Fiery Strawberry Jam

Due to the changed release cycle, the LEGO Friends and City magazines came out today on the same day, so I’m taking the opportunity to review them all at once.

LEGO Magazine, City, June 2019, Cover

Once again built around this year’s firefighters theme, the City mag comes with a little helicopter thingy and a female minifigure. The model is rudimentary, to say the least and its originality ends at creatively using a carriage drawbar as an aft beam. The rest is kept to the bare minimum and thus not particularly detailed. They could at least have thrown in a wedge piece for the front hood! The current themes being so simplified unfortunately also trickles down to the comics and given the flimsy nature of the model it doesn’t make for interesting visuals. Overall this isn’t really that great.

LEGO Magazine, Friends, June 2019, Cover

The Friends mag only coming out every other month now here in Germany one would think they make a bit more of an effort and at least pick the best parts from the skipped issues and included them in place of less attractive content, but it appears there’s no hope in sight. At least the comic is okay this time around. They still use those awful CG figures for the posters, though, so there’s that.

The model of the waffle stand isn’t anything extraordinary, but as a little surprise contains a printed round 2 x 2 grille tile that can be used fantastically on technical models and seems to not have been used on models in quite some time. This alone could be worth buying this magazine. The colors on the cover are misleading, BTW. The 2 x 1 plates appear to be Medium Azure, but are actually Dark Cyan. Someone must have mistweaked the colors when preparing the photo for print production…

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