Blocks Issue 79 is the latest edition of the LEGO magazine for fans, with 116 pages of exclusive interviews, LEGO building tips and in-depth reviews. While we’re hitting light speed and venturing to a galaxy far, far away with the new 75308 R2-D2, there’s more to explore in this month’s LEGO magazine.
The cover of Blocks Issue 79 shows off the new 75308 R2-D2 set, so we talk all things droids with Don Bies and Lee Towersey, two movie makers fans who have brought the plucky droid to life across eight movies. Learn about the amazing mechanics that bring the snarky droid to life and the technical challenges posed whilst filming.
It’s not all Star Wars though, and for those who’d like to stay in this galaxy 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…
Everything you want to know about LEGO Winnie the Pooh
Fancy taking a stroll to the hundred acre wood? We’ve got you covered with a behind-the-scenes look at 21326 Winnie the Pooh, the latest LEGO Ideas set to hit shelves. Learn where fan designer Ben Alders got the original inspiration, see the prototypes for the unique minifigures of the beloved characters and find out how the colour palette was inspired.
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Discover more about 10283 Space Shuttle Discovery
Blast off with the designers behind 10283 Space Shuttle Discovery as they explain how they took this iconic spacecraft to the brick. From choosing a bigger scale, to the mechanics for including the Hubble telescope and the amount of time it took to make the model stable enough, Designers Milan Madge and Mani Zamani prove that designing LEGO sets really is rocket science.
Revisiting the classic Islanders theme
Canoes, crocodiles and palm trees! Protecting treasure from the classic LEGO Pirates in the 1990s were the Islanders, sporting new hair pieces, mighty shields and plenty of LEGO bones. This very different subtheme offered a new adversary for the Pirates and a new society that was something fun – if not particularly historically accurate. As well as looking back at the sets, you can channel some tribal vibes and build a modern interpretation of 6262 King Kahuka’s Throne with our exclusive instructions.
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LEGO Looney Tunes review
What’s up, doc? Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes gang have finally made it into the LEGO Collectible Minifigure series, bringing enough new moulds to impress even the easily frustrated Taz. Do the classic cartoon characters translate well into minifigures? What new pieces are there to look for? And where did Wile E. Coyote run off to? All of the answers and more can be found in our in-depth review.
Building LEGO computers
Do your minifigures need to Google something? Then the computers in our Technique guide are perfect. Learn how to use printed tiles for screensavers and keyboards, whilst clever parts usage can create a range of different mice and processing units. There’s a computer for every time period, whether it’s a sleek laptop from the 2000s or a bulky monitor reminiscent of the 1980s.
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