2018 LEGO Star Wars Sets Selling Early at Texas Target Store.

Okay, so Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is coming into cinemas this December 15, bringing us to the halfway point of the franchise’s Disney-produced sequel trilogy. As a long-standing partner when it comes to Star Wars merchandising, LEGO has been one of the most prominent tie-in product manufacturers for this sprawling space opera.

They already have certain LEGO Star Wars sets ready to hit the market the following year. But apparently some of these hotly anticipated merchandises have already been supplied to certain retail outlets. What’s more, they appear to already be being sold well before their supposed release date.

The first reported in-store sighting of LEGO Star Wars sets slated for 2018 was in a Target store over in Texas. Not only were they already on display, with the next year still a ways off, but apparently several units of the sets have already found their way in the hands of some lucky ultra-early buyers. Though we have seen these images floating around the Internet for quite some time already, we have to wait for confirmation if this was actually sold at a local retailer and not just another leaked image.

Two sets in particular were spotted in this early-bird sighting. The first is a new LEGO Star Wars Sandspeeder (75204). Or at least it’s a new recolor, it being almost identical in form with the Snowspeeder (75049) from 2014, save for the desert color scheme and being 1 brick less!

The second set is said to be a Target-exclusive LEGO package, another two-in-one deal limited edition collector’s pack for the LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz line, the first being the NYCC exclusive LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (41498).

We mentioned about this latest BrickHeadz set a month ago (less the image you see below), and as it turned out, the set’s availability has been confirmed. The LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Rey and Kylo Ren (41489) is a limited edition collector’s pack which, apparently, is only sold at Target stores.

Though this combo pack may be exclusive only to Target, you can still purchase them separately as LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Rey (41602) and Kylo (41603) in all LEGO Stores and elsewhere. Both Target and LEGO have yet to say anything about this occurrence.

Registration Now Open for Tour Dates of LEGO Inside Tour 2018.

When a company has such a rich and vibrant history behind it, they can certainly put that to good use by inviting their loyal fans and followers to tour that history with them.

That’s pretty much the main deal with The LEGO Company and their LEGO Inside Tour, a wondrous excursion that the company describes as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They’ve got several tour schedules set up for next year, and registration is open.

Yes, there’s already a  LEGO Live event happening in New York in February next year, but for longtime and dedicated LEGO fans with some money saved up, the LEGO Inside Tour 2018 could stand to be another pinnacle of their total lifetime experience with LEGO and their products.

 

Throughout the following year, The LEGO Group will be guiding five groups of about 80 or so attendees at a time through some of the most memorable locations in the company’s long history as one of the world’s major toy brands.

It all takes place in LEGO’s home, the town of Billund in Denmark, and will include tours of the house of LEGO founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen, exhibits of original 1930s LEGO sets and models, and an excursion through a modern factory with chances to meet personally meet LEGO personnel and set designers. Each tour session lasts 3 days, so groups will be staying at Billund’s Hotel LEGOLAND in between company visits.

At the end of the tour, participants will receive an exclusively numbered set produced specifically as a gift for the LEGO Inside Tour, and in close collaboration with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen. This year, tour participants received the LEGO House Tree of Creativity (4000024), a shout-out to the grandiosity of the actual  15-meter, brick-built Tree of Creativity nestled right in the middle of LEGO Square.

2017’s LEGO Inside Tour Exclusive Gift Set – The Tree Of Creativity (4000024)

Here are the five LEGO Inside Tour schedules throughout next year, for your reference:

  • May 23-25
  • May 30-June 1
  • June 13-15
  • September 12-14
  • September 19-21

Note however, that the registration period to join one of these tour groups is really short. It starts November 6 2017 at 10 am until Friday November 10 2017 at 10 am. All dates and times are at Continental Europe Time.

Do note that participants will need to arrange their own travel to Billund, as the LEGO Inside Tour only kicks off from the starting point at Hotel LEGOLAND, not far from the town’s international airport. Visit LEGO.com for more information, and then sign up for registration here.

LEGO Live Coming to New York City on February 2018!

This is somewhat of a revival from LEGO, but with a different twist. Reminiscent of the LEGO Truck Show marketing tour of the late 90s, LEGO will offer once again a unique, family-oriented event that will literally feature millions of LEGO bricks, tons of hands-on building events, life-size builds, workshops from renowned LEGO Master Builders and much more. The LEGO Live inaugural event will run from February 16-18, where the show promises a fully immersive, one-of-a-kind experience that will appeal to LEGO fans of all ages. Some of the highlights of the LEGO Live event include a range of interactive play zones, a Master Lab Help Desk, a huge selection of LEGO sets for sale, and a selection of ‘show only’ souvenirs.

If you wish to book as early as now, tickets are already available for purchase online.  Check out the full press release below. Will give you updates as soon as more information comes in.

SPECTACULAR AND BRICK-TACULAR LEGO® LIVE IS COMING TO NEW YORK CITY FEBRUARY 16-18

 Inaugural show will feature 65,000 square feet of immersive experiences, hands-on building activities, live performances and demonstrations for families and visitors of all ages at Pier 36 in Manhattan.

NEW YORK (November 6, 2017) – LEGO® LIVE will debut a unique blend of imagination, creativity and play for the first time in the United States with a major family event February 16-18, 2018 in New York City. This new official LEGO event will transform Pier 36 in Manhattan into a brick-built family adventure filled with playful activities, performances and more for both kids and kids at heart. Tickets are now on sale at legolive.frontgatetickets.com.

A must-attend event for any LEGO fan, LEGO LIVE NYC will include a range of interactive themed play zones, each offering a distinct experience – from classic building challenges to using coding and robotic technology to program a multifunctional model. Fans will also be able to meet LEGO Master Builders at the Master Lab Help Desk, where builders can get one-on-one advice and show off their creations. Show guests can explore the latest LEGO building sets, compete in exciting building challenges, and take photos with LEGO models based on beloved characters from iconic films and LEGO properties such as Star Wars™ and NINJAGO®. Among the many experiences, families will find:

LEGO® Life: Maximize your show experience via the LEGO Life app, a safe, social network for kids who love to build. The app will offer details on show activities and insider tips, and the LEGO Life team will host exclusive opportunities to build, capture and share unique LEGO creations made at the show with the broader community of LEGO fans in the app.

Meet the Masters on the Main Stage: Meet a LEGO Master Builder and learn building tips and tricks in live demonstrations, competitions and Q&A sessions.

LEGO Architecture: Build together to create the iconic skyscrapers that make up the Manhattan skyline in this community building area.

LEGO Minecraft™: Journey with Steve to build your way through the iconic and ever-popular Minecraft universe with the thousands of specialty LEGO pieces found in this creative building zone.

Coding Corner: Build, code and play with the new LEGO BOOST and heritage LEGO MINDSTORMS® toolkits to test your skill in creating your own LEGO robot.

LEGO Shop: Browse a huge selection of LEGO sets for builders of all ages, or select from an assortment of “show only” souvenirs.

“New York City is home to many of the world’s most dedicated, creative and passionate LEGO fans, so we are thrilled to debut this one-of-a-kind experience with families in the tri-state area,” said Michael McNally, senior director, brand relations at LEGO Systems, Inc. “We can’t wait to see how that inherent creativity comes to life as we engage New Yorkers and visitors alike in memorable hands-on, minds-on LEGO play experiences for the entire family.”

Tickets are now available and can be purchased at legolive.frontgatetickets.com. $30 General Admission, $45 VIG (Very Important Guest) and $75 VIK (Very Important Kid) ticketing options are available.

Be sure to follow @LEGO on Facebook and Instagram and @Lego_Group on Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest information on LEGO LIVE. Follow along and join the conversation using #LEGOLIVENYC.

For more information on LEGO LIVE, and to plan your visit, please visit liveevent.lego.com.

LEGO LIVE NYC is organized by Parallel Live in partnership with LEGO Systems, Inc.

December LEGO Store Calendar Gives Us A Glimpse on Some of The Most Exciting Sets of 2018.

The last LEGO Store Calendar of the year is now officially out in the US. Though LEGO has its usual freebies lined up for the month, I have to say that I am not really looking forward to them except probably for the re-run of the LEGO Creator Mini London Bus (40220) offered from December 8-17, and the highlight of December’s promotionals which is the commemorative LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Anniversary Pod (5005376). There’s also another round of Double VIP points from December 8-10 so that is something to look forward to as well.

However, there is still another reason to be excited about all things LEGO – and you don’t even have to wait until December. The second page of the December LEGO Store Calendar highlights some of the 2018 LEGO City, Creator, Ninjago and Technic sets that we featured a few days ago, and included in the calendar, quite unexpectedly, is one LEGO Nexo Knights set that is also slated to debut during the first half of next year. We had our first glimpse of Axl’s Rolling Arsenal (72006) from the recent issue of LEGO Life Magazine, and this time around, we get to see another LEGO Nexo Knights set together with a brief description of its play features. The LEGO Nexo Knights Berserker Bomber (72003) offers us a brief background on who or what the next evil baddies that our heroes will be faced with. On a personal note, I find next year’s line-up of LEGO Creator sets more appealing exciting. I’m looking forward to the Modular Skate House, together with the Quake Mech, and the Berserker Bomber. Check out these set descriptions below.

LEGO City Mountain Arrest (60173)

Hop in the police helicopter and search for the crooks in their mountain hideout! Load the net launcher while you hover over the hideout and your partner rappels down beside the surprised crook. Go a bit lower and aim the net at the other crook trying to escape in the buggy.

LEGO Creator Modular Skate House (31081)

Have an awesome day at the Modular Skate House, complete with ramp, monkey bars, climbing wall, scooter, skateboard and 2 minifigures. Rebuilds into a Games Arcade or a Skate Park.

LEGO Ninjago Movie Quake Mech (70632)

Rescue TV reporter Fred Finley from the shark army! Jump into the cockpit and wheel into action. Team up with Misako to protect Fred from Mike the Spike. Then unfold the Quake Mech’s massive shoulder loudspeakers and shoot soundwaves to defeat the evil shark army!

LEGO Nexo Knights Berserker Bomber (72003)

Prepare for high-flying action with the Berserker Bomber, featuring a detachable winged eye, dual 6-stud tech infection shooters and movable wings, plus a detachable Vyro Suit for the MechaByter. Attach the jet pack to Macy and send Berserker flying back to Monstrox!

LEGO Technic Racing Yacht (42074)

Celebrate maritime ingenuity with this cool Racing Yacht, featuring a sporty color scheme, sails with lines and winches, detailed hull and a working rudder with wheel and tiller steering. This sturdy 2-in-1 advanced building set can be rebuilt to create a highly detailed Catamaran.

 

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.