Blocks Magazine: Issue 79 – Cover & Details

Blocks Issue 79 goes under R2-D2’s dome with Star Wars movie makers and LEGO set designer.

Blocks Magazine Issue 79 is celebrating the release of the new LEGO Star Wars 75308 R2-D2 by having the talented experts who have brought R2-D2 to the screen share their stories and getting insights from the LEGO set designer.

Blocks Issue 79 is available as a single issue or as part of a subscription worldwide at now and will be available in UK stores from May 6.

To celebrate May the Fourth Be With You – aka Star Wars day – everyone who takes out a print subscription between April 30 and May 4 will get a bonus free Blocks back issue featuring a LEGO Star Wars cover (while stocks last). Subscribers will also be entered into this month’s prize draw, with one lucky winner getting a bundle including 75308 R2-D2, 75302 Imperial Shuttle and 75306 Imperial Probe Droid.

As well as the R2-D2 cover feature, which sees Don Bies and Lee Towersey reveal what it’s like to bring the beeping and booping bot to the screen, the LEGO Star Wars design team explains what went into designing the new helmet and Probe Droid sets.

That’s not the only behind-the-scenes peek this month though, as Blocks takes a trip to the LEGO Hundred Acre Wood to find out how the Ideas design team took Ben Alders’ Winnie the Pooh product idea and turned it into 2021’s most charming LEGO set. There’s even a look at how the all-new Eeyore element was developed especially for the model.

For those who prefer a bit of real-life space exploration, LEGO designers Milan Madge and Mani Zamani explain how 10283 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery became the most detailed and accurate brick version of the Discovery yet.

In the Reviews section there’s a look at the new Looney Tunes minifigures, Harry Potter sets, Marvel models and the eagerly anticipated 42125 Ferrari 488 GTE ‘AF Corse #51’.

Find out how to build tech for your minifigures in this month’s Technique guide, whether you’d prefer to build a sleek, modern PC or something big and 1990s style. There’s step-by-step instructions as well as useful tips that can be applied to whatever else you’re building right now.

Fans of classic themes will find a guide to building a modern throne for the leader of the Islanders, King Kahuka. The classic character is revisited along with some of the best sets from the fondly remembered Pirates subtheme.

There’s more besides, including the top 10 LEGO droids, a debate about how Collectible Minifigures should be packaged and some fantastic AFOL creations such as a Clikits house (yes, really!).

Blocks is giving away three LEGO Star Wars sets this month – 75308 R2-D2, 75302 Imperial Shuttle and 75306 Imperial Probe Droid! To be entered into the latest prize draw and to get Blocks magazine delivered every month – ahead of the shops – visit and check out the money-saving subscription deals available. From April 30 until May 4, everyone taking out a print subscription will get a bonus free Blocks Star Wars back issue.

Everyone who subscribes to the print edition by June 2 will be in with a chance of winning (existing subscribers will automatically be entered into the prize draw).

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