More chances to win LEGO prizes for Blocks magazine subscribers

The Blocks subscriber giveaway is going monthly, with more LEGO prizes on offer than ever before. This month, every print subscriber will be entered into a draw to win one of 10 LEGO 75968 4 Privet Drive sets!

In Blocks magazine Issue 73, LEGO Harry Potter takes the cover – so we’re giving away 75968 4 Privet Drive to 10 lucky subscribers! All you have to do to be part of the draw is subscribe to the regular print edition of Blocks magazine by December 1.

What’s more, you’ll then get entered into a new prize draw every single month that you are subscribed! So every single month, you’ll have a chance to win a LEGO prize.

It’s one of the perks that you get by subscribing to Blocks magazine. Here are some of the others:

  • Get the magazine straight to your door every month, no hassle at the shop
  • Get the magazine early, ahead of the shops, every month
  • Save money when compared to buying the issues individually
  • Free postage within the UK
  • Never miss an issue! We’ll remind you when it’s time to renew

LEGO Harry Potter 75968 4 Privet Drive features the memorable two-storey house, including Harry’s secret cupboard under the stairs and a special function to send the letters down the chimney. It also features the flying Ford Anglia that Ron uses to help Harry escape his aunt and uncle.

All existing print subscribers will also be entered into the prize draw – good luck!

To get Blocks every month – at a discount and earlier than the shops – order a 12-month or 24-month subscription. Direct debit payment options are available too; to find out more get in touch via subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks.

What will LEGO fans find in Blocks magazine?

Blocks magazine brings a monthly dose of LEGO to fans around the world in the form of a 116-page print magazine (although you can also get a digital copy if you prefer). If you haven’t picked a copy up before, or in a while, you might be wondering what you get within those pages.

Here is what you can find every month in the LEGO magazine…

Behind-the-scenes at LEGO

For unparalleled insight into what goes on at the LEGO headquarters in Billund, Denmark, you need to check out the exclusive features in Blocks magazine. Whether it’s how Collectible Minifigures were invented, how LEGO Star Wars has evolved over two decades or what went into developing Monkie Kid for China, Blocks has access to the LEGO creative geniuses who make the magic happen.

Classic and retro LEGO sets

In Blockstalgia you’ll find the vintage LEGO sets you grey up with. Whether it’s Space, Castle, Pirates, Town, Paradisa, Vikings, each month a different classic theme goes under the spotlight, as the Blocks team remembers what these themes means to them.

We also take the classic themes and reimagine them for modern times – using the instructions, you can create a modern version of a LEGO Pirates ship, a Western saloon or an Adventurers car.

LEGO in real life

The scientist who uses LEGO Technic to examine his insect specimens. The educator helping children with autism. The braille bricks that the LEGO Group is using to support visually impaired students.

Find out how the humble LEGO brick is able to impact the world around us in these in-depth features that focus on surprising places where our hobby makes a real difference.

Improve your LEGO building

How many thousands of LEGO bricks do you have? Our resident expert reveals how to take those bricks and build something amazing with them. No matter what your skill level, there’s a method you haven’t seen before that you’ll be itching to try out in your next model.

LEGO community showcase

Some of the world’s finest LEGO builders share their incredible creations in Month in MOCs and Ideas Showcase, demonstrating the creativity of the worldwide fanbase. We even persuade them to share tips and techniques that you can use in your own projects.

Ugly Duckling by Kristel Whitaker

LEGO set reviews

Blocks is a magazine by LEGO fans for LEGO fans. Using our expertise, we examine the latest releases to give you an idea of what to expect from each set. You’ll be able to tell if a LEGO set is for you, if it’s best for display only or whether the minifigures make it worth buying – and every now and again, you’ll even find one to definitely avoid.

Inside the LEGO news

Every issue, Blocks goes deeper into the latest LEGO news. By asking the key questions, sharing additional context and demonstrating how the latest news affects your hobby, it’s an opportunity to really review what is going on each month in the world of LEGO.

As you can see, Blocks magazine really is the ultimate celebration of LEGO! To find out yourself, try out a single issue – or just save time and set that subscription up right now!

To get Blocks every month – at a discount and earlier than the shops – order a 12-month or 24-month subscription. Direct debit payment options are available too; to find out more get in touch via subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks.

Carve a LEGO pumpkin for Halloween with these stencils

Why not add a LEGO twist to your pumpkin carving this year with these stencils? You can make your pumpkin a LEGO character with these templates for Batman, a skeleton and a minifigure.

Brick or treat! Halloween is here, and with these stencils you can give your pumpkin a LEGO twist. These three LEGO character templates will make your pumpkins stand out from the crowd. Remember to be careful when carving pumpkins!

This first stencil features the classic LEGO skeleton face.

Or here is a traditional LEGO minifigure, with the beloved smiley face.

For those who want to bring the Dark Knight into the year’s spookiest night, here is LEGO Batman.

Anyone who doesn’t want to carve an actual pumpkin could always gather up enough orange bricks and build a pumpkin, leaving gaps where the carving would be. Definitely don’t put a candle inside though!

Share your LEGO pumpkins with Blocks on social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – or email them to graham@blocksmag.com, we’d love to see what you do whether you use these templates or not.

To get Blocks every month – at a discount and earlier than the shops – order a 12-month or 24-month subscription. Direct debit payment options are available too; to find out more get in touch via subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks.

LEGO Ideas 21323 Grand Piano takes the stage at Wigmore Hall

For one night only, LEGO Ideas 21323 Grand Piano made an appearance at London’s beautiful 119-year-old Wigmore Hall for a special Blocks magazine performance.

2020 has been a difficult time for everyone, with the health needs to the public at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Huge measures have been taken so that everyone can protect one another as the world faces a global pandemic like never before.

There has been a knock-on impact from the measures to protect the public though, which is businesses either needing to close or having their activities severely reduced. Activities that were doing well before the pandemic hit are suddenly struggling to survive.

For live performance venues – including concert halls, theatres, comedy clubs and those wonderful grimy rooms where you discover a new band – it remains an extremely difficult climate, with most in the UK still not able to operate at all.

Blocks magazine wanted to share a reminder of the special place that live performance venues are, so took LEGO Ideas 21323 Grand Piano to Wigmore Hall in London, where the model could take the stage. There was no audience of course, but it meant we were able to get some beautiful photographs of the LEGO model alongside an actual grand piano.

Wigmore Hall is 119 years old and every year hosts more than 460 concerts – including soloists, chamber musicians and exceptional young artists. The venue is now livestreaming concerts live on the Wigmore Hall website, providing a taste of classical music to audiences around the world who can’t currently be there in person.

The website also explains how people can donate money to Wigmore Hall, should anyone wish to support the venue. There are many other schemes set up too – if you have a favourite venue or would like to help a life performer, take a look at their website or social media presence to find out how you can donate.

Blocks magazine Issue 72 features exclusive images from the LEGO Grand Piano’s special appearance to support the set review, while in an exclusive interview, Model Designer Woon Tze Chen, Design Manager Sam Johnson and the LEGO Ideas team reveal how the official model came together.

To get Blocks every month – at a discount and earlier than the shops – order a 12-month or 24-month subscription. Direct debit payment options are available too; to find out more get in touch via subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks.

Five Blocks gifts for the LEGO fan in your life this Christmas

We know how it goes – you need a gift for the LEGO fan in your life at Christmas, but they seem to have everything. Well, here are some ideas for the 2020 holiday that might not already be part of that enormous LEGO collection…

Blocks Postman Minifigure

This is the latest exclusive minifigure from Blocks. Who better to capture as a minifigure than the postal worker who brings the magazine every month? The character uses official LEGO parts, including two 2×2 tiles. One of them says ‘happy birthday’, but this gift still works for Christmas too. If the head isn’t to your taste, you can switch it out for another in your collection to customise the character.

Blocks subscription gift packages

What’s the gift that gives the entire year-round? A blocks subscription! Ordering a subscription to the magazine will mean that every month, the brick aficionado in your life will get a fresh magazine packed with exclusive insight into the world of LEGO. The magazines will arrive ahead of the shops and they’ll also be entered into a monthly prize draw!

Two special gift packages include extra items too. The Gift Bundle includes a Blocks t-shirt and minifigure, while the Subscription Bundle and Binder includes a t-shirt, minifigure and binder.

Blocks magazine Binder

That collection of Blocks shouldn’t be haphazardly sat on a desk in a pile, it should be carefully filed away into Blocks magazine binders so it can go on the shelf. Navy storage binders with an embossed Blocks logo are the perfect way to store a Blocks reader’s collection.

Blocks t-shirt – with exclusive minifigure

Blue and black tees featuring the Blocks logo small on the front and large on the back are available in a variety of sizes. They are the perfect way to encourage your LEGO fan to take off that ugly Christmas jumper they insist on wearing. What’s more, each t-shirt comes with an exclusive Blocks magazine minifigure, which uses official LEGO parts.

Blocks magazine Cover Tiles

Sure, your LEGO fan might have dozens and dozens of copies of Blocks, but do their minifigures? These 2×2 LEGO tiles, printed with Blocks covers, are the perfect way to add a bit of Blocks to any minifigure scene. They are the right size to fit into the little character’s hands, so even the minifigures can express their fandom.

For advice on buying any of the items above, contact subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks.

To get Blocks every month – at a discount and earlier than the shops – order a 12-month or 24-month subscription. Direct debit payment options are available too; to find out more get in touch via subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks.

A LEGO look at Star Wars: The Mandalorian

Star Wars: The Mandalorian is back – and Blocks magazine Issue 72 has everything LEGO fans need to get ready for the new season.

Disney Plus debuted the first ever Star Wars live action series last year – Star Wars: The Mandalorian. The show dominated the social media conversation thanks to the introduction of Baby Yoda, the cutest character since Wicket the Ewok strolled on screen in Return of the Jedi. It wasn’t just The Child who made the show special though, the whole show captured the feel of Star Wars and delivered eight episodes exploring the galaxy beyond the battle between the Jedi and the Sith. In just two weeks, fans will be able to stream Season 2 and find out where Din Djarin and The Child’s journey goes next.

It took almost a whole year for LEGO Star Wars to catch up with the show. 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport has finally delivered the show’s signature ship, The Razor Crest, and a minifigure scale Baby Yoda character. As soon as the Blocks team saw the set, we knew there was only one thing to do. Taking the set as a starting point, beautiful images take scenes from the show and capture them in LEGO bricks. The moment when Mando finds Jawas dismantling his ship, the Bounty Hunter’s crew riding Blurrgs and the scene when Din meets The Child are all covered.

That’s not all though – you’ll find instructions to build a minifigure scale Blurrg and hoverpram for Baby Yoda within the pages of Blocks Issue 72, plus a guide to converting the Microfighters Bantha into something the right size for a LEGO Tusken Raider. For those who prefer building sets than custom models, the magazine also includes reviews of the latest wave of Star Wars releases.

To get Blocks every month – at a discount and earlier than the shops – order a 12-month or 24-month subscription. Direct debit payment options are available too; to find out more get in touch via subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks.

Five must-read LEGO features in Blocks Issue 72

Blocks magazine Issue 72 is available now and while The Mandalorian may steal the cover, there are some can’t miss LEGO features this month including exclusive Ideas Grand Piano photography, a in-depth LEGO House Master Builder interview and look back at Classic Divers.

Here are five of the features that no LEGO fan will want to miss in Blocks magazine Issue 72

Grand piano takes the stage

The LEGO Ideas product that went viral, 21323 Grand Piano, gets its concert hall debut at London’s Wigmore Hall. To illustrate the Blocks review of the set, Graham Hancock visited the storied venue to take photographs of the functional LEGO piano alongside an actual grand piano, on a stage that has hosted thousands of performances. Model Designer Woon Tze Chen reveals what went into designing the set in an exclusive Q&A.

Making magic in LEGO House

Stuart Harris is a familiar face to LEGO fans, as he frequently hosts live streamed tours and fan spotlights from LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. Not only is he the Master Model Builder, who was part of the team developing the Home of the Brick, but he started his career working on LEGOLAND Windsor ahead of its opening before heading to California for the next theme park. He reveals some stories from this epic LEGO career in an extended interview, illustrated by never before seen behind-the-scenes photos.

Introducing the 501st

75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers brings Anakin Skywalker’s elite troopers back to the brick, but did you know where this particular band of troopers originated? The 501st Legion is the costuming group that raises money for charity while dressing up as Stormtroopers, Sandtroopers, Biker Scouts and many other iconic Star Wars characters. George Lucas was so impressed that he incorporated them into the films. In this exclusive interview, Blocks Editor Chris Wharfe finds out more about the bad guys who do good.

Classic Divers

While some classic themes stick in the memory – Space, Castle, Pirates – some slip the mind until there’s a reminder. When LEGO Town went underwater with Divers in the late 1990s, it offered some impressive sets and plenty of seawater creatures. Blockstalgia looks back at the retro sets and shares instructions for building a seafloor with modern elements.  

Building battering rams

Sure, everyone’s built a LEGO castle. But how do you knock that castle down? With a LEGO battering ram. It’s time to take down the castle gates in this month’s Technique section, which offers tips on building authentic battering arms for siege scenes.

To get Blocks every month – at a discount and earlier than the shops – order a 12-month or 24-month subscription. Direct debit payment options are available too, to find out more get in touch via subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks.

Blocks magazine launches direct debit option for international subscribers

LEGO fans around the world who want to stay up to date on Blocks magazine can now pay by direct debit, spreading the cost of a subscription across the year.

We know that paying for a full subscription up front isn’t for everyone, so Blocks magazine is delighted to announce that we are now offering direct debit payments to readers around the world. You can get your monthly LEGO fix while spreading the cost across the year.

Subscriptions for addresses in the UK, Europe and Rest of World areas are now eligible for direct debit payments. The payments are taken four times per year, spreading the cost as an alternative to an annual payment.

For those of you who like to just get it paid upfront and out of the way, that option is still available too! Our aim is to give readers as many helpful choices as possible.

To set up a direct debit subscription, email subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks.

To buy a subscription with a one-off payment, visit the Blocks subscription shop.

Subscribers can get a bonus deal right now on the new Blocks Postman Minifigure, which costs just £5.99 using the code postie1 when ordered with a print subscription.

Print subscribers get the magazine early every month*, are in with the chance to win a new LEGO prize every two months and save money compared to buying the issues individually.

Get a taste of what LEGO goodness – including Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Ideas Grand Piano and LEGO House’s Stuart Harris – can be found in Issue 72 here.

*Due to delays in postage as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we cannot guarantee how quickly magazines will arrive at present. They are always dispatched in time to arrive more quickly than they will arrive with retailers.

Special delivery! It’s the Blocks Postman Minifigure

Blocks Postman Minifigure is the latest exclusive minifigure for LEGO fans and is in stock now.

As regular readers know, Blocks has been taking on reader feedback to offer the best magazine experience for LEGO fans. In the past year, Blocks has switched to improved paper, perfect binding and introduced an easy-to-use website.

But we’ve heard one thing loud and clear – Blocks readers want more exclusive minifigures to add to their collections! So here is the new Blocks Postman Minifigure.

Given that this year has seen more and more readers switch over to having the magazine posted out, the Blocks Postman Minifigure seemed like the perfect character to add to the collection. The minifigure is made of authentic LEGO elements, with exclusive printing.

‘Brickish Mail’ is a nod to the British home of Blocks magazine, but this postie is happy to travel worldwide. As well as featuring a satchel accessory, the minifigure comes with two exclusive 2×2 tiles. One features the classic Blocks minifigure and Brick Wife, while the other features a ‘Happy Birthday’ message so this can be given as a gift.

To really customise the minifigure, you can of course swap out the head and hat with others from your collection. We’d love to see the scenes you build and incorporate the minifigure into.

This exclusive Blocks minifigure is priced at £11.50 and is available to buy now.

For those ordering a print subscription, there’s a special deal – using the code postie1 at checkout, Blocks Postman Minifigure costs just £5.99.

Check out the latest issue of Blocks magazine and the 12-month and 24-month subscriptions available in our store. We also have a direct debit payment option available – email subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks for more information.

Issue 72 of Blocks magazine features The Mandalorian, LEGO Super Heroes and more

Blocks magazine offers a bounty of exclusive LEGO builds this month, with a special feature focusing on Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

Star Wars is returning to Disney+ with The Mandalorian Season 2, so Issue 72 celebrates the show with a special build series. The magazine is available to order now and arrives in UK shops on October 1.

Using the new Razor Crest set as a starting point, a series of beautiful photographs recreate key moments from the show using LEGO bricks. There are also instructions showing how to build a bassinet in scale with the mini LEGO Baby Yoda – ahem, the Child – and a Blurrg that a minifigure can ride.

To mark the release of the 501st Legion Clone Troopers set, Editor Chris Wharfe catches up with the real-life 501st leaders to find out all about the bad guys who do good, and how they went from a fan organisation to appearing on-screen in the Star Wars universe.

Anyone who has visited LEGO House, or watched any of the recent live-streamed tours, will likely be familiar with the destination’s Master Builder, Stuart Harris. Not only did he work with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen to develop the Home of the Brick, but his LEGO career started as part of the original LEGOLAND Windsor team, and he has been developing attractions and events ever since. He even reveals his personal audio contribution to the Fairy Tale Brook ride…

Blockstalgia takes a look at Town, focusing in on Divers – the first time that real-world underwater exploration was covered by the theme. As well as reviewing specific sets from the 1990s classic, the section includes exclusive building instructions for a whale skeleton as part of a modernised seafloor.

To really show off the Grand Piano, Blocks visits London’s Wigmore Hall to photograph the set and interviews the LEGO Ideas team who took the fan design and turned it into an enormous and functional official set.

History buffs will find plenty to build in this month’s Technique guide, which shows how to build a variety of battering rams – some for minifigures to use themselves and some as part of larger contraptions. Whichever version builders opt for, these knights will be well-equipped to smash into an enemy fortress.

That is just a taste of what fans will find in the magazine’s 116 pages, with this issue also including the top ten LEGO shop sets, a review of Wonder Woman vs Cheetah, instructions to build a Tusken Raider’s Bantha, a look at LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and so much more.

Want to win 71360 Adventures with Mario Starter Course? To be entered into the new prize draw and to get Blocks magazine delivered every month – ahead of the shops – check out our money-saving subscription offers.

Everyone who subscribes to the print edition by November 1 will be in with a chance of winning (existing subscribers will automatically be entered into the prize draw).

Along with the 12-month and 24-month subscriptions available in our store, we now have a 3-month direct debit option available. If you’d like to set that up, get in touch at subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks.