Here’s a Look at What’s Happening at LEGO Stores This August

As you may have noticed, there has been a lot of changes with the way LEGO has promoting it’s content and product line-up during these past months, and one of these is the way it delivers info regarding the happenings inside our local LEGO stores. For starters, we all know that the monthly LEGO Store Calendar as we know it has gone through an overhaul, with the digital copy of the calendar only made available at the start of each month.

As such, most fans now need to be quick on spotting LEGO store promos especially those that tend to be offered on a very limited time period. And I guess this is exactly the case with this month’s LEGO Store promos. I have to admit that this may not be new for most of our readers but still, it may be helpful for some who are looking for the best promos this month at their nearby LEGO stores. Just click on the following images to see the LEGO Store August Calendar up-close, or you may opt to download it as a PDF copy.

Free Baby Velociraptor Playpen

This promotional polybag comes free with LEGO Jurassic World purchases worth $35 and above. You have to be quick though because this LEGO Jurassic World Baby Velociraptor Playpen (30382) polybag will only be available until August 7, 2019.

Free Mia’s Water Fun Pack

Unfortunately, this promo is long over as of posting time. The LEGO Friends Mia’s Water Fun (30410) polybag were only available for a day (August 4, 2019) for a minimum single-receipt purchase of any LEGO merchandise worth $35 and above.

Free Reversible Tote Bag for LEGO VIPs

From August 1 to 14, LEGO VIP members with LEGO purchases equal to $200 and more are entitled to a free LEGO Reversible Canvas Bag (5005910) to help you carry your latest LEGO haul. This promo is not new actually since a different version of this tote bag was offered to the general public back in June and November of 2017.

Build a Mini Harley-Davidson Motorcycle and Take It Home for Free

LEGO Harley-Davidson Mini-Build

I reckon that this is the most appealing promotional offered for this month. This make-and-take building event is slated in LEGO stores just for one day on August 6, so better expect this to be gone really fast. This mini-build of the iconic Harley-Davidson bike has made its appearance in places like in Germany and China and takes its cue from its larger cousin, the recently released LEGO Creator Expert Harley-Davidson Fat Boy (10269). Do take note that this building event requires pre-registration (which already started last August 1) at your local LEGO store. You must also be age 18 and above to participate.

Ice Cream Truck Building Event

For younger LEGO builders, the LEGO Store is the place to be on August 14 and 20. Children ages 6 to 14 can pre-register to have the chance of building and bringing home this excellent Ice Cream Truck model. Though LEGO didn’t mention specifically that this model is similar to the now practically discontinued Monthly Mini Build promos, the way it works seems to be similar.

Live In-Store LEGO Lab Demos

Throughout the whole month of August, LEGO will be introducing a new hands-on concept to fans and first time LEGO Store visitors. Dubbed as LEGO Lab, LEGO Stores will now have live demonstrations of its latest LEGO sets especially those that feature breakthrough technologies, robotics, and new interactive Powered-Up sets. This includes sets that most likely include the new augmented-reality technology as featured in the LEGO Hidden Side theme and those from new Technic sets that feature the Power-Up technology such as the 4×4 X-Treme Off-Roader (42099).

Other than these activities happening or slated to happen in LEGO Stores, this month also marks the launch of new LEGO sets such as LEGO Architecture Empire State Building (21046), LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Haunted High School (70425), and the entire range of LEGO Jurassic World Legend of Isla Nublar sets including the largest among the four, the T. rex vs Dino Mech Battle (75938).

Be sure to check out these promos and events at your local LEGO Store and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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LEGO Harley Davidson Mini-Build Make and Take Event Arriving in NYC

Earlier this month, we reported on a LEGO Harley Davidson mini-build make and take event that was launched in China. I have to admit that this is a nice mini-build that I wouldn’t mind breaking down to see how it is was assembled. It’s a cool LEGO collectible to display alongside its bigger brother. LEGO fans in China also had the rare opportunity of meeting one of LEGO’s top designers in the person of Mike Psiaki, who is also the designer behind the LEGO Creator Expert Harley-Davidson Fat Boy (10269).

LEGO Harley Davidson Mini-Build

For the rest of us outside of China, our only option to have our hands on this mini-build is to have someone share the building instructions and parts list needed to assemble this. Thankfully, we have Mecabricks user Nigel sharing to us his digital rendition of this LEGO Harley Davidson mini-build. You may check out his page and see if you have the parts needed. Just click on the Editor tab.

You also have a second option though, now that it seems that this make and take promotional will soon arrive in the US. The LEGO Store in the Flatiron District, New York will be hosting the same LEGO Harley-Davidson mini-build make and take event on August 10. Other than this highly-sought after freebie, LEGO Store visitors will also get to see a life-sized, brick-built LEGO Harley-Davidson Fatboy consisting of 69,569 LEGO bricks. Plus, you’ll also get to participate in building a LEGO Mystery Mural which will be put on display at the said LEGO Store.

If you’re in the Flatiron District on August 10, be sure to drop by the LEGO Store and participate in these building events. It is unclear though if you need to pre-register, so you may want to keep tabs with this event by following LEGO’s Facebook page and their other social media channels. Thanks once again to Nigel to sharing his digital rendition of this LEGO Harley Davidson mini-build.

The LEGO VIP Rewards Program Just Got Even Better

After the announcement of several significant changes in their system, LEGO Shop@Home is now revamped with an all-new and improved VIP Rewards Program. If you’re already a LEGO VIP member, then you’ll notice that the LEGO VIP Rewards Program has now much to offer via a dedicated Rewards Center page. This mini-site gives helps you keep track of your earned VIP points, plus access to all the perks of LEGO VIP membership. Aside from this, you can also earn points by completing simple tasks other than making direct purchases. You now also have the chance of choosing your special VIP rewards and have more control over how you can spend it on certain reward items.

VIP points can now also be earned by following LEGO via its social media platforms and completing simple surveys. However, the best way to increase your points is to take advantage of the double-VIP points promo that LEGO releases every now and then.

Additional perks are also made available via this new LEGO VIP Rewards Program wherein VIP members now get to choose how they spend their rewards. Access to certain exclusive rewards is also available for redemption depending on the available VIP points that the member has.  For example, LEGO VIP members can now choose to either redeem certain exclusive items or use their points as vouchers for their next LEGO set purchase. As of now, these exclusive items include coloring pages, exclusive art prints, a couple of limited-edition sets, and redeemable tickets to LEGOLAND Parks and Discovery Centers, including the famed LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.

Lastly, you also have the option of having a special, digital version of your LEGO VIP Card which you can use for purchases in-store and online like your current physical card. This digital LEGO VIP card can be downloaded via Apple Wallet and Google Pay apps and must be used in conjunction with the LEGO VIP Rewards Center.

The new LEGO VIP Rewards program is still in its initial stages so we can be sure that there are more perks and improvements to come. Be sure to set up your LEGO VIP account and check out the Rewards Center every now and then.

This LEGO Harley Davidson Mini-Build Make and Take Event is Happening in China

It looks like LEGO fans in China will get a lot of LEGO love this month. After yesterday’s reveal of the LEGO Creator Expert Harley-Davidson Fatboy (10269), it looks like this set will have a LEGO Harley-Davidson mini-build version that will be given away as a make and take promotional across Chinese  LEGO stores.

LEGO Harley Davidson Mini-build

Thanks to a tip from StoneWars, we learned that this make-and-take promotional build was announced via the Chinese social media platform WeChat. To make the deal more enticing, it was also revealed that only 3,000 copies of this LEGO Harley-Davidson mini-build will be released for those who will be getting its larger LEGO Creator Expert counterpart. LEGO fans who will purchase the LEGO Creator Expert Harley-Davidson Fatboy (10269) set will receive a coupon that will entitle them to participate for the make-and-take building event.

The announcement for the LEGO Harley-Davidson Mini-Build Make-and-Take event released in Chinese social media.

Additionally, LEGO fans in China will also have the opportunity to meet and greet Mike Psiaki – the LEGO Designer behind this awesome big bike rendition. In case you’re in the area and are planning to get this set together will all its perks, then be sure to drop by at any of these LEGO Stores in China during the following dates:

  • July 17: LEGO Brand Retail, Shanghai People’s Square
  • July 20: LEGO Brand Retail, Shanghai Disneytown
  • July 21: LEGO Brand Retail, Beijing Wangfujin

I have to say that this mini-build version is spot on, with its orange and white background and stand. Though I strongly feel that the Harley-Davidson logo is rendered as a sticker, it is still an excellent display model nonetheless. I just hope that this promo will find its way to other regional LEGO stores worldwide for everyone to enjoy.

The LEGO Creator Expert Harley-Davidson Fatboy (10269) is slated for a LEGO VIP release on July 17, and for the general public on August 1. It comes in at 1,023 pieces, retailing for $99.99 USD.

LEGO Astronaut Training In-Store Event Happening at the LEGO Store Leicester Square

LEGO’s official Facebook page has posted an event that will bring out the LEGO Astronaut in you. Dubbed as LEGO Astronaut Training, this series of in-store events will be held at the LEGO Store Leicester Square in London throughout the entire week from July 22 to 28. One of the event’s highlights is July 24’s Make and Take activity where participants will get to build a LEGO mini space shuttle and they will get to bring this home as well. Participants will also have an opportunity to be a part of creating a mystery LEGO mural which will be announced during the week.

There are no details yet regarding any pre-registration, so I suggest that you keep tabs about this event via LEGO’s Facebook page.  More so if you will be at Leicester Square during these dates. Read on for more details about this event, and while you’re at it don’t forget to check out the latest LEGO City Space sets now available at shop.LEGO.com.

To become a LEGO Astronaut you must complete your training!
Join us in the LEGO Store Leicester Square and take part in our exciting activities that are out of this world! 🚀

Here is a snapshot of the challenges you will face in-store:

Monday & Tuesday: 22nd – 23rd July
👨‍🚀 Take part in Astronaut training challenges

Wednesday: 24th July
2-4pm
🛰️ Build a space shuttle and take it home for free

Thursday & Friday: 25th – 26th July
ALL DAY
Contribute in building a MASSIVE mystery LEGO Mural!
📸 Don’t miss a picture in a LEGO space suit

Saturday & Sunday: 27th and 28th July
ALL DAY
🌌 See the finished Space mosaic on display and take part in other space build challenges

* Get a unique stamp for your passport for every challenge you take part in
* Pass your astronaut training and you will receive a certificate of completion
* Don’t forget to check out the Exclusive LEGO Lunar Lander and the LEGO City Space sets

July 2019 LEGO Store Calendar Highlights and Promotions

LEGO is pushing through with its plans of going entirely digital now that the July 2019 LEGO Store Calendar has been released online. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what’s in store for LEGO fans next month.

LEGO Store Calendar

LEGO Store Calendar

July 1-31: Weekly Building Challenges

Starting every Monday of July, your local LEGO store will feature space-themed building challenges where participants may have their brick creations put on display. I’m not quite sure if registration is required but I guess the calendar implies that walk-ins are also accepted.

 

July 12-14: It’s Christmas in July!
The exclusive, gift-with-purchase set Christmas Gift Box (40292) from last year, 2018.

This is quite interesting since this promo is available only on weekends, and the calendar did not exactly specify what could be the exclusive offer. However, since this portion of this advert mentions that the offer is valid until supplies last, I am assuming that the set to be given away is the limited edition 2018 holiday gift-with-purchase set, Christmas Gift Box (40292).  This is a gorgeous set filled with hidden surprises, so if you missed out on this one, be sure to drop by your local LEGO Store during this 3-day promo event.

 

July 10-17: Monthly Mini Build – Fun Frog (40326)
Fun Frog Mini Build (40326)

To reserve a spot, visit your local LEGO® Store starting July 5. This requires getting a bit of being used to since LEGO has dropped the online registration mechanics in favor of an in-store one. What also seems to be puzzling is that the Mini Builds page of LEGO Shop@Home specifically states that the MMB program has been discontinued since April of this year, with only the building instructions published on their page. Personally, I like the idea of having Monthly Mini Builds since a lot of kids (and adults as well) get to bring home free LEGO. We just have to wait and see where these changes will lead us.

 

July 18-21: Free LEGO City Space Satellite (30365) Polybag

For the entire third week of July, LEGO Stores will be running a promotional that fans will find enticing. The LEGO City Space Satellite (30365) polybag can be yours for free for a minimum single receipt purchase of LEGO products worth $40 USD and above, or while supplies last.

 

As you can see from this LEGO Store Calendar, the month of July also marks the release of some of the highly anticipated LEGO sets such as the LEGO Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage (75936) and the latest wave of LEGO Harry Potter 2019 sets.  Be sure to drop by at the LEGO brand store nearest you for more details about these promos.

LEGO Stranger Things Castle Byers Rumored to be the Next LEGO Promotional Set

To celebrate the launch of the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) a few weeks ago, LEGO also threw in a sweet Make and Take Event at it’s Flatiron (NY) and Leicester (London) LEGO Stores. Needless to say, the LEGO Stranger Things Castle Byers was a hit to LEGO and Netflix fans where in-store patrons get to build this iconic fort in the woods and bring them home at the same. Eventually, building instructions were released online showing how to recreate this 48-piece set less the two exclusive stickers of course.  Of course, if we will have our way, it will be nice to have this Make and Take promotional be available across all LEGO brand stores in the country. And thanks to a report by The Brick Fan, it might be the case

Castle Byers take away build from LEGO Stranger Things event. More photos and instructions at Imgur link. from lego

It was rumored that after the initial debut of both the Upside Down (75810) and the LEGO Stranger Things Castle Byers, the latter will eventually be introduced as the next Make and Take promotional across LEGO Stores in the US. LEGO Stores are somehow mum about this, but according to The Brick Fan, registration for this event may actually start tomorrow, June 10. That’s good news especially if you’re a devoted LEGO collector. I know this set is relatively easy to make with all its parts readily available in your modest LEGO collection. However, if you’re a LEGO completionist and wishes to have the exclusive Castle Byers stickers that go with it, then be sure to check out with your local LEGO store to confirm this Make and Take promotional.

The LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) is currently available at LEGO Shop@Home retailing for $199.99 USD. Coming in at 2,287 pieces with eight (8) instantly recognizable Stranger Things minifigures: Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper, and the Demogorgon.

LEGO Store Calendars Will Only Be In Digital Versions Starting This July

If you’ve noticed, I haven’t covered much LEGO Store-related news lately, particularly with regards to their monthly LEGO Store Calendars – the last one that I covered being the December 2018 Calendar. My primary source of information back then was at cache.LEGO.com which is somehow available to the public a few months ago. Now that LEGO has virtually removed advanced access to their monthly store calendars (save for the current month that is now available for download), the only means that we can know what is happening in LEGO Stores in advance is if you pay a visit at your local LEGO store and requesting for a physical copy. Now that may even change as well.

LEGO VIP members were recently greeted with an email from LEGO Customer Service saying that beginning July, LEGO Store Calendars will now go paperless. That being the case, those who are fond of collecting their physical copies of these monthly calendars may hold on tight to their collection. I know that LEGO means well with this move, considering their advocacy on environmental sustainability. I just wish that they will bring back early access to monthly LEGO Store Calendars as they used to so fans can have a glimpse of the events and happenings that are really important for them.

I’m also a bit apprehensive on the effects of this move on the promotions of LEGO’s in-store activities because there are still some LEGO fans that primarily get their info on the physical LEGO Store Calendars that are handed out to them by store staff and employees. Unless local LEGO Stores actively campaign and promote the paperless format of their in-store calendars, then LEGO fans and visitors may possibly miss out on the really important stuff.

One way to possibly go around this is to set up an information kiosk in every store. Instead of being handed out a physical copy, store visitors can browse a digital version of the store calendar right there and then. It will be nice to see an interactive digital board where all the in-store happenings are scheduled. Perhaps with a possible integration to your calendar app of choice so you can seamlessly add these events in your own personal calendar. Well, these are just my two cents about this but I have to say that it will be rather cool to see a digital calendar such as that.

So what do you think about this decision of going paperless as far as LEGO Store Calendars are concerned? Do you prefer to have it this way, or do you still go for the feel of having an actual, hard copy? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Be Sure To Grab This Free LEGO Star Wars Mini Tantive IV Make and Take Set This May

Just over the past weekend, we were treated to some great LEGO Star Wars-related news with the announcement of the rehashed LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV (75244). This New Hope inspired set is slated to land in LEGO Stores and online in time for May the 4th promotions – the unofficial but popular Star Wars Day fan commemorative celebration. And to make this day even more festive for fans, LEGO has announced that it will be giving away a free Mini Tantive IV set for the LEGO Star Wars faithful.

Tantive Make and Take Event

May 3-6: Come in to your local LEGO Store to build your very own Tantive model then take it home, for free! Registration is on a first come, first served basis and quantities are limited. Registration begins April 15 in stores only. The building event is intended for ages 6+ at store discretion.

LEGO Stores in the US will soon be joining in the May the 4th festivities by hosting its popular Make & Take Event. Beginning this Monday, April 15, registration has begun for builders aged 6 and up at all participating LEGO Stores. The registrants will then come back on their scheduled dates from May 3 to 6 to try their hands on this build. Similar to other LEGO Make and Take in-store promotional, participation in this event does not require any purchases.

Registered participating builders will be given the LEGO pieces needed to assemble the Mini Tantive IV set. And though it may be a far cry from the new, 2-feet long LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV (75244) set, this mini model is definitely cool to have around on your desk or just a testament to our all out, galactic geekiness. Like other Make and Take sets, expect that the building instructions for this mini model might be out soon, so thanks in advance to those who will be kind enough to share them online for all of to build.

The larger and grander LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV (75244) set is scheduled to be released on May 4 just in time for the global celebration of everything Star Wars. This set comes in 1,768 pieces, and will retail for $199.99 USD.

LEGO Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalypseburg (70840) Designer Signing Events

Starting January 16, LEGO VIP members can purchase the mammoth sized D2C set, LEGO Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalypseburg (70840) in any LEGO brand store and at shop.LEGO.com. To make the debut of this set extra special, LEGO has organized a couple of designer signing events where LEGO VIP fans who purchased the Welcome to Apocalypseburg (70840) can meet and greet the designers behind this 3,100-piece set. There are two designer signing events that you may want to consider if you happen to be in London in the UK, or Florida, USA during the next few days.

As mentioned in their Facebook events page, the first designer signing event to happen will be on January 17, Thursday at 12PM to 3PM (UTC) at the LEGO flagship store in Leicester Square London, UK. On the other hand, the second event will cater to LEGO fans in the US on January 19 from 12PM to 3PM (EST) to be held at the LEGO Store in Disney Springs, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Here’s a quick look at what to expect from these designer signing events.

Don’t miss your chance to meet Justin Ramsden & Paul Constantin Turcanu – the official LEGO designer team and master minds behind THE LEGO MOVIE 2 ‘Welcome to Apocalypseburg’ set and get it signed.

Open to LEGO VIPs only!
Not a member of our LEGO VIP Loyalty Program? Upgrade your status to VIP for free today and enjoy exclusive benefits and rewards https://LEGO.build/VIP

Please note, there is a limit of only 2 sets per person to get signed.

If you’re not a LEGO VIP member, then this might be a good time to upgrade your account. Other than the Welcome to Apocalypseburg set, Justin Ramsden is also credited for designing the much larger set, LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043), and other LEGO Marvel Superheroes sets.