First Images of LEGO FC Barcelona Celebration (40485) GWP Set Revealed

For the past few months past, collectors have been combing online news for more word on a new LEGO Creator Expert set. It is fairly certain to be a nice scale reproduction of Camp Nao stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Football fans know it as the citadel of FC Barcelona and, the largest stadium in Spain and Europe. It has hosted FIFA World Cup games, football finals of the 1992 Olympics, and more. There’s no confirmation yet when LEGO Creator Expert Camp Nou (10284) will release. But Promobricks however caught wind of a Gift with Purchase (GWP) set coming along with this elusive set – the LEGO FC Barcelona Celebration (40485)

Check out these first images of LEGO FC Barcelona Celebration (40485). LEGO Shop@Home Australia put these pics online. They list the set as a free item but also priced at AU$29.99. It depicts minifigure FC Barcelona supporters celebrating the team at a familiar game hangout, the Font de Canaletes.

 

One might also notice an image discrepancy. The box picture shows five minifigs while the set photo only has four (top image). Details on LEGO Shop@Home Australia are rather sparse beyond its set number and pieces (178 pieces in total). The specifications do say that it will include FOUR minifigures and accessories in FC Barcelona colors, so that’s probably it. From what we can assume based on word from brick street, this latest promotional set may perhaps be an incentive similar to what LEGO offered last year when it released the LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford-Manchester United (10272) and its GWP counterpart, the exclusive LEGO United Trinity Statue (5006171) minifigures.

The Creator Expert line has seemingly abandoned chronological release by number since this year. But with LEGO FC Barcelona Celebration (40485) in the open, LEGO Creator Expert Camp Nou (10284) isn’t far off. Speculation has it that the Camp Nou set may have been held back due to the recent FC Barcelona drama. You know the one about the club letting Lionel Messi go on August 5 after his contract expired on July 1. A set like LEGO Creator Expert Camp Nou would have been considered “too soon.” The same goes for its GWP, FC Barcelona Celebration (40485). We won’t really know until it officially comes out.

LEGO Ideas Sailboat Adventure (40487) Now Up As A Gift-With-Purchase Set

Just in case you missed it, the August 2021 LEGO Store Calendar has been released, giving us a closer look at this month’s uber-exclusive gift-with-purchase (GWP) set in the form of the LEGO Ideas Sailboat Adventure (40487).

If you recall, the Sailboat Adventure (40487) is the overall winner of the LEGO Ideas Build That Holiday contest from last year giving it the privilege of becoming the next fan-inspired promotional set following the likes of the LEGO Ideas Vintage Car (40448) and the still to be revealed LEGO Ideas The Adventures of the USS Cardboard. Designed by LEGO fan builder Yan Chevalier (aka yc_solo over at LEGO Ideas), this LEGO Ideas GWP set clocks in at 330 pieces and will be yours for free once your single-receipt LEGO purchase reaches $200 or more. I have to say that the set comes with a hefty price point, but considering how substantially large this is at more than 300 pieces, plus the figures that go with it, I guess it still has great value for money.

The LEGO Ideas Sailboat Adventure (40487) is available for an early release for LEGO VIPs from August 1 to 3, and general availability to all (while stocks last of course) from August 4 to 29.  Just in case you got yours already, be kind to share your general impressions of this set in the comments section below.

The LEGO Ideas Dream Holiday Sailboat (40487) Will Be The Next LEGO Gift-With-Purchase Set

If you recall from last year, LEGO Ideas launched a building contest dubbed as Build That Holiday. The contest centers on recreating your dream summer holiday vacation using only a limited number of bricks, ranging only from 150 to 250 LEGO pieces. As a fan vote contest, the entry with the highest number of LEGO fan votes was eventually selected to become the next LEGO GWP or gift-with-purchase set. And this time, we have confirmation that this GWP will be finally offered next month in the form of the LEGO Ideas Dream Holiday Sailboat (40487).

Fan-based concept, not yet the final gift-with-purchase set.

According to Promobricks, the LEGO Ideas Dream Holiday Sailboat (40487) GWP will most likely be offered to LEGO VIPs starting August 1, and August 4 for everyone else. This promotional item will be added to your LEGO shopping cart automatically when you reach a single receipt, 200€  price point. I have to admit that it’s on a quite high qualifying purchase range, but we have to wait and see for the August 2021 LEGO Store Calendar to have a full grasp of the promo.

The LEGO Ideas Dream Holiday Sailboat (40487) is based on the winning entry, Sailing Ship Adventure by yc_solo. With a total of 887 fan votes over at the LEGO Ideas platform, it has been voted to become the next GWP set similar to what the fan-based platform did with other promotional sets such as the LEGO Ideas Vintage Car (40448) and the upcoming, LEGO Ideas The Adventures of the USS Cardboard.  As a fan of LEGO brick-built vignettes, I’m certainly looking forward to these sets. I just hope that LEGO will offer these promotional sets at somewhat lower qualifying purchase price points. I guess we just have to wait and see.

LEGO Now Offers Its Monthly Mini Builds via LEGO Shop@Home

LEGO’s online store in the UK has started to roll out some of LEGO’s Monthly Mini Builds from last year. If you recall, these monthly mini builds were officially discontinued in April of 2019, with the onslaught of the pandemic providing the final nail on the coffin of its discontinuation. It has been a monthly promotional mainstay of all LEGO brand stores, with a new model offered every month. The building instructions for these sets are still available via LEGO’s Customer Service Portal in case younger LEGO fans would still like to build them.

However, in a rather welcomed surprise, the UK LEGO online store has now listed two of these monthly mini builds from last year and is now available for purchase for those who missed out on the series. As of this posting, the LEGO Easter Bunny (40398) and Flowers and Watering Can (40399) are available over UK’s LEGO Shop@Home for £2.49 or roughly $3.50 each. Now I’m not sure about the reasons behind its return as an item for sale, but my best guess is that LEGO might be trying to sell surplus items that it kept around for some occasional in-store promotions. But since the pandemic virtually prevented or discouraged physical interactions outside of our homes, then perhaps these monthly mini builds are surplus items that LEGO is looking forward to selling off. On the other hand, it could also mean that LEGO is sincerely looking forward to offering these sets especially to a younger generation of LEGO fans. Needless to say, these sets are a great way of introducing LEGO building to younger kids if you’re on a tight budget.

As of today, these LEGO Monthly Mini Builds are currently offered only in the UK and Europe, and we just have to wait and see if they will find their way via the US LEGO Online Store. Here are more details about these current offerings as seen from the online shopping portal. Thanks to Brick Fanatics for the tip.

LEGO Easter Bunny (40398)

43 pieces |  £2.49

Want to buy a great Easter gift that doesn’t involve chocolate? Give kids a gift that will last them beyond the holiday season with April’s Monthly Mini Build (40398). This 44-piece playset contains bricks to build a gray Easter bunny complete with a cute white bobtail and its own carrot patch. Mini builds make ideal pocket-change treats and are a great way to introduce kids to LEGO® brick building – each month there’s a new build to discover in your nearest LEGO store.

  • Delight kids with the anytime treat of a collectible LEGO® Monthly Mini Build. April’s comprises a model of a cute, gray Easter bunny and 2 carrot elements.
  • A great Easter gift for kids aged 6 and up who love adorable animal toys that will last far longer than the holidays. With 44 pieces, this easy-to-build model is the ideal introduction to the LEGO® brick-built universe.
  • This Easter bunny measures over 1” (5cm) wide and 2” (6cm) high, making it perfect as a neat desk display. Or it can be combined with any other LEGO® sets for a truly imaginative playtime.

 

LEGO Flowers and Watering Can (40399)

47 pieces | £2.49

Summer is just around the corner, so help children celebrate the change of seasons with May’s LEGO® Monthly Mini Build (40399). This 68-piece playset includes a planter with 2 beautiful blooms and a cute green watering can, so youngsters can care for their pretend flowers. Mini builds make ideal pocket-change treats and are a great way to introduce kids to LEGO brick building – each month there’s a new one to discover in your nearest LEGO store.

  • Treat little builders to a cute LEGO® Mini Build – there’s a new one in store each month. In May it’s time to celebrate the onset of summer with this brick-built flower playset, which comes complete with a watering can.
  • This 68-piece construction set makes a fun anytime treat for kids aged 6+ who love nature’s beauty and makes a great introduction for those totally new to LEGO® brick building.
  • The flower box measures over 1” (5cm) wide and 2” (6cm) high so takes up little room on a desk. And it’s compatible with all LEGO® sets, so kids can add these blooms to any other LEGO playsets they have at home.

For LEGO VIP Members: Don’t Miss Out on These Cool LEGO VIP Sweepstakes

In case you haven’t noticed, the LEGO VIP Rewards Center is currently running not one, but two cool LEGO VIP sweepstakes for all LEGO VIP members. For 50 VIP points each, you can get a raffle entry to join in the sweepstakes where you can get the chance of winning an amazing LEGO Lady Liberty Statue and/or a pair of Adidas Superstars sneakers bundled with a LEGO Adidas Originals Superstar (10282) set.

Here are the details of the contest.

Lady Liberty Model VIP Giveaway

Cost: 50 VIP points per raffle entry

LEGO VIP Sweepstakes

Enter for a chance to win the best NYC LEGO® souvenir ever; a spectacular Lady Liberty LEGO model designed and built by LEGO Master Builders to celebrate the grand opening of the LEGO® Flagship Store 5th Avenue! This sweepstake is only open to LEGO VIP members to win this amazing model (Measures: 15 1/8″ x 15 1/8″ x 25 5/8″). No purchase is necessary. To enter this Competition you must be 18 years of age or older and be a resident of the United States of America. Entries will be accepted from 6/25/2021 through 7/31/2021 within the VIP rewards center at https://www.lego.com/en-us/vip/rewards-center/rewards. Void where prohibited.

 

Sweepstakes: Win a LEGO Superstar Set

Cost: 50 VIP points per raffle entry

LEGO VIP Sweepstakes

Enter now for your chance to win one of 2 special-edition LEGO® Superstar Collection sets, each featuring one pair of wearable sneakers and a version to build.

Maximum of 50 entries per VIP Member – please see full terms and conditions for details and eligibility requirements. Sweepstakes closes on 22nd July 2021. Eligible countries: Canada (excluding Quebec), Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States. Please note, you are not eligible to enter from the following locations: Canada: Quebec is ineligible.

 

I have to say that these are pretty impressive sweepstakes raffle prizes. It will be nice to see that 2-feet tall, brick-built LEGO Lady Liberty Statue become the centerpiece of any LEGO collector’s room. LEGO even based this statue on the actual Lady Liberty minifigure included in 2012’s LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 6 (8827). Even the LEGO Adidas Superstar promo is quite a great catch where you get not just the brick-built replica, but also a pair of the original classic sneakers.

In any case, be sure to check out these VIP sweepstakes if you haven’t yet, and who knows, you may turn out to be the luckiest LEGO VIP member around.

Quick Reminder To Avail Your LEGO Double VIP Points Today

Just in case you forget, today is the last day to avail LEGO’s latest LEGO Double VIP points to all sets that are currently on sale. The VIP promo is both available online via LEGO Shop@Home and in-store at your local LEGO brand store.

If you’re familiar with these kinds of promos coming from LEGO, you’re probably aware of the advantages of these exclusive VIP offerings. LEGO Double VIP points allow you to have as much as 10% cashback in your LEGO purchases, giving you some additional bucks to spend on that next LEGO set you’re so much eyeing for.

LEGO Double VIP Points

And if you’re not a LEGO VIP member yet, LEGO is also adding an enticing incentive for first-time registrants. LEGO is giving out the exclusive LEGO VIP Blue Key Chain (854090) for those who will register for the LEGO VIP program throughout the year. And as I’ve mentioned before, there is plenty of gift-with-purchase (GWP) sets that you can also expect from LEGO this July. You have the LEGO Charles Dickens Tribute (40410) promo which also expires today. And the free LEGO Friends Emma’s Magical Box (30414) or LEGO City Skater (30568) polybags, available until July 25 or until supplies last. Check out this month’s LEGO store calendar for more information about this promo’s qualifying purchases. And if by chance you haven’t made up your mind yet about your next LEGO purchase, then perhaps taking a look at some of LEGO’s most recent offerings right here might help. Just in case you need to know, we partner with LEGO by providing affiliate links here on our site. Any purchase that you make via these links helps us keep our blog site up.

So, what LEGO set are you planning to get asap? Let me know in the comments section below.

LEGO Harry Potter Hermione’s Study Desk (30392) Polybag Surfaces

The LEGO Customer Service portal has been updated to include a new set of building instructions pointing towards a new LEGO Harry Potter polybag. A LEGO Harry Potter Hermione’s Study Desk (30392) polybag has now surfaced, thanks to the said entry listed over at LEGO.com.

LEGO Harry Potter Hermione's Study Desk

To be exact, the building instructions for this new polybag offering are not actually uploaded yet. Instead, a set placeholder and product image is now made available on the portal. The new polybag features Hermione in her early years at Hogwarts, featuring what seems to be a new minifigure torso print. Aside from the miniature study table and accessories, it’s nice to see that LEGO is also throwing in a collectible Wizard Card tile piece that they began introducing with this year’s LEGO Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Commemorative sets. This is a more cost-effective way of gathering these special tiles if you’re the completionist kind of LEGO collector.

Details are scant with regards to this polybag. However, my best guess is that this LEGO Harry Potter Hermione’s Study Desk polybag might be available as a promotional item or gift-with-purchase set sometime in September. If you recall, it was also around this time last year when LEGO offered a similar freebie in the form of the Harry Potter and Hedwig Owl Delivery (30420) polybag.

I’ll keep you posted once more information comes in, so be sure to bookmark our page for future updates.

LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstar (40486) Building Instructions Now Up

In case you missed out on the July 2021 LEGO Store Calendar, you may want to know that LEGO is currently offering a gift-with-purchase (GWP) set in the form of the LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstar (40486). This GWP is a smaller, chibi version of its counterpart the LEGO Adidas Originals Superstar (10282), and is available as a promotional item for a single-receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $85 and above.

Aside from the very much welcomed gesture of extending its promo period until July 20 (as long as supplies last), the LEGO Customer service portal has also uploaded the building instructions for the LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstar (40486) which you can access right here.

Having the instructions available online is a great way to try and build this replica while waiting for your LEGO Shop@Home orders to arrive. Here’s the parts list if you want to check them out. You may also want to see if you have these parts in your LEGO inventory as well.

Coming in at 92 pieces, the majority of these parts are quite common except for the recently introduced 2X2X1 1/3 Brick with Bow element which was first introduced in 2020 together with the LEGO Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse (43179) set. This piece is also found in other larger, 18+ sets such as the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street (21324) and LEGO Creator Expert Ghostbusters ECTO-1 (10274) sets.

This curved element is used to create a more organic feel to the LEGO Mini Adidas, particularly at the tip of the shoe. So it’s quite a challenge to look for alternatives in case you don’t have this piece in your LEGO collection.

Overall, having these instructions available online is a nice way to create a brick-built pair to go along with this GWP. Happy building!

LEGO Store July 2021 Promotional Calendar Now Up

The LEGO Store July 2021 Promotional Calendar has now been uploaded, with plenty of exciting promotional items to be offered next month. Front and center of next month’s calendar feature the upcoming LEGO Adidas Originals Superstar (10282), slated to be released on July 1st. Let’s take a close look at these promotional items.

Free LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstar (40486)

Promo valid from July 1 to 14, 2021

It’s great to hear that a smaller, more adorable version of set 10282 will be available in the form of a free LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstar (40486). The good thing is, it is not strictly offered as a tie-in freebie together with its larger cousin, but will be added to your cart automatically when your single-receipt purchase of any LEGO products reaches $85 and more, or while supplies last. Just be sure to avail of this promo right away starting July 1st since it is expected that this item will be quite popular among LEGO fans.

 

Free LEGO Charles Dickens Tribute (40410)

Promo valid from July 12 to 18, 2021

In a rather puzzling move, LEGO opted to return one of its seasonal offerings from last year. From July 12 to 18, LEGO fans whose qualifying purchase equals $150 or more will get a free LEGO Charles Dickens Tribute (40410) set. So in case you missed out on this promo last November, now is the best time to get this set. And if you will plan your next LEGO purchases accordingly, you may even land a chance of getting this set plus the LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstar (40486) July 12 to 15 (while supplies last of course).

 

Free LEGO Friends Emma’s Magical Box  (30414) or LEGO City Skater (30568)

Promo valid from July 16 to 25, 2021

LEGO is offering a choose your gift promo for those who will make their next LEGO purchase from July 16 to 25. Qualifying purchase of any LEGO products worth $40 or more will qualify you to select one promotional item, a choice between the LEGO Friends Emma’s Magical Box (30414) or LEGO City Skater (30568). Any of these polybags is a great way to expand your Friends or City collection. And with a relatively low price point of $40, it’s a freebie that’s not hard to miss.

 

Free LEGO VIP Blue Key Chain (854090)

Promo valid from June 1 to December 31, 2021 

First-time LEGO VIP members will be treated with their first LEGO VIP gift in the form of the exclusive LEGO VIP Blue Key Chain (854090).  This offer is valid when you sign-up to become a VIP member online at LEGO.com throughout the 2nd half of 2021.

 

It seems that LEGO has invested a lot of these promotional items for July. And this is somewhat expected since there are plenty of new LEGO sets that were currently released. We have the LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327) to give an example and the latest wave of upcoming LEGO Monkie Kid sets slated to be released in July. What is on your LEGO wishlist for next month? Let us know in the comments below.

LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstar (40486) Promotional Officially Revealed

The LEGO Store July 2021 Store Calendar has already been released online, and with it comes an exciting announcement of how you can get the LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstar (40486). If you recall, this collectible gift-with-purchase set has been spotted in LEGO’s designer video for the larger LEGO Adidas Originals Superstar (10282) set. Brickset also managed to do an early review of this miniature counterpart in case you want to take a look.

Not only does LEGO made the promotional item official by including the details on its next LEGO Store Calendar, we also have official pictures of this set published online.

Another good thing that we can expect is that unlike what was initially speculated, this GWP will not be strictly tied in together with its larger counterpart. Instead, this gift-with-purchase set will be added to your cart once your single-receipt purchase of any LEGO products reaches $85 or more.  Personally, I’m glad that LEGO opted for this direction since I am personally looking forward to this cute little collectible rather than the larger set.

This LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstar (40486) promotional will be available at LEGO brand stores and LEGO Shop@Home from July 1 to 14 or while supplies last. So be sure to plan your next LEGO purchase this July if you want to bag this one.