Blocks magazine is delighted to have reached Issue 100 of the long-running publication for LEGO fans, so there’s a colourful LEGO cake on the cover to mark the occasion. There’s plenty of celebratory content inside, including a trip down memory lane, 100 different ways to connect LEGO bricks and interviews with two beloved LEGO designers – Jamie Berard and Niels Milan Pedersen.
Issue 100 is available worldwide as a single issue or as part of a subscription at blocksmag.com and will be in UK stores from February 2. Everyone who subscribes by March 1 will be in with a chance of winning one of three 10313 Wildflower Bouquet sets!
To celebrate Issue 100 there’s also a new poster available with the LEGO cake cover image on one side and all 100 covers on the reverse. Everyone who takes out a print subscription, or tops up their existing subscription, will get a FREE poster (ends 8.00am GMT on Tues, January 31).
Everyone who buys a single copy of Issue 100 or already subscribes can buy the poster for £1.99 plus postage using code 1.99p poster (ends 8.00am GMT on Thurs, March 2).
The Blocks team is feeling nostalgic this month, flicking through the past 100 issues of the magazine and picking out some personal favourites. There are stories about what went into creating some of the features over the years, opinions on what worked and what didn’t, plus the reveal of who dropped a LEGO model and when…
As Blocks magazine is a celebration of the LEGO hobby and the talented fans around the world, Jamie Berard is the perfect person to discuss his work in this edition. He went from AFOL to LEGO designer, to leading the LEGO adults product design department and becoming a household name on LEGO Masters. He’s taking us right back to the beginning and discussing how he developed 10182 Café Corner and evolved the modular series, as well as teasing what the new 18+ range can offer.
Niels Milan Pedersen
Jamie might have defined the modern LEGO adult offering, but Niels Milan Pedersen helped define what modern LEGO sets are altogether. He was there in the early days of Castle and Space – and of course Pirates. The LEGO design legend shares stories about coming up with LEGO Pirates, getting hired by the LEGO Group and why Godtfred Kirk Christiansen was a special person to work for. We also have an exclusive look at early sketches for LEGO Pirates elements and an image of 6285 Black Seas Barracuda with the white sails that Niels preferred.
100 Creative Connections
For the creative builders out there, Blocks is featuring 100 Creative Connections – 100 different, inventive ways to put LEGO elements together that you may not have thought of before. There’s 100 of them, so you’re sure to find a few that will help with your next MOC.
Elsewhere in Blocks magazine Issue 100, Design Manager Nicolaas Vás reveals the models that led to 40581 BIONICLE Tahu and Takua, Blocks magazine’s historical origins are revealed and 2023’s new The Lord of the Rings sets are reviewed.
For a bonus dose of Blocks magazine, 100 Incredible LEGO Builds is the companion to this issue. The one-off edition celebrates the amazing creativity of LEGO builders from around the world. It is guest edited by Head of Design Matthew Ashton, with commentary provided throughout by the LEGO design team. No LEGO fan should miss it!
Don’t forget to get a free poster with any print subscription! Subscribe before the end of Monday, January 30, to get one. There’s also a discount on the poster for existing subscribers.
Blocks is giving away three 10313 Wildflower Bouquet sets! To be entered into the prize draw and to get Blocks magazine delivered every month – ahead of the shops – visit www.blocksmag.com and check out the money-saving subscription deals available.
Everyone who subscribes to the print edition by March 1 will be in with a chance of winning (existing subscribers will automatically be entered into the prize draw).