Five must-read features in Blocks magazine Issue 80

Blocks is back with Issue 80, with the LEGO magazine for fans containing 116 pages of special interviews, brand new build guides and product reviews. We’re donning our capes to go crime-busting in our review of the new 76182 Batman Cowl, but there’s more to explore in this month’s LEGO magazine.

In this month’s issue of Blocks we head to the Batcave as we take a look under the cowl of the Dark Knight. The model is a fresh take on the DC Super Heroes theme, which has more versions of the caped crusader than you can shake a batarang at. Adding yet another hero to the ever-growing LEGO bust range, how does it compare to the others and is it a worthy display piece?

For those who already know whether they’ll be buying or skipping 76182, 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…

40516 Everyone is Awesome 

Inspired by the iconic phrase ‘Everything is Awesome’ from The LEGO Movie, 40516 Everyone is Awesome is the latest set created by Vice President of Design Matthew Ashton and it’s making a heartfelt statement in rainbow colours. To celebrate Pride month we sit down and discuss how the concept came about, the design choices for the unique monochromatic minifigures and how Matthew hopes the set will connect with the LGBTQIA+ community.

How LEGO Masters Went Global

What began as a small scale British show has now exploded to become an international phenomenon. LEGO Masters has literally taken over the world – or at least the world’s TV screens.  How did it all start? How were the building challenges created? What did a pandemic mean for filming? Executive Producer Steph Harris shares the inside info on the brick building competition as the second US season kicks off.

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Rebuilding Flower Fruit Mountain

It’s time to transform the recently released and exceptionally long-titled LEGO Monkie Kid 80024 The Legendary Flower Fruit Mountain into a modern take on the Islanders. There’s palm trees, classic Islanders statues and vines everywhere, all using modern pieces that are easy to find that still give that retro Pirates vibe.

The History of Looney Tunes

Following on from our review of the new Looney Tunes Collectible Minifigures series we take a deep dive into the history of the iconic cartoon characters. Animation expert Jerry Beck explains how Warner Bros. were looking to compete with the successes of the likes of Disney, whilst also bringing something original to the screen. It’s everything you could want to know, from why Bugs Bunny is so popular to which clever pop-culture references were hidden within the shorts – and that’s not all folks!

Brick Train Awards 2021

Coming into the station is this feature about every kind of locomotive you could imagine. Builders from around the world teamed up this year to create the Brick Train Awards (BTA), judging steam engine, train wagon and high-speed locomotive MOCs. We talk to some of the winners about the details, inspiration and time that went into each model.

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