Blocks magazine Issue 81


In Issue 81 of Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, we review 10292 The Friends Apartments, the reunion of the minifigure gang. We’re also giving a copy of the set away to one lucky subscriber! This month’s edition also includes a look back at LEGOLAND Windsor’s opening, an experiment into de-yellowing bricks and an exclusive 10282 adidas Originals Superstar interview.


It’s the one with the LEGO Friends review! Issue 81 of Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, checks out 10292 The Friends Apartments to see if it’s a place worth hanging out. You’ll love the photography, with many memorable scenes from the show recreated. We’re giving away a copy of the set to one lucky subscriber, so join the club if you want to be in with a chance of winning.

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The 1990s gave us more than that popular sitcom though – it was also the decade that saw LEGOLAND Windsor open, the only brick-based theme park in the UK. To celebrate the park’s 25th anniversary, the original model making crew share their stories of getting it ready for opening.

There’s also a look into the creation of two new sets – 10282 adidas Originals Superstar and 21327 Typewriter. Both are real life items recreated using LEGO elements, but they presented different challenges and different paths to product, as the set designers reveal.

Are your old bricks turning yellow? A Blocks experiment tests out a method for returning old pieces to their original colour – and provides a conclusion for anyone who’s thinking about trying to get those 1980s elements back to their glory days.

Moving on to the Review section, there’s a look at the Harry Potter 20th anniversary models, 21056 Taj Mahal, the LGBTQIA+ set 40516 Everyone is Awesome, VIDIYO stages and 21325 Medieval Blacksmith.

In Technique, there’s a guide to building ladders for LEGO characters, so your minifigures will be able to reach new heights.

Also in Issue 81:

  • How 76178 Daily Bugle was designed.
  • Building a sharp LEGO chair with three elements.
  • A tour of LEGOLAND Windsor Resort’s new MYTHICA land.
  • From the Vault – why did old clip pieces always break?
  • Technic tractors – beautiful photography of two excellent MOCs.
  • Black Knights are back in Blockstalgia as we revisit the Castle subtheme.
  • Are bigger LEGO sets always the best LEGO sets?

Plus much more!

Win LEGO sets! To be in with a chance of winning 10292 The Friends Apartments to, order a Blocks magazine print subscription before August 4, 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!