Five must-read features in Blocks magazine Issue 86

Issue 86 of Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, contains 116 pages of exclusive interviews, the latest LEGO news and some festive articles just in time for Christmas. It’s time to test drive the Batmobile Tumbler, as we explore the latest version of this iconic Dark Knight vehicle, but there’s plenty more to explore in this month’s LEGO magazine. 

It’s big, it’s black and it’s filled with cool gadgets. The tank like Tumbler is no stranger to the LEGO designers, so in Blocks magazine Issue 86 we see what improvements have been made to 76240 Batmobile Tumbler since 2014’s 76023 The Tumbler. Find out how the two heavyweights compare, from parts usage to the minifigure costumes. 

For those who’d rather not brave the streets of Gotham, 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…

Creating the Titanic

Over one hundred years have passed since the tragedy of the Titanic, and now it’s being commemorated in the second biggest LEGO set of all time. How do you make a LEGO liner? Blocks goes aboard with Design Master Mike Psiaki to learn how he was called in to make the model as impressive as it could be, balance details with building experience and how NINJAGO inspired part of the design. No matter whether you’re interested in history or the high seas, there’s something to learn in this interview! 

Restoring classic LEGO sets

Are parts of your LEGO collection looking tired? No need to go Dr Frankenstein on your bricks, as Blocks has a solution. Restoring LEGO isn’t as hard as it looks, especially when using our expert guide filled with tips and tricks for the whole process. We’ll show you how to safely clean bricks with household materials, plus ways to replace stickers or missing parts. 

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Home Alone, designed together

The largest Ideas model yet comes from the nostalgia of Alex Storozhuk’s family Christmas traditions, wth the help of LEGO design expertise. Together four passionate movie fans made it a festive extravaganza worthy of the 1990 classic. We sit down to talk all things Home Alone, including character design, creating all of the working traps and a certain tarantula cameo. 

Make Santa’s Visit for life, not just for Christmas 

Did you think that was the last of the festive goodness? Absolutely not! The Blocks Mod Squad is back, tackling 10293 Santa’s Visit. While the set is stunning for display in December, the Winter Village is exactly that – very wintery. So, we show you how to melt the snow, rush in spring and put the decorations away. It could give you a way to stave off those January blues in the New Year! 

Saving Coral Reefs – one brick at a time 

News headlines everywhere explain how plastic is bad for the planet, and it’s usually pretty bleak in the case of ocean pollution. Yet plastic can also do good. To try and help save the reefs off the coast of Singapore, a team at the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) has come up with a way to use bricks to cultivate healthier corals. It’s a fascinating look into how LEGO can be used for literally anything, and is the perfect read for marine lovers or chemistry geeks.  

Remember to check out Blocks subscription deals for the best and easiest way to get your monthly LEGO magazine. It will make the perfect Christmas gift for the LEGO fan in your life. 

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