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LEGO Magazines : Blocks, Bricks & Bricks Culture
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It looks like we'll soon have three (well, two and a bit, as BC will be quarterly) magazines devoted to our hobby, and I'm wondering what people would like to see from them?
Back in the heydey of videogaming (I'm thinking SNES v MegaDrive, Spectrum, BBC & Commodore 64 etc) we had shelves full of magazines, many of which had identical content. Then again, I was also a bit of a hi-fi buff, and you could buy two or three different magazines that had a totally different slant to each other and no overlap in articles at all.
So we'll have two monthlies. I think it's safe to say that they'll both be doing set reviews, which, given their preponderance on the web, is the one thing I could probably live without.
After that... what?
I've liked the building technique articles and the show reports. The showcase features are very much dependent on the subject matter, but are usually more hit than miss.
I'd like to see more articles about individuals, how they got into LEGO and why they do what they do (although they'd have to be significantly better than, for example, the Cavegod interview which was the same questions repeated three times for three models). Broadly speaking, things that are less news related. I'd like to be able to look at a magazine a year or so later and still find something useful - news dates very fast and is better left to the digital domain.
Personally, I could do without any minifig articles...
...but I understand that for many people that's a big part of the hobby, and anyway, it wouldn't do if we were all the same.
So - would you want two magazines, both doing the same thing, but trying to do it better than the other, or would you prefer them to 'carve up' the hobby and both concentrate on different aspects?