New additions to the Blocks Review Index: Haunted House, Hidden Side and Disney

The Blocks Review Index now contains our LEGO set review scores from Issue 70. This spooky issue leads with our verdict on the latest Fairground Collection ride, 10273 Haunted House, along with a behind-the-scenes interview with LEGO Design Manager Jamie Berard.

We’ve then kept the theme going by dissecting the third – and possibly final – wave of Hidden Side sets, before opting for some light relief with a pair of Disney sets. You’ll find the scores from those reviews in the tables for each theme, either by navigating to the Review Index in the top menu, or clicking below:

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Hidden Side

If you haven’t yet spotted our handy Review Index, now is a great time to check it out. You’ll find our numerical verdict for every LEGO set reviewed in the pages of Blocks, along with the issue the review was originally published in. And if you want to read the full reviews, we have plenty of back issues available in our online store, including Issue 70.

Issue 71 of Blocks magazine is also available to order now. The latest edition features a deep dive into the world of LEGO Super Mario, an in-depth analysis of the three Technic supercars released to date, and reviews of all the latest and greatest LEGO sets.

Build a LEGO ode to Disney with 43179 Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

If minifigure Mickey and Minnie weren’t doing it for you, the LEGO Group’s latest spin on Disney’s iconic cartoon characters might just fit the bill. 43179 Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters gives you the opportunity to build display models of the marvellous mice, each standing over a foot tall.

Check out the full press release and image gallery for the 1,739-piece set below. You’ll be able to order it from LEGO.com on July 1, for the not-insignificant sum of £169.99 in the UK, or $179.99 in the US.

We’ll feature more on this 18+ set in a future issue of Blocks. In the meantime, Issue 68 is now available to order – and it’s chock full of LEGO goodness, from our verdict on Speed Champions‘ new scale to a behind-the-scenes chat with the creators of the Collectible Minifigures.

Step back in time and get hands-on with the original animated stars of the silver screen, as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are brought to life in buildable LEGO brick form. With this brand-new construction set, fans can re-live fond memories and immerse themselves in the magical world of LEGO®|Disney , as they build their own versions of the world famous couple.

Based on Disney’s iconic characters, the large-scale LEGO®|Disney Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters are full to the brim with nostalgic and stylish details. Perfect for Disney fans looking to re-create the magic again and again, these dynamically posed models not only come dressed in their instantly recognisable original outfits, they also come equipped with a series of unique buildable accessories to pose with, including a retro camera, a guitar and a photo album complete with pictures of the iconic duo’s adventures from years gone by – creating endless possibilities when it comes to displaying the beloved couple.

Helping to bring some nostalgic movie magic into any home or office, each figure in the new set also stands on a base that resembles an old-time film reel, complete with the original character signatures. With Mickey Mouse standing tall at 14 in. (36cm) high and Minnie Mouse at 13 in. (35cm)[1], the pair make a perfect addition to any Disney fan’s LEGO®|Disneycollection or as a stand-alone display.

As well as making an impressive display piece, the 1,739-piece set is a mini feat of LEGO brick engineering, with LEGO designer Ollie Gregory focused on doing these classic stars of the big screen justice.

Ollie commented: “We always look to design things that people would like to put on their shelf, including my own, which is why we went for the ‘classic’ Mickey Mouse design with the iconic silhouette and colour palette – as a surprise for builders, the characters insides are built from colourful elements inspired by classic outfits worn by the the pair in the past. The Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters are extremely detailed and intricate, and there were lots of challenges to overcome. For example, to create the tips of their noses we even had to bring back the LEGO Classic Space Helmet in black, which hasn’t been seen since 1987. LEGO fans will also notice that we have debuted a new colour in this set, 363 – TR. Brown with Opalesence, the first time it is included in any set – so there’s lots to explore with this build!”

The LEGO Group has a range of LEGO®|Disney sets that are sure to bring back loving memories of Disney films and trips to Disneyland including the LEGO®|Disney Train and Station, LEGO®|Disney Castle and the LEGO Ideas Steamboat Willie. This latest addition to the LEGO®|Disney collection has

been designed specifically with adults in mind – giving builders a creative outlet to help focus their minds and re-charge from their busy lives, as they get hands-on building these two iconic Disney characters.

The new LEGO®|Disney Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable characters construction set is the latest example of how the LEGO Group aims to inspire builders of all ages to build, rebuild and get excited by the process of creation. It will also feature the new stylish, adult-focused packaging in order to reflect the sophisticated nature of the creative process and allow adult builders to find products related to their passions.