Blocks magazine Issue 78


Issue 78 of Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, gets the inside scoop on LEGO VIDIYO from the creatives who developed it. The issue also reveals how to make your own LEGO video game, reviews the latest Technic sets and shares the story behind the new accessible audio and braille instructions.


Issue 78 of Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, visits the Creative Play Lab – the wacky ideas part of the LEGO Group. It’s the department that came up with VIDIYO – and three of its top design experts exclusively reveal how they came up with this unique augmented reality theme.

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That’s not the only way that the LEGO brand is embracing new technology though – the powerful Unity game engine has released a free-to-use tutorial that shows anyone how to build a LEGO video game. Find out everything you need to know to get started with the experts behind the experience.

Artificial intelligence is helping to do good for people with vision impairments, as the LEGO Group’s audio and braille instructions allow more people to build LEGO sets. The whole project started with a low-tech solution though, as Matthew Shifrin explains in an extended conversation.

Blockstalgia goes back to a fascinating Space subtheme and takes a look at UFO, taking a classic model from the theme and reimagining it with modern pieces and techniques. The Review section is packed with the latest releases, including Technic, Star Wars, Friends, NINJAGO – and our hot take on VIDIYO.

Also in Issue 78:

  • LEGO, LEGOs or LEGO bricks – the debate continues.
  • Inside White Noise, the LEGO album.
  • Learn how to build pianos for your minifigures.
  • Hat trick – see an inventive use of a LEGO hat piece.
  • Reminiscing about the time Mandalorians went boating during LEGO Star Wars days.
  • The Minecraft LEGO video game that never was.
  • Tuk-tuks are everywhere as we spotlight a brilliant build project.

Win LEGO sets! To be in with a chance of winning one of two 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens sets, order a Blocks magazine print subscription before March 31, 2021. All subscribers are entered into a new prize draw every month – plus they get their copy of the magazine early.