The latest issue of Blocks Magazine, the ultimate monthly celebration of all things LEGO, is out now and has plenty of articles, builds and features.
Hogging the cover is the momentous 10276 Colosseum – the largest LEGO model ever released – which is so impressive it needs extra special treatment. Blocks take the set to the University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, where they get a schooled on this ancient building’s significance – and even put it on display with genuine Roman artifacts! Dr Milena Melfi explains why this historical location is so significant.
History is at the forefront of this issue and the Blocks team takes a look back at toy fair events. With this year’s shows canceled, they reveal why these events are so important to the LEGO Group and toy industry as a whole.
Fans of the Star Wars theme will want to check out the special Mod Squad build project that takes 75270 Obi-Wan’s Hut and, with the exclusive Blocks instructions and some extra pieces, transform it into the Mos Pelgo cantina from the second season of The Mandalorian.
Blocks also review the new, smaller X-wing and TIE Fighter and put them side by side with the previous versions to see how they measure up, and this issues Month in MOCs features a fan’s custom Octuptarra Droid creation and From the Vault recalls those creepy-eyed Clone Wars minifigures.
For those who like to start from scratch, there are entirely original models to build too – Technique reveals different ways to construct grandfather clocks that will make any LEGO building more elegant. For those who need things with more speed, Blocks revisit Classic Race and show how those cute race cars can be given a modern update.
With so many great new sets having launched at the beginning of this year, there’s a bumper Reviews section too. 10278 Police Station, 80107 Spring Lantern Festival, 80106 Story of Nian and Collectible Minifigures Series 21 are all covered, as are the latest Marvel releases.
There’s more besides, including an interview with the fan designer behind 40448 Vintage Car, a look at 10280 Flower Bouquet with Model Designer Anderson Ward Grubb and a debate about those new City road pieces. Month in MOCs, Piece Perception, From the Vault, Top Ten and Ideas Showcase are all back too.
As a bonus, everyone who subscribes to the print edition by March 3 will be in with a chance of winning (existing subscribers will automatically be entered into the prize draw) 10276 Colosseum!
Blocks magazine Issue 76 is available worldwide at www.blocksmag.com now in UK shops from February 4th, priced £5.49.
Fervent documentarian, effusive AFOL and founding partner, Jeremy manages the daily news content and set reviews.
Having enjoyed playing with LEGO from his earliest years, Jeremy started collecting LEGO Star Wars in 1999 when the theme was first released. He has shared his thoughts and opinions on LEGO via a number of websites – including starwars.com, rebelscum.com and brickset.com – contributed to the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary series and served the LEGO Ambassador Network as a Recognised LEGO Fan Media representative.