Celebrate May the 4th and Get a Chance to Win Two LEGO Star Wars Republic Gunships on Whatnot!

In case you haven’t noticed by now, Stephen, Jason, and the rest of the TBS gang have joined the Whatnot platform. For those unfamiliar, Whatnot is a community-driven marketplace that provides members with a safe place to buy and sell collectibles online. Its relatively new when it started in 2019 and just recently, The Brick Show Shop has joined in the live auction fray as well to make your May the 4th celebrations more fun.

The response we got from you is just so encouraging! We’re glad to hear that our Spinifig Wheel and custom LEGO Star Wars minifigs were a hit. And to make this LEGO May the 4th celebrations and tonight’s auction more exciting, Stephen will be hosting another live auction where you’ll get the chance to win not one, but two iconic LEGO Star Wars Republic Gunships!

The mechanics are simple. If you’re new to the Whatnot platform, we’re sending invites for first-time users with an awesome $10 credit giveaway that you can use to spend in any of our auctions. Just click on this link to avail of this freebie.

Then jump into the auction to have the chance to bag any of our custom LEGO Star Wars minifigures that we will be showcasing. And if you happen to be an auction winner, your name will be automatically added to the raffle where you’ll get the chance to get this LSW classic: the LEGO Star Wars Republic Attack Gunship (7676) from 2008.

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For those of you who are into collecting LEGO Star Wars sets, you may know very well that this comes with uber collectible minifigs not found in other sets, or had a limited run. You’ll get the unique minifig versions of Asajj Ventress, Commander Cody, Plo Koon, and a Clone Wars Clone Trooper.

But the fun doesn’t end there. Just by viewing or joining us during the live auction, you also get the chance of winning (drum roll please) the LEGO Star Wars UCS Republic Gunship (75309) from last year. What a great way to spice up our May the 4th celebration!

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Valued at $350, you can have the chance of bringing home this 3,292-piece set and being a proud owner of an Ultimate Collector Series set.

And of course, our Spinifig Wheel has something in store as well. Because other than the usual minifigs we feature during our live auctions, we will also throw in one of Build Better Brick’s bestsellers, the Custom LEGO Millenium Blaster valued at $150. Even Han Solo couldn’t resist this offer.

And to top it all off, you’ll get an exclusive first look at our very first Whatnot custom LEGO arcade game. Stephen will give us the details later, and here are some of its images to whet our brick appetites.

 

Remember that you can only watch and have access to these prizes and reveals only at our live auction which will start tonight at 9 PM EST. So be sure to join before then. See you and May the 4th be with you and may you bring home these awesome LEGO sets!

May the 4th LEGO Star Wars GWPs Revealed

April 2022 has just about run its course, and we’ve got new LEGO stuff to look forward to. While that primarily lies in the new sets launching come May 1, they’re not the only things to look out for. Mere days later, we’ve got a prime period for LEGO Star Wars collectors. In light of the franchise’s “May the 4th” celebration, LEGO’s springing for some cool collectibles as part of the fun. What can we expect? A polybag’s rather obvious. There might even be a non-brick item too. But an event-exclusive set’s something to shoot for. LEGO’s got all these.

Stone Wars from Germany has just given us a lowdown on the LEGO Star Wars May the 4th 2022 GWPs. The prime item for this batch of sets would be a diorama of a “Star Wars Episode IV” location. That would be the Kitchen (40531) of Luke Skywalker’s Tatooine home, with a minifigure of his Aunt Beru. If you’re a “Mandalorian” fan you can try for a keychain with a Beskar tag (5007403). Finally, if you’re not spending much on LEGO Star Wars, you can at least grab an AT-ST (30495) polybag. All items are featured on LEGO.com Shop now:

Lars Family Homestead Kitchen (40531)

Age 18+ | 195 pieces | 1 minifigure | worth $19.99 | get for minimum $160 LEGO Star Wars purchase

The Mandalorian Beskar Key Chain (5007403)

Age 6+ | worth $15.99 | LEGO VIP Exclusive, get for minimum $70 LEGO Star Wars purchase

AT-ST polybag (30495)

Age 6+ | 79 pieces | worth $4.99 | get for minimum $40 LEGO Star Wars purchase

These GWPs are up for grabs from May 1 to 8, so collectors have enough time. May the 4th be with you on Star Wars Day 2022.

LEGO Super Mario Princess Peach’s Castle (71408) Teased Ahead of Mar10 Day Event

By now, we can perhaps safely say that LEGO Super Mario isn’t just a one-off gimmicky product line. It may well be a new long-running LEGO theme all on its own, with regular set launches year after year. Having electronic buildable characters from the Nintendo videogame franchise electronically interacting with the sets is sheer genius. Every new set released can potentially be a new interactive playground for the LEGO Mario Bros. And if you think the sets launched last January were all there is for 2022, think again. In fact, LEGO Super Mario is soon expanding its playable brick-built characters.

As told by Brickset, LEGO has spoiled us with its next big Super Mario tie-in: Princess Peach’s Castle (71408). A now-deleted post on LEGO’s Instagram inadvertently revealed this bombshell. But we’re sure to get the low-down very soon. That’s because Thursday, March 10, is being celebrated as Mar10 Day. (Mar-10, get it?) The event already graces the front page of LEGO Shop online. No word on Peach’s Castle. Still, other LEGO Super Mario promotions are taking center stage. The upcoming set 71408 features a Castle build inspired by “Super Mario 64.” But it features cross-franchise characters like Bowser Koopa, Ludwig Koopa, Toadette and more.

Mar10 Day Details

Meanwhile, Mar10 Day is bringing back some cool stuff according to The Brick Fan. During March 10-24, LEGO Super Mario purchases worth $40 will again get the Fuzzy & Mushroom Platform (30389) polybag. This GWP already ran in August 2021 so apparently LEGO still has stock left. In-store shoppers can bring their LEGO Mario/Luigi figures to the nearest LEGO Store to receive the Super Mario coin. Finally, LEGO is offering three bundles of past Super Mario sets. Buying them will net not just VIP points (if member) but also Nintendo Platinum Points.

These set bundles can only be gotten on LEGO.com, so grab them if you haven’t already.

Monthly In-Store LEGO Build Activities Become Online Challenges in LEGO.com Creativity Page

Many (many) years ago, when LEGO still released monthly Store Calendars, they might have contained dates for in-store build activities. New LEGO sets and possible GWP promos could be alternatively claimed online. But going to one’s local LEGO Store to make that month’s mini-build was a unique sort of fun. Sadly, the pandemic forced LEGO to scupper in-store activities. Eventually they even discontinued the monthly store calendars as well. It felt like the end of an era. It doesn’t have to be that way, however. LEGO found a way to revive the monthly build activities by making it available online.

That’s how Brick Fanatics tells it. LEGO.com has launched a new page, the Creativity Hub. Here, the in-store building activities of pre-pandemic yesteryear have returned. They’ve even increased in potential frequency, from monthly to weekly. Every week, LEGO plans to provide an online building challenge for site visitors. Several new micro-build will be introduced, their building instructions placed in downloadable PDF form. Interested participants can then build the challenges using their LEGO pieces on hand. If they photograph their creation and take it to their local LEGO Store, they’ll get something exclusive for their efforts.

For their pictures of their completed Creativity build challenge, home LEGO builders will receive one DOTS Craft Felt Sticker pack. Each contains four sheets of felt stickers that can be cut into desired shapes. And this giveaway may not be permanent if LEGO.com warns us “while supplies last.” But for as long as they do, builders could re-experience somewhat the enjoyment of building little LEGO things. Instead of every month, they could come every year. And now they can be accessed with a quick visit to the LEGO Shop online.

Exclusive Set Dagny Holm – Master Builder (40503) Available at LEGO House

It’s true that LEGO has resolved to phase out the idea of sets exclusive to one region or other.  Nevertheless, some LEGO products are so integral to a particular location that it could only be found there. A few years ago there was an exclusive LEGO Architecture set (40199) of Billund Airport. It was available only at the LEGO Store of said airport’s departure hall. From this snippet alone you could discern that Billund, Denmark aka LEGO’s company town has some sweet exclusives still. In fact, there’s a new set that might be found at LEGO House, according to Promobricks.

LEGO House/The Home of the Brick in Billund is LEGO’s gallery/museum/indoor experience center and events venue. Oh, and it also has its own LEGO Store quite naturally. There, one may find the new Dagny Holm – Master Builder (40503) exclusive set. Said product is a tribute to Master Builder Dagny Holm (1917-2004), a niece of LEGO founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen. Holm transitioned her education in Classical Sculpture Design to making fantastic large-scale LEGO-brick models and structures. She would remain a company master builder until retiring at age 70. The Dagny Holm – Master Builder set (40503) went on sale at the LEGO House this past March 1, 18 years after her death.

Visitors to the Home of the Brick could get this exclusive set there for DKK599 (roughly $89). For now, Danish and possibly mainland European tourists have easier access to buy it. For everyone else around the world, remaining pandemic travel restrictions (and a crisis several countries eastward) can be challenging. Hopefully supplies of Dagny Holm – Master Builder (40503) will last for future LEGO House guests.

IWD2022: LEGO Jane Goodall Tribute (40530) GWP Period Now On

It’s International Women’s Day this March 3, 2022. And as they have done so in years past, LEGO has a special commemorative treat to mark the occasion. Of course, it comes in the form of a gift with purchase set. The woman being honored by LEGO in 2022 is a name easily associated with chimpanzee research and conservation: Jane Goodall. The Brick Fan confirms with us that the Jane Goodall Tribute (40530) set is now available as GWP. LEGO buyers can get one with a minimum purchase of $120. That’s from March 3 to 15 or until supplies run out.

A Jane Goodall Tribute Gift

Celebrate an icon of conservation by honoring famous ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE. Comes with a Jane Goodall minifigure plus 3 chimpanzee figures. As an advocate for species preservation and environmentalism, young builders can pay tribute to her legacy. The set includes elements made from sustainably sourced plant-based plastic. Receive this gift with LEGO purchases of $120 or more, available 3/3-3/15 while supplies last.

Building Instructions Available for LEGO Brand Store (40528), New GWP for Store Openings

LEGO gifts-with-purchase sets run the gamut from common and easily-acquired, to being uncommonly rare. The latter group goes beyond merely being in-store exclusive for instance, but rather because their availability becomes highly situational. Now, since 2012 LEGO’s been presenting GWP sets available only during the openings of their new Branded stores. The building set depicts, naturally, a brick-built LEGO Store as well, with new iterations introduced every few years. Given how uncommon new LEGO branded stores open worldwide, their accompanying GWPs are limited too. With the retirement of the most recent LEGO Brand Store set (40145), a new version was previewed at last year’s end.

And according to German LEGO news source Promobricks¸ building instructions for the new LEGO Brand Store (40528) are now available. They can be found, as usual, in LEGO.com’s Building Instructions portal. As you can see in the box image, we’ve a fully-enclosed build for the next GWP exclusive for new LEGO Store openings. It doesn’t even feature a single minifigure, but has a sticker sheet included for added details. The introduction of this LEGO Store (40528) GWP couldn’t come at a better time. The previous set 40145 was already in low quantity even before retirement this year.

In fact, 40145’s scarcity the reopening of LEGO’s branded store in Bonn, Germany used another LEGO Store set as GWP. Said micro-scale set (40305) is actually a retail version, still listed at LEGO.com (20% off) but currently sold out. For any new branded LEGO Stores opening this 2022 and beyond, GWP set 40528 is what to expect. Of course, those new stores should open near you if you want a shot at collecting this item. As you know, being a GWP it comes free with a minimum total LEGO purchase.

LEGO Finally Makes Spider-Man Art Print (5007043) Available on VIP Rewards

Back in September, LEGO teased a series of art prints that could be availed of through their VIP program. Of the four prints, three depicted the Disney Princesses Rapunzel, Elsa and Belle. The fourth was a LEGO Marvel art print featuring Spider-Man. Following the reveal, the LEGO Disney Princess prints got packed into a special set bundle (5007204) for LEGO.com UK. That was in addition to being available on LEGO VIP’s Rewards the normal way. But for some reason the Marvel Spider-Man art print didn’t follow them to the latter as intended. Was it cancelled?

The Brick Fan says no. Be informed that the LEGO Spider-Man Comic art print (5007043) can now be redeemed at the VIP Rewards Center. If you need a refresher, this print shows LEGO Spider-Man rescuing J. Jonah Jameson from the super-villain-besieged Daily Bugle. Yep, it’s pretty much an artsy rendition of the epic LEGO Marvel 18+ set, Daily Bugle (76178). Considering what transpired this past weekend, we might understand why LEGO held off on launching this print with the Disney Princesses. It neatly piggybacks on the premiere hype of the MCU’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which released on December 17.

Even better, LEGO VIP members only need 450 VIP points to redeem this print from the Rewards Center. We’re talking 200 points less than for the Princesses’ art prints. About the only shortcoming we might find is that no LEGO bundles for the Spider-Man print and Daily Bugle (76178) exist. The aforementioned LEGO Marvel set is also temporarily out of stock at LEGO.com at present. But hey: LEGO-Marvel fan? Are you VIP program member too? Then what are you waiting for? Get this sweet print.

LEGO Creator Skiing Santa Still Active In-Store GWP in UK, Europe Until Dec. 24

When it came to special offers in the vein of GWPs, the December 2021 LEGO Store Calendar was…sparse. Only one item was listed there, and only available in-store instead of online. That would be a Creator polybag with the figure of a jolly Skiing Santa Claus (30580). It could be earned free for every in-store LEGO purchase over $40, from December 1 to 14. Well, that promo period has come and gone since last week, at least in the US. As Brick Fanatics tells it however, Skiing Santa Claus is still around in Europe. And he’s staying until Christmas Eve.

Indeed, it can be seen as such in the Offers & Sale page of LEGO.com for GB. Creator Skiing Santa Claus (30580) remains active in-store GWP not just in the UK but Europe too. As with the now-ended US edition, the buildable figure polybag is earned with in-store LEGO purchases over 40. That’s in pounds or euros depending on where. It also goes hand-in-hand with the full seasonal set Santa’s Front Yard (40484). This similarly long-running GWP goes for both in-store and online orders over £170/€170. Both it and Skiing Santa are available right until December 24, quite appropriate enough.

Last Reminder of LEGO Cyber Monday Deals

The craziness of Black Friday weekend finally winds down with Cyber Monday, this November 29. While some of the Black Friday Deals are still on, one-day Cyber Monday offers are in the forefront now. We covered some of them before going into the weekend. Now, let’s review what to expect this Cyber Monday, as well as new stuff we learned.

  • LEGO Fleece Blanket – GWP with VIP purchases over $200
  • $5 discount voucher – get with redemption of 455 VIP points (usual rate at 650 points)

Here’s something else, but only if you’re a LEGO VIP member:

Most other deals from Black Friday still apply until today: GWPs Santa’s Front Yard (40484) and Seasonal Holiday Tree (in-store). And let’s not forget the VIP sweepstakes with a million VIP points at stake. Go get that last bit of LEGO shopping in before Cyber Monday winds down.