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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Play Super Mario Brick Bros on the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System

LEGO Super Mario isn’t the end of the LEGO Group’s collaboration with Nintendo – it’s just the beginning. 71374 LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System is a retro-fuelled take on the partnership between the two companies, giving builders the chance to construct a replica of the Japanese giant’s 1980s console.

The nostalgia doesn’t end with the NES and its iconic rectangular controller, because they’re accompanied by a brick-built CRT TV on which to play the included Super Mario Bros. cartridge. Okay, so you can’t actually play Super Mario Bros., but the LEGO Group has come up with the next best thing: a scrolling screen, activated by turning a hand crank on the side of the TV, which sends a flat 8-bit Mario figure through a prebuilt level.

The 2,646-piece set doesn’t stand entirely alone from the LEGO Super Mario range, either. Slot the digital Mario figure included with 71360 Adventures with Mario Starter Course into the top of the TV, and he’ll react to the on-screen obstacles, power-ups and enemies. You’ll be able to get your hands on both 71374 and 71360 from August 1, from both LEGO.com and in LEGO Stores.

Check out the full gallery and press release for 71374 LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System below, and look out for our verdict in a future issue of Blocks.

Issue 69 is now on sale, featuring a deep dive into the development of LEGO Monkie Kid, and reviews of all the latest LEGO Star Wars sets.

71374 LEGO® Nintendo Entertainment System™
Ages 18+. 2646 pieces

US $199.99 – CA $299.99 – DE €229.99 – UK £209.99 – FR €229.99 – DK 1799DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Recreate the Nintendo Entertainment System™ in LEGO® style!

Do you love video games? Did you play Super Mario Bros.™ back in the day? Or do you just enjoy a hands-on, creative activity in your spare time? If so, this nostalgic LEGO® Nintendo Entertainment System™ (71374) model kit is perfect for you.

Authentic and interactive
The brick-built NES is packed with realistic details, including an opening slot for the Game Pak with a locking function and a controller with a connecting cable and plug. The console comes with a buildable retro TV, featuring a flat 8-bit Mario figure on the scrolling screen, plus an action brick to scan with LEGO® Mario™ (figure not included; find in the LEGO® Super Mario™ Starter Course set – 71360) so he reacts to the on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups just like in the Super Mario Bros. game.

Creative fun
This unique set is part of an inspiring collection of LEGO building sets for adults that make fabulous gifts for yourself and hobbyist friends who enjoy DIY challenges and proudly displaying their creations.

• Trigger nostalgic memories as you build this wonderfully detailed LEGO® brick Nintendo Entertainment System™ (71374) and interactive, 1980s-style television displaying the classic Super Mario Bros.™ game.
• The TV has a handle-operated scrolling screen and if you scan the action brick by placing LEGO® Mario™ (figure not included) in the slot on top, he will react to the on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups.
• Authentic details of the NES console are recreated in LEGO® style, including a controller and an opening slot for the buildable Game Pak with a realistic locking function to delight Super Mario Bros.™ fans.
• Whether you were an NES gamer back in the day, a fan of retro stuff, or are just looking for an immersive, fun, creative DIY project to leave you feeling revitalized, this 2,646-piece model building kit is ideal for you.
• The buildable TV measures over 8” (22.5cm) high, 9” (23.5cm) wide and 6” (16cm) deep, and alongside the NES model makes a cool display item for your home or office. It also makes the best LEGO® gift for gamer friends.