Most of the Christmas LEGO sets are out of stock, but keeping heading back to LEGO.com to double check – you never know when they will be back in stock. The largest ever LEGO set, 10276 Colosseum, is available to order though and will have you building right through to 2021.
Be sure to let the Blocks team know if you do any LEGO shopping – whether it’s gifts for others at Christmas or presents for yourself!
Check out Blocks magazine Issue 74 for a full Christmas gift guide and exclusive feature going behind-the-scenes of The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special.
It’s time for the new issue of Blocks magazine, which comes with a free 2021 wall planner. Issue 74 includes an exclusive feature going behind the scenes of The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, a bumper Reviews section featuring Monkie Kid and a look at LEGO Pirates ships through the years.
Get in the Christmas mood with Blocks magazine Issue 74, available to order now and in UK shops from December 3. This edition of the magazine includes a free 2021 wall planner, which features every Blocks magazine cover on the reverse.
Issue 74 includes a look at the best gifts for Christmas 2020, a review of the charming Winter Village Elf Clubhouse set and exclusive insight into the making of The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special. Lucasfilm’s Josh Rimes reveals how it is destined to be something more beloved than its 1978 namesake.
With those big holiday and January sale purchases imminent, there’s a bumper Reviews section this month, covering the epic LEGO Monkie Kid to see whether this theme aimed at consumers in China has broad appeal. There’s also a detailed look at a US television classic – 21324 123 Sesame Street, the LEGO Ideas set that captures the beloved childhood show. For Star Wars fans, 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina and 75318 The Child are also covered – do they live up to their reputations for wretchedness and cuteness?
As both 31109 Pirate Ship and 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay have set sail this year, there’s no better time to measure up the various LEGO vessels that have sailed the brick seas over the decades. Blocks magazine delves deep into what makes a LEGO pirate ship to see how they have evolved over time, going all the way back to 6285 Black Seas Barracuda.
There’s another blast from the past in Blockstalgia, although this one might not be quite as fondly remembered. Known as Dino Attack in the US, or the more sedate Dino 2010 in Europe, it’s one of the strangest LEGO themes ever released. Re-build tackles the bizarre mutant T.rex, revealing how to recreate it using bricks.
Along with regulars including Month in MOCs, Piece Perception, Technique, Rebuild Challenge and Ideas Showcase, there’s a report from this year’s virtual BrickCon, the top 10 LEGO sets inspired by history and everything you need to know about the LEGO Group’s China strategy.
Blocks magazine Issue 74 is available now and includes a free wall planner – perfect for noting down those LEGO event dates and set releases.
There’s a new issue of Blocks magazine available now (in UK shops from December 3), packed with 116 pages of reviews, builds and features. But that’s not all! There’s also a free 2021 LEGO wall planner for noting down important dates – like when a community event is coming up, LEGO set is launching or new issue of Blocks is being released (actually, we’ve included that last one for you!).
As for the reverse of the wall planner… you’ll find every single Blocks magazine cover on it. Going all he way back to the pilot issue from 2014 right up until Issue 74 that wraps up 2020, all of these covers feature on one epic poster.
Within Blocks Issue 74 you’ll find an exclusive interview revealing how The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special came to be, a look at how LEGO Pirates ships have evolved and a bumper review section including LEGO Monkie Kid, Star Wars and Winter Village reviews.
We’re giving away four 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech sets! Everyone who has a print subscription set up by January 1, 2021, will be in with a chance of winning this incredible set.
The LEGO Modular Buildings Collection will continue on January 1, 2021, with 10278 Police Station bringing the next section to the ongoing street.
Each year, the LEGO Group releases a new exclusive modualr building set at LEGO.com. It offers a building that is roughly in scale with minifigures, fulfilling the type of set fantasy that adult fans had as children. 10278 Police Station provides an old-fashioned police headquarters, measuring 37cm high. Details inside the building include an evidence locker, jail cell, interrogation room and case board with red lines connecting all the clues.
As well as the central police station, the model also builds a donut shop and newstand. Five minifigures are included, with three Police Officers representing different LEGO characters – there’s the grizzled chief, the loose cannon detective and the stoic officer. A civilian and suspicious looking fellow are also included.
UK Price: £169.99 USA Price: $199.99 Piece count: 2,923 Release date: January 1
LEGO Model Designer Chris McVeigh said: “We’ve had a lot of fun designing the LEGO Police Station. An architectural gem and treasure trove of quirky features, it’s the perfect place to start building your LEGO streetscape, or a brilliant addition to an existing one.”
Watch out for the review of this set in an upcoming issue of Blocks magazine.
LEGO.com has kicked off this year’s Black Friday sale. The official LEGO shopping portal has a whole host of deals available to tempt you into buying some goodies ready for Christmas (even if they are for yourself – don’t worry, we won’t tell).
Chris Wharfe is stepping down as Editor of Blocks, the LEGO magazine for adult fans, and Graham Hancock will be taking on the role from Issue 75.
It’s time for the Blocks team to say goodbye to Editor Chris Wharfe, who has delighted LEGO fans around the world by ensuring that Blocks magazine’s content has been varied, engaging and always of the highest standard. Thanks to his journalistic instinct and love of the brick, the monthly title has gone from strength to strength.
During his tenure Chris has introduced new sections such as Blockstalgia and Rebuild Challenge, while refreshing long-running regulars such as Month in LEGO. He has brought dozens of insightful exclusives to the page, from the recent Star Wars: The Mandalorian epic to the inside scoop on rare minifigure collecting. Readers will be well aware that he is leaving Blocks in an excellent position.
“I’ve had a blast working on Blocks,” says Chris. “Putting together a print magazine each and every month isn’t always easy, but when it’s a LEGO magazine, it’s always fun – and I have our loyal and incredibly valued readers to thank for making it possible. Whether you’ve been with Blocks longer than I have or you’ve only picked up the odd issue here and there, it’s your support that’s allowed us to take the magazine to where it is today. I can’t wait to see where Graham takes it next.”
Chris and Deputy Editor Graham Hancock have been working closely together on the magazine’s editorial direction in the past couple of years, so there won’t be any dramatic shift – Blocks will continue to provide exclusive behind-the-scenes features, unique build guides and a healthy dose of nostalgia. Watch out for a few more LEGO pirates lurking around though…
“When I’m not taking silly LEGO photos, I’m usually writing about LEGO, editing LEGO content, building LEGO sets, talking about LEGO or organising my LEGO collection. While sensible people might say that means I need some balance in my life, I am delighted to make the most of my one track mind and take the lead at the world’s finest LEGO magazine,” says Graham.
Graham has been with Blocks magazine since Issue 8 and has spent more than four years working as the Editor of Brick Fanatics, where Chris is now heading to take the lead (that’s right, they’ve pretty much switched roles).
Issue 74 of Blocks magazine, on shelves December 3, will be Chris’s final issue as Editor. Everyone at Blocks wishes him well and we are sure that our readers will do the same.
Given that the LEGO video games have drop-in, drop-out co-op play, they are a great option for families to play together. Or even couples looking for a non-competitive way to play! And we definitely don’t judge people who prefer to play LEGO games alone – there’s nothing more annoying than someone knocking that stud count down…
Here are the games you can get in the deal! The platforms vary, but many older titles have been ported over to modern consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One:
Everything LEGO Harry Potter fans need to complement 75978 Diagon Alley is in Blocks magazine Issue 73 – designer insights, expansion inspiration and an in-depth review.
71043 Hogwarts Castle offered fans the destination that is most important in the Wizarding World. But for intrigue, mystery, fun and whimsy – with a dash of danger – Diagon Alley is the even more compelling location. “Welcome to Diagon Alley.”
While the LEGO Group tackled the set at minifigure scale a whopping 13 years ago with 10217 Diagon Alley, this is a significant upgrade. Taking advantage of the size that LEGO sets can now go to and the advanced techniques they can include, 75978 Diagon Alley offers something on an entirely different scale to what has been done before.
In Blocks magazine Issue 73, Design Manager Marco Bessa reveals how he designed this model himself. There are some fascinating insights – did you know it was originally going to be taller? How was the size determined? And has the design wizard read all of the Potter books?
The full, deep dive review also offers an assessment of the set. At almost £400, it’s not a set to buy without thinking carefully first – and this review is the perfect way to get a better sense of the epic model. There’s also reviews of the rest of the LEGO Harry Potter 2020 wave.
But what if you do buy the set and build it? What then? A special build feature provides tips and inspiration on how to extend the street, adding Gringotts Bank in the same scale to really expand the display possibilities. Once you have added Gringotts, where could you take Diagon Alley next?
A historical marvel has taken the title of biggest ever LEGO set and it’s coming in time for Christmas – the latest 18+ release is 10276 Colosseum.
The latest LEGO set to be revealed is upping the ante, with 10276 Colosseum using 9,036 pieces to recreate the famous historical site in Rome, Italy. You read that right – 9,036.
Built in a similar style to LEGO Architecture sets, but much, much, much bigger, the model is absolutely huge and measures 27cm high, 52cm wide and 59cm deep. Care and attention to detail has been paid to the actual structure to replicate it as a LEGO model.
UK Price: £449.99 USA Price: $549.99 Piece count: 9,036 Release date: November 27
LEGO Designer Rok Zgalin Kobe said: “One of the biggest challenges and one of the most important things was to convey the Colosseum’s monumentality in the LEGO form. I felt that the LEGO model should display a special architectural feature of the original – the rows of columns flanking the arches in different styles. To achieve that, the model is constructed using an effect of vertical exaggeration. The cross-section is therefore far steeper than on the real structure. Hopefully, people will be inspired to learn more about the original through the experience of building the LEGO model.”
With Christmas approaching, this LEGO character is the perfect gift for Blocks fans, with the minifigure sporting a festive jacket and British waistcoat – a nod to Blocks magazine’s home country. As well as featuring a jolly Santa hat, the minifigure comes with an exclusive 2×2 tile. It reads ‘Merry Christmas 2020 from Blocks’, making this the perfect gift this year.
To really customise the minifigure, you can of course swap out the head with others from your collection. We’d love to see the scenes you build and incorporate the minifigure into!
Prices for this exclusive Blocks minifigure start at £11.50 – this special edition character is available to buy now.
For those ordering a print subscription, there’s a special deal – using the code Xmas1 at checkout, Blocks Postman Minifigure costs just £5.99 within the UK and gets a hefty discount for international fans.