For the past few months past, collectors have been combing online news for more word on a new LEGO Creator Expert set. It is fairly certain to be a nice scale reproduction of Camp Nao stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Football fans know it as the citadel of FC Barcelona and, the largest stadium in Spain and Europe. It has hosted FIFA World Cup games, football finals of the 1992 Olympics, and more. There’s no confirmation yet when LEGO Creator Expert Camp Nou (10284) will release. But Promobricks however caught wind of a Gift with Purchase (GWP) set coming along with this elusive set – the LEGO FC Barcelona Celebration (40485)
Check out these first images of LEGO FC Barcelona Celebration (40485). LEGO Shop@Home Australia put these pics online. They list the set as a free item but also priced at AU$29.99. It depicts minifigure FC Barcelona supporters celebrating the team at a familiar game hangout, the Font de Canaletes.
One might also notice an image discrepancy. The box picture shows five minifigs while the set photo only has four (top image). Details on LEGO Shop@Home Australia are rather sparse beyond its set number and pieces (178 pieces in total). The specifications do say that it will include FOUR minifigures and accessories in FC Barcelona colors, so that’s probably it. From what we can assume based on word from brick street, this latest promotional set may perhaps be an incentive similar to what LEGO offered last year when it released the LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford-Manchester United (10272) and its GWP counterpart, the exclusive LEGO United Trinity Statue (5006171) minifigures.
The Creator Expert line has seemingly abandoned chronological release by number since this year. But with LEGO FC Barcelona Celebration (40485) in the open, LEGO Creator Expert Camp Nou (10284) isn’t far off. Speculation has it that the Camp Nou set may have been held back due to the recent FC Barcelona drama. You know the one about the club letting Lionel Messi go on August 5 after his contract expired on July 1. A set like LEGO Creator Expert Camp Nou would have been considered “too soon.” The same goes for its GWP, FC Barcelona Celebration (40485). We won’t really know until it officially comes out.