It can be so amazing to find small yet detailed LEGO brick-build models and sets that come not out of a box, but a polybag. One such set is part of a new wave of polybag releases that are arriving in the US after an earlier Shop@Home appearance in Europe.
The LEGO City Hot Dog Stand (30356) is a sweet and nostalgic build that’s now starting to become available at the LEGO section of Target stores. They’re bound to pop up in shelves now just as Target is transitioning its Valentine’s display towards Easter instead, and a must have for City builders.
Comprised of a hotdog cart, a vendor minifigure and a trash can prop, the City Hot Dog Stand (30356) is an example in making standout details in a little model. The cart has moving wheels, a yellow umbrella shade, decals, spigots for catsup and mustard, and a hotdog bun holder.
Its accompanying vendor minifigure comes with a “wrench” accessory repurposed as a hotdog tong. Even if you’re not going to be using the hotdog cart model, builders might do well to get the 30356 polybag from Target anyway. Two of the cart’s wheels are large models with clear-plastic spokes which are rare in terms of LEGO building elements. That’s one new pair for future building possibilities.
The 60 Years of the LEGO Brick milestone anniversary is as good as on for the entirety of 2018, with a number of commemorative sets being released. You need only look at the quick selling out of Walmart’s classic sets to know how popular they are.
Not all LEGO 60th anniversary products are in boxes, however. There are some that come in polybags. If you recall, we reported some time in December that among the polybags to be released in 2018, one in particular will be released to mark the LEGO brick’s 60th anniversary. If you are a LEGO completionist and wish to collect of all of LEGO’s commemorative anniversary sets and not just the larger ones, then you will definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on the LEGO Robot and Vehicle Free Builds (30499) polybag. Frankly, there’s nothing fancy in particular about this polybag coming in at 56 random LEGO pieces. Like the larger sets within its anniversary theme, the simple offering of this polybag encourages builders to think creatively and come up with their own creations.
If you wish to grab hold of this collectible, then you’ll be glad to know that the LEGO Robot and Vehicle Free Builds (30499) polybag can now be found in Walmart branches, as well as stores in LEGOLAND and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers. Like I said just now, this polybag is more a random jumble of building elements, although the polybag also comes with instructions to construct a basic, miniaturized robot and vehicle builds.
This 56-piece LEGO polybag is a great basic build for starter LEGO fans, perfect for imagination-fueled construction due to its simplicity. It’s an awesome and affordable way to get newbies into LEGO on the year of its 60th brick anniversary celebration.
The LEGO Creator line has a great deal more in its collection other than those monumentally big and busy buildings they feature like the Downtown Diner (10260). They also come in smaller packages like polybags, and one in particular is the LEGO Creator Cute Pug (30542), which will certainly be of interest to any LEGO polybag collector.
While primarily built as a tan pug with a wagging tongue (and a fire hydrant to “do business” with), it is a 3-in-1 set where builders can also alternatively build either a cuddly koala or a bird of some sorts.
While available online at places like eBay, the Cute Pug (30542) is now also available in almost all Target stores, but you may find it rather odd that it is placed not together with the rest of the LEGO sets, but in the store’s Valentine section in preparation for February. It’s a sure bet that one can find the LEGO Creator Cute Pug (30542) among the products on display there. Just look for the cardboard boxes where they’re stored. The polybag currently retails for $3.99 each.
LEGO as a brand has long since transcended their original toy products to become a prominent presence on a multimedia scale. Aside from the animated TV series, the direct-video movies and the cinematic blockbusters, LEGO has a good run in the print media as well.
One particularly popular IP partnered with LEGO is Star Wars. As such, the LEGO Star Wars line of products has the honor of having their very own dedicated monthly mini-magazine. Aimed primarily for kids but still accessible for older children, the LEGO Star Wars Mag is coming out with its 31st issue in the UK.
And what a treat it’ll be for little British readers picking up a copy of LEGO Star Wars UK #31 this month. It comes with an included limited-edition LEGO Star Wars Kylo Ren Shuttle, probably a repackaged set 30380, covered earlier, its polybag attached to the front cover.
Whether intentional or not, the accompanying Ren Shuttle mini-set is small enough to still show part of the cover photo, showing a LEGO Kylo Ren minifigure in all his angry glory with his wicked red cross-bladed lightsaber ignited. The LEGO Star Wars issue 31 also includes two pullout posters within its pages.
While the children’s LEGO magazine is still out now in the UK, its following issue, number 32, will hit the shelves and racks on February 7. A preview photo reveals that February’s freebie will be an Imperial Shuttle Pilot minifigure, a welcome addition to any expanding LEGO Star Wars collection.
We at The Brick Show might appear to be repeating ourselves when it comes to LEGO news because LEGO information often comes in little updates. Note that so many of the polybag sets and minifigures we’ve brought up in days past have been revealed as early as November last year.
And here now comes news regarding one of those long-previewed LEGO polybags finally being found available in stores this 2018. The set in question is the LEGO Star Wars Kylo Ren Command Shuttle (30380), a micro-scale model of the dread First Order enforcer’s transport as seen in The Force Awakens.
Much like many other micro-models coming out in polybag form, Kylo’s Shuttle (30380) already has a larger and more detailed version with the LEGO Star Wars Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle (75104). This little-brother version however has been spotted by fellow news source Rebelscum stateside, in Target stores. They’ve been prominently placed at checkout counter displays.
Brick Fanatics also notes that the micro Kylo Ren Shuttle (30380), despite being, well, micro, is apparently a much closer match in looks than its LEGO Star Wars big brother (75104). Its folding wing action apparently is closer to how The Force Awakens depicted it during the pitched battle at Takodana.
LEGO Star Wars collectors who’re interested in this polybag would do well to visit their nearest Target. The set (30380) is priced $3.99 with them.
Last week, we reported that the next LEGO Star Wars minifigure freebie will be available as a Toys R Us promotional in the US. Based on Benicio Del Toro’s code breaker character in The Last Jedi, the LEGO Star Wars DJ minifigure (40298) is now currently available at all Toys R Us stores in the US as free collectible minifigure that comes with qualifying purchases of any LEGO Star Wars sets worth $30 and above.
Valued at $5.99, the said promotional is available only in-store, which means the LEGO Star Wars DJ minifigure will not appear in your cart upon checkout if you will opt to do your purchase online. The promotional will also have a limited run starting today, January 9, until this Sunday January 13 or until supplies last.
So if you want to add the rogue hacker to your collection of LEGO Star Wars minifigs alongside R3-M2 (40268) and Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) from the previous years, then you better hurry to your nearest Toys R Us store. Thanks to The Brick Fan for the tip.
Here’s another update following up from our recent feature on the LEGO Ninjago Sons of Garmadon Zane Pod (5005230). The Ninjago line isn’t the only one getting some character pod love lately, especially in light of the New Year. Another LEGO label with a new pod coming is LEGO Friends.
Humongous play sets aren’t the only thing in store for 2018 with LEGO’s hip girls-oriented product line. They’ve also got some compact goodies in store. Take for instance this upcoming polybag, LEGO Friends Clubhouse Pod (5005236). It’s filled with plenty of props, a LEGO Friends minifigure and even a pet.
Featured in the Clubhouse Pod (5005236) is sporty Stephanie in the characteristic LEGO Friends minifigure type: larger and more detailed. As is her type, our athletic blonde in the circle of Friends is dressed in simple active-wear, with a shirt for their hometown of Heartlake City, plus skirt and shoes.
Stephanie isn’t all alone in her pod (500526) however; she’s also got her pet hamster figure along for the ride. The other half of the pod is stocked with “mission gear” props not just for her, but for all of the LEGO Friends, almost all featuring grips for minifigure handling.
From a GPS pad to binoculars, Stephanie’s Clubhouse Pod (5005236) is a welcome add-on for any of the large LEGO Friends sets that don’t have her among the included minifigures. She and her collection of gadgets simply bring more fun. Since official images of this polybag, along those with LEGO Ninjago have already surfaced, we can fairly say that this new LEGO Friends polybag may be expected to arrive in stores in the next few weeks.
Over the weekend we got word about a new LEGO Pod featuring Zane from LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu – Sons of Garmadon (5005230). Needless to say, LEGO has a whole lot more where that came from in terms of brand new LEGO Ninjago stuff set to come out this 2018.
Case in point, we now have two more polybags in the LEGO Ninjago line for avid collectors to snap up. One is a standard play set with two minifigures, a mini-structure, and props galore. The other is a set that the player directly interacts with.
As reported by The Brick Fan, the first is the LEGO Ninjago WU-CRU Target Training (30530) which is a fairly basic set featuring characters Lloyd Garmadon and Nya in WU-CRU garb, practicing target training. It bears a close resemblance to the LEGO Ninjago WU-CRU Traning Dojo (30424) polybag released in 2016. The target’s a dartboard suspended in a Japanese mon/gate frame that they’re trying to hit with shuriken, though they’ve also got a spear and sword to spar with. It is also interesting to note that having Nya and Lloyd in this particular polybag now completes the ninja’s roster in their new training garb: with Kai in Kai’s Dojo Pod (5004916), Zane in Zane’s Kendo Training Pod (5005230), and Jay and Cole in their black outfits with Jay (853758) and Cole (853759) Dojo Pods.
Next up is the LEGO Ninjago Training Kit (5005231) set. As stated earlier, it’s unique in that the LEGO player himself actually manipulates the set as part of Ninjago training. From the polybag illustration, it seems to involve stacking bricks of different shapes and sizes.
From a certain point of view the whole exercise looks like a round of LEGO Jenga with a Ninjago twist. After all, the player in the illustration was doing his stacking with a pair of chopsticks. Also included are a Lord Garmadon mini-standee and a shuriken, probably the standee’s base.
They’re due to come out anytime soon, so it won’t be long until we get down to the finer details of both; we hope you’ll stick around here at The Brick Show.
If you recall, we previously reported on a new LEGO City polybag that was spotted in Spain’s First LEGO Certified Store last December. The LEGO City Become My City Hero (40302) polybag went for sale at the said LCS, retailing for 4.99 Euros. As it seems, it is an add-on for LEGO City’s more recent Mountain Police subtheme. Now that we have its official image, we can now take a look at the finer details of this latest LEGO City polybag. Check this out.
polybagThis comes in at approximately 90-130 pieces, with a Mountain Police/Ranger and dog minifigure plus a couple of smaller builds that looks like a hideout for crooks to keep their stolen gold and cash, and some log pieces. We don’t have details yet on this polybag’s availability but in case you want to give it a try and make this set, LEGO has uploaded 40302’s building instructions via its customer service portal. Check out and see if you have the parts to build this one.
Though there is no new element or piece that was introduced in the LEGO City Become My City Hero (40302) polybag, it’s a great way to get an additional Mountain Police and dog minifigures. We’ll keep our radars open once this polybag becomes available in the US, so keep tabs with us here on the Brick Show.
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.