LEGO certainly has something in store for this year’s Black Friday event. And with the launch of the massive LEGO Creator Expert Colosseum (10276) on November 27, LEGO is gearing up a freebie for those who will get this set in the form of the exclusive LEGO Chariot (5006293).
The reveal came via the German online portal of LEGO Shop@Home which means that we can expect this set to appear in other regions anytime soon. The LEGO Chariot (5006293) comes in at 127 pieces and features a gladiator minifigure, the chariot itself, and two brick-built horses. Thanks to Lukas from the Stone Wars, we get to see a better image of this freebie. The box art for this set also follows the design of another earlier released promotional item in the form of Yoda’s Lightsaber (5006290) which was offered as a free item when you purchase the LEGO Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina (75290) earlier last month.
If you have plans of getting the Colesseum, then I guess this is a nice free item to receive as well. However, as Lukas pointed out, the elements that comprise this promotional is not entirely new. It should be noticed right away that the main selling point of the LEGO Chariot is its accompanying minifigure. But a closer look reveals that the minifigure’s printed torso is the same as that from the more recent version of LEGO Ninjago’s Cole, specifically from sets such as Zane’s Mino Creature (71719), Skull Sorcerer’s Dungeon (71722), and Fire Stone Mech (71720). There’s maybe a bit of redemption in the use of the silver helmet though since it seems that this particular silver piece was only offered in three sets in the past – under the earlier version of the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (5378) in 2007, and from two now discontinued LEGO Knights Kingdom sets from 2006 and 2009. And for 550 bucks for the cost of the LEGO Colosseum, I really hope that LEGO could have added more value to the LEGO Chariot as well. Perhaps an exclusive minifigure in the likes of the gladiator minifigs found in LEGO CMF Series 5 and Series 17 could really be a motivation for getting the LEGO Colosseum. Or perhaps throwing in actual LEGO figures for the horses instead of brick-built ones, and adding more characters to make a complete scene fitting for a royal duel inside the ancient arena. Well, these are possibilities that I wish LEGO looked into considering the cost of this next LEGO investment.
In any case, I agree that serious LEGO adult fans will get the LEGO Colesseum for the sake of this exquisite set and not just for any of its attached promotional offers. But then again, it will not harm anyone if we just think of these possibilities.
So what do you think of the new promotional LEGO Chariot (5006293)? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.