Everything’s Coming Up “Star Wars” for “Brick Fanatics” Magazine Issue 5, Out Now

The latest issue of “Brick Fanatics” Magazine has come at last. While Issue 4 already featured the 20th Anniversary of LEGO Star Wars, here’s where the occasion gets full coverage. And while they can’t report on the soon-to-wind-down 2019 Star Wars Celebration, there’s still more LEGO Star Wars to showcase.

For this segment of the “Brick Fanatics” mag’s LEGO Star Wars treatment, they feature exclusive interviews with some of the people from LEGO and Lucasfilm who were behind the successful licensing of the space opera franchise, making one of the biggest LEGO product lines ever.

Also included is the publication’s own top five showcase of LEGO Star Wars sets over the years, that best define the evolution of the licensed product line in two decades.

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But with 80 pages of LEGO news and features, “Brick Fanatics” Magazine surely has space to talk of other things than just LEGO Star Wars. They also have the lowdown on the LEGO Technic RC Stunt Racer sets, with tips on remedying the balancing issues of the canon builds. They also have an interview with Senior Designer Rok Žgalin Kobe about his LEGO Architecture set, San Francisco (21043). Lastly, the “Brick Fanatics” folks have ideas on customizing the newest LEGO City sets’ parachute elements.

“Brick Fanatics” Magazine Issue 5 is now available to order online. Alternatively you can sign up for their subscription packages. Hardcopies of past issues are available in both UK and US. The latest to make it stateside is the 3rd.

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“Brick Fanatics Magazine” Issue 4 Out Now

It’s right about that time of the month again. Our fellow LEGO news source Brick Fanatics took the big step of going into print just as the year 2018 was ending. Thus far they’ve made good time in sticking to their monthly magazine’s release period. Their fourth issue’s come out.

The mission statement of “Brick Fanatics Magazine” has been to encourage and help readers in using LEGO to build worlds. For their Issue 4, the cover focus is on LEGO car sets, from the complex Technic products to the smaller Speed Champions vehicles like the featured Mini Cooper S (75894).

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As for the Technic car feature, it involves a comparison between the real McLaren Senna racer and its LEGO Technic counterpart (75892), with interviews from the designers of both versions. Another interview involves Ideas fan designer Andrew Clark, whose brilliant imagination was the source of LEGO Ideas Flintstones (21316). It even has a boulder-car too.

Other articles and features to be found in “Brick Fanatics Magazine” #4 include a spotlight on LEGO Ninjago Legacy, a six-page special look at LEGO Star Wars on its 20th Anniversary, a run-through of the “Hidden Side” mobile game app and product line, plus so much more they haven’t revealed.

Readers can find out what else is in store for themselves by ordering their copy of “Brick Fanatics Magazine” issue 4 here. They can also avail of subscription rates for either 12 or 24 issues, or back copies of the previous three they’ve already released. Alternatively, many US and UK LEGO fans can wait for the latest “Brick Fanatics” hardcopy to hit bookstores in April.

“Brick Fanatics Magazine” Issue 3 Now Available

You know as source of LEGO news online has graduated to a higher level of providing information and entertainment when they go into print magazine format. Brick Fanatics became such when it launched its very own 80-page magazine. They have already successfully released two issues at an average price of €8.25 each, with options for multiple-month subscriptions at lower issue-prices.

Well, Issue 3 of Brick Fanatics Magazine is out available now, and their central subject of interest is the new and extremely popular LEGO Overwatch product line. Readers and subscribers can tell that much from the front image, with LEGO-minifigure D.Va serving as cover model.

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Said cover feature on LEGO Overwatch is an interview by Brick Fanatics with two members of the LEGO development team that translated the hit Blizzard Entertainment multiplayer hero FPS into the fun LEGO sets that have enamored collectors since late-2018.

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Other components of the magazine include two pieces for their “Review+” with articles on LEGO Overwatch Bastion (75974) and LEGO Harry Potter Quidditch Match (75956). The “How To” segment offers tips and advice on multiple LEGO building/collecting topics, even including cross-news source collaboration with a contribution from Brickset, for example.

“On Topic” meanwhile features interviews with some of the participants of the LEGO AFOL Designer program announced last year, also including some sobering discussion on how BREXIT might affect the UK LEGO market and community, both Brick Fanatics‘ primary readerships. Finally, “Retro” offers a new custom build for the oldie LEGO space theme that gave rise to Lenny and friends in “LEGO Movie” and “LM2.”

Brick Fanatics Magazine issue 3 can be ordered from Brick Fanatics as either a single issue, or the first of a subscription plan in two variants, 12-month and 24-month. For now, stocks also remain of this magazine’s predecessor issues, both also available for back orders.

The LEGO Movie 2 Magazine To Be Released Next Week – Comes With An Exclusive Emmet Minifigure

Media Lab Books is set to release a promotional magazine tied up to The LEGO Movie 2. If you recall earlier last year, Media Lab Books was also the distributor of the Newsweek Special Edition, LEGO – The Toy That Changed Our Lives which was a hit among older LEGO fans since the limited-edition Newsweek magazine also celebrates the 60th anniversary of the LEGO brick. This time around, the publishing company celebrates the brick once more with its special issue of the LEGO Movie 2 Magazine which is due to be out on January 22.

Media Lab Book’s first LEGO Movie 2 Magazine comes with two new posters and an exclusive LEGO Movie 2 Emmet minifigure with a special set of minifigure accessories. I know that some of you might already feel that all of these LEGO Movie 2 promotions have been suffering from an oversaturation of sorts from all the free Emmet minifigures out there. But since its free, I have no real complaints about it.  At least this freebie from Media Lab Books allows us to have additional LEGO pieces in the form of minifigure accessories. In case you want to grab a copy, the LEGO Movie 2 Magazine is now available for pre-order online, retailing for $10.99.

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The adventure continues! In The LEGO 2 Movie (releasing on February 8th, 2019 and featuring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Charlie Day and Will Arnett), the young readers meet the famous heroes of the first LEGO Movie–such as Emmet, Batman and Lucy. In each issue, three funny comics, two cool posters and exciting puzzles await the fans of the old and new characters. Each edition comes with an original limited edition LEGO Movie 2 Minifigure with accessories.

I suspect that this is not the only LEGO Movie 2 Magazine that we can expect from Media Lab Books. It is rumored that another issue is set to be released next month featuring Rex Dangervest as the minifigure freebie. If that is the case, then this might prove to be more popular since we don’t get too much of Rex as a free minifigure. As of to date, we only have one polybag dedicated to him,  and a Vest Friends LEGO Movie 2 Activity Book from Ameet Studio that comes with an exclusive Rex minifigure and a blaster accessory.

Publisher of “LEGO Star Wars” Magazine Runs into Trouble with UK Newsagents Regarding Sales Pilot

The Brick Show tries to cover news of LEGO in all of its possible components – the toys, the TV shows and movies, and even printed media. Several times before, we’ve covered releases of official LEGO magazines from various publishers, like Egmont which rolls out the official LEGO Star Wars mag.

Lately however, a pilot by Egmont to increase the circulation of LEGO Star Wars Magazine is drawing the ire of newsagents in the UK, particularly Federation of Independent Retailers. This is in response to Egmont starting to stock its mag not just with the newsagent outlets but on chain supermarkets.

The sticking point to the Egmont circulation move according to the NFRN is that not only will the supermarkets receive the latest issues of LEGO Star Wars Magazine ahead of the newsagents (four weeks ahead even), but the issues then given to the NFRN retailers will only be return issues unsold from the market chains.

NFRN national president Mike Mitchelson remarked that Egmont is treating their member newsagents as second-class retailers with the preferential treatment to chain supermarkets for magazine stock. A reply from Egmont in turn explains that their pilot project is committed to “testing a sustainable distribution model in the UK independents channel.”

In this matter, LEGO is taking the side of their publishing partner, as the ompany’s senior director of licensing and publishing Andrea Ryder tells NFRN, “We have been assured the practice in handling the distribution of LEGO Star Wars Magazine will be changed to allow all retailers to have the ability to order and also to receive the magazine without a differentiation in delivery timing.”

LEGO Jurassic Park/World and Other Features Inside “Blocks” Magazine Issue 49

Only one more issue and Blocks, the fan community LEGO magazine for building, collecting and customizing your LEGO will be celebrating its golden issue. But that one actually isn’t until next month. This October however will see the release of Blocks’ penultimate issue 49, the main focus of which is an extensive review of LEGO Jurassic Park/World sets as the year of the franchise’s 25th anniversary comes to a close.

Aside from that review and retrospective on the most popular dinosaur-themed media property around (which includes an interview with one of the set designers in Billund), here are other features and articles one might find in Blocks Magazine Issue 49:

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  • LEGO Masters series 2 on UK’s Channel 4 – features interview with new contestants and contest judge Fran Scott
  • Spotlight on LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City (75222) – includes designer interview
  • LEGO Creator Expert Aston Martin DB5 (10262) – tips on assembling brick-built James Bond figure (similar to people figures in LEGOLAND Miniland areas) to drive inside the vehicle
  • Month in MOCs – interpreting tabletop RPG classic Dungeons & Dragons in LEGO

Blocks Magazine is available in print or digital format via online subscription. You can check out their official website to see about getting their 49th issue (newly released) or any other back issues that you might be interested in reading.

Brick Fanatics Magazine Issue #1 Debuts

Brick Fanatics has been a leading source of LEGO news tidbits and info on this side of the web for several years already, and this year marks another milestone on the life of the LEGO news outlet with the launch of their first ever Brick Fanatics Magazine.

Brick Fanatics Magazine Issue #1 covers the latest LEGO Star Wars set particularly the much talked about Betrayal at Cloud City (75222) tagged as LEGO’s first offering in its Master Builder Series. It also includes an exclusive walk-through of the massive Hogwarts Castle (71043) by none other than its LEGO designer, Justin Ramsden, and a dedicated column for LEGO’s  former Community Coordinator for North America just to name a few.

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Read on for Brick Fanatic’s full press release. Brick Fanatics Magazine Issue #1 is now available for purchase, with Issue #2 to be available early 2019.

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Brick Fanatics Magazine Issue 1’s cover takes inspiration from 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City and The Empire Strikes Back, and teases a unique LEGO Star Wars build project

This latest large scale LEGO Star Wars release hasn’t been to everyone’s liking, but that’s exactly what makes it such an enticing assignment for the creative team at Brick Fanatics Magazine to take on. Issue 1 leads with a sizeable modification of 75222, in the hopes of elevating it in the eyes of many LEGO fans disappointed in the £300 original. Our cover teases a fantastic project that is presented inside through beautiful layout and photography. It’s LEGO building, literally on another level.

75222 Betrayal at Cloud City’s source material also provided the inspiration for the cover build Brick Fanatics Magazine commissioned. Focusing on the climactic moment in The Empire Strikes Back, we took elements based on it from the official LEGO set, and added our own bricks and creativity for this brick built cinematic recreation.

Issue 1’s cover also hints at a number of other exciting features inside, including LEGO Designer Justin Ramsden’s exclusive walkthrough of 71043 Hogwarts Castle and LEGO Group insider Kevin Hinkle’s debut column. There’s plenty inside the magazine, including a look at the LEGO Group’s foray into crowdsourcing, a photographic review of 21311 Voltron, an interview with the father and son team behind an innovative brick-based charity, and a considered look at the new Batwoman minifigure.

Brick Fanatics Magazine is a new 80-page A5 print publication and is available for purchase now, as a single issue with postage and packaging, and as part of 12-issue and 24-issue subscription packages that offer multi-issue savings and free postage and packaging.

Take advantage of these offers at brickfanatics.com/magazine and guarantee every copy of Brick Fanatics Magazine by subscribing today. Issue 2 is due in early 2019, from when the magazine will be published on a monthly basis.

Stay up to date with all things Brick Fanatics Magazine here, including an introduction to the brand new feature concept Review+.

Cutter Blade Found in Sainsbury’s LEGO Create the World Card Foil Pack

Late last August, UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s revived one of its promotional partnerships with LEGO, the Create the World collectible card series. A new set of LEGO trading cards were introduced to put together in a new volume called “Incredible Inventions”. But a recent event threatens to put a damper on the LEGO collecting fun. Much like its previous edition, collecting the new LEGO cards consists of buying a minimum £10 shopping tag at a Sainsbury’s store to receive a 4-card foil pack. In Kent however, a mother returning from her local Sainsbury’s to discover a cutter blade in a LEGO card foil pack she brought home for her child.

“It didn’t look like it had been tampered with so when I got home I just put the card packs on the table,” recalls Kirsty Thorne to the BBC. “They were all playing at the table going through the cards and that’s when my son brought it to my attention.”

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From her own examination the blade, a refill for a snap-off utility cutter blade, was simply placed in the pack with the four cards before sealing, possibly an industrial error. The fact that the blade was small enough to fit the pack meant it was not detected until somebody bought it.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s noted that the chain is aware of the cutter blade slipped into a LEGO Create the World card pack and are bringing the matter up with their supplier, though the consensus is that it was an isolated accident. Still, the Sainsbury’s store that Mrs. Thorne shopped from to get the card pack has returned her £10 shopping payment by way of apology.

The mother herself is simply relieved that nothing much worse happened, especially considering that her son had opened the foil pack with his teeth, risking injury from the included blade.

Blocks Magazine Issue 48 Now Available and Features LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311)

It looks to be that time again for another major LEGO fan community magazine Blocks to unleash its latest issue. Last month they gave a lot of focus and attention to the details of the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron (42083), which recently got an incredible life-sized drivable brick-built replica. For its October 2018 issue, Blocks Magazine Issue 48 is going for the big stars in current LEGO sets, and you probably can get no bigger these days than the impressive LEGO Ideas Voltron: Defender of the Universe (21311), released August 1.

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There’s really no set by LEGO quite like the Ideas Voltron (21311), which not only comprises five fully poseable lion robot models, but is able to combine them into a similarly articulated (and sturdy) large robot. It’s been the darling of serious LEGO collectors since early appearances at 2018 SDCC.

Aside from their main feature review on LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311), this latest issue of Blocks will also have their two cents on the Mad Max-esque LEGO Ninjago Dieselnaut (70654), and MOC guide for a miniature of the LEGO Creator Aston Martin DB5 (10262).

Finally, they have previews of the latest upcoming BrickHeadz, a licensed-franchise rivalry retrospective on Star Wars and Harry Potter, and so much more in store. Interested fans can get their own copy of Blocks magazine issue 48 (print or digital) by visiting their official website.

LEGO City Magazine Issue 7 Now Comes With Two LEGO City Freebies

The latest issue of LEGO City Magazine is now available, and Issue #7 has double treats for subscribers and fans that will pick up a copy. The LEGO City Magazine Issue 7 now comes with two foil bags instead of one, and for this month’s issue we have a free LEGO City Octan Race Car with a driver minifigure, PLUS another mini vehicle set with its respective minifigure driver as well. The second foil bag may vary though, as shared by Brick Fanatics.

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The second foil bag freebie seems to be based on previously released free sets as bundled before with past issues of the LEGO City Magazine. Though the LEGO City Octan Race Car foiled bag is pretty much consistent across copies of the LEGO City Magazine Issue 7, the second freebie is somehow random as observed by Bricks Fanz. This particular copy of issue 7 has in fact, an extra minifigure instead together with several fire fighting accessories.

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Inside, the LEGO City Magazine Issue 7 is jam-packed with the usual comics, activity sheets, puzzles, posters and even post cards to share with friends. This current issue also gives us a glimpse of what free item to expect from next month’s issue which is a policeman minifigure and a motorbike. If you’re still missing a mini motorbike in your LEGO City collection, then this is the most cost-effective way to bag this.

Image courtesy of Brick Fanatics.