Blocks magazine Issue 86


Seven years ago the LEGO design team released Batman’s Tumbler as a detailed model for the first time and now it’s back. Is it better? Find out as Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, reviews the new version and compares it to the original. There’s also an inside look at the epic Titanic set, insights into the design of Home Alone and a guide to restoring old LEGO models that need some love.


Issue 86 of Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, is dominated by Batman’s Tumbler from the Dark Knight trilogy. Has the new version of this detailed model been tweaked and upgraded by Lucious Fox? Or is it much the same as last time? The two go side by side to find out.

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Design Master Mike Psiaki was tasked with taking the iconic Titanic and turning into a big, impressive and replicable LEGO set. It was quite a – wait for it – titanic task, yet the design pro rose to the challenge. In an exclusive interview, he explains his thinking in terms of size, part uses and build flow.

There’s also insight into how 21330 Home Alone came to be, with not only the LEGO professional designers but also the fan designer, Alex Storozhuk. If it’s not a set for you, the feature provides a nice taste of what it’s all about, and if you’re building it, you’ll appreciate the process all the more.

Daniel Konstanki has always wanted to own 6597 Century Skyway, a classic Town airport. When he had the chance to buy a copy though, it was in a bad way. Peeling stickers, yellowed parts, smoke smell and all manner of problems meant it needed some real restoration. He walks through the process with some great tips for bringing old sets back to their former glory.

  • Also in Issue 86:
  • Take a Blockstalgic look back at Dino.
  • Go inside the LEGO Launderette of Dreams.
  • The top 10 LEGO Ideas sets.
  • Hologram photography on Home Studio.
  • How LEGO bricks are helping scientists culture resilient corals.
  • A Dune themed Month in MOCs.
  • Plus much more!

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