LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Minifigures Now On Sale At Select TRU Stores.

This year’s LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 promotionals are now up, and as we reported from yesterday, this annual LEGO and TRU promo have already kicked off in some parts of the world and has just recently began in the US. For its first wave of offerings during this week (October 1 to 7), LEGO purchases of $50 and above at any Toys R Us stores will entitle you to a free LEGO Bricktober Minifigure set  which is from the Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu theme.  Week 2 (October 8 to 14) giveaways will be the LEGO Batman Movie minifigs; Week 3 (October 15-21) the LEGO City Jungle Exploration; and Week 4 (October 22-28) will be a selection of LEGO CMFs coming from past series.

According to some reports we’re receiving from our brick fans, certain TRU stores, particularly in Arlington, Texas, are now even offering Week 2 series which is yet to be released next week. Furthermore, store clerks are even offering them for sale for $19.99 per set even without any qualifying purchases, including The LEGO Batman Movie series, which is still due next week. Here are some images snapped by one of our friends.

What I find odd is the fact that there seems to be an absence of any active promotions or marketing for these minifigure sets. According to reports, there are no visible in-store signages of any kind that hints on these Bricktober promotionals. Unlike that of last year’s where flyers were given away to promote 2016’s Bricktober minifigs, this year is somewhat lacking. This is only me speculating, but it could be that TRU has underestimated how popular these minifigure sets are and is now doing some regulating of some sorts to ensure that there will be plenty of sets to go around during the next three weeks, OR in light of their recent financial crisis and bankruptcy, advertising is one of the company’s activities that are placed in the backburner. Couple it with a rather low morale from their frontline store personnel, then you can expect a relatively apathetic atmosphere where you can easily get products that are not yet supposed to be offered.

We just have to wait and see if TRU will be consistent in its announcements and promo, and for the mean time please let us know if these 2017 Bricktober Minifigure sets are now available in your local TRU stores. Drop us a comment below if you happen to spot them.

Thanks to Justin for giving us a heads up.

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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).

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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.

LEGO Releases Building Instructions for the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192).

Before anything else, I would like to clarify that what I’m about to say has nothing to do whatsoever with the availability of the still sold out, and frustratingly elusive, LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon (75192). However, I’ve been hearing news recently that certain LEGO certified stores outside of the US, particularly in Australia and Singapore, where AFOLs were fortunate enough to pre-order and purchase 50 sets of these brick-built Corellian freighters. The way it seems, it was kind enough of LEGO to set aside at least a few sets for its business partners (certified stores) in various regions where the LEGO VIP program is unavailable.

For those who are still patiently hitting the F5 buttons on their keyboards, and constantly refreshing shop.LEGO.com’s UCS Millennium Falcon product page for the hope of seeing that Add to Bag button, then you may want to check this out first. LEGO has recently uploaded into their servers the massive, 468-page building instructions for the UCS Millennium Falcon (75192).  Since I haven’t seen nor held the set myself, I am naturally curious on what the building instructions may contain. If you want to download the full instructions in pdf format – a total of 83MB in file size – just head over to this link. I’ve posted the first introductory pages of the building instructions which you can find below. It provides a background on the history of the Millennium Falcon itself, and the design process involved in creating the largest LEGO set ever, with interviews from the members of the design team.

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 BrickHeadz Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (41498) Are These Year’s NYCC LEGO Exclusives.

After yesterday’s tease of this year’s New York Comic Con LEGO exclusive, we now have our first look at what these sets are. Alluding to the classic Star Wars saga, we have the iconic characters of Boba Fett and Han Solo rendered in LEGO BrickHeadz form. With a total piece count of 329 pieces, the LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (41498) numbered 27 and 28 respectively, is the first and largest LEGO BrickHeadz offered as of to date.

The Han Solo in Carbonite features the very first official BrickHeadz “closed eye” design, and stands as the largest LEGO BrickHeadz ever made. The LEGO BrickHeadz Boba Fett features tons of details and unique pieces exclusive to this year’s LEGO New York Comic Con offering. Set 41498 will be available to all qualified Comic-Con attendees (via a preliminary lottery system), retailing for $40 each.

What do you think brick fans of this year’s NYCC LEGO BrickHeadz exclusive? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

The LEGO Lester Minifigure (40308) Now Available in LEGO Store Leicester Square.

If you recall from last year’s grand opening of the largest LEGO Store in the world at Leicester Square in London, LEGO fans in the UK were thrilled to know that LEGO went the extra mile by offering a limited edition (only 275 pieces released), Lester minifigure to mark the occasion. However, it is not something that has gone out smoothly since most LEGO fans who visited were quite disappointed to know that they will only qualify to bring home this freebie after reaching a certain purchase threshold AND via a scratch card lottery system. Needless to say, only 275 visitors left the store brimming with smiles during that day.

Now a year later, LEGO Leicester Square has a treat for everyone, now that the store offers Lester once more and this time in a polybag version that you can buy right from the store. The new LEGO Lester Minifigure (40308) polybag is now on sale in the said LEGO Leicester Square, retailing for £5.99 (approximately $8) each, and with no qualifying purchases or conditions.

It is said that this new Lester minifigure offering seems to be a bit different from the original, particularly with regards to its hat element. Though last year’s Lester minifig still remains to be desired for its impressive packaging similar to Comic-Con offerings, this later polybag version is still a good catch if you wish to bring home with you a part of the largest LEGO store in the world. We just have to see later on if such differences from the original version do exist.

Thanks to The Brick Fan for the heads up. Images courtesy of CandidBricks via Reddit.

 

This Year’s New York Comic-Con LEGO Exclusive Will Be… LEGO Star War BrickHeadz!

We’re counting the days away before this year’s New York Comic-Con kicks in this Thursday. Similarly to this year’s SDCC, expect legions of LEGO fans to flock the halls of Javits Center from October 5 to 8 to have their try on this year’s exclusive NYCC LEGO set. As it turns out, Jedi News has reported that this year’s exclusive set will be a LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz, in contrast to the DC and Marvel-themed LEGO BrickHeadz sets exclusively sold during San Diego Comic-Con last July.

Do take note that the box art images for this exclusive pair of LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz do not represent the actual product. Same as in other comic-con events, purchasing these sets will be determined via a lottery system (which was already done and attendees who qualified were already notified), which eventually spikes up interest for these collectibles. The NYCC LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz comes in at 329 pieces retailing for $40, and will be available for sale for qualified attendees from October 5 to 8. Each BrickHeadz comes with its unique series number (27 and 28 respectively) and customized baseplate.

So what do you think brick fans, which Star Wars characters would you like to see receiving the LEGO BrickHeadz treatment? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned here at the BrickShow for the latest news updates about this year’s NYCC exclusive.

 

LEGO Clarifies the Availability of the LEGO Star Wars VIP Card.

Purchasing an $800 LEGO set hailed to be the largest of all time is no easy feat, and being a proud owner (or planning to be one) of the currently out of stock LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192), LEGO makes sure that you’ll have the bragging rights to mark the occasion.  As a VIP member, you are guaranteed to receive the plush LEGO Star Wars VIP Card – not just for aesthetics, but also for a ton of exclusive LEGO Star Wars promos and deals even until the end of 2018.

As such, loyal LEGO Star Wars fans have their eyes locked onto this shiny, black card. In case you haven’t seen it yet, Rebelscum managed to get in touch with Kidults Inc, and has shared the following images below.

 

 

 

 

To answer several questions about how and when the LEGO Star Wars VIP Card will be received, LEGO has posted a FAQ page to address these concerns (though in hindsight, LEGO could have done a better job if they’ve done the same to address the most important questions surrounding the availability of the MF). As it seems, if you happen to spot the MF in your local LEGO brand store and decides to make a spot purchase, you still have to wait for a few weeks before you can get your new card since it will be forwarded to you by mail. Here’s the rest of the details surrounding the equally elusive LEGO Star Wars VIP Card.

Limited edition, collectible LEGO® Star Wars™ VIP Card

Get your special edition membership card when you buy the Millennium Falcon™ (75192) and enjoy a full year of LEGO® Star Wars™ themed benefits!

Who is eligible for the LEGO® Star Wars™ VIP Card?

All VIP Members that purchase the Millennium Falcon™ (75192), including members signing up for the first time. This includes all countries VIP operates in, including countries that don’t normally receive physical membership cards. For country list, please see VIP.LEGO.com/terms.

How will I receive my card?

The card will be sent via postal mail – please note that cards are not available in Brand Retail Stores. These will also be sent via post to ensure they’re personalisedand if applicable, linked to a pre-existing account. This means that all previously earned points will be available on the new card and it will already be activated. The original account will need to be fully registered by December 31, 2017.

What does the card do?

Card holders will still receive all standard VIP benefits, in addition, they’ll be eligible for a full year of special Star Wars-themed offers throughout 2018.

What are the special offers that this card entitles a member to?

Special offers will include points promotions, special events, gifts with purchase and more! The offers will be shared directly with applicable VIPs throughout 2018.

Will the VIP Number on this card be different from my regular VIP card?

Existing members will keep their existing number. It will be printed on both their original card and the Star Wars™ collectible one. They can be used interchangeably.

Can I obtain this card without purchasing the Millennium Falcon™ (75192)?

Unfortunately not. This card is meant as a special gift with the purchase of the Millennium Falcon™ (75192).

Why can’t I have my card right when I purchase the Millennium Falcon™ (75192) in a LEGO® Brand Retail Store?

This is to ensure the card is linked to any existing VIP accounts and personalized with the member’s name, they need to be custom-printed, which is not possible at the Store.

How long is the card available for?

The collectible card is a limited-time offer until 12/31, or while stocks last.

How long will it take to receive the card?

It can take up to 6 weeks after purchase of the Millennium Falcon™ (75192) to receive the card.

Still setting your hopes of having the UCS Millennium Falcon? Then stay tuned and subscribe here at BrickShow.com for more news updates. Just click on the red bell at the bottom of this page to receive real-time notifications.

Special thanks to Rebelscum for providing us with these images.

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.