again and again, these dynamically posed models not only come dressed in their instantly recognisable original outfits, they also come equipped with a series of unique buildable accessories to pose with, including a retro camera, a guitar and a photo album complete with pictures of the iconic duo’s adventures from years gone by – creating endless possibilities when it comes to displaying the beloved couple.
Helping to bring some nostalgic movie magic into any home or office, each figure in the new set also stands on a base that resembles an old-time film reel, complete with the original character signatures. With Mickey Mouse standing tall at 14 in. (36cm) high and Minnie Mouse at 13 in. (35cm), the pair make a perfect addition to any Disney fan’s LEGO®|Disneycollection or as a stand-alone display.
As well as making an impressive display piece, the 1,739-piece set is a mini feat of LEGO brick engineering, with LEGO designer Ollie Gregory focused on doing these classic stars of the big screen justice.
Ollie commented: “We always look to design things that people would like to put on their shelf, including my own, which is why we went for the ‘classic’ Mickey Mouse design with the iconic silhouette and colour palette – as a surprise for builders, the characters insides are built from colourful elements inspired by classic outfits worn by the the pair in the past. The Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters are extremely detailed and intricate, and there were lots of challenges to overcome. For example, to create the tips of their noses we even had to bring back the LEGO Classic Space Helmet in black, which hasn’t been seen since 1987. LEGO fans will also notice that we have debuted a new colour in this set, 363 – TR. Brown with Opalesence, the first time it is included in any set – so there’s lots to explore with this build!”
The LEGO Group has a range of LEGO®|Disney sets that are sure to bring back loving memories of Disney films and trips to Disneyland including the LEGO®|Disney Train and Station, LEGO®|Disney Castle and the LEGO Ideas Steamboat Willie. This latest addition to the LEGO®|Disney collection has
been designed specifically with adults in mind – giving builders a creative outlet to help focus their minds and re-charge from their busy lives, as they get hands-on building these two iconic Disney characters.
The new LEGO®|Disney Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable characters construction set is the latest example of how the LEGO Group aims to inspire builders of all ages to build, rebuild and get excited by the process of creation. It will also feature the new stylish, adult-focused packaging in order to reflect the sophisticated nature of the creative process and allow adult builders to find products related to their passions.
The LEGO Group has unveiled its latest Technic supercar, 42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37. The sleek lime green racer has been recreated in 1:8 scale, and packs in 8-speed transmission, a V12 engine with moving pistons, 4-wheel drive, steering, and front and rear suspension.
At £349.99/$379.99/€379.99, 42115 commands an even higher entry cost than 42083 Bugatti Chiron, the LEGO Group’s previous Technic supercar. But the Lamborghini also ekes past that bright blue beauty in piece count, with 3,696 elements to the Bugatti’s 3,599.
42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 will be available to order from LEGO.com on June 1, then from other retailers on August 1. You can check out the full press release below, along with a gallery of images. Stay tuned for more on this formidable supercar in a future issue of Blocks.
Today, the LEGO Group and Automobili Lamborghini unveiled the eagerly awaited LEGO® Technic™ Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 in true style. The showstopping reveal featured all the suspense, emotion and excitement of a supercar launch event – but was miniature in scale and powered entirely by LEGO Technic elements.
The star of the show, 1:8 scale LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 embodies the unrivalled power, visionary design and futuristic elegance of the limited-edition Italian super sports car. First presented at Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019, only 63 of the full-sized Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 models are being produced, making this 3,696-piece replica the ultimate collector’s item for luxury car lovers and LEGO fans looking for their next building challenge.
Boasting a vivid lime-green colour and elegant golden rims, the model measures over 5” (13cm) high, 23” (60cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide. This one-of-a-kind model is the ultimate addition to any LEGO collection.
In a feat of engineering excellence, the stunning LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 made an explosive entrance worthy of any true super sports car – in the LEGO Group’s first 1:8 scale launch.
From the elegance of the setting and futuristic lighting, to the energy-charged reveal of the car’s unmistakable silhouette, the experience was crafted entirely from LEGO Technic pieces, showing that with LEGO Technic, you can build whatever you can imagine.
The unveil was shown globally to give luxury car fans and LEGO lovers the chance to experience the magic and emotion of a real super sports car launch. The video of the reveal and the making of story can be viewed here.
A design ahead of its time
The LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 embodies the unmistakable power and stunning looks of the Lamborghini Sián both in design and style. The super sports car’s futuristic features are recreated in elaborate and authentic detail, bringing proud owners closer to the real model than they could ever imagine. These immersive touches include a replica of the Lamborghini Sián’s incomparable V12 engine, a rear spoiler that pops up like the real thing, front and rear suspension, and steering powered by a wheel adorned with the Automobili Lamborghini emblem.
In true Lamborghini style, the model also boasts scissor doors which open to reveal the perfectly recreated cockpit. Inside, the car’s luxurious interior has been intricately recreated with a fully-functioning 8-speed sequential gearbox triggered by a movable paddle gearshift.
Speaking about the visionary design, Niels. B. Christiansen, LEGO Group CEO, said: “This new model truly encapsulates the pursuit of excellence embedded in the DNA of both Automobili Lamborghini and the LEGO Group. Both the 1:8 model and the reveal itself are feats of engineering innovation, pulled off by incredibly talented teams from across our two businesses. The LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is a true testament that with LEGO® Technic, you can build anything your heart desires. I can’t wait to build this authentic replica of this futuristic super sports car for real.”
“The LEGO brick is an icon in the same way as a Lamborghini super sports car,” said Stefano Domenicali, CEO and Chairman of Automobili Lamborghini. “They both embody the pursuit of design perfection through constant research and development, create different emotions with every interaction, and are valued by generations. Each Lamborghini super sports car can be unique thanks to our Ad Personam personalization program and the specific driving style of each owner, just as LEGO bricks provide builders of all ages with endless possibilities for creation. This outstanding replica of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 from the LEGO Group presents a brilliant new building experience for both super sports car fans and LEGO enthusiasts and Lamborghini is privileged to share in this opportunity with the LEGO Group.”
To make the building experience as thrilling and immersive as a spin behind the wheel of the real car, proud owners can also pop open the front hood to discover a stylish Lamborghini overnight bag and a unique serial number that unlocks special content at www.LEGO.com/lamborghini-sian.
An exclusive series of 13 videocasts featuring Automobili Lamborghini and LEGO experts can also be accessed through QR codes in two ‘coffee-table’ style collectors’ booklets that accompany the model. As fans work through the comprehensive building instructions, these videocasts delve deep into the inspiration behind different stages of the design. However, it is not just the building experience that is totally unique: the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 comes shrouded in a unique box inspired by the iconic lines, signature headlight silhouette and eye-catching colour of the original Lamborghini Sián.
The LEGO Group has unveiled the newest addition to its Fairground collection, 10273 Haunted House. The spooky set combines modern build techniques with a few nods to the classic Adventurers theme, and one big nod to 2012’s Monster Fighters, for an alternate take on the free-fall tower ride.
The 3,231-piece model also ditches the Creator Expert branding, instead embracing the new adult-targeted black packaging. It will be available from LEGO.com (and whichever LEGO Stores are open by then) on May 20 for VIP members, before going on general release on June 1, for £209.99/€229.99/$249.99.
Check out the full press release and gallery of images below, and keep an eye out for Issue 68 for more on 10273 Haunted House. While you’re waiting, you can now order Issue 67, which is packed with info on all the latest LEGO sets – including a behind-the-scenes tour through 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay.
Gear up for a spooky ride and bring to life the ultimate ghostly fairground experience, with the brand-new LEGO® Haunted House set. This latest addition to the LEGO Fairground collection is jam-packed with exciting features to surprise and entertain even the bravest of thrill-seekers.
Modelled on Manor Von Barron, the spooky home of one of the world’s greatest villains – Samuel Von Barron, the new LEGO® Haunted House model is full to the brim with spine-tingling details. Its clever design features a fully functional free-fall ride with automatic doors at the top of the tower, giving brave riders a glimpse of the thrilling plummet to come, as well as intricate ghoulish details such as haunted doors and a cursed painting to warn off any trespassers.
To enhance the spooky experience even further and unlock special features, such as a moving elevator, fans can also add LEGO Powered Up components (available separately) and control and amplify the set as they build via LEGO’s Powered Up app.
The 3,231-piece LEGO® Haunted House model not only makes an impressive and creepy display piece, standing at over 26.5” (68cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep, but also gives fans the chance to get hands-on and immerse themselves in the ghostly world. LEGO builders can open the model’s exterior and enter the ultimate haunted house to discover the features hidden inside – revealing Von Barron’s extensive collection of stolen artefacts which nod to LEGO brick sets of the past, including the Organ of Catarino and the Orb of OGEL.
This brand-new set has been designed specifically with adults in mind – providing an immersive, creative experience for them to re-focus, re-charge and get creative, whether they’re enjoying alone or as a challenging build with friends or younger builders.
The new LEGO® Haunted House™ construction set is the latest example of how the LEGO Group aims to inspire builders of all ages to build, rebuild and get excited by the process of creation. It’s also the first set from the LEGO Fairground Collection to feature the new stylish packaging designed to make it easier than ever for adult fans to find their new build challenge based on their individual passions.
Addressing the new packaging, Senior Marketing Manager Anders Hellegaard Iversen said: “So many of our older builders love the Creator Expert products, as they allow them to show off their passion for the bricks. Whether it’s their favorite film moments, sport icons, travel destinations, buildings, fairgrounds or vehicles, LEGO sets help to bring these to life in brick form. That’s also why we have decided to stop using the Creator Expert branding and, instead, use the new adult-focused packaging design to make it clearer which hobbies or brand products they can relate to. We hope this will make it easier for fans to track down models they would be proud to display once completed. Of course, our product range will continue to include the same advanced-build, collectible products that guarantee hours of building enjoyment for fans.”
A detailed behind-the-scenes feature looks at the development of the latest LEGO Ideas set that is soaked in classic LEGO Pirates nostalgia – 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay. The salty crew behind the incredible build reveal how they decided to sneak two models into one set, the challenges in recreating vintage packaging and why there’s a trophy in Captain Redbeard’s cabin. Concept models illustrate the feature, showing how it went from the fan design to the finished set.
After taking a trip to the pirate island, the Review section gives the LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 a test drive, as well as checking out Collectible Minifigures Series 20 and a selection of the latest Marvel Avengers sets.
Sitting down for an in-depth conversation is Ekow Nimako, a Canadian artist who builds exclusively in black. He discusses sculpting with bricks, representation within his creations and whether LEGO builders are also artists, in what makes for a fascinating and thought-provoking interview.
Blockstalgia turns back the clock to 2002 (or should that be 1993) for a look back at Ice Planet, the LEGO Space subtheme set on a frozen world. As well as putting the original sets under the spotlight, the Blocks team reimagines 6814 Ice Tunnelator, with exclusive instructions for building a modern version.
There are more tips and tricks in Technique, which this month offers a guide to building birds. From puffins to eagles, this will have your avian builds looking more lifelike and authentic than ever.
Due to the impact of coronavirus on the world, the Brickman Experience did not get to stay open for long during its UK debut. To provide a taste of LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught’s exhibition, Blocks magazine shares an exclusive interview with the Aussie builder and a look at some of the models in the exhibition.
That’s by no means all though, there is plenty more packed into Blocks Issue 67’s 116 pages –including Top Ten, Month in LEGO, Mod Squad, Rebuild Challenge and Month in MOCs.
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This month’s cover is given over to the LEGO Ideas International Space Station, with an in-depth review of the set inside the magazine. LEGO Design Master (yes, that’s his job title) Mike Psiaki explains how he developed Manchester United’s stadium and shares a peek at some of the concept models for LEGO Creator Expert 10272 Old Trafford.
A spotlight is shined on some of the talented LEGO fans on Instagram, as some of the prominent photographers who are showing off their beautiful images reveal the inspiration behind their creativity. Blocks also pays a visit to the Natural History Museum, where imaging expert Dr Steen Dupont is using marvellous LEGO contraptions to photograph the millions of tiny specimens that are housed within the insect collection.
Johnny Thunder makes a dramatic entrance in Blockstalgia, swinging over chasms, springing booby traps and uncovering Egyptian artefacts. He even has a new ride, with exclusive instructions showing how to build a modern rendition of the classic Scorpion Tracker.
Elsewhere in the magazine’s 112 pages, readers will find the next stage in the LEGO Star Wars UCS Star Destroyer mod project, a debate on the new LEGO Night Mode concept, a surprising use for a BIONICLE minifigure arm and much, much more.
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