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.

 

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LEGOLAND Store Exclusive Set LEGOLAND Castle (40306) Revealed.

These days, LEGO has come so very far from being just a toy company producing children’s building-brick sets. They’ve got licenses to adapt from almost every intellectual property imaginable. Their own properties are now multimedia in reach and scale. They even have their own theme parks, the world-famous LEGOLAND chain.

Much like another theme park chain with a major brand name attached to it, LEGOLAND parks have a particular structure oft-used as a centerpiece image, that being a castle. It seems rather overdue for LEGO to make a set depicting one of their structures, but here it is at last.

The LEGOLAND Castle (40306) set is a mostly-gray model building with colorful accents like flag-topped pennants, surrounding greenery and even a dragon head popping out of one wall. The design appears to be mostly based on the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at the LEGOLAND in Windsor, Berkshire in England, UK.

From the information gleaned by Brickset, the LEGOLAND Castle (40306) set will have 220 pieces and recommended for age 8 and up. Considering the building it’s depicting, the only place where set 40306 can be found would be as an exclusive offering of LEGO shops in the LEGOLAND theme parks.

That’s too bad for LEGO buyers who aren’t within easy travel of the parks or those who rely on Shop@Home instead. Still, there’s a chance that some LEGO brand stores in other theme parks might end up carrying LEGOLAND Hotel (40306) too. Its retail price is likely $9.99 as usual.

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.

Love Is In The Air With These Latest LEGO Seasonal (40187) and Wedding Souvenir (40197) Sets.

We’re not past Christmas yet, but it seems that LEGO is already setting up the mood for all love-struck AFOLs out there. LEGO has recently uploaded official images of the new seasonal and souvenir sets via its servers, and we now have our first look at the LEGO Valentine’s Day Seasonal Flowers (40187), and the Wedding Favor (40197) sets.

At 100 pieces, the Valentine’s Day Flowers  (40187) is expected to retail for $10 and may also come for free when you purchase any LEGO sets from February 7 to 14, 2018 together with the LEGO Wall Calendar’s Voucher #2. Though I like the idea of brick-built flowers as a gift for your special someone, I do hope that LEGO will continue the release of its seasonal vignettes similar to this year. I would love to see a redesign of the Romantic Valentine Picnic (40236) for that matter.

LEGO Seasonal Valentine’s Day Flowers  (40187)

 

The LEGO Wedding Favor (40197) set comes in at 132 pieces, and is by far the best designed iteration of this souvenir. LEGO released two wedding giveaways prior to set 40197, with the first released in 2011 with the Minifigure Wedding Favor Set (853340) and again just last year with a rehash of the Minifigure Wedding set (40165). The latest version is a welcomed one since it incorporates more details and accessories for the minifigures. It is expected to retail for $10 as well.

LEGO Wedding Favor Set (40197)

 

We’ll keep you posted when this will be available, but my best guess is sometime during the second half of January. Thanks to our friends from Bouw Steentjes for the tip.

In Lieu of The LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Pod (5005376), shop.LEGO.com Has Some VIP Points Specials.

Had things been different today, December 15, then this day would have marked the beginning of the now cancelled promotional period for the LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Metalized Pod (5005376) supposedly as a free gift with purchase of any LEGO Star Wars item worth $60 and above. We reported last week that the whole thing is off, owing to quality control issues with the Darth Vader pods that The LEGO Group did not elaborate on.

Perhaps that’s why shop.LEGO.com opted to roll out special VIP point offers instead, and they’re different depending on which side of the Atlantic it is. For US and Canada, shop.LEGO.com is giving each VIP member 100 extra points whenever they buy a LEGO Star Wars set. Accessories like keychains and non-set items like LEGO books are not included here. This promo lasts from the 15th to Christmas Eve, December 24.

In Europe, including the UK, France and Germany, it’s a little bit simpler. Their VIP points earned when buying LEGO products are doubled. The only con is that it lasts only from December 15 to 17, on Sunday.

These are not the sought-after Darth Vader Pod (5005375), but it’s still something.

Official Images of 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) Commemorative Set Now Up.

Earlier this month, the LEGO Store January 2018 Calendar has revealed a promotional, commemorative set that celebrates the 60th patent anniversary of the 2×4 LEGO brick. The 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) is the next gift with purchase set that is expected to be popular among faithful LEGO set collectors. Coming in at 421 pieces, this free promotional set is expected to be available in the US starting January 28 until February 14, 2018, for a minimum single-receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $125 and above. I think it should be noted that there is a bit of a typo error in this portion of the calendar since it mentions that this promotional will be available starting January 28, 2017 so I hope LEGO will clear this one up.

The 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) set highlights four mini versions of some of the most iconic LEGO sets such as Airport Shuttle (6399), Castle (375), Black Seas Barracuda (6285), and Space Cruiser and Moonbase (928). To cap it off, LEGO is also throwing in the highly collectible, commemorative 60th Anniversary Tile which is basically a white 2×4 tile printed with the 60th-anniversary logo. Check out these official images which LEGO has recently uploaded to its servers.  This set is expected to be very popular among AFOLs so be sure to take advantage of this promotional once it goes live in the US on January 28, 2018.

60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290)

Celebrate 6 decades of building fun with 4 micro versions of the most iconic LEGO® builds of the past 60 years, comprising the awesome Airport Shuttle, famous Yellow Castle, Black Seas Barracuda, and the Galaxy Explorer, plus a printed commemoratory tile.

 

A Look At the 2018 LEGO Wall Calendar Vouchers.

It has been customary for LEGO to release its yearly wall calendar and most fans look forward to them not just for their aesthetic appeal as a keepsake, but also for the vouchers that go along with them. Though 2017’s LEGO Wall Calendar was released around this period of time last year as announced in the December 2016 LEGO Store Calendar, it’s quite puzzling that LEGO has not made any official announcement until now on its availability in the US. However, LEGO fans in Europe were on to an early treat when LEGO Brands Stores in the region finally released their 2018 LEGO Wall Calendar as an in-store gift with purchase, with a price point of 20 Euros.

Thanks to Promobricks who managed to get a copy of their own, we now have an idea on how next year’s LEGO Wall Calendar may look like. Now for the record, I’m not sure if this is already available in the US since I haven’t heard of any reports that this calendar has been released and distributed to fans and store visitors. Any tip from our readers will surely be appreciated. Unlike that from last year, Europe’s 2018 LEGO Wall Calendar has a more regional vibe into it, with the LEGO London Store’s very own Lester minifigure being part of the cover, featuring a creative gang of minifig artists.

Same as last year’s wall calendar, its most attractive part will be the collection of nice, little vouchers that go with them for every month of the year. Again, the vouchers and their respective redemption dates may be specific only to LEGO Brand Stores in the European region, and may all be entirely different than that in the US, so this is something that we will keep our radar on.

Voucher #1 – January 1 to December 31, 2018

Happy Birthday! Bring this voucher to a LEGO Store during the week of your birthday and get your present.

Voucher #2 – February 7 to 14, 2018

Treat your loved ones to a LEGO Valentine’s Day Flower when you buy any LEGO building set.

Voucher #3 – March 23 to 31, 2018

Free Easter Gift with any purchase of over 20 Euros (roughly $20).

Voucher #4 – April 12 to 22, 2018

Free 100 VIP bonus points with any purchase over 30 Euros.

Voucher #5 – May 17 to 21, 2018

Free LEGO Star Wars Rebel A-Wing Pilot (5004408) with any Star Wars purchase over 35 Euros.

Voucher #6 – June 11 to 17, 2018

Celebrate Father’s Day! Come to a LEGO Store with this voucher to receive your free gift.

Voucher #7 – July 25 to 30, 2018

Celebrate Friendship Day! Come to a LEGO Store with your friend and you’ll both receive a free gift.

Voucher #8 – August 1 to 31, 2018

Come and collect your LEGO Passport and get an exclusive special stamp.

Voucher #9 – September 27 to October 1, 2018

Mystery Voucher! Visit shop.LEGO.com/calendar to discover your surprise!

Voucher #10 – October 29 to November 3, 2018

Visit a LEGO Store for a Halloween Special Building experience and walk away with a FREE gift!

Voucher #11 – December 1 to 9, 2018

Secret Prize Draw!

LEGO Creator London Bus (40220) Promotional Now Live at shop.LEGO.com!

The LEGO December Store Calendar is packed with several freebies and promotional items that you definitely don’t want to miss, especially that LEGO is bringing back one of it’s highly sought after gift with purchase set from last year.

In case you missed it, here’s your chance to bag the LEGO Creator Mini London Bus (40220) once again, and it’s now up and available as a freebie over at shop.LEGO.com. From December 8 until 17, every minimum single receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $75 and above, entitles you to a free Mini London Bus (40220). Comparatively speaking, LEGO opted to retain the same price point for the Mini London Bus which is at $75.

The said promotional is now live at shop.LEGO.com, together with the LEGO Ninjago Wu Keychain (5004915) if you will place your next LEGO purchase during the next few hours.

LEGO Creator London Bus (40220)

Take a ride in this LEGO® model of a classic London Bus!

 

Build this retro bus with turning wheels plus transparent window and light elements. Apply the number plate, route number, destination and advertising banner stickers. With authentic details, this delightful vintage bus makes a perfect gift for fans of LEGO® Creator modular building sets and London.

  • This buildable LEGO® brick London Bus features authentic details, turning wheels, transparent window and light elements and stickers for the number plate, route number, destination name and advertising banners inspired by LEGO Creator models 21013 Big Ben and 10232 Palace Cinema (not included).
  • This set includes over 115 pieces and offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 7 and over.
  • Measures over 2” (6cm) high, 4” (11cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.

LEGO Star Wars Promotional Darth Vader Pod (5005376) Cancelled.

If you recall, we mentioned a particular LEGO Star Wars promotional that is supposed to launch this December, as mentioned in the LEGO December Store Calendar. Most fans of the LEGO Star Wars theme (including myself) were looking forward for the Darth Vader Pod (5005376) that is supposed to launch starting December 15 and until January 14, 2018. This is expected to be the 5th promotional pod offered by LEGO, that will be made available for a minimum receipt purchase of $60 of any LEGO Star Wars sets.

However, most of us was a bit wondering when the LEGO January Store Calendar came out with no mention of the same abovementioned promotional, especially considering that it is supposed to be running until the first half of January 2018. There were speculations that the collectible Star Wars pod was eventually cancelled, and as it turned out, The LEGO Group (TLG) has finally put the issue to the rest by giving out a press statement on the matter. According to TLG, the pod itself did not conform to its strict, quality standards and must eventually cancel the release of the LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader pod. Here’s the official word from the company:

Star Wars Pod No. 5005376

We have to inform that as part of our internal quality screening process, we have found that the Star Wars Metalized Pod 5005376 does not meet our strict standards. As you know, we take the quality and safety of our products extremely seriously, and so out of an abundance of caution we have decided not to launch the Star Wars Pod.

We are committed to continuing support for our Star Wars promotion, and will offer consumers 10% off across all LEGO® Star Wars products from 18th – 24th December 2017, excluding the Millennium Falcon product (75192).

They did not mention in detail what is the particular source of concern, but I assume it probably has something to do with the suitability and safety of the materials used in making the pod. I am particularly interested in how LEGO worded the name of the pod, giving emphasis on the pod’s ‘metalized’ feature. Does it have something to do with the  metallic coating or color used on the pod, we don’t know for sure.

However, LEGO reassures fans that even though the Darth Vader promotional pod is discontinued, the 10% discount on all LEGO Star Wars sets (except for the still elusive UCS Millenium Falcon 75192) will still push through from December 18 to 24, so hope you’ll find solace in that.

Amazon UK’s Free LEGO Gift Sets, Good Until December 19th.

LEGO buyers and collectors in the UK may be pondering the reality that one of the brand’s major retail outlets is being reduced, now that Toys ‘R’ Us is closing a number of its stores in that country. This development however is inspiring other outlets to take advantage and make the most out of it.

In what could be an effort to attract LEGO shoppers who would lose access to a closing Toys ‘R’ Us store near them, Amazon UK is launching a one-two punch combination of a promo for customers shopping for LEGOs on their platform. This is the ‘freebie for minimum purchase’ thing.

Their first offer is a free LEGO Batman Movie Catwoman Catcycle Chase (70902) set for a minimum £50 worth of any kind of LEGO products. Amazon stateside has already been offering the Catcycle Chase and other sets tied to The LEGO Batman Movie at reduced prices since way back in mid-November. Check the rest of the promo mechanics for these freebie right here.

The other freebie is for fan-boys of The Force who would buy at least £40 worth of LEGO Star Wars sets; they’ll get a free LEGO Star Wars Imperial Trooper Battle Pack (75165). Both offers are good until December 19 only. UK buyers need only visit Amazon UK for details.