Five must-read features in Blocks magazine Issue 87

We’re back with Issue 87 of Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, with 116 pages of exclusive interviews, the latest LEGO news and… Imperial troops have entered the base! It’s time to join General Veers in the cockpit of the recently released AT-AT, as Blocks takes 75313 for a test drive (or should that be test walk?) – there’s plenty more to explore in this month’s LEGO magazine though. 

What has four legs, maximum firepower and a grey paint job? It could only be the Imperial AT-AT. An absolute classic from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back has been made in almost every scale of LEGO imaginable – so how does the latest Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) version live up to its on-screen counterpart? Learn everything you need to know about the Walker in our in-depth review. 

For those who’d rather not traverse the Wampa filled plains of Hoth, then within Issue 87 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…

Playful Adults

While play is often solely associated with children, it’s something that adults can take pleasure in too. Returning to a child-like, playful self has now been scientifically proven to help adult well being and creativity. Come read about the amazing studies being performed by psychologists globally, as they reveal in just how many ways play is good for you. It’s a perfect comeback for when anyones suggests you’re too old to be buying LEGO. 

LEGO House 2022 update

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers about LEGO House in our exclusive interview with CEO Jesper Vilstrup. Learn about what new attractions are coming in 2022 and how fan feedback plays a role in the brick exhibits that are planned. Vilstrup also comments on the impacts of the pandemic and reveals how the LEGO House team are looking forward to a brighter year with the promise of more visitors.  

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From dream to design reality

That’s not the only exclusive interview though! We sit down with LEGO Ideas Design Manager, Sam Johnson, as he recounts his journey from passionate LEGO fan to actual LEGO designer. It wasn’t an easy one though, as Sam explains the work and persistence he had to put in to even get a shot at his dream job. Having worked for the LEGO Group for over a decade, he’s ended up designing sets from multiple themes and now leads the design of Ideas sets. Maybe you’ll recognise one from your own collection.  

Revisiting the classic Aquanauts theme

It’s time to dive into the depths hunting for treasure and watching out for the evil Aquasharks! Mining the deep sea floor of the mid-1990s, Aquanauts introduced new crystal elements, used real magnets and brought the most beloved and easily recognisable sea creature into the LEGO parts catalogue – the octopus. Come see why this theme still remains a fan favourite today, with its unique colours and sought after exclusive bricks. Plus, if you fancy taking a dive yourself, there’s our modern interpretation of 6125 Sea Sprint 9 to build using our exclusive instructions.  

Staying in style

Finding that perfect hotel with raving five star reviews is never easy, but Blocks is here to give you a guided tour of 10297 Boutique Hotel. Want to know whether the lobby is spacious and bright? Or if the luxurious rooms live up to the price? Curious about the room service options? Then you won’t want to miss our review as we go hotel inspecting the newest model in the modular line up. 

Remember to check out Blocks subscription deals for the best and easiest way to get your monthly LEGO magazine. A perfect gift to yourself or a loved one to stave off those January blues!  

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