While online content can take you so far, LEGO magazines are an excellent way to enhance your LEGO hobby. The beauty of LEGO building is that it’s a physical, tangible thing – and the beauty of brick magazines is that they extend that opportunity to disconnect from screens and physically connected to the LEGO brick. That can be through the exclusive LEGO models that come with the official magazines or simple from sitting in a comfortable chair and reading an indepth article.
The LEGO hobby has exploded over the past 20 years. Adult fan forums allowed people from all over the world connect, before the LEGO hobby became cool and saw communities spring up all over social media.
If you’re new to the LEGO hobby, it can be hard to know where to start. You might have many questions about your LEGO hobby, from building techniques to knowing the inside scoop on new sets. While online resources can take you so far, to really upgrade your hobby you need a LEGO magazine.
Whether you pick up a single copy from a newsstand or subscribe online, LEGO magazines are some of the best ways to get answers to brick questions and learn something new. Here is a comprehensive guide to the different LEGO magazines available for fans young and old.
LEGO Life magazine
This is the free one! If you have a child between five and nine years old, you can get the modern version of the LEGO Club magazine for free. Of course, you could also claim to have a child within that age range… no-one here will judge you. While a free LEGO magazine is nothing to complain about, this title does focus on marketing fluffery. If you’re looking for exclusive little LEGO sets or more depth, you might need one of the other titles on this list….
LEGO Explorer magazine
Of all of LEGO’s official offerings, LEGO Explorer Magazine holds the most educational value. With a focus on science, technology, engineering, art and maths, children can begin to learn and grow interest in a light and fun way. It helps children make the most of all their LEGO bricks, with cool tips and tricks included in every issue. There’s also a polybag each month on the cover, but they are not essential collectibles like the cover-mounted sets on some of the other LEGO magazines, as the subject matter is very broad.
LEGO Star Wars has proven it has stayting power during its eight-year run – it has nearly been going for as long as Blocks, the monthly LEGO magazine. If you’re looking to get more in touch with the Force, then of course, you should look into the LEGO Star Wars magazine. Signing up gets you 12 monthly issues every year. The magazine’s content, primarily based around a comic book story, is perfect for young children, but much of the thrill is centred around the cover-mounted toys. Most of the value is in the mini build or minifigure, as the LEGO magazine itself is quite thin.
With a focus on the LEGO Marvel theme, this LEGO magazine is all about the Avengers. If there’s a particular minifigure you want, it’s a great way to get them cheap; Doctor Strange, Mighty Thor and Miles Morales have all been available with this title. You’ll find the usual collection of puzzles and mini posters inside the slim magazine.
LEGO DC Super Heroes magazine
Like the LEGO DC Super Heroes theme in general, this LEGO magazine focuses on Batman. In fact, there’s a good chance the minifigure that sometimes comes with the title will be Batman, the Joker or Robin. There are also fun little Batmobile mini-builds sometimes though. Inside the magazine there are comics, puzzles and competitions.
LEGO Jurassic World magazine
How many baby raptors and Owen Grady minifigures can you have? LEGO Jurassic World magazine is determined to find the answer to that question, seemingly offering one of those two every single month. That’s a slight exaghgeration, as sometime there’s a brick-built donosaiur model mounted on the cover. If Jurassic is your jam, this is the LEGO magazine for you.
LEGO Friends magazine
This LEGO magazine is based on the Friends theme. It includes puzzles, quizzes, posters and stories. There’s a lot to occupy younger LEGO Friends fans, not least of which is the LEGO model included with every copy – from scratching posts to a veterinarians table. Of course, if you want extra models to add to your layouts, or perhaps furniture for your modular building, it can be a nice option for adults fans.
LEGO City magazine
Similar to LEGO Friends, LEGO City magazine takes everyday life and gives it a fun twist. The models that justify the cover price can be really useful for fleshing out your tabletop town and inside you’ll find the usual puzzles, comic books and games.
Blocks, the monthly LEGO magazine
You’re at blocksmag.com, so no surprise that we’d encourage you to check out Blocks, the monthly LEGO magazine for fans. No, this LEGO magazine doesn’t have an exclusive set on the cover every month… because the budget goes into delivering a comprehensive, 116-page companion to your LEGO hobby.
Blocks brings bang for your bricks with tutorials, exclusive interviews and in-depth articles that will appeal to teenage and adult fans. If your child has aged out of the LEGO magazines for children and is a keen reader, then Blocks is a great next step.
Whether you haven’t got creative with the bricks yet or if you love building and modifying your sets, you’ll love reading Blocks. In Issue 89, Blocks covered altering the massive UCS AT-AT to have a hollowed-out neck for troops to move between the head and body; it’s a great example of how this monthly LEGO magazine shows you how to get more value out of your sets. You’ll never miss a fix or feature, either, as every back issue is available digitally to all Blocks subscribers.
The magazine has something for everyone – not just creative builders and MOC enthusiasts. That includes interesting articles, fully fleshed-out reviews, interviews with LEGO professionals and even talks with celebrities (in Issue 63, Anthony Daniels discusses his role as C-3PO and how LEGO Star Wars has become part of the fan experience).
While all of the magazines here include images aplenty, the LEGO hobby has never looked so good with high-resolution, professional photography of the models of yesterday and today. You’ll especially love seeing images from Blocks’ photography expert Phil Wrighton, who creates amazing covers featuring the finest sets.
Adult enthusiasts will find a lot to love in Blocks, the monthly LEGO magazine. It’s the perfect gift for the AFOL in your life or of course something to treat yourself too.
100 Incredible LEGO Builds magazine
Blocks, the monthly LEGO magazine, has also published a one-off special: 100 Incredible LEGO Builds. This is a celebration of the creativity of LEGO fans. Within this special edition you’ll find 100 inventive, susprising and impressive LEGO builds made by talented builders. What makes it extra special is that LEGO Masters judge and Head of Design Matthew Ashton guest edits this issue and the LEGO design team provides commentary on the different MOCs. If you aspire to be a LEGO designer one day, the insight into what the professional designers look at could be very useful.
While Blocks aims to be the must-read LEGO magazine for fans, Brick Journal is also a great option and a very long-running publication. The magazine runs six issues every year, focusing on MOCs, with most issues running around 90 pages. The magazine is priced at $10.95.