Five free LEGO sets available online

The LEGO online shop is giving away a whole bunch of free sets right now – Harry Potter 30628 Monster Book of Monsters, Winter Village 40416 Ice Skating Rink, City 30566 Fire Helicopter, City 30567 Police Jetski and Colosseum 6346109 Roman Chariot.

It’s the right time to place an order at LEGO.com as they are free LEGO sets galore in the US – Harry Potter 30628 Monster Book of Monsters, Winter Village 40416 Ice Skating Rink, City 30566 Fire Helicopter, City 30567 Police Jetski and Colosseum 6346109 Roman Chariot are all available right now with qualifying purchases. Unfortunately, only one of these deals is running in the UK.

If you spend $40 or more, you can choose to get either City 30566 Fire Helicopter or City 30567 Police Jetski for free.

Then, if you spend $75 or more on Harry Potter sets, you can get Harry Potter 30628 Monster Book of Monsters for free.

If you go further and spend $150 or more, you can get Winter Village 40416 Ice Skating Rink for free.

Finally, if you buy 10276 Colosseum and are signed up as a VIP, you can get 6346109 Roman Chariot for free.

Keep track of all of the new sets that have been releases so far with the handy 2021 checklist.

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Five must-read LEGO features in Blocks Issue 75

What’s in Blocks magazine Issue 75? 116 pages of awesome LEGO content! More specifically, here are five that you won’t want to miss…

This month’s issue of Blocks leads with an epic exclusive celebrating a decade of LEGO NINJAGO, with the team who developed and nurtured the story driven theme revealing how they combined compelling LEGO sets with a dramatic animated series to make a modern success story.

That’s not all though! Within the 116 pages, you’ll find many more LEGO features that you can’t get anywhere else. Here are five that you’ll want to check out…

LEGO Braille Bricks

You might have heard about LEGO Braille Bricks. The LEGO Foundation has introduced them to several countries around the world to help children with vision impairment learn this unique way of reading. In this exclusive feature, Blocks speaks to the LEGO Foundation and their partners at the Royal National Institute of Blind People to find out how this amazing initiative came to be. We even hear from children who have used the special elements to get their reaction.

LEGO Castle Crusaders

It’s time for a new faction to invade LEGO Castle, equipped with swords, shields and… ghosts. Find out how things were refreshed in 1990 with a look back at some classic sets, before following our exclusive instructions to build a modern version of the beloved 6042 Dungeon Hunters set.

Brick City

As the travelling Brick City exhibit leaves its time on display in Leicester, we get the inside scoop from Warren Elsmore on how this amazing collection of models came together and what goes into organising these incredible displays. If you have seen Brick City in the past or are hoping to visit the show in the future, you’ll find out something new in this fascinating interview.   

Building bins

Dumpsters, refuse bins, trash cans – your minifigures will have no excuse for not cleaning up thanks to this month’s Technique guide. There are tips and tricks for building authentic looking dumpsters that can be used in your LEGO town layouts or with your modular buildings.

Photographing ECTO-1

The awesome new LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 set takes pride of place on this month’s cover and our talented toy photographer reveals how he came up with the striking cover shot. We also review the set, to find out whether you’re gonna call the LEGO Store.

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Classic Castle vibes in LEGO Ideas 21325 Medieval Blacksmith

The next LEGO Ideas set to be released, 21325 Medieval Blacksmith, has been revealed – and it’s channelling Classic Castle.

 Clemens Fiedler saw his Medieval Blacksmith achieve 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas and then get selected by the review panel. He’s now getting every fan’s dream come true, with his project having been interpreted by a Model Designer and getting launched as 21325 Medieval Blacksmith on February 1.

Rather than focus ion kings and queens or epic battles, the set focuses in on the life of a blacksmith. The house features timber framed walls to the gothic lattice windows to keep it authentic. What will really please Castle fans though is the appearance of two Black Falcon knight minifigures.

21325 Medieval Blacksmith

UK Price: £134.99
USA Price: $149.99
Piece count: 2,164
Release date: February 1

“I love building classical house designs and honouring all the great attention to detail you can recreate with LEGO elements – especially medieval architecture styles, colours and design,” said Clemens Fiedler. “I hope fellow LEGO fans will enjoy traveling back in time; sense the heat, sounds and smells from the forge and anvil and soak up the atmosphere of this classical creative craft as they build the set.”

“Designing the LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith set has been an exciting journey, taking us back hundreds of years to celebrate one of the true heroes of the Middle Ages,” added LEGO Ideas Design Manager Samuel Thomas Liltorp Johnson. “Telling the story of the blacksmith caught our imagination, and the rest was history.

“We loved the idea of creating a small blacksmith’s house on the outskirts of the medieval world, where every knight goes for a set of shining armour. Without doubt, fans will be fascinated by the workings of the forge, the architectural details and the characters they find there when they build this set.”

See the full 2021 LEGO range on this one handy checklist.

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Bricks At Home is back and looking for LEGO builds

You and your LEGO MOC can be part of the Bricks at Home 2021 virtual event, as applications are open now.

Bricks at Home is the virtual LEGO event that launched last year as physical events were cancelled. The 2021 event will be livestreamed on February 27 and 28, arranged by Brick Alley and London AFOLs, hosted by Blocks Editor Graham Hancock (wait a minute, that’s me!?).

To really inspire everyone attending, Bricks at Home is looking for LEGO builders to show off their latest projects. Whatever your topic, your build will be considered for inclusion in the event – but the themes likely to be covered are Classic Space, vintage LEGO, City, trains, Technic and custom models inspired by licensed themes.

Each builder who is selected will be interviewed about their project live, allowing them to show off what they have been working on and share a bit about what went into putting it together. Here’s a taste of last year’s event:

All applications must be in by midnight (UK time) on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Tickets to watch the livestream event will be available for free from February 21.

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A classic LEGO theme is coming back

From the LEGO back catalogue, one classic theme is being resurrected – for one set only.

The 90 year anniversary of LEGO will take place next year, and to celebrate the company is bringing back one classic theme, for one special adult targeted set. Fans can head over to LEGO Ideas right now and vote for their favourite from a list of 30 beloved LEGO themes. Don’t be surprised to see Blocks magazine’s Graham and Daniel already wearing their pirate hats.

When voting closes on January 25, the list will be whittled down to the three most popular options. Then, from February 3, everyone will be able to vote again for their favourite from the three. Whichever theme wins will get a special, one-off LEGO set next year.

The winner will not be announced until 2022, closer to when the set is released – so there’ll be plenty of time to anticipate the final result.

To vote for the classic LEGO theme that you would like to see return for a special one-off product, visit the LEGO Ideas blog here.

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LEGO NINJAGO fan-made documentary on the way

Four LEGO NINJAGO fans have come together to make a documentary to celebrate a decade of the action-adventure theme.

The LEGO NINJAGO 10 year anniversary celebrations are set to continue through the year, as NINJAGO Ten Years of Spinjitzu: A Documentary is set to be released online by four passionate fans on April 19. A trailer for the documentary has been shared, providing a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes interviews it will include:

Brayden, Lachlan, Hayley and Joshua are the ninja crew behind the project, sharing their love for LEGO NINJAGO with other fans around the world through this special documentary.

Blocks magazine Issue 75 has an in-depth look at how the action-adventure range began, how it has become a LEGO evergreen and how it is now celebrating its legacy – with exclusive interviews and never-before-seen images, it’s a must-read for NINJAGO fans.

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See how LEGO NINJAGO sets are designed

A rare look at LEGO Model Designers’ sketch models and protypes provides a glimpse into how NINJAGO sets are designed.

When LEGO designers are working on a product, they have different ways of designing; some might sketch something by hand first, some might work digitally with special software, but many just sit down with some bricks and start iterating. There are usually many different versions of a model before anything close to the final set is realised, but the finished ‘sketch model’ is very important; this is the model that gives a good idea of what the final set will be, but isn’t yet up to LEGO set standards.

Sometimes the same designer works on a product all the way though, sometimes one designer comes up with the sketch model and then another designer comes up with the finished model. The process though requires the sketch model to be turned into a visually appealing, playable, stable LEGO set.

These images show early versions of LEGO NINJAGO sets, alongside the finished version that was released.

9444 Cole’s Thread Assault

9445 Fangpyre Truck Ambush

9450 Epic Dragon Battle

70727 X-1 Ninja Charger

70747 Boulder Blaster

71738 Zane’s Titan Mech

For even more examples of how LEGO NINJAGO designs evolved – including the classic 70627 Dragon’s Forge, 70592 Salvage M.E.C. and the packaging for the spinners – order a copy of Blocks magazine Issue 75, which includes an exclusive feature looking at how LEGO NINJAGO was created, developed and embraced by fans around the world. It’s all part of the big celebration of the LEGO NINJAGO 10 year anniversary, which has kicked into high gear today.

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Where the LEGO NINJAGO idea came from 10 years ago

It’s 10 years since LEGO NINJAGO launched! The incredible action-adventure theme has gone from strength to strength, and now its origin story is revealed.

To celebrate 10 years of LEGO NINJAGO, the LEGO Group has revealed the story of how the theme began (don’t worry, there are also lots of great new products too). Here is what the secretive company has shared about how it all began:

Late on a Friday in fall 2019, a drawing was made that would be the beginning of something big. Tommy Andreasen did a sketch showing different elemental ninjas and the team had the idea of the ninja being on a sort of spinners to make an active minifigure play.

On the drawing you see a ninja of water, tough that ended up not being added until Nya became the master of water in 2015. The sketch has the word ‘Spinjago’ on it, which was the first idea of a name, which then developed into ‘Spinjitzu’ – a combination of the words ‘spin’ and ‘ninjitzu’.

The ‘NINJAGO’ name was also a combination of the words ‘NINJA’ and the word ‘GO’ which was taken form the end of the LEGO Group company name. It was also thought to be a great activator, like a battle cry.

Well… that’s the short version of the story at least. For the full story, including what Tommy thinks about the name NINJAGO and why it’s special, you’ll need to get Blocks magazine Issue 75. It has an in-depth look at how the action-adventure range began, how it has become a LEGO evergreen and how it is now celebrating its legacy.

And if you think the artwork above is cool, it’s just the beginning. Our special feature includes dozens of never-before-seen pieces, including LEGO designer sketch models, television development sketches and concept art.

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The LEGO Group announces NINJAGO 10 year anniversary celebration

LEGO NINJAGO has been running for 10 years – and there’s plenty happening to celebrate including a special feature in Blocks magazine, 23 new LEGO sets, 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens, collectible gold minifigures and a clothing collaboration with HYPE.

The LEGO Group has announced how the company will mark the incredible milestone of NINJAGO reaching its 10th anniversary. For 10 years, the theme has been on toy store shelves and television screens, as well as becoming a theme park ride, a theatrical movie, a series of comics and much more.

‘It has been an amazing journey to see a product range turn into something that kids have enjoyed for 10 years,’ says LEGO Design Manager Michael Svane Knap, the longest-serving designer on the theme. ‘Some have grown up with LEGO NINJAGO and are now expressing their gratitude and telling us how they have learned lifelong skills. In my opinion, that is the best thing about LEGO NINJAGO. Kids learn about friendship, confidence and much more… and of course, that ninjas are cool!’

He reveals the full inside story, along with other LEGO insiders and the creators of the animated television series, in Blocks magazine Issue 75 – available now. A small taste of that is provided in this story about how the NINJAGO idea came about in the first place and this look a how a handful of the models were developed.

To mark the anniversary, 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens will be available exclusively at LEGO.com. The incredible 5,685 piece set will be available to order at some point today. It includes an exclusive gold coloured Master Wu minifigure, with other collectible characters included with NINJAGO Legacy sets this year.

Four new sets are coming in March and will continue the NINJAGO story (the full checklist is available here):

71745 Lloyd’s Jungle Chopper Bike
71746 Jungle Dragon
71747 The Keepers’ Village
71748 Catamaran Sea Battle

Season 14 of the animated television series will launch this year, which will be a tribute to the voice actor Kirby Morrow, who has voiced Cole since the show started and passed away at the end of 2020.

Be sure to start this epic year right with a copy of Blocks magazine Issue 75, with an exclusive look at how LEGO NINJAGO was devised and how it has developed since, featuring never-before-seen artwork.

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LEGO NINJAGO teams up with HYPE for 10th anniversary clothing range

An adult clothing range will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of LEGO NINJAGO thanks to a collaboration between the LEGO Group and HYPE.

Children have been showing off their LEGO NINJAGO threads for a decade, but now ‘grown-ups’ can get in on the act too, thanks to a new clothing range from HYPE. The 28 piece range includes t-shirts, shirts, shorts, hoodies, joggers, jackets and bags for adults and children.

Fans will be able to get their hands on this new merchandise from LEGO.com starting January 14 and JUSTHYPE from January 15.

‘The collection illustrates exciting memorable moments and characters from the franchise’s hugely successful TV series and the fictional world of LEGO NINJAGO building sets, Japanese & Chinese myths and culture,’ the press release says.

‘Boasting mesh panelling, embroidery, on-trend chunky taping, branded neck ribs and over-sized graphics. With a metallic look accentuating the prints and the use of metal D rings; emphasising the power of the LEGO NINJAGO spirit.’

Here is the full collection:

LEGO NINJAGO is celebrating the theme’s 10 year anniversary with this new clothing range, special gold minifigures and the massive new 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens set.

In Blocks magazine Issue 75, a special feature looks back at how LEGO NINJAGO was devised, then became an ongoing theme and is now celebrating its legacy. Creatives at the LEGO Group and television producers come together to share their behind-the-scenes stories, illustrated with never-before-seen concept art and sketch models.

This celebration of the LEGO NINJAGO 10th anniversary is in Blocks magazine Issue 75 – available to order and in stock right now.

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