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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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.