10273 Haunted House joins the LEGO Fairground collection

The LEGO Group has unveiled the newest addition to its Fairground collection, 10273 Haunted House. The spooky set combines modern build techniques with a few nods to the classic Adventurers theme, and one big nod to 2012’s Monster Fighters, for an alternate take on the free-fall tower ride.

The 3,231-piece model also ditches the Creator Expert branding, instead embracing the new adult-targeted black packaging. It will be available from LEGO.com (and whichever LEGO Stores are open by then) on May 20 for VIP members, before going on general release on June 1, for £209.99/€229.99/$249.99.

Check out the full press release and gallery of images below, and keep an eye out for Issue 68 for more on 10273 Haunted House. While you’re waiting, you can now order Issue 67, which is packed with info on all the latest LEGO sets – including a behind-the-scenes tour through 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay.

Gear up for a spooky ride and bring to life the ultimate ghostly fairground experience, with the brand-new LEGO® Haunted House set. This latest addition to the LEGO Fairground collection is jam-packed with exciting features to surprise and entertain even the bravest of thrill-seekers.

Modelled on Manor Von Barron, the spooky home of one of the world’s greatest villains – Samuel Von Barron, the new LEGO® Haunted House model is full to the brim with spine-tingling details. Its clever design features a fully functional free-fall ride with automatic doors at the top of the tower, giving brave riders a glimpse of the thrilling plummet to come, as well as intricate ghoulish details such as haunted doors and a cursed painting to warn off any trespassers.

To enhance the spooky experience even further and unlock special features, such as a moving elevator, fans can also add LEGO Powered Up components (available separately) and control and amplify the set as they build via LEGO’s Powered Up app.

The 3,231-piece LEGO® Haunted House model not only makes an impressive and creepy display piece, standing at over 26.5” (68cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep, but also gives fans the chance to get hands-on and immerse themselves in the ghostly world. LEGO builders can open the model’s exterior and enter the ultimate haunted house to discover the features hidden inside – revealing Von Barron’s extensive collection of stolen artefacts which nod to LEGO brick sets of the past, including the Organ of Catarino and the Orb of OGEL.

This brand-new set has been designed specifically with adults in mind – providing an immersive, creative experience for them to re-focus, re-charge and get creative, whether they’re enjoying alone or as a challenging build with friends or younger builders.

The new LEGO® Haunted House™ 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’s also the first set from the LEGO Fairground Collection to feature the new stylish packaging designed to make it easier than ever for adult fans to find their new build challenge based on their individual passions.

Addressing the new packaging, Senior Marketing Manager Anders Hellegaard Iversen said: “So many of our older builders love the Creator Expert products, as they allow them to show off their passion for the bricks. Whether it’s their favorite film moments, sport icons, travel destinations, buildings, fairgrounds or vehicles, LEGO sets help to bring these to life in brick form. That’s also why we have decided to stop using the Creator Expert branding and, instead, use the new adult-focused packaging design to make it clearer which hobbies or brand products they can relate to. We hope this will make it easier for fans to track down models they would be proud to display once completed. Of course, our product range will continue to include the same advanced-build, collectible products that guarantee hours of building enjoyment for fans.”

Issue 66 of Blocks magazine is now available

The latest issue of Blocks is now available to order.

This month’s cover is given over to the LEGO Ideas International Space Station, with an in-depth review of the set inside the magazine. LEGO Design Master (yes, that’s his job title) Mike Psiaki explains how he developed Manchester United’s stadium and shares a peek at some of the concept models for LEGO Creator Expert 10272 Old Trafford.

A spotlight is shined on some of the talented LEGO fans on Instagram, as some of the prominent photographers who are showing off their beautiful images reveal the inspiration behind their creativity. Blocks also pays a visit to the Natural History Museum, where imaging expert Dr Steen Dupont is using marvellous LEGO contraptions to photograph the millions of tiny specimens that are housed within the insect collection.

Johnny Thunder makes a dramatic entrance in Blockstalgia, swinging over chasms, springing booby traps and uncovering Egyptian artefacts. He even has a new ride, with exclusive instructions showing how to build a modern rendition of the classic Scorpion Tracker.

Elsewhere in the magazine’s 112 pages, readers will find the next stage in the LEGO Star Wars UCS Star Destroyer mod project, a debate on the new LEGO Night Mode concept, a surprising use for a BIONICLE minifigure arm and much, much more.

You don’t need to head outside to get your hands on the latest issue. Simply order it online, or set up a subscription, and it will come straight to your front door. Along with the 12 and 24-month subscriptions available online, we now have a 3-month direct debit option available. If you’d like to set that up, get in touch at subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks.

LEGO gets Fast & Furious with Dom’s Dodge Charger

Do you like LEGO? Do you like Technic? Do you like the Fast & Furious franchise? If you answered yes to all three of those, then you might just fall in the perfect (and presumably lesser-spotted) triumvirate the LEGO Group is pitching for with 42111 Dom’s Dodge Charger.

The 1,077-piece Technic set is a pins-and-beams recreation of the Fast & Furious’ most iconic ride (according to the official press release, at least). And it comes just in time for the latest cinematic instalment to be delayed by almost an entire year, with the COVID-19 pandemic pushing F9’s release back to April 2021.

The LEGO Group will be hoping that news won’t put off the pocket of die-hard fans who would normally snap this set up, because it’s pressing ahead and releasing its Technic tie-in anyway. The 1970 Dodge Charger R/T will apparently allow fans to recreate the death-defying stunts of the movie saga, with double wishbone suspension, a wheelie bar and a couple of nitro bottles.

Samuel Tacchi, the LEGO designer behind Dom’s Dodge Charger, said:

“The high-octane action of the Fast & Furious franchise has captured the hearts and imaginations of petrol-heads the world over. We want to inspire people of all ages to explore their creativity through building whatever their passion is, and we know fans of LEGO Technic and the blockbuster franchise love cool cars and adrenaline-fuelled fun. Brought together by that same passion, we worked really closely with the Universal team to bring Dom’s Dodge Charger to life in the most minute detail to inspire Fast & Furious fans and LEGO Technic builders around the world.”

42111 Dom’s Dodge Charger will be available to order from LEGO.com on April 27 for £89.99/$99.99/€99.99.

Set sail with 21322 LEGO Pirates of Barracuda Bay

The LEGO Group has announced the latest Ideas model to set sail from Billund, and it’s a doozy. 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay reimagines the classic LEGO Pirates theme, bringing the seafarers back to the portfolio for the first time since 2015.

You have Pablo Sánchez Jiménez to thank for that, because the talented builder’s Ideas project The Pirate Bay was the foundation on which 21322 has been built. While the bones of the original idea are there, the LEGO design team seems to have just used it as an excuse to write a LEGO love letter to 1989’s 6285 Black Seas Barracuda.

That makes the 2,545-piece set effectively a 2-in-1 model, as the various sections of the classic pirate ship can be torn from their island home and reconfigured into a vessel worthy of Captain Redbeard himself. The classic character is present and correct, of course, only looking a little greyer for his time shipwrecked. So the set’s story goes, Redbeard and his crew washed up on the shore 30 years ago, and the eight minifigures all show signs of the passage of time.

You can check out more images and the full press release for 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay below. It’s available from LEGO.com for £179.99/$199.99/199.99. Look out for our verdict in Issue 67, on sale May 7.

Become a pirate with this brand-new LEGO Ideas set, inspired by the 1989 Black Seas Barracuda pirate ship model. Adventurers can now explore the island and the wreckage of Captain Redbeard’s famous ship, which was lost at sea over 30 years ago.

The new LEGO© Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay set has been created based on a submission to the LEGO Ideas platform by fan designer Pablo Sánchez Jiménez, who has a passion for all things pirate and was inspired after building LEGO brick models with his dad when he was young. The concept behind the LEGO® IDEAS Pirates of Barracuda Bay set reached the 10,000-supporter milestone in just 25 days – making it one of the quickest sets to hit the target.

With 2,545-pieces in total, the model contains everything a pirate or LEGO fan needs to create the ultimate shipwreck – including a captain’s quarters, food store and supply dock. LEGO builders can even uncover buried treasure on the island by removing parts of the ship to explore new areas and create new stories.

This set also contains 8 Minifigures all based on pirate characters from the classic pirate lines, including the iconic Captain Redbeard, Lady Anchor, Robin Loot and the twins, Port and Starboard, as well as 3 other pirates and 2 skeleton figures and various animals to discover on the island.

When builders tire of being stranded at sea, the island can also be reassembled to create Captain Redbeard’s legendary ship, the Black Seas Barracuda. Rebuild the ship to launch a rescue mission to take the ship’s crew back to safety and find the buried treasure.

The LEGO® Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay set measures over 23” (59cm) high, 25” (64cm) wide and 12” (32cm) deep and is sure to catch the eye whether proudly displayed or placed amongst other LEGO Pirate sets.

LEGO Ideas offers fans the opportunity to submit their own brick creations with the chance to have their concept brought to life with the help of LEGO master designers and a share of the net sales.

The latest LEGO Creator Expert car is 10271 Fiat 500

Your LEGO Creator Expert garage is about to get an Italian expansion, as 10271 Fiat 500 joins the fleet of brick-built vehicles.

The iconic car has been recreated in cool yellow by the brightest minds in Billund, and looks to pack in plenty of details accurate to the real-life Fiat 500F Legend. The 960-piece model is available now from LEGO.com for £74.99/$89.99/€79.99.

You can check out more images of 10271 Fiat 500 and the full press release below. Look out for our verdict in Issue 67, on sale May 7.

Recreate a taste of ‘La Dolce Vita’ by recreating the iconic Fiat 500 in LEGO brick form, with this new LEGO Creator Expert set. This highly nostalgic set is full to the brim with authentic details from the quintessentially Italian car that has found a place in the heart of motorists across the world.

The Fiat 500 is a symbol of effortlessly cool Italian style and this detailed LEGO brick model recreates a true icon of classic automotive design. Based on the Fiat 500F Legend from the late 1960s, this advanced building set includes a detailed interior and functioning sun roof, allowing the driver to soak up the Italian sun while cruising down the Amalfi Coast.

The 960-piece model features everything needed for a European trip, including a trunk (complete with spare tyre), a luggage rack to the rear of the car, as well as an opening hood which allows builders to inspect the engine once they have completed the model.

Included within the set is a folding easel and colour palette and a painting of the car outside Rome’s famous Colosseum, allowing budding builders to create their favourite scenes in Rome and bring back memories of holidays gone by.

Many LEGO Creator Expert building models are designed to inspire nostalgia and rekindle memories of times gone by and the LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 is no different. This set is the latest in the LEGO Creator Expert vehicle range that offers a relaxing building experience and can be displayed as the perfect centre piece of any LEGO brick car collection.

The set measures over 4” (11cm) high, 9” (24cm) long and 4” (11cm) wide and is an ideal build for any LEGO brick car collector or fan of Italian culture.

10272 Old Trafford scores an open goal for LEGO

Manchester United fans should get a kick out of the latest LEGO Creator Expert set, which faithfully recreates the Premier League football team’s home stadium in 10272 Old Trafford.

The enormous microscale model packs in 3,898 pieces, including brand new printed elements for the pitch. All four of the modern stadium’s stands are present and correct, along with smaller details like statues of the United Trinity and Sir Alex Ferguson. Once complete, the 1:600-scale stadium measures a generous 18.5cm high, 47cm long and 39cm wide.

‘To create Old Trafford in LEGO bricks was a tremendous design challenge for the team, and we couldn’t be happier with the result,’ LEGO Design Master Michael Psiaki said. ‘The 110-year-old stadium provided us with so many important locations, features and stories to tell as we constructed this model. We are excited for our fans to be able to experience all of that history and attention to detail as they construct and proudly display this iconic stadium.’

10272 Old Trafford is available now from LEGO.com for £249.99/$299.99/€269.99. You can find our verdict on the formidable football model in Issue 66 of Blocks magazine, which is on sale now. Alternatively, you can set up a subscription and save money on individual issues, while getting every issue delivered to your door.

10270 Bookshop expands your LEGO modular street

The LEGO Group has unveiled its latest LEGO Creator Expert modular building, in the form of 10270 Bookshop.

It’s the first modular building to pair two 16×32 buildings since 2011’s 10218 Pet Shop, with a teal townhouse adjoining the quaint three-storey bookshop. While the past couple of buildings have drawn on distinctly American architecture, 10270 marks a return to European influences, with Design Master Wes Talbott looking to Dutch houses for inspiration.

Once complete, the latest addition to the long-running subtheme measures 29cm high, 25cm wide and 25cm deep. It’s packed with features across both buildings, including plenty of books (natch), multiple residential spaces, two balconies, a chameleon habitat, and a hidden basement. At street-level, you’ll find a wonderfully autumnal birch tree looming over the scene.

You can check out the official description and gallery of images for 10270 Bookshop below. It’s available to order now from LEGO.com for £149.99/$179.99/€159.99. For our verdict on this brand new modular building, check out Issue 65 of Blocks magazine. Alternatively, you can set up a subscription and save money on individual issues, while getting every issue delivered to your door.

Recreate the charm of a backstreet bookshop that you might discover in any European village or town with this LEGO Creator Expert collectors’ toy. The 3-story bookshop and adjoining modular town house building is filled with fun building techniques and surprising details, including a display window, reading nook and an open-out design. Collectors will love to display this big 2,504-piece LEGO set proudly alongside their other modular building.