You Can Still Catch Up With Build Better Bricks Black Friday Deals

The clock is ticking fast,and in case you haven’t notice because of the stellar Brick Friday deals that LEGO Shop@Home is now offering, Build Better Bricks is also running its Black Friday deals in all of its building instructions and kits. All items – as in EVERYTHING – in the B3 website are absolutely at 25% off from their original price. From their latest custom LEGO Nintendo sets, to new holiday themes such as a custom Santa and Grinch busts and other custom LEGO parts, this is the best time to get those building projects up and ready. Needless to say, it’s a great time to finish that MOC you’re working on with Build Better Bricks Black Friday deals.

Simply head over to Build Better Bricks website and enter the code BLACKFRIDAY upon checkout. Or for a more convenient brick-shopping spree, simply click ACTIVATE to enable the automatic 25% discount on n all purchases. The only catch is you have to hurry until supplies last throughout Black Friday.

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LEGO Shop@Home Black Friday Deals Offer Hard to Find Sets

LEGO Shop@Home Black Friday deals have now kicked off and for those of us who are still holding on to those hard-earned bucks for the hope of landing that deal before the day ends, then you might think fast. As of this posting, we still have more than 200 discounted sets up for grabs at shop.LEGO.com, and here’s a quick list of the best finds that we have so far starting with some of the hard to find sets on the market.

Just click on the links below to navigate directly to the LEGO Shop@Home page. And since these are affiliate links, any purchase that you will make through our blog site will mean a lot in keeping our site up and running. Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping everyone!

 

Hard to Find Sets

LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827)

 

The LEGO Batman Movie The Joker Manor (70922)

 

LEGO Star Wars Slave 1 (75060)

 

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Silent Mary (71042)

 

LEGO Creator Expert Brick Bank (10251)

 

LEGO Creator Expert Detective’s Office (10246)

 

LEGO Creator Expert Ferris Wheel (10247)

 

LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Station (10259)

 

LEGO Minecraft The Ocean Monument (21136)

 

Other Recommended Sets

LEGO Creator Modular Winter Vacation (31080)

 

LEGO Creator Modular Modern Home (31068)

 

LEGO Creator Space Shuttle Explorer (31066)

 

LEGO Creator Robo Explorer (31062)

 

LEGO City People Pack – Fun at the Beach (60153)

 

LEGO City Pizza Van (60150)

 

LEGO Marvel Superheroes Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown (76108)

 

The LEGO NInjago Movie garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON! (70656)

 

The LEGO Batman Movie The Bat-Space Shuttle (70923)

 

LEGO Minecraft The Waterfall Base (21134)

 

LEGO Minecraft The Farm Cottage (21144)

 

LEGO Speed Champions 2016 Ford GT & 1966 Ford GT40 (75881)

 

LEGO Architecture Buckingham Palace (21029)

 

LEGO Architecture Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (21035)

 

LEGO Architecture Skylines Chicago (21033)

 

LEGO Architecture Skylines Sydney (21032)

First Images of the LEGO Regional Sets Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner (80101) and Dragon Dance (80102) Released

Earlier this month, The LEGO Group revealed its plan of offering regional sets that will be released exclusively in China in honor of its partnership with the said country, and its growing LEGO fan base in the area. Back then, we only had a sneak peek on these two sets which are slated to arrive in January 1, 2019. And this time around, we now have more images of these LEGO regional sets in the form of the Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner (80101) and the Dragon Dance (80102) sets courtesy of Promobricks.

Though it’s nice of LEGO to create sets that reflects the local region of a certain place or country (which it has been doing quite prominently in Asia), some fans in other parts of the globe are still a bit disappointed that they can’t get these sets directly from their nearby LEGO Store. Fans may probably just have to resort in buying overpriced sets from the secondary markets in order to add these to their collection.

In any case, these LEGO regional sets are excellent themselves – the Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner (80101) is vividly colored with various printed elements and stickers, while accentuated with various Chinese symbols that signify hopes of wealth and prosperity. The selling point of the Dragon Dance (80102) on the other hand, is probably its moving mechanism very similar to that of the new LEGO FORMA set. The collection of brightly colored minifigures plus the Piggy Guy from CMF Series 12 makes this set a sure win.

Let’s take a closer look at the images below, and feel free to share your thoughts about these in the comments section below.

 

Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner (80101)

 

Dragon Dance (80102)

LEGO Store in Disney Springs Joins Celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary

The year 1928 was the year Walter Elias Disney introduced what would become his most iconic creation in popular entertainment to the world: the big cheese himself, Mickey Mouse. This came in the form of the animated short Steamboat Willie, which premiered in November 18 of that year. What do you know, November 18 is this Sunday, and 2018 marks the celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary.

Obviously, the Disney Company is celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse. And perhaps the most prominent event in paying tribute to the name bearer of the House of Mouse can be found in Walt Disney World in Orlando. At their Disney Springs commercial complex, special Mickey merchandise and food items are being offered ahead of Sunday.

Even the Disney Springs LEGO Store is getting in on the Mickey Mouse vibe. They’re spearheading a massive brick-building effort to create a tribute mural that will showcase the various milestones of the king of Disney characters, as established in the Kingdom Hearts video game series.

Ahead of Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary, LEGO has also released some highly collectible sets in the form of BrickHeadz for not just Mickey (41624) but also Minnie Mouse (41625). The rumors that the BrickHeadz line may eventually be discontinued would only add to the potential value of these two LEGO sets.

LEGO BrickHeadz Mickey Mouse (41624) and Minnie Mouse (41625)

Interestingly, a Steamboat Willie set is up for contention in the Second 2018 Review Stage for LEGO Ideas. The results won’t be revealed until early next year, but that too would’ve been a nice addition to the LEGO contributions for celebrating 90 years of Mickey.

Early LEGO Black Friday Offers Coming This Weekend

News and details of LEGO Black Friday offers are slowly coming in ahead of the year’s super sale event next week. LEGO has sent out word via email that LEGO VIPs are in for a treat this Friday with its early Black Friday shopping event at all LEGO Stores and at LEGO Shop @Home. During the weekend from November 17 to 18, LEGO VIP members will earn double points on any LEGO purchase made during the upcoming weekends.

LEGO is also throwing in the seasonal gift-with purchase set, LEGO Christmas Box (40292) for free, for every single receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $99 and more. This is a great head start if you wish to add to those sweet double VIP points while being one of the first of those to bring home the Christmas Box (40292) freebie.

Of course, it’s a matter of weighing in your choices between the nice incentives that LEGO will be offering this weekend, and between the insanely great discounts that LEGO has in store come Black Friday. Either way around, you’ll still have the better end of the best deals that LEGO has to offer. Be sure to visit shop.LEGO.com for more details.

 

9 LEGO Sets Named as Finalists for 2019 Toy of the Year Awards

The Toy Association has announced the finalists in the 2019 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY) and nine (9) LEGO sets made it to the cut across the various categories of the prestigious award giving body. This is a big boost for LEGO, with almost double the LEGO sets that were now nominated this year as compared to those from last year. If you recall, LEGO was nominated for a total of five (5) categories in this year’s TOTY Awards which is like the Oscar awards of the toy industry. Out of these 5 nominees, LEGO managed to bag 3 awards which includes 2018’s Construction Toy of the Year, Specialty Toy of the Year, and Tech Toy of the Year.

This time around, LEGO was able to secure nine nominations for the 2019 Toy of the Year Awards for some of its most popular building sets recently released. These are:

2019 TOTY Specialty Toy of the Year Nominees

LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City (75222)

 

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043)

 

2019 TOTY Vehicle of the Year Nominee

LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron (42083)

 

2019 TOTY Playset of the Year Nominees

LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261)

 

LEGO Jurassic World Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate (75930)

 

 

2019 TOTY Preschool Toy of the Year Nominee

LEGO Duplo Steam Train (10874)

 

2019 TOTY Collectible of the Year Nominee

LEGO Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Collectible Minifigures (71022)

 

2019 TOTY Construction Toy of the Year Nominees

LEGO Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon (75212)

 

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall (75954)

 

Other than these 9 LEGO sets nominated for the 2019 Toy of the Year Awards, the LEGO Jurassic World theme has also been nominated for the License of the Year Award. The LEGO theme itself has produced a huge following, alongside the successful LEGO Jurassic Park sets.

The 2019 Toy of the Year Awards gala will happen on February 15, 2019 just a few days before the launch of 2019’s New York Toy Fair. And from today until February next year, you can cast your vote at the TOTY website on which toy should bag the various Toy of the Year awards.

So what do you think brick fans? Are there any other recent LEGO sets which you feel should have been included in 2019’s TOTY finalists? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289) Now Exclusively Available at LEGO Shop@Home

Just a quick reminder, just in case you haven’t noticed it yet: the LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289) is now available at LEGO Shop@Home as our current promotional, gift with purchase set. This is also a nice freebie to go along with the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043) if you’re planning to get this massive set which is now currently offered with Double VIP points at shop.LEGO.com.

The LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289) is available for free beginning November 9 until 21 or until supplies last, with a minimum purchase of any LEGO products worth $99 and above. LEGO seems to have a sufficient number of sets at hand since this gift-with-purchase set is still available at LEGO Shop@Home as of this posting. This set is also available at all local LEGO stores across the US, in case you want to pick up your own set personally.

LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289)

374 pieces; valued at $19.99

Recreate the magic of Diagon Alley™ with this magical LEGO® micro build featuring Gringotts™ Bank, Ollivanders™ Wand Shop, Flourish and Blotts, Quality Quidditch™ Supplies and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, plus a Mr. Ollivander minifigure with a wand.

LEGO® Diagon Alley™ Micro Build (item 40289) offer is valid on shop.LEGO.com and at LEGO Stores from November 9 through 11:59pm EST, November 21, 2018, or while supplies last only. Qualifying purchase must be equal to or greater than $99 in merchandise only; any applicable taxes, shipping charges, or value of gift cards purchased do not apply to merchandise total. Offer excludes Bricks & Pieces and backorder items. Cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other discount, offer or free gift. One free set per household. Item is valued at approximately a $19.99 (US) / $26.99 (CA) retail value and cannot be exchanged or substituted for any other item or cash value. Item is available exclusively through this offer; additional sets cannot be purchased. Offers not valid at LEGOLAND® Parks or LEGOLAND Discovery Centers. The LEGO Group reserves the right to cancel or modify these promotions at any time without advance notice.

LEGO Store Black Friday Free Exclusives Revealed

A couple of months ago, we reported that the LEGO Bricktober 2018 minifigures will now be made available at LEGO Stores following the demise of toy retail giant, Toys R Us. The availability of these highly-sought after collectible minifigures was confirmed by LEGO over through an email send to querying fans . Afterwards, LEGO was quite mum about the details, and it eventually turned out that book store retail king Barnes and Noble, will exclusively offer one of the LEGO Bricktober minfigures as a promotional gift the day after the release of the Fantastic Beasts sequel, Crimes of Grindelwald.  This time around, it looks like LEGO is now staying true to its promise of offering one of the LEGO Bricktober 2018 minifigure sets as a LEGO Store Black Friday free exclusive.

If you recall, we also shared some prior rumor that the LEGO Ninjago Bricktober 2018 minifigure set (5005257) will be across LEGO Stores as part of LEGO’s Black Friday deals. Thanks to a report shared by The Brick Fan, we now have confirmation that is indeed the case. One of the readers of The Brick Fan’s blogsite shared the an image of the LEGO Store flyer, revealing what’s in store on LEGO Store Black Friday.

First off, we now have confirmation that the LEGO Ninjago Bricktober 2018 minifigure will now be available as a free, in-store LEGO Store Black Friday exclusive, with any single receipt purchase of any LEGO product worth $50 and above. This promotional is available only in-store so you might want to take the extra effort of locating the nearest LEGO Store nearest you.

One of my personal favorites and much-awaited LEGO GWP set for the holidays is the new LEGO Christmas Gift Box (40292). The set has already found its way in Europe and China, and its glad to hear that it will now be available in the US, from November 23 to 26, or until supplies last. Unlike the LEGO Ninjago Bricktober 2018 minifigures, the Christmas Gift Box will be available both in-store and online over at shop.LEGO.com. This cute, little holiday build will be available to all LEGO fans with a purchase of $99 or more.

Other than these LEGO Store Black Friday freebies, select LEGO sets will be on great discounts on Black Friday, with more LEGO sets placed on 30% discount from November 23 until 26. The deals continue until Cyber Monday where selected LEGO sets will still be offered at 20% discount.

The above mentioned LEGO Store flyer also tells us that the LEGO Creator Expert Detective’s Office (10246) will also be on a 20% discount from November 23 to 26. This modular set is now listed as out of stock over LEGO Shop@Home, so if you ever bump on this one at your local LEGO Store from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, then this might be the only time to get this set at a great discount. Alternatively, you may get the Detective’s Office (10246) roughly on its same regular price over at Amazon.

Be sure to stay tuned here on our blogsite for more LEGO Store Black Friday offers. We’ll update the site as more info comes in.

 

LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254) To Be Available in Barnes & Noble For Only 1 Day

After LEGO confirmed the release of the LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254) at Barnes & Noble stores last August, there has been mixed reports regarding its availability at the different branches of the said retail giant. There has been numerous anecdotal reports that the highly sought after collectible minifigures were put on display at some B&N stores, selling for $7.99. For several months, Barnes and Noble was mum about it, and has neither confirmed nor has released any official confirmation if ever these collectible LEGO minifigs were actually being sold already.

However, it looks like that Barnes & Noble has now finally broken its silence and gives us a definite answer on when the LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254) will be released in their stores. According to an email newsletter from Barnes & Noble, the company has now confirmed  that the much coveted minifigures will now be officially released on November 17 as a LEGO promotional – and only, take note, ONLY for a day. The following ad was included in B&N’s newsletter correspondence, as shared by Brickset.

LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254)
Image courtesy of Brickset.

Barnes and Noble’s website also provided several details on its other in-store only exclusives, collectively tagged as Explore the Magic at B&N’s Wizarding World Event.

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Thus on November 17, one day after Crimes of Grindelwald premieres in the US and UK, Barnes and Noble will be inviting guests to their stores for their Explore the Magic event, and it will be wise to expect that plenty of LEGO fans will rush to their stores on this date because of the release of the LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254). Bear in mind also that these minifigs will be given for free but with a price point of $75 worth of LEGO products purchased in their stores, and while supplies last.

Here’s what else to expect from Barnes & Noble on November 17:

  1. $10 reward card with the purchase of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay available (until Nov. 21)
  2. 10% off select Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts wands and wearables such as the Sorting Hat, Harry Potter Glasses, and Dobby Ears available
  3. Free WREBBIT3D™ Harry Potter Ford Anglia™ Puzzle w/ the purchase of a Harry Potter WREBBIT3D Puzzle available
  4. New Chocolate Wands will be 3 for $30 available (until year’s end)
  5. $1 Bertie Bott’s 1.2 oz Every Flavour Beans available

 

That list doesn’t even include other freebies that B&N stores are going to shower guests with. Also, in contrast to previous reports, the LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254) will not be available for regular purchase during this 1-day event, but will be accessible as a purchase promo.

I wish you all the best in bagging this one.

 

LEGO to Release Exclusive Lunar New Year Sets in China

The LEGO Group’s presence in the Chinese region is felt even more, now that they have announced the release of its first ever region-specific sets in China and the rest of the Asia-Pacific. The announcement was made during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) which opened Monday, November 5, 2018. According to Niels B. Christiansen, TLG’s Chief Executive Officer, “These sets are special. They are the first sets we’ve created to celebrate Lunar New Year and the first time we’ve made sets for a specific country or region. We hope they bring a lot of joy to children and the young at heart during new year.” This exclusive Lunar New Year sets will be available beginning January 1, 2019.

The LEGO Group’s CEO Niels B. Christiansen announcing the arrival of region-specific, exclusive LEGO sets in China.

LEGO intends to release two sets: the first set depicts a Chinese family gathering together for a festive Lunar New Year dinner in a traditional home. The build, dubbed as Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner, features the uniqueness of Chinese architecture where the minifigures included in this set underscore the rich culture of the people of China.

The LEGO Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner set.

The second LEGO exclusive Lunar New Year set celebrates the iconic Dragon Dance which signifies the Chinese belief for a bountiful year ahead. It features a Dragon Dance team composed of several minifigures in vibrant red colors and dragon printings, led by a costumed minifigure very much the same as that of the Piggy Guy from the LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 12 (71007). It was the perfect choice of a minifigure to be included in this particular set, considering that 2019 is marked as the Year of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac.

The LEGO Dragon Dance set.

We have no further details about these exclusive Lunar New Year sets, except for these images that were officially released by TLG. The funny thing is, these images bear confidential watermarks and were shared publicly by TLG themselves. In any case, these are pretty nice sets considering that these are first ever region-specific sets that LEGO made. So for LEGO fans and collectors that are outside of the Asia-Pacific region, the secondary market will be the only avenue in getting them commercially.