LEGO Star Wars Han Solo Mudtrooper (40300) Minifigure Next Promotional at LEGO Shop@Home

If you still remember back in May, we reported on two LEGO Star Wars collectible minifigures that were released back then as a promotional in connection to the release of the Star Wars Han Solo film. Following the likes of other collectible minifigures that were launched together with previous Star Wars films, the LEGO Star Wars Kessel Mine Worker (40299) and a version of Solo in disguise as a Mimban Mudtrooper or the LEGO Star Wars Han Solo Mudtrooper (40300), are now next in line as the theme’s promotional CMF. We also noted back then that these were supposed to be Toys R Us-related freebies, but since TRU’s closure and unfortunate demise, we were left hanging on when and where these minifigs will arrive in the US. It also seems that Europe has the better end of these promotional deals since the sighting of Han Solo Mudtrooper (40300) in the LEGOLAND Store in Germany.

But thanks to the recently released LEGO Store October 2018 store calendar, we now know for sure that the Han Solo Mudtrooper (40300) collectible minifigure will now land in LEGO Stores in the US and at shop.LEGO.com this October.

From October 1 to 14, any purchase of LEGO Star Wars sets worth $35 and above will entitle you to this free collectible Han Solo Mudtrooper minifig. This offer is valid only during the dates mentioned above or while supplies last. This particular collectible joins the ranks of other previous Star Wars collectible minifigures such as DJ (40298) from The Last Jedi, the Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) and R3-M2 (40268) both from Rogue One.

Build Your Own Mini LEGO Star Wars Imperial AT-Hauler (30498)

This piece of news has been floating around for quite some time already, and in case you missed this, or more specifically the retailer exclusive LEGO Star Wars Imperial AT-Hauler (30498) polybag, then you still have this chance of building one of your own. This particular polybag comes as the second polybag offering belonging under the LEGO Star Wars Solo subtheme following the likes of the similarly packaged Imperial TIE Fighter (30381). However this mini version of the Imperial AT-Hauler seems to be a Walmart exclusive in the US and is now currently out of stock via Walmart’s website.

The LEGO Star Wars Imperial AT-Hauler (30498) comes in at 49 pieces and is relatively easy to build, thanks to the polybag’s building instruction now uploaded at the LEGO customer service portal. This mini version of the Imperial AT-Hauler comes with the usual LEGO pieces that you may already have at home save perhaps for the reddish brown Technic rotor 2 blades and the 1×2 plates with horizontal snap. Check out the building instructions below, and see if you have all the parts needed to build your own mini Imperial AT-Hauler.

Though the LEGO Star Wars Imperial AT-Hauler (30498) polybag is now out of stock and nowhere to be found at other major online retailer portals, there has been some rumor circulating that this polybag might turn out to be the next LEGO Star Wars promotional in relation to the slated release of the LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City (75222) on September 13. This is speculative as of the moment but it will be nice if LEGO can offer this directly to consumers both in-store and online. Being a fan of these LEGO polybags, I’m really looking forward to seeing this in my local LEGO store and to add this to my polybag collection. For now, let me see if I can build this thing.

LEGO Star Wars Han Solo Mud-Trooper (40300) Minifigure Spotted In LEGOLAND Store Germany

Fans of Star Wars, especially those of a certain inclination, might say that the hype for Solo didn’t die to thunderous applause the way the Old Republic did to become Palpatine’s Empire. For more casual followers, it really doesn’t matter. For LEGO fans, they might argue that the tie-in sets at least were quite cool. Aside from the big box sets, there were also LEGO Star Wars polybags for Solo that got revealed earlier on. Some, like the Han Solo Mud-Trooper (40300), were originally presented as exclusive Toys ‘R’ Us freebies. We all know what happened; but that also left the status of these polybags in limbo for some time.

Han Solo Mud-Trooper (40300)

We can stop wondering now. Promobricks from Germany has just broken the news that since the last weekend of July, LEGO Stores in that country, particularly the one at their LEGOLAND Deutschland in Günzburg, have the Han Solo Mud-Trooper (40300) as a gift-with-purchase polybag.

Yes, word is that certain Solo-related LEGO Star Wars sets were going to be released in August 1. But some LEGO markets love jumping the gun, and Germany did by a few days. Plus, any LEGO Star Wars total purchase of at least €65 at LEGOLAND Deutschland’s store gets a free Han Solo Mud-Trooper (40300) minifigure polybag.

Well, it’s now the first day of August as of this writing, so we can expect other LEGO Stores to start offering the scheduled release sets for this day. And now we know that will also include the LEGO Star Wars Mud-Trooper Han Solo (40300).

LEGO Harry Potter – Harry’s Journey to Hogwarts (30407) Polybag Spotted In Target Stores

Late last month, we got confirmation that there’s a LEGO Harry Potter polybag that’s coming out under the new Wizarding World line rebranding. Said little set is a nostalgic recollection of The Boy Who Lived on his first train trip to Hogwarts (barring the anachronistic uniform the Harry minifigure’s wearing). Back then there was no exact date given as to when the LEGO Harry Potter – Harry’s Journey to Hogwarts (30407) was going to become available following its reveal. Later information had it that the little set would come out in August, but they may already be on shelves somewhere.

There are now reports that somehow, several polybags of LEGO Harry Potter – Harry’s Journey to Hogwarts (30407) have been found at Target stores. This hasn’t been verified since set 30407 shares a similar DPCI number with several other LEGO polybags, thus frustrating anything but a dedicated search of Target’s inventories.

LEGO Harry Potter – Harry’s Journey to Hogwarts (30407), as we might recall, contains one Harry Potter minifigure with wand, bricks and elements to build one handcart carrying luggage and cauldron, a spell-book, and a cage for Harry’s snowy owl Hedwig. To those who’re interested in sweeping their nearby Target stores for this polybag, we suggest looking at the checkout lanes.

Thanks to The Brick Fan for the tip.

LEGO Friends Pet Go-Kart Racers (5005238) Polybag Spotted in Hungary

LEGO Friends has recently included a new line of sets that saw the girls from Heartlake City take on the sport of go-kart racing. These new sets  had the line’s cast of characters take up go-karting, with appropriate minidolls and set designs. As it turns out, the go-karting craze for LEGO Friends isn’t quite over with these five sets just yet. One new product has been spotted that hasn’t been trumpeted over the major LEGO sites yet. It’s a polybag that works on a silly yet fun concept: the LEGO Friends Pet Go-Kart Racers (5005238).

First spotted on the LEGO Certified Store in Hungary by German LEGO news source Zusammengebaut, the LEGO Friends Pet Go-Kart Racers (5005238) polybag means exactly what it says. It contains two go-karts, two pets (a rabbit and hamster), a fold-up cardboard ramp and a sticker sheet for general use (not decals).

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This sort of polybag design usually means that the LEGO Friends Pet Go-Kart Racers (5005238) is only available in LEGO Stores and not on retail outlets. Of course, we still don’t know when this will arrive on LEGO markets outside Hungary, though the likelihood’s good.

It should make for a great supplementary material if you happen to have the other big LEGO Friends go-kart sets, like the  for other LEGO sets in general.

LEGO Store August 2018 Calendar Now Up

LEGO has just released the online, official copy of its LEGO Store August 2018 Calendar and it features the much awaited LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter sets, a new ‘environmental friendly’ promotional, and an exclusive ‘top-secret’ LEGO VIP set. Check out the calendar below, and you may also download its PDF version right here.

August 1 to 14: Free LEGO Plants from Plants (40320) accessories with purchases over $35.

This 29-piece LEGO plant and fauna pieces is entirely made from plant-based, sustainable materials, and is LEGO first attempt towards creating LEGO pieces that are completely recyclable.

August 1 to 12: Free LEGO Unikitty Castle Room (5005239) with LEGO Unikitty purchases over $25.

The Unikitty Castle Room (5005239) is LEGO’s second polybag offering under the LEGO Unikitty theme. It features a cross-section of Unikitty’s castle room made consisting of a miniature couch, aquarium, cardboard cutout, and a unique Unikitty figure.

August 1 to 31: LEGO VIPs earn double points on two LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter sets.

Purchasing the Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures (75952) and the Hogwarts Whomping Willow (75953) during the entire month of August allows you to earn Double VIP points on these sets.

August 7 to 8: The VIP Monthly Mini Model Build is a Snail (40283)

To avail this free monthly mini build for the month of August, LEGO VIP members need to register at shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-registration beginning July 15.

August 6 to September 30: Escape the Forbidden Forest

Stop by your local LEGO Store during these dates to build a magical car with special powers and race through the Forbidden Forest. Beware of spiders and get to Hogwarts as fast as you can!

August 15 to 31: VIPs get Early Access to a NEW exclusive LEGO set.

There’s no news yet on what this new exclusive will be, but there’s a lot of speculation going on that this set is possibly the LEGO Creator Aston Martin DB5 set that LEGO has been teasing heavily via social media.

August 22: Sign up to build and take home a cool Toucan model.

Come to the LEGO Store and build a cool Toucan model which is featured in the new LEGO Animal Atlas book from DK! You can take home your Toucan model for free and can purchase the book in LEGO Stores to continue the animal building fun. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and quantities are limited. Sign up in store or by phone starting August 1.

August 13 to October 7: Build your very own customized go-kart and display it in store for all to see.

Come by the LEGO Store during these dates to build and customize a go-kart. Once you’re done, display it in-store to inspire other builders, and receive your very own sticker sheet for participating.

 

August all marks the release of some of my favorite sets and topping my list will be the LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311), Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures (75952), and the LEGO BrickHeadz Mickey (41624) and Minnie Mouse (41625). What’s your most anticipated LEGO set this August?

LEGO Unikitty Gets Another Polybag – the Unikitty Castle Room (5005239)

It looks like the LEGO Store Calendar for the month of August 2018 has been sent out early, and eventually, new polybag has been revealed – the LEGO Unikitty Castle Room (5005239). This is the second polybag offering that LEGO has announced following the reveal of the Unikitty Roller Coaster Wagon (30406) which will launch on August 1 together with the rest of the LEGO Unikitty sets featuring the ever so positive local resident of Cloud Cuckoo Land.

A closer look at the polybag’s image (courtesy of Brickfinder) reveals that the polybag contains a cardboard cutout that features a cross-section of Unikitty’s castle crib. It contains several pieces of brightly colored LEGO pieces to create her couch and aquarium, along with the usual brick-built figure of Unikitty with a unique face print. It also includes a sticker sheet to add more fun and color to the cardboard cutout.

As mentioned in the August LEGO Store Caledar, the LEGO Unikitty Castle Room (5005239) comes as a free promotional for every $25 worth of LEGO Unikitty sets. Though opinions are mixed with regards to the reception of the LEGO Unikitty sets, a lot of younger LEGO fans find these as a must-have to their LEGO collection. Including this polybag as a promotional with a relatively low price point surely adds to the appeal of these upcoming sets.

Thanks again to the Brickfinder for this image, and to The Brick Fan for additional info.

 

LEGO Harry Potter Harry’s Journey to Hogwarts (30407) Polybag Promotional Revealed

British LEGO fan site Brick Fanatics was present during the UK launch of the LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter sets earlier today, to have a firsthand look at what these exciting sets have to offer. Other than the awesome sets on display, one piece of surprise that LEGO also revealed during the launch event is a new polybag which is reported to be an upcoming promotional tie-in with the Wizarding World sets. The LEGO Harry Potter Harry’s Journey to Hogwarts (30407) polybag is a little set that shows Harry as he begins his wizarding adventures aboard Platform 9 ¾ as seen in the first film of the franchise, The Sorcerer’s Stone.

This polybag features Harry in his Hogwarts uniform (though I feel this is not entirely accurate if you will consider the timeline of the events in the film – he is not yet wearing his uniform in that particular scene), some of his luggage and including his trusted owl, Hedwig. This is a great and cheap way to have Harry and Hedwig’s minifigures either on their own, or as an additional set to add to the Hogwarts Express (75955) set.

There’s no exact date on when this promotional LEGO Harry Potter Harry’s Journey to Hogwarts (30407) polybag will be offered, but it safe to guess that it will also launch sometime in July once the LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter sets go live.

Thanks to Brick Fanatics once again for sharing this image.

More LEGO xtra Polybags Found: Playmat Surfaces for LEGO Set Building

Right at the start of this month we shone a spotlight on a little-hyped new product line from LEGO, for builders of sets and vignettes who need a wider variety of props. The LEGO xtra polybag sets promised plenty of accessories and window dressing for the benefit of dedicated builders. But when we mentioned that LEGO xtra was little-hyped, we also meant minimally stocked. The European LEGO stores that carried the polybags quickly had their stocks sold out. And no word has gone out yet on whether or not there will be LEGO xtra in the North American market anytime soon. Still, those who managed to buy any of the xtra polybags have shared a notable piece of information regarding this uncommon LEGO product line. The LEGO  xtra Playmat polybags have instruction sheets that also featured three more products of the xtra line: not more LEGO props, but three possible play-mats for setting vignettes.

The three additional LEGO xtra Playmat polybags each contain two plastic mats which, lain side by side, depicts a type of surface: roads (853840), grass (853841), and a sandy seashore (85342). Each play may also includes several LEGO pieces with matching colors to that of the mat surface.

We have no concrete idea how much these LEGO xtra Playmat polybags will cost, though it’s possible that they are priced higher than the preceding prop polybags (€3.99 apiece/$4.67). Again, these and the earlier xtra sets (40309 to 40313) are rare sights in Europe, and yet to appear in the US.

Image source: Brickset

SPOTTED: New LEGO xtra Polybags Featuring Set and Minifigure Accessories

LEGO builders who own multiple sets in the vein of City, which has lots of buildings and minifigures, might have felt that they could do with having the option to buy more props and design options for their minifigures or set surroundings; but at the same time not have to buy a whole new set.

We’re not sure if LEGO managed to get this vibe from their customers or if they came up with the idea on their own, but now a new series of polybags have been spotted at Hamburg’s LEGO Store by Promobricks. They’re branded as LEGO xtra.

Promobricks tells us that these LEGO xtra polybags contain copies of various props that could be used to spice up a location scene in a LEGO City or similar set. There are vehicles, and food items, and shrubbery, and street infrastructure galore. Let’s have a closer look at these polybags.

  • Food (40309) – 30 pieces of pizzas, beer mugs, bottle-case, croissants, roast chicken, fish, carrots, etc.

  • Trees and Plants (40310) – 24 pieces of trees, shrubs, flowers, picket fences and so on

  • Traffic Lights (40311) – 46 pieces for traffic lights, wheelbarrow, broom and trash can

  • Streetlamps (40312) – 34 pieces for lamps (regular and with road signs), newspaper vending booth, mailbox and more

  • Bicycles (40313) – 21 pieces for bicycles, skateboards, riding helmets, backpack…

But Hamburg isn’t getting LEGO xtra all to itself for long. The news is that this new polybag line is going to hit more LEGO Stores on Friday, June 1. LEGO Store Hamburg priced them at €3.99 apiece, so that’s around $4.67 in the US. We’ll just have to wait.