As we have seen from this month’s LEGO Store Calendar, those who will be making their next LEGO purchase starting on Monday is in for another brick treat. For every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO products or merchandise worth $80 and above from January 13 to 26 will entitle you to an exclusive LEGO Year of the Rat (40355) set as a way of celebrating the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year.
And if you want to see what you can expect from this set, LEGO servers are now updated to include several official images of this set. Take a look.
LEGO Year of the Rat (40355)
Similar to last year’s LEGO Year of the Pig (40186) promotional set, this newest member of the Chinese zodiac-inspired LEGO set comes with a variety of play features and points of articulation. It comes in 162 pieces and has posable ears and paws and a movable tail and head. It comes with a bit of LEGO foliage pieces on top of a circular base similar to its predecessors.
Now that we’re closing the year in just a few days, LEGO fans in the UK will be glad to know that LEGO has an early treat for them. Ahead of their worldwide release on January 1st, several LEGO 2020 sets are now made available in LEGO Shop@Home in the UK right after Christmas.
These LEGO sets include most of LEGO’s home-grown themes such as LEGO Friends, City, Technic, and Hidden Side. For LEGO Star Wars fans out there, and especially those who are still swooning on the epic conclusion of the Skywalker saga from The Rise of Skywalker, then you might be happy to know that you can now purchase and bring home some of the new tie-in sets right now if you are also based in the UK. As an additional incentive, the FREE LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Collectible Minifigure (30624) promotional is still up which you can have for a minimum single-receipt purchase of LEGO Star Wars sets worth £40 and above. Plus you also get another freebie in the form of the LEGO Creator Build Your Own Birds (30548) polybag for a minimum purchase of £35 worth of LEGO sets or merchandise.
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As we literally count the days before we say goodbye to 2019, LEGO has now given us a glimpse of things to come with their January 2020 LEGO Store Calendar. Those who are looking forward to the majority LEGO 2020 sets – ranging from the City, Technic, Ninjago and Creator themes just to name a few – that will launch at the turn of the year, you’ll be glad to know that LEGO is throwing in a good number of promos and freebies to watch out for. You may download a copy of the calendar right here as we breakdown each of these freebies.
Free LEGO Turquoise (853380) or Purple (853379) Keychain
Promo period: January 1 – 12, 2020
From January 1 to 12, every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO product or merchandise equivalent to $35 USD or more, will entitle you to a free LEGO Keychain either in Turquoise or Purple variants. It’s not really that much, but I like the vibrant colors of these 2×4 bricks and I wouldn’t mind having them as part of my usual gears and accessories.
Free LEGO Year of the Rat (40355) Seasonal Set
Promo period: January 13 to 26, 2020
Following the tradition of seasonal Chinese New Year sets, LEGO now releases its 7th promotional set based on the Chinese zodiac. Last year we saw LEGO offering the Year of the Pig (40186) set, and for 2020 it is the adorable Metal Rat’s turn to have a LEGO set dedicated to it. Those who will opt to make their LEGO purchases from January 13 to 26 equivalent to $80 USD and above will get the exclusive LEGO Year of the Rat (40355) set. These seasonal freebies are usually highly sought after so expect these to have a rather short period of availability.
Free Collectible LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Collectible Minifigure (30624)
Promo period: December 6, 2019 to January 31, 2020
Following the subtheme of the LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary Edition sets, this limited edition LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Collectible Minifigure (30624) does not come together with the aforementioned sets and is only available as an exclusive freebie from December 6, 2019 to January 31, 2020. For every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO Star Wars sets amounting to $40 USD, you’ll see this relatively rare minifig added to your cart. Since this has a longer promo period as compared to other deals, then we can somehow hope that LEGO has stacked up on this anniversary collectible.
Free Exclusive LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408)
Promo period: January 24 to February 9, 2020
Fans of LEGO’s new spooky-fun theme will be glad to know that LEGO is throwing in another freebie following its Newbury Juice Bar (40336) exclusive promotional released earlier in September. The LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408) will be added to your cart automatically for every LEGO purchase worth $45 USD and more made between January 24 to February 9, 2020. This has a lower qualifying purchase as compared to its predecessor. I really can’t figure much about the build based on this image, but I’m sure we’ll get better images soon.
Free Make-and-Take LEGO Creator Newsstand
Promo period: January 8, 2020
To celebrate the release of next year’s LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop (10270), LEGO Stores are offering a free make and take build in the form of the LEGO Creator Newsstand. I like the more compact design on this particular newsstand, which somewhat shows a marked improvement on what LEGO offered with the LEGO City Bus Station (60154) back in 2017. Similar to other in-store promos, this freebie will be exclusively available to those who will visit a local LEGO store to participate in this building event. Bear in mind that there are limited spaces available so be sure to sign-up in-store starting January 6. This activity is also intended for LEGO fans and participants ages 15 and above.
Free LEGO Lunar New Year Dragon Build
Promo period: January 23
LEGO celebrates 2020’s Chinese Lunar New Year with a free make-and-take build for younger LEGO fans. Visit your local LEGO brand store on January 23 to build a LEGO Lunar New Year Dragon to celebrate the festivities. Same as other in-store building events, this one also has limited space so registration is likewise required. Sign-ups will begin in-store starting January 6 and is intended for younger participants ages 6 to 14 years.
LEGO Star Wars Building Event – Choose Your Side
For the whole month of January, you may visit any of your local LEGO Store to build and try some of the latest LEGO Star Wars sets, and have it displayed together with your chosen squadron. It’s a great way to try some of these sets before you commit to purchasing them. And before you head out to your local LEGO Store, be sure to check out the upcoming 2020 LEGO Star Wars sets right here.
Though this promo was not mentioned in the December 2019 LEGO Store Calendar for non-spoiler reasons, it’s nice to see this appearing in my LEGO Shop@Home shopping cart. Beginning today until December 24, you’ll get a FREE LEGO Masters Shopping Bag for any LEGO purchase made online an in-store.
From the looks of it, this free LEGO Masters Shopping Bag (5006086) is not made of the usual thin plastic material that LEGO shopping bags were made of. It’s definitely usable and a good way to support LEGO’s initiatives of cutting down on plastic usage as LEGO has previously announced. There seems to be no qualifying price point attached to this promo as well, so it’s nice to see this freebie arrive in your doorsteps regardless of the value of your LEGO purchase.
The best part is that it builds the excitement for the upcoming US version of the LEGO Masters reality TV show that was widely popular in the UK and Australia. LEGO Masters US is scheduled to air via FOX on February 5, 2020. Details of the show are still a bit sketchy save for the fact that LEGO Batman Movie’s Will Arnett will be hosting the show. I’m excited to see who will be joining the roster of contestants, and I’m pretty sure that one of them is somebody who is very close to our brick-loving hearts. Needless to say, it’s simply awesome to see them on screen and coming up with those superb LEGO builds. Here’s the most recent preview trailer of LEGO Masters US in case you missed it.
Hosted by Will Arnett comes the new FOX competition show, LEGO MASTERS. Based on the hit British reality-competition series of the same name, LEGO MASTERS brings imagination, design and creativity to life when teams of LEGO enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities and an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks. Teams of two compete against each other in ambitious brick-building challenges to be crowned the country’s most talented amateur LEGO builders. In each episode, the competing pairs who impress the judges the most progress to the next round, until the finale where the top teams will face off for a cash prize, the ultimate LEGO trophy and the grand title of LEGO MASTERS.
As we close the year, LEGO is set to end 2019 with a handful of promos and freebies that you may want to check out. LEGO servers have been updated to now include their December 2019 LEGO Store Calendar, underscoring their attractive freebies and promo. Read on for the details.
Free LEGO Creator Exclusive Mini Gingerbread House (40337)
Free LEGO Star Wars Free Collectible Obi-Wan Kenobi Minifigure (30624)
After 4 months of waiting after images of this collectible minifig made their way online via eBay, we now have confirmation on how to finally get this iconic Star Wars character. This month from December 6, 2019, until January 31 next year, your LEGO Star Wars purchases worth $40 USD and above will come with a free LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Minifigure (30624). This minifigure comes with a minifig stand similar to what LEGO has offered with its LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary Edition sets released during the 1st quarter of this year. So if you want to snag this one, be sure to time your next LEGO Star Wars purchase during these promo dates.
Free Exclusive Mini LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile (40433)
I guess for most LEGO fans, this is the year’s sweetest LEGO freebie. After revealing the mammoth-sized, and impressively sleek LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile (76139), LEGO is giving an additional incentive for those who will be getting this set from November 29 to December 5. Every purchase of this set will come with a smaller, equally display-worthy freebie in the form of the Mini LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile (40433). Since this promo will run only for a few days or until supplies last, expect this to be a hot brick item both in-store and online.
#BuildtoGive 2019 Holiday Campaign
Starting November 4 until December 8, you can help spread some holiday joy by visiting your local LEGO Store to build and display a brick-built ornament, then snap an image of your build share it online with your friends using #BUILDTOGIVE. For every ornament built, the LEGO Group will donate a LEGO set to a child in need. The goal is to share and donate up to a million LEGO sets worldwide, so its a great way to put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season.
Give a Handmade LEGO Gift
From November 11 to December 24, you can purchase a collection of holiday-themed inspirational builds via your local LEGO Store’s Pick & Build Wall. It’s a great way to spread some LEGO holiday cheers among your friends and loved ones. Just be sure to check first with your local LEGO Store since this promotional may not be available at all LEGO brand stores.
LEGO is certainly revving up its upcoming Black Friday deals. After officially confirming the limited edition LEGO Christmas Tree (40338) as its Black Friday gift-with-purchase set, LEGO has added another incentive for those who will be making their purchase during this grandest sale event of the year. Thanks to info shared by The Brick Fan, we now know that besides this seasonal freebie, we will also be receiving the LEGO Mini Surfer Van.
As you can notice from this in-store flyer, the LEGO Mini Surfer Van will only be offered as in-store promotional with qualifying purchases of $50 USD and above. I guess this is also another incentive to visit your local LEGO store in spite of the usual busyness of Black Friday. It’s also a nice reward if you’re not planning to make any large LEGO purchases on this day. However, if you want to maximize these LEGO Black Friday deals, then you may want to consider making qualifying purchases that will let you bag both the LEGO Christmas Tree and the LEGO Mini Surfer Van.
Though the minivan build may be a bit underwhelming, however, that surfer minifigure is a nice addition to it. If you notice, the surfer minifigure included in this promotional item is a kind of rehash from 2018’s LEGO Creator Sunshine Surfer Van (31079) and Cruising Adventures (31083), except for the red legs. It features the same tank top shirt with the surfer logo that first appeared in 2011.
Again, remember that the LEGO Mini Surfer Van is a LEGO in-store promotional so you have to make your purchases at your local LEGO brand store for you to get this freebie. You may also want to check with LEGO Shop@Home starting November 25 for LEGO’s Pre-Black Friday deals. Stay tuned here in our Brick Show blog for more updates regarding this year’s Black Friday deals.
LEGO has already released its November 2019 LEGO Store Calendar giving us an overview of the promos and events that will happen this month. The calendar highlights the shop by interest feature of LEGO Shop@Home, which is a helpful kind of filter especially for those new in LEGO. Same as before, let’s take a closer look at some of the things that we can expect from our local LEGO store this month.
Free LEGO Creator Reindeer (40434) With Purchases Over $35 USD
This free polybag is basically a rehash of 2016’s seasonal freebie which is the Reindeer (30474), so if you missed out on this one now is a great time to get it. This free LEGO Creator Reindeer (40434) will automatically appear in your shopping cart from November 4 to 17 once your LEGO purchases reach $35 and above.
Free Exclusive LEGO Christmas Tree (40338) With Purchases Over $120 USD
Last September, it was revealed that this holiday season’s gift-with-purchase (GWP) set will be in the form of the LEGO Christmas Tree (40338). It is now finally confirmed that this GWP set will be an incentive for those who will be making their LEGO purchases during this year’s Black Friday sales from November 29 to December 2. Expect this 392-piece set to be added to your cart during these dates when your LEGO purchases reach $120 and more.
#BuildtoGive Holiday Campaign
LEGO is bringing back its charitable campaign from last year, in the form of #BUILDTOGIVE. The idea is basically straightforward: the LEGO Group will donate one LEGO set to charity for every #BuildtoGive ornament that is built either at home with LEGO bricks and shared via social media with #BuildtoGive, or in a participating store. The LEGO Group aims to donate a total of one million LEGO sets (estimated at $10,000,000 USD) to children in need around the world. It’s a great way to share our love and passion for the LEGO brick this holiday season.
Pick & Build Wall Holiday Gifts
From November 11 until Christmas Eve, the LEGO Store’s Pick & Build Wall will feature holiday-themed builds that you can purchase as a gift or as fun, stocking stuffers for the little kiddos. Be aware though that this unique building experience may only be limited to select LEGO Stores so be sure to ask your LEGO Brick Specialists for details.
2019 Black Friday Sales
Be sure to check with your local LEGO Store or at LEGO Shop@Home for this year’s LEGO Black Friday deals. We don’t have info yet on which sets will have the Black Friday tag so be sure to check with us for more updates.
LEGO Stores Opening This Fall
LEGO fans will be pleased to know that LEGO is opening or has already opened additional LEGO Stores across the US. If you’re living near these areas, then be sure to check the following LEGO brand stores.
The October 2019 LEGO Store Calendar has just been released by LEGO, and it underscores everything that we can expect from this week’s Triple Force Friday celebrations. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of this month’s LEGO Store calendar and see what cool things we can pick up from our local LEGO brand store. You may also want to check out the entire calendar in PDF format right here, or just click on the following images below.
October 4-6: Free Exclusive Battle of Endor (40362) Micro Build
For qualifying LEGO Star Wars purchases worth $75 and above, you’ll receive this free LEGO Star Wars Battle of Endor – 2oth Anniversary Edition (40362) added to your cart. Just be quick with the mouse trigger though if you will order online at LEGO Shop@Home because this exclusive freebie is only available from October 4 to 6 or until supplies last.
October 5: Join a Special Luke Skywalker Timeline Make-and-Take Building Event
It’s nice to hear more info about this Triple Force Friday promotional make-and-take event. On October 5, adult fans of LEGO will be treated with another freebie by participating in-stores to create a brick memorabilia of Luke Skywalker’s timeline across the Star Wars films. Take note that this building event is intended for adults ages 18 and above, and will require a pre-registration in-store on October 1st. Fans are also encouraged to come inside LEGO stores dressed as their favorite Star Wars characters from October 4 to 6. Special treats will be given to those who will participate on a first-come, first-served basis.
October 16: Visit Your Local LEGO Store to Build a UFO
Visit your local LEGO Store to build and take home a UFO minibuild. Same as with LEGO’s previous monthly minibuilds, this building event has limited space and registration is required. In-store signups start on October 3 and are intended for children ages 6 to 14 only.
October 4-November 3: Red Squadron Vs Blue Squadron
Come into your local LEGO store to decode hidden building instructions using a pair of special glasses. Build your ship as fast as you can and race your siblings, a parent, or new friends. This experience is intended for all ages, and no registration is required. Do take note that this in-store experience may not be available in all LEGO Store locations.
October 31: The LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) Freebie is Back
Just in time for Halloween, you can stop by at your local LEGO store in your spookiest costume for some trick or treat fun. Plus, you can also receive once again the LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) for a minimum single-receipt purchase of any LEGO merchandise worth $50 USD and above both in-store and online.
If there is one thing that is sorely missed by LEGO fans from the now virtually defunct Toys R Us, are the various LEGO promos that the mega toy store launches at this time of the year. Dubbed as LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober promos, this LEGO TRU promotional offers a buying incentive to LEGO fans who will make their LEGO purchases at TRU during specified weeks in the month of October. After TRU’s demise in the first quarter of 2018, LEGO fans have a lot to get used to particularly with the fact that the annual LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober promos will no longer be around. Indeed, one may say that there were still last year’s LEGO TRU Bricktober Marvel, Harry Potter, and Jurassic World exclusive collectible minifigures promo. But their very limited release and the relative difficulty of obtaining them gave the impression that LEGO may just be getting rid of these promotional minifigs which the company has already prepared way before Toys R Us in the US eventually closed.
However, this may not be the case with other regional Toys R Us branches in other parts of the globe. Essentially, these TRU branches are independent of their US counterpart, and LEGO fans in these regions may still be able to enjoy their annual LEGO TRU Bricktober promos. Brickfinder reports that in Asia, it can be seen that Bricktober is still alive and kicking. In particular, TRU stores in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines are still carrying the highly popular promotions.
This year’s LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober regional promo features a mini-scaled diorama of the four seasons, highlighting certain places and attractions in the Asian region. In case you need to know, here are the following dates when these Bricktober sets will be available in the abovementioned participating countries, including the price points for qualifying purchases converted in USD based on prevailing foreign exchange rates.
(Qualifying LEGO purchases of equal to or higher than $61.23 USD)
September 24 to 30 – Spring
October 1 to 7 – Summer
October 8 to 21 – Autumn
October 22 to 28 – Winter
(Qualifying LEGO purchases of equal to or higher than $47.10 USD)
September 27 to October 3 – Spring
October 4 to 10 – Summer
October 11 to 17 – Autumn
October 18 to 27 – Winter
(Qualifying LEGO purchases of equal to or higher than $47.45 USD)
September 27 to October 3 – Spring
October 4 to 10 – Summer
October 11 to 17 – Autumn
October 18 to 27 – Winter
(Qualifying LEGO purchases of equal to or higher than $81.67 USD)
October 3 to 9 – Spring
October 10 to 16 – Summer
October 17 to 23 – Autumn
October 24 to 31 – Winter
(Qualifying LEGO purchases of equal to or higher than $57.98 USD)
September 27 to October 3 – Spring
October 4 to 10 – Summer
October 11 to 17 – Autumn
October 18 to 24 – Winter
(Qualifying LEGO purchases of equal to or higher than $47.91 USD)
October 1 to October 6 – Spring
October 7 to 20 – Summer
October 21 to 27 – Autumn
October 28 to 31 – Winter
It’s great to hear that even though LEGO Toys R Us promos are basically dead in the US, there are other TRU Asian stores that still carry the sought-after LEGO promotional. Unless you are currently residing in these territories, then for LEGO fans outside of Southeast Asia, these Bricktober sets will most probably be available in secondary markets such as eBay.
We’re just counting the days before Triple Force Friday kicks in, and in case you’re planning to head over at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California or at Disney Springs at Disney World in Orlando, Florida then you may want to pay a visit at the Disney LEGO Stores in these locations on October 3 to 4.
The Disney Parks blog site has announced that in keeping up with the tradition of launching a new Star Wars film and its tie-in merchandise, the LEGO Stores located in the abovementioned Disney parks will be offering an early midnight sale which will include new LEGO Star Wars sets based on the last installment of the Star Wars Skywalker saga The Rise of Skywalker, Disney+’s The Mandalorian series, and a couple of LSW sets based on earlier Star Wars movies. Truth be told, these sets were already made available at some online retailers and were even spotted on store shelves of third-party retailers ahead of their official launch next week. But in case you haven’t made up your mind on that next LEGO Star Wars purchase, then sealing the deal on Triple Force Friday is a great way to earn some exclusive freebies and huge discounts.
Here’s a quick reference to this sales event as mentioned by Disney Parks.
You can join in the conversation on social using Triple #ForceFriday and at in-store retail celebrations around the globe when products set on Oct. 4. Fans in Orlando and Anaheim will be able to experience Oct. 4 midnight shopping at World of Disney at Disney Springs and Downtown Disney. Disney Springs will also feature midnight shopping at the LEGO Store, along with Star Wars-themed food and beverage offerings and a LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon Master Build Event.
So if you have plans of tracking down the latest and hottest Star Wars merchandise at these Disneyland locations then be sure to add the LEGO Stores in these locations to your bucket list. Traditionally, these sales events are quite popular to Star Wars and LEGO fans because of the pretty nice promos that LEGO attaches to it. From October 4 to 6, fans with qualifying LEGO Star Wars purchases of $75 and above will entitle them for a free and exclusive LEGO Star Wars Battle of Endor 20th Anniversary (40362) set.
Other than the new LEGO Star Wars sets that will launch on October 4, LSW fans that are looking for a good bargain will also pleased to know that the majority of currently available LEGO Star Wars sets will be offered at great discounts. We can expect that these discounts will go live as early as midnight of October 3 leading to October 4, and this will be offered across LEGO Stores both in-store and online. Better be quick though, since these discounted LEGO sets can run out pretty quickly. I’ll post some updates as soon as I can once new info comes in so stay tuned.