Bricks and Bricks Culture: Official statement

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A few of you have noticed that there hasn't been a print issue of Bricks and Bricks Culture magazines for a few months and have raised concerns in comments and in the forum about the magazines' future.

Mark Guest, editor of Bricks, has issued this statement:

"Firstly we would like to thank all our loyal fans and customers for their support for our titles through what has been a difficult period. We cannot thank you all enough for bearing with us.

"As you may be aware there has been a pause in production of the Bricks and Brick Culture titles since the end of last year. This has primarily been due to issues linked with our operational partners that have been beyond our control. These issues were unforeseeable at this point and have resulted in limited access to our existing stock including issue 18. We can assure you we have been deep in negotiations with third parties to resolve this situation and enable us to continue to provide everybody with the quality product they have all come to expect.

"As you can perhaps imagine this has been a long process and negotiations have not always been smooth, however we are hoping now that some of the external issues have been addressed allowing us a clear a path to finalise our negotiations and finally free the much-awaited issue 18. At this point we would like to stress that this pause in operating is merely a pause and we have the full intention to continue to release the products and fulfil our fans orders and subscriptions going forward. We are now confident that the issues are on course to be resolved.

"We thank you for your patience and support over what has been a difficult period where multiple factors have impacted our ability to produce the magazines we all love."

17 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Not been paying the bills?

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By in United Kingdom,

I had heard of this magazine but never seen it in the shops. Having read some comments in the Blocks article I now know it's subscription only. I know that actual physical printed magazines are becoming less popular and sales are down but having something not available in a shop at all is never going to catch the reader who buys magazines only once in a while (and then may become a regular reader). The DFC comic was subscription only and failed. The Phoenix comic available in shops is doing great!!

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By in Australia,

Bleeeaah distracting typical PR speak as the ship sinks.

The bad taste of Mr Guest's jump from Blocks to Bricks still leaves a very bad taste in my mouth. So much so I have not renewed my subscription with Blocks. Blocks *seems* to be still alive and kicking, but Bricks is dying, so maybe it was good for Blocks after all. He felt Bricks was a good idea, and jumped ship from Blockhead Media Arts, now he's jumping ship again, to...?

@brickbuilder78 https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09468828/filing-history,
Interestingly, yeah it says he has resigned. They haven't filed their Accounts also, which puts them on the hook for more financial penalties.

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By in United Kingdom,

I subscribed In November last year and didn't receive anything. I asked for a refund and they said that one had been issued. It took a further 7 weeks to get my refund after numerous emails. Really bad experience with them and wouldn't recommend to anyone

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By in United Kingdom,

Sadly I think this boils down to the fact they didn't have a deal to get the magazine into the shops. You don't stand much chance of launching a new title based just on web sales and digital copies.

I've just started my second 2 year sub to Blocks and I'm quite happy with it. Yes it can be up and down but it always arrives on time and communication is very good.

I'm not really sure where Mr Guest goes after this, I still find his decision to leave Blocks after just a few issues and set up a rival odd. It just seems like that if he's not getting his own way the toys gets thrown from the pram and that's it. If they haven't filed accounts that does indeed leave the door open for financial penalities and directors from being banned from that position in future.

Those that have paid Bricks for subs should hope they paid by credit card and seek reimbursement that way.

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By in United States,

I've never bought or subscribed to any LEGO-related magazine. There is no room on my already very tight LEGO budget. I'd rather buy pieces or attend a convention.

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By in Germany,

I had bought the print edition of Issue 4 back in the day, but what with delivery to Germany it would have been too expensive for my taste in the long run. Nevertheless, the quality of the magazine was really great imho.

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By in France,

The fact the statement issued says absolute nothing, provides no hard facts, no dates yet uses a lot of words tells you everything. It just looks like a company refusing to accept the inevitable, sort of like the chicken body running around the yard after the head has been chopped of, not alive but somehow not quite dead... Yet.

Sad as I thought it was a better magazine than blocks, both in presentation and article copy, but I will be heading back to blocks, which is plenty good enough now and not hanging out for my next bricks to arrive, even if they do get a few more copies out the door it won't be long before this happens again so certainly not going to renew if they make it that far.

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By in United Kingdom,

I hope that the situation gets resolved and that the print version gets sent out to subscribers. Unfortunately this "pause" does not bode well for the future. Even if I receive the remainder of my subscription I am extremely unlikely to put my money at risk and resubscribe when it comes due again. If others feel the same way then the resulting lack of income could spell the end of the project. Shame really.

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By in Germany,

I felt that Mark was publishing a high quality book with Bricks, with a higher quality of writing than Bricks, but directed at a smaller target audience. I subscribed to Bricks, Blocks and Culture and Iliked the direction he was going with his two magazines more than Blocks, which always felt a bit more pedestrian (not to say it was bad, far from it, I am still subscribed and look forward to every issue).

He tried to elevate the Lego hobby to a higher level I always thought, and maybe the world was not ready for that, or never will be. Blocks was a magazine about a toy, whereas Bricks was about a hobby.

I am sad to see Bricks go, but am not really surprised.

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By in United Kingdom,

I know what you mean Drakuhl because I too subscribed to all three. I think maybe Mark went too 'highbrow' with Brick Culture, what with all the footnotes and sources in articles. At times it felt as though I was reading a scientific paper, and it was just about as dull as one. I didn't renew Culture, and it appears that it was a wise decision!

Blocks may be a little downmarket in comparison to Bricks, but it gives me what I'm looking for in a LEGO magazine and I'm happy to keep on subscribing to it for that reason.

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By in United Kingdom,

I took away multiple different copies of Bricks magazines when I was at the Great Western Lego Show last year and it seemed great - good editorial, photography, topical pieces and really friendly staff selling the issues. However there were some incongruous issues - for example, why print the magazine premium and glossy when people can't experience that in a shop?

I agree with others that Blocks isn't as 'high brow' about the hobby, certainly in comparison to Bricks Culture. However, I think this works in its favour because it seems to bridge the gap a little more closely from a Lego Club magazine, so children and teenagers may go for it too. But the balance is struck because generally Blocks still feels like an adult magazine, and I can grab it off the shelves at WHSmith - which certainly helps.

I guess another problem for Blocks and Bricks alike is that news and reviews flow so fast through websites like Brickset - sometimes they can feel like yesterday's news if you're aware of these fan sites - so there always needs to be plenty of good exclusive topical pieces to back them up.

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By in United States,

Thought the magazine was called "Bricks and Bricks Culture".

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By in United States,

How odd. Second time this is happening. I had stayed with Blocks and their digital subscription but recently held off on renewing my subscription as I can't seem to find the time to read the whole issue, and get all of the info current here at Brickset and other sites.

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By in United Kingdom,

Trigger they are two separate magazines published, or at least they used to be, by the same company.

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By in Ireland,

Still no news on this? The Republic66media website is down but it says it 'will be back shortly'.

The continued delay is bad form and certainly causes me to be wary of any multi-issue subscriptions to this and similar LEGO magazines.

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