A Look At the 2018 LEGO Wall Calendar Vouchers.

It has been customary for LEGO to release its yearly wall calendar and most fans look forward to them not just for their aesthetic appeal as a keepsake, but also for the vouchers that go along with them. Though 2017’s LEGO Wall Calendar was released around this period of time last year as announced in the December 2016 LEGO Store Calendar, it’s quite puzzling that LEGO has not made any official announcement until now on its availability in the US. However, LEGO fans in Europe were on to an early treat when LEGO Brands Stores in the region finally released their 2018 LEGO Wall Calendar as an in-store gift with purchase, with a price point of 20 Euros.

Thanks to Promobricks who managed to get a copy of their own, we now have an idea on how next year’s LEGO Wall Calendar may look like. Now for the record, I’m not sure if this is already available in the US since I haven’t heard of any reports that this calendar has been released and distributed to fans and store visitors. Any tip from our readers will surely be appreciated. Unlike that from last year, Europe’s 2018 LEGO Wall Calendar has a more regional vibe into it, with the LEGO London Store’s very own Lester minifigure being part of the cover, featuring a creative gang of minifig artists.

Same as last year’s wall calendar, its most attractive part will be the collection of nice, little vouchers that go with them for every month of the year. Again, the vouchers and their respective redemption dates may be specific only to LEGO Brand Stores in the European region, and may all be entirely different than that in the US, so this is something that we will keep our radar on.

Voucher #1 – January 1 to December 31, 2018

Happy Birthday! Bring this voucher to a LEGO Store during the week of your birthday and get your present.

Voucher #2 – February 7 to 14, 2018

Treat your loved ones to a LEGO Valentine’s Day Flower when you buy any LEGO building set.

Voucher #3 – March 23 to 31, 2018

Free Easter Gift with any purchase of over 20 Euros (roughly $20).

Voucher #4 – April 12 to 22, 2018

Free 100 VIP bonus points with any purchase over 30 Euros.

Voucher #5 – May 17 to 21, 2018

Free LEGO Star Wars Rebel A-Wing Pilot (5004408) with any Star Wars purchase over 35 Euros.

Voucher #6 – June 11 to 17, 2018

Celebrate Father’s Day! Come to a LEGO Store with this voucher to receive your free gift.

Voucher #7 – July 25 to 30, 2018

Celebrate Friendship Day! Come to a LEGO Store with your friend and you’ll both receive a free gift.

Voucher #8 – August 1 to 31, 2018

Come and collect your LEGO Passport and get an exclusive special stamp.

Voucher #9 – September 27 to October 1, 2018

Mystery Voucher! Visit shop.LEGO.com/calendar to discover your surprise!

Voucher #10 – October 29 to November 3, 2018

Visit a LEGO Store for a Halloween Special Building experience and walk away with a FREE gift!

Voucher #11 – December 1 to 9, 2018

Secret Prize Draw!

LEGO Creator London Bus (40220) Promotional Now Live at shop.LEGO.com!

The LEGO December Store Calendar is packed with several freebies and promotional items that you definitely don’t want to miss, especially that LEGO is bringing back one of it’s highly sought after gift with purchase set from last year.

In case you missed it, here’s your chance to bag the LEGO Creator Mini London Bus (40220) once again, and it’s now up and available as a freebie over at shop.LEGO.com. From December 8 until 17, every minimum single receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $75 and above, entitles you to a free Mini London Bus (40220). Comparatively speaking, LEGO opted to retain the same price point for the Mini London Bus which is at $75.

The said promotional is now live at shop.LEGO.com, together with the LEGO Ninjago Wu Keychain (5004915) if you will place your next LEGO purchase during the next few hours.

LEGO Creator London Bus (40220)

Take a ride in this LEGO® model of a classic London Bus!

 

Build this retro bus with turning wheels plus transparent window and light elements. Apply the number plate, route number, destination and advertising banner stickers. With authentic details, this delightful vintage bus makes a perfect gift for fans of LEGO® Creator modular building sets and London.

  • This buildable LEGO® brick London Bus features authentic details, turning wheels, transparent window and light elements and stickers for the number plate, route number, destination name and advertising banners inspired by LEGO Creator models 21013 Big Ben and 10232 Palace Cinema (not included).
  • This set includes over 115 pieces and offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 7 and over.
  • Measures over 2” (6cm) high, 4” (11cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.

Super Rare 2017 LBR Manager’s Conference Exclusive Magician Minifigure Listed on eBay For $6,000!

I am not really familiar with all the conventions and conferences that LEGO organizes to bolster its managerial workforce, but this piece of news, courtesy of The Brick Fan, warrants a second look. LEGO organizes a yearly conference for its LEGO Brand Retail (LBR) Managers, with this year’s event held somewhere in Atlanta. Similar to the perks of being a LEGO Store Employee which comes with a free holiday gift, LBR Managers also seem to be entitled to a freebie in the form of a super rare LEGO collectible minifigure.

Now, if you’ve been following our blog for quite some time now, then you might be aware that we have featured several ultra rare collectible minifigs at some point here in the Brick Show, including the unbelievable price tags that go along with them. This time, another mind-blowing, crazily expensive, exclusive minifigure has popped up over at eBay with a price tag of not just one or two grand, but a whopping $6,000 USD! The LEGO Brand Retail Manager’s 2017 Conference Exclusive Magician Minifigure features a minifigure replica of the LEGO Brand Retail Manager in a magician’s getup, a top hat, regular hairpiece, and a rabbit accessory. It also comes with an instruction to assemble a 121-piece, Rabbit in a Hat build.

It is simply mind-boggling how these costs and figures are determined – it’s kind of hard for me to imagine anyone paying $6,000 for a LEGO minifigure made out of ABS plastic. But I guess if you’re a LEGO minifigure purist that has the cash to burn, then paying six grand will not be an issue. If you also notice, the same eBay reseller has also listed for bidding last 2016 and 2015’s exclusive LBRM Conference commemorative minifigs featuring the 2016 Orlando Zack and 2015 Houston Zombie set – both set up for bidding at $6,000 each.

 

What do you think, will these ultra rare minifigures land a spot on your most wanted minifigs list? Let us know in the comments below.

LEGO Employee Christmas Gift 2017 Revealed

If I will come up with my own list of the Top Ten Coolest Jobs in the world, then being a LEGO Store Employee will surely sit in the top 3 spots on my list – the second and first being a LEGO Master Designer, and LEGO Senior Designer respectively. Having the coolest job in the world also follows that you are entitled to some of the best company perks and gifts that may be offered, and those working under the umbrella of The LEGO Group surely know the perks.

It has been customary with LEGO to share the Yuletide cheers among its employees during the holidays by giving a uniquely designed LEGO set that each LEGO Brand Store employee is fortunate enough to receive. Last year, we saw the LEGO Store Employee Gift 50 Years on Track (4002016) as the perfect holiday gift for those who are privileged to work inside the premises of the LEGO Store. The 50 Years on Track (4002016) set, coming in at 1,141 pieces, represents some of the best-loved LEGO train sets that the company designed in the span of 50 years. It was an absolute microscale masterpiece that only LEGO employees are very fortunate to have.

This 2017, it seems that LEGO is still keeping the tradition of sharing its blessings in the form of an uber-exclusive set that LEGO Store employees can expect. Similar to last year’s 50 Years on Track, the first images of this year’s LEGO employee gift have been spotted over at eBay. Listings for the LEGO Store Employee Gift Nutcracker (4002017) have been quite numerous recently on the secondary market, with some selling for as much as $300. Coming in at 732 pieces, this year’s LEGO employee gift seems to borrow some design ideas from the recent LEGO holiday promotional set bearing the same name – Nutcracker (40254). Here are some images of set 4002017 posted over at eBay and Instagram.

The LEGO Store Employee Gift Nutcracker (4002017) sits as the next holiday gift that LEGO has offered to its ever-reliable store employees since 2010. However, I have to say that it could be the least appealing as well. By far the best gift that LEGO designers came up with was last year’s 50 Years on Track set which also happens to be the largest employee gift set made up of more than 1,000 LEGO pieces.  I also couldn’t help but notice that the box art and design could have been improved further to make it more aesthetically appealing. I am not really sure if I’ll bring myself to like that coffin-looking box for our little tin soldier.

Of course, I may be wrong in all of these since I am just giving my initial impression based on how the box art looks like rather than seeing the actual build. I just hope that we can have some kind, LEGO Store employees that will share how this gift looks like when it is finally built.

Thanks to Bouwsteentjes for sharing the above images.

Renault Sport’s 40th Anniversary Event To Feature Life-Sized LEGO Model, Workshop and Several Rare Sets.

LEGO has been partnering with real-life brands for so many decades that it has become old hat. Speaking of old hats, Renault Sport has been in the racing scene for four decades now, ever since Groupe Renault established it back in 1976 by combining their sports-car and competition departments at Gordini and Alpine.

Renault Sport has overseen their parent company’s official motor racing participation, especially in Formula One, for 40 years. In commemoration of this milestone, just one decade short of a golden anniversary, Renault has contracted the services of a LEGO Certified Professional who is a trusted partner of The LEGO Group.

The result is three sets of Renault Sport race car models made entirely of LEGO bricks. Note however that, outside of being designed by a LEGO-Certified Pro, these are not official LEGO sets with appropriate numbering. Still, they’re made out of bricks that are as LEGO as they can be.

Renault Sport Formula One Team RS17

828 pieces; only 100 sets made available.

Renault Sport Formula One Team RS17

110 pieces; only 1000 sets made available.

Renault RS2027 Vision

Concept vehicle model for Renault’s 50th anniversary, 375 pieces, only FORTY sets made available to retail for €375 each.

All these rare sets will only be available for collectors at the Altelier Renault event in Paris on Saturday, December 9. The said event will also showcase a life-sized RS17 model made out of 300,000 (official) LEGO bricks.

In addition, there will be a LEGO workshop where attendees can assemble their own custom micro-scale version of said RS17 model. You can find out more from this preview video (in French).

LEGO Star Wars Promotional Darth Vader Pod (5005376) Cancelled.

If you recall, we mentioned a particular LEGO Star Wars promotional that is supposed to launch this December, as mentioned in the LEGO December Store Calendar. Most fans of the LEGO Star Wars theme (including myself) were looking forward for the Darth Vader Pod (5005376) that is supposed to launch starting December 15 and until January 14, 2018. This is expected to be the 5th promotional pod offered by LEGO, that will be made available for a minimum receipt purchase of $60 of any LEGO Star Wars sets.

However, most of us was a bit wondering when the LEGO January Store Calendar came out with no mention of the same abovementioned promotional, especially considering that it is supposed to be running until the first half of January 2018. There were speculations that the collectible Star Wars pod was eventually cancelled, and as it turned out, The LEGO Group (TLG) has finally put the issue to the rest by giving out a press statement on the matter. According to TLG, the pod itself did not conform to its strict, quality standards and must eventually cancel the release of the LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader pod. Here’s the official word from the company:

Star Wars Pod No. 5005376

We have to inform that as part of our internal quality screening process, we have found that the Star Wars Metalized Pod 5005376 does not meet our strict standards. As you know, we take the quality and safety of our products extremely seriously, and so out of an abundance of caution we have decided not to launch the Star Wars Pod.

We are committed to continuing support for our Star Wars promotion, and will offer consumers 10% off across all LEGO® Star Wars products from 18th – 24th December 2017, excluding the Millennium Falcon product (75192).

They did not mention in detail what is the particular source of concern, but I assume it probably has something to do with the suitability and safety of the materials used in making the pod. I am particularly interested in how LEGO worded the name of the pod, giving emphasis on the pod’s ‘metalized’ feature. Does it have something to do with the  metallic coating or color used on the pod, we don’t know for sure.

However, LEGO reassures fans that even though the Darth Vader promotional pod is discontinued, the 10% discount on all LEGO Star Wars sets (except for the still elusive UCS Millenium Falcon 75192) will still push through from December 18 to 24, so hope you’ll find solace in that.

The LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigure Series 2 Now Officially Revealed!

This piece of news may have been floating around lately, especially considering that a leaked image of its checklist has surfaced as early as the first week of November. Nevertheless, nothing beats the crisp, clear images that LEGO has shared over social media regarding its highly anticipated LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigure Series 2.

In case you missed it, check out these official images and the names of each of these characters. It is also interesting to note that like other CMFs or collectible minifigures, most of these sets also include a variety of new pieces, unique and sometimes odd looking dual-sided face printings, and a well-balanced number of Justice League heroes and Rogues from Gotham.

I am personally excited to have my try with the Swimming Pool Batman and Tropical Joker minifigs; and if you’re excited for these TLBM collectibles as much as we do, then better start practicing how to feel them inside their challenging blind bags once January 1 comes in. For the meantime check out these images courtesy of LEGO’s official Facebook account.

Friends are Family Harley Quinn

 

Friends are Family Alfred

Clock King

 

Professor Hugo Strange

 

Mermaid Batman

Swimming Pool Batman

Tropical Joker

Vacation Robin

 Vacation Batgirl

 

Vacation Alfred

Soccer Mom Batgirl

 

Killer Moth

 

Wonder Twin (Jayna)

Wonder Twin (Zan)

 

Apache Chief

Jor-El

 

General Zod

 

Doctor Phosphorus

Black Canary

 

Black Vulcan

LEGO Marvel Superheroes Black Panther Sets Now Available for Pre-Order via Amazon!

Here’s another treat from Amazon. Last week, we saw the official images of the latest LEGO Marvel Superheroes Black Panther sets make their way online. This time, we are now given the chance to pre-order the sets as early as today, now that Amazon has released the Rhino Face-Off By the Mine (76099) and Royal Talon Fighter Attack (76100) for purchase, ahead of the film’s release on February 16. Click on the sets’ links above to know more about what Amazon has to offer.

What is interesting about Amazon’s listing is that it gives a bit of an info (without being too much of a spoiler) on what we can expect from some of the key scenes of the movie. We can now confirm that the rhino in set 76099 is actually a robotic one, and the crystals that it seeks to protect are actually made up of raw vibranium ore. The Royal Talon Fighter Attack (76100) on the other hand may hint at a certain capture mission against Ulysses Klaue and Killmonger where the latter is eventually captured and placed inside the Talon’s prison compartment. I guess based on the official trailer, this might eventually lead to Killmonger’s trial back in Wakanda.

Here are the rest of the LEGO Marvel Superheroes Black Panther sets’ official images, together with their product descriptions courtesy of Amazon. They are now both available for pre-order, and is slated for release on January 1, 2018.

LEGO Superheroes Rhino Face-Off by the Mine (76099)

Pieces: 229; Price: $19.99

Team up with Black Panther and Okoye in a Rhino Face-Off by the Mine against masked super villain Killmonger. This LEGO Marvel Super Heroes set features a posable rhino figure with stud shooters and a rail track with moving mining cart. Tip the mining cart or activate the rail track’s explode function to knock over the cart and spill the vibranium. This exciting set includes 3 minifigures.

  • Includes 3 minifigures: Black Panther, Okoye and Killmonger.
  • Rhino features a minifigure seat, posable head and legs, rhino horn elements and 2 stud shooters.
  • Mining cart features a tipping function and translucent-blue vibranium nugget elements.
  • Recreate epic moments from the Marvel Super Heroes Black Panther movie.
  • Rhino measures over 3” (8cm) high, 5” (15cm) long and 2” (6cm) wide.
  • Mining cart measures over 1” (4cm) high, 3” (9cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.
  • Rail track measures over 1” (3cm) high, 1” (4cm) wide and 7” (18cm) deep.

LEGO Superheroes Royal Talon Fighter Attack (76100)

Pieces: 358; Price: $29.99

Help Black Panther and Nakia win the ultimate battle against super villain Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue, with this awesome LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Royal Talon Fighter Attack set. The Royal Talon Fighter features an opening minifigure cockpit, 2 stud shooters and a rear prison compartment to trap a minifigure. The set also includes 4 minifigures with weapons to intensify the role-play conflict.

  • Includes 4 minifigures: Black Panther, Nakia, Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue.
  • The ancient mask-shaped Royal Talon Fighter features an opening minifigure cockpit, rear prison compartment to trap a minifigure and 2 stud shooters.
  • Weapons include Nakia’s 2 disc blades, Killmonger’s flick missile shooter and Ulysses Klaue’s ultrasonic robotic hand.
  • Also includes Killmonger’s mask element.
  • Recreate epic moments from the Marvel Super Heroes Black Panther movie.
  • Royal Talon Fighter measures over 2” (7cm) high, 8” (21cm) long and 6” (16cm) wide.

LEGO Seasonal Year of the Dog (40235) Set Revealed – Building Instructions Now Available Online.

A few moments ago, I reported that LEGO has recently uploaded a new stash of building instructions for this month of December, including the last to be revealed LEGO Nexo Knights set, Lance’s Hover Jouster (72001). Brickset took the liberty of gathering them in one place so you can have a quick overview of what LEGO has made available on its servers. To our surprise, LEGO has also revealed its next seasonal, commemorative set to celebrate 2018’s Lunar New Year. This year, we saw the Year of the Rooster (40234) as 2017’s seasonal set, and for 2018, we have the Year of the Dog (40235) seasonal set to look forward to. Here’s how the set looks like based on its building instructions as uploaded by LEGO.

Coming in at 155 pieces, it is interesting to note that since 2016’s Year of the Monkey (40207) seasonal set, LEGO seems to have been observing a common design for these Lunar New Year commemorative sets – each of them following a straightforward build, resting on a circular baseplate as pointed out by Brickfinder. Will this be a regular thing from LEGO? I guess only time can tell. The Year of the Dog (40235) may likely come as another LEGO Store promotional (a gift with purchase set) that comes with a minimum purchase amount of any LEGO set. I’ll give you updates as soon as more news comes in, and for the meantime, you may want to check out the parts list for this set below and see if you can build this little puppy using the LEGO bricks that you have.

Thanks you once again to Brickset for the tip.

A Better Look at the 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) Commemorative Set.

A few days ago, LEGO partially unveiled a commemorative, promotional set that celebrates the 60th year anniversary of the patenting of the iconic LEGO brick. It’s kind of hard to figure out the details of this latest promotional set due to the rather grainy and pixelated image that we initially have. However, thanks to the recently released LEGO Store Calendar for January 2018, we can have a better appreciation of this set – the 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) commemorative set.

Needless to say, this promotional set is expected to be very popular among LEGO fans and collectors in general. For a single receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $125 and above from January 28 to February 14, buyers can get this collectible set for free. Any devoted LEGO fan will instantly recognize the appeal of this commemorative set since it represents decades of beloved LEGO sets that most of us grew up with. Coming in at 421 pieces, the set features four microscaled versions of the most popular classic LEGO sets. These include the Airport Shuttle 6399 (1990) from the classic Town theme, the Castle 375 (1978) from the classic Castle and Knights theme, the Black Seas Barracuda 6285 (1989) from the Pirates theme, and the Space Cruiser and Moonbase 928 (1979) from the beloved classic Space theme. Each micro build is set on vignette style, brick-built platform, with a 2×2 printed tile piece, bearing the set’s 60th anniversary logo.

Just for comparative purposes, I included the blown up images of these miniature models, alongside the original sets that they represent. They’re not official images yet of the 60 years of the LEGO Brick (40290) commemorative set, as compared to what LEGO usually uploads via its servers, but for now, it provides us a better look at these fine micro sets.

Airport Shuttle (6399) – 1990

 

Castle (375) – 1978

Black Seas Barracuda (6285) – 1989

Space Cruiser and Moonbase (928) – 1979

 

What do you think of this latest promotional set from LEGO? Are you excited to add this to your collection? Let us know in the comments below.