First Look At The LEGO Star Wars BB-8 (40288) Polybag

News of it first came out Sunday this week, so considering the fact that there were so many instances of “fake news” (of the intentionally hilarious April Fools’ type) that were flying about on the first of the month, we needed to take this one with a grain of salt.

Thankfully, it would seem that this piece of new LEGO Star Wars merchandise is on the level. While only one image of the final product is available now, it’s enough to confirm the existence of a new BB-8 polybag, numbered 40288. Chances are high that this is a promotional item.

We’ve gotten to see previous versions of a LEGO BB-8 before, from the 1106-piece LEGO Star Wars BB-8 (75187) to the micro-build that was done for Make and Take on OctoberNovember of last year at Toys ‘R’ Us stores (big sigh, folks). This one’s entirely new, and the design’s certainly a beauty.

Image courtesy of Brickset.

This is an official polybag version of BB-8 so the details as seen in the photo are accurate to the breakout droid star from the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Some its components are printed in signature BB-8 decals, though of course they can be incorporated into bigger MOCs by builders.

No further details are available just yet on the LEGO Star Wars BB-8 polybag (40288), or for the promo that it’s involved in. So far, the signs in the stars leads to the possibility that this may be related to a May the 4th promotions, but until we have solid proof, then we will continue to keep an eye for future developments. The LEGO Store Calendar for the month of May is expected to out anytime soon, and hopefully by then we will get a confirmation.

 

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I Hope This Is Not An April Fool’s Day Joke: LEGO Star Wars BB-8 (40288) Polybag Promotional Arriving In May

We know that there is a new LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Pod polybag coming out this April, and it looks like there is another similar polybag all set to go in May. Now to be honest, I’m a little hesitant about posting this piece of news, especially that playful fiction has a tendency to become fact in this day of the year. Nevertheless, there seems to be some grain of truth in what the good guys from Promo Bricks have to say. According to one of their most recent reports – actually it was posted yesterday which gives credence to the idea that this is not probably a part of an elaborate pre-April Fools Day conspiracy – LEGO Star Wars fans can expect BB-8 to make a comeback in a TRU-style microbuild polybag.

If you recall from last October, Toys R Us back then offered a build and take home LEGO BB-8 microbuild to conclude their annual Bricktober celebrations last year (I will certainly miss their Bricktober minifigures for that matter). As I mentioned in that post, I sincerely feel that LEGO and TRU could have improved on this particular LEGO BB-8 microbuild, which quite frankly, looks like an underarm roll-on. Nevertheless, the build itself is pretty solid in terms of design but the lack of aesthetics (i.e. some unique printed parts) is a bit of a let-down and is an injustice against one of the most adorable SW droids around.

Image courtesy of Rebel Scum. Not actual LEGO BB-8 polybag (40288).

Nevertheless, this news from Promo Bricks, if proven to be true is expected to be of similar build but will have a marked difference. The LEGO Star Wars BB-8 (40288) polybag will have printed parts particularly for the side of its head. Now it is not really uncommon to see BB-8 in brick-build form since we already have the UCS-like LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi BB-8 (75187) set. The challenge therefore is to recreate this set in such a small scale without compromising BB-8’s outstanding features, and the best way to do that is to offer some printed parts.

Admittedly, Promo Bricks does not have the polybag image to share as of the moment, but they promise to give us an update as soon as it is available. Will keep our radars open for this one and will keep you posted as well.

Here’s A Look At The LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Pod (5005376) Polybag Promotional

DISCLAIMER: This is not in any way related to April Fool’s Day just in case you got overly concerned with my spoiler laden LEGO Marvel Superheroes The Death of Loki set. 😉

Now that April is officially in, LEGO is now geared up for another round of promotional freebies to sweeten your LEGO shopping. Its launching was not that all smooth given the fact that The LEGO Group temporarily suspended the release of this set last December. But thanks to the LEGO Store April Calendar, we’re now sure to expect the much-awaited LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Pod (5005376) polybag this month. This next LEGO Star Wars promotional gift with purchase set is slated to be given away from April 13 to May 3, with a corresponding LEGO Star Wars purchase of $60 and above.

With that out of the way, eBay reseller princess_789 gives us a first look on how this polybag promo will look like come April 13 in the US. Coming in at 36 pieces, the set comes, of course, with a LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader minifigure, together with gateway like arch with several nice printed pieces.

Promobricks also managed to share some images that show how the pod looks like from the outside. As mentioned in earlier articles, the pod seems to have a metallic outside casing probably because of its glossy effect and its lenticular printing.

The fact that this promotional is already in the secondary market is a likely indication that it is now available in US LEGO brand stores and is just awaiting the go signal for distribution. The LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Pod (5005376) polybag is also a great way to bag the minifig version of the iconic Sith Dark Lord. I really couldn’t figure that much from the polybag image, but it seems to me that this minifigure is a likely combination of two previous Darth Vader releases. For the helmet, the new minifig seems to borrow from 2016’s Vader’s TIE Advanced vs A-Wing Starfighter (75150), while the torso and leg prints seems to suggest a version of Vader from 2014’s Imperial Star Destroyer (75055). Whatever the case is, I’m quite positive that this will be one of the most sought after LEGO pods of all time. What do you think?

LEGO Star Wars Solo Imperial TIE Fighter (30381) Polybag Arriving Soon

It looks like we’re getting another polybag anytime soon. Though I have to admit that I may not be that excited for this one as compared to the prospect of landing on a LEGO Marvel Guardians’ Ship (30525) polybag, I’m still looking forward on grabbing this one. Rebel Scum has shared the news that a new LEGO Star Wars Solo Imperial TIE Fighter (30381) polybag may hit stores next month, coinciding with the release of its larger LEGO Star Wars Solo cousins.

It has been customary for LEGO to also offer miniature replica of its larger sets each time a particular theme is released – we have the likes of the LEGO Ninjago Movie’s Ice Tank (30427), the LEGO Marvel Royal Talon Fighter (30450), and the most recent LEGO Marvel Infinity War The Guardians’ Ship (30525) just to name a few. The LEGO Star Wars Solo Imperial TIE Fighter (30381) comes in at 42 pieces and will retail approximately for $3.99 USD.

We haven’t received any updates yet on when and where this latest polybag might be found, but some have been suggesting an April 20 (tentatively) release date, alongside with the official release of the LEGO Star Han Solo sets.

LEGO Marvel Guardians’ Ship Polybag (30525) Spotted in Walmart

There’s not much we know yet about the primarily orange spaceship that the Guardians of the Galaxy will be using in Avengers: Infinity War in the MCU. It’s apparently similar to their original vessel, the Milano, which was wrecked in GOTG Vol. 2 movie, but never actually referred by name.

Anyway, you may recall the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians Ship (30525) polybag as being either part of a Marvel free-with-purchase promo on Shop@Home, as well as selling in Target (both early this March). The polybag has branched out in availability and can be found in Walmart stores as well.

The LMSH Guardians Ship (30525) might be easily found in the LEGO shelves of most Walmart branches’ toy section, and is reported to be priced at about $3.97 each. As stated before, the model therein is a micro version of the one found in the Thanos Ultimate Battle set (76107).

Playing around with the Guardians Ship in LEGO ought to be a fun diversion until April 27, when Avengers: Infinity War premieres in cinemas. Maybe then we’ll get to see what the real thing in the film can do (and perhaps answer the question of whether or not this is just a revamped Milano).

LEGO Marvel Super Hero Polybags at Wal-Mart and Target

On Saturday, March 3, the long-awaited LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets that tie in to the next MCU film Avengers: Infinity War, were finally released for the consumption of Marvel and LEGO fans. While all these awesome pieces are being scooped up, other LMSH products are also hitting the market.

Today, we’re going to look at a couple of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes polybags that have just come into the shelves of LEGO’s major retail partners, Wal-Mart and Target. One’s a micro-scale set version of a full-sized model; the other’s a minifigure keychain part of the Infinity War product wave.

First off is the micro-sized Royal Talon Fighter (30450) polybag, a tie-in for the previous MCU installment (and still currently-showing film) Black Panther. It’s based on the vibranium-powered transport used to travel in and out of Wakanda, already adapted as the LEGO Marvel Superheroes Royal Talon Fighter Attack (76100) set. Search Wal-Mart’s Easter display boxes for this polybag.

Next is the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – Infinity War Teen Groot Keychain (5005244). It first came out in Europe and apparently is only now appearing stateside, but not online at the Shop@Home. Collector “fikinbricks” noted on Instagram that it’s now available at his local Target store, and likely others too.

The Teen Groot Keychain (5005244) is priced at $5.99 each, and it along with the Royal Talon Fighter (30450) polybag is available for normal purchase without requirements. LEGO fans who follow the Marvel Cinematic Universe would most certainly love to have these in their collections. As polybags, they’re affordable enough.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Weekend Offers This March

For LEGO builders whose interests lie less with Star Wars and more with Marvel, the recent reveal of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition (76105) was one of the greatest treats of the year. After all, it’s got the complexity of a Japanese mecha-model kit going for it.

As if that weren’t enough though, LEGO and Marvel are cooking up even bigger tie-in treats in anticipation for the April premiere of Avengers: Infinity War. Only for this coming weekend, March 3-4, any LEGO Marvel Super Heroes online purchases for $25 and above will entitle you to a free, exclusive art print from Marvel Comics illustrator, Ron Lim.

Look at that piece, an action illustration of the Iron Man Hulkbuster armor as seen from Avengers: Age of Ultron, rendered in full vibrant colors. But if you think that’s already awesome, the wait until you see this next offer exclusive for LEGO VIP members.

VIPs purchasing the Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition (76105) can rejoice as they receive along with that set, a limited-edition uncolored version (5005574) of the Hulkbuster art piece as seen above. The black-and-white version better emphasizes the stark (hah!) lines drawn by Marvel artist Ron Lim (and inking by Wayne Faucher). It’s a real treat for comic-book fans.

LEGO’s third weekend offer is a free LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians’ Ship (30525) polybag, depicting the spaceship of the Guardians of the Galaxy. This comes with a minimum LEGO Marvel purchase of $75. LEGO VIP members buying the Hulkbuster (76105) this weekend can get all three freebies at once.

Remember, this is a weekend thing only, so go to Shop@Home from March 3-4 to avail of what you can. The offer’s also good at LEGO brand stores, but there’re apparently only limited stocks of the Hulkbuster (76105) and the bonus Marvel art prints unless you come early. Good hunting!

Toys ‘R’ Us Apparently Getting LEGO Friends Friendship Flower (30404) Polybag Soon.

LEGO Friends, the girls-centric LEGO line based on the life adventures of a cute circle of girl-friends, is on quite a roll this year. One need only look at the series of character minifigure Pods they’ve slated for release in March to see how much of the Friends theme has been pushed lately.

Among other LEGO Friends products that have recently been released, there was a limited-edition polybag made available such as the Friendship Flower (30404). It was available only on Shop@Home, and was taken down shortly after the 14th. But for collectors who may have missed it, you might be getting a second chance.

It would seem that the LEGO Friends Friendship Flower (30404) will soon become available at Toys ‘R’ Us stores in the US. This was discovered unexpectedly by Allen Tran of The Brick Fan, after he caught sight of a box package of the polybags mistakenly shipped to the store he was working at.

The Friendship Flower (30404) is a small yet fairly intermediate-level build of a brick sunflower-like blossom in a slim purple pot with a heart logo. The petals are the most assembly intensive component, with petal pieces interlocking with stalks around a central stamen. It makes for a good tabletop décor.

No official word has yet come regarding when it will be available on Toys ‘R’ Us, but The Brick Fan lists its item number at the store as 564017, and priced at $3.99 per polybag. The set was revealed as early as last November.

LEGO Marvel Superheroes The Guardians’ Ship (30525) Polybag Revealed.

Since the official unveiling of all six, incredibly exciting LEGO Marvel Superheroes Infinity War sets last week, it looks like LEGO is throwing a bonus set in the form of a polybag. Brickset’s database has been updated to include what looks like an actual image, found in the wild, of the polybag version of the newer Milano(?) as it is to be seen in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War film. The LEGO Marvel Superheroes The Guardians’ Ship (30525) polybag is a scaled-down version of the larger orange and gray ship as seen in the Thanos Ultimate Battle (76107) set.

This polybag comes in at 69 pieces and is expected to arrive at Target stores on March 1. There is no mention of any price as of the moment, other than an eBay listing that sells them at $10. It is interesting to note that though it seems that this is the second polybag version of the iconic Milano, I couldn’t help but wonder why LEGO opted to call it as the Guardians’ Ship rather than referring to it directly by its name. In fact, our first polybag version of the Guardians’ preferred spacecraft is simply named as the Milano (30449) – coming in at 64 pieces. It makes me wonder: will the original Milano, as we last saw it from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, will be utterly replaced in Infinity War? Does it mean that the Milano will be meeting an untimely demise through the course of the film? Well, these are just my speculations, and all of these will be answered in due time when Avengers: Infinity Wars arrive in theaters on May 4.

LEGO Polybag Bargains Now in UK Sainsbury’s Supermarket Branches.

From Target, to Toys ‘R’ Us and many more, we’ve often taken note of and posted updates whenever a major retail chain holds an event or rolls out any promotion involving LEGO. Today we’re looking at the UK where their second-largest supermarket chain is offering LEGO polybags at bargain prices.

Polybags are about as affordable as you could get with LEGO products, but Sainsbury’s is taking it a step further by having some of their stores knock prices for the smallest packs all the way down to 90 pence. UK LEGO collectors couldn’t have a better time hunting for bargains.

It should be clarified, however, that the bargain-price LEGO polybags are only to be found in the Sainsbury’s supermarket stores, not the smaller convenience branches that have a different pricing. The 90p polybags can be identified by them being on clip strips hanging from shelf edges, not displayed on shelf-top.

Needless, to say, the bargain polybags are simple those LEGO items that are almost out of stock with Sainsbury’s, and the available sets will depend on where the branch is located in the UK. Early shoppers report that the 90p polybags are mostly either LEGO Creator or LEGO City sets.