Blocks magazine Issue 85


BIONICLE is celebrating 20 years since it captured a generation of children and Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, is delving into the theme that saved the LEGO Group. The creative minds that dreamt up the story driven theme reveal how it came to be in Issue 85, illustrated with rare concept art. You’ll also find a look back at LEGO Pirates and Marvel Eternals reviews. Plus, subscribers can win one of five Darth Vader Meditation Chamber sets!


Hard as it is to believe, it has been 20 years since BIONICLE arrived to demonstrate how the LEGO Group could develop rich, story driven worlds. The creators of the classic theme that introduced buildable action figures speak to Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, in Issue 85’s exclusive celebration of BIONICLE. It’s illustrated with rarely seen conceptual artwork from those early development days.

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If you like the cover of this month’s issue, it’s also available as a limited edition, A2 poster with no cover lines.

Aaarrr! Pirates ahoy, as another classic theme sails into the pages of this month’s LEGO magazine. Blocks casts an eye over the original 1989 wave of sets featuring Captain Redbeard and his crew, as well as sharing exclusive instructions for building a mini Black Seas Barracuda.

With our exclusive Mod Squad guide, you can turn 31120 Medieval Castle into a cosy Christmas market. Use the instructions and inspiration images to get a wonderful European feeling of bratwurst and hot chocolate for a perfect holiday display.

In Reviews, there’s a look at the Marvel Eternals sets for the new movie, 71395 Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block, 10282 adidas Originals Superstar, 10289 Bird of Paradise, City wildlife sets, the latest Technic vehicles and – ready for Christmas – 10295 Santa’s Visit.

If you’ve ever attended a LEGO con, you know how overwhelming it can be – and if you’ve never attended a LEGO con, you don’t yet know what you’re in for. To give everyone a refresher as these events return, Blocks provides a guide to visiting these shows with a particular focus on taking a build to display.

Also in Issue 85:

  • A guide to building clocks at minifigure scale.
  • Hear from the winners of LEGO Masters USA Season 2.
  • Blocks counts down the top 10 Harry Potter minifigures.
  • Use light painting for artistic minifigure photos.
  • Check out LEGO House’s refreshed Masterpiece Gallery.
  • Find out when numbered bags were introduced in LEGO sets.
  • Plus much more!

Win LEGO sets! To be in with a chance of winning £1,000 to spend at the LEGO Store this Christmas, order a Blocks magazine print subscription before December 23, 2021. To be in with a chance of winning one of five 75296 Darth Vader Meditation Chamber sets, order a Blocks magazine print subscription before December 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!