Announcing two new LEGO magazines: Bricks and Bricks Culture!

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I am delighted to bring you the press release for two new LEGO magazines which have been in the works for some time now. Bricks features set reviews, regular columns and interviews with staff inside TLG itself. Bricks Culture looks beyond this to see how and why the LEGO brick exists today as part of popular culture.

The team is now accepting pre-orders for both magazines, which will be sold worldwide, directly from the Republic66 Media website. Update: At the moment this is only working if you add the item to your cart from the front page, but this issue is being fixed right now.

The full press release follows after the break, with full details on the content of each magazine and how you can order a copy...

We are pleased to announce two brand new LEGO fan publications, Bricks and Bricks Culture.

We invite you to share in our passion for all things LEGO with two magazines being launched on April 13th but available to you for pre-ordering now! Do not miss out!

What happens when you gather together some of the most respected names in the world of LEGO to work exclusively on new fan publications? Bricks and Bricks Culture, that’s what!

You probably already know of Huw Millington, Tim Johnson and Mark Guest; well they head up our quality editorial team that includes some of our community’s finest contributors.

We wanted to let you know about what is coming before we informed the world at large because our whole ethos for these magazines has been designed specifically with AFOLs in mind. So obviously you need to hear it first before we go public with this news. The LEGO Group are the only other people who know about this and we’re delighted to say that they fully support what we have put together and our plan for the future.

We have aimed everything we are doing to meet your high expectations with an unrivalled breadth of content that we are sure will inform, entertain and inspire you. Brought to you by a dedicated team of passionate adult fans of LEGO, we know that Bricks and Bricks Culture will deliver more content, with more quality, to more people who love LEGO, in more ways than ever before.

Our two publications will be delivered to you like never before:

Bricks will deliver exclusive, community-focused content every month, covering all aspects of the hobby. It will contain regular columns from well known members of the fan community, the latest and greatest releases, in-depth analysis, interviews with TLG members and celebrities, plus plenty of hints and tips to enhance your LEGO lifestyle. Each print edition will sit alongside a digital magazine, and is supported by multiple levels of interactive content and numerous ways for you to engage with the brand. We are sure that you will be surprised at what we have in store.

Bricks Issue 1 Cover

Bricks Culture is a sister publication examining the rich and complex cultures that have developed in adult LEGO communities. This lavish quarterly magazine celebrates the creators of stunning artworks, the entrepreneurs transforming their hobby into their employment, the intellectuals analysing this pop culture phenomenon and the innovators filling gaps in the market with their own products and services.

Bricks Culture Issue 1 Cover

Follow Bricks on Twitter and Facebook now to keep up to date with our launch and going forward social media channels will give your daily fix. You can also visit the official website here.

Here’s a taster of the quality of the team behind Bricks and Bricks Culture:

  • Mark Guest - Creative director and Editor-in-chief.

Mark is a lifelong LEGO fan with a massive collection of old and new LEGO. Mark was the founder of Blocks and was responsible for its success. Having worked in publishing for over 20 years, Mark carries plenty of experience in magazines to know how to meet the needs of LEGO fans.

  • Huw Millington - Consultant Editor.

The brains behind Brickset, one of the world’s largest and most popular LUG websites. With over 18 years’ experience in the industry and a wealth of knowledge on everything LEGO, Huw is at the forefront of the UK scene and is certainly a key member of the global community.

  • Tim Johnson - Bricks culture editor and community manager.

Tim Johnson is the founder of LEGO parts blog New Elementary and builds models for DK Publishing’s ‘Ideas’ books of inspirational fan builds. His background in digital production and marketing blends perfectly with his love of LEGO for delivering our vision.

  • Chris Pearce - Licensed set specialist and features writer.

Chris is one of few LEGO fans not to have experienced a dark age – he’s been playing with LEGO for his entire life. His eye for detail, dedication to perfection and knowledge of licensed themes makes him ideal to satisfy the Bricks market.

  • Mark (Of LEGO) Campbell - Columnist and events director.

Mark is a stalwart in the LEGO world and spends his time running the LEGO department at the world famous Hamleys toy shop. He is also the first port of call for TLG at events for content management.

  • Dr Dave Watford - Features writer.

Dr Dave is a LEGO collector, blogger, builder and first and foremost, a lifelong fan. Dave is an active member of the LEGO fan community, his expertise and enthusiasm make him a fantastic addition to the team.

  • Gary Istok - LEGO historian.

Author of the ultimate collectors’ guide to LEGO, Gary specialises in the entire history of TLG with an unrivalled archive of history and information.

  • Adam White - Contributor and games expert.

Adam has thoroughbred credentials in the LEGO scene, from collecting sets to the online world of LEGO video games. He is also an editor of Brick Fanatics, a UK-based LEGO news site.

  • Lucy Boughton - Columnist and features writer.

Lucy is an expert on all things LEGO and is very focused on quality and creativity within the community. A regular contributor to Brickset, Lucy delivers perfect tone and artistic flair.

  • David Alexander Smith - Features writer and columnist.

David recognises LEGO as an artistic medium and, as founder of the blog Building Debates, writes with intellectual rigour about the deeper aspects to the culture surrounding it.

  • Are J. Heiseldal - Features writer and columnist.

A respected builder and contributor to the LEGO Adventure Books, Are is a journalist who brings passion and vast knowledge to his articles.

  • Mike Doyle, Chris McVeigh and James Pegrum - Guest contributors to Bricks Culture.

These well-known and respected LEGO artists and authors are lending their expertise by contributing regular articles to Bricks Culture magazine.

Bricks will deliver more content across more pages with a cover price of only £4.99 per issue. Our quarterly sister title Bricks Culture is even bigger and is only £9.99 per issue. Why not beat the queues and pre-order today?

Press launch set for April 9th 2015.

General public launch April 13th 2015.

Stay tuned for further updates and teasers here on Brickset as the April 13th release date draws closer!

 

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164 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Exciting news! Bricks Blocks? Have we gone from no regular publications for decades to having three within the space of 6 months? Not complaining but I also have to watch the budget :)

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By in United Kingdom,

So that was what @Huw's secret trip to Billund was all about! BTW can you walk from Billund airport to LEGOland?

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By in United Kingdom,

Great! I will probably get Bricks if I like it, and it's not too pricey! It's great that a few Bricksetters have placed their (not so) little bits of knowledge into these.

And this is why Mark resigned from Blocks. He couldn't edit three magazines at once, now, could he?

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By in Australia,

This is just so fishy.

So Mr Guest helped found and create Blocks. Then he jumps ship. From the description, this new Bricks sounds like it has the inside scoop to TLG, of course, who wouldn't jump ship? ;)

If Mark was under an NDA, pity the Blocks people. What a kick in the guts. I feel sorry for the Blocks team now.

Blocks also has the same contributors as Bricks aka the crew behind this esteemed site, Brickset, only this time the Brickset crew are behind Bricks? Also? Or both? Are Huw et al now exclusively tied to Bricks? Will they make further contributions to Blocks? A big reason why I, and I'm sure other people as well, took out a freakin expensive, ONE YEAR's subscription to Blocks is because of the input from you and your crew, Huw.

You know, alot of us pretty much sacrificed buying 1 or 2 Flagship sets to be able to pay for the Blocks annual subscription.

Looks like Bricks will be the go-to AFOL magazine, since it looks like this magazine is made in collaboration with TLG.

Wither Blocks? :(

After being burned, I think I'll buy Bricks issues month by month and won't take out a sub. Who knows, another LEGO magazine may come along in another 6 months. Hint: when Mark jumps ship again ;)

Why not use Blocks instead of launching a competing magazine? Bad PR and cannibalizing at its worst.

Overall, a fishy smell of betrayal. Poor people at Blocks, poor us AFOLs, I feel like I was taken for a ride, hyped up on Blocks now baited and switched. :(

Edit: 'feel like' is too meek of a word. I HAVE BEEN baited and switched.

Now let's see how long my post lasts before its deleted. Screenshotted and timestamped ;)

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By in Denmark,

There's a about 3,2 km from Billund airport to LEGOland, I don't think there's pavement all the way, but it is allowed to walk in the side of those roads.

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By in United Kingdom,

Can Lego sustain a regular magazine? (Especially without official tie in from Lego group so that it gets news first) Must admit that I now seem to skim through Blocks every month in about 5 minutes and doubt I'll renew my subscription. Part of the problem is that Brickset has pretty much everything you need to know.

The one trick that I think Blocks misses is by not having a minifig column. As a minifig collector, it's the one thing that I'd probably read.

The bigger quarterly mag could be interesting, so I might give that a go.

Be awesome to see a Lego mag on Readly though!

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By in Australia,

@thehornedrat... Pretty much sums up what I was thinking...

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm sure everyone's decisions on all this were taken for the best possible reasons, but it's hard not to agree with a lot of what thehornedrat says above.

I thought Blocks was poor this month: 7 or 8 set reviews, including all 5 of the latest Ultra Agents sets. Way too much filler. Definitely not renewing my subscription although I don't regret it and was glad to support this project getting off the ground.

I too will buy Bricks month-to-month. In hindsight a publication needs to have a couple of years of sustained quality output to justify subscriptions.

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By in United Kingdom,

@thehornedrat pretty much spot on.

This is disappointing news in some respects. A years subscription purchased for Blocks on the strength of a writing and editorial staff who it would appear have all jumped ship.

I was doubtful on renewing my subscription anyway but this pretty much confirms that I won't but nor will I be jumping in to subscribe to either of the two new magazines.

I wish all the magazines the very best of luck but whatever has gone on with Blocks and its 'restructure' and the creation of these new titles has given me a rather disillusioned feel with the whole business.

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By in United Kingdom,

Agree with what the others have said.

Doesn't do much for the reputation of Brickset or Lego.

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By in Norway,

I have to agree With @thehornedrat, When i saw that the Blocks logo disappeared from Brickset and the editor was reporting quitting. I start think that something strange was going on. May be a new mag but think that was to strange if it ended to be another Lego magazine. But that is what happen.

I'm now happy for Thot I did not start subscribe of Blocks. But I will first see what those new mags looks like before I do anything more with subscription.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have this month's Blocks and think it's the best issue yet. I guess I'm fortunate that I didn't take out a subscription. As a result, I don't feel cheated and, if I can afford £10 of mags a month, I'll be getting both Blocks and Bricks. You can't have too much Legoey goodness!

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By in United States,

You got the date wrong. This must be another pathetic Brickset April's Fools Day "joke", right? Because the joke is going to be on someone.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm a little shocked and stunned but not overly surprised, with all magazines once one comes out then others tend to follow suit, sadly this means for a while there are publications running side by side and eventually the weakest die. I must admit though there does appear to be a lot of areas of conflict of interest here, and to the naïve it probably looks as though people are jumping ship. I would hate to assume that monetary factors have come into play but its a slightly dark world we all live in.

Blocks does appear to have picked up slightly with the latest issue, but this may be a last gasp to stay alive (negative I know but I have seen this happen to countless other publications over the years)

Does this change my thoughts on Lego? No, and I would hope it doesn't for anyone else, please bear in mind it is a product and the magazines are ultimately just advertising for lego, and until an officially recognised publication is released then there will always be battles.

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By in United States,

I noticed that none of these magazines have Mindstorms or Technic experts. Are they looking for contributors?

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By in United Kingdom,

As a Blocks subscriber I feel completely duped. I paid up for a year, supported the magazine only for the founder to jump ship after 3 issues. It's recent publication with new editor a much poorer issue. In honesty it would have been better to close business on Blocks and return the money on whatever was left on people's subscription, as we know now Blocks will be doomed. It would be foolish to subscribe to this new magazine and an issue by issue purchase now seems a more sensible option because who knows when an even better option will present itself to Mr Guest. I'm sure that I will not be the only subscriber of Blocks who has been left feeling a bit of a twat this morning. Please let me know where I can forward the Governor minifigure, so he can start his new position.

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By in United Kingdom,

would be interesting to know who is the 'money' behind the new publications? and whether the time spent on blocks was just to ascertain if there was a market before ploughing in their own funds?

Im not a subscriber to blocks (been burnt by subscriptions on new publications before, so feel for all of you that have subscribed, although we are mourning something that isn't dead yet)

I reserve actual opinion until I find out for sure if there was underhand tactics here, I do feel however that siding with someone then moving allegiances at short notice can look very turncoat-ish, so understand the fury felt and expressed here.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hi Ladies and gentleman, many thanks for all your comments which are all valid and justified. Just to help answer any questions as I certainly don't want anybody feeling let down or betrayed as that has never been my intention.
Firstly I have tried to remain professional about everything that has happened over the last few months and I will remain to do so, however to help clarify my departure from Blocks was never a case of me 'jumping ship' I remain focussed in serving the community I love but there were some internal factors who were working to a different vision which led to me agreeing to be bought out of the company.
I have learnt from this experience and am the majority shareholder of this company to prevent the same situation happening again, I can assure you no one hurt more than I did when I had to leave, but I had to follow my moral code.

I appreciate there are some earlier comments about monetary factors being an issue, I can assure you this is not the case I have not changed titles or brands for money, I was put in a situation where it was best for me to depart Blocks, and I am not getting paid by TLG.
I did travel to Billund with Huw to present this title to TLG and they have given it the thumbs up as a result of our relationships with them and the fact that I have proved that I want what is best for the AFOL market. We are not endorsed by them but have been given permission to use the term LEGO in our strapline as they support my vision.
I am happy to try to answer any questions and I can understand the subscriptions issues being discussed, believe me I have had similar emotions over the last few months, I created Blocks and drove it only to have it taken out of my hands metaphorically. I wish them all the luck moving forward as I truly believe that are not looking to serve the same community as me, if I am to trust my last conversations with them.
Lastly to make it clear the contributing team are now exclusively working for Bricks and have finished their final commitments for Blocks. These guys as you all know are massively respected and invaluable to our scene and have not been coaxed to leave and are not doing any of this for monetary issues they are all following what they beleive to be right for them.
I hope that all helps and please feel free to contact me with any concerns.

@SprinkleOtter - yes we are looking for a Technic and Mindstorms expert if you would like to talk.

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By in United Kingdom,

thanks for the comments Mark, apologies if anything I said was off the mark. its difficult when you see comments posted without clarity and honesty and both sides of any issue should always be expressed so comments from yourself are appreciated.

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By in United Kingdom,

@nameloc - Not a problem, as mentioned I am trying to remain professional and am not into mud slinging hence my silence. TBH I have been focussing on trying to continue what I started all be it under a new title.
In regards to money someone just asked, I have used my own funds to fuel this venture as I am totally passionate about this market I love. I would recommend that everyone buys one issue at a time and waits to see if they like what I do, I certainly don't want people feeling duped.

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By in United Kingdom,

doe all this mean that bricks is an officially endorsed product then?

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By in United States,

@ Mark.
Okay, great, how can I contact you? :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Bricks is not endorsed by TLG but they have agreed to support where they can and to get the sign off to use the term LEGO in our byline is a massive scoop, it had to be removed on the previous venture ;). It means we have good inroads and relationships with them and they like the quality we deliver, but endorsed, we are not just supported. TBH endorsement would carry editorial restrictions that I wouldnt really want so in my eyes we are in the perfect position.

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By in United Kingdom,

mark, thanks. anda again I apologise for any comments I made without knowing the full story.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not sure whether to be excited about a new magazine (since Blocks quality has decreased) or whether to be cautious over the way this has all played out. As a Blocks annual subscriber this definitely leaves a bad taste in the mouth especially with confirmation that you'll be taking some of the writing staff with you - I take it that Huw's Views will no longer be in the pages of Blocks?

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By in United States,

I don't understand why there are two magazines. Culture to me could just be part of Bricks. Is there really enough to do two?

But for the money I'll just be buying sets and reading the exact same info online, just weeks sooner.

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By in United Kingdom,

I am away from home with intermittent internet access at the moment but I'll try and pitch in later on.

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By in United Kingdom,

@SprinkleOtter - PM me on Facebook 'mark guest' and I will send you my email address.

@The Green Brick Giant - Bricks Culture is quarterly and is quite different but time will be the proving factor ;) I am sure it will be loved and it's very fresh.

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By in Austria,

I have just ordered the first issue of both of them, and what I like very much is that there seem to be NO shipping costs for the printed version.
The terms and conditions are a little bit difficult to understand because the language they are written in seems to be Latin, which is not very often used today.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hi Mark, thanks for your comments. I wish you, Huw and the rest of team every luck with your new venture.

I do believe there is a market for what you are trying to achieve and that you will succeed.

Is there any possibility of offering a discounted subscriptions to those of us who have Blocks subscriptions? As I said above I subscribed on the strength of the writing and editorial team who are now no longer part of it.

It might go some way to soothing any hurt feelings from the community?

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By in United Kingdom,

@ Green Brick Giant, we'll reveal more about Bricks Culture over the next couple of weeks but I am hoping people will be pleasantly surprised by the new take. And there'll be loads of content you simply will not find online!

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By in United Kingdom,

Hi Captain Eyebrow, we have mulled that over but need to really think how it would be possible, thanks for reaching out

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By in United Kingdom,

Will there be any assurances that you won't give out exclusive minifigs to subscribers at a later date? I seem to remember that happening with Blocks and the people that subscribed first got nothing.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thank you Mark for responding and for clarifying the situation. I totally understand your decision to remain silent and professional on your departure from Blocks however, the lack of information led to great bewilderment, certainly on my behalf at least. To see so many vital and founding contributers leave Blocks to start a new magazine was a jaw open moment and left me wondering why I as a subscriber were not afforded the same opportunity to leave. I apologise for my previous comments which were based on having no information other than the statement from Brickset this morning. I will have lost money because the contract I entered into was based on the pilot issue and its original contributers, so, even though Blocks may stagger on, it will be Blocks in name only and not content.

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By in United Kingdom,

To clarify where myself, and Brickset, stand on this...

Mark created Blocks almost single handedly. He was the driving force and visionary behind it. He showed determination and skill to produce an excellent publication. My allegiance, then, was to Mark, not the magazine. When things changed at Blocks and he had to leave and subsequently started work on another project, there was no question that I would not follow. There were never any monetary considerations, and for the record I was not a shareholder in Blocks and won't be in Bricks, either.

It is difficult situation, though, I agree, and I do feel very bad about 'letting down' Blocks subscribers given I pushed it heavily and encouraged you to subscribe. However with the new editor at the helm I am sure Blocks will continue to flourish with a new team, albeit perhaps in a slightly different direction.

As far as Brickset goes, I will try and keep it impartial and continue to report on all publications when appropriate.

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By in United Kingdom,

"Will there be any assurances that you won't give out exclusive minifigs to subscribers at a later date? I seem to remember that happening with Blocks and the people that subscribed first got nothing."

Did that happen? I am a Blocks subscriber and wasn't aware of that? Pretty poor state of affairs if it did.

I appreciate Mark's reasons for not spelling out exactly what happened at Blocks, but I cannot help but be intrigued. How many different directions can a LEGO based magazine be taken? You collect and build sets and/or Minifigures, you collect bricks and build MOCs, or you do both. Or am I missing something? They are what I do anyway.

And I've now had to subscribe to Bricks too darn you!

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By in United Kingdom,

Can you confirm shipping costs on printed magazine to Europe

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By in United States,

I totally agree with what thehornedrat said.

If it had been several years between the founder dumping Blocks and creating Bricks, it wouldn't seem quite so odd, but a few MONTHS?! Why would Guest expect anyone to think that Bricks will last any longer?

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By in United States,

@ Mark.
I can't seem to find you. I'll admit, I might be doing something wrong- I don't use Facebook often at all. :P

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By in United Kingdom,

@TheBrickBunny, drop an email to [email protected] and someone will contact you about shipping costs.

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By in United Kingdom,

First off, I wish both Blocks and Bricks the best of luck!

But this seems like an awful mess. As a Blocks subscriber, it's disappointing to see this split. I don't think there is any sense in two such magazines aimed at the same audience. The overlap and duplication will be frustrating to the reader who would really rather you could have all just played nicely with your toys and got along ;-)

I don't get the grumblings about the latest issue of Blocks. Apart from being disappointed by the lack of Tim Johnson's excellent article about elements, I thought it was a good read.

I'll certainly want to see what the excellent Bricks team are up to, but I'm not happy with the whole arrangement.

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear. Wont be rushing to buy a sub to the 'version 2' magazine in case it goes the same way as 'version 1' !

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By in Singapore,

Dear Huw and Mark, thanks for your comments. As a working professional and long-time Lego fan, it is certainly nice to have you come up with your explanations. I understand business is hard having worked before at a failed start-up and the complications that that brings.

Having said that, I do feel that I have to lend my voice to support others who have expressed (rather fairly I have say..no immature words or whining) their disappointment at this news. While we all must admit that, that life goes on..and Mark, you definitely have the right to make a living (and better to do it, doing something you love); I don't think, I really don't think...you understand how much of a disappointment this news is to us fans of Lego, of Blocks and of Brickset.

You say, you've thought about it for a long while. How about timing the news (production and planning could continue of course) closer to when most of us would undoubtably be closing in on the end of our 1 year subscription? Surely that's not too hard to figure out when? That just would have seemed like a nicer way to let us in to the news instead of dropping it in smack in the middle of our 1 year.

The way the main body of the article was written certainly didn't help as it made the whole context of the issue even harder to take, without even addressing the obvious white elephant. The fact that I had to read 1/2 way down the comments strip for a reply to this hardly seems the most sincere or direct way is it?

Huw, I visit your website almost daily (as I'm sure many here do). It is the one of two of my daily essential Lego site visits and I do enjoy it tremendously. I would never know of Blocks or subscribed to it had it not been for you.

Yes, solely you.

And yes, like those in Australia or other non-EU countries, I didn't think twice about international shipping...because of the reputation and credibility you've built up via Brickset. Frankly (and this may anger some I know), I didn't even mind when Blocks started offering up a free mini figure for newer subscribers, because I UNDERSTAND that this is part of business and you just have to do what you have to do - cost of acquisition vs cost of maintenance (ala credit card companies etc.)

But the way I feel about how this news has broken, in the most simplest way, is just that "it's not cool." It's not cool how the events have panned out. It's not cool how the article was written in an almost "gleeful" tone to a target audience that would probably have comprised of your most loyal readers who have forked out more than just eyeball hits on your website but money as well. And it's not cool, how the main editorial team think that by giving some replies to comments, you are addressing these issues in a suitable manner.

Having said this, I sincerely wish you all the best. I would probably be subscribing to the new magazines but not for awhile, I think. Many of us are feeling pretty burnt at the moment.

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By in United Kingdom,

I took out a two year subscription to Blocks, largely on the strength of the creative team.
Clearly I was an idiot.

I hope Blocks keeps up the good work, but I doubt whether I'll bother buying the new magazines.
In case you all decide to clear off somewhere else.
Again.

Disappointing.

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By in Slovenia,

Looks like we were swindled (by Brickset staff no less!) into subscribing to Blocks - only to have everyone jump ship and start a new magazine. This is a HUGE negative stunt which will have disastrous consequences for LEGO magazines in the future. I am most certainly not buying into the new magazines, will recommend everyone I know to do the same, and I am not renewing the Blocks sub in the fall.

Huw, you just lost a huge chunk of your integrity and credibility.

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By in United Kingdom,

@zoooctan : Yeah. It didn't help that the first anyone heard of it was the article here, that was basically a reprinted press release, and so took totally the wrong tone.

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By in United States,

@ Everyone expressing "disappointment" at this.
Why are you disappointed? You paid for Blocks, yes, and aren't you still getting Blocks? Now you have two more magazines to enjoy.

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By in United Kingdom,

Bring on the new BRICKSET magazine

sorry I mean BRICKS magazine

I think we all know where this is going / maybe this could be a new LEGO ideas set 0499 and like the back to the future set there could be extra bricks to build the two different offices / Minifigs could stay the same.

total lack of professional conduct / the explanation's just make it worse.

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By in Slovenia,

@SprinkleOtter - Yeah, we'll have Blocks without pretty much every single contributor of note that made it what it is. So it won't really be Blocks anymore, will it? It's the same thing as if BBC decided to run Top Gear without Clarkson, Hammond, and May - sure, it would be a car show, but it wouldn't be Top Gear.

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By in United States,

I look forward to the new publications. Thanks for all you do to support the AFOL community around the globe. I hope to find both of them here in the states to try them out.

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't agree with anyone putting the blame at @Huw 's feet for subscribing. He may have been massively in favour of it but there were many people in the forum (including myself) who did not need any convincing. Why would we not be? After all it was touted as a magazine for AFOL and it had to worth a punt, it might appear that we have lost but that's just how it goes sometime. Each of us made our own decision.

Things change and whilst I am very disappointed that Blocks has lost the reason why I subscribed there is no benefit for anyone in assigning blame on to anyone.

If there is a possibility to make us feel better about what has happened from Mark and his team as I suggested above that would be appreciated from all concerned..

Perhaps its just a lesson to take away for all of us . . . . . .

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By in United States,

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me; as the old saying goes. If ever there was a need for a non compete clause in an employment contract this would have been it. I understand that things did not work out for what ever reasons. For those above who are apologizing now that the "full story is out", it's not. We have only somewhat heard from one side. What if the creative difference was that Blocks did not want two magazines. I don't know any of these people personally so I can only assume (which is the basis of another old saying) that they were acting with the best of intentions but I have to agree with others that this has been absolute crap. It feels like you're trying to give me a five star steak dinner served on a dirty garbage can lid.
As has been said, I ordered this magazine based solely on the recommendations presented here and now to find out that everyone has jumped ship really leaves a bad taste. I subscribed early on and that's fine but I feel that if this was something that was in the works for a while then some messaging on that would have been valuable to those that may have recently subscribed. When reviewing the article on Mark leaving all that is stated by Huw is that he had his reasons again which I understand but an update of, by the way the whole staff is jumping ship, would have been useful.
Extremely disappointed in the brickset staff and will not be subscribing to this.

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By in New Zealand,

@SprinkleOtter - that comment exemplifies many concerns expressed here. Conflicts of interest are rife in this situation. You just solicited for involvement in this new venture, earlier in the comments. You received a positive response from Mark, and now you chide others for their concerns. Poor form.

Brickset is Huw's site - he's worked hard to build it up. However, the active and targeted promotion of Blocks on this site (to the advertorial degree) likely drove many towards subscribing. I'm not suggesting people didn't make their own decision to fork out money for the mag, however it's clear a large component of advertising for Blocks was directed to viewers of this site. The 'new' team at Blocks should rightly expect continued exposure on this site - not to the evangelical degree it has been in the past - but to the degree any other book or publication may receive. Not doing this further compounds those conflicts, and would suggest that Bricklset is no longer a news site, but rather a site with 'editorial restrictions' in much the same way that Mark commented about potential Lego endorsement of Bricks.

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By in Germany,

Well, so I will have three subscriptions running for a while until Blocks runs out. It is nice of you not to charge international shipping for the early adopters, that makes up for the entire mess discussed above. Looking forward to the two new magazines arriving in my mailbox soon.

And if Blocks dials back on the reviews a bit (I can read reviews for free on the net, after all) and brings new, original content again, I might even renew my subscription there.

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By in United Kingdom,

Come on guys. Think about this. Could you not read between the lines that something was very wrong at Blocks and Mark was being forced out of his own creation?

OK, so it's annoying for those who have subscribed, but is that any different to buying something today that tomorrow appears in the sale at 50% off? Of course we feel cheated, but that's business.

Like others here, Brickset is one of the two Lego sites that I visit daily for the best news about the brick. Huw and team do a great job and deserve our support. No doubt there were non-disclosure agreements at play about what was going on at Blocks, so Huw's hands were tied, I'm sure.

The people who have cheated you are the team at Blocks, who ousted the creator and then put handcuffs on the team so they couldn't tell you what was going on. Get angry at them.

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By in New Zealand,

@weareallkosh - I don't think it's fair (or correct) to state the Blocks team have cheated people and they deserve the blame in this situation. Unless you know something 'on the inside', your comments about Mark being ousted are speculative and missing the point entirely. Ultimately this comes down to your comment about Brickset 'I visit daily for the best news about the brick'. In the case of Blocks' startup, Brickset heavily promoted that, and likely (nearly single handedly) is responsible for exposing and directing many current subscribers to the publication.

Regardless of what went on behind the scenes, the current Blocks team deserve no ill feeling given they are left with trying to make a publication work following a near-total defection of original staff. It is not the current Blocks team that sold, promoted, guided many to their subscriptions, it was the old team.

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By in New Zealand,

I feel that the comments from thehornedrat and zoooctan sum up the most important points here. Boneheadhhl also makes a valid point regarding the risks of not having a tight contractual exit policy.

I think the general feeling here is what if the same thing happened in six months and for whatever reason, the entire editorial team left Bricks magazine because of some internal difficulty? What would such a new publication be called? Blocks and Bricks are now used up.

I have subscribed to Blocks magazine and have been motivated to write some guest reviews. I will be writing a review of Technic set 42023: Construction Crew and later a professional review of 10241: Maersk Line Triple-E.

Brickset is a community. While it is owned by Huw, it would not survive without the members visiting the site daily, commenting on reviews and reading and posting their own reviews. There would be no funding if those members did not use the links to make purchases. This mass exit of Brickset staff from the editorial team of Blocks magazine is not a good look. It may damage Blocks magazine and will hurt the startup of the Bricks competitor. Lose-Lose.

It is unlikely that I will subscribe to Bricks magazine. My Blocks magazine has six months to run.

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By in Belgium,

Felt sorry when I heard Mark was leaving Blocks so glad there will be a new magazine with the Brickset team.
I did not get a subscription (I am a bit wait and see with these things) but can understand that people feel hurt and annoyed

However, I am sure that that was not the intention so am a bit shocked at the strongnes of opnion towards Huw and the team. I think this is a great website, they had big plans for a great AFOL magazine, and then something went wrong. That's to bad, but it happens in business and without knowing the full story, which is a private matter in my opinion, I think we have no right to condemn anyone. (Same goes for Clarkson, I can't stand the man but if he did something wrong, it's up to his employer, the BBC to decide on that)

I'd like to read this new magazine and wish the whole team the best of luck. Nice Lego gave the thumbs-up btw!

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By in United States,

Again, we don't know the reason Mark left or was forced out. To blame Blocks is not the answer just as I don't blame Mark for starting a new publication. I think that what a lot of people, including myself, are upset about is that, when Mark left, they were going to look for a new editor and the impression was that everything else was still going on and a very survivable event for the publication. Yes it may have had a slightly new direction. That was the last news that we received here. An updated article that the entire staff was leaving, though deeply concerning, would have softened the blow for many rather than having this article come out of seemingly nowhere announcing that the entire editorial staff and writers have moved on to this publication.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think I've tried all combinations to put both print editions into my basket and then every time I checkout it tells me my basket is empty. Can you let us know here when the issue you mentioned is fixed? Ta :-)

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By in Canada,

Whatever happened behind the scenes, I feel this news doesn't sit well.

Love this website and the appreciate the work that goes into it and what it has done for the LEGO community. But this news, to the general viewer, is confusing . Even when I go to the Blocks website, it still lists a good chunk of the team that are now working on Bricks - or are they working on both?

I can't help thinking - did the new editor of Blocks know that he'd have competition from his own staff when he took the job?

I'd be curious to know why Lego is supporting one magazine over the other - esp. with the same founder. Blocks looks fantastic and I hope they can continue.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Snowhite:
"a bit shocked at the strongnes of opnion towards Huw and the team"
Yes. Most of us are disappointed with the way things have gone down, but I think most people here are being civil. We don't *really* know what's happened, but I'd be quite sure nobody has set out to be malicious or upset people on purpose. It's worked out badly, that's about all we can be sure of.

Of course, the upside is that rather than duplication and a lot of crossover, we might end up with two excellent magazines about Lego rather than one! :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Frankly, good on Mark!

Can’t believe how angry and bitter people are about this though! Personally delighted by the news and can’t wait. TWO shiny new publications, we’re being spoilt! (My only ‘complaint’ is that this news didn’t come sooner. I invested all this month’s ‘fun money’ into a Seacow yesterday so can’t act on the pre-order, d’oh!).

Honestly, I don’t understand why there is so much griping over this. We should see this as a BOON. Now we’ll have some competition to produce the ‘better’ magazine and hopefully we’ll end up with higher quality all around at the end of the day. Who thought we’d not only get a regular magazine but a CHOICE of such publications? Love it!

I’ve enjoyed, and am still enjoying, BLOCKS magazine and have no regrets about that year subscription. I don’t feel ripped off, every issue through our door has been greatly enjoyed (even if the poor proofing left me gnawing at the sofa arm in frustration!); for the quality so far delivered I feel I’ve got good value. Now it is unfortunate that so many contributors, many of whose involvement made us invest in BLOCKS in the first place, have moved over to this new enterprise, but I look forward to seeing that publication rise to that challenge and how these new ones will turn out.

Glad to see a lady on the team and PRAYING for better proof-reading (Please? Pretty please?). Is there any word if this will be available in a physical store (like WHSmith, or Tesco, etc.) at all? I’d rather track down a physical copy on release day to flick through and purchase before making a choice about online ordering/subscriptions.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well....not sure how I feel about all this. I took out a one year subscription to Blocks and despite the change in staff I still read and enjoyed the latest issue. Funny to think eighteen months ago I was wishing for a print Lego magazine, now the market is about to be flooded (relatively speaking).

I think Mark did a great job with starting Blocks and would like to support him and the Brickset team on the two new mags...I'm just not sure I actually need two Lego magazines every month and an extra one every quarter - although I love the idea of a glossy quarterly focussing on photos. I'll have to speak to my bank manager before deciding...but I do wish all three magazines the best of luck.

I don't think it's entirely fair to heap blame on Mark or Huw - I'm sure they had the best of intentions with Blocks and were no doubt hugely disappointed it didn't work out as they hoped.

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By in New Zealand,

What a sad sad situation. I feel let down as others have said. There's no way I'll be subscribing to this new publication. We've all been duped.

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By in Belgium,

Oh deary me. I would have been seriously pissed had I bought a subscription on the strength of Brickset being involved - and believe me I came very close - only for Huw to transfer his flag to another title. I think this will damage this site's credibility, certainly I'll be paying less heed to any future recommendations.

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By in United Kingdom,

Ladies and gentleman, once again thanks for all your comments and I love the passion being shown, it is what makes this community great, we all care. I can assure you I certainly do care, as do the team of contributors working with me. Everyone has tried to act in the best interests of the market at all times. However I do appreciate that without the full story it is difficult to see the full picture, so understand the calls for blame.

We really do understand and appreciate all the above feedback (and any that appears below this comment ;)) and that is why I have spent a good chunk of today talking to the team to try and resolve the issues mentioned.

I would like to officially announce that we fully intend to help those that took out a subscribtion on blocks and showed Me and my team support. We have agreed today that we will be addressing this situation and be looking to offer a package to those who committed to the previous venture and would like to engage with this one. I can guarantee that none of the team have ever tried to dupe or betray anyone and we truely care, we will certainly be doing all we can. As previously mentioned I have set this brand up as the majority shareholder to prevent a reoccurance of previous events as emotionally that cannot happen again.

Lastly for those mentioning mini figures, any created will be open to all members of the Bricks family.

thank you for your time and I will be announcing the outcome of tomorrows meeting as soon as possible.

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By in United Kingdom,

Smartie pants 70: thanks for the last paragraph that certainly rings true.

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By in Norway,

My feeling about this is more in the line of @Snowhitie Things happends in bussines and that can not allways be controlled.
I think Mark and the team had plans Blocks in good intension, but things did not work well.

I have already ordered the first number to check it against the latest Blocks. I plan to only buy one of them regulary. I was planning to subscribe Blocks but i delayed it. Now i may wait and see.

I wish Mark and the new team good luck and hope everything works out this time.

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By in United Kingdom,

Seems like life happened as life often does, well done to Mark for finding a way to not just get back on his feet, but pretty much get his creation back after whatever happened to push him out... and maybe we also need to say bad luck to everyone left at Blocks even if there's not another side to the story.
Maybe it's just a shame that subscribers who, like Huw, felt that they were subscribing to Mark's magazine aren't able to move across as Huw has.

I foresee some weird misshaping to the sales figures of both these publications for a while to come with many Blocks subscribers who would like to buy Bricks holding off until their subscription has ended. Might be hard to judge how the land lies until 2016 perhaps!

And I might have missed it as I only skim-read the more recent comments, but will the many Blocks contributors who are listed on the Bricks staff be contributing to both, or will my next 6 subscriptions of Blocks be a little on the thin side?

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By in Slovenia,

@zipsforbananas Mark wrote this earlier:

"Lastly to make it clear the contributing team are now exclusively working for Bricks and have finished their final commitments for Blocks."

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By in United Kingdom,

And let's all be fair to Huw, he put faith in Blocks same as the rest of us, he couldn't have seen whatever made Mark leave coming any more than we all could. If TLG suddenly and inexplicably liquidated would we lose trust in him and think that somehow Brickset was dishonest for how it had promoted the company?
Hindsight is a wonderful thing when you've made a mistake... but it's kinda harsh on other people!

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks @Sammael, I guess issue 7 is going to be an exciting mystery bag then! :/

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By in United States,

@ Muzzle.
Actually, I also received a similar response from Blocks, so there is certainly no conflict of interest.

I don't recall anyone making comments complaining about Blocks when How posted that Mark was leaving. I think everyone is trying to blame Huw and Mark for things that are beyond their control, even though they are both trying to fix the "problem".

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By in United Kingdom,

Interesting article and interesting comments. As someone who has changed jobs a few times in his life I can understand that some things change and you can't always be public about what's happening.

I am sure Mark and Huw did not intend for their time with Blocks to be as brief as it was and I'm also sure that the passion that led them to work on Blocks is still there so I'm not surprised that they have setup another venture.

I have bought every issue of Blocks so far because I like Lego and as long as there are articles of interest I'll continue to do so. If Bricks is sold in WH Smith or Tesco then I'll give it a go and then pick whichever has something I want to read.

I would love it if people could stop the personal attacks on here as it is unfair. In effect Mark appears to have lost his job in a business he setup and that must hurt. Good luck with the new job.

Good luck to everyone involved - I look forward to many good lego articles (from whichever source they come)

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By in United States,

@ Mark Guest.
You don't happen to have a Brickset Forum account, do you? I could contact you that way.

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By in Slovenia,

@SprinkleOtter - you recall incorrectly. I wrote (here and elsewhere) that Mark leaving the magazine so soon after its inception was a cause for concern and that I was worried for its future.

How is starting their own magazine "beyond their control," exactly? They certainly could have refrained from starting a new magazine, or at least starting it at such an unfortunate time. Oh, and taking away all the contributing talent from the original publication.

EDIT: in the interest of fairness and in keeping with journalistic ethics, I'd like to see @Huw give Blocks an opportunity to present their side of the story on Brickset.

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By in United States,

@ Sammael.
There was to giant rush of "oh, no!".

So, basically, you want Mark to not have the job he wanted, but was forced out of? You want him to not be able to do the things he loves, and write about LEGO?

Mark didn't "take" anyone, guys. If they left Blocks, it was from their own free will.

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By in Slovenia,

@SprinkleOtter
He can do whatever he wants to (unless prohibited by a contract) but his potential customers have the right to question the ethics and timing of his actions.

For instance, I changed jobs 4 years ago. The company I moved on to is in the same line of business as my previous company. I did not have a non-compete clause in my contract so they couldn't prevent it, but they were still less than pleased. However, I only switched after I was certain that I personally wouldn't be competing against my former company, and I didn't recruit any of my subordinates to leave with me because I felt that would have been unethical.

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree with some comments made here today and I'm sure there are lots of us who have been very surprised by this news. I am enjoying blocks magazine but I have of late skipped through the magazine finding no content that interests me or is not a review I've already read on this site or other media. We will all make up our own minds if blocks magazine continues to be of interest and I will still enjoy it dropping on my doormat.. I'm sure I speak for many that having a lego based publication is something we've all wanted and now there could be two more from Bricks... How disappointed would we all be if we had none??
Sure it's all abit sour, but we'll all decide what we like and buy that in the future!! I'm gonna give my support to any lego publication, subscribed or not!! The more the merrier I say!!

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By in New Zealand,

@SprinkleOtter - I'm not interested in blame, and at no point have blamed Huw or Mark for anything. Both, of which I have no doubt, did what they thought was right at the time. However, my point is simply conflicts of interest cause problems - end of story. It's a little hard to take your 'objective' opinion when you are actively trying to solicit for work in this comments list. I'd suggest there's a little conflict in there somewhere as well ;)

@Huw and Mark (and team) - Good luck with the new venture. Hopefully we all win in the end with multiple publications to suit a range of tastes and needs. I just hope Brickset doesn't go down the same path of promoting (or conversely, excluding) any one publication over another.

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By in United Kingdom,

Mark wrote;

I would like to officially announce that we fully intend to help those that took out a subscribtion on blocks and showed Me and my team support. We have agreed today that we will be addressing this situation and be looking to offer a package to those who committed to the previous venture and would like to engage with this one. I can guarantee that none of the team have ever tried to dupe or betray anyone and we truely care, we will certainly be doing all we can. As previously mentioned I have set this brand up as the majority shareholder to prevent a reoccurance of previous events as emotionally that cannot happen again.

Oh dear. Is this about to become a repeat of the minifig issue? I subscribe to Blocks, and to show support for this new venture I subscribed to Bricks today. How will you offer a package to those that have already supported you, or will we 'miss out' again? Once again, early adoption seems to be the wrong move.

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By in United Kingdom,

Awkward.

Does blocks have any staff left bar an editor?

It would be interesting to know who made the contracts for all the staff that moved, you don't tend to hire people in business and le them join a competitor after a few months.

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By in United States,

@ Muzzle.
Now, did I ever say my opinion was objective? :P Nobody's here is. :P Everyone is biased in some way or another :P

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By in New Zealand,

@SprinkleOtter - no qualification required, it's clearly not, hence 'objective' ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

I find it hard seeing so many negative comments aimed at Mark and Huw. They are both great guys passionate for the community and I for one wish them every success in their venture. There is certainly not some kind of hidden agenda from any party and I know they would never have wished to deceive you but life is unpredictable.

It is equally baffling to me though that people assume that Blocks is somehow now doomed to failure and without anyone other than an editor? Not all the writers left and Blocks has and will recruit replacements who will no doubt have the skills needed to create interesting articles, while sharing the love we all have for LEGO. I for one am excited by the increased variety of ideas in the coming blocks magazines which will only continue to expand into future issues.

Ultimately this all means that we have a great range of choice and options to suit our individual tastes and needs while the competition can only help increase the standard by all parties. I hope all ventures prove successful because it can only be for the long term good of the AFOL community.

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't believe some of the ill-informed and negative comments that have been posted. Who'd have thought that anyone in the LEGO Community would be unhappy at the launch of 2 new LEGO-related magazines?
It seems that most of the acrimony is coming from people who now regret taking out a subscription to Blocks magazine. As I understand it there are no T&Cs preventing anyone from cancelling their subscription at any time. There is also nothing forcing anyone to read or subscribe to the new magazines. It's your choice.

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By in Germany,

Maybe it's because "Blocks" would have had a wider approach towards brick-related toys and wanted to include clone brands as well? "Bricks" is focusing now only on one brand - Lego - as they call their magazine a "LEGO-Magazine". In the end it's all about money, not about the hobby.

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By in United Kingdom,

I fully understand the disappointment felt by a lot of posters on here. To me what will be interesting is how Brickset treats Blocks from now on. I would expect it to receive equal coverage to Bricks as both magazines are of interest to the community which the website covers. Also an interview with the new editorial team of Blocks would be interesting to hear their side of the story.

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By in Ireland,

I'm glad I was a bit cautious and haven't subscribed to Blocks. Blocks had a promising start but by issue 4 the quality was already going down and issue 5 was downright disappointing.
I certainly won't be subscribing to Bricks any time soon. I'll buy the first few issues to see where it's going. Assuming it'll be available in book shops here...

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By in United Kingdom,

The editor leaving and starting his own venture? That's one thing. But taking pretty much every one of the staff with you? That's a wholly different matter. And announcing it like this – what on earth is that all about?? As if Blocks never happened! As if a large part of your readership here is not buying issues or has not taken out a subscription!

Sorry guys, but having taken out a 2-year subscription I feel played for a fool. If you offer that option from the beginning you are effectively saying "we are confident this is going to work". Although nobody here, other than yourselves, knows why things went down the way they went, for me this leaves the impression that people were just not willing to put aside differences and egos to make this work. I am cancelling my subscription to Blocks. I can't afford a subscription to three magazines and I have no assurance Blocks will be able to persist in the climate you have now created, so before that ship sinks, I am out of here.

I am curious to see what both magazines are going to turn into – I have so far enjoyed what Blocks offered. But I will stick to buying single issues to determine which I want to continue reading. Either way, this move has damaged my trust enough that I shan't be taking out a subscription to Bricks, even if it is less economical in the long run.

P.S. To chime in on what a few others have said, I thoroughly recommend you guys do some proper proofreading. I have been tempted more than once already to contact the office and point out how some articles just end mid-sentence.

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By in United Kingdom,

@roses4rome

To me your post sound a bit muddled. You feel duped by the editor and his staff leaving Blocks. And to show how unhappy you are you will further punish Blocks by cancelling your subscription, and yet support the people that duped you by buying single issues of their new magazines. Hmmmmn?

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By in United Kingdom,

Like boo, I signed up to blocks on the basis of the editorial team. Given the list of team now working on bricks, who is left at blocks!? makes me nervous for all mags now...

What's to stop this happening again? subscribing was a big decision in the first place, why should I do that again...? #frustrated

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By in United Kingdom,

Another disappointed 12 month Blocks subscriber here. A key feature in encouraging me to subscribe was the excellent editorial team on Blocks - that and heavy promotion on the Brickset and BrickFanatics Web sites that I read on a daily basis. The shock is to have what seems to be all the founding writers / editors of Blocks leaving en masse. That does not bode well for the future of Blocks, and with no clear idea why everyone left Blocks, it leaves you wondering whether the editorial team of Bricks will do the same in the near future.
I also see no way Bricks can offer any sort of deal for Blocks subscribers, unless Mark et al took the subscribers list with them when they left Blocks, which would strike me as highly unethical.

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By in United Kingdom,

@deephorse - thanks for signing up to bricks and if you can email [email protected] reference the offer and that you subscribed to blocks then you will be applicable and we will sort it. You will not miss out the offer is open for all. If you have a sub ref number that would be handy. Thanks mark

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By in United Kingdom,

@drlmiles - trust me nothing unethical has taken place

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By in United Kingdom,

What a shame, I should be cheering the fact that three print publications will now be dedicated to my hobby where before there were none. Instead I feel a bit silly for reassuring my wife that a subscription (that she paid for as a gift for me on behalf of my kids) was well worth getting based on the community figures involved and the support (and heavy touting) from Brickset. I hope Blocks can continue and be worth supporting. As for the two new publications, despite the involvement of other names I know and respect in our community, I will be extremely cautious of putting any money into anything else recommended here.

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By in United Kingdom,

@deephorse

Let me elaborate: I have no qualms with the content Blocks has produced so far - I have enjoyed reading it, but it's the way they treat their subscribers now that I find unacceptable.

My decision to leave Blocks is not because I want to punish them, but I believe / fear that Blocks will not be able to survive this for another 18 months, as I'm sure a lot of other people are now considering switching. Maybe they will last, maybe they won't, but I don't feel like betting my money on it, so I'd rather have a refund now that I still can (hopefully). I will continue to support Blocks by buying their issues, I'm just not investing in them in the long run.

Similarly, my support for the new magazines will only go so far as that I'm interested in reading what they have to write – but I refuse to support them by investing in a new subscription.

Whether or not I will continue to buy single issues of either or both magazines is something I'll see as they take form – it might just drop one if I feel they overlap too much.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think the point about content overlapping is a valid one. To my mind the hobby has a limited audience and fairly narrow scope for magazine content. Therefore it seems unlikely that two magazines (ignoring the quarterly Culture issue) will survive. And regardless of the good wishes expressed towards Blocks I don't really see any of the contributors that have switched wanting the magazine to continue in the long run.

One thing that I don't think has been mentioned in this thread is whether Bricks will be available in newsagents. My quick look at the website suggests that the publisher has been set up just to issue the magazine (I didn't notice any other publications on the site) which makes me wonder if it has the influence to get it on shelves.

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By in United Kingdom,

I imagine suppliers like WH Smiths who saw Blocks sell pretty well would be happy to take a punt on a similar title.

What I'd be interested to know is how Bricks plans to differentiate itself from Blocks. Other than the editing team of course. Why pick up the new instead of sticking with the old? There seems to be a hint that the ex-Blocks crew seem to know the direction that Blocks is going (one would imagine they do), but how will this differ from the newly-established Bricks and where this hopes to set itself up?

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By in United Kingdom,

I do think this is rather an interesting scenario.

Like many others, I was quite surprised to hear about this - I'm not quite sure that the tone of the article ("Wahey! All the Blocks staff are moving to a fab new mag!") was perhaps sensitive enough but what's done is done. Indeed, as a Blocks subscriber (whose wife bought him the sub) I am concerned for the future of the magazine...

But these things happen. Problems occur, people leave, people follow, it happens in big companies the entire time., Obviously when there's writing involved a change in team is more obvious, but I'm really hoping that the new editor of Blocks knew what he was walking into and is able to replace the outgoing members of the team with new, potentially unknown individuals who might be able to give the magazine its own individual aesthetic. If said new team can pull it out of the bag in the next few months, they may be able to retain the loyalty of current subscribers - there is a huge window of opportunity here.

As for the new Bricks (et) magazine, I hope that the two magazines can exist side by side and manage to go their own direction - hard given the relatively limited and seasonal nature of new releases and Lego events, but fingers crossed. It'll be like Amiga Power and The One all over again (we'll see which one ends up the AP of the two...)

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By in United Kingdom,

Mark and Huw do you need someone to do the City theme and sets, as I'm quite interested if there's a position available?

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By in United States,

Ah, fantastic... the incredibly hyped magazine I was actually considering getting started with is now left without a decent crew behind it starting something else. There'll probably be a new magazine out in September or so.

Are these Ultra Agents reviews available online? I really have seen NOTHING about them on Eurobricks and such like.

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By in Germany,

In my opinion it always felt like Blocks never reached it's full potential, so I am glad i bought two issues and left it at that. I am looking forward to this new publications and hoping for the best, but keeping my fingers off the subscriptions.

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By in United Kingdom,

I felt that Blocks was running out of steam after the very promising first issue. I'll give Bricks a try for sure. I don't think it's fair blaming Huw et al, they got behind Blocks in good faith and it's not their fault things didn't pan out.

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By in United Kingdom,

yuffie, Bricks and Bricks Culture can only be purchased online.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Thanks Tim.

That suggests that Blocks will have a considerable advantage, even ignoring the existing subscriber base. I have a 12-month subscription and certainly plan on letting it run it's course then renewing it if the magazine is still going.

If Bricks was available in newsagent I would have picked up the first copy but will probably not bother purchasing it online as I can't see the content will be that different.

Maybe we'll see an advert for Bricks in a future copy of Blocks.

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By in United Kingdom,

@omnius i dont think the problem is that blocks didnt pan out. all we know is that Mark left for reasons he himself knows and stands by and then the next thing is that there is a new mag coming out with almost all the same editorial staff as the first few issues of blocks had. i haven't read the latest issue of blocks yet as i was away when it turned up so i dont know what, if any, announcements about what appears to be a full editorial line up change there is.

what i do know is, i (along with others, from the impression i get) feel a little cheated by all this. the reasons i subscribed to blocks are now all working for bricks. i can't afford to subscribe to 2 magazines (i can barely justify 1 to be honest). am i being unfair to the new editorial team of blocks - yes, a little. it might be amazing. but right now i'm a bit frustrated, a lot jet lagged, and a little fed up with it all!

it was hard enough deciding to subscribe to blocks when the majority of the content was available online, so why should i support this new venture? what's going to stop it happening again, what ever it was? and being selfish, what's in it for me?

also, sorry to rant!

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By in New Zealand,

I wonder how big the LEGO community is in the UK. What will it be like at the next British Brick show (or Block show). Will the respective kiosks be far apart or will the organisers have some fun by placing them side by side.

Will both of the editorial teams be invited to LEGO sponsored events and promotions?

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By in United Kingdom,

I guess there must be a market for this sort of magazine if it is essentially being rebooted with a new name in competition with the old magazine.

Although I'm glad I'm a lego fan and not a lego magazine fan. I prefer to spend money on bricks (not Bricks or Blocks) and read current information on the internet, before it comes out in print.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well, like everyone else, I feel a little bit cheated (early subscriber etc), especially after Blocks was plugged so much on Brickset. That said, business is business, and what ever the reasons for the "jumping ship", it has happened and there is nothing more than can be done to change that.

Credibility and integrity might well be damaged, so it leaves us no option but to blindly trust that it won't happen again, but this is LEGO afterall, and aren't we all a just little bit bonkers anyway to be in love with this "highly sophisticated inter-locking brick system"?

So I have just subscribed for the year and we'll see what happens?

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By in Australia,

Whilst I do not believe that Mark, Huw, et al. purposely set out to deceive people into supporting and subscribing to Blocks, however unintentional it may have been, the way this Bricks news has broken shows little respect to Blocks subscribers (myself included), who are quite rightly shocked and disappointed to find their main motivation for subscribing to the magazine is no longer valid while they still have 6 (or 18) months left on what is now an (even more) unknown entity.

Being an international subscriber, I’m yet to receive my copy of the latest issue of Blocks so it’s hard to gauge personally at this stage, but by the sounds of Mark’s vague reasoning for leaving, future issues may no longer be following in the direction we were led to believe they would, yet unlike the editorial staff, we perhaps won’t be able to walk away quite so easily. (I don’t know for certain whether Blocks will be open to cancelling and refunding subscriptions to those who would like to be able to do so, so this may be a moot point).

Sadly, this ill feeling – not to mention budgetary constraints – will now likely result in a number of Blocks subscribers not wanting to take another risk by signing up to a 12 month subscription to Bricks, which can only be bad news for both parties, as however irrational, some Blocks subscribers might be cutting off their nose to spite their face, and missing out on what is potentially a great magazine, and it reduces Bricks’ readership and positive word-of-mouth publicity.

I don’t know whether any decisions have been made by the Bricks team on a package to offer Blocks subscribers, but from reading the comments here, it seems to me that the primary concern is over whether this new venture will also fold within a few months. I understand Mark is now the majority shareholder in the new venture, so this *shouldn’t* happen again, but it’s only natural for people to be cautious over this situation.

With Bricks only being available online, there’s no option to flick through a copy to see if it’s truly of interest before purchasing, and whilst there is certainly an option on the website to buy it issue by issue, it’s a bit of a hassle to keep remembering to return to the site each month to purchase it this way, not to mention a higher cost per issue.

I’m keen to give the new magazine/s a go, but I would personally like to see a package/offer in the form of a short-term, quarterly Bricks subscription – with the option to tack on a single issue of Bricks Culture each quarter – at the equivalent per issue price as an annual subscription. That way, those of us who are wary of signing up for the long-haul again can still take advantage of the reduced subscription rates, but with less initial outlay and risk.

On a separate issue; can someone from the Bricks team please provide some clarity on ‘rest of world’ (i.e. not EU or US) international shipping costs for both new magazines? I can’t seem to find any information one way or the other on the Bricks website/store, and whilst I haven't tried to in this instance, it really irks me when websites require me to go through the rigmarole of dummying up an order and entering my intimate and person details, just to get far enough through the checkout procedure for it specify overinflated shipping costs that make the purchase hard to justify. I know that @Tim Johnson advised someone else to email Bricks directly with their query about this, but I don’t understand why this can’t just be answered publicly, rather than putting potential customers to extra inconvenience to find out what should be a straightforward answer. By the sounds of @Drakuhl’s comments on here, there may not actually be any international shipping costs, which would be a nice change (or is that just for EU?), but it also sounds like this may be a limited offer, which is something that I believe should be clearly communicated, as this is something else that needs to be taken into consideration when deciding whether to take the risk of signing up for the long haul.

Thanks in advance for any advice on this.

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By in United Kingdom,

@nikaliptus Still waiting for a reply on Europe shipping costs...........

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By in United States,

This is a dilly of a pickle for sure.

It seems there is a large fanbase that is interested in print form of LEGO magazines. I still don't understand how it is viable since the internet gives you pretty much everything for free..I'm not saying there haven't been a lot of people that have worked hard and should be compensated, but I thought that was the point of the internet -- to give access to a plethora of information at any given moment.

In terms of LEGO, best of luck to everyone involved in both parties. I haven't read Blocks and I don't plan on reading Bricks, so I'm one of those few people who don't feel duped

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By in United Kingdom,

Best of luck to mark hue and the rest of the team.
Hope that in bricks we all get the magazine that afol deserve.
Ps cant order on web site put in basket then basket is empty

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By in United Kingdom,

Just to update you folks, we are still working on the situation with shipping costs. Please bear with us and we'll let you know as soon as we can. We'll advise on this thread as well as emailing everyone who has already subscribed and also posting on our social media pages:
https://twitter.com/brickssocial
https://www.facebook.com/brickssocial

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By in Netherlands,

Having read all posts above I came to the conclusion that all of this (leaving Blocks and starting Bricks) has to do with one of these: (1) machismo/egotism of the people involved or (2) greed.
The only fact that 90% of the Brickset community has concerns about this 'project' should be a big warning to all people involved in Bricks.
May I do a prediction? Within 6 months from now Blocks as well as Bricks will no longer exist.
May I do a suggestion to the people from Bricks? Put aside your machismo and join hands with Blocks. And invite at least three female editors.
The target marked of AFOLs isn't big enough for 2 (or 3) printed magazines.
Best regards, Martin (53, twenty-six year in the printing/publishing industry)

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By in United Kingdom,

I can see that "The Brickset Effect" has struck here...

This is the 119th Comment - and this Article has only been here for around 2 days and 9 hours. :-0

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By in United Kingdom,

@Sethro3

Some of us like to have a physical book or magazine in our hands. Something we can pick up and put down without having to log in first. Something we can flick through without having to rely upon an internet connection or a charged battery.

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By in United Kingdom,

This just feels wrong on so many levels....and differences of 'vision' a few editions in!? No one will care what I think but it doesn't wash. It feels opportunistic at best. I am a fan of Blocks and that may well have been down to a large degree to Mark and Huw, but to walk away from something only a few months in smacks of seeing it's potential for growth and wanting a bigger slice of the pie. All parties should take care not to take the AFOL community for granted as I for one won't go near any publication if I feel I'm being manipulated in any way. Overall I can't shake a strong sense of disappointment about the whole thing.

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By in United Kingdom,

Finaly managed to order

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By in Italy,

Well, I'm a Blocks subscriber and I don't feel duped at all, sorry.

If Mark says that there were reasons for him to leave, I believe that there were reasons for him to leave and I don't need to know anything more than that. I'm just a customer, I don't have a "right to know", if I don't like something I can always use my ultimate right: stop buying that something (or never start buying it).

The bad news in all of this was when Mark announced that he was leaving Blocks. Now, I know absolutely nothing about what went wrong, but I knew I did not like seeing him go. In my eyes he had created Blocks from nothing, and he had made it, together with his editorial team, really great. Since magazines (like everything else) are made by people, I wasn't sure that whoever followed could keep the same quality (and we've yet to see that, the latest Blocks issue has still stuff from the old editorial team). If they won't I'll simply not renew my subscription, obviously. I hope they will, though!

When I read the announcement about Bricks I was really very happy to see that Mark was already back. I'll certainly subscribe (as soon as I'll understand how to do it properly, as an international Blocks subscriber) because I already know I'll find the same quality I could find in the first 6 issues of Blocks.

So... yay! More LEGO magazines for us to enjoy!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Laz
It's not about "a right to know", that's missing the point. I agree with you on that, I don't think we have a right to know, nor do I think you will ever get a clear answer to that question in situations like this -- two sides each with their own story and their own interests and all that.

The point, for myself and for a lot of other subscribers clearly, is that flogging your new magazine to the same audience you enthusiastically ushered into the previous one (without even acknowledging that quite a few people will have laid out up to £100 for a two-year subscription to a magazine you have walked out of en-masse) is a PR-fail and doesn't instill trust in your new venture.

Did nobody think it might be a good idea to communicate this differently? Did nobody think about how this would be received?

Rather than humbly acknowledging the sticky situation "sorry guys, we realise a lot of you have subscribed to the last magazine, stuff has gone a bit pear-shaped and we realise this may come as a surprise, but we are starting something new", we get a brash "Hey presto, we have founded a new magazine - it's going to be totally awesome, with all these people you saw just over there but are now over here (What is this? Some sort of travelling illusionist show?) Subscribe here! (never mind you already forked out money, you can do it all over again)"

I find it a tad naïve to be okay with that.

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By in Germany,

Just finished reading the latest issue of Blocks and I couldn't help but notice how much was written by the people that already left.

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By in Germany,

@Tim What situation with shipping costs? You mean the confirmed order is not final with my payment? What kind of business is that?

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By in Ireland,

As a Blocks subscriber. I can't believe there is a market for two new publications. It will be interesting to see precisely what different direction Blocks goes but I certainly thought this months issue was weaker than previous issues - too many reviews of standard sets and there was even a new letters page - filler in my view. If the direction is away from AFOLs and more towards the general public then I know which magazine will get my hard earned cash. I'll subscribe to both for a while but I'm not taking out an annual sub to Bricks just yet. Given the feeling amongst AFOLs it might be worthwhile to offer a quarterly subscription option as someone has already suggested.

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't know what happened to the comment I posted yesterday, but I suggested that perhaps if Mark wants us to trust that his new venture wont go the same route that he simple explain to us in a mature manner where he felt Blocks didn't fit his vision and what his vision is.

We don't need the gory details, the gossip, the tantrums, the insults or anything like that, but those who stumped up an annual or 2 year subscription for his last venture at least deserve a little more than cryptic blame shifting.

People here are capable of making their own decision on what vision best suits their tastes, ideally we should be given both people's vision - something I'm sure both publications could agree to give if they arrange it with each other and something neither should have any problem giving if they're both confident in their different visions for their respective publications.

I do agree with the above, the problem in my eyes isn't that Mark had a differing vision, it's the fact that he felt this was enough to want to leave after only 4 or 5 issues. That just doesn't instil confidence that this isn't just an issue of egos. Typically the sensible path would've been to accept that your vision has been outvoted, sit it out for a little while and see if you know, maybe they were right, and if they weren't, and it isn't working, then try and change to your vision.

Simply giving up so few issues in comes across as teddy out the pram childishness. It's hard to have confidence that someone does care about their vision and the community when they give up so easily on what they created in the first place.

I'm the first to agree that if you don't like where or who you're working with that you should just cut your losses and move on because I've changed jobs fairly frequently myself in the past, but even I tend to give it a year.

All of this isn't to say that Mark isn't in the right, and isn't absolutely doing the right thing, but if he wants us to believe that and buy into his latest venture, then he ought to give a bit more honesty, a bit more transparency, and treat his customers past, present, and future with a bit more respect than effectively saying "trust me, I'm right" - people already gave their trust once and it was abused, that isn't going to cut it with a lot of people.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Xefan
"I don't know what happened to the comment I posted yesterday"
I've noticed that if someone posts a comment while I type and submit my comment (ie. since I last loaded the page), my comment gets lost. It's frustrating, especially as it's more likely to happen when you've typed a long comment!

So I tend to do this:
1) load page
2) type comment
3) press CTRL-A then CTRL-C to select and copy all my comment text to the clipboard
4) click "Post comment"
5) reload the page and press CTRL-V to paste my comment back in if it's lost
6) click "Post comment"

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By in Belgium,

Why are two of the most critical comments showing up with grey text on a black background on the mobile version?

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By in United Kingdom,

Users that have been flagged for assassination.

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By in United Kingdom,

Drakuhl, I'd rather we explained everything at once, given there's a lot for us to address. We want to do that as soon as possible, but also want to get it right (or as right as we can; we can't please everyone). So please bear with us whilst we marry the many issues and agree the plans.

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By in United States,

You're marrying the issues?? Now we have to pay for a wedding!!!

My attempt at humor (poor, I do realize).

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By in United States,

What a whirlwind year! Resigned in January, final issue in February, new magazine in March.*
I never started a magazine, but I would think Time, Hearst, and Conde Nast would all have a hard time starting one in a month. Was Mark assembling Bricks from his Blocks office?

While we’re waiting for Tim, et al. to get your house in order, here’s a few other questions to which I’d be interested in hearing answers:
1. If getting Lego’s name on the cover was so important and hard to get:
a. What concessions did Mark make to Lego for this privilege?
b. Were his Blocks partners unwilling to make such concessions?
2. Mark mentioned that the contributors that left had “finished their final commitments to Blocks…” Since he brought it up, and considering a 4-5 month contract seems unusual, what were those commitments? I don’t care about financials; were those commitments renewed monthly, were they employed at-will, or were opt-out clauses exercised?
3. What seems to irk people the most is how the whole thing was handled like flipping a switch. I don’t care about the gossipy part, but…
a. Did anyone even consider sharing *any* information with your readers before the press release?
b. If so, why did you choose not to?
c. Or did you think we wouldn’t notice?

We’re just trying to comprehend the situation. Obviously you don’t have to tell us anything, but you offered information publicly and, frankly, it smells fishy and we have the right to ask. Based on the comments above, it appears to a great many people, myself included, that this has become a credibility issue.

* Waiting for the Lego Daily Newspaper announcement in April.

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By in United Kingdom,

I am a subscriber and really annoyed too.

Im thinking of copywriting a few names to cover future magazines, been thinking which one do you think?
Bric-Bloc, Bloc-Brics, Blox, Bloks, Bloc-Brix, BlinkBlox, LeBlok

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By in United Kingdom,

Just noticed that Blocks have announced some new contributors and writers on their facebook site and also on Brick Fanatics. They have also announced that Blocks will be sold at Morrisons going forward. Might be worth checking out for those worried about the future quality of Blocks.

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By in United Kingdom,

@snesbits

What about 'fickle bricks'?

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By in United Kingdom,

Ha ha, brilliant.

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By in Netherlands,

@Snesbits
I too have some suggestions:

- B(ol)locks
- Clones
- Studs with Bricks, subtitled "exxxclusively for AFOL's with a capital A" or "the ultimate magazine for you and your playmates"

;-)

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By in United States,

"...[I] am the majority shareholder of this company..."

This quote, figured in with the timeline VisibleDragonfish typed, has me most curious about the motives behind Bricks.

Interesting, too, that the second magazine has the name more synonymous with the fan community. I always though Blocks was an odd choice when the community revolves around Bricks.

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By in Belgium,

Huw himself admits that this website pushed Blocks subscriptions. This is why the rules about advertorials exist in the UK, and why they apply equally to blogs as they do the print media. I note that one of the new staff of Blocks is from Brick Fanatics, a blog that constantly fails to pay heed to the law in this respect. Not to mention the abuse they dish out to their readers who show the temerity to disagree with them (the recent spat on the clone-brand story - comments now deleted - was embarrassing).

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By in United Kingdom,

I may have pushed them but only because I thought it was a worthwhile publication that deserved to succeed, not because I was financially compensated for doing so.

I still do think that and if I wasn't still away from a decent internet connection I'd have posted the info about the new editorial team.

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By in United Kingdom,

"...[I] am the majority shareholder of this company..."

This sort of fallout often seems to happen when a company has the idea originator with a minority share, they start a company with a major shareholder believing the vision is the same (ie. let's create a magazine about lego) but once started it turns out the vision is not really the same (ie. let's create a magazone about lego aimed at A, when the idea originator wants it aimed at B). The major shareholder votes down the minor one when it comes to direction (even if it is 51-49), and the idea originator is ultimately unhappy as what they thought they were creating doesn't materialize. So they leave with no contract restrictions and set up another business where they are the major shareholder.

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By in United Kingdom,

That is my understanding of exactly what happened.

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By in United States,

Wait, so all the team from Blocks have moved to Bricks/ Bricks Culture. Bricks/ Bricks Culture won't actually be available in physical form in any retailers. (which is how I actually get all my Blocks magazines as I did not get a subscription)
So now, to follow the people we follow Blocks Magazine, (Ahem Huw's views & the great style of reviewing!) we must buy it online which is annoying as you will have P&P involved!
I will probably try both this month and see what happens. I will probably end up siding with Bricks however as they are essentially Blocks under different name.
I feel like it should be Blocks called Bricks now and Bricks/ Brick Culture called Blocks/ Blocks Culture!

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By in United Kingdom,

Just typed a long comment, only to find it not post.
See the advice from @omnium above, before any postings on here, as there seems to be a significant problem on Brickset at present

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By in United Kingdom,

As there seem to be a number of Bricks staff lurking (and posting) here, I'd like to ask some questions:
It seems very difficult, if not impossible (I've not yet succeeded) in putting any order into the basket, and keeping it there long enough to still find it in the basket on checkout. This was promised to be sorted a few days ago...
Also, it states for each print-based item "postage and packaging costs will apply", but it is nowhere stated what these are. How can we do any order when we have no idea what is going to be added on to the order for postage?
Finally, it was suggested above that there may be a discount or deal for current Blocks subscribers (which I am). A subscriber ID would be needed, it seems, but I don't have one on my original Blocks order (I've just checked). The subscriber id is probably on the mailer that each magazine comes in, which have long since been confined to my bin. So, the only way I can report my subscriber ID and get a possible discount is to wait until Blocks issue 7 arrives. This will arrive mid April, AFTER the first issue of Bricks comes out.
So, with only 20 days until it is released, ordering Bricks is a bit of a mess...

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By in United Kingdom,

It's interesting if you google "bricks magazine", you get this site appearing:
http://bricksmagazine.co.uk/
Are there any copyright issues, I wonder? However, I'm not sure how old this site is, and whether this other magazine has folded

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By in United Kingdom,

It sounds to me as if Mark had a different vision from the majority shareholder (Whomever that is). Reading the brief of the new 'Bricks' magazine it sounds almost exclusively Lego. My guess is that whomever the majority shareholder was, had a view of perhaps including maybe more than just Lego and Mark disagreed with this - I am speculating here. As specified by Mark in the earlier post he traveled to Billund to showcase his vision for the Bricks magazine and they allowed them to use 'Lego' in their strap line. Firstly I say good on Mark if he sold a vision to an investor as such, and due to powers beyond his control its taken a different route to what he envisaged. If it's a passion, definitely stick to your guns.

What I would like to know is how reviews/opinions of sets/pricing etc could be trusted by a magazine with a 'close relationship' to Lego. We all know Lego are VERY protective of their brand and reputation and wouldn't have a bad word said if it could be helped.

Finally, I think having a magazine covering all brands is a good thing, TLG have such a huge market share as at least from what I see in the UK, the opposition is minimal and currently poor quality in my opinion. I would say this could change though, the article last year of the quality of clone brands in China found a few did a very good job on quality, if one company gets it right and markets it correctly why shouldn't they get some credit/attention. More competition raises the bar as far as I am concerned.

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By in United Kingdom,

Seems sense is rising to the top, what @CCC said 20 or so hours ago seems the most objective and fair guess (confirmed by Huw!), and to my mind it explains the whole situation perfectly.

From what I can tell this little maelstrom has been largely caused by an unfortunate combination of a few good things:
a) A proper regard from Mark for avoiding sensationalism and tainting the reputation of Blocks meaning he rightly gave away very little of what lay behind his leaving.
b) An admirable drive to go again based on the success of Blocks, learn from what went wrong, and create the magazine that was the dream all along.
c) A right and proper excitement at securing that dream, announced to the target audience with proportionate excitement.

Taken on their own all those events are good, but the sudden move from rightly discrete to the comparatively brash announcement was jarring to all those who had been in the dark until then.
Add the unfortunate appearance of all the staff following Mark (understandable if they were in the know on all the events, but seemingly suspect to everyone else) and it's easy to see where the feelings of resentment came from.
Add in as well the timing of the break from Blocks, something Mark had to go through at the start of all this and surely felt most keenly of all, but something that is sudden and immediate to everyone else now, not to mention the complication that it doesn't necessarily even have to be a break, and confusion and personal investment are added in, and what should have been a joyous announcement turns into a riot.

For what it's worth I'd say we should all just leave it as it is, decide as best we can which way we go, Blocks/Bricks/both/neither/trialling, etc, and let this whole episode lie. It is what it is, and at heart it was good. Circumstances can kick the best of us in the teeth, and what's the point of all just sitting around moaning and comparing our bruised gums?

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By in United Kingdom,

I've been in touch with Blockhead media, and had an email from the co-owner and founder, Will Holman.
He didn't go into any great detail, and I'm not going to speculate, but suffice to say that they view the situation somewhat differently from Mark Guest. It seems that there is rather more to this than has been made public, but I suspect we won't get to know the full story.

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By in United Kingdom,

@BooTheMightyHamster

Same here, emailed Blockhead Media a couple a days ago and got a reply from Will as well, I imagine it will have said much the same as yours, Boo.

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By in United States,

Guys,
I understand many of the comments. I have a 2 year subscription, and pay international shipping. I too purchased because I learned about Blocks here.

However, LEGO is the number 1 toy company in the world. I think it can support more than 1 magazine. I subscribe to BrickJournal, Blocks, and now I guess I will add 2 more. I think that's reasonable. If the material does not overlap too much, even better! And each magazine tends to give me a little motivation for building something new and exciting. That simply adds to my enjoyment of this hobby.

Business can be tricky. As has been stated, I am sure Mark & Huw entered with the best of intentions. Mistakes happen, things change. This is one of the downsides of social media, it seems everyone demands an immediate 'sacrifice' when something does not go their way.

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By in United States,

I tried to add a one year print subscription of each magazine. Can't get past the registry screen.

Might want to get your site working before you make these announcements. Unless I am doing something wrong....

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By in United Kingdom,

Is it correct that international customers have purchased the 1st issue but will have to pay more for postage which hasn't been worked out yet to actually receive the issue which wasn't mentioned when they ordered?

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By in United States,

It is impossible to buy anything from the website. If I manage to put something in my cart, when I go to checkout it states the cart is empty. Are you going to fix these problems?

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By in United Kingdom,

I believe the add to cart bug is now fixed, but shipping is still a step away, so I will update once that is in place. Hold off until then, thanks.

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By in United States,

I wish everyone luck in the new venture. Hopefully the magazine will be able to find a niche where it can complement content available via online communities instead of directly competing with it. One of the advantages I can imagine with a print magazine is the opportunity to deliver longer-form content with higher editorial and production value than is typically found online.

I haven't been reading Blocks, but maybe I'll give this a try, especially BricksCulture - the more AFOL-centered quarterly mag which sounds interesting.

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By in Australia,

Man I feel for everyone that got a 12 month sub.

Although, I feel more for myself that I trusted the editorial team enough and bought a 24 month sub.

To Australia.

Cost me almost $400.

What a goddamn jip.

Best of luck Mark. And remember, if this doesnt work out, just start again eh?

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By in Germany,

@cucumber: I sure hope you are wrong...

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By in Australia,

Wow just wow.
Heavy promoting of Blocks on brickset.
1 year sub.
Shipping cost to Australia.
Founder and staff left and jumped ships.
2 news mag started after 4 issues.
No offence to new staff at Blocks.
Feeling betrayed and cheated.
Round of applause.
Take a bow.

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By in United Kingdom,

the only thing is - there is already a fashion magazine called Bricks - might get confusing!

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