New magazine to be launched by Brick Fanatics

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Our friends over at Brick Fanatics are about to launch a paper magazine. Here's the press release:

Brick Fanatics is excited to announce Brick Fanatics Magazine, a new LEGO-based publication for all fans of the brick, available for purchase very soon

Brought to you by the team behind brickfanatics.com, Brick Fanatics Magazine is a new 80-page, A5-size print magazine all about LEGO, for fans of the brick looking to build upon their hobby in any way they want to.

Packed with brick-based content, from tailored sections to one-off features, Brick Fanatics Magazine is carefully designed to give the reader an immersive and comprehensive LEGO experience each and every issue.

Inside the magazine

There are three regular sections to Brick Fanatics Magazine – On Topic offers insight, opinion, statistics and humour on the latest goings on in the LEGO world; Review+ brings a new level of focus and presentation to the most interesting LEGO releases with more than just simple reviews; and Retro provides a healthy dose of nostalgia, from fun facts on classic sets to new builds in old themes.

Each issue of Brick Fanatics Magazine also has columns from Christian Faber, a man involved in many of the LEGO themes you will have played with over the past 30 years; Kevin Hinkle, fresh from 12 years working at the LEGO Group and bursting with fascinating stories from behind the scenes; and innovative fan builder Jme Wheeler, whose quantity of LEGO bricks is matched only by his number of ideas on what to do with them.

Alongside all of the above, each issue contains LEGO builds, tips, graphics, interviews, features and much more. There is a lot to discover in every issue of Brick Fanatics Magazine, and something for every LEGO fan.

Issue 1 and subscriptions available soon

Brick Fanatics Magazine will be available worldwide via our website and published monthly from the release of Issue 2 in early 2019. However, we are delighted to be able to offer Issue 1 and subscription packages for purchase much sooner – details on how and where to order will be announced shortly.

Due for delivery from October 26, Issue 1 features a detailed look at the gigantic 71043 Hogwarts Castle, including a walkthrough by LEGO Designer Justin Ramsden; an awesome, expert solution to add height and authenticity to 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City; and our own new entry into the classic theme that is Blacktron. We also meet the family behind the innovative Play Well Africa initiative, discover some interesting stats behind buying Collectible Minifigures, and let toy photographers Stuck in Plastic loose on 21311 Voltron.

Brick Fanatics Magazine is published by Tiro Media Ltd and is supported by the LEGO Group through the Community Engagement Team’s Recognised LEGO Fan Media initiative. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor or endorse Brick Fanatics Magazine.

Visit brickfanatics.com for regular updates and information regarding Brick Fanatics Magazine.


What's interesting about this is that there is considerable overlap between Brick Fanatics staff and Blocks magazine writers, so whether this will be competing with, complementing, or targeting a different audience to the currently available title remains to be seen.

We've requested a review sample and look forward to giving you our verdict in due course.

Here are a few page mock-ups:

 

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8 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

How much will it cost?

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By in Germany,

Will there be an e-paper version?

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By in United Kingdom,

I hope content is better than "we bought 69 CMF and this is what we got". There are plenty of haul videos on youtube. And the article would be completely different if repeated.

Why the choice of A5? Do serious magazines get produced in A5. Lack of content or skimping on paper costs, or aiming for regular letter mail in UK?

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By in New Zealand,

Will it fall into the same tired routine as Blocks? Start well but very soon reach the point of having reviews for sets released months earlier, the lazy and predictable bi-monthly Star Wars theme, poor grade paper after the first few issues, dodgy photography,... but with the added bonus of zero proof-reading, just like the website (which I gave up visiting because it was so painful).

I'd love to see a decent independent magazine come out, but recent attempts have set the bar pretty low.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Blocks is very patchy, but does have good content from time to time. The brickwife is always worth a read at the very least. plus my kids love it.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I love the Brick Wife column too, and used to subscribe to Blocks but as others have commented it can be very hit and miss, so I let my subscription run out and only picked up odd issues. However, I've not picked up a copy since the price hit £5.49 and the paper quality dropped to tracing paper level.

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By in United States,

They went to 9 stores, bough 69 figures and .... ? Perhaps I'm just too old for this. I don't "get" haul videos either.

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By in United States,

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