April 2020 LEGO Store Calendar Now Available

Allow me to begin by saying that next month’s LEGO Brand Store Calendar is noticeably underwhelming – and for a very good reason. Considering the global pandemic caused by the notorious COVID-19, all LEGO brand stores are effectively closed until the first half of April. However, that does not deter LEGO from making our Spring Break a bit more fun, even at home. You may still want to check out the April 2020 LEGO Store Calendar and what freebies are in store together with your next LEGO purchase. You may download a PDF copy, or view the gallery below.

As you may notice, the April 2020 LEGO Store Calendar is pretty much bare, with LEGO only giving emphasis on the freebies that it will offer via LEGO Shop@Home. In fact, two of these have been offered already since last week, with one promotional item to expect during the first half of April. I am still optimistic though that the LEGO store closures that we are experiencing will not last long beyond April, and I hope that normal store operations, and our lives in general, will soon be back on track.

At the most, we can be excited about the upcoming LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) which will be most likely released via LEGO’s online shopping portal. Anyways, here are some of the LEGO freebies in store for us next month via LEGO Shop@Home or LEGO catalog phone orders.

Free Exclusive LEGO Easter Egg (40371)

For single-receipt purchases of any LEGO products worth $50 or more from March 23 to April 13 will entitle you to a free LEGO Easter Egg (40371). This gift-with-purchase set comes in at 239 pieces and features a chick mini build inside a decorative brick-built egg casing.

Free LEGO Easter Bunny (30550)

Similar to the LEGO Easter Egg, the LEGO Easter Bunny (30550) will also be offered during the same time period of March 23-April 13 but on a lower qualifying purchase. For every single-receipt LEGO purchase (online or via phone) worth $30 and more will allow you to bring home this hopping mini build as well. It somehow comes close to what LEGO stores offer with their Monthly Mini Builds (MMB).

Free LEGO Trolls Poppy’s Carriage (30555)

April LEGO Store Calendar

This final freebie for the month of April features a polybag promotional for the LEGO Trolls World Tour theme. For every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO Trolls set worth $35 and above will qualify you for a free LEGO Trolls Poppy’s Carriage (30555) polybag. Though the LEGO Trolls sets have been out since January, it is still nice that LEGO managed to throw in an incentive for LEGO fans who will opt to buy these new sets. Though some parts of the world manage to show the movie, the US is yet to schedule a film release tentatively slated for April 10.

As I mentioned earlier, all LEGO brand stores are closed until April 12 which practically suspends all in-store activities such as Make and Take events, minifigure swaps, and other socially engaging activities. Its a drag really, but it’s for the best of all in the long run.

Keep safe brick fans and keep on building!

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LEGO Brand Stores To Be Closed Until April 12, 2020

I guess this is another piece of sad news, but something that we need to accept eventually. The LEGO Group (TLG) has announced that due to the global menace brought about by COVID-19, all of their LEGO Brand Stores will remain closed until April 12 or until further notice. This applies to all of its directly supervised and owned 154 global brand stores, much of it located in the US.

The announcement came in as a response to the updated directives given by the international community on a coordinated response against the COVID-19 threat. If you recall, LEGO initially said that it will close all of its 153 LEGO Brand Stores until March 27 as part of its compliance with government regulations. However, the company deemed it necessary to extend the said closure until April 12 or until further notice dependent on the local government’s instructions. Here’s the official update from LEGO:

An open letter from Niels B Christiansen, CEO, The LEGO Group

Updated March 27, 2020

To continue to protect the health of our communities, the LEGO® Brand Retail stores we own and operate will remain temporarily closed until at least April 12, possibly longer depending on government guidance. In locations where government restrictions aren’t currently in place, selected LEGO stores owned and operated by our partners will remain open. Those stores are taking all the necessary precautions and monitoring the situation closely.

This notice only applies to 150+ brand stores that LEGO owned and supervised, not including the LEGO certified stores. However, it still depends on the local government where the store is located, if the latter will allow continuous store operations.

It’s quite disheartening, especially to those who are looking forward to seeing the recently announced LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) up close and personal on April 1. Though TLG did not mention it specifically, we can expect that LEGO Shop@Home will continue to be operational but it will be realistic to expect major downtimes in terms of delivery due to the high volume of orders.

As of this posting, the US has now surpassed China for the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world. That’s not a pretty picture to look at, and let’s continue to hope that all of these will eventually pass. Stay safe everyone and keep on building!

Are We To See the LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay (21322) Set Anytime Soon?

LEGO’s official Facebook page gave out a series of teasers that somehow gives the impression that the next LEGO Ideas reveal is on its way very soon. If you recall during the LEGO Ideas First 2019 Review Stage, three sets managed to receive the thumbs up approval of the reviewers to become the next LEGO Ideas sets: the impressive Playable LEGO Piano, my personal favorite, 123 Sesame Street Apartment Building, and The Pirate Bay. One of these sets is now slated to be announced anytime soon, with the consensus of most fans that the latter might be appearing on LEGO Shop@Home anytime soon.

As of this posting, LEGO has already launched two polls on its Facebook page that asks AFOLs of their favorite LEGO Pirates sets from the past.

Based on its first social media poll, most LEGO fans who joined in weighed their choices between the LEGO Black Seas Barracuda (6285) and the LEGO Skull’s Eye Schooner (6286). It’s a bit of a tight race between the two, with the Black Seas Barracuda emerging as the all-time favorite pirate ship among the 38,000 fans who cast their votes.

The second poll is currently on-going, asking fans whether they had any of the two classic LEGO Pirate sets where they can dock their brick pirate ships. Its a choice between the Lagoon Lock-Up (6267) or the Imperial Trading Post (6277) for that matter.

It’s a great way to spark the interest of the LEGO community, especially that our next LEGO Ideas set is something that is very endeared among older LEGO fans. The LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay (21322) by Pablo Jimenez (aka Bricky_Brick over at the LEGO Ideas website) is scheduled to be our next fan-designed set following the LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321). This set is expected to follow a modular design similar to that of the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310) from 2017. Like any other LEGO Ideas set, we can expect that the LEGO Design Team has put considerable effort into streamlining this set, taking into account the size and scale of The Pirate Bay.

 

LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay

The LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay (21322) follows a modular design similar to its predecessor the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310).

We do not have any additional details about the LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay except for its expected price point of $200 based on Price Vortex’s listing. And if this turns out to be true, then this recent LEGO Ideas set will be the second one within the said price range, other than the LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318). Its a bit pricy, but the scale of this model is certainly worth it.

With these recent developments, we can expect an official reveal from LEGO anytime soon. So be sure to stay tuned here in our blogsite for more updates about the LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay (21322).

Are you excited about the comeback of the LEGO Pirates? Let me know in the comments below.

First Images of LEGO Friends Summer 2020 Sets Appear

Back in January, LEGO gave us some early hints on what we can expect from the LEGO Friends summer 2020 sets, and now more info is starting to pour in. Thanks to third-party LEGO retailer Lucky Bricks, we now get to see what some of these sets have to offer.

Two sets, in particular, might be of interest to most LEGO fans and builders considering the new elements and pieces that go with them.

LEGO Friends Summer 2020
Check out the new transparent tube elements included in the LEGO Friends Summer Fun Water Park (41430), scheduled to arrive in June.  

The LEGO Friends Summer Fun Water Park (41430) is said to come in at 1,001 pieces and will retail for €99.99 making it the largest set in this series. As I’ve mentioned in one of my reports of the Nuremberg Toy Fair, LEGO will be introducing some pretty interesting new pieces together with this new line of LEGO Friends Summer 2020 sets. Most prominent in this set is the use of new transparent tube elements used for the water slide. There’s a lot of potential for this new piece especially considering that it is large enough to have a minifigure or even a minidoll fit inside of it.

LEGO Friends Summer 2020
There’s a new elephant in town, and it looks awesome in this LEGO Friends Jungle Rescue Base (41424) building set. 

The LEGO Friends Jungle Rescue Base (41424) also boasts of new molds and pieces, coming in at 648 pieces with an expected retail price of €79.99. Perhaps the obvious selling point of this set will be the new mother and child elephant figures that go along with it. Both of these figures seem to be made of a single, solid figure usually found in many LEGO Duplo sets. It’s a great addition, in my opinion, to mashup such Duplo-like figures with standard LEGO sets.

Both of these LEGO Friends Summer 2020 sets are expected to arrive in LEGO Stores and at LEGO Shop@Home starting in June. We’re still looking forward to more LEGO set reveals in the next few weeks, so stay tuned, stay home, and be safe! Thanks to Promobricks for more info.

Additional Images of the LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian Sets Revealed

LEGO servers have been updated recently to include additional official images of the upcoming LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian sets including the Razor Crest (75292) and a BrickHeadz mashup of The Mandalorian and the Child (75317). If you recall, they were first unveiled by LEGO just in time for the annual New York Toy Fair held last month.

Aside from the fact that we need to wait a good five months for these sets to be released, we still need to wait a bit more before the second season of the highly popular Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, starts streaming in October. In the meantime, you can already pre-order both of these new LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian sets, with the Razor Crest retailing for $129.99 and the series’ BrickHeadz counterpart for $19.99. If you wish to be one of the very first LEGO fans to see these sets at your doorway come in August, then be sure to check out the following images below, and visit these LEGO Shop@Home links below.  You may also be interested to know that from March 20 until 29, all of your purchases at LEGO Shop@Home earns you Double VIP points for those sweet rewards waiting for you at VIP Reward Center.

LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian Razor Crest (75292)

Relive bounty hunter The Mandalorian and the Child’s battles against Scout Trooper and other enemies with The Razor Crest (75292) LEGO® Star Wars™ building toy for kids. This brick-built armored transport shuttle features a cargo hold with opening sides that double as access ramps and carbonite bounty elements inside, a dual LEGO minifigure cockpit, spring-loaded shooters, escape pod and more authentic details to inspire creative play.

LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian

LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian

 

LEGO BrickHeadz The Mandalorian and the Child (75317)

Inspire memories of epic Star Wars: The Mandalorian stories with this fun building toy for creative kids, featuring LEGO® BrickHeadz™ versions of The Mandalorian and the Child (75317). Fans will appreciate authentic details such as The Mandalorian’s signature weapons – a blaster rifle and a blaster pistol. The Child has adjustable ears to create happy and sad expressions, and it sits in a hoverpram ‘floating’ on 4 transparent LEGO elements.

LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian

LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian

LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian

 

LEGO Star Wars D-O (75278) Official Images Released

We first caught a glimpse of this little guy’s official LEGO tie-in set last month during the annual New York Toy Fair. And now that we get to watch the last installment of the Skywalker Saga at the comfort of our homes with the digital release of The Rise of Skywalker, perhaps now is the best time to have your building hands busy with this latest LEGO Star Wars set. Though we’re still counting the weeks before we get to see the official LEGO Star Wars D-O (75278) building set rolled-out in LEGO stores, we are fortunate to see what it has to offer with the release of these official images.

LEGO Star Wars D-O

German LEGO online retailer Proshop has listed the LEGO Star Wars D-O set for pre-order, with a release date of April 20. If you recall during this year’s NYTF, LEGO D-O was reported to come in at 519 pieces and will retail for $69.99 in the US.

LEGO Star Wars D-O

This latest LEGO Star Wars display set also seems to cater to the adult fan base of the LEGO Star Wars theme, with its UCS-like design that features its own display stand and plaque. At almost 1 foot in height, it makes a great display piece to celebrate the legacy of one of cinema’s most enduring film franchise.

LEGO Star Wars D-O

Here’s a rough English translation of the LEGO Star Wars D-O (75278) building set, while we wait for LEGO Shop@Home servers to be updated. Thanks to Promobricks for the heads up.

LEGO Star Wars D-O (75278)

Build your own fantastic model of DO ™ from “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkers”! Recreate all the authentic details of the endearing droid with LEGO® bricks. Just like the real DO, the head can be turned 360 degrees and tilted forward and backward. This collector’s item also includes an integrated stand to present the model together with an information sign and DO as a minifigure at home or in the office.

The cool LEGO® Star Wars ™ building toy “DO ™” (75278) recalls exciting scenes from the film “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkers”.
The authentic details of this lovable Star Wars character can be reproduced excellently with LEGO bricks. The fans will be delighted to find that the head can be tilted and rotated 360 degrees and that the antennas can be moved. Intended as a showpiece This LEGO set contains an integrated stand for the construction model as well as an information sign with DO as a cute minifigure to attract everyone’s attention at home or in the office as an attractive showpiece. Also note the other LEGO Star Wars collectibles, construction models and showpieces for adults, for example, the sets “Stormtrooper ™ helmet” (75276) and “Boba Fett ™ helmet” (75277). Welcome to the LEGO Star Wars universe Since 1999, the LEGO Group has repeatedly formed iconic spaceships, vehicles, locations, and characters from the legendary Star Wars universe. LEGO Star Wars is the most successful theme world of the LEGO Group and contains cool gift ideas for fans of all ages.

LEGO Star Wars D-O

LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection Officially Revealed

LEGO has just unveiled its LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection series and makes it available for pre-order over at LEGO Shop@Home. We first caught glimpse of these sets a couple of weeks ago with the reveal of the Boba Fett and Stormtrooper busts. This time around, another set has been included in this series with the introduction of the TIE Fighter Pilot (75274) bust.

This first wave of LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection will be made available for pre-order starting today and will be released to the general public on April 19 retailing for $59.99. Read on for LEGO’s full press release and you may click on the following links below if you wish to pre-order these sets.

New LEGO Star Wars Helmet Building Sets challenge builders to display their dark side

Billund, Denmark. Today, in a galaxy very close to home, the LEGO Group unveiled a new addition to its much-loved Star Wars™ range. Fans of the films can now show off their loyalty to the Empire – and elite-class building skills – with the new collectible LEGO® Star Wars™ Boba Fett Helmet,  LEGO® Star Wars™ Stormtrooper™ Helmet and LEGO® Star Wars™ TIE Fighter Pilot™ Helmet build-to-display models.

Designed to challenge even Jedi builders, the new models will provide an immersive building experience for adults, recreating the iconic shapes and authentic details of their favorite intergalactic helmets with the LEGO System in Play. When the building mission is complete, the models come with bespoke base plates and name plaques so they can be displayed at home, in the office…or anywhere else in the galaxy!

Inspired by epic villains from the Star Wars™ films, the new build-to-display models will be available to pre-order in from [US: March 17th/ROW: March 18th] online at LEGO.com before launching on April 19th priced at (EUR/$ 59.99):

LEGO® Star Wars™ Stormtrooper™ Buildable Model Helmet (75276)

Recreate the iconic look of a Stormtrooper with this striking 18cm tall model before displaying it as a tribute to the epic Galactic Empire ground force.

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO® Star Wars™ Boba Fett Buildable Model Helmet (75277)

Pay tribute to the legendary bounty hunter by recreating the distinctive shape of the Mandalorian helmet with this awesome, 21cm tall brick-built display model.

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO® Star Wars™ TIE Fighter Pilot™ Buildable Model Helmet (75274)

Create the notorious contours of the TIE pilot helmet with LEGO bricks to complete this 18cm tall model and receive the glory of the Empire

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

These sets add to the LEGO Group’s much-loved LEGO®  Star Wars™ range that continues to unite fans of all ages all around the globe.

Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, LEGO® *Star Wars™* Design Director, said: “The Star Wars™ galaxy continues to provide us with endless opportunities to bring scenes and characters from the movies to life using LEGO bricks. The new LEGO® Star Wars™ Helmets provide a challenging building experience but only use existing LEGO pieces to recreate the iconic contours and colors of headgear, showing what is possible with the LEGO System in Play.”

“Helmets have been a staple in Star Wars™ iconography since the very beginning, helping to shape the designs of some of the most notable characters in the galaxy,” said Derek Stothard, vice president of licensing at Lucasfilm. “So, it only made sense to immortalize those helmets in LEGO brick form. It’s always fun to work with the LEGO Group to create new, engaging and mentally stimulating products for builders around the globe, and we’re so excited to bring these LEGO Star Wars™ helmet building kits, and brand-new packaging, to our fans.”

The new LEGO® Star Wars™ Buildable Model Helmets are the latest example of how the LEGO Group aims to inspire builders of all ages to build, rebuild and get excited by the process of creation. The new LEGO® *Star Wars™* Construction Sets will be the first products designed for those aged 18+ from the LEGO Group to be launched with a new stylish packaging designed to reflect the sophisticated nature of the creative process.

All new products in the LEGO Group’s ranges that appeal to adults will now feature the sleek, minimalistic new design across related packaging, building instructions, exclusive content and in-store, and online store design.

Genevieve Capa Cruz, Audience Strategist at the LEGO Group, commented: “For generations, children and adults alike have used the LEGO System in Play to challenge themselves creatively and we have millions of adult fans around the world who inspire us day-after-day with their intricate creations.

“Our older fans often look for building challenges related to their passions or interests and many want to display models once they have completed the build. The new stylish packaging reflects the sophisticated LEGO build process to clearly differentiate our sets that appeal to adults from those that are loved by our younger fans. The design for different products will also use cues from our older fans’ favorite films, sports or hobbies to help them choose their next challenge and get them excited to proudly display their creations when complete.”

 

Building Instructions for the LEGO Easter Egg (40371) Now Available

The LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary gift-with-purchase promo is still up, and while we’re still far from this month’s next LEGO Store promotional freebie, LEGO is kind enough to release the building instructions for the LEGO Easter Egg (40371) ahead of its release later this March 23.

LEGO Easter Egg (40371)

If you recall, this limited edition LEGO Easter Egg (40371) is our next gift-with-purchase set slated to be offered from March 23 until April 13 as featured in the March 2020 LEGO Store Calendar. Coming in at 239 pieces, this set features a customizable egg that houses a small, brick-built chick. What is great about this freebie is that it comes with plenty of small, decorative pieces that are usually found in the new LEGO DOTS sets. Additionally, it features a modular design that allows you to have a small storage compartment to house these pieces and another for the brick-built chick. This new LEGO Easter Egg will be added to your cart (both in-store and online at LEGO Shop@Home) if your next LEGO purchase reaches a $50 and above price point during the abovementioned promo period.

While waiting for this set, you may want to give it a try and see if you can build your own LEGO Easter Egg since the set’s building instructions are now available online via LEGO’s customer service. Since it is a highly customizable set, I expect this to have plenty of room to allow you to personalize this set with your own choice of color scheme and design. You may get the building instructions in PDF format right here. Check out the parts list below and see if you have these in your own LEGO collection. I don’t see any rare parts included in them so you can easily swap these with ones with any colors that you have.

LEGO Easter Egg (40371)

Be sure to check back with your local LEGO store starting this last week of March for this limited edition freebie.

LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370) Gift-With-Purchase Set Now Available

The first LEGO Store promotional for the month of March is already out, and this is something that most of us are looking forward to. LEGO Shop@Home has been updated to now include the commemorative LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370) gift-with-purchase (GWP) set, and will also be available to fans who will opt to make their next LEGO purchases in-store.

LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370)

The LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370) set comes in at 188 pieces including a minifigure train attendant. It is a sort of a throwback to 1980’s LEGO Push-Along Steam Engine (7810) that marked the beginning of other popular LEGO Train sets. As an exclusive commemorative set, it is a near-perfect replica of set 7810, with an exact copy of its minifigure.

The LEGO Push-Along Steam Engine (7810) from 1980 that served as the inspiration for LEGO’s most recent promotional set. 

With a retail value of $19.99, the LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370) set will be added to your shopping cart for free once your LEGO purchase reaches a qualifying, single-receipt purchase of $99 and above. This promo will run from March 1st until the 15th or until supplies last and is expected to be popular among adult fans who grew up with LEGO.

LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370) LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370)

LEGO’s Customer Service also uploaded the building instructions for this commemorative train set in case you want to give it a try in building your own using LEGO parts that you may already have. Check out this parts list and see if you have these lying around in your collection.

Remember that this promo will only run from March 1 to 15, or until supplies are ample enough so be sure to bag this one as soon as you can.

LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 (10271) Officially Revealed – Now Available at LEGO Shop@Home

This is another pleasant surprise from LEGO. Following the release of its classic muscle brick rides in the form of the Ford Mustang (10265) and Harley-Davidson Fat Boy (10269) from last year, LEGO now releases another Creator Expert set focusing on the classic rides of the past. Earlier today, LEGO Shop@Home servers added a new set listing that features another classic car now rendered in ultimate, LEGO form. The LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 (10271) takes its inspiration from Italy’s iconic 60’s car, together with all of its subtle details and vintage design. Check out the designer video below to know more about this iconic vehicle from 1965, now immortalized in LEGO.

 

LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 (10271)

960 pieces | $89.99 

Fiat 500 (10271) Fiat 500 (10271) Fiat 500 (10271)

This LEGO® Creator Expert Fiat 500 model car (10271) recreates a true icon of classic automotive design. Teenagers and adult fans will enjoy the challenging building experience offered by this model kit based on the Fiat 500F legend from the late ‘60s, and will appreciate all the authentic LEGO brick details, such as the luggage rack with suitcase, detailed interior, and opening roof, doors, hood and tailgate. To complete the Italian theme, this classic model car also includes a folding easel with a paintbrush, palette and small ‘painting’ of the car in front of the famous Colosseum in Rome.

Building toys that bring passion to life
LEGO Creator Expert building kits are for adults and teenagers with a passion. From classic model cars and authentic buildings to fairground rides and other objects of desire, Creator Expert advanced LEGO sets offer a world of nostalgia, escapism, self-expression, pure enjoyment and surprise. Oh, and kids sometimes also use them as toys!

  • Recreate a taste of ‘La Dolce Vita’ with an advanced LEGO® Creator Expert Fiat 500 model car brimming with Italian flair and LEGO brick details that teenagers and adults will enjoy building and displaying with pride.
  • This model kit features a luggage rack, suitcase, detailed interior, engine, spare wheel and opening roof, doors, hood and tailgate. There’s even a ‘painting’ of the car by the Colosseum to complete the Italian feel.
  • This advanced set is part of an amazing collection of authentic LEGO® model cars and other iconic objects of desire that offer relaxing ‘me time’ building and impressive display centerpieces.
  • More experienced teenage and adult builders will love to receive this 960-piece Fiat 500 model car as a birthday, Christmas or special-occasion gift.
  • Measuring over 11 cm (4.5 inches) high, 24 cm (9.5 inches) long and 11 cm (4.5 inches) wide, this buildable model makes for an impressive display piece on its own or as part of a collection of LEGO® sets.