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LEGOLAND Windsor Resort celebrates Christmas

The UK’s LEGO theme park, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, is opening a selection of attractions and offering some special activities or the Christmas season.

From December 4, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is going to be offering Christmas days out. Santa Claus will be there to greet guests but will be offering socially distanced snaps this year rather than the traditional close quarters meeting.

Heartlake City will be present Holiday Harbour Lights Show, a music and dance live show featuring Father Christmas. There will be sing-a-longs with the LEGO Friends – Andrea, Mia, Olivia, Emma and Stephanie will be singing festive favourites including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Huge Christmas models will also be part of the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort’s winter transformation, including Santa and a dragon shaped Christmas tree made from 150,000 LEGO bricks. Characters around the park will include Toy Soldier and Ollie the Dragon in his Christmas Day best. DUPLO Valley Theatre will offer daily puppet shows, alternating between Cinderella and Elves and the Shoemaker.

Attractions open will include Driving School, Deep Sea Adventure, DUPLO Dino Coaster, DUPLO Express and DUPLO Valley Airport.

Father Christmas visited The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort today to add the festive finishing touches to the Resort’s Christmas experience ahead of its opening on the 4th of December. After ‘clocking in’, he stopped by Miniland to check every LEGO® brick was in place, boarded his sleigh with his elf to oversee the final decorations be put up, before heading back to the North Pole.

A note has been shared by the LEGOLAND team relating to coronavirus safety:

The reopening of LEGOLAND Windsor is in line with the latest Government guidance and follows confirmation that Windsor and Maidenhead will be in Tier Two from Wednesday 2nd December. The Resort’s extensive hygiene and safety measures that were introduced in the summer will continue for Christmas, including temperature checks on arrival, enhanced cleaning, one-way systems, and social distancing markers in ride queues, shops, restaurants and more.

“This year we’re pulling out all the stops to make Christmas extra special for families. We’ve been working closely with Father Christmas and his elves and they are looking forward to spreading some festive cheer and saying hello to guests from a safe distance on their new sleigh,” says Karen Glassey, Operations Director at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. “Everyone’s health and safety remains our top priority as we prepare to reopen for Christmas and we ask all guests to visit our website before they visit so that they know what to expect and to play their part by observing Government advice and our own measures at all times.”

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It’s 25 years since the first ever LEGO video game

Sure, we celebrate LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game as the game-changer (excuse the pun), but it all really started with Fun to Build in 1995. It’s 25 years this month since the game was released exclusively in Japan.

Things have changed since then, with TT Games handling the incredible LEGO console games and various companies collaborating with the LEGO Group on mobile games. Video game play has even crept into physical LEGO products, with themes like Hidden Side and Super Mario requiring users to pull out a device.

Of the 80 titles that have been released in the past 25 years, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is the best-seller. While the LEGO Group hasn’t revealed the rest of the ranking, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, LEGO Batman: The Video Game and LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes also make the top five. In total over 200 million games have been sold.

To find out how TT Games has evolved the LEGO video game experience since LEGO Star Wars was released in 2005, order a copy of Blocks magazine Issue 70, which covers every single title the studio has worked on with exclusive behind-the-scenes insights.

Game is currently offering two LEGO video games for £25. There are even game/movie double packs included, so you can get two games and two movies for £25! Be quick though – it ends on December 3.

“Over a quarter of a century after the launch of the team’s first video game, the LEGO brick and LEGO System in Play continues to provide the ultimate creative medium for gaming fans of all ages.” says Ronny Scherer, Senior Director of LEGO Games. “It offers builders and game developers unlimited opportunities to create, play and develop in a way that is continually evolving to provide new, exciting play and gaming experiences and that can help introduce new gamers to digital play. We are proud to have long embraced the digitalization of the LEGO brick both through products and gaming to extend the enjoyment of LEGO play across both the real and the digital worlds, opening up new playgrounds for all.”

A new podcast, Bits N’ Bricks, launches today and will cover history of LEGO video games. It’s available at LEGO.com and on podcast streaming apps.

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Free LEGO Christmas set during December

LEGO.com is giving away a free LEGO set for everyone who spends £150 or $150 right up until Christmas! The delightful 40416 Ice Skating Rink builds a delightful festive scene.

There’s still several weeks of Christmas shopping to go and LEGO.com is making those orders all the more festive. Any order for £150 or $150 or more will get 40416 Ice Skating Rink for free. The little set features two minifigures ice skating in a snowy winter scene, perfect for adding to your Winter Village layout.

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.

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Blocks magazine Issue 74 arrives with LEGO Monkie Kid reviews and more

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.

Be in with a chance of winning one of four 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech sets! To be entered into the latest prize draw and to get Blocks magazine delivered every month – ahead of the shops – check out the money-saving subscription deals available.

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

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Free 2021 LEGO wall planner with Blocks magazine Issue 74

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.

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LEGO 10278 Police Station announced for the Modular Buildings Collection

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.

10278 Police Station

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.

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It’s time for Black Friday LEGO deals

It’s Black Friday time at the LEGO shop! This year there are discounted sets, free sets and one million VIP points to be won…

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).

All of the deals depend on how long supplies last for. Most are running from Black Friday right through until Cyber Monday, but some discounted sets and VIP rewards will only last for one day.

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Blocks magazine announces new Editor

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.

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Get two LEGO video games for £25

There’s an awesome Christmas deal on LEGO video games ahead of Black Friday, with Game offering two titles for £25.

As every LEGO fan knows, there’s a quite incredible back catalogue of LEGO video games that has built up over the years. Now, with Christmas approaching and lockdown nights to while away, Game is offering an amazing deal on LEGO video games – two titles for £25. There are even game/movie double packs included, so you could get two games and two movies for £25!

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:

LEGO The Hobbit
LEGO Harry Potter Collection
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
LEGO Marvel Avengers
LEGO DC Super-Villains
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
The LEGO Movie
The LEGO NINJAGO Movie
The LEGO NINJAGO Movie video game and film double pack
The LEGO Movie 2
The LEGO Movie 2 video game and film double pack
LEGO City Undercover
LEGO Jurassic World
LEGO Disney/Pixar The Incredibles
LEGO Worlds

Be sure to let Blocks know if you treat yourself or your loved ones to these delightful games!

The deals only runs until December 3 or while supplies last.

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Wandering around LEGO Harry Potter 75978 Diagon Alley

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?

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