LEGO Astronaut Training In-Store Event Happening at the LEGO Store Leicester Square

LEGO’s official Facebook page has posted an event that will bring out the LEGO Astronaut in you. Dubbed as LEGO Astronaut Training, this series of in-store events will be held at the LEGO Store Leicester Square in London throughout the entire week from July 22 to 28. One of the event’s highlights is July 24’s Make and Take activity where participants will get to build a LEGO mini space shuttle and they will get to bring this home as well. Participants will also have an opportunity to be a part of creating a mystery LEGO mural which will be announced during the week.

There are no details yet regarding any pre-registration, so I suggest that you keep tabs about this event via LEGO’s Facebook page.  More so if you will be at Leicester Square during these dates. Read on for more details about this event, and while you’re at it don’t forget to check out the latest LEGO City Space sets now available at shop.LEGO.com.

To become a LEGO Astronaut you must complete your training!
Join us in the LEGO Store Leicester Square and take part in our exciting activities that are out of this world! 🚀

Here is a snapshot of the challenges you will face in-store:

Monday & Tuesday: 22nd – 23rd July
👨‍🚀 Take part in Astronaut training challenges

Wednesday: 24th July
2-4pm
🛰️ Build a space shuttle and take it home for free

Thursday & Friday: 25th – 26th July
ALL DAY
Contribute in building a MASSIVE mystery LEGO Mural!
📸 Don’t miss a picture in a LEGO space suit

Saturday & Sunday: 27th and 28th July
ALL DAY
🌌 See the finished Space mosaic on display and take part in other space build challenges

* Get a unique stamp for your passport for every challenge you take part in
* Pass your astronaut training and you will receive a certificate of completion
* Don’t forget to check out the Exclusive LEGO Lunar Lander and the LEGO City Space sets

New LEGO Polybag Promotional Items Now Available At UK LEGO Shop@Home

It looks like LEGO fans have another reason to be happy in addition to LEGO’s Double VIP points launching. If you’re in the UK and you plan to make those big LEGO purchases online at LEGO Shop@Home regional website, then be sure to check your virtual shopping bag because it’s most likely that LEGO is throwing in a couple of new LEGO polybag promotional items as well.

The LEGO Creator Pelican (30571) polybag is yours for free for any single receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth £35 and more. This polybag comes in at 62 pieces and valued at $3.99 USD. It is a 3-in-1 set that allows you to also build two animal variants.

New LEGO Polybag Promotional Items

Build a cute Pelican 3-in-1 set with a large opening beak that’s perfect for catching tasty fish! Then rebuild it into a bouncing bunny with posable ears or a busy bird with flappy wings.

The next polybag up for grabs is the LEGO Marvel Superheroes Spider-Man’s Mini Crawler (30451). Coming in at 38 pieces, this polybag comes with a generic Spider-Man minifigure aboard a brick-built mechanical spider. This polybag promo comes free for a minimum purchase of LEGO Marvel Superheroes merchandise or sets worth £35 and more.

New LEGO Polybag Promotional Items

Your little superhero can climb to the rescue with Spider-Man’s Mini Spider Crawler, with posable legs and a spinning function. This LEGO® Marvel set includes a Spider-Man minifigure.

As of this posting, it seems that that the gift with purchase LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335) is still available. However, bear in mind that this promo might as well be over soon but if you see this appear in your shopping cart, then there is a good chance that you might still get one of this.

The UK LEGO Shop@Home portal lists both these new LEGO polybag promotional items as available from July 1 to 14 or until supplies last. Bundle this with LEGO’s ongoing Double VIP points promo then this is one great offer that’s hard to resist.

LEGO Double VIP Points Now Up At LEGO Shop@Home

LEGO VIP members have another reason to smile this month. The LEGO Double VIP Points promotions are now live at shop.LEGO.com, together with the new LEGO City Space sets and even the insanely huge LEGO Jurassic Park T. rex Rampage (75936) which is now available to all.

LEGO Double VIP Points
The LEGO Jurassic Park T. rex Rampage (75936)

If you’re eyeing on these and much more including the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) just in time for Season 3 of Netflix’s hit sci-fi mystery series, then this is a great chance to rack up on those double VIP points. The LEGO Creator Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander (10266) is also a great addition to that LEGO City Space MOC that you might be working on. Another good thing is that both the LEGO City Lunar Space Station (60227) and Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control (60228) comes with double VIP points until the end of this month. So be sure to grab these sets as well.

LEGO Double VIP Points
LEGO City Lunar Space Station (60227)

 

LEGO Double VIP Points
The LEGO CIty Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control (60228)

The LEGO double VIP points promo is the best time to get more value out of those big LEGO sets that you’re planning to buy. And with LEGO’s announcement of a better, more exciting LEGO VIP rewards system, then now is the best time to earn and stock up on those points.

July 2019 LEGO Store Calendar Highlights and Promotions

LEGO is pushing through with its plans of going entirely digital now that the July 2019 LEGO Store Calendar has been released online. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what’s in store for LEGO fans next month.

LEGO Store Calendar

LEGO Store Calendar

July 1-31: Weekly Building Challenges

Starting every Monday of July, your local LEGO store will feature space-themed building challenges where participants may have their brick creations put on display. I’m not quite sure if registration is required but I guess the calendar implies that walk-ins are also accepted.

 

July 12-14: It’s Christmas in July!
The exclusive, gift-with-purchase set Christmas Gift Box (40292) from last year, 2018.

This is quite interesting since this promo is available only on weekends, and the calendar did not exactly specify what could be the exclusive offer. However, since this portion of this advert mentions that the offer is valid until supplies last, I am assuming that the set to be given away is the limited edition 2018 holiday gift-with-purchase set, Christmas Gift Box (40292).  This is a gorgeous set filled with hidden surprises, so if you missed out on this one, be sure to drop by your local LEGO Store during this 3-day promo event.

 

July 10-17: Monthly Mini Build – Fun Frog (40326)
Fun Frog Mini Build (40326)

To reserve a spot, visit your local LEGO® Store starting July 5. This requires getting a bit of being used to since LEGO has dropped the online registration mechanics in favor of an in-store one. What also seems to be puzzling is that the Mini Builds page of LEGO Shop@Home specifically states that the MMB program has been discontinued since April of this year, with only the building instructions published on their page. Personally, I like the idea of having Monthly Mini Builds since a lot of kids (and adults as well) get to bring home free LEGO. We just have to wait and see where these changes will lead us.

 

July 18-21: Free LEGO City Space Satellite (30365) Polybag

For the entire third week of July, LEGO Stores will be running a promotional that fans will find enticing. The LEGO City Space Satellite (30365) polybag can be yours for free for a minimum single receipt purchase of LEGO products worth $40 USD and above, or while supplies last.

 

As you can see from this LEGO Store Calendar, the month of July also marks the release of some of the highly anticipated LEGO sets such as the LEGO Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage (75936) and the latest wave of LEGO Harry Potter 2019 sets.  Be sure to drop by at the LEGO brand store nearest you for more details about these promos.

LEGO Minecraft Summer 2019 Official Set Images Released

Thanks to LEGO’s international catalog for the 2nd half of this year released online a few days ago, we had a glimpse of the three, new LEGO Minecraft sets slated to be released for August. Now thanks to Promobricks, we now have a closer look at these LEGO Minecraft summer 2019 official set images.

Read on for more details and visit LEGO Shop@Home for more updates about these sets. These LEGO Minecraft summer 2019 sets are not listed yet on LEGO’s online shopping portal, but we can assume that their database will include them very soon.

 

The Wool Farm (21153)

19.99 Euros; 260 pieces; minifigures include Steve, Red Dyed Sheep, Yellow Dyed Sheep, and Baby Sheep

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The Blazing Bridge (21154)

39.99 Euros; 372 pieces; minifigures include Alex, Wither Skeleton and 2x Blaze

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The Creeper Mine (21155)

79.99 Euros; 834 pieces; minifigures include Alex, Blacksmith, Cow, Bat, Husk, and Creeper

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LEGO Stranger Things Castle Byers Rumored to be the Next LEGO Promotional Set

To celebrate the launch of the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) a few weeks ago, LEGO also threw in a sweet Make and Take Event at it’s Flatiron (NY) and Leicester (London) LEGO Stores. Needless to say, the LEGO Stranger Things Castle Byers was a hit to LEGO and Netflix fans where in-store patrons get to build this iconic fort in the woods and bring them home at the same. Eventually, building instructions were released online showing how to recreate this 48-piece set less the two exclusive stickers of course.  Of course, if we will have our way, it will be nice to have this Make and Take promotional be available across all LEGO brand stores in the country. And thanks to a report by The Brick Fan, it might be the case

Castle Byers take away build from LEGO Stranger Things event. More photos and instructions at Imgur link. from lego

It was rumored that after the initial debut of both the Upside Down (75810) and the LEGO Stranger Things Castle Byers, the latter will eventually be introduced as the next Make and Take promotional across LEGO Stores in the US. LEGO Stores are somehow mum about this, but according to The Brick Fan, registration for this event may actually start tomorrow, June 10. That’s good news especially if you’re a devoted LEGO collector. I know this set is relatively easy to make with all its parts readily available in your modest LEGO collection. However, if you’re a LEGO completionist and wishes to have the exclusive Castle Byers stickers that go with it, then be sure to check out with your local LEGO store to confirm this Make and Take promotional.

The LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) is currently available at LEGO Shop@Home retailing for $199.99 USD. Coming in at 2,287 pieces with eight (8) instantly recognizable Stranger Things minifigures: Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper, and the Demogorgon.

LEGO Store Calendars Will Only Be In Digital Versions Starting This July

If you’ve noticed, I haven’t covered much LEGO Store-related news lately, particularly with regards to their monthly LEGO Store Calendars – the last one that I covered being the December 2018 Calendar. My primary source of information back then was at cache.LEGO.com which is somehow available to the public a few months ago. Now that LEGO has virtually removed advanced access to their monthly store calendars (save for the current month that is now available for download), the only means that we can know what is happening in LEGO Stores in advance is if you pay a visit at your local LEGO store and requesting for a physical copy. Now that may even change as well.

LEGO VIP members were recently greeted with an email from LEGO Customer Service saying that beginning July, LEGO Store Calendars will now go paperless. That being the case, those who are fond of collecting their physical copies of these monthly calendars may hold on tight to their collection. I know that LEGO means well with this move, considering their advocacy on environmental sustainability. I just wish that they will bring back early access to monthly LEGO Store Calendars as they used to so fans can have a glimpse of the events and happenings that are really important for them.

I’m also a bit apprehensive on the effects of this move on the promotions of LEGO’s in-store activities because there are still some LEGO fans that primarily get their info on the physical LEGO Store Calendars that are handed out to them by store staff and employees. Unless local LEGO Stores actively campaign and promote the paperless format of their in-store calendars, then LEGO fans and visitors may possibly miss out on the really important stuff.

One way to possibly go around this is to set up an information kiosk in every store. Instead of being handed out a physical copy, store visitors can browse a digital version of the store calendar right there and then. It will be nice to see an interactive digital board where all the in-store happenings are scheduled. Perhaps with a possible integration to your calendar app of choice so you can seamlessly add these events in your own personal calendar. Well, these are just my two cents about this but I have to say that it will be rather cool to see a digital calendar such as that.

So what do you think about this decision of going paperless as far as LEGO Store Calendars are concerned? Do you prefer to have it this way, or do you still go for the feel of having an actual, hard copy? Let me know what you think in the comments below.