LEGO Seasonal Nutcracker (40254) Available as a Brick Friday Promo.

There’s just no end to the sheer number of promos that LEGO is hyping up for everyone as the year comes to a close. Seasonal sets are coming out once again with the holidays just around the corner, and some of these are really out to make an early start of things.

For instance, after Thanksgiving late this November, LEGO is turning Black Friday into Brick Friday with the seasonal release of the LEGO Nutcracker statue (40254). It is the company’s beautiful take on the traditional Christmas ornamentation, and LEGO buyers can have it in two ways.

The 230-piece LEGO Nutcracker set comes free to any LEGO shoppers with a minimum purchase of $99 from November 24 to 27. However, LEGO VIP members, will be entitled to a special, earlier two-day promo period from November 18 to 19, a whole week before the regular one.

The LEGO Nutcracker set seems to be larger than it looks and definitely looks great on a mantelpiece or cabinet to spread some Yuletide cheers. Its classic, subtle details are testament to LEGO’s classical appreciation.

For those who are familiar with the “Nutcracker” ballet, they’d recognize the mechanical basics of the LEGO Nutcracker real fast. The main nut-cracking action is in the chest cavity, with a crushing jaw on the chest manipulated by a lever at the back.

Be warned though – much like decorative nutcrackers made after the mid-20th Century, the mechanism is just for show because LEGO bricks are not tough enough to crunch real nuts. Oh well, it’s still a beautifully designed seasonal set that can easily be taken apart and stored once the holidays are over.

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Win a Night in the LEGO House for 4, Courtesy of LEGO and Airbnb.

Just this September, The LEGO Group inaugurated one of their latest attractions right on their own doorstep. LEGO House, also known as the “Home of the Brick,” is a multipurpose interactive experience located in Billund, Denmark – home of the LEGO Headquarters.

Part-LEGO store, part-café, part-public art piece and part-educational attraction, the 12,000-square meter complex is a brand-new play venue for the whole family that is centered on the progressive learning competencies gained from playing with LEGO.

It’s the hottest new LEGO-themed getaway, and the company would like to help you get a one-night stay at the Home of the Brick.

LEGO  has just announced that they will be offering this opportunity for their loyal customers by teaming up with Airbnb, one of the most trusted online hospitality services in the world. Starting November 1 to November 16, interested applicants with a registered Airbnb account can try to win a one night’s stay at the LEGO House in Billund, fit for a group or family of four.

They will be hosted at the Home of the Brick by real-life LEGO Master Builder Jamie Berard. To enter the contest at, you need to answer one question: If you and your family had an infinite supply of LEGO bricks, what would you build?

If your little composition (50-500 characters) catches LEGO’s fancy, you and your family/group of four (children must be at least age 4) will be flown in to Billund and received at LEGO House by Master Builder Jamie, their host for the evening, on November 24.

It will be a magical experience shared by your party as you literally build your wants and needs with LEGO blocks, and Jamie will even help turn your dream LEGO building vision into reality by the following morning. Try your luck by registering with Airbnb and submitting your entry at their contest page here.

Last LEGO Store Calendar of the Year Now Available!

UPDATE: The official December LEGO Store Calendar is now up on LEGO’s servers. I’ve updated the images below to include those that are actually found on the calendar.

LEGO caps off the year with a string of promotionals that you can find in the LEGO December Store Calendar. This year’s last LEGO Store Calendar offers a mix of freebies coming from the LEGO Ninjago, Creator and Star Wars themes. Plus, it gives us an early access to some of LEGO’s 2018 sets. Check the images below, or you can download the entire calendar in PDF format right here

December 1 to 7: Free Master Wu Keychain (5004915) with a purchase of $35 or more of any LEGO products.

As we previously reported, the Master Wu Keychain is part of the series of freebies tied-in with the LEGO Ninjago Movie, earlier announced last July. Frankly speaking, there not much of a difference between this keychain counterpart of Master Wu as compared to those included in three TLNM sets: Master Falls (70608), Green Ninja Mech Dragon (70612), and Destiny’s Bounty (70618) so I expect that this will not be highly sought out for as compared to the LEGO Ninjago Movie Kendo Lloyd (30608) polybag.

The free Master Wu Keychain is valid from December 1 to 7 or until supplies last.

December 5 to 6: VIP Monthly Model Build is a Train (40250).

To reserve your spot, simply register for the December MMB by visiting shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-Registration starting November 15. The LEGO MMB is meant for children ages 6 to 14, and must be completely built in store.

December 8 to 10: Double VIP Points on Everything.

If you still have time for some last minute Christmas holiday shopping rush, then you may want to go over your LEGO Christmas shopping list once again. For three days, you can earn those double VIP points while bagging those sets included in your LEGO wishlist. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed for that UCS Millennium Falcon.

December 8 to 17: Free LEGO Creator Mini London Bus (40220) with a purchase of $75 or more, or while supplies last.

Rolling out of its garage is the LEGO Creator Mini London Bus (40220), and it is back once more as a free promotional for a price point of $75 and more. It’s kind of nice of LEGO to bring back this younger sibling of the LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258) and have it offered once again with the same qualifying purchase when it first went live in 2016.

If you can hold on to that next LEGO purchase, and if you can add $40 worth of LEGO sets in your shopping bag, then this freebie is a better offer than that of Master Wu Keychain earlier mentioned.

December 15, 2017 to January 14, 2018: Free LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Anniversary Pod (5005376) with a LEGO Star Wars purchase of $60 or more.

This fifth and latest promotional pod is a nod to Star Wars’ 40th anniversary, with the iconic Sith Lord being the highlight of this minifigure promotional. This latest minifigure version of Darth Vader seems to be a redesign over previous ones, and bagging this freebie is the best way of adding him to your collection. The smallest set by far in which you can add the Sith Lord in your roster of LEGO Star Wars minifigs is thru the Darth Vader Transformation (75183) set retailing for $25. For a price point of $60 and above of any LEGO Star Wars products, this is certainly a good catch.

Lastly, LEGO certainly knows how to end the year with a bang, with several 2018 sets being available as early as November 25. I am particularly excited for the LEGO Creator Modular Skate House (31081) which is a part of LEGO’s early reveal of its 2018 LEGO Creator line-up. Of course, we also have the re-released LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal (10256) – the now 2nd largest LEGO set ever made, having been bested from its throne by the UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) – scheduled for another run starting November 27.

The December LEGO Store Calendar also gives us another treat by giving us a peek of one of the 2018 Nexo Knight sets which is the Berserker Bomber (72003). It was previously reported that the Nexo Knights theme was given another year, with six additional sets slated for next year accompanying a new story arc.  We’ll talk more about that later in my next post.

 

LEGO Rebrick Winter Wonderland Worlds Contest Now Open.

LEGO doesn’t look like it could be running out of promotional ideas anytime soon. And the next big event on their schedule is just right for the holidays. “Winter is coming”, as a popular TV series says, so LEGO Rebrick is holding a building contest to get everybody in the spirit of the season.

The LEGO Rebrick Winter Wonderland Worlds contest takes it cue from the sandbox videogame LEGO Worlds from Warner Brothers Interactive and Traveller’s Tales, which was released just this September on multiple consoles. Aspiring skilled builders with big imaginations are being invited to wow LEGO with their creativity.

 

The objective of Winter Wonderland Worlds is simple: contestants need to design the best winter wonderland scene they could out of LEGO shapes and minifigures. They have multiple options on how the diorama or vignette can be set up. The primary tool is the LEGO Worlds game title, with players constructing a winter landscape populated by wonders and minifigure people.

Alternatively, builders can try to realize their vision with actual LEGO bricks and minifigures, or using computer software like LEGO Digital Designer. Once contestants have finished their design, they can submit five snapshots of their creation, along with a description of the scene and their personal details to the Rebrick section on the LEGO website.

The grand winner of the Winter Wonderland Worlds contest will receive a Sony PlayStation 4, a PS4 copy of LEGO Worlds, along with the Classic Space and Monsters DLC Packs, and two LEGO sets from LEGO Ninjago Movie theme: Green Ninja Mech Dragon (70612) and Fire Mech (70615). They might also see their diorama being adapted in one LEGO Worlds’ future DLC updates. How’s that for bragging rights?

Eleven runners-up will receive only the PS4 “LEGO Worlds” game with expansion and the Ninjago kits. The deadline for entries is on November 28, so better hurry and start building!

This Year’s LEGO Seasonal Christmas Build-Up (40253) Promotional, Now Up at LEGO Shop@Home.

Whenever the Holiday Season comes around, leave it to LEGO to have something with which to celebrate this happy occasion with their loyal builders and fans. One of their traditions in this time of year is their holiday promotional, the LEGO Seasonal Christmas Build-Up 24-in-1 (40253) set.

This set contains an average of over 200 LEGO pieces, and can be put together to form several Christmas holiday symbols from the iconic to the off-the-wall. Soon it will be time to mark the days to December 24th when LEGO presents this year’s version of their Holiday Countdown Set, available from November 1 to 15, both in-store and at shop.LEGO.com.

Although at first glance (especially by those who bought the similar it last year), the LEGO Christmas Build-Up (40253) set looks rather similar piece-wise to the 2016 version (40222), the 254 pieces included in this box are all new ones for the year. Ranging from single-peg components to wide bases, this set will have young builders creating a great variety of season relics.

There are pieces to form a large brown reindeer, a Christmas tree, an Advent Wreath and even a snowmobile among others. The real fun is figuring out all 24 different creations that can be made.

That last part has a clarification, however. The 24-in-1 label on the box art is not entirely accurate in that, while LEGO has pegged a total of 24 possible builds out of the set, you can’t have all 24 assembled at once. There can be only several of the total at any given time, and that’s quite the downer.

The LEGO 2017 Holiday Countdown set is available from this November by means of LEGO’s Shop@Home platform. It will come free with any online purchase worth a minimum of $99, and it will be on offer for as long as supplies last.

LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312), Christmas Build-Up (40253), and More Now Available at LEGO Shop@Home!

November is finally here, and this means that it’s time to gear up for some serious LEGO holiday shopping. LEGO Shop@Home has been recently updated to include several new sets, especially that we are a few weeks away before Brick Friday kicks in. For more details on what to expect from the LEGO Store this month, check out the LEGO Store’s November Calendar.

Among these exclusives to hit the shelves at the start of this month, we have the NASA-inspired LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) retailing for $25, It comes in at 231 pieces and features four minifigures of the most prominent women in the field of space exploration.

Star Wars fans may be delighted to know that a couple of new LEGO BrickHeadz is now available to add to your collection. The LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Finn (41485) and Captain Phasma (41486) sets are now officially available, each retailing for $10.  These are the first commercially available, non-exclusive LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz sets made available, other than the super rare Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (41498) NYCC exclusive. However, as LEGO announced during this year’s New York Comic Con, fans can expect more LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz – four to be exact –slated to be released sometime in January and April. Be sure to check out Jason’s review of the Finn and Captain Phasma BrickHeadz to know more what to expect from these eye candies.

 

Finally, one of this year’s LEGO holiday promotional is now live. From November 1 to 15, any LEGO purchase of $99 and above entitles you to a free, LEGO Christmas Build-Up (40253). This set comes in at 254 pieces that allows you to build 24 different Christmas themed minibuilds, similar to what LEGO offered last year with its Holiday Countdown Calendar (40222).

If you’re now preparing that comfy little LEGO Christmas corner just in time for the holidays, then be sure to check out the rest of LEGO’s Christmas seasonal sets such as the Christmas Train Ride (40262), and Christmas Town Square (40263) both of which retailing for $10. While you’re at it, you may also want to take a look at this year’s holiday themed D2C set which is the LEGO Creator Winter Village Station (10259).

How To Build Your Own LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober Mini BB-8.

This is something that fell off my radar during the past weekend. After the successful launch of this year’s LEGO TRU Bricktober Minifigures, Toys R Us officially concluded this year’s Bricktober promotions with a build and take home event last Saturday at all local TRU stores in the US. KFOLS had the chance to build and bring home a brick-built mini version of one of Star Wars favorite droids, none other than BB-8.

If you missed out this event, and wish to try your own mini BB-8, then you’ll be glad to know that the instructions to build this miniature droid is now available online courtesy of The Brick Fan. You may download the building instructions directly as a PDF file and see if you have the necessary parts to build it, or you may just click on the images below.

Frankly, this particular build is not really that impressive. Pardon me, but I can’t help but think that it actually ended up looking like a roll-on… lol! I feel that BB-8’s head section can be improved even with very limited parts. Here’s how the final build looks like, with photo credits to Rebel Scum.

But who am I to complain, it’s free LEGO after all – and any free LEGO is always a good catch.

Shop.LEGO.com in the UK Offers Three Freebies Only For Today.

If you’re living in the UK and you’re holding on to those LEGO purchases over at shop.LEGO.com, then today might be the best time to hit that add Checkout button. As Brickset noted, there are currently three LEGO freebies (with qualifying purchases) up for grabs right now at LEGO’s UK online shop.

LEGO Juniors Racer (30473)

This polybag comes free with any purchase of LEGO Juniors set until November 12. The LEGO Juniors Racer (30473) polybag comes in 30 pieces and a racer minifigure.

LEGO Seasonal Christmas Build-Up (40253)

This year’s 24-in-1 seasonal set comes free for any LEGO purchase of £60 until November 22. Coming in at 254 pieces, the LEGO Seasonal Christmas Build-Up (40253) offers 24 different mini-builds, though not all of them can be built simultaneously.

LEGO Exclusive VIP Set (40178)

Perhaps this is the best freebie of all, currently offered to all LEGO VIP members. But you have to hurry, because this offer is valid only until today. As of this posting, the LEGO Exclusive VIP set (40178) is still available via shop.LEGO.com for every minimum purchase of any LEGO products worth £100 and above. The LEGO Exclusive VIP set is a rehash of 2014’s similar promotional, the LEGO Brand Retail Store (40145). However, I must say that I like the most recent one better in terms of design and aesthetics. If you’re a LEGO VIP member and wish to bring this one home, today is the last day for you to catch this one.

The LEGO Batman Movie Kiss Kiss Tuxedo Batman Keychain (5004928) Is Now Available at Target.

I wrote about the LEGO promotions outlined in Target’s 2017 Toy Book Ad a few days ago, so it’s quite well known that certain LEGO giveaways are free to snag on certain days of late October and most of November.

The first wave of these freebies, available from October 29 to November 4, is a particularly uncommon item off the merchandising of The LEGO Batman Movie. I am, of course, talking about the Kiss Kiss Tuxedo Batman (5004928) keychain, something of an elusive find for LEGO fans of both the superhero and the film.

It’s so easy to like the Kiss Kiss Tuxedo Batman. After all, it’s pretty much Bruce Wayne in a white tux who just slapped on his Bat cowl while forgoing the rest of the costume, and the lipstick marks all over his clothes are a send-up of sorts to the various female characters in his universe who have fallen for him. In the present DC Comics run, he and Catwoman are planning to marry (again). But I digress.

When The LEGO Batman Movie came out, this LEGO keychain was an exclusive on Cinemark Theaters that showed the film, and nowhere else. It’s therefore a big balm to dedicated collectors that Target is taking a turn in giving them out. Guests need only a minimum $30 purchase of any LEGO Batman Movie merchandise to have their very own Kiss Kiss Tuxedo Batman keychain. It’s as simple as that. The best part of it is that Target shoppers can also simply buy the item directly on Target online without the qualifying $30 purchase.

Please take note that as of this writing, Target’s webpage referring to the Kiss Kiss Tuxedo Batman is currently unavailable. We don’t know exactly what are the reasons for its unavailability, or if it was posted by accident and therefore taken down, but the obvious thing is, there is a dedicated page for it and we as well hit that refresh button every now and then. We just have to see in the next few days if this page will be updated.

For now, it’s nice to know that this elusive TLBM minifigure keychain is still available for latecomers, and is something that LEGO has made available for everyone.

UK Toys R Us Stores Holding LEGO Ninjago Movie ‘Make and Take’ Event this Saturday.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie hit cinemas around the globe last month, but LEGO is going to keep the hype for the film going long after the box office has run its course through its many tie-in products. As it seems, toy store chains that carry the LEGO brand are only happy to help out.

This usually takes the form of hosting “Make and Take” events, where skilled little builders can bring home their individual creations, and UK’s Toys R Us in the UK will be having one of these on the weekend, October 28.

As announced via TRU UK’s official blogsite, the LEGO model to build and bring home is a variant of the technically impressive LEGO Ninjago Movie Ice Tank (70616). Though the blogsite didn’t mention exactly what particular Ice Tank variant that children can make and take home this Saturday, our best guess is that it could be the Ice Tank (30427) polybag, or even a smaller version of it. TRU is known for offering its unique versions of smaller LEGO sets during these building events, so this is exciting to see.

Will this be given away this weekend at select TRU UK stores? We’ll just have to wait and see.

So if you happen to be near at any Toys R Us branch in the UK, then be sure to drop by this Saturday before noon (from 11AM to 1PM) to take part in this make and take fun. Take note though that not all TRU UK branches will be running the event.

For your guidance, the LEGO Ninjago Movie Ice Tank Make and Take Event will NOT be available in the following stores: Northampton Weston Favell, Nottingham Victoria Centre, Hemel Hempstead, Peterborough Serpentine Green, Blackburn, Sunderland, Glasgow The Forge, Edinbugh Fort Kinnaird, Craigleith, Carlisle, Crystal Peaks, Chester Broughton, Cardiff Queen Street, Staines, Derby intu, Aberdeen Union Square, Doncaster Frenchgate, Kingston and Banbury.