Launch of the week

The nation’s children are in the grip of Fortnite mania and this GamesMaster-branded magazine is guaranteed to be essential reading for devotees of the online video game

How To Win At Fortnite

On sale out now

Frequency one shot

Price £6.99

Distributor Marketforce

Display with Official PlayStation, Neo, Official Xbox


Fortnite, as any parent, or any child of school age, will attest, is still the biggest thing around when it comes to gaming. And when devotees aren’t playing it, they’re talking about it. 

This one shot boasts the GamesMaster logo, which, while no longer regularly on the shelves, is still a potent brand that holds sway with those in the know. 

It features everything enthusiasts need, with expert tips, tactics and advice, while running through all the latest weapons on offer for players. For parents, it will provide some welcome screen-break time for their Fortnite-loving offspring.  

Star Wars Insider

On sale out now

Frequency monthly

Price £4.99

Distributor Marketforce

Display with Starburst, Sci Fi Now

  • The countdown to Episode IX has started with the latest issue of Titan’s mag devoted to all things around the Force.
  • This issue also includes a look at the forthcoming series of the Clone Wars offshoot, and features Episode II: Attack Of The Clones on the cover. 

Captain Marvel Special 

On sale out now

Frequency one shot

Price  £6.99

Distributor Marketforce

Display with Marvel publications, comic books

  • After appearing on numerous other covers, Captain Marvel, AKA star Brie Larson, gets her own publication, a one shot from Panini.
  • Released just before the film opens at cinemas, the publication looks at the hero and story, as well as the people behind it.

Take A Break Codebreakers

On sale out now

Frequency four-weekly

Price £2.30

Distributor Frontline

Display with TaB Take a Crossword

  • Take a Break Codebreakers has got a new look for its third issue, with stronger binding and a dash of colour on its pages.
  • Solving the cover puzzle is worth £100 to the lucky winner, with a total of £3,000 up for grabs.

The Gaffer 

On sale out now

Frequency quarterly

Price £10

Distributor None – hello@gaffermag.com

Display with FourFourTwo 

  • This independently launched football magazine looks at the crossover between football, fashion and music. 
  • The first issue features different cover options and celebrates England, including the women’s team and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Eclipse Tear ’n’ Share Kids’ Activity Pad

On sale 14 March

Frequency one shot

Price £2.95

Distributor Frontline

Display with other Eclipse Tear ’n’ Share titles

  • This Easter-themed puzzle and activity pad has plenty to keep kids occupied in the holidays.  
  • Kids can, as the title suggests, rip out a page and pass it on, which can be used at home and on the go. 

Love Crochet

On sale out now

Frequency bimonthly

Price £8.99

Distributor Frontline

Display with Big Little Croche

  • Love Crochet now has a premium look and feel, and offers a different project kit with every issue.
  • This first edition of the redesigned craft magazine has a unicorn kit as well as a 32-page booklet and spring-inspired projects. 

HYPEBEAST

On sale out now 

Frequency quarterly 

Price £16

Distributor Seymour


Specialist choice

Daniel McCabe,
Magalleria, Bath

Who buys it?

Style-conscious young men. People keep saying young men aren’t buying magazines, but they go for this one. 

How do you display it?

We put it in our window and on the shop floor, too. Traditionally, it sells out on release.

My week in magazines

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Tim Murray
Magazines reporter
editorial@newtrade.co.uk

I still have a Star Wars special publication, published by Marvel’s UK arm, from more than 40 years ago. This proves either that I’m a hoarder, or – preferably – that movie special spin-offs hold an enduring appeal. 

Star Wars changed everything, not just in terms of filmmaking and event film releases, sequels and franchises, but it pretty much set the template for licensing and merchandising, of which magazine specials are a chief part. 

I was reminded of this by the arrival of a Captain Marvel special that appeared this week. The formula has remained much the same over the years – some exclusive content, behind-the-scenes interviews and information, enough material to whet fans’ appetites for the film, but not so much that they don’t bother going to see it – but the craft has been finely honed over the years. 

The specials sector is outperforming the rest of the magazine market by nearly 50%, according to figures from Marketforce, while RSV rose by 40% in the year to the end of October 2018. There were 159 more specials in that same 12-month period compared with the previous year. 

Captain Marvel kicks off another big year for Marvel and superhero films in general, with the eagerly awaited Avengers: Endgame following in its wake in April. 

Panini is now publishing the likes of this Captain Marvel special under the banner of Marvel Studios Movie Magazine, so expect a wealth of these as the next phase of studio releases kicks in. 

Let’s see if the kids buying today’s specials still have near-mint copies in 40 years’ time.