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LEGO Life Magazine 2023 July-August Highlights

LEGO Life Magazine is a fantastic publication designed especially for young LEGO enthusiasts, but older LEGO fans can enjoy it as well. The magazine features a blend of vibrant images, engaging articles, puzzles, comics, building ideas, and various challenges. I received the latest issue (July-August) just a couple of days ago and thought to share with you some of the content that stood out for me.

This issue has the usual content of fun comics following the adventures of Max (who is sort of the mascot of the magazine), LEGO Friends, and LEGO Ninjago characters. It also has the regular two-page spread featuring kids from around the world with their LEGO creations. (I’m always amazed by how much LEGO these kids have and how big their cities, castles, towers, and space stations are!)

I really like page 9 of the magazine, featuring the depths of the ocean and the different creatures that live there. It’s both interesting and informational, and nicely ties together with the new #60368 LEGO City Arctic Explorer Ship – a fantastic set featuring a large ship, helicopter, dinghy, underwater ROV sub, a Viking shipwreck, seven minifigs, and an orca. You can see all the details at the LEGO City section of the Online LEGO Shop.

Another excellent set featured in the magazine (page 12) is the #31139 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Cozy House. LEGO fans have the choice of creating three different houses from the set; a 2-floor family house with a garden terrace, or a 3-floor canal house with an attic office, art gallery, and café, or a vacation lake house on the water with a boat. Each model can be adjusted and played with in two positions and comes with three minifigures that can swap clothes and hair to create different characters. I know this set won’t be released in North America until next month, but I already have it on my wanted list. All three versions look really nice with an attractive color scheme.

Speaking of new LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets, I also recommend checking out the #31138 LEGO Creator Beach Camper Van, the #31141 LEGO Creator Main Street, the #31142 LEGO Creator Space Roller Coaster, the #31143 LEGO Creator Birdhouse, and more. The LEGO Creator team really outdid themselves this year with a wide selection of excellent and delightful sets. For the full selection, visit the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.

Yet another interesting set featured in the magazine (pages 22-23) is the #76416 LEGO Harry Potter Quidditch Trunk. This is a buildable and playable playing field to play solo or 2-player Quidditch games, all neatly tucked away in a brick-built trunk.

The box also contains equipment to set up three different Quidditch games: shoot the Quaffle through the goal hoops, launch the bludgers at the beater, and catch the Golden Snitch. The magazine even includes a simple game to score points just with the picture of the set. I think there is a lot of potential here for awesome game nights! You can check out the set at the LEGO Harry Potter section of the Online LEGO Shop.

The magazine also introduces the new LEGO DreamZzz storyline. On page 8 there is a bit of introduction: “Mateo and his sister Izzie can travel through the lands of dreams. They try to catch the dream creatures and stop the Nightmare King from invading the waking world. They have found many wonderful beings… but some went missing!”

And the magazine also includes a full two-page removable LEGO DreamZzz poster, as well as a separate 15-page LEGO DreamZzz comic. Although there is online content for this new theme, I appreciate that kids (and adults) also get physical/written content in the form of this comic book, and I hope there will be future issues released as well. You can take a look at the upcoming sets at the LEGO DreamZzz section of the Online LEGO Shop.

I’m always really happy when I get the LEGO Life Magazine in the mail. I know it’s not tailored for adults, but I love flipping through the pages and getting immersed in the world of LEGO in a non-digital way like I used to as a child. If you don’t get the LEGO Life Magazine now, you can subscribe to it online and receive regular issues delivered right to your mailbox. It’s a wonderful way to stay connected with the LEGO community, spark your creativity, and immerse yourself in a world where your imagination knows no limits. Happy reading and building!

What do you think? Do you get the LEGO Life Magazine? Did you notice any interesting details in the latest issue? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below!

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  • Geology Joe July 3, 2023, 1:56 PM

    That poster for the depths of the ocean is really cool! I’m glad LEGO incorporates some science into the magazine. Great article today!

  • LEGOJeff July 3, 2023, 6:01 PM

    Oh, my gosh! I haven’t gotten the magazine for so long! I though they discontinued it! My childhood happy moments are tied with this magazine! I’m going to try to sign up again right now. Thanks for the reminder!

  • SergeiS July 3, 2023, 6:54 PM

    I completely missed that Harry Potter set. It sounds interesting. As far as the magazine, I used to get it when I was younger, but then at some point it stopped coming. I thought it has something to do with covid.

  • brickmaster July 3, 2023, 11:06 PM

    Even though I’m an afol, I always loved this magazine. I even picked up on ebay issues that I missed out on. And I have to admit I even play the games. Ha!

  • T.T.T. July 3, 2023, 11:10 PM

    I really like that 3-floor townhouse. I think it would be super easy to convert it into a modular. I love the roof!

  • Håkan July 4, 2023, 8:00 AM

    Hmm, I’ve grown pretty indifferent towards the Harry Potter franchise, myself, but I’m interested in the heads and hairpieces for doing Marvel MOC civilians. Unfortunately, it seems that even the random heads are IP-locked and won’t come up on the Lego Pick-A-Brick online service…

    Anyway, that Underwater page is pretty cool, and I might snag some of the Dreamzzz hairpieces separately…

    • Håkan July 4, 2023, 8:02 AM

      Anyway, I was at the Stockholm store recently and picked up a short comic book with a Dreamzzz introduction, in that style that seems common in European Lego magazines. I’m not sure whether the comic book is available in USA, too. It’s possible,

      • Thita (admin) July 4, 2023, 9:23 PM

        Hm… interesting! I’m wondering if it’s the same as the one we get in the LEGO Life Magazine.

        • Håkan July 5, 2023, 12:41 PM

          It was a standalone magazine that presented the main good guys, basically. I think it was 8-12 pages or something, but at the moment, I’m not sure on where I put it…

    • Thita (admin) July 4, 2023, 9:22 PM

      I also use HP figures for civilians, they are highly detailed and quite useful in settings when flesh-toned minifigs are required. And yes, the hairpieces are awesome! I’m hoping that the DreamZzz minifigs will be readily available.

  • Matias Dazza July 10, 2023, 10:34 AM

    There Is a code in this magazine for the game LEGO 2K Drive wich is AFVJY5OK. But i think it dosen’t work for me. Is this happening to someone?

    • Thita (admin) July 10, 2023, 10:32 PM

      Hm… I wish I could check this for you, but I don’t play the game. You do have the code right, so that’s not the issue. Maybe check it again in a few days? I have seen previously that sometimes the magazines arrive a little earlier than intended and links/codes don’t work just yet.

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