Blocks issue 44 out now

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Here's the press release:

The latest issue of Blocks magazine, out today, is packed full of LEGO builds and reviews, with Space, Creator, Marvel Super Heroes and City all getting a look in.

In Issue 44’s reviews section, a careful eye for detail is cast over a selection of Creator sets to see how the 3-in-1 sets fare. The new Avengers: Infinity War sets also get judgment worthy of Thanos, although half of them do not get thrown away at the end of the issue.

A touching story of LEGO love is also featured this month, as an AFOL decides that the way to propose is by building something special. While not motivated by wedding bells, the build team still do a spectacular job of imagining Jungle scenes for a selection of City models, showing what a bit of scenery can do for a set. Those who have been following the UCS Millennium Falcon mod series will not want to miss this issue, as the ambitious project draws to a triumphant close.

The regular features are back too, of course – LEGO Family Tree takes a look at Space, seeing how the theme evolved and fits into the emerging diagram. Rob Damiano demonstrates how to stop those minifigures moving when shooting them in Blocks Photography while Simon Pickard shows how to get brick built figures looking more authentic in Technique.

That is not all of course, as Month in LEGO provides news and commentary, Brickpicker advises on collection insurance, Brick Wife imagines what she might ask a LEGO designer and Ideas Showcase checks out what is hot on the crowdsourcing platform.

To get Blocks magazine delivered to your door – ahead of everyone else – visit www.blocksmag.com and check out the subscription deals available.

 

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23 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

Sounds like an exciting read. Interested but not sure.... Does anyone have any experience with the magazine? Would you recommend it yes/no?

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By in United Kingdom,

To be honest, it's a bit of a mixed bag. The tutorials, feature articles, opinion pieces, interviews and so on are generally very good but much of it is let down by poor photography, in particular the reviews. Shallow depth of field has no place in product photography.

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By in Netherlands,

@Huw Thanks... Good to hear that the informational side of it is very good so all in all sounds good to me.... For good product photography I can just go to Brickset!! ;)
Thanks again..

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By in United States,

I know Captain America 3 was basically an Avengers movie, but I’m guessing you meant to put “Avengers: Infinity War sets”.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've been a subscriber from day one, and am disappointed that I will not get to read the latest issue until next week, as I'm on holiday until then. The photography seems fine for me, and I enjoy most of the articles each month. My only (mild) criticism is that sometimes Lego product reviews are held back for a particular theme or to go with a special article, and can therefore appear several months after release.

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By in Netherlands,

@drlmiles Thanks for the info... very helpful... Hope you'll still enjoy your Holiday ;))

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By in Australia,

"Avengers: Civil War"
So close and yet so far away

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By in United Kingdom,

I subscribed last year and love each episode - great over-view of whats to come and some fun building tips.

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By in Australia,

"...although half of them do not get thrown away at the end of the issue."

Too soon, guys. Too soon.

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By in United Kingdom,

£5.49 now at Smiths - still a good read when you are on the toilet though...

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By in United Kingdom,

That has to be one of the more disgusting habits that people have! But moving on. I’ve subscribed since the start. The magazine has fewer pages than it used to, and the majority of the pages are of a lesser quality paper than they were earlier on. Cost cutting no doubt. For me the best bit every month is Simon Pickard’s building techniques. Always something interesting to see and something to learn there.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Yes, that feature alone often justifies the asking price.

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By in United States,

I was so excited to find Blocks after searching through shelves of what seemed like thousands of magazines at Books A Million. I was like, yes they have it! Then I was like, no! They want 13.00 for it! I looked through it for quite awhile and still want it, but for the same 13.00 I ended up getting Harley Quinn Dorm - 41236 (for the parts and stickers). As much as I want to check this magazine out, for a good toilet read, I'd still rather have real bricks for that kind of money. Still haven't figured out how to build on the toilet though...

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By in Netherlands,

@allanjsmith, @deephorse and @huw again; Thanks!!

Slam dunk I would say... Promise I won't read it on the toilet ;)

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By in United States,

I've picked up every issue since the magazine began and have enjoyed it for the most part. I tend to read it cover to cover, even though certain reviews / themes / features aren't for me. I was rather surprised though to find that, with this latest issue, the price has quietly crept up to £5.49. This, despite the fact that the magazine doesn't seem to be any thicker or contain anything extra. Not sure that's a good sign but will certainly give it the benefit of the doubt for the moment.

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By in United States,

I personally don't feel the shallow depth of field deters from the quality of the magazine. It appears the technique is mainly used for specific themed articles or showing points of interest for MOC builds. I don't recall Blocks using much of the technique in product reviews.

That being said I do enjoy the magazine but like a lot of printed content (or those mainly based off of since I read the web based version) the content is usually dated by the time of release if you're looking mainly for product reviews. For me personally, I love Simon Pickard's builds and enjoy the articles.

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By in Netherlands,

@comedydave1979 & @MTBrickHouse thanks for sharing

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By in United Kingdom,

I have been reading Blocks since it began. The articles are generally pretty interesting but, as Huw says, the photography is rubbish. I'm glad though that there is sufficient demand for a print magazine aimed at AFOLs; it shows the hobby is thriving.

I was unpleasantly surprised at WHS to discover it's gone up 50p. We have almost no inflation in the UK, so why the increase?

The reviews aren't as useful as the ones here at Brickset or on Jang's YouTube channel. I realise that reviews will always be somewhat subjective, but the ones in Blocks are occasionally bizarre. Of the 300 or so reviews they have published, they reckon 70904 Clayface Splat Attack is the joint best set with a near perfect score - really? They also think that the city of Chicago is only of architectural interest to Chicagoans!

And if anyone from Blocks is reading this, you may like to know that, contrary to the current issue, the first moon walk took place in the late '60s, not the early-to-mid '70s.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think it has improved slowly but surely since last year - there is always something interesting and usually something I would skip on a website but read because it is there. Plus having a magazine makes me feel a bit more legitimate as an adult Lego fan! I just find the letters page a bit weird.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Zander

Done a weekly shop in a supermarket recently? Everythng has gone up thanks to the fall in the value of the £. Maybe Blocks held off the price rise for as long as they could and now it had to kick in?

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By in United States,

I want to say thank you to Blocks magazine for featuring my Lego Ideas project in this issue, the Classic School Bus!

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By in United Kingdom,

Just arrived home from holiday to find the latest issue of Blocks awaiting me - and I've realised (after starting reading it on the toilet...) that I have forgotten arguably the best article in it that is a "must" read every month - Brick Wife! This is the first article that I read every month, and my wife and other non-AFOL family members also enjoy it.

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By in Netherlands,

@drlmiles... that's good to know (not the toilet reading ..) that my wife would also enjoy some of it!! Thanks again!!

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