Blocks magazine Issue 105


Star Wars: Return of the Jedi is 40 years old this year and Issue 105 of Blocks, the monthly LEGO magazine, is reviewing the new sets for the anniversary. There’s also a nostalgic look at Blacktron, a peek inside the development of 10323 PAC-MAN Arcade and a deep-dive into the LEGO motto. Subscribe before August 2, 2023 to be in with a chance of winning Ultimate Collector Series 75355 X-wing Starfighter!

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Blocks, the monthly LEGO magazine, is reviewing the new LEGO Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 40th anniversary sets. The designer of 10323 PAC-MAN Arcade provides unique insight into the design of the new set, the LEGO motto gets picked apart to understand its meaning and Blacktron is back with instructions for a special model.

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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi leads the Reviews section in this 40th anniversary year – is the Force with the latest sets? LEGO 2K Drive, Speed Champions, Marvel, Art, Super Mario and Friends are also assessed this month to see how the latest releases measure up.

As well as critiquing the latest LEGO sets, Blocks magazine likes to find out how they’re designed. The LEGO professionals take us inside 10323 PAC-MAN Arcade and 21340 Tales of the Space Age, two recently released sets that are specifically for adult builders. While the models are very different, the stories behind them are equally fascinating.

Going further back in the LEGO Group’s story, the Blocks nostalgists take a look at the beloved Space Blacktron subtheme. Find out what made this range unique and learn how to construct a nice Blacktron artefact for your desk.

That’s not the only build, as Mod Squad shows how to build a biplane so that LEGO Indiana Jones can go up against the enemy pilot in 77012 Fighter Plane Chase. More fan creativity can be found in our spotlight on Vignweek, the challenging community contest that sees how well builders can create impressive brick scenes.

Everyone know that ‘Only the best is good enough’ is the LEGO motto – but what does it really mean? What’s the context? Find out what Ole Kirk Christiansen might really have meant when he coined this familiar catchphrase.

There’s much more within the 116-page LEGO magazine, including a tribute to LEGO legend Jørn Thomsen, a look at LEGO corporations and a tour of LEGOLAND’s Ferrari Build and Race.

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Everyone who subscribes to the print edition by August 2 will be in with a chance of winning (existing subscribers will automatically be entered into the prize draw).