For VIPs Only: LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook Now Available

The LEGO VIP Rewards Center has been updated recently to include a freebie that will certainly evoke some feelings of nostalgia among Stranger Things fans. LEGO has now listed the LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook as one of the redeemable items in the revamped VIP rewards system. The hardback sketchbook comes in a witty and classic VHS design that imitates the popular cassette tape from the 80s. It’s worth 1,500 VIP points and rightfully so given the premium look and feel of this freebie.

The LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook also comes with a slipcase that features the promotional image that was first released by LEGO during the launch of the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set in May of this year.  This promotional item comes with 120 pages and measures in at 103mm by 184mm. Here’s the complete product description for your reference.

LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook

LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook

Use your VIP points for this limited edition Stranger Things Sketchbook

Head back to the 1980’s with this vintage style Stranger Things sketchbook. The ideal companion for your adventures around the town of Hawkins or anywhere else!
This video cassette inspired hardcover sketchbook contains 120 pages for your notes and doodles. Comes with a cardboard slip case featuring instantly recognizable Stranger Things minifigures from the hit Netflix original series. A great gift for Stranger Things fans who will love to show their passion for the series. Size 103 x 184mm.

If you wish to bring home with you that 80’s classic vibe in LEGO brick form, then be sure to check out LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set currently available at LEGO Shop@Home. It comes in at 2,287 pieces and features an array of must-have minifigs based on the hit Netflix series: Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper, and the terrifying Demogorgon. Purchasing this set gives you an additional 1,300 VIP points, and if you’re holding back on those previously earned VIP points then I guess spending it in this classy sketchbook is something that you will not regret. Another great bonus is the fact that the LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) promotional is still up as of this posting, with this gift-with-purchase set appearing in your basket upon checkout.

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LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander (75522) Promotional Officially Revealed

After officially releasing the building instructions for this next gift-with-purchase set, LEGO has finally revealed how we can add the LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander (75522) promotional set to our LEGO shopping cart both online and in-store. However, you might find this promo a bit limiting because of the qualifying purchase attached to it.

LEGO Shop@Home has announced that LEGO VIP members who will be purchasing the LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander (75253) from September 9 to 15, will be entitled to receive its miniature version as well.

Free LEGO® Star Wars Mini Droid Commander gift (75522) offer is valid for VIP purchases at shop.LEGO.com, in LEGO Stores and LEGO Catalogue telephone orders from 09/09/2019 to 15/09/2019, while stocks last. Qualifying purchase must be made with the Star Wars Droid Commander (75253) set only. Bricks & Pieces orders are not valid for this promotion. One set per household. Cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other discount, offer or free gift. If the qualifying LEGO purchase(s) is returned to us for a refund, the gift must also be returned to us together with the qualifying LEGO purchase(s).

I have to say that as so much that I love to have this freebie added to my collection, the very limited qualifying purchase to get this is a bit of a letdown. To top this off, you only have this week to make a decision of purchasing its larger counterpart. LEGO does not mince words when it says that if in case you change your mind and you want a refund from this purchase, then you have to return this freebie as well.

The way I see it, LEGO clearly intends this as an exclusive and integral part of the larger Droid Commander set. The Mini Droid Commander gift does not appear in shop.LEGO.com cart as a separate promotional item but is fundamentally included in the Droid Commander set that it even warranted a new set number (5006036). Nevertheless, one or two things that we can be appreciate about this is promo is that you will also receive the LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) for this purchase as well. LEGO will also throw in a LEGO Lunch Box (5006017) just for good measure.

The LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander comes in at 1,177  pieces retailing for $199.99 USD. It features motorized, brick-built versions of the Star Wars’ iconic droids such as R2-D2, Gonk Droid, and Mouse Droid. Its smaller cousin the LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander (75522) is a perfect display piece that highlights these droids in their miniature versions. LEGO has already released the building instructions for this mini set so you can also try to build one of your own as well.

Build Your Own LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander (75522)

Last month, I reported on another gift-with-purchase set that will accompany your next LEGO Star Wars purchase. So if you’re eyeing to buy that massive LEGO Star Wars UCS Imperial Star Destroyer (tongue in cheek), or any particular Star Wars set of your fancy, then you might want to hold on to your horses for a bit. As of this posting, details about the availability of the LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander (75522) is still scant – in fact, it was not even mentioned in this month’s LEGO Store Calendar. For all we know, this next LEGO freebie may be part of LEGO’s Triple Force Friday’s promotional in October, or we could see it released earlier – its all speculations at this point.

However, what we are certain about is that you can start building your own Mini Droid Commander with this set of instructions now available for download from LEGO’s Customer Service portal. LEGO was kind enough to upload the PDF file of this mini collectible’s building instructions ahead of the polybag’s release. Click on the images below or you may alternatively download it right here.

Mini Droid Commander (75522)

As you can see, the Mini Droid Commander has approximately 60 pieces, including the exclusive 2×8 20 Years of LEGO Star Wars commemorative plate. Apart from this, the rest of the pieces does not seem to be too hard to find. You may also replace the buzzsaw minifigure accessory if you do not have that yet in your inventory of LEGO parts.

Be sure to be on the lookout for the LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander (75522) polybag in your local LEGO store. Just give us a heads-up if in case you spot this on your radar. Thanks to Hoth Bricks for the tip.

LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) Promotional Now Up

It’s September and it means that LEGO’s latest promotional inspired by the LEGO Hidden Side is now up! As announced in the LEGO Store September 2019 Calendar, the LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) is the next promotional set that comes free for qualifying LEGO purchases.

The nice thing about this freebie is that it will appear in your cart at shop.LEGO.com as a free item for a relatively low price point of $50 USD. And qualifying purchases doesn’t necessarily require to be those from the LEGO Hidden Side sets. The Newbury Juice Bar (40336) set comes in at 127 pieces and features minifigures of Parker Jackson and a Bartender. Like other Hidden Side sets, this small build also highlights a couple of play features: a haunted Juice Bar that transforms from humble-looking stand to a ghoulish refreshment joint, and a minifigure bartender that also changes to a scary fun baddie.

Newbury Juice Bar (40336)

If you have some LEGO sets that you are eyeing to purchase this month, then be sure to take advantage of this opportunity. Other than the Newbury Juice Bar, other promotions that are available as of this posting are the seasonal sets LEGO BrickHeadz Bumblebee (40270) and the LEGO Year of the Pig (40186). Now is the best time to make that LEGO purchase since these free sets are still available for a single purchase, all at the same time, when you proceed to checkout. Be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home for more info on the latest LEGO sets around.

The Seasonal LEGO Year of the Pig (40186) Promotional Set Is Back

LEGO celebrated 2019 as the Year of the Earth Pig with its first seasonal set offering in January. The LEGO Year of the Pig (40186) came as a freebie for every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $88 USD and above. It had a short run though, as it was only offered in stores and at shop.LEGO.com only for just a week.

LEGO Year of the Pig (40186)

This gift-with-purchase follows LEGO’s New Year tradition of offering promotional sets that follows the Chinese zodiac calendar. And if in case you missed out on this opportunity to add this to your shopping bag back then, you’ll be glad to know that here’s your chance to bring home one. From August 26 until September 8, you’ll get to see this cute New Year piggie in your shopping cart if you buy the LEGO Dragon Boat Race (80103), or until supplies last. From the looks of it, this promotion is only limited to the qualifying purchase involving the Dragon Boat Race set. It might sound a bit restrictive but at a $50 USD price point, I guess its a sound deal of bagging two seasonal sets. Here’s the complete promo mechanics from the LEGO Shop@Home website.

Free LEGO® Year of the Pig (40186) offer is valid for orders online at shop.LEGO.com only, from 08/26/2019 through 11:59pm EST, 09/08/2019, while supplies last. Qualifying purchase must include the Dragon Boat Race (item 80103) only. Bricks & Pieces orders are not valid for this promotion. One set per household. Cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other discount, offer or free gift. One free set per household. Item is valued at approximately a $9.99 (US) / $12.99 (CA) / 189.0 (MXN) retail value and cannot be exchanged or substituted for any other item or cash value. Item is available exclusively through this offer; additional sets cannot be purchased. Offers not valid at LEGOLAND® Parks or LEGOLAND Discovery Centers. The LEGO Group reserves the right to cancel or modify these promotions at any time without advance notice.

Coming in at 152 pieces, the LEGO Year of the Pig (40186) is a fun, comical build that packs a couple of play features such as posable ears and eyes and a movable tail. Its a must for every collector of LEGO’s Chinese New Year seasonal sets, but in case you want to try and build your own using LEGO pieces that you may already have, the building instructions for the Year of the Pig (40186) is now available online. The parts seem to be pretty common, except for the unique circular pig nose tile that is exclusive to this set, so I guess you have to improvise on this one.

The LEGO BrickHeadz Bumble Bee (40270) Is Buzzing Again This Time As a LEGO Store Promotional

Here’s your chance to catch the seasonal LEGO BrickHeadz Bumble Bee (40270) once more in case you missed it. Though it is still listed for sale at LEGO Shop@Home for the usual 10 bucks, this set now comes as a freebie for every qualifying purchase of any LEGO products worth $65 and more.

LEGO BrickHeadz Bumble Bee (40270)

This promotional is available both in-store and online starting August 26 until September 8 or until supplies last. This 140-piece seasonal BrickHeadz set first appeared in 2018 just in time for Valentine’s Day. It features a bright yellow BrickHeadz bee with movable wings, a detachable heart decor, a pot of honey and a couple of flower elements.

LEGO BrickHeadz Bumble Bee (40270)

Build your way to someone’s heart with this cute LEGO® BrickHeadz™ construction character. Check out its cute pink cheeks, movable wings, detachable heart decoration, pot of honey and flowers. It also comes with a buildable collector’s baseplate with a seasonal calendar and BrickHeadz logo.

BrickHeadz™ Bumble Bee (item 40270) offer is valid on shop.LEGO.com and at LEGO Stores. Offer valid from 08/26/19 through 11:59pm EST, 09/08/19 or while supplies last only. Qualifying purchase must be equal to or greater than $65 / 1200 (MXN) in merchandise only; any applicable taxes, shipping charges, or value of gift cards purchased do not apply to merchandise total. Offer excludes Bricks & Pieces and backorder items. Cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other discount, offer or free gift. One free set per household. Item is valued at approximately at $9.99 (US) / $12.99 (CA) / 199.0 (MXN) retail value and cannot be exchanged or substituted for any other item or cash value. Item is available exclusively through this offer; additional sets cannot be purchased. Offers not valid at LEGOLAND® Parks or LEGOLAND Discovery Centers. The LEGO Group reserves the right to cancel or modify these promotions at any time without advance notice.

The LEGO BrickHeadz Bumble Bee (40270) promotional follows another freebie that LEGO offers for the month of September. The LEGO Seasonal Year of the Pig (40186) is also returning as a gift-with-purchase set, together with the LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336), and as well the upcoming LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander set.

WATCH: How To Build A LEGO Set In Zero Gravity

Have you ever wondered how to build a LEGO set in space – in zero G? Well, I guess most of us will never find out personally, but thanks to a promotional video recently released by LEGO, we can have a slight idea on how we can pull it out. Building a LEGO set in zero gravity might sound like an impossible task, but former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino shows us how it is done as if it’s just like a walk in the park. Watch this.

I was absolutely baffled when Mike unboxed the LEGO City Mars Research Shuttle (60226) and casually ripped the bags sending the LEGO pieces flying off in all directions. My first thought was, “How can you possibly get all of those LEGO pieces in such a situation?”.  The next frame is quite hilarious – Mike simply and calmly browses the building instructions amidst a flurry of LEGO bricks flying all around him. The next scene shows him slowly putting it all together piece by piece. I just love that shot when all the LEGO pieces were on the floor and it suddenly rises as their plane takes a dip. The finished LEGO space shuttle is a perfect build for this promotional video – a LEGO set indeed built for zero gravity.

It’s a clever way of promoting the LEGO City Space sets – even if we can’t go to outer space and build our sets there. For more info about the complete line of LEGO City Space sets, be sure to check with LEGO Shop@Home.  Happy building!

LEGO Star Wars Battle of Endor 20th Anniversary Edition (40362) Revealed!

This year’s Triple Force Friday LEGO gift-with-purchase (GWP) set has now been revealed. Following the news of what to expect from this grand Star Wars sales event, we now have official images of the LEGO Star Wars Battle of Endor 20th Anniversary Edition (40362), slated to be released as an October 4 promotional. Taking its cue from May the 4th’s LEGO Star Wars Battle of Hoth 20th Anniversary Edition (40333) released earlier this year, this latest GWP also captures in mini-scale, diorama format one of the most memorable scenes in the Star Wars film franchise.

Battle of Endor 20th Anniversary Edition (40362)

The Battle of Endor 20th Anniversary Edition (40362) features all the familiar elements and characters of this iconic Episode VI battle. We have a couple of AT-STs and a bunker amidst a foliage of brick-built trees and shrubs. The white studs I assume are the rebels, while Chewbacca (?) is represented by two brown studs.

Here’s LEGO’s official statement about this GWP set.

Celebrate the Triple Force Friday and the 20th anniversary of the LEGO Star Wars construction toys with the awesome Battle of Endor scene from Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi with the AT-ST Runners and mini models of the Speeder Bikes. “

Battle of Endor 20th Anniversary Edition (40362) Battle of Endor 20th Anniversary Edition (40362)

Well, according to this statement there should be Speeder Bikes included in this diorama, though I really can’t exactly point my finger to it based on these images. Similar to its predecessor, this set also includes the exclusive 20 Years of LEGO Star Wars 2×4 tile prominently displayed in front of the set. One thing that I also notice other than the lack of Speeder Bikes in these images is the missing 20 Years of LEGO Star Wars logo on the box art. Its kind of weird to include a GWP set that proudly features an exclusive anniversary tile without including the logo on the box art itself. If you recall, the rest of the LEGO Star Wars 20th anniversary sets prominently displays this logo on its boxes, so I hope to see this on the Battle of Endor 20th Anniversary Edition (40362) box art as well.

It is also highly probable that this free gift which comes at 197 pieces, will be available for every single-receipt purchase of LEGO Star Wars product worth $75 USD and more. It’s a great freebie if you’re looking forward to purchasing any of the upcoming LEGO Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker sets, or the LEGO Star Wars UCS Imperial Star Destroyer (75252).

I certainly hope that this mini Battle of Endor set will not be the last of these diorama type builds that LEGO has to offer. Do you have any other classic Star Wars scenes that you would like to be given the same LEGO treatment? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Thanks to Lukas from Stonewars.de for the tip.

Here’s What LEGO Star Wars Fans Can Expect From Triple Force Friday

LEGO is now preparing for Star Wars mania once again. After this year’s successful May the 4th promos, LEGO and Disney and gearing up once again for this fall’s grandest introduction of its latest LEGO Star Wars merchandise. Dubbed as Triple Force Friday, LEGO is expected to feature not just the rumored LEGO Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker sets, but may also add one or two sets related to the Disney+ series The Mandalorian and EA and Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order video game. It’s a global three-in-one celebration that LEGO will not surely miss on.

According to StarWars.com, a range of Star Wars related merchandise will go on sale (LEGO included) beginning at 12:01 AM of October 4, Friday. In-store events are also lined up to mark the occasion similar to what it did with last year’s Force Friday celebrations.

Triple Force Friday
A custom LEGO Star Wars Rey vs Tie Interceptor, The Rise Of Skywalker by builder The Trending Brick, submitted over at LEGO Ideas.

To top it off, Disney is also capitalizing on Triple Force Friday to also launch another of its widely known franchise. Frozen 2 is slated to hit theaters on November 22, but not until a barrage of film-related merchandise is launched together with that from Star Wars. According to Ken Potrock, president of consumer products commercialization over at Disney,

“This is truly an epic moment for fans, families and retailers as products for two of the biggest-ever entertainment franchises hit shelves simultaneously. We’ll be working with our partners to create suitably spectacular celebrations for each, in line with the excitement and anticipation of the legions of Star Wars and Frozen fans around the globe.”

Disney and LEGO are definitely doubling down on its product reveals come Triple Force Friday. Needless to say, LEGO is also expected to release its new LEGO Disney Frozen 2 building sets also on October 4th. We’re just counting the weeks before this year’s grandest LEGO and Disney event goes live. And before that day comes to pass, we can surely bet that more info will come about these new and upcoming LEGO sets. So what do you think LEGO has in store for Triple Force Friday? What are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below.

Additional sources: License Global

UPDATE: Here Are More Details On How to Get the LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336)

Last month, we saw that the new LEGO Hidden Side theme will also be getting its first promotional set. We shared several images of the LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) – a still yet to be announced freebie for fans of this new augmented reality sets. Thanks to some insider info shared by The Brick Fan, we now have an idea on when this gift-with-purchase set will be available.

Newbury Juice Bar (40336)

According to a tip received by Allen, it can be expected that the Newbury Juice Bar (40336) will be available in LEGO Stores and online sometime between September 2 to 15 with a minimum, single receipt purchase worth $50 and above. We’re not sure yet if purchases are limited to Hidden Side sets only, or it’s based on any set purchase or LEGO merchandise. My hunch is that it’s limited to purchase of LEGO Hidden Side sets which is the most reasonable way to obtain this freebie.

UPDATE (Aug. 25, 2019): According to a follow-up report by The Brick Fan, it seems that the LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) will be available as a gift-for-purchase set for a minimum single-receipt purchase of ANY LEGO merchandise worth $50 USD and above. This means that this promotional set is not necessarily limited to LEGO Hidden Side purchases.  We’ll have to wait until next week to see if this will be the case.

Newbury Juice Bar (40336) Newbury Juice Bar (40336)

The LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) comes in at 127 pieces and features two minifigures: Parker and a Street Vendor. Like the rest of the Hidden Side sets, the Newbury Juice Bar also comes with a surprisingly fun play feature that allows this innocent-looking juice bar to transform into a monstrous refreshment stand. Hopefully like in the same case of the LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander GWP, we will see more details about this promotional once the LEGO Store September Calendar rolls out. For the rest of the LEGO Hidden Side sets currently on sale, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home.