Five must-read features in Blocks magazine Issue 81

Issue 81 of Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, is available now. It contains 116 pages of exclusive interviews, the latest LEGO news and in-depth reviews. We’re grabbing the popcorn and sitting down to one of the most popular sitcoms with LEGO 10292 The Friends Apartments, but there’s more to explore in this month’s edition.

In this month’s issue of Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, it’s lights, camera and action for yet another Friends reunion! Except this time the cast are plastic. After the huge success of the original Ideas model 21319 Central Perk, the LEGO designers have gone even bigger with this new model, so we take a look at how many references from the show have been crammed into the apartment and which episodes inspired the looks for the minifigures.

For those who don’t fancy a visit to the Big Apple, 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…

Celebrating 25 years of LEGOLAND Windsor

It’s been 25 years since LEGOLAND Windsor Resort first opened its gates to visitors, so Blocks is celebrating with an exclusive interview with the original model making crew. Find out how Torben Rude recruited a British team of model makers and how they managed to build hundreds of models in an age before computer software could offer much help.

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adidas X LEGO

One of the most surprising collaborations fans have seen in a while is the globally renowned trainer company adidas teaming up with the LEGO Group. What began with LEGO accented clothing has now turned into 10282 adidas Originals Superstar. How can plastic meet trainer? Designer Florian Müller reveals how the Superstar was chosen, the difficulty behind making something look organic in brick form and why the packaging of this set is so special.  

An experiment: Yellowed LEGO bricks

There is one thing that haunts LEGO collectors of classic sets from the 1980s more than any horror movie ever could. Something that lurks in storage boxes and attics. Yellowed LEGO bricks. Thankfully Blocks is here to help, as we grab our lab coats and goggles to run some chemistry experiments to try and cure this ugly yellowing phenomenon. Find out whether the commonly touted methods work before you risk any harm to your bricks!

Back to the days of yore with Black Knights

When dragons roamed and mighty knights clashed on valiant steeds, there were the Black Knights, a memorable faction from the Castle theme. This group introduced new more realistic facial prints, intricate helmet plumage and the iconic though rather friendly looking LEGO ghost element. Take a look back at these sets with their distinctive dark aesthetic and then channel your inner castle architect to make a modern 6034 Black Monarch’s Ghost with our exclusive instructions.

Inside LEGO Ideas 21317 Typewriter

Former Blocks contributor and LEGO Masters UK winner Steve Guinness sits down to chat about how his brick-built typewriter went from a dream to a LEGO reality as the latest Ideas set 21317 Typewriter, before the LEGO design team behind the set share insights into their process. If you want to know more about what an Ideas submission has to go through then this is the article you’ll want to write home about – typewriter not mandatory.

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