Five must-read LEGO features in Blocks Issue 73

Harry Potter takes the cover for Blocks Issue 73, but there’s more than a stroll down Diagon Alley to be found in the latest issue of the LEGO magazine. The new issue also contains exclusive interviews with the LEGO designers responsible for Friends sets and new elements, a look back at LEGO Western and top tips for building LEGO items to use around the home.

How to build LEGO coasters, tissue boxes and household items

That’s right! The latest how-to guide provides a look at decorating the home with LEGO builds. Why settle for that boring and flimsy tissue box from the shop, which doesn’t look great, when you can turn it into an oversized LEGO brick? And wouldn’t it look better to whip your business cards out of a smart LEGO holder? Find out how to put these fun items together – they make for a perfect lockdown project.

Nostalgic LEGO advertising

LEGO advertising has drastically evolved over the years, with this special feature looking back at some classic print advertisements from back in the day – several of which are reproduced as full pages. As advertising evolves through the decades, it becomes increasingly apparent why classic LEGO Castle and Space themes are no longer part of the mix.

How the LEGO Friends team designed a jungle adventure

In an exclusive interview, LEGO Friends Creative Director Fenella Blaize-Charity reveals how her team of creatives came up with the latest adventure for the Heartlake City gang. From designing organic shapes and rope bridges to deciding the new animals to include, Fenella shares fascinating insights into what goes into coming up with an adventurous subtheme like Jungle. We even sneak in a few questions about the Summer Fun Water Park set…

Back to the LEGO Old West

LEGO Western has a special place in the hearts of many fans, which will make this month’s Blockstalgia feature a real treat. The Sheriff minifigure is back in town as the Blocks team looks back at these classic sets, picking out some favourites and highlighting what made LEGO Wild West such a memorable range. The section also includes brand new instructions showing how to build cacti, a campfire and a saloon table – all in a modern LEGO style.

Updating LEGO elements

How does LEGO part design work? It’s a question we all want the answer to but is hard to answer in the abstract. To reveal the secrets of element design, the LEGO Group’s designers reveal how they took the Technic projectile launcher and redesigned it to better fit the sets that it is used in today. It’s a great example of how some parts, rather than simply disappear, evolve into something new.

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