LEGO Harry Potter Freebies Highlighted in the September 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

The US September 2020 LEGO Store Calendar has been uploaded and with it comes the next series of promotional freebies that you can get to make the most out of your next LEGO purchase. Same as with previous months, it is relatively quiet in LEGO brand stores due to the absence of any in-store building activities that LEGO used to have. But still, there are plenty of reasons to visit your local LEGO store next month (be sure to follow all health and safety protocols of course) as shown in next month’s promotional flyer, and as I’ve reported previously. Take a look at these promos.

Front and center in the September 2020 LEGO Store Calendar are the upcoming LEGO City Main Square (60271), arriving in stores on September 1. I have no qualms over LEGO’s choice of building set to be featured in its Store Calendar, though I strongly feel that next month is mostly about LEGO Harry Potter, as evident through its various promotional items below. It will also be nice if the Diagon Alley (75978) had an early reveal as well in next month’s Store Calendar to make it even more exciting.

Free Exclusive BrickHeadz Hagrid and Buckbeak (40412)

Promo period: September 1 to 15, 2020 

From September 1 to 15, LEGO is throwing in this $20 worth of BrickHeadz set together with your single-receipt purchase of LEGO Harry Potter sets worth $100 and more. First introduced earlier this month, the LEGO Harry Potter BrickHeadz Hagrid and Buckbeak (40412) is a great incentive to get the latest LEGO Harry Potter sets including the upcoming LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (75978).

Free Harry Potter and Hedwig Owl Delivery (30420)

Promo period: September 1 to 15, 2020 

Here’s another freebie for LEGO Harry Potter fans that will also run during the first half of September. Similarly from September 1 to 15, each single-receipt purchase of LEGO Harry Potter sets worth $40 and more will entitle you to a free LEGO Harry Potter and Hedwig Owl Delivery (30420) polybag.

Free Monkie Kid’s Delivery Bike (30341)

Promo period: September 7 to 13, 2020 

September 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

If you time your purchases just right during the first two weeks of September, it seems that you’ll not just get two LEGO Harry Potter freebies, but also another polybag this time coming from the LEGO Monkie Kid theme. The LEGO Monkie Kid’s Delivery Bike (30341) will be added to your cart automatically (or while supplies last) from September 7 to 13 for every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO sets or products worth $35 and above. So if you’re planning to make your next LEGO purchases between these dates and are specifically eyeing for the latest LEGO HP sets, making your purchase during the second week of the month will give you the opportunity of bagging three freebies in one go.

Free LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Cat (30574)

Promo period: September 16 to 30, 2020

September 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

From the looks of it, LEGO still has something to offer even during the last half of the month. For any LEGO purchases worth $35 and more from September 16 to 30, you’ll get a free LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Cat (30574) polybag added to your cart. Coming in at 55 pieces, it’s a great way to complement any LEGO Creator sets that you will purchase while keeping the younger LEGO fanatics occupied.

 

So what do you think about the September 2020 LEGO Store Calendar? What are freebies and sets are you most excited about? Let us know what you think in the comments below.  And for the latest LEGO sets that are out now, be sure to check with LEGO Shop@Home.

Are We To Expect A Couple of LEGO Harry Potter GWP Sets In September?

The leaky faucet is back and this time, the news is all about the next wave of LEGO GWP or gift-with-purchase sets that will arrive next month. It is no secret that LEGO will be putting the spotlight on its line of LEGO Harry Potter sets next month, with so much in store under this theme. Given that we will also be having the LEGO Harry Potter CMF Series 2 (71028) and a new, yet to be officially revealed LEGO Diagon Alley (75978)it is but expected that LEGO will also be offering a couple of LEGO Harry Potter GWP sets to sweeten the deal.

And though we’re just counting the days before the official release of the September 2020 LEGO Store Calendar, we can now confirm what next month’s promotional deals will be. As it turns out, we can expect two LEGO Harry Potter GWP sets to be offered at this time. And our sources indicate that it will be the following:

  • LEGO Harry Potter and Hedwig: Owl Delivery (30420) polybag
  • LEGO BrickHeadz Hagrid and Buckbeak (40412)
LEGO Harry Potter and Hedwig: Owl Delivery (30420)

LEGO Harry Potter GWP

    • Qualifying purchases of LEGO Harry Potter sets worth $40 or more.
    • Promo period will be from September 1 to 15 or while supplies last.
    • Will be offered both in-store and online via LEGO Shop@Home.
LEGO BrickHeadz Hagrid and Buckbeak (40412)

LEGO Harry Potter GWP

    • Qualifying purchases of LEGO Harry Potter sets worth $100 or more.
    • Promo period will be from September 1 to 15 or while supplies last.
    • Will be offered both in-store and online via LEGO Shop@Home.
    • Valued at $19.99, this collectible BrickHeadz set comes in at 270 pieces.

These LEGO Harry Potter GWP sets are a great incentive in getting the next wave of LEGO HP sets, especially if you time your purchases just right. The price points for the qualifying purchases are also reasonable considering that you will be getting these two incentives for free if you manage to have single-receipt purchases from these licensed themes.

Be on the lookout at your local LEGO Store starting next week, especially when the next LEGO Store Calendar begins to roll out. So what do you think about our next LEGO freebies? Do you think its a great deal? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

August 2020 LEGO Store Calendar Now Up With LEGO Super Mario Taking Center Stage

LEGO.com has released its digital version of the August 2020 LEGO Store Calendar, putting the spotlight in its upcoming LEGO Super Mario expansions sets and its next 18+ set, the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374).

Similar to its previous store calendars, there’s no virtually no mention of any in-store events and activities due to the current pandemic, but it doesn’t stop LEGO from giving out its offerings and freebies. Let’s take a quick look at what select local LEGO brand stores have to offer. Please note that not all LEGO stores are open in compliance with local laws and regulations.

Free LEGO Super Mario Monty Mole and Super Mushroom (40414) Expansion Set

August 1 to 8, 2020

If you recall, this expansion set was first officially unveiled by LEGO earlier in April as a pre-order gift for those who will get the LEGO Super Mario Stater Course (71360). And it’s nice to see that the offer is still up when you purchase the said base set from August 1 to 9. Needless to say, it’s a great way to expand your LEGO Super Mario adventure without paying for an extra buck.

 

Free LEGO Super Mario Super Mushroom Surprise (30385) Polybag Expansion Set

August 1 to 16, 2020

Here’s another incentive to get the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course – for a minimum, single-receipt purchase of any LEGO Super Mario sets worth $40 or more, you’ll have this polybag freebie thrown into your cart as well. Available from August 1 to 16, the LEGO Super Mario Super Mushroom Surprise (30385) polybag comes in at 18 pieces that adds another level of interactive fun in the Starter Course. As it seems, the LEGO version of the Super Mushroom is only found in these promotional freebies, except for the Boomer Bill Barrage (71366) set. LEGO is really making these deals more appealing.

 

Free LEGO Speed Champions Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo (30342) Polybag 

August 17 to 31, 2020

We caught glimpse of this freebie since last November and its nice that LEGO is now adding this as a promotional offer as well. This next polybag offering is the smaller cousin of the LEGO Speed Champions Lamborghini Urus ST-X & Huracán Super Trofeo EVO (76899) which was released earlier this year. So if you’re planning to get your next LEGO Speed Champions set, then it will be better to schedule your next purchase during these dates.

 

For LEGO VIPs: Limited Edition LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Phoenix Minifigure Sweepstakes

August 17 to September 6, 2020

The LEGO VIP Rewards Center continues its exclusive minifigure giveaway with this next offer following its Shazam and Deadpool Duck sweepstakes. The next LEGO Marvel SDCC minifig exclusive up for grabs is the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Phoenix minifigure, given away during San Diego Comic-Con 2012. For more info and promo mechanics, be sure to visit LEGO.com/VIP.

Other than the LEGO Super Mario sets arriving in August, we also have plenty of sets coming from various themes that are slated to make their debut next month. Besides the much-awaited LEGO Super Mario Nintendo Entertainment System (71374), we have other LEGO set offerings that AFOLs can certainly be excited for: we have the exquisite LEGO Ideas Grand Piano (21323), LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R (42107), and the LEGO Architecture The White House (21054) just to name a few. For more info on upcoming LEGO sets, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home.

So, what’s in your LEGO shopping list next month? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

Latest LEGO Vehicles Featured in the LEGO Store June 2020 Store Calendar

The LEGO Store June 2020 Store Calendar is now out, underscoring its latest line of brick-built vehicles including an attractive gift-with-purchase (GWP) set. Though it will take a lot of getting used to with regards to the many in-store activities that are effectively canceled in LEGO brand stores no thanks to our current pandemic, the LEGO Group has slowly adapted to the new normal by gradually opening its stores in the US. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at what next month’s LEGO Store promotional calendar has to offer.

First off, we have some of LEGO’s most recent brick-built vehicle collection, including two of its larger sets that debuted this year: the LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 (10271) and the handsomely crafted LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger (42111) that took inspiration from the Fast & Furious films. Released earlier this year, we also have one of the first 8-stud wide LEGO Speed Champions sets in the form of the Ferrari F8 Tributo (76895) set. These sets and much more are all available at LEGO Shop@Home if you want to take a look.

LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 (10271)
LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger (42111)
LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari F8 Tributo (76895)

Similar to this month’s freebie in the form of the LEGO City Beach Buggy (30369), we now have another GWP ride that fans will appreciate. The LEGO Creator Hot Rod (40409) will be yours for free for a minimum single-receipt purchase of LEGO products worth $85 and above. The qualifying purchase needed to bag this freebie is a bit higher as compared to other promotional items this year, but being a scaled model of its predecessor, the LEGO Model Team Blue Fury (5541) from the mid-90s (re-issued in 2004 as set 10151), plus coming in with two minifigures, then I guess I will not mind the qualifying purchase. The LEGO Creator Hot Rod (40409) is valued at $13, so having it as a freebie is a welcomed deal in itself. Be sure to check with your local LEGO store or over at LEGO Shop@Home starting June 1 for this freebie’s availability since this can quickly fly off the shelves. If you wish to see more of this collectible set, then I suggest that you check out The Brothers Brick’s extensive review.

LEGO Store June 2020

As I mentioned earlier, in-store activities are still restricted in all LEGO Stores, so the usual Build-and-Take and designer signing events are effectively canceled. Most LEGO stores are only allowing curbside pickups as of to date as part of LEGO’s compliance towards physical distancing guidelines. I guess its part of the so-called new normal so, we have to eventually adapt to these new systems that are slowly taking shape.

Nevertheless, the month of June has a lot to offer other than the abovementioned sets mentioned in the LEGO Store June 2020 calendar. We have a nice collection of LEGO Friends summer 2020 sets, new LEGO Marvel sets, a new Brick Sketches theme, and even the first-ever LEGO Technic Lamborghini set all slated to arrive next month. These and much more are enough good reasons to keep on building.

Stay home and stay safe everyone!

LEGO Monkie Kid Now Available at LEGO Shop@Home

For those of you who are looking forward to the recently revealed LEGO Monkie Kid sets, LEGO Shop@Home has now made it available for all. This latest offering from LEGO takes inspiration from the classic Chinese saga Journey to the West, given that modern-day LEGO twist. This new LEGO series follows Monkie Kid and his friends as they seek the aid of the legendary Monkey King in order to thwart the evil plans of the Demon Bull King. Will get to know more about the details of the story behind Monkie Kid when it’s animated tie-in series arrives.

I love how these sets turned out, especially that of the Monkey King Warrior Mech and the Demon Bull King sets. It seems that LEGO designers have somehow perfected it’s mech designs. Check out the official product descriptions for this first wave of Monkie Kid sets. And as a way of helping us keep our site, you may want to consider clicking on the following affiliate links below.

White Dragon Horse Bike (80006)

259 pieces | $34.99 | Minifigures: Mei, Monkie Kid, Snort, Bob

LEGO Monkie Kid

Let children role-play heroic missions to defeat the Bull Clones with this exciting LEGO® Monkie Kid™ White Dragon Horse Bike (80006) playset. There are loads of cool details to inspire hours of fun, including the LEGO toy motorcycle’s foldout flight-mode wings and stud shooters, the Bull Clones’ hideout’s prison, ‘fire’ gate, and stud shooters, plus Monkie Kid’s Cloud Board. The 4 minifigures also have weapons to boost the battle role-play action.

 

Iron Bull Tank (80007)

430 pieces | $49.99  | Minifigures: Monkie Kid, Sandy (bigfig), Grunt, Roar

LEGO Monkie Kid

Children can role-play epic adventures as heroes Monkie Kid and Sandy – or villainous Bull Clones – with the LEGO® Monkie Kid™ Iron Bull Tank (80007). This LEGO armored toy vehicle features a rotating turret with a 6-stud rapid shooter, oil-barrel-launching function and other cool details to inspire battle action. An exciting LEGO gift idea for kids aged 7 and up, the toy playset includes 3 minifigures and a Sandy figure with weapons to inspire youngsters to create new stories every playtime.

Monkie Kid’s Cloud Jet (80008)

529 pieces | $59.99 | Minfigures: Ai, Monkie Kid, Red Son, Growl

LEGO Monkie Kid

Kids will love role-playing as hero Monkie Kid, piloting his Cloud Jet, battling for The Golden Staff, and saving a civilian with this cool LEGO® playset (80008). The aircraft toy features disc shooters and a minifigure cockpit that detaches to become a speed bike, while enemy Red Son has a buildable Twin Fire Jet Pack and Power Glove for conflict play. A super LEGO gift idea for kids aged 8 and up, it includes 4 minifigures so children can pretend to be their favorite characters.

Pigsy’s Food Truck (80009)

832 pieces | $69.99 | Minifigures: Uncle Qiao, Pigsy, Monkie Kid, Snort, Grunt

Inspire action-packed playtime adventures with this LEGO® Monkie Kid™ toy playset (80009) featuring Pigsy’s Food Truck and 2 buildable toy motorcycles for the food-stealing Bull Clones. The LEGO food truck toy has opening sides for easy access to the kitchen and command center. Fans will love fun features like the fake refrigerator with weapons inside and the pig-shaped rapid shooter on the roof. A super LEGO gift idea for kids, it includes 5 collectible toy minifigures to role-play exciting stories.

 

Demon Bull King (80010)

1,051 pieces | $89.99 | Minifigures: Pigsy, Monkie Kid, Princess Iron Fan

Young Monkie Kid fans will love creating epic scenes with this LEGO® Demon Bull King building toy (80010). A brilliant LEGO gift idea for kids aged 9 and up, it features a huge, posable Demon Bull King model, with many cool features to build and inspire play such as a LEGO light brick that lights up the torso, stud-shooting cannons, a ‘flame thrower’ and a big axe. The Monkie Kid, Pigsy, and Princess Iron Fan minifigures each have weapons, including The Golden Staff, to boost the battle action.

 

Red Son’s Inferno Truck (80011)

1,111 pieces | $119.99 | Minifigures: Lee, Mei, Monkie Kid, Red Son, Snort, Grunt, Roar

Children can dream up limitless action-packed stories with this LEGO® Monkie Kid™ toy building set (80011). Red Son’s Inferno Truck has many play-inspiring features, including a button to launch the integrated race car toy and fire the 6-stud rapid shooter, plus a winch to drag the ‘exploding’ ATM out of the brick-built Speedy Panda store. A great gift idea for kids, this LEGO tow truck comes with 7 minifigures for role play and a colorful Pigsy delivery tuk-tuk for Monkie Kid to drive to rescue store owner Lee.

 

Monkey King Warrior Mech (80012)

1,629 pieces | $149.99 | Minifigures: Jia, An, Monkie King, Monkie Kid, General Ironclad, Growl

LEGO® Monkie Kid™ fans can become civilian-saving heroes with this huge, posable Monkey King Warrior Mech (80012), featuring gold-colored elements and an extendable staff. This set also features a stud-shooting Bull Clone mech toy and Pigsy’s noodle store to inspire creative storytelling. An ideal LEGO gift idea for kids aged 10 and up, it includes 6 minifigures, plus The Golden Staff, a buildable cloud for Monkie Kid and Flower Fruit Mountain mini build to recreate an iconic scene from Monkie Kid’s life story.

 

Monkie Kid’s Team Secret HQ (80013)

1,959 pieces | $169.99 | Minifigures: Mei, Pigsy, Monkie Kid, Sandy, General Ironclad, Grunt, Roar, Snort

Let children discover the cool features inside LEGO® Monkie Kid’s Team Secret HQ (80013). This LEGO ship toy opens up and can be divided for easy access to the detailed living area, workshop, posable mech, and more. The toy crane on the deck can be used to grab the Bull Clones’ stud-shooting assault boat, and Pigsy and Mei’s fun buildable water jets add to the battle play options. A fabulous gift idea for kids, this LEGO set includes 7 minifigures with weapons, plus Sandy and Mo the cat figures to role-play exciting adventures.

 

LEGO Ensures Product Availability In Spite of Pandemic

After the good news of the gradual re-opening of US LEGO brand stores, LEGO ensures product availability amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Considering that the current pandemic has driven a sort of a ‘building trend’ among the LEGO fan community while staying home, coupled with certain adjustments in employee practices, have led to the possibility that consumer demand may outpace LEGO’s capacity to ensure product availability. In response to this, the LEGO Group has released a statement underscoring its efforts in making sure that these much-anticipated sets will still roll out as planned.

During the past few months we have seen a strong demand for our products as families and hobbyists turn to building to help them get through this difficult period. As a result, we have been working incredibly hard to make sure that our products are available online in our stores and our retail partners’ ecommerce sites.

We have been fortunate that our factories in Europe and Asia continue to operate. Our factory in Mexico has been closed for the past few weeks after the Mexican government ordered all non-essential manufacturing sites to close while the country focussed on preventing the spread of the virus. We have been using our full global supply chain to ship products to all markets and fulfil orders as best as possible.

While COVID has created a very dynamic and uncertain environment, at this stage it hasn’t impacted decisions about when to retire products.

The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the entire globe, with global and local economies badly hit by closures and shelter-at-home or stay-at-home orders by governments to contain the pandemic. In compliance with these orders, the LEGO Group opted to comply with these local orders, including the temporary shutdown of its production plant in Mexico. However, with the continuous operation of its European and Asian factories, we are assured that current and upcoming LEGO sets are still on their way to your nearest LEGO brand store.

You may still choose to do your LEGO shopping online and to check out the latest LEGO sets around, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home.

US LEGO Brand Stores To Re-Open Starting Today

Its been almost two months since LEGO brand stores across the globe were closed due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic. As most of us were forced to stay at home for months, there’s a bit of hope that things are starting to enter the new normal, including among other things, the gradual re-opening of US LEGO brand stores.

The news came in via the LEGO Ambassadors Network, where three particular LEGO brand stores will be fully open to the public, with certain limitations and strict observance of physical distancing measures to be implemented. For example, the Pick-A-Brick Wall and Build-A-Minifigure are still not available in these stores, while remaining US LEGO brand stores will only be available for curbside pick-up of sets starting today. Just to be sure, you may inquire first at the LEGO store near you to confirm if your preferred set is currently available. Here’s the official announcement from LEGO via LAN. And as always, you can still visit LEGO Shop@Home if you wish to make your LEGO purchases online.

LEGO Brand Stores

 

Hi AFOL Community,

Select LEGO Stores are re-opening soon! We are complying with local regulations and providing guidelines to keep our visitors and team members safe. We have re-opened three store locations to the public and the following locations below have been approved to do curbside pickup as of this Wednesday 5/13. Please note that we currently do not have any of the new items in-stock that were recently released while we were closed and PAB/BAM will not be available at this time. Please check your local store page for current business hours or call the store before you visit. As you can imagine things are changing by the minute and this list could change. We look forward to greeting you back to our stores. Thank you for your patience and support!

Open Locations:

783 North Point, GA
743 Stonebriar, TX
778 Woodlands, TX

Curbside Pick-Up:

825 FASHION SHOW, NV
739 CHANDLER, AZ
769 ARROWHEAD, AZ
729 ONTARIO MILLS, CA
716 FASHION VALLEY, CA
846 HAYWOOD MALL, SC
755 CONCORD MILLS, NC
833 SOUTHPARK, NC
856 ST. JOHN’S TOWN CTR, FL
857 TOWN CTR at BOCA RATON, FL
717 SAWGRASS MILLS, FL
845 LAKESIDE MALL, LA
703 PARK MEADOWS, CO
711 COLORADO MILLS, CO
816 FASHION PLACE, UT
815 GUILFORD TOWN CTR, C
766 CHINOOK CENTER, CAN
779 OAKRIDGE, CAN
720 BELLEVUE, WA
787 ALDERWOOD, WA
836 SOUTH CENTER, WA
820 WESTFARMS MALL, CT
745 KENWOOD, OH
709 BEACHWOOD PLACE, OH
750 EASTON, OH
834 POLO PARK, CAN
701 MALL OF AMERICA, MN
768 SOMERSET, MI
705 CHICAGO, IL
749 ORLAND SQUARE, IL
900 GURNEE MILLS, IL
782 MAYFAIR, WI
714 WOODFIELD MALL, IL
713 NORTHBROOK COURT, IL
707 ATLANTA, GA
851 OXMOOR MALL, KY
767 CHRISTIANA, DE

May 2020 LEGO Store Calendar Highlights and More

May the 4th is just around the corner, as highlighted by LEGO’s May 2020 LEGO Store Calendar. And in keeping up with this year’s busiest week for LEGO Star Wars fans, LEGO is now doing its share of promotions and offerings from the galaxy far, far away.

Now just a word of caution – I am not encouraging all of you to go out there for a frenzied shopping spree to get the latest Star Wars merch. Since LEGO and other establishments have complied with the government’s marching orders to stay at home then, by all means, let’s continue to do so. So until such time that we ease up on our quarantine guidelines, LEGO has made it clear that it will keep its 150+ stores around the world temporarily closed until further notice.

But of course, we don’t necessarily need to remove the fun from this otherwise festive occasion. LEGO Shop@Home is still up and running and we can still enjoy the many LEGO freebies that LEGO has to offer. With that out of the way, let’s check out the details of next month’s LEGO promotional and freebies. You may also download a PDF version of the May 2020 LEGO Store Calendar via LEGO.com.

LEGO Star Wars UCS  A-Wing Starfighter (75275)

May 1 onwards

May 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

This year’s LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series offering will be the A-Wing Starfighter (75275). Coming in at  1,673 pieces this set will retail for $199.99 starting May 1.

 

Free Limited-Edition LEGO Star Death Star II Battle (40407) Set

May 1 to 4, 2020

The LEGO May the 4th gift-with-purchase (GWP) set has been revealed last week, and it pays homage to that trench run scene aboard the Empire’s Death Star II straight from Episode 6 Return of the Jedi. This LEGO Star Wars GWP set will only be available from May 1 to 4 or until supplies last. This micro build will be added to your cart automatically once your LSW purchases reach $75 or more, so I hope you don’t miss out on this one.

 

Double VIP Points  on All LEGO Star Wars Sets

May 1 to 4, 2020

May 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

Double VIP points are back for all LEGO Star Wars purchases. If you’re eyeing on those sleek LEGO Star Wars helmets or that cute little D-O (75278) set, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with the double VIP points that come with them.

 

Free LEGO Mother’s Day Card (5005878)

May 4 to 10, 2020

May 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

LEGO is one with the world in celebrating this year’s Mother’s Day. And of course, you can always express your love to all the super moms out there with this lovely buildable token. This offer will be available from May 4 to 10 and will be added to your cart once your LEGO purchase reaches $40 and above.

 

Free LEGO City Beach Buggy (30369)

 May 18 to 31, 2020

If you plan your purchases carefully for May, then chances are, you can still get this nice LEGO City polybag for free. For the same minimum single-receipt purchase of $40 and above of any LEGO set or merchandise, this beach combing mini build will be included in your cart upon checkout. I’ve always been a fan of polybags especially those from the LEGO City theme, so this one will be a nice part of any collection.

 

Though the first week of May is predominantly for LSW fans, you’ll be glad to know that some of the LEGO Minions sets are now available including other film-inspired sets such as the LEGO DC Superheroes Wonder Woman vs Cheetah (76157) and the LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger (42111). For CMF collectors, the LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 20 (71027) is also available as well.

And while we’re waiting for this pandemic to be somewhat under control, LEGO has launched its #LetsBuildTogether campaign to help LEGO fans and families have a better home experience during these trying times. For more info, you may visit LEGO.com/LetsBuildTogether. You may also want to check out Tyler’s series of video tutorials called Quarantine Creations for more inspiring builds.

Keep safe and happy building!

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!

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!