Blocks magazine Issue 80


In Issue 80 of Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, Vice President of Design Matthew Ashton explains how he came up with the new LGBTQIA+ set, 40516 Everyone is Awesome. Ahead of the second US season we find out how LEGO Masters went global and learn more about Looney Tunes in a special photo feature.


Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, reviews LEGO 76182 Batman Cowl in Issue 80 to see how the Dark Knight’s latest set shapes up. We’re also giving away five sets in our subscriber prize draw, so check out the deals available if you want a chance of winning the set.

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As for this month’s exclusive interviews, they kick off with LEGO Vice President of Design Mattew Ashton, who gives an insightful and moving insight into how he devised and designed the new LGBTQIA+ set, 40516 Everyone is Awesome. Speaking of awesome, we hear from animation expert Jerry Beck, who explains why the Looney Tunes have endured for decades with all-new photography showcasing the LEGO characters.

With LEGO Masters USA Season 2 arriving, Steph Harris discusses what it was like show running the original UK series and explains how the format has expanded as the show has gone global. That’s not the only place where LEGO skills are recognised though, as the Brick Train Awards has been taking place – we speak to the winners and showcase some fantastic train MOCs.

Turning to the build guides, Mod Squad shows how to transform 80024 The Legendary Flower Fruit Mountain from a monkey home to an Islanders paradise. In Technique, there’s tips and tricks for building authentic looking vegetable patches.

Also in Issue 79:

  • New Harry Potter BrickHeadz reviews.
  • VIP debate – should the Ulysses Space Probe have been so hard to get?
  • Labyrinth – find out how Jim Henson’s classic is on the way to 10k.
  • LEGO Ideas exclusive – do you need the Moulding Machine in your collection?
  • Partner in life – and LEGO. Find out how Daniel’s partner became his build buddy.
  • When was the first time ball joints first turned up in a LEGO set?
  • Plus much more!

Win LEGO sets! To be in with a chance of winning one of five 76182 Batman Cowl sets, order a Blocks magazine print subscription before July 1, 2021. All subscribers are entered into a new prize draw every month – plus they get their copy of the magazine early. We’ve also just launched the Blocks magazine digital back catalogue and print subscribers get full access!