Five must-read LEGO features in Blocks Issue 75

What’s in Blocks magazine Issue 75? 116 pages of awesome LEGO content! More specifically, here are five that you won’t want to miss…

This month’s issue of Blocks leads with an epic exclusive celebrating a decade of LEGO NINJAGO, with the team who developed and nurtured the story driven theme revealing how they combined compelling LEGO sets with a dramatic animated series to make a modern success story.

That’s not all though! Within the 116 pages, you’ll find many more LEGO features that you can’t get anywhere else. Here are five that you’ll want to check out…

LEGO Braille Bricks

You might have heard about LEGO Braille Bricks. The LEGO Foundation has introduced them to several countries around the world to help children with vision impairment learn this unique way of reading. In this exclusive feature, Blocks speaks to the LEGO Foundation and their partners at the Royal National Institute of Blind People to find out how this amazing initiative came to be. We even hear from children who have used the special elements to get their reaction.

LEGO Castle Crusaders

It’s time for a new faction to invade LEGO Castle, equipped with swords, shields and… ghosts. Find out how things were refreshed in 1990 with a look back at some classic sets, before following our exclusive instructions to build a modern version of the beloved 6042 Dungeon Hunters set.

Brick City

As the travelling Brick City exhibit leaves its time on display in Leicester, we get the inside scoop from Warren Elsmore on how this amazing collection of models came together and what goes into organising these incredible displays. If you have seen Brick City in the past or are hoping to visit the show in the future, you’ll find out something new in this fascinating interview.   

Building bins

Dumpsters, refuse bins, trash cans – your minifigures will have no excuse for not cleaning up thanks to this month’s Technique guide. There are tips and tricks for building authentic looking dumpsters that can be used in your LEGO town layouts or with your modular buildings.

Photographing ECTO-1

The awesome new LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 set takes pride of place on this month’s cover and our talented toy photographer reveals how he came up with the striking cover shot. We also review the set, to find out whether you’re gonna call the LEGO Store.

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Bricks At Home is back and looking for LEGO builds

You and your LEGO MOC can be part of the Bricks at Home 2021 virtual event, as applications are open now.

Bricks at Home is the virtual LEGO event that launched last year as physical events were cancelled. The 2021 event will be livestreamed on February 27 and 28, arranged by Brick Alley and London AFOLs, hosted by Blocks Editor Graham Hancock (wait a minute, that’s me!?).

To really inspire everyone attending, Bricks at Home is looking for LEGO builders to show off their latest projects. Whatever your topic, your build will be considered for inclusion in the event – but the themes likely to be covered are Classic Space, vintage LEGO, City, trains, Technic and custom models inspired by licensed themes.

Each builder who is selected will be interviewed about their project live, allowing them to show off what they have been working on and share a bit about what went into putting it together. Here’s a taste of last year’s event:

All applications must be in by midnight (UK time) on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Tickets to watch the livestream event will be available for free from February 21.

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Build a LEGO Rocket Sleigh Christmas decoration

To spruce up the Christmas tree, why not build some fun LEGO decorations? This Rocket Sleigh model can be built with LEGO bricks from your collection then hung from the tree.

Getting creative with LEGO bricks is an essential part of Christmas for fans. The great thing about building LEGO holiday decorations is that anyone can do it, so you can share this activity with family and friends.

Here are official LEGO instructions showing how to build a LEGO Rocket Sleigh decoration that can be hung from the Christmas tree.

To make the image bigger click on it, then right-click on it and save the image to make it easier to use.

Be sure to customise your character as you see fit and share a picture with Blocks on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

For every LEGO Christmas decoration shared using the #BuildtoGive hashtag, a LEGO set will be donated by the Danish company to a child in need. There are more ornaments to build here; Rocket Sleigh, Gingerbread Man, Holiday Gift and Happy Holiday Puppy.

Have you seen the new Blocks Christmas Minifigure? It’s another perfect LEGO decoration for your home this Christmas!

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Build a LEGO Happy Holiday Puppy Christmas decoration

Get in the Christmas spirit with this fun Happy Holiday Puppy build. This simple LEGO Christmas decoration can be built with bricks from your collection and hung from the tree.

There’s nothing better than getting creative at Christmas. The great thing about building LEGO holiday decorations is that anyone can do it, so you can share this activity with family and friends.

Here are official LEGO instructions showing how to build a LEGO Happy Holiday Puppy decoration that can be hung from the Christmas tree.

The fun model depicts a puppy peeking out of a Christmas box.

To make the image bigger click on it, then right-click on it and save the image to make it easier to use.

Be sure to customise your character as you see fit and share a picture with Blocks on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

For every LEGO Christmas decoration shared using the #BuildtoGive hashtag, a LEGO set will be donated by the Danish company to a child in need. There are more ornaments to build here; Rocket Sleigh, Gingerbread Man, Holiday Gift and Happy Holiday Puppy.

Have you seen the new Blocks Christmas Minifigure? It’s another perfect LEGO decoration for your home this Christmas!

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Build a LEGO present Christmas decoration

Add some extra LEGO building to Christmas by building your own holiday present decoration. This simple gift can be built with LEGO bricks from your collection, adapted to suit your own preferences, then hung from the tree.

There’s nothing better than getting creative at Christmas. The great thing about building LEGO holiday decorations is that anyone can do it, so you can share this activity with family and friends.

Here are official LEGO instructions showing how to build a LEGO holiday gift decoration that can be hung from the Christmas tree.

The decorative style on the box is simialr to sets in the LEGO DOTS theme.

To make the image bigger click on it, then right-click on it and save the image to make it easier to use.

Be sure to customise your character as you see fit and share a picture with Blocks on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

For every LEGO Christmas decoration shared using the #BuildtoGive hashtag, a LEGO set will be donated by the Danish company to a child in need. There are more ornaments to build here; Rocket Sleigh, Gingerbread Man, Holiday Gift and Happy Holiday Puppy.

Have you seen the new Blocks Christmas Minifigure? It’s another perfect LEGO decoration for your home this Christmas!

To get Blocks every month – at a discount and earlier than the shops – order a 12-month or 24-month subscription. Direct debit payment options are available too; to find out more get in touch via subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks.

Build a LEGO Gingerbread Man Christmas decoration

Do you want to get creative with your holiday decorations this year? Then why not build some LEGO ornaments! This Gingerbread Man can be built, adapted and then hung from the Christmas tree.

There’s nothing better than getting creative at Christmas. The great thing about building LEGO holiday decorations is that anyone can do it, so you can share this activity with family and friends.

Here are official LEGO instructions showing how to build a LEGO Gingerbread Man decoration that can be hung from the Christmas tree.

See those decorated 1×1 tiles? They are from the LEGO DOTS theme and are only available in one pack, so it’s a good idea to switch them out for something else from your collection.

To make the image bigger click on it, then right-click on it and save the image to make it easier to use.

Be sure to customise your character as you see fit and share a picture with Blocks on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

For every LEGO Christmas decoration shared using the #BuildtoGive hashtag, a LEGO set will be donated by the Danish company to a child in need. There are more ornaments to build here; Rocket Sleigh, Gingerbread Man, Holiday Gift and Happy Holiday Puppy.

Have you seen the new Blocks Christmas Minifigure? It’s another perfect LEGO decoration for your home this Christmas!

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Blocks magazine Issue 73 takes a wizarding tour of LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley

With the new LEGO Harry Potter 75978 Diagon Alley offering an enormous, detailed recreation of the unforgettable location, Blocks magazine takes a tour with LEGO Design Manager Marcos Bessa and provides an in-depth review of the new set.

The latest issue of Blocks magazine – Issue 73 – is available now direct from www.blocksmag.com and in those UK shops that are open. With lockdown in the UK and other restrictions around the world limiting where fans can buy the magazine, there’s no better time to set up a subscription, with a direct debit payment option now available worldwide.

Once the LEGO Design Wizard Marcos Bessa has provided a tour of 75978 Diagon Alley, the set gets a Blocks review along with the other new LEGO Harry Potter releases. That’s not all though, as Blocks demonstrates how to build Gringotts Bank at a scale to match the new set so that the street can be extended.

A look back at how advertising has evolved – and how the LEGO Group has kept up with it – reveals why classic themes like Space and Castle do not exist today. It’s not just a fascinating read, it’s illustrated by classic LEGO print adverts from decades gone by, reproduced as full pages as they would have been back in the day.

LEGO Friends returned to the jungle this year, introducing animal pieces including updated elephants and all-new sloths. LEGO Creative Director Fenella Blaize Charity reveals how the team came up with this latest animal adventure subtheme and developed creatures that would add to the LEGO menagerie. 

It’s not just the set designers who play a key role in the world of LEGO product development though, as the all-important Element Designers also make a huge impact on the building experience. In an exclusive interview, Blocks finds out how a classic shooter element is redesigned to make it better fit within the system.

This issue also includes top tips for building elegant household items using LEGO bricks, including coasters, business card holders and tissue boxes – these will serve as great entry point projects for those spending more time at home over the next few weeks.

Blocks Issue 73 contains plenty more fantastic LEGO content, including a look back at LEGO Western in Blockstalgia, an upscaled Joker minifigure model in Month in MOCs and Avatar: The Last Airbender in Ideas Showcase.

Be in with a chance of winning one of ten LEGO Harry Potter 75968 4 Privet Drive sets! To be entered into the latest prize draw and to get Blocks magazine delivered every month – ahead of the shops – visit www.blocksmag.com and check out the money-saving subscription deals available.

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Five must-read LEGO features in Blocks Issue 72

Blocks magazine Issue 72 is available now and while The Mandalorian may steal the cover, there are some can’t miss LEGO features this month including exclusive Ideas Grand Piano photography, a in-depth LEGO House Master Builder interview and look back at Classic Divers.

Here are five of the features that no LEGO fan will want to miss in Blocks magazine Issue 72

Grand piano takes the stage

The LEGO Ideas product that went viral, 21323 Grand Piano, gets its concert hall debut at London’s Wigmore Hall. To illustrate the Blocks review of the set, Graham Hancock visited the storied venue to take photographs of the functional LEGO piano alongside an actual grand piano, on a stage that has hosted thousands of performances. Model Designer Woon Tze Chen reveals what went into designing the set in an exclusive Q&A.

Making magic in LEGO House

Stuart Harris is a familiar face to LEGO fans, as he frequently hosts live streamed tours and fan spotlights from LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. Not only is he the Master Model Builder, who was part of the team developing the Home of the Brick, but he started his career working on LEGOLAND Windsor ahead of its opening before heading to California for the next theme park. He reveals some stories from this epic LEGO career in an extended interview, illustrated by never before seen behind-the-scenes photos.

Introducing the 501st

75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers brings Anakin Skywalker’s elite troopers back to the brick, but did you know where this particular band of troopers originated? The 501st Legion is the costuming group that raises money for charity while dressing up as Stormtroopers, Sandtroopers, Biker Scouts and many other iconic Star Wars characters. George Lucas was so impressed that he incorporated them into the films. In this exclusive interview, Blocks Editor Chris Wharfe finds out more about the bad guys who do good.

Classic Divers

While some classic themes stick in the memory – Space, Castle, Pirates – some slip the mind until there’s a reminder. When LEGO Town went underwater with Divers in the late 1990s, it offered some impressive sets and plenty of seawater creatures. Blockstalgia looks back at the retro sets and shares instructions for building a seafloor with modern elements.  

Building battering rams

Sure, everyone’s built a LEGO castle. But how do you knock that castle down? With a LEGO battering ram. It’s time to take down the castle gates in this month’s Technique section, which offers tips on building authentic battering arms for siege scenes.

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Issue 72 of Blocks magazine features The Mandalorian, LEGO Super Heroes and more

Blocks magazine offers a bounty of exclusive LEGO builds this month, with a special feature focusing on Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

Star Wars is returning to Disney+ with The Mandalorian Season 2, so Issue 72 celebrates the show with a special build series. The magazine is available to order now and arrives in UK shops on October 1.

Using the new Razor Crest set as a starting point, a series of beautiful photographs recreate key moments from the show using LEGO bricks. There are also instructions showing how to build a bassinet in scale with the mini LEGO Baby Yoda – ahem, the Child – and a Blurrg that a minifigure can ride.

To mark the release of the 501st Legion Clone Troopers set, Editor Chris Wharfe catches up with the real-life 501st leaders to find out all about the bad guys who do good, and how they went from a fan organisation to appearing on-screen in the Star Wars universe.

Anyone who has visited LEGO House, or watched any of the recent live-streamed tours, will likely be familiar with the destination’s Master Builder, Stuart Harris. Not only did he work with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen to develop the Home of the Brick, but his LEGO career started as part of the original LEGOLAND Windsor team, and he has been developing attractions and events ever since. He even reveals his personal audio contribution to the Fairy Tale Brook ride…

Blockstalgia takes a look at Town, focusing in on Divers – the first time that real-world underwater exploration was covered by the theme. As well as reviewing specific sets from the 1990s classic, the section includes exclusive building instructions for a whale skeleton as part of a modernised seafloor.

To really show off the Grand Piano, Blocks visits London’s Wigmore Hall to photograph the set and interviews the LEGO Ideas team who took the fan design and turned it into an enormous and functional official set.

History buffs will find plenty to build in this month’s Technique guide, which shows how to build a variety of battering rams – some for minifigures to use themselves and some as part of larger contraptions. Whichever version builders opt for, these knights will be well-equipped to smash into an enemy fortress.

That is just a taste of what fans will find in the magazine’s 116 pages, with this issue also including the top ten LEGO shop sets, a review of Wonder Woman vs Cheetah, instructions to build a Tusken Raider’s Bantha, a look at LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and so much more.

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Issue 71 of Blocks magazine features LEGO Super Mario, Lamborghini Sián and more

LEGO Super Mario leaps onto the cover of Issue 71 of Blocks magazine, available now in UK stores and online. Technic supercars, classic Pirates and moving builds are also packed into this latest edition of the monthly magazine.

Issue 71 gives LEGO Super Mario a full play through, both reviewing the sets and finding out from the LEGO team how they collaborated with Nintendo to come up with this unique technology-driven product theme. A look at Super Mario wouldn’t be complete without a look at that nostalgia-inducing Nintendo Entertainment System set, which gets the spotlight review.

Nintendo’s not the only brand with dedicated fans though, so Blocks takes the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 for a spin around the review track, before lining it up alongside the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and the Bugatti Chiron to take a deep dive into the design of the special Technic supercar series.

Adding motion to LEGO models can be great fun, so this month there’s a handy guide showing how to put together different mechanisms that can make minifigures move. There’s also tips on building historical weaponry, with plenty of useful ideas that can apply to various LEGO MOCs.

Brickset, the ultimate LEGO database, celebrates 20 years of helping fans keep track of their collection this year, so Blocks catches up with Huw Millington to celebrate the milestone and reflect on how the fan-driven website has evolved over the years.

There’s always room for some Blockstalgia, with this month’s look back at classic LEGO spotlighting Pirates – specifically the beloved Bluecoats. As well as revisiting several classic sets including 6276 Eldorado Fortress, the section includes exclusive instructions for building a mini Caribbean Clipper.

Elsewhere this issue, LEGO Art Design Manager Sam Johnson shares the thinking behind the new theme, the Blocks crew reveal their views on the cancelled Technic Osprey and there’s a countdown of the top 10 videogame sets.

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