When this month was still rather new, LEGO released on one of its retail partners, Barnes & Noble, a rather uncommon minifigure polybag that ties in to Solo: A Star Wars Story, released just months ago. The LEGO Star Wars Kessel Mine Worker (40299) minifigure is yet another jazzed-up minifig with an accompanying display stand similar to that of the Mud-Trooper Han Solo (40300).
Still, it’s not as if there are Barnes & Noble stores everywhere. Fortunately, LEGO means to save collectors in California the trouble of hunting LEGO Star Wars Kessel Mine Worker (40299) minifigure down by having their LEGOLAND theme park carry it.
Whereas Barnes & Noble has a minimum LEGO purchase threshold in order to get the 40299 polybag free, LEGOLAND California has the Kessel Mine Worker for straight purchase at the same price as the LEGO Star Wars DJ (40298) from The Last Jedi at $2.99 apiece. That is however a tad more expensive than the Barnes & Noble alternative straight purchase price of $1.27 only.
Meanwhile, LEGOLAND California also has the Mud-Trooper Han Solo polybag available for the same minimum purchase requirement as in Shop@Home; that’s $35 in LEGO Star Wars stuff. Visitors to California’s LEGOLAND resort who are searching for these minifigs are in luck for the foreseeable future.
UPDATE: Official images of the LEGO Christmas Ornament Reindeer Head (5005253) has now been uploaded via LEGO’s servers so we can be sure that this will be listed at shop.LEGO.com any time soon.
Tis the season of the year to be seeing the emergence of Holiday-themed LEGO sets indeed. We’ve seen the Advent Calendars and new Winter Village buildings. And thanks to an early Store Calendar release in China we learned of the LEGO Christmas Box (40292) gift set. But wait; there’s more! Corny infomercial line aside, if you took a closer look at the Chinese LEGO Store November Calendar we shared with you previously, you’ll notice a special polybag right next to the image of the micro-scaled LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289) set. That’s a new LEGO Christmas Ornament Reindeer Head (5005253) polybag for 2018.
Yep, for this year LEGO’s offering a hanging ornament for your Christmas tree in the shape of a reindeer’s head (5005253). It’s pretty much a collection of LEGO pieces that would look like a flat deer’s head when put together, along with a printed 1×2 tile that says 2018.
This is likely another promotional item that’ll be given away for every minimum purchase at LEGO Stores or Shop@Home. For now, only China has been known to announce it, but all other major LEGO markets ought to be following suit. Getting this out before Halloween is always a great idea to avoid the Holiday rush.
In 1999, George Lucas brought out the culmination of his promise to make a back story movie for Star Wars’ most infamous Sith Lord, Darth Vader, with Episode I: The Phantom Menace showing his origin as a Tatooine slave boy in the person of Anakin Skywalker. To coincide with the debut of the first Star Wars prequel, LEGO also released its first licensed theme set, which later became one of its most lucrative line of building sets: LEGO Star Wars. Now that the theme will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year, we can certainly expect LEGO to highlight this milestone – and intel suggests that one of the ways LEGO will celebrate this is by offering a new line of 2019 LEGO Star Wars polybags.
LEGO insider Sir von Lego via Eurobricks has dropped the names of at least three 2019 LEGO Star Wars polybags that will come out in 2019 as tribute to 20 years of The Phantom Menace and the LEGO Star Wars line itself.
Micro versions of the Naboo Starfighter (30383), Snowspeeder (30384) and Anakin’s Podracer (30461) are expected, their labels and numbers having been corroborated by news source Rebelscum.
Longtime collectors of LEGO Star Wars might recall that the three vehicles to get a polybag version are also among the very first sets released in the original 1999 launch of the LEGO Star Wars product line. Particularly Anakin’s Podracer (7131), Naboo Fighter (7141) and Snowspeeder (7130).
That’s a neat touch, and we can definitely expect more sets to come which we hope to reveal anytime soon.
If a limited edition LEGO minifigure is of the Star Wars line, then there’s a chance that it will be given some extra attention. We’ve already seen this trend over the past year with numerous limited edition LEGO Star Wars minifigures such as the 2017’s R3-M2 (40268) and DJ (40298), and the most recent being Mud-trooper Han Solo (40300) himself. The latter is now available over at Shop@Home for every minimum $35 LEGO purchase, but he’s not the only one and that’s not the only place where it’s going on. And now it looks like it will soon be followed a similar promo offered only at Barnes & Noble: the LEGO Star Wars Kessel Mine Worker (40299).
According to a report by fellow news source, The Brick Fan, this next exclusive LEGO Star Wars collectible minifigure is currently available as a gift-with-purchase over at Barnes & Noble for a certain minimum amount. To be precise, the Kessel Mine Worker (40299) can be yours to keep for any single receipt, LEGO Star Wars purchase worth $29.95 and above at B & N.
This Barnes & Noble promotion is said to run until October 18. But apparently if you can’t be bothered to by any other LEGO Star Wars sets from them to hit the minimum, then you can apparently buy the Kessel Mine Worker (40299) polybag itself for only $1.27 apiece. What are you waiting for?
It’s often a pattern with LEGO product releases that, after they have introduced and made available the large sets – usually vehicle models – that come in boxes, eventually they also bring out micro-build versions of the same sets, packed in polybags. They usually run for a limited period as exclusive on certain retailers then simply disappear. Such is the case, as it seems to be, for the LEGO Star Wars Solo polybags.
However, there seems to be a slim chance in grabbing some these microbuild collectibles now that they were spotted in a Dallas LEGO brand store by a LEGO Star Wars fan, and was eventually reported by Star Wars insider Rebelscum. If you recall, these LEGO Star Wars Solo polybags were once listed at Walmart’s online portal, but were now flagged as out of stock. These polybags were microbuild versions of their larger LEGO Star Wars counterparts, particularly the Imperial TIE Fighter (75211) and Imperial AT-Hauler (75219).
Both of these above LEGO Star Wars Solo polybags have also gotten their build instructions uploaded on LEGO Customer Service for DIY recreation, but apparently the actual polybag products aren’t yet “retired” as it were. And it looks like both the micro LEGO Star Wars Solo Imperial TIE Fighter (30381) and AT-Hauler (30498) polybags are still available at the said Dallas LEGO Brand Store. As seen in the featured image above, the Solo tie-in polybags are priced at $6, much like its fellows on the shelf.
Meanwhile, a lot of new LEGO Star Wars sets did become available for purchase at branded stores, retailers and online at the start of the month. In terms of polybags, the latest one is the Mud-trooper Han Solo (40300) minifigure, free for every minimum LEGO purchase of $35 at 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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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).
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.