Issue 19 of Blocks magazine is now with subscribers, and on shelves from today (Thursday 21st April).
This month, we pit Captain America against Iron Man in our Civil War cover feature, as six brilliant builds go head-to-head in the superhero showdown of the century.
Continuing the Marvel-lous theme, Daniel Konstanski dissects every LEGO Quinjet so far, while MOD Squad member Chris Wight shows us how to improve the latest version. Our Civil War coverage is rounded out with reviews of the latest sets and an exclusive interview with TT Games head honcho Arthur Parsons, who talks all things LEGO Marvel’s Avengers.
There’s also plenty of non-superhero related goodness to get stuck into, as we go behind-the-scenes on the latest LEGO Ideas project and celebrate the live adaptation of The Jungle Book with a series of exclusive builds. Meanwhile, Minifigs.me’s Nick Savage gives us the lowdown on starting your own LEGO business.
You can get your copy from Thursday in the UK, and why not subscribe to get future copies early and enter monthly free prize draws? See www.blocksmag.com for more details.
The 2016 LEGO Star Wars May the 4th shopping event is next week and LEGO has teased more details about the promotion. We already knew about the exclusive minifigure for this year with the First Order Stormtrooper (30602). It is available free with purchases of $50 or more on LEGO Star Wars products.
There is also the Double VIP Points on all LEGO Star Wars purchases which is always nice.
What we didn’t know about is the free LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens theatrical poster. The image is a direct recreation of the official poster using LEGO minifigures and builds. The only downside that I suspect about it is that it’ll be folded up. I’ve uploaded a clearer image of the poster from a postcard that I got in the mail which you can see below.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the headline set for May the 4th is the UCS Assault on Hoth. I’ll have my review on this particular set in a few weeks time.
CM4Sci has let us know that the official high-quality images for the LEGO Mixels Series 9 are now available via the Mixels Wiki. In this newest wave, the names of the three tribes are Newzers, Nindjas, and Trashoz. They continue to look more and more interesting as the theme goes on as they have some interesting pieces and make great parts packs.
It looks like online shop Mister Bricks has uploaded the official images for the summer 2016 LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes as well the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets, sans the store exclusive sets.
Batman: Scarecrow Harvest of Fear (76054)
Batman: Killer Croc Sewer Smash (76055)
Spider-Man: Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle (76057)
Spider-Man: Ghost Rider Team-Up (76058)
Spider-Man: Doc Ock's Tentacle Trap (76059)
Today I have a fairly short review on a somewhat exclusive set and that is the LEGO LEGOLAND Train (40166). It contains 210 pieces and retails for $19.99 and is only available at the various LEGOLAND theme parks around the world. The contents of the box include four numbered bags and the instructions.
Over on the LEGO Ambassador Network, LEGO has announced a collaboration between LEGO Rebrick and North American Fan Conventions in 2016 with the Best Friends Contest.
Each convention in North America will have builds featuring the LEGO Friends theme and there, a semi-finalist winner will be chosen along with a winner from Rebrick, whom of which will win a collection of 2016 LEGO Friends sets including 41118 Heartlake Super Market, 41129 Adventure Park Hot Dog Van, 41122 Adventure Camp Tree, 41134 Heartlake Performance School. From the semi-finalists, one grand prize winner will be chosen to win a one-of-a-king life-sized brick-brick LEGO Friends fox.
BrickFair Alabama | Birmingham, AL; USA
BrickCan | Vancouver, BC; Canada
BrickUniverse Raleigh | Raleigh, NC; USA
Philly Brick Fest | Oaks, PA; USA
BrickFair New England | Marlborough, MA; USA
BrickSlopes | Sandy, UT; USA
Brickworld Chicago | Schaumburg, IL; USA
Brick Fiesta | Houston, TX; USA
Brickfête Toronto | Toronto, ON; Canada
BrickFair Virginia | Chantilly, VA; USA
Bricks by the Bay | Santa Clara, CA; USA
BrickCon | Seattle, WA; USA
BrickFair New Jersey | Somerset, NJ; USA
BrickUniverse Dallas | Plano, TX; USA
Denver Brick Fest | Denver, CO; USA
The last day to sumbit entries on Rebrick is November 21, 2016. I will be at Philly Brick Fest in a few weeks so I look forward to seeing some of the LEGO Friends entries there.
•Entries must use LEGO bricks and other LEGO building elements primarily from LEGO Friends sets. Elements from other sets may be used, by excessive use of non-Friends elements may contribute to a lower “Attention to contest theme” score, during the judging period of the contest.
•Potential semi-finalist winners at LEGO fan conventions will be selected by a moderation panel consisting of at least one member of the LEGO Community Team and at least one representative from the respective event organizer. Entries will be evaluated according to the following criteria: Originality-50% and Creativity-50%. In case of a tie, the entry with the higher Creativity score will prevail.
•You can submit multiple entries to the contest, but can only qualify as a semi-finalist once. Only one entry per person will be considered when the grand prize winner is selected.