We’re back with Issue 89 of Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, with 116 pages of exclusive interviews, LEGO build tips and some globe trotting! This month we’re packing our brick bags and jetting off to review 21332 The Globe, but there’s plenty more to explore in this month’s LEGO magazine.
As the latest LEGO Ideas release, 21332 The Globe is building in the round. Aiming to achieve a spherical shape from geometric bricks is always extremely tricky, having tested even LEGO Masters. So, what tricks and techniques hide within this model? How does its spinning mechanism work? And are the continents accurate enough for a geography lesson? Our in-depth review checks it all, from Antartica to the sea monsters lurking in the waves.
For those who don’t want to go around the world in 80 days (don’t worry, our review isn’t that long), then within the new issue you’ll find many more LEGO features that you can’t get anywhere else.
Here are five that you’ll definitely want to check out…
Fine tuning Speed Champions
Get ready to race into our exclusive interview with Speed Champions Design Manager Chris Stamp. He explains all the details underneath the hoods of the latest wave of models, from Ferraris to Aston Martins. Learn how the theme is trying to replace stickers with brick-built details, how the designers really do listen to fan requests, and the ways the theme is continuously improving. It’s the perfect read for racing fans and car enthusiasts.
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Before LEGO: The Skywalker Saga
As the Blocks team is eagerly awaiting the release (finally) of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga like everyone else, it’s a good time to look back at the original games. These were the times of retro animation and grunting characters, which fans who played the games will remember fondly. The gameplay introduced mini-builds to complete missions, golden bricks for side-quests and a trove of unlockable characters. It’s a celebration of the past and how it has inspired the latest game – which we also have an exclusive preview of.
The Bat is back
The Batman reviews are in, and so are the LEGO ones! How does 76181 Batmobile: The Penguin Chase compare to previous iterations? What details does 76183 Batcave: The Riddler Face-Off sneakily hide? Which of the tie-in sets has the best minifigures? All of these answers and more can be found in our bat-tastic reviews!
Revisiting Dragon Knights
It’s time to travel back to the days of yore, when chivalrous warriors battled fiery beasts in Dragon Knights. As part of the beloved Castle theme Dragon Knights introduced, as the name suggests, dragons to the LEGO part catalogue. These blocky beasts were charming and even had little flappable wings. That wasn’t the last of the fantasy arrivals though, as Merlin (or Majisto) appeared in a puff of smoke and new wizard’s hat element. Plus, get a burst of medieval nostalgia with the Blocks exclusive instructions for a modern take on 6020 Magic Shop.
Galidor: 20 years on
Sometimes an idea ages well and comes back into fashion, or at least becomes cool and retro. LEGO Galidor has done neither and is infamous among LEGO fans, its name whispered in dread. Blocks bravely returns to this bizarre theme to find out whether it truly was that bad or just misunderstood – LEGO Senior Designer Nicolaas Vás makes a convincing case.