This week will be the launch of LEGO’s sweetest set as of to date. And before you dive in and build the LEGO Creator Expert Gingerbread House (10267), let’s take a look at the story behind the creation of this Winter Village 10th year anniversary set. In conjunction with the official announcement of this set, LEGO has also released a designer video where LEGO Designer Tiago Catarino gives his thoughts on the design process and build of this delectable holiday-themed set. Let’s watch this.
Tiago also shares some of the challenges in designing this set such as coming up with the roofs and chimney, which according to him, took much of the time in creating and designing the set. There are also a few new pieces that LEGO introduced in this set and most noticeable are the two new Gingerbread minifigures. Though we already have a Gingerbread Man minifigure from 2013 included in LEGO’s CMF Series 11 (71002) and from 2016’s seasonal gift-with-purchase set (5005156), this is the first time where we get to see this minifig included in a set and more so as a part of a Gingerbread family. This new minifigure iteration comes with a new print such as a mustache and red candy buttons. The Gingerbread Woman, on the other hand, is an entirely new minifigure with new prints and an accentuating printed skirt. There’s also a 1×2 printed tile that features a Gingerbread Baby, though I was hoping that LEGO opted for an actual minifig similar to the Sparkle Babies from the LEGO Movie 2. Other new parts include a transparent purple glitter brick which is great in building certain windows and walls and the new gold bar element in tan used for creating a white chocolate bed for the Gingerbread characters.
The LEGO VIP Rewards Center has been updated recently to include a freebie that will certainly evoke some feelings of nostalgia among Stranger Things fans. LEGO has now listed the LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook as one of the redeemable items in the revamped VIP rewards system. The hardback sketchbook comes in a witty and classic VHS design that imitates the popular cassette tape from the 80s. It’s worth 1,500 VIP points and rightfully so given the premium look and feel of this freebie.
The LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook also comes with a slipcase that features the promotional image that was first released by LEGO during the launch of the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set in May of this year. This promotional item comes with 120 pages and measures in at 103mm by 184mm. Here’s the complete product description for your reference.
LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook
Use your VIP points for this limited edition Stranger Things Sketchbook
Head back to the 1980’s with this vintage style Stranger Things sketchbook. The ideal companion for your adventures around the town of Hawkins or anywhere else!
This video cassette inspired hardcover sketchbook contains 120 pages for your notes and doodles. Comes with a cardboard slip case featuring instantly recognizable Stranger Things minifigures from the hit Netflix original series. A great gift for Stranger Things fans who will love to show their passion for the series. Size 103 x 184mm.
If you wish to bring home with you that 80’s classic vibe in LEGO brick form, then be sure to check out LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set currently available at LEGO Shop@Home. It comes in at 2,287 pieces and features an array of must-have minifigs based on the hit Netflix series: Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper, and the terrifying Demogorgon. Purchasing this set gives you an additional 1,300 VIP points, and if you’re holding back on those previously earned VIP points then I guess spending it in this classy sketchbook is something that you will not regret. Another great bonus is the fact that the LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) promotional is still up as of this posting, with this gift-with-purchase set appearing in your basket upon checkout.
After LEGO’s official reveal of the LEGO Star Wars UCS Imperial Star Destroyer (75252), LEGO released a designer video that gives us an idea on how the set is built. Senior LEGO Designer Henrik Anderson shows us the inner workings of this monstrous LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Set.
As we can see from the Imperial Star Destroyer (75252) designer video below, there’s nothing much to see in the insides of this model – which made a lot of LEGO Star Wars fans scratching their heads, wondering why at such a very high price point, the build is basically hollow. As Henrik said, “it’s not really a super hard build, it’s just a big build” – there’s no debate on that. Anyways, the inside of this UCS set is reinforced with plenty of Technic parts that allow the build to be sturdier given its large size and elongated shape. Henrik also opted to use various colored elements to create the internal parts of the build since obviously, the ship’s external are all composed of grey pieces. Watch this.
One thing that I appreciate about this build is how properly scaled it is to reflect the many details of this intimidating Imperial powerhouse which we first saw in Episode IV: A New Hope. In contrast to LEGO’s first attempt to recreate the massive ship in LEGO Star Wars UCS Imperial Star Destroyer (10030) back in 2002, this latter version is more faithful to the ship’s massive scale and looks. Needless to say, the level of detail and attention that Henrik brought to this set is absolutely superb. He even included the smallest micro-scaled LEGO Star Wars TIE Fighter in this set and a properly scaled mini-version of the Rebel’s Tantive IV ship both of which can be placed in the hanger bay. Since this is a LEGO Star Wars UCS set, it is clearly intended for display purposes. Hence, this set also includes an informational fact plaque plus two minifigures – an Imperial Officer and Imperial Crewmember for an awesome display piece.
The LEGO Star Wars UCS Imperial Star Destroyer (75252) comes in at 4,784 pieces and will retail for $700 USD once it arrives in LEGO Stores on September 18. Be sure to check out the rest of the details of this set over at LEGO Shop@Home. This may not be on the top of my list, but I have to agree that it is a nice set to have around in the house.
After some teasing on social media about the next LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series set, LEGO has finally put an end to all the speculations and has now officially announced its next UCS set that demands a considerable amount of space among your LEGO collection. Check out the massive LEGO Star Wars UCS Imperial Star Destroyer (75252) in all its majestic glory!
I never realized how huge this set is until the tale of the tape reveals its sizeable dimensions. The UCS Imperial Star Destroyer (75252) measures 17 inches in height (including the stand), 43 inches long from tip to tip, and 26 inches wide. In terms of size, it comes with a wider footprint as compared to the largest LEGO set around which is the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192). True, the latter may clock as the LEGO set with the most number of pieces, but the Imperial Star Destroyer (75252) requires the largest table space if you will put it on display (as any UCS set should be). I may still wince at the very high price tag that goes with this set though, but considering its size, I guess that will be fine for the most serious LEGO Star Wars collector.
The LEGO Star Wars UCS Imperial Star Destroyer (75252) comes in at 4,784 pieces, retailing for $699.99 USD. This colossal brick-built ship will be available to all LEGO VIP members beginning September 18, 2019 and on October 1, 2019 for the general public. Read on for the set’s complete product description together with these hi-resolution images.
75252 Imperial Star Destroyer™
Ages 16+. 4784 pieces US $699.99 – CA $849.99 – DE €699.99 – UK £649.99 – FR €699.99 – DK 5299DKK *Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.
Own the ultimate Imperial Star Destroyer!
Build and display an icon of the Galactic Empire – the Devastator. With over 4,700 LEGO® pieces, this Ultimate Collector Series 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer model captures all the authentic details of the starship as it appeared in the opening scene of Star Wars: A New Hope, including swiveling guns, a tilting radar dish, huge engine exhausts, intricate surface detailing and of course a buildable scale version of the Rebels’ Tantive IV starship to chase down. This galactic civil war UCS set also includes a display stand with informational fact plaque and 2 Imperial minifigures, making it the perfect LEGO Star Wars collectible for discerning fans.
Includes Imperial Officer and Imperial Crewmember minifigures.
The Devastator Imperial Star Destroyer model features swiveling guns, a tilting radar dish, huge engine exhausts and intricate surface detailing.
Also includes an attachable, buildable scale version Tantive IV starship for added Star Wars: A New Hope authenticity.
With a display stand with informational fact plaque for the ultimate display piece.
Also comes with 2 blaster pistol weapons.
This Ultimate Collector Series set has 4,784 pieces.
Inspire unforgettable Star Wars: A New Hope moments.
The perfect LEGO® Star Wars™ collectible for fans of the Star Wars saga.
UCS model on display stand measures over 17” (44cm) high, 43” (110cm) long and 26” (66cm) wide, and over 14” (37cm) high without stand.
Available directly from LEGO Stores & shop.LEGO.com from October 1, 2019 (September 18, 2019 for LEGO VIP)
LEGO Shop@Home has now made available a handful of new LEGO sets this September, most of which are nice enough for your first-day buy. Starting this month, fans can add to their cart the latest LEGO Ideas set based on the hit 90’s TV sitcom, FRIENDS – the LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319). For LEGO Disney fans, the LEGO Disney Train and Station (71044)offers a great train set motorized by the latest LEGO Powered Up technology. And for minifig collectors, the newest LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 19 (71025) is now out featuring an array of first-for-2019 minifig pieces and accessories. These sets and a lot more is now available this month, so if you’re planning to get a hold of these, you may click on the following affiliate links that will bring you to LEGO’s online store. Making your purchases via these links will help us keep you up-to-date with the latest happenings in LEGO fandom.
Of course, our LEGO shopping experience ain’t complete without the great freebies on the side. There are three promotional sets that go perfectly well with your new LEGO sets for this month. We have the free the LEGO BrickHeadz Bumble Bee (40270) for every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $65 and above; another free item that is added to your cart is the LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) for LEGO purchases worth $50 or more; and in case you want to give your LEGO collection a sort of oriental vibe, then you might want to pick up the LEGO Dragon Boat Race (80103) which will automatically entitle you to a free LEGO Year of the Pig (40186) set. As of this posting, I can still see these freebies in my shopping cart over at shop.LEGO.com upon checkout, so you may want to hurry a bit on that next LEGO purchase if you wish to grab these free goodies.
The LEGO Group is now taking the play and build experience a step higher. With its goal of making the LEGO system of play accessible to all, TLG today announced a new initiative that will allow children and individuals with visual impairments enjoy the experience of playing with LEGO bricks. The LEGO Audio and Braille Building Instructions utilize artificial intelligence in interpreting visual building instructions in a usable verbal and tactile format. This initiative was first developed by long-time LEGO fan Matthew Shifrin who also happens to be blind. This was later picked up by LEGO where the latter took the initiative of coming up with a soft launch of LEGO Audio Instructions.
The LEGO Audio and Braille Building Instructions are still in its early stages, with four easy-to-build sets receiving its first resources for the blind. LEGO promises to release more building instructions for the visually impaired by 2020, and for other future LEGO sets to be released with such similar free support. Just click on the following links below to know more how this is done.
If you recall, LEGO is very much intentional in making sure that all children benefit from the value of playing with LEGO bricks. Earlier this year, we saw the launch of LEGO Braille Bricks where the LEGO Group aims to develop the love for using Braille among children with visual disabilities. And having an accompanying set of LEGO audio and Braille building instructions and other resources for the blind will give children an opportunity for a new way to build, and to make playing with LEGO bricks more inclusive.
You can read the LEGO Group’s full press release right here.
The LEGO Store September 2019 Calendar is now up online and we can see a handful of promotional events that you may want to catch on with. From Hidden Side goodies to buzzin’ BrickHeadz, there’s a lot to take away from the LEGO Store this month. Let’s break down each of them.
Free LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336)
I already reported that this latest freebie from the Hidden Side theme will soon arrive next month, though we haven’t had a clue on the promo mechanics of how to avail it. Thankfully, the LEGO Store September 2019 calendar finally confirms how we can avail the Newbury Juice Bar (40336). Every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO merchandise from equivalent to $50 USD and above entitles you to bring home this freebie. This promotional will run from September 2 to 15, or until supplies last. It was previously thought that this promotional set is only limited to any LEGO Hidden Side purchase, but it’s a good thing that it applies to any LEGO merchandise as well.
Free LEGO Storage Bucket (5005630)
From reversible canvas bags to picnic blankets, LEGO seems intent to provide us an array of outdoor accessories with this next offer. From September 23 to 28, LEGO fans with purchases over $100 USD will receive a free LEGO Storage Bucket (5005630) while supplies last. It’s a great way to bring with your LEGO sets to the park or at the beach for some outdoor fun. Just be sure you don’t mix it up with your snacks.
Free LEGO BrickHeadz Bumble Bee (40270)
I saw this promotional ad appear in my email just a few moments ago, and it’s nice of LEGO of throwing in last year’s seasonal LEGO BrickHeadz Bumble Bee (40270). In case you missed this set, this can be added to your shopping cart for free for any purchase of any LEGO merchandise or set totaling $65 USD and more. This promo began yesterday and will run until September 8 or until supplies last.
In-Store Make and Take Triceratops
It seems that LEGO Stores are still continuing the tradition of offering Monthly Mini Builds, in one form or another. Be sure to visit your local LEGO brand store on September 18 to build your very own Triceratops. Like previous make-and-take events, this building event has limited space and pre-registration is required which will begin on September 5 in stores only. This activity is intended for younger LEGO fans ages 6 to 14, and build dates may vary from store to store so be sure to get in touch with your local brick specialist for more details.
Wanted: Ghost Hunters!
For the entire month of September, from September 2 to October 3, join Professor J.B.’s team and build a ghost-hunting vehicle. While you’re at the LEGO Store, you’ll also get a chance to try the augmented reality (AR) play features that the LEGO Hidden Side sets have to offer.
LEGO Life Meeting: Batman’s 80th Anniversary
Mark your calendars on September 21 because this next LEGO Life meeting is quite a unique one. This month, LEGO Stores will be celebrating Batman’s 80th anniversary with a fun Bat-Vehicle and villain getaway car build. Adult fans also get to try and build their own Bat-Vehicle starting at 3PM. You’ll also get a chance to win a $50 USD LEGO Store gift card by uploading your creation using the LEGO Life app. Be sure to sign-up on September 5 though since this event has limited space as well.
The month of September also marks the general release of the exciting LEGO Disney Train (71044). Featuring LEGO’s latest Powered Up technology, this set comes with its own control hub and motor that can be controlled remotely using the LEGO Powered Up app, in any mobile device. This set comes in at 2,925 pieces and retails for $329.99 USD.
Another set slated to be released on September 1st is the LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319). Taking inspiration from the hit 90s TV show, this building set includes all the main characters from the FRIENDS sitcom including Ross Geller, Rachel Green, Chandler Bing, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Phoebe Buffay and Gunther.
These were not mentioned in the LEGO Store September 2019 calendar, but be on the lookout for the LEGO Year of the Pig (40186) promotional for every qualifying purchase of the seasonal LEGO Dragon Boat Race (80103). If you recall, the Year of the Pig set was first offered at the start of this year as a New Year seasonal set, and it’s a good thing that its returning as a promotional item once again. The LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander gift-with-purchase set was also missing from the store calendar, but I’m pretty sure that it will pop-up as a freebie anytime soon in September.
Check out the entire LEGO Store September 2019 calendar below, or you may download it in PDF format right here.
LEGO celebrated 2019 as the Year of the Earth Pig with its first seasonal set offering in January. The LEGO Year of the Pig (40186) came as a freebie for every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $88 USD and above. It had a short run though, as it was only offered in stores and at shop.LEGO.com only for just a week.
This gift-with-purchase follows LEGO’s New Year tradition of offering promotional sets that follows the Chinese zodiac calendar. And if in case you missed out on this opportunity to add this to your shopping bag back then, you’ll be glad to know that here’s your chance to bring home one. From August 26 until September 8, you’ll get to see this cute New Year piggie in your shopping cart if you buy the LEGO Dragon Boat Race (80103), or until supplies last. From the looks of it, this promotion is only limited to the qualifying purchase involving the Dragon Boat Race set. It might sound a bit restrictive but at a $50 USD price point, I guess its a sound deal of bagging two seasonal sets. Here’s the complete promo mechanics from the LEGO Shop@Home website.
Free LEGO® Year of the Pig (40186) offer is valid for orders online at shop.LEGO.com only, from 08/26/2019 through 11:59pm EST, 09/08/2019, while supplies last. Qualifying purchase must include the Dragon Boat Race (item 80103) only. Bricks & Pieces orders are not valid for this promotion. One set per household. 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 $9.99 (US) / $12.99 (CA) / 189.0 (MXN) 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.
Coming in at 152 pieces, the LEGO Year of the Pig (40186) is a fun, comical build that packs a couple of play features such as posable ears and eyes and a movable tail. Its a must for every collector of LEGO’s Chinese New Year seasonal sets, but in case you want to try and build your own using LEGO pieces that you may already have, the building instructions for the Year of the Pig (40186) is now available online. The parts seem to be pretty common, except for the unique circular pig nose tile that is exclusive to this set, so I guess you have to improvise on this one.
Here’s your chance to catch the seasonal LEGO BrickHeadz Bumble Bee (40270) once more in case you missed it. Though it is still listed for sale at LEGO Shop@Home for the usual 10 bucks, this set now comes as a freebie for every qualifying purchase of any LEGO products worth $65 and more.
This promotional is available both in-store and online starting August 26 until September 8 or until supplies last. This 140-piece seasonal BrickHeadz set first appeared in 2018 just in time for Valentine’s Day. It features a bright yellow BrickHeadz bee with movable wings, a detachable heart decor, a pot of honey and a couple of flower elements.
Build your way to someone’s heart with this cute LEGO® BrickHeadz™ construction character. Check out its cute pink cheeks, movable wings, detachable heart decoration, pot of honey and flowers. It also comes with a buildable collector’s baseplate with a seasonal calendar and BrickHeadz logo.
BrickHeadz™ Bumble Bee (item 40270) offer is valid on shop.LEGO.com and at LEGO Stores. Offer valid from 08/26/19 through 11:59pm EST, 09/08/19 or while supplies last only. Qualifying purchase must be equal to or greater than $65 / 1200 (MXN) 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 at $9.99 (US) / $12.99 (CA) / 199.0 (MXN) 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.
Actor Matthew Perry seems to be having a blast with the new LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319) that he couldn’t help but crack up a joke that is well too familiar for fans of the hit 90’s TV sitcom. After declaring that the upcoming LEGO Ideas set features Chandler as the most handsome minifigure around, he pushes the humor up to a notch when Matthew Perry decided to don his minifig alter-ego with a Batman costume. The result is nostalgically hilarious.
I built the Friends lego set. I made myself Batman. But that’s neither here nor there. I’m Batman.
Fans of the FRIENDS TV show will immediately recognize the humor in Matthew Perry’s tweet. It is a callback to one of the show’s episodes when Chandler and Ross were arguing regarding whose tuxedo is way cooler: Chandler’s tux that was actually worn by Pierce Brosnan, or Ross’ Val Kilmer Batman tuxedo which the latter worn in 1995’s Batman Forever. Needless to say, Chandler needs to make sure that his wedding with Monica will feature him in the most eye-catching tux ever, and he has his sights on that ‘Batman tuxedo’.
The LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319) set is slated to be released on September 1st, retailing for $59.99 USD. It comes in 1,070 pieces and features the iconic cafe where the FRIENDS stars hang out in the hit 90s TV series. It features the minifig versions of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe and Central Perk’s long-suffering manager Gunther. Be sure to check with LEGO Shop@Home next week if you’re eyeing to add this LEGO Ideas set to your collection.