This week, LEGO has launched its first build-and- take in-store event of the year that most LEGO fans will love to have. The LEGO Newsstand is actually a nice mini build that complements this year’s modular LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop(10270) which was released at the turn of the year. And in case you missed out on this opportunity of grabbing the LEGO Newsstand, you’ll be happy to know that Instagram user theflannelbrick has uploaded and shared its building instructions so let’s take a look.
Coming in at 155 pieces, the LEGO Newsstand features plenty of small parts that can be a bit challenging for newbie LEGO builders. Nevertheless, the final build, notwithstanding the instability of the shelf, is pretty much impressive in itself. As a free set, I really appreciate what LEGO did here: throwing in a minifigure with accessories, two printed newspaper tile, and several hard to find parts like those trans clear blue flag pieces used for the roof. If LEGO opted to make this as a retail set, then it will certainly hit the $10 or more price point, giving us a vignette kind of set similar to what LEGO offers with its seasonal sets. Remember smaller seasonal sets like 2015’s Painting Easter Eggs (40121) and Thanksgiving Feast (40123) and you’ll get the idea.
As I said, I’m not just quite sure if the rest of the parts are readily available but you can still try to search for them over at Bricklink.
The LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop (10270) is currently available at LEGO Shop@Home retailing for $179.99. It features a 3-story modular build that comes with a display window, reading nook, an open-out design, and five (5) minifigs. If you’re still planning to get this set and wish to know more, just click on the link above.
The LEGO Certified Store (LCS) in Taiwan is currently running a promotion to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year. Though these are obviously regional exclusives not found in any other LEGO brand store, these are pretty impressive themselves and worth having in your LEGO shopping cart. Let’s take a look at these cool LEGO Taiwan Chinese New Year promotions.
Frankly, we’ve seen a couple of LCS-related promos in the Asia Pacific Region that are impressive in themselves, reflecting the unique culture and traditions of the country. If you recall, there are last year’s Toys R Us Bricktober promos found in TRU stores in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan. We also saw LCS Taiwan’s LEGO 60th Commemorative Pen Holder promo which is both a nice desktop and display set rolled into one. And now to mark the celebration of this year’s Chinese New Year on January 25th, LEGO fans in Taiwan have the following collectible sets to look forward to, guaranteed for every single-receipt qualifying purchases.
LEGO fans who will make qualifying purchases from January 1 to 12, will be entitled to a free buildable LEGO Traditional Drum as seen below. Similarly, those who will opt to make their next LEGO purchase from January 13 to 22 will also get an exclusive LEGO Red Candy Box; while those who will make qualifying purchases from January 1st until the 22nd will also get the LEGO Flower Vase. The way the promos are scheduled suggests that purchases made on any single date during these promo periods will allow you to claim at the most, two LEGO freebies.
Currently, the LEGO Traditional Drum promotional is now live in LCS Taiwan and if you want to give it a try and build yourself one, Brickfinder was kind enough to share the building instructions for this set. Hopefully, we can also have similar building instructions for two remaining promotional sets. I’m particularly looking forward to that LEGO Flower Vase once it becomes available.
As we literally count the days before we say goodbye to 2019, LEGO has now given us a glimpse of things to come with their January 2020 LEGO Store Calendar. Those who are looking forward to the majority LEGO 2020 sets – ranging from the City, Technic, Ninjago and Creator themes just to name a few – that will launch at the turn of the year, you’ll be glad to know that LEGO is throwing in a good number of promos and freebies to watch out for. You may download a copy of the calendar right here as we breakdown each of these freebies.
Free LEGO Turquoise (853380) or Purple (853379) Keychain
Promo period: January 1 – 12, 2020
From January 1 to 12, every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO product or merchandise equivalent to $35 USD or more, will entitle you to a free LEGO Keychain either in Turquoise or Purple variants. It’s not really that much, but I like the vibrant colors of these 2×4 bricks and I wouldn’t mind having them as part of my usual gears and accessories.
Free LEGO Year of the Rat (40355) Seasonal Set
Promo period: January 13 to 26, 2020
Following the tradition of seasonal Chinese New Year sets, LEGO now releases its 7th promotional set based on the Chinese zodiac. Last year we saw LEGO offering the Year of the Pig (40186) set, and for 2020 it is the adorable Metal Rat’s turn to have a LEGO set dedicated to it. Those who will opt to make their LEGO purchases from January 13 to 26 equivalent to $80 USD and above will get the exclusive LEGO Year of the Rat (40355) set. These seasonal freebies are usually highly sought after so expect these to have a rather short period of availability.
Free Collectible LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Collectible Minifigure (30624)
Promo period: December 6, 2019 to January 31, 2020
Free Exclusive LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408)
Promo period: January 24 to February 9, 2020
Fans of LEGO’s new spooky-fun theme will be glad to know that LEGO is throwing in another freebie following its Newbury Juice Bar (40336) exclusive promotional released earlier in September. The LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408) will be added to your cart automatically for every LEGO purchase worth $45 USD and more made between January 24 to February 9, 2020. This has a lower qualifying purchase as compared to its predecessor. I really can’t figure much about the build based on this image, but I’m sure we’ll get better images soon.
Free Make-and-Take LEGO Creator Newsstand
Promo period: January 8, 2020
To celebrate the release of next year’s LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop (10270), LEGO Stores are offering a free make and take build in the form of the LEGO Creator Newsstand. I like the more compact design on this particular newsstand, which somewhat shows a marked improvement on what LEGO offered with the LEGO City Bus Station (60154) back in 2017. Similar to other in-store promos, this freebie will be exclusively available to those who will visit a local LEGO store to participate in this building event. Bear in mind that there are limited spaces available so be sure to sign-up in-store starting January 6. This activity is also intended for LEGO fans and participants ages 15 and above.
Free LEGO Lunar New Year Dragon Build
Promo period: January 23
LEGO celebrates 2020’s Chinese Lunar New Year with a free make-and-take build for younger LEGO fans. Visit your local LEGO brand store on January 23 to build a LEGO Lunar New Year Dragon to celebrate the festivities. Same as other in-store building events, this one also has limited space so registration is likewise required. Sign-ups will begin in-store starting January 6 and is intended for younger participants ages 6 to 14 years.
LEGO Star Wars Building Event – Choose Your Side
For the whole month of January, you may visit any of your local LEGO Store to build and try some of the latest LEGO Star Wars sets, and have it displayed together with your chosen squadron. It’s a great way to try some of these sets before you commit to purchasing them. And before you head out to your local LEGO Store, be sure to check out the upcoming 2020 LEGO Star Wars sets right here.
Back in October, LEGO Ideas launched its next brick-building contest encouraging LEGO fans to create their best version of a vintage car that will cruise the streets of your LEGO Modular sets. If you recall back in May, we get to see our first fan-inspired gift-with-purchase (GWP) set in the form of the LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335). And this time around the LEGO fan community has spoken once again, with the selection of our next GWP set. So after several months of gathering fan support and votes, we now get to see which among the entries will now become the LEGO Ideas Vintage Car gift-with-purchase set. Congratulations to Versteinert for bagging the Grand Prize with his Aedelsten Deluxe MOC with a total of 1,449 LEGO fans voting for the said entry. Check out his sleek and sassy creation, together with the rest of the contest’s Runner Up entries.
Other than having the bragging rights of being the next LEGO fan designer, the grand prize winner gets to bring home a couple of LEGO modular sets, together with some of LEGO’s most loved gift-with-purchase set from previous years.
Grand Prize winner will receive:
The exclusive opportunity to have your model transformed into a new LEGO Gift with Purchase set
LEGO Creator Expert 10264 Corner Garage
LEGO Creator Expert 10260 Downtown Diner
LEGO 40274 Mr. & Mrs. Claus (2018 BrickHeadz set)
LEGO 5005254 Harry Potter Excl Minifigure Set (2018 Gift with purchase)
LEGO 5005255 Jurassic World Excl Minifigure Set (2018 Gift with purchase)
LEGO 40335 Space Rocket Ride (2019 Gift with purchase)
LEGO 40334 Avengers Tower (2019 Gift with purchase)
LEGO 40338 Christmas Tree (2019 Gift with purchase)
A LEGO Ideas Tote Bag
Runner Ups will receive:
LEGO Creator Expert 10260 Downtown Diner
LEGO 40335 Space Rocket Ride (2019 Gift with Purchase)
Though this promo was not mentioned in the December 2019 LEGO Store Calendar for non-spoiler reasons, it’s nice to see this appearing in my LEGO Shop@Home shopping cart. Beginning today until December 24, you’ll get a FREE LEGO Masters Shopping Bag for any LEGO purchase made online an in-store.
From the looks of it, this free LEGO Masters Shopping Bag (5006086) is not made of the usual thin plastic material that LEGO shopping bags were made of. It’s definitely usable and a good way to support LEGO’s initiatives of cutting down on plastic usage as LEGO has previously announced. There seems to be no qualifying price point attached to this promo as well, so it’s nice to see this freebie arrive in your doorsteps regardless of the value of your LEGO purchase.
The best part is that it builds the excitement for the upcoming US version of the LEGO Masters reality TV show that was widely popular in the UK and Australia. LEGO Masters US is scheduled to air via FOX on February 5, 2020. Details of the show are still a bit sketchy save for the fact that LEGO Batman Movie’s Will Arnett will be hosting the show. I’m excited to see who will be joining the roster of contestants, and I’m pretty sure that one of them is somebody who is very close to our brick-loving hearts. Needless to say, it’s simply awesome to see them on screen and coming up with those superb LEGO builds. Here’s the most recent preview trailer of LEGO Masters US in case you missed it.
Hosted by Will Arnett comes the new FOX competition show, LEGO MASTERS. Based on the hit British reality-competition series of the same name, LEGO MASTERS brings imagination, design and creativity to life when teams of LEGO enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities and an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks. Teams of two compete against each other in ambitious brick-building challenges to be crowned the country’s most talented amateur LEGO builders. In each episode, the competing pairs who impress the judges the most progress to the next round, until the finale where the top teams will face off for a cash prize, the ultimate LEGO trophy and the grand title of LEGO MASTERS.
In case you missed out on this year’s holiday gift-with-purchase (GWP) set in the form of the LEGO Christmas Tree (40338), you might be interested to know that LEGO’s Customer Service has also uploaded the building instructions to recreate this set. You may download a copy of it right here.
It’s nice of LEGO to make the building instructions for their exclusive promotional sets – such as the Buildable Red Brick for example – available to the public particularly to LEGO fans that may have missed out on this promo. As part of its Black Friday deals, the LEGO Christmas Tree (40338) was only made available for four days from November 29 to December 2, for a minimum single-receipt purchase worth $120 USD. It obviously comes with a relatively higher qualifying purchase as compared to other promos, but as a freebie coming in at 392 pieces and with some pretty nice play features, I certainly have no qualms about it.
As much as I understand the idea of giving shopping incentives and freebies to LEGO fans, I wish that LEGO will eventually make the LEGO Christmas Tree (40338), as well as other previously released seasonal gift-with-purchase (GWP) sets such as the LEGO Christmas Carousel (40293) and LEGO Christmas Gift Box (40292) both from last year, available as regular selling items in LEGO brand stores. In my opinion, it will be nice to offer them initially as exclusive freebies but LEGO will be serving the larger LEGO community in general if they will make these sets available for sale later on.
This is another case example of how much a LEGO freebie or gift-with-purchase (GWP) could be in high demand. Last month, it was revealed that a mini-version of the mammoth-sized LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile (76139) will be offered as a promotional item to celebrate the release of its larger counterpart. Back then, the terms and conditions on how to avail of this promotional item are not known yet. It was only when this month’s LEGO Store Calendar was released that it was finally confirmed that the LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile Limited Edition (40433) will be an exclusive freebie for those who will purchase its larger, and more expensive, cousin. For those of us who didn’t manage to get a copy of this mini-version of the 80’s classic Batmobile, then we can always head over to LEGO’s Customer Service portal now that the building instructions for this set are finally made available. You may get your copy in PDF format right here.
Truth be told, though the promo period for the LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile Limited Edition (40433) ran for several days from November 29 to December 5, not all LEGO fans were quite happy about the exclusivity of this free set. In fact, most LEGO fans will agree that at 366 pieces and almost 12 inches in length, this promotional may deserve its own space on store shelves.
As I mentioned, this version was only made available for those who purchased its larger replica. But in case you want to build your very own mini LEGO 1989 Batmobile, then you may want to see if the following parts are available in your LEGO collection.
This new LEGO piece is necessary for those sleek, curved edges prominently seen at the front and back sides of the build of the Mini Batmobile. In the absence of this LEGO element, it will require a bit of a challenge to replicate those fine lines that make this set visually stand out.
Whatever is the case, do let us know how you intend to go around building this set without this rare piece. Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.
If you recall from last month’s LEGO Black Friday promos, LEGO offered an enticing exclusive freebie for all of its VIP members. The LEGO VIP exclusive Buildable Red Brick (5006085) relatively had a very short window of availability that only ran for two days. It was a sort of a pre-Black Friday promo that ran during the weekends from November 23 to 24.
Needless to say, it’s a great display set to have for any LEGO aficionado, and I understand the frustration of some if they missed out on this promotional. But thankfully, LEGO’s Customer Service has uploaded the building instructions for this freebie so you can build this on your own using any LEGO pieces that you may already have. If you want to give it a try, you can download a PDF copy of this set’s building instructions right here.
Coming in at 65 pieces, the Buildable Red Brick (5006085) is a pretty straightforward build. There are no exclusive parts in this set which consisted mainly of red and black plates, tiles and bricks. Here’s a rundown of its parts list, and try to see if you have them in your collection.
I like the simplicity of this build and I hope that LEGO will release more of these desktop accessories in the future. I love the idea of seeing this buildable brick beside another exclusive which is the LEGO Brick 60th Anniversary Red Pencil Pot (6258618) that I reported way back from October last year. If you’re into buildable LEGO desk accessories, you may also be interested to check out the LEGO Pencil Pot (40188) which is currently at 20% off at LEGO Shop@Home.
As we close the year, LEGO is set to end 2019 with a handful of promos and freebies that you may want to check out. LEGO servers have been updated to now include their December 2019 LEGO Store Calendar, underscoring their attractive freebies and promo. Read on for the details.
Free LEGO Creator Exclusive Mini Gingerbread House (40337)
Free LEGO Star Wars Free Collectible Obi-Wan Kenobi Minifigure (30624)
After 4 months of waiting after images of this collectible minifig made their way online via eBay, we now have confirmation on how to finally get this iconic Star Wars character. This month from December 6, 2019, until January 31 next year, your LEGO Star Wars purchases worth $40 USD and above will come with a free LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Minifigure (30624). This minifigure comes with a minifig stand similar to what LEGO has offered with its LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary Edition sets released during the 1st quarter of this year. So if you want to snag this one, be sure to time your next LEGO Star Wars purchase during these promo dates.
Free Exclusive Mini LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile (40433)
I guess for most LEGO fans, this is the year’s sweetest LEGO freebie. After revealing the mammoth-sized, and impressively sleek LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile (76139), LEGO is giving an additional incentive for those who will be getting this set from November 29 to December 5. Every purchase of this set will come with a smaller, equally display-worthy freebie in the form of the Mini LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile (40433). Since this promo will run only for a few days or until supplies last, expect this to be a hot brick item both in-store and online.
#BuildtoGive 2019 Holiday Campaign
Starting November 4 until December 8, you can help spread some holiday joy by visiting your local LEGO Store to build and display a brick-built ornament, then snap an image of your build share it online with your friends using #BUILDTOGIVE. For every ornament built, the LEGO Group will donate a LEGO set to a child in need. The goal is to share and donate up to a million LEGO sets worldwide, so its a great way to put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season.
Give a Handmade LEGO Gift
From November 11 to December 24, you can purchase a collection of holiday-themed inspirational builds via your local LEGO Store’s Pick & Build Wall. It’s a great way to spread some LEGO holiday cheers among your friends and loved ones. Just be sure to check first with your local LEGO Store since this promotional may not be available at all LEGO brand stores.
LEGO is certainly revving up its upcoming Black Friday deals. After officially confirming the limited edition LEGO Christmas Tree (40338) as its Black Friday gift-with-purchase set, LEGO has added another incentive for those who will be making their purchase during this grandest sale event of the year. Thanks to info shared by The Brick Fan, we now know that besides this seasonal freebie, we will also be receiving the LEGO Mini Surfer Van.
As you can notice from this in-store flyer, the LEGO Mini Surfer Van will only be offered as in-store promotional with qualifying purchases of $50 USD and above. I guess this is also another incentive to visit your local LEGO store in spite of the usual busyness of Black Friday. It’s also a nice reward if you’re not planning to make any large LEGO purchases on this day. However, if you want to maximize these LEGO Black Friday deals, then you may want to consider making qualifying purchases that will let you bag both the LEGO Christmas Tree and the LEGO Mini Surfer Van.
Though the minivan build may be a bit underwhelming, however, that surfer minifigure is a nice addition to it. If you notice, the surfer minifigure included in this promotional item is a kind of rehash from 2018’s LEGO Creator Sunshine Surfer Van (31079) and Cruising Adventures (31083), except for the red legs. It features the same tank top shirt with the surfer logo that first appeared in 2011.
Again, remember that the LEGO Mini Surfer Van is a LEGO in-store promotional so you have to make your purchases at your local LEGO brand store for you to get this freebie. You may also want to check with LEGO Shop@Home starting November 25 for LEGO’s Pre-Black Friday deals. Stay tuned here in our Brick Show blog for more updates regarding this year’s Black Friday deals.