Last LEGO Store Calendar of the Year Now Available!

UPDATE: The official December LEGO Store Calendar is now up on LEGO’s servers. I’ve updated the images below to include those that are actually found on the calendar.

LEGO caps off the year with a string of promotionals that you can find in the LEGO December Store Calendar. This year’s last LEGO Store Calendar offers a mix of freebies coming from the LEGO Ninjago, Creator and Star Wars themes. Plus, it gives us an early access to some of LEGO’s 2018 sets. Check the images below, or you can download the entire calendar in PDF format right here

December 1 to 7: Free Master Wu Keychain (5004915) with a purchase of $35 or more of any LEGO products.

As we previously reported, the Master Wu Keychain is part of the series of freebies tied-in with the LEGO Ninjago Movie, earlier announced last July. Frankly speaking, there not much of a difference between this keychain counterpart of Master Wu as compared to those included in three TLNM sets: Master Falls (70608), Green Ninja Mech Dragon (70612), and Destiny’s Bounty (70618) so I expect that this will not be highly sought out for as compared to the LEGO Ninjago Movie Kendo Lloyd (30608) polybag.

The free Master Wu Keychain is valid from December 1 to 7 or until supplies last.

December 5 to 6: VIP Monthly Model Build is a Train (40250).

To reserve your spot, simply register for the December MMB by visiting shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-Registration starting November 15. The LEGO MMB is meant for children ages 6 to 14, and must be completely built in store.

December 8 to 10: Double VIP Points on Everything.

If you still have time for some last minute Christmas holiday shopping rush, then you may want to go over your LEGO Christmas shopping list once again. For three days, you can earn those double VIP points while bagging those sets included in your LEGO wishlist. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed for that UCS Millennium Falcon.

December 8 to 17: Free LEGO Creator Mini London Bus (40220) with a purchase of $75 or more, or while supplies last.

Rolling out of its garage is the LEGO Creator Mini London Bus (40220), and it is back once more as a free promotional for a price point of $75 and more. It’s kind of nice of LEGO to bring back this younger sibling of the LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258) and have it offered once again with the same qualifying purchase when it first went live in 2016.

If you can hold on to that next LEGO purchase, and if you can add $40 worth of LEGO sets in your shopping bag, then this freebie is a better offer than that of Master Wu Keychain earlier mentioned.

December 15, 2017 to January 14, 2018: Free LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Anniversary Pod (5005376) with a LEGO Star Wars purchase of $60 or more.

This fifth and latest promotional pod is a nod to Star Wars’ 40th anniversary, with the iconic Sith Lord being the highlight of this minifigure promotional. This latest minifigure version of Darth Vader seems to be a redesign over previous ones, and bagging this freebie is the best way of adding him to your collection. The smallest set by far in which you can add the Sith Lord in your roster of LEGO Star Wars minifigs is thru the Darth Vader Transformation (75183) set retailing for $25. For a price point of $60 and above of any LEGO Star Wars products, this is certainly a good catch.

Lastly, LEGO certainly knows how to end the year with a bang, with several 2018 sets being available as early as November 25. I am particularly excited for the LEGO Creator Modular Skate House (31081) which is a part of LEGO’s early reveal of its 2018 LEGO Creator line-up. Of course, we also have the re-released LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal (10256) – the now 2nd largest LEGO set ever made, having been bested from its throne by the UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) – scheduled for another run starting November 27.

The December LEGO Store Calendar also gives us another treat by giving us a peek of one of the 2018 Nexo Knight sets which is the Berserker Bomber (72003). It was previously reported that the Nexo Knights theme was given another year, with six additional sets slated for next year accompanying a new story arc.  We’ll talk more about that later in my next post.

 

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LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312), Christmas Build-Up (40253), and More Now Available at LEGO Shop@Home!

November is finally here, and this means that it’s time to gear up for some serious LEGO holiday shopping. LEGO Shop@Home has been recently updated to include several new sets, especially that we are a few weeks away before Brick Friday kicks in. For more details on what to expect from the LEGO Store this month, check out the LEGO Store’s November Calendar.

Among these exclusives to hit the shelves at the start of this month, we have the NASA-inspired LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) retailing for $25, It comes in at 231 pieces and features four minifigures of the most prominent women in the field of space exploration.

Star Wars fans may be delighted to know that a couple of new LEGO BrickHeadz is now available to add to your collection. The LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Finn (41485) and Captain Phasma (41486) sets are now officially available, each retailing for $10.  These are the first commercially available, non-exclusive LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz sets made available, other than the super rare Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (41498) NYCC exclusive. However, as LEGO announced during this year’s New York Comic Con, fans can expect more LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz – four to be exact –slated to be released sometime in January and April. Be sure to check out Jason’s review of the Finn and Captain Phasma BrickHeadz to know more what to expect from these eye candies.

 

Finally, one of this year’s LEGO holiday promotional is now live. From November 1 to 15, any LEGO purchase of $99 and above entitles you to a free, LEGO Christmas Build-Up (40253). This set comes in at 254 pieces that allows you to build 24 different Christmas themed minibuilds, similar to what LEGO offered last year with its Holiday Countdown Calendar (40222).

If you’re now preparing that comfy little LEGO Christmas corner just in time for the holidays, then be sure to check out the rest of LEGO’s Christmas seasonal sets such as the Christmas Train Ride (40262), and Christmas Town Square (40263) both of which retailing for $10. While you’re at it, you may also want to take a look at this year’s holiday themed D2C set which is the LEGO Creator Winter Village Station (10259).

LEGO Christmas Build-Up (40253) Official Images Now Available.

Earlier last September, it was revealed in LEGO’s Italian Store Calendar that set 40253 or the LEGO Christmas Build-Up will be one of this year’s seasonal LEGO Store giveaways. November’s LEGO Store Calendar in the US finally set it in stone when it officially announced that the LEGO Christmas Build-Up (40253) set will be a free promotional that comes with a qualifying purchase of any LEGO products worth $99 and above.  Taking its cue from last year’s Christmas build and re-build set which is the Holiday Countdown Calendar (40222), this year’s seasonal freebie also highlights a similar play feature, coming in at 254 pieces.

Recently, LEGO’s servers have already been updated to include all the official images of this exclusive, LEGO Store giveaway set to be released from November 1 to 15, or until supplies last. Slightly similar to the highly popular LEGO Advent Calendars, the LEGO Christmas Build-Up (40253) allows young builders to create, and re-create 24 unique micro-builds. Take note that these builds cannot be built simultaneously, even with 254 pieces available at your disposal. We just have to wait and see until this set becomes available next month to exactly know how many micro-builds can you create out of this LEGO set, without taking apart the rest. We’ll keep you posted once Jason and Stephen picks this up and reviews them.

In the meantime, can you guess what objects these micro builds represent? Some of these can easily be recreated with relative ease using any of your existing LEGO pieces. So what do you think brick fans, which of these can you easily build?

Here’s A Wrap-Up of All Things LEGO at NYCC 2017

Last week’s New York Comic Con 2017 may all be over, but the waves of LEGO-related announcements released during the fan convention just kept on lingering. Unlike last year’s New York Comic Con, where LEGO introduced new sets such those coming from the DC Super Hero Girls theme, additional LEGO Batman Movie sets, and an exclusive Batgirl mini-doll raffle giveaway, this year was, well… a bit uninspiring. There were no new themes or full LEGO sets that were announced, but more of what to expect from the LEGO BrickHeadz line. Needless to say, this year’s LEGO reveals were pretty nice in themselves so here’s a wrap-up of everything that LEGO has revealed or announced during the said annual fan convention.

First off, we have the obvious emphasis on one of LEGO’s brick-built, pop-styled themes – the LEGO BrickHeadz. Love or hate them, top brass from The LEGO Group made the call, nonetheless, of having two of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars saga as this year’s prized LEGO NYCC exclusive and giving them the LEGO BrickHeadz flavor. This year’s NYCC saw a handful of fortunate LEGO fans bringing home their very own and exclusively numbered, LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (41498). Straight from the classic Star Wars saga, this exclusive BrickHeadz set comes in at 329 pieces and is the largest BrickHeadz set to be offered so far.

Hot on the heels of this exclusive LEGO set is also the announcement of more LEGO BrickHeadz in 2018. Specifically timed with the theatrical releases of some of the most highly anticipated super hero films, these BrickHeadz feature a new line of sets based on characters from the Justice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Avengers: Infinity War. This gives the relatively new line of LEGO theme a total number of 29 collectible sets to eye on, excluding those that were exclusively offered during Comic Cons.

Next, we have more cool announcements coming from the good ‘ol folks of Warner Bros Interactive and TT Games. Also revealed during one of the NYCC panels, TT Games brought to stage several cool updates about the much awaited LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. TT Games Head of Design, Arthur Parsons, revealed what fans can expect from the game’s Season Pass, which offers six Level Packs and four Character Packs boosting the overall number of playable LEGO Marvel characters to up to more than 260 characters.

Finally, it was also revealed at NYCC that the Black Panther will have his very own LEGO movie entitled Trouble in Wakanda. It seems that T’Challa will be getting a lot of screen time – not only with his own stand-alone and self-titled MCU film set to be released in February and the Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in May, we can now also expect him starring in his own LEGO film.


Details about Trouble in Wakanda are scant as of the moment, and we don’t have any details of its plot or release date. What we do know is that LEGO seems to be focusing a lot of attention on a single, Marvel character since this is the very first solo superhero movie that they ever made. We do have a lot of superhero, brick-built movies before, but this is the very first film that is dedicated to a single character. Will this be a start of something like a series of stand-alone LEGO superhero films in the future, following the methods of both MCU and DCEU? We just have to wait and see.

It is also not far-fetched to consider that this might be another direct-to-DVD/Blu-Ray film unlike its big production movies such as The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, and the more recent, LEGO Ninjago Movie. My best guess is that it will be released alongside its theatrical MCU counterpart, the Black Panther, and may also come with an exclusive, free LEGO minifigure which of course will definitely drive sales of Trouble in Wakanda.

What LEGO NYCC announcement were you most excited about? For one, I’m looking forward to LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 and I’m sure our resident gaming guru, Brick Show Brian, already has his sights locked into playing and giving you a walk-through of this game. So be sure to follow his YouTube channel and keep tabs with us for more LEGO news and updates.

 

Tyler Gets An Inside Look at the LEGO House in Billund.

The LEGO House in Billund, Denmark is now fully operational! We had a glimpse of what the House of the Brick has to offer, and this time, our resident Master Builder brings you a firsthand look at what’s in store inside the sprawling complex of brick-filled fun and non-stop adventures.

From the magnificent LEGO Tree of Creativity that stands 15 meters high and made out of more than six million LEGO bricks, the Master Builders Gallery, where the original works of some of the best LEGO builders and fans all over the world are showcased, and to the various activity zones (Red, Yellow, Green and Blue) that define the fun and unique LEGO learning experience, each section of the LEGO House is filled with so many opportunities to learn and express each person’s creativity in a fun and engaging way.

Speaking of creativity, though I am not fortunate enough to be included in the A-list of top notch LEGO builders invited by LEGO (sadly, my master builder kung fu is not that strong enough), I’m delighted to see what Tyler has made for the LEGO House for everyone to see. If my information is correct, MOCs put on display at the Master Builders Gallery will stay there for a year, and another batch of original creations from other equally talented builders will have a chance to be showcased.

Here’s Tyler with an inside look at the House of the Brick.

The LEGO House in Billund, Denmark is open daily with a few exceptions throughout the year, so be sure to plan and book your visit in advance.

What’s your favorite part inside the LEGO House? Share us what you think in the comments below.

This Year’s Limited Edition Christmas Gift With Purchase is the Iconic Nutcracker (40254)

LEGO’s November Store Calendar has revealed that this year’s Christmas gift with purchase (GWP) promotional will be the classic, buildable Nutcracker (40254). For a very, very limited time period (from November 24 to 27 only), this set comes as a freebie for any single receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $99 and above, both online and in-store. The Nutcracker (40254) is a similar promo like that of last year’s Snowglobe (40223) giveaway. With only four days of window time for this set’s availability during Brick Friday and over the following weekend, expect this set to fly off the shelves rather quickly.

As expected from limited edition sets such as this, there is already an eBay listing of the LEGO Seasonal Nutcracker as early as now. Check out these official images of the Nutcracker (40254).

Nutcracker (40254) Nutcracker (40254) Nutcracker (40254)

In case, you want to give it a try right now, you may build your own LEGO Nutcracker (40254) using the building instructions uploaded by LEGO. You may download it here and see if you have the pieces that you can use. As far as I see it, there seems to be no particular piece exclusive to this set, so building it may be relatively easy.

So what do you think about this year’s limited edition Christmas freebie? Which do you think is better, this year’s LEGO Seasonal Nutcracker (40254) or last year’s Snowglobe (40223)? Let us know in the comments below.

Plan Your LEGO Holiday Shopping With the LEGO Store November Calendar!

Time to plan your LEGO holiday shopping, especially that the LEGO Store November Calendar is now up. Get a chance to earn double VIP points and exclusive freebies on Black Friday offers, plus The LEGO Batman Movie gets its own D2C set with the wacky and colorful Joker Manor (70922). Here are the details of next month’s LEGO Store highlights and offers.

November 1-15: FREE 24-in-1 Holiday Countdown Set (40253) with a purchase of $99 or more, while supplies last.

This ‘build and rebuild’ set comes in at 254 pieces, that allows you to create Christmas-themed builds much similar to what you can find in LEGO’s series of advent calendars. As far as I can recall, this is the second Christmas build-up offering that LEGO came up with since it offered its first holiday-themed build up (40222) last year.

November 7-8: VIP Monthly Mini Model Build is a St. Bernard Dog (40249)

To reserve your spot, simply register for the September MMB by visiting shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-Registration starting August 15. The LEGO MMB is meant for children ages 6 to 14, and must be completely built in store.

November 18-19: VIPs get Double Points and special Brick Friday offers.

If you’re still mulling over your LEGO Christmas shopping list and wishing to earn those double VIP points, then you may want to schedule your shopping during these dates. We don’t have information yet on what LEGO has in store for its Brick Friday deals – we’ll update you as soon as we receive confirmation.

 

November 24: November’s D2C set, The LEGO Batman Movie The Joker Manor (70922), is available for purchase.

Starting November 24, this exclusive direct-to-consumer set will be on sale for everyone (both VIPs and non-VIP members) retailing at $269.99. This 3,444-piece set features Joker’s iteration of the sprawling Wayne estate as he envisioned it in The LEGO Batman Movie. It is packed with many colorful details and play features such as roller coaster that goes around the whole building, a huge buildable Joker head with trapdoor and slide, and many more.

November 24: Brick Friday doorbuster sale items go live both in store and online.

We’ll keep this under the radar so we can give you the latest updates on Brick Friday deals and sales once they go live.

November 24-27: Exclusive Brick Friday 2017 Offers!

Other than tons of LEGO sets to be put on sale, LEGO sweetens the deal with this year’s limited-edition seasonal freebie. For purchases made from November 24 to 27, LEGO brick fans will receive an exclusive Brick Friday offer which is the Nutcracker that comes free for every single receipt purchase of $99 and above.

Though any LEGO freebie will always be welcomed, last year’s exclusive promotional which is the Snowglobe (40223) is still much to be desired.  If you plan to visit your local LEGO brand store, you’ll be happy to know that LEGO is giving away a free Canvas Tote Bag (5005326) to help you carry your haul. For a minimum purchase of $199, you’ll get to bring home this exclusive bag, which is also available for any online purchases as well.

If you opt to do your shopping at home, then Shop@Home offers free shipping between these dates as well.

Some of the sets in my Christmas wishlist include the Winter Village Station (10259) and its complementary set the Winter Holiday Train (10254). I’m also hoping to have the massively grand Ninjago City (70620) and the soon to be retired Palace Cinema (10232).

What is in your LEGO Christmas wishlist? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

 

LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) Will NOT Be Available Today for a General Public Release.

After much fan fare surrounding the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon 75192 during its debut last September 14, (and its eventual scarcity just after 24 hours of its VIP offering) the largest LEGO set ever made as of this writing, is still nowhere in sight either in LEGO Brand Stores and at shop.LEGO.com. Though this no longer comes as a surprise since LEGO already released its official statement regarding its availability, another announcement by the company may likewise add another frown on people’s faces, especially from non-VIP members where there are no LEGO brand stores within their region.

LEGO has been circulating this message among its VIP members, assuring those who haven’t received their set yet, will have the chance of receiving their own as soon as possible since they have the extended the VIP period until November. VIP members will also have the option to sign-up for a back-in-stock notification to receive regular updates about the set’s availability. However, bear in mind that signing up for the notification service does not necessarily guarantee reservation or the availability of the UCS Millennium Falcon. LEGO has also suggested checking with your local LEGO brand store starting September 29 to know when the next batch of MFs will be shipped to them. Here’s the complete message circulated by LEGO to VIP members.

 

 

 

 

As you may know, the new LEGO® Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon (75192), our largest LEGO set ever, went on sale exclusively to VIP Members on September 14. We are very excited that we received such a positive response from fans like yourself, it exceeded all of our expectations! Unfortunately, that also means the first batch has already sold out.

The good news is we are making more as quickly as possible and expect to have very limited quantities available for the remainder of 2017. We have extended the VIP-only access period, which means the new inventory will remain exclusive to VIPs at least through November.

To make your wait a little easier, you can now sign up to receive back-in-stock notifications. Simply confirm your interest below and we’ll email you when a new batch of the Millennium Falcon (75192) is available on shop.LEGO.com

If you’d rather make your purchase at your favorite LEGO Brand Retail store, please call or visit your local store starting Friday 9/29 and ask a Brick Specialist to add you to the wait list.

*Please note, stock will be in very limited supply and each batch will likely sell out quickly. Signing up for notifications does not guarantee availability of the product.

Now this may be a little reassuring for VIP members, but not to LEGO fans who have no option to avail of the VIP program, particularly among countries where there is no presence of a LEGO brand store. Extending the VIP program until November also means that non-VIP members will have to wait longer (as opposed to the expectation that the MF will be available to the general public by October 1) to even have the remotest chance of purchasing this set within their region. I guess we just have to trust LEGO to carry on with their promises at this point.

LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Station (10259) Now Available to the Public.

With an early VIP launch that began mid-September, this year’s exclusive, holiday themed LEGO D2C set is now available to the general public and to the rest of the world. Unlike its contemporary hailing from a galaxy far away, LEGO brick fans have a far better chance of bringing home the LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Station (10259) than seeing the elusive UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) anytime soon. The Winter Village Station comes in at 902 pieces and retails for $79.99. You may visit shop.LEGO.com for more details.

LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Station (10259)

Head home for the holidays with the Winter Village Station!

Head for home with the festive Winter Village Station holiday set, featuring a snowy railroad station with wreath adorned lampposts and clock tower, platform, mailbox, green trees, snowy grade crossing with twin barriers and lights, and a beautiful, festively decorated bus with opening doors and a luggage rack with removable luggage and gift wrapped packages. This LEGO® Creator Expert model also includes a ticket counter with a timetable and a transaction counter window with room for sliding out tickets to travelers, plus a coffee shop with a serving hatch and a detailed interior with an espresso machine, cups, cash register and a menu. Includes 5 minifigures.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: a bus driver, barista, grandmother, child and a ticket agent.
  • The festively adorned Winter Village Station features a snowy train station with a clock tower, platform, coffee shop, ticket counter, grade crossing with twin barriers and lights, lampposts, mailbox and green trees, plus a bus.
  • Ticket counter features a timetable and a transaction counter window with room for sliding out tickets.
  • Coffee shop features a serving hatch and a detailed interior with espresso machine, cups, cash register and a menu.
  • Bus features festive decoration, opening doors, luggage rack with removable luggage and gift wrapped packages, and a removable roof for accessing the detailed interior.
  • Drive the happy passengers to the station.
  • Raise the barriers to cross the track.
  • Grab a newspaper and relax with a warm espresso from the cozy coffee shop.
  • Man the ticket booth, serve the travelers and slide the tickets under the serving window.
  • Gather the family for some festive LEGO® building!
  • Accessories elements include buildable wreaths and wrapped gifts, plus 2 mugs, ticket, newspaper and an envelope.
  • Special elements include new-for-October-2017 1×1 round plate with horizontal shaft, 4×6 roof element in dark blue, gray microphone element, printed ticket element and shield elements with printed clock-faces.
  • This set includes more than 900 pieces.
  • Includes 4 straight track pieces to connect with the LEGO® Creator Expert 10254 Winter Holiday Train, (10254 not included.)
  • Winter Village Station measures over 7” (19cm) high, 11” (28cm) wide and 5” (14cm) deep.
  • Grade Crossing when closed measures over 2” (6cm) high, 5” (13cm) wide and 5” (14cm) deep.
  • Bus measures over 3” (9cm) high, 5” (15cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide.

LEGO Seasonal Thanksgiving Set (40261) Official Images Now Up!

Last month, we had a glimpse of the LEGO Seasonal Thanksgiving (40261) set when its November-themed counterpart was made available which is the LEGO Seasonal Halloween Haunt (40260)As I have mentioned before, I am a fan of this series because of its nice, vignette-style builds and creative rendition of the changing seasons. Thanks to Promobricks, we now have official images of set 40261, which is expected to be available by October.

The LEGO Seasonal Thanksgiving (40261) set contains 133 LEGO pieces, some of which can prove to be quite useful for MOCs and other creations. The tree in the background looks very much the same as that from the LEGO Romantic Valentine Picnic (40236) save from the leave’s different color scheme. It also consists of vegetable patch, a scarecrow, and cleverly built turkey. I particularly like the cart which can be used in many different ways.

Other than the Thanksgiving (40261) and Halloween Haunt (40260) sets, we already have confirmation that the next holiday-themed seasonal sets will be the Christmas Train and Market Stalls (40262) and Town Square Christmas (40263) – both are perfect companions to this year’s Christmas D2C set, the LEGO Creator Winter Village Station (10259).