A Closer Look at the LEGO Star Wars DJ (40298) Minifigure Polybag.

Since the latest LEGO Star Wars collectible minifigure is now reportedly out in some parts of the world and over at Toys R Us stores, it is somewhat common that we now see this minifigure iteration of Benicio del Toro’s code breaker character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi strewn all over the Internet. The LEGO Star Wars DJ (40298) minifigure polybag is the next Star Wars collectible minifig in a similar vein such as that of the R3-M2 (40268) and Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) polybags which all comes with a connectible stands and background cards, each representing the most recent Star Wars films that were released. Frankly speaking, I am not very much impressed with DJ’s LEGO minifigure rendition, nor his character in the big screen. Nevertheless, the most dedicated LEGO Star Wars fan will probably appreciate taking a look at this latest LEGO SW collectible. Check out the official image below.

As we can see, the minifigure is at its best, a faithful rendition of DJ’s costume as seen in The Last Jedi, having the same brown-over-black color scheme, particularly on his threadbare trunk coat. The minifigure face printing also tries to capture the rogue code breaker’s rugged, unkempt look. Truth be told, I am not that excited with LEGO’s choice of having DJ as a collectible minifigure considering that there is a lot of candidates in the film that has greater potential as a collectible minifig.  I have in mind Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (since we only have her in the Resistance Bomber (75188) set) or old man Luke Skywalker now that he is officially deceased from the Star Wars galaxy, or even better, perhaps a minifigure rendition of the Vulptex: one of those Crystal Foxes on planet Crait which was instrumental in the escape the remaining Resistance Forces.

In any case, if you’re out to collect all LEGO Star Wars minifigures that there is (just like Stephen’s 1,400 LEGO minifigure wall), then adding DJ in your roster is definitely a must.

 

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New LEGO Ninjago 2018 Polybag: “Sons of Garmadon” Turbo Racer (30532) with Building Instructions.

LEGO Ninjago has been one of the most popular and top-selling product lines for LEGO, with some impressive minifigure designs, vehicle models and building sets having come out in years past, especially after The LEGO Ninjago Movie from last year. However, not all LEGO Ninjago stuff is in big boxes.

They come in little polybag packages too, like this recent Sons of Garmadon Lloyd’s Turbo Racer (30532). Not only does it have a simple-to-assemble, yet tricked-out, go-kart vehicle in the vein of LEGO’s Mighty Micros vehicle set line, it also has a Lloyd minifigure garbed in his Wu Cru black costume.

Having already come out in LEGO Stores at the start of this New Year, the LEGO Ninjago Turbo set #30532 is one highly-wanted polybag. It’s probably why LEGO has just uploaded the building instructions for it. The turbo racer’s fairly basic, with room for Lloyd and slots for his weapons. Check out this building instructions and see if you have the necessary pieces to build this chibi-sized set.


This information was brought to us by Brickset. I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated by LEGO Ninjago fans who are looking for this Sons of Garmadon Racer polybag, or those who’d like to attempt reconstructing it with their own LEGO pieces. You can download the instructions in PDF format right here.

New LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Ultimate Batmobile (30526) Polybag Spotted!

This one came out of nowhere, really. Just when you think that LEGO is now getting ready to put TLBM sets inside the vault, now comes a new polybag that I strongly feel will be highly sought after. Just before New Year’s Day, Hoth Bricks managed to acquire an image of the latest TLBM polybag that will be released anytime soon.

The LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Ultimate Batmobile (30526) polybag, as the name suggests, is a smaller replica of the larger Ultimate Batmobile (70917) set released last year.  The cool thing about this polybag version is that it managed to replicate not just the Ultimate Batmobile itself, but also three out of four vehicles that made it up: the Batmobile itself, Bat-Tank, and Bat-Wing. Unfortunately, there is no provision for the Bat-Cycle.

Another difference with this polybag version as compared to its larger sibling is that it only allows you to make each of the vehicle at a time, unlike the larger set which divides into four separate vehicles including the Bat-Cycle. This is somehow expected from a polybag at this scale since it is only slightly larger from The Mini Batmobile (30521) polybag.

What I also find particularly interesting is the use of the striking red rims (Front Wheel Casing 3x4x1 2/3 #8 6186110) on this build which can only be found in Lightning McQueen as is seen in the latest LEGO Juniors Cars 3 sets. There is no word yet on when and where this latest TLBM polybag will be released, but I’m sure it will be a popular hit among TLBM fans.

A hat tip once more to Hoth Bricks for sharing this info.

 

Official Images of 2018 LEGO Polybags Surfaced.

MPBricks (aka mariopower.56 over at Instagram) have released what seem to be official images of upcoming 2018 LEGO polybags set to be released in January. We reported about these polybags last November, though the images we gathered were very much downgraded; but we now have these crisp images that gives us a clearer idea on what to expect from these polybags. Some these were also officially revealed a few days ago like the LEGO City Hot Dog Stand (30356) which is currently offered as a gift with purchase at LEGO Stores in the UK, and the upcoming LEGO City Dragster (30358) which is the January Store LEGO promotional in the US.

Check out the rest of these polybag and set images.

LEGO Creator Yellow Flyer (30540)

LEGO Creator Cute Pug (30542)

LEGO Star Wars Kylo Ren’s Shuttle (30380)

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Black Panther Royal Talon Fighter (30450)

LEGO Robot and Vehicle Free Builds (30499)

LEGO City Dragster (30358)

LEGO City Road Worker (30357)

LEGO Disney Ariel’s Underwater Symphony (30552)

Other than the Hot Dog Stand and Dragster, we don’t have information yet on which of the rest of these polybags will be offered either for sale or as a similar promotional item. However, what we can be sure is that we will be seeing these anytime soon at any LEGO stores at shop.LEGO.com.

UK Promos: Free LEGO City Hot Dog Stand (30356) Polybag for Purchases of any 2018 LEGO City Sets!

The 2018 LEGO City sets have recently gone live at UK’s shop.LEGO.com and in LEGO brand stores in the region, and the best part is, it comes with a neat, LEGO City polybag promotional.

The LEGO City Hot Dog Stand (30356) comes as a free gift with purchase of any 2018 LEGO City sets, due to be out next week in LEGO brand stores in the US, but is now apparently available in the UK and the rest of Europe.

The Hot Dog Stand is one of the free 2018 polybag promotionals – some of which were released already – expected to be given away starting next week in the US. According to the UK LEGO Shop@Home site, this promotional will be available in the region from December 27 until March 4, 2018 or until supplies last. Coming in at 43 pieces, the polybag features a minifigure scale hot dog stand, a dark green dust bin accessory and a minifigure chef.

As a fan of this theme’s polybags, I am actually looking forward on having this one. Furthermore, we also have another LEGO City polybag – LEGO City Dragster (30358) – slated to be released in January as mentioned in the LEGO Store January Store Calendar for the US.

Frankly, I prefer the Hot Dog Stand over the Dragster, so I hope the former will also be available in local LEGO Stores eventually. Thanks to BrickFanz for the heads up.

LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi DJ (40298) Minifigure Will be the Next LEGO Store Promotional Sometime In January.

Last Tuesday, we reported the debut of the next LEGO Star Wars collectible minifigure hailing from the latest episode of the Star Wars saga. Originally discovered via LEGO fan forums, this newest LEGO Star Wars collectible joins the ranks of the LEGO Star Wars R3-M2 (40268) and Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) minifigures that are tied-in with The Force Awakens and Rogue One respectively. Similarly, the LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi DJ (40298) minifigure is also expected to be the next gift with purchase freebie via shop.LEGO.com.

Initially, we speculated that this LEGO Star Wars DJ minifigure will be made available once May the 4th seasonal promotions go live. But as it seems, we might be receiving this collectible freebie earlier than expected. According to LEGO German fan site Zusammengebaut, we can expect to have the DJ minifigure as early as next month, January 1 to be exact. The caveat though, is that it will only be applied to purchases that are made via LEGO’s Shop@Home. This is quite unusual though, since most of LEGO’s promotional freebies are both usually offered online and in-store. We will continue to verify this, and we’ll let you know once more information comes in.

 

A Look At Hamley’s Exclusive LEGO Royal Guard Minifigure (5005233).

This newest LEGO collectible minifigure has been out on the Internet for quite some time already, and I feel that our friends over in the UK will love to have this exclusive. As it seems, it looks like the world’s finest (and oldest) toy shop, Hamley’s, will finally have a LEGO minifigure of its own.

The LEGO Hamley’s Exclusive LEGO Royal Guard Minifigure (5005233) is now currently available at the posh toy store, retailing for £6. First revealed by Mark Philip Campbell, Hamley’s current LEGO Manager, via social media, the exclusive minifigure bears a close resemblance to the LEGO Series 5 Royal Guard minifigure (8805) released in 2011. The only difference is that this recent Hamley LEGO exclusive has a cheerful and friendly expression, and a slightly modified torso with added medals and an all white belt and buckle.

The LEGO Royal Guard (8805) Collectible Minifigure from Series 5.

BrickFanz also shared the following image of this Hamley’s LEGO exclusive, as you can see below.

It is nice to see that LEGO has been paying attention in offering what I would call as ‘regional’ themed minifigures that speaks a ton about each locality’s unique culture and popular icons. If you recall, the LEGO Store in London also had a similar pitch when it offered the LEGO Lester (40308) minifigure polybag, also retailing for £6. Though Hamley’s is a business entity that has been in the toy selling business for centuries, it already has a specific niche in London’s Regent Street and in the lives of the people who live there.

We don’t have further details other than these preliminary images; however, it looks like that this exclusive is still currently available even after almost a week of its debut. I also hope that the store will offer this as in-store exclusive promotional that comes free for every qualifying LEGO purchase. We just have to wait and see.

 

 

Benicio del Toro’s “The Last Jedi” Character DJ Gets a LEGO Minifigure Polybag (40298) in 2018.

The first weekend of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the US box office has come and gone (and set a record or two as well). Well ahead of the premiere however, LEGO has been helping stoke the hype with their epic lineup of tie-in sets depicting either vehicles or scenes from the film.

A minor follow-up to the LEGO Star Wars Last Jedi tsunami of products is this latest announcement of a new collectible minifigure polybag for next year, tying in to the movie. The character to receive this new minifig is the one-shot role of Benicio del Toro as the shady code-breaker known only as DJ.

Appearing only in the middle of the film, DJ was found by Resistance members Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) in the casino resort world of Canto Bight, where they hope to gain his code-breaking skills for a dangerous infiltration mission against the First Order fleet pursuing the steadily dwindling Resistance forces.

How that plot plays out is a sharp example of what Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) meant in his notable Last Jedi dialogue where he says things will not end the way one thinks. And while del Toro’s DJ doesn’t stay long in front of the camera, his small part and its consequences have made him worthy of a LEGO minifigure polybag. Originally shared via Reddit, the LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi DJ (40298) minifigure is the newest collectible that joins the ranks of the LEGO Star Wars R3-M2 (40268) and Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) minifigures. The DJ minifig comes with a similar stand, sticker label and interlocking Technic pins. It is also expected to be another promotional that comes as another gift with purchase, similar to its predecessors as seen below.

LEGO’s choice of TLJ character to immortalize in minifigure form may be noteworthy, but I do hope that LEGO could have thrown in some accessories that is unique to this unpredictable hacker such as his hat, jacket or the unique key cards that he carries with him in the film. It also looks like LEGO is gradually building a theme with these minifigures, and I expect that we’ll be seeing more once the next Star Wars movies hit the big screen such as Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the yet to be titled Episode IX. It will surely be nice to see all these Star Wars memento lined up as part of one’s prized LEGO Star Wars collection, and even better if LEGO decides to release similar ones that corresponds to each Episode in the Star Wars saga.

That said, the LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi DJ Minifigure (40298) probably won’t come out until around May of 2018 just in time for the May the 4th, marketing pitch. Oh well, what’s a few months for a new character minifig? We’ll keep you posted.

2018 LEGO City Become My City Hero (40302) Spotted in Spain’s First LEGO Certified Store.

It seems that we still have another 2018 LEGO City that is still kept under wraps after the first waves of official images were released by LEGO last October and November. Thanks to Promobricks founder Michael Friedrichs, we now have another 2018 LEGO City that seems to have fallen off of our radar, and has been spotted somewhere in Spain, in Madrid to be exact.

Spotted in the wild during the grand opening of Spain’s first ever LEGO Certified Store in La Vaguada shopping center in Madrid, we now have our first image of the LEGO City Become My City Hero (40302) polybag. Take a look.

With a retail price of 4.99 Euros, the LEGO City Become My City Hero (40302)  polybag does not give a hint on its piece count. However, based on the above image, we can probably assume a piece count of somewhere between 90-130 pieces. The polybag seems to be more of an add-on to the Mountain Police subtheme of 2018’s LEGO City sets, and features what looks like to be a sort of a hideout for crooks to put away their stolen money, a raft, and mountain police/ranger and dog minifigures.

Unlike the first wave of 2018 LEGO City that came out and was spotted at some Toys R Us stores early in November, this particular polybag is still yet to make an appearance in the US. It also looks like that there’s not so much play features included in this polybag set, but we just have to wait and see once we find this in local toy stores.

Thanks again to Promobricks for giving us a heads-up. Credit goes to Michael for snapping these photos, and sharing them online.

Lloyd is Back as His ‘LEGO Ninjago Movie’ Minifigure Polybag (30609) Returns with Target

It’s nice of LEGO to sometimes give collectors who might have missed a promotional product or two in the past another chance (or two) to pick those uncommon items up. Their latest promotional comeback involves their previous feature-length CG-animated adventure The LEGO Ninjago Movie, which premiered last September.

One of the special promotional packages that were released back then was a minifigure polybag of LEGO Ninjago lead character Lloyd Garmadon (30609). Fans of the Ninjago line can now get another crack at collecting the badass ninja hero over at Target. They’re making him available not only in stores but online too.

That seems to be standard operating procedure for LEGO to give rereleases of past promotions to major retailers like Target or Toys ‘R’ Us, if they’re not carrying the items on their own Shop@Home. Those who are looking to pick up the Lloyd (30609) minifgure can do so in two ways.

The polybag in itself is selling at the retail price of $2.99 on Target. Alternatively, if shoppers can rack up a minimum total $29.99 purchase of LEGO Ninjago products, they’ll receive one Lloyd (30609) polybag for free. If LEGO Ninjago’s your thing, here’s your second chance to find the ninja within ya.