Last year, the summer seasonal LEGO minifigure, in the old house-shaped box packaging, was the Party Banana Juice Bar (5005250). The guy in the banana suit with boom-box was free with a minimum $35 LEGO purchase in July 2018. Now with summer returning and with stocks of 5005250 still left, selling these off becomes viable.
For LEGO minifigure collectors in the UK, their local Shop@Home has a little treat. They now have the LEGO Party Banana Juice Bar (5005250) aka banana-suit guy for sale. Forget the minimum LEGO purchase. UK shoppers need only pay £4.99 for this back-order seasonal minifigure.
Said line of minifigures, costumed characters in boxes shaped like buildings, is quite possibly phasing out. At least, that’s what may be inferred from the 2019 Easter Seasonal Chicken Skater (853958). Instead of a box-house, this chicken-suited minifig was in a pod. No new boxed seasonal minifigures were announced either.
If so, then any of these collectibles will become highly valuable soon. Replacing boxes with studier pods may be reasonable, but it loses the charm of the uniquely-printed “building packages.” For now, Party Banana Juice Bar (5005250) is available for £4.99 on LEGO Shop@Home UK.
It looks like there are more reasons to celebrate the 4th of July for LEGO fans in the US. As we know by now, the LEGO BrickHeadz theme is still going strong this year, especially with the introduction of its new line of 2019 seasonal sets. Thanks to Promobricks, we now have our first look at some of the official images of the latest LEGO BrickHeadz Statue of Liberty (40367).
FYI, hints of this new BrickHeadz set was first spotted on German LEGO retailer website, Brickmerge, where the LEGO BrickHeadz Statue of Liberty (40367) set is listed, coming in at 153 pieces. Like other BrickHeadz sets, this will most likely retail for $9.99 USD. However, what could be the main selling point of this set for LEGO fans is the fact that it mostly consist of those highly desired Sand Green pieces. Few LEGO sets feature this particular color such as its larger counterpart LEGO Architecture Statue of Liberty (21042), the LEGO Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalypseburg (70840) and the LEGO Minecraft Ocean Monument (21136).
Unfortunately, there are some rumors going around that this latest set will also be a regional exclusive, only to be available in the US in time of the 4th of July celebrations. There’s hope though since we have recently seen how LEGO ruled in favor of LEGO fans with regards to the availability of certain regional exclusives. So there is still a chance for avid completionists outside of the US to have their own LEGO BrickHeadz Statue of Liberty (40367) set after 3 to 6 months. We just have to wait and see if LEGO will follow through on its promise.
Thanks once again to Promobricks for the heads-up.
This coming Saturday, the “Star Wars” fandom gets to go crazy in an awesome good way again. After all, it’ll be May the Fourth, and there are plenty of related “Star Wars” events, stuff and goodies waiting. For instance, LEGO has a few promotions in honor of this fandom occasion. Even better, they’re starting early.
Let’s reiterate what’s available for LEGO Star Wars fans and collectors on May the Fourth:
- LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV (75244) – are you a LEGO VIP member? Rejoice! It’s on right now before the rest of the fans can get their hands on it Saturday
- LEGO Star Wars Battle of Hoth – 20th Anniversary Edition (75244) – size and scale shouldn’t matter as you recreate one of the highlights of “The Empire Strikes Back” with this set; it’s yours with a minimum of $75 in LEGO Star Wars products, while supplies last
- LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary Art Print – why gaze on digital-format artwork when you can have a physical media to display in your room? If you spend at least $35 on LEGO Star Wars products starting this weekend, this art print can be yours; if you have the Battle of Hoth (75244) you already have this; again, while supplies last
- Selected LEGO Star Wars products 2x VIP points – for VIP members, this needs no explanation
May the Fourth be with you on this new moment for celebrating all things “Star Wars.” We need something to keep ourselves busy until “The Rise of Skywalker” premieres December.
Last week we got our first good look at the upcoming summer releases for the LEGO Harry Potter line. Some of these sets are recreations of powerful scenes from the books/films. Others are apparent additions to a larger Hogwarts School complex outside of the micro-scale set. There were also other accompanying sets that weren’t previewed.
Now, we have official images of two more sets for this popular theme. One’s releasing when the others do. The other is an advance for the 2019 Holiday season, still eight months away. So soon we’ll have the funny-awesome Knight Bus (75957) from “Prisoner of Azkaban” and this year’s annual Harry Potter Advent Calendar (75964).
Knight Bus (75957) – $39.99/£34.99/€39.99
- 403 pieces to make triple-decker purple Knight Bus; removable roof for top deck and movable side panel for other decks’ interior, with sliding bed; includes minifigures of Harry Potter, conductor Stan Shunpike and driver Ernie Prang
2019 LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar (75964) – $39.99
- 305 pieces to create a variety of micro-builds to celebrate this year’s Yule Ball, Hogwarts-style; 24 gifts include seven minifigures, Hedwig owl figure, props for Hogwarts great hall interior furnishings, Holiday gifts, and a Hogwarts Express train; back of box has decorative backdrop for building advent setting
- Available early as September 1
One thing notable about the regional-exclusive LEGO sets for the Chinese market is the number of minifigures included. It can be said as characteristic of China, where there are a lot of people. Whether it’s an extended family gathering for New Year’s Dinner, or a team of dancers, these LEGO sets evoke strength in numbers.
That character is at its strongest with the third seasonal Chinese LEGO set, the Dragon Boat Race (80103). As stated, it depicts a competition between two dragon boat teams witnessed by onshore onlookers and a contest judge. With five members to each boat plus extras, there are 15 minifigures total.
We first got to see this set thanks to images from an online Macau retailer. Its official release is on May 1 but for disappointed collectors bemoaning its market-exclusivity, worry no more. LEGO has announced a scheme to make regional exclusives released after a certain period to be generally available after 3 to six months.
While it no longer includes its earlier-released brother sets, LEGO Dragon Boat Race (80103) will surely fall into the first batch of exclusives to see wider availability. It’s certainly a nice set, a great commemoration for the June 7 date of the 2019 Dragon Boat Festival for which the race is done as a highlight.
We can also thank Brick Set and eBay for these official images with which we can finally see the finer details of this seasonal set.
LEGO collectors in Asia might remember this year as the time LEGO went all-out in pushing Chinese-themed regional sets. I don’t think anyone who’s seen the Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner (80101) and Dragon Dance (80102) would forget how they look so easily. But they weren’t the only sets released.
Back when these Seasonal Chinese themed sets were still front-page LEGO news, there was actually a third set announced too. Unfortunately LEGO had images of the third one watermarked, so it’s been quietly released in Asian markets. Finally, a LEGO retailer from Macau has put images of the set online.
True, it now bears the watermark of DigiBee Macau, but this is arguably the first published image of the LEGO Dragon Boat Race set (80103). Aside from that, DigiBee offers no info on its price and piece count (not printed on the box). We can determine things from the art.
As visible on the main image, the Dragon Boat Race (80103) depicts two dragon boats with teams of rowers and a riverside viewing platform for audience and race officials. It has got the largest minifigure count for all these seasonal Chinese LEGO sets at 15.
Probable estimate for the release of this set on the Asian regional markets is from May to June. That’s in synergy with the real-life Dragon Boat Festival, which in 2019 will take place June 7. Again, US collectors must resign themselves to combing secondary markets if they want this set, seeing that it’s also regional-exclusive.
For LEGO builders, the second Sunday from now would be the prime time to make something decorative. After all, that’s Easter Sunday. One can’t help but assemble a bunny or chicken to celebrate the occasion. You can even try LEGO’s official Easter 2019 seasonal sets, like the Chick BrickHeadz (40350) or the Chicken Pod (853958).
But perhaps you prefer the more “traditional” Easter animal, the bunny. There was a BrickHeadz set (40271), but that was last year. Perhaps you’d prefer to just make one not from a set. But maybe you’d like a guide so you’d know what to do.
Then perhaps we at The Brick Show can help you out in our Shop. Newly listed in our current offerings is a nice LEGO Easter Bunny building instruction. It’s been graciously supplied to us by Build Better Bricks. If you think the 2018 Bunny BrickHeadz (40271) was too ostentatious, then maybe this you’ll like better.
As you can see on our Brick Show Shop, the Easter Bunny by Build Better Bricks is a no-frills construction. We have the bunny itself and an Easter egg. That’s it. It should be an easy assembly job. And the best thing is, the instructions for the build are free!
Go ahead and get an early start on your Easter LEGO décor by downloading the instructions PDF for the Easter Bunny courtesy of Build Better Bricks. Just add to your cart and check it out. While you’re there, have a look at our other listings.
We’re roughly getting to the middle of springtime this year. But thanks to a recent product announcement by LEGO you’d be forgiven to think that Christmas is coming again. Then again, it’s pretty much standard for the toy giant to start advertising their seasonal products ahead of their associated seasons.
So for the 2019 Holidays we can look forward to getting these cool large-minifigure hanging ornaments for your Christmas tree. As before, these licensed ornaments are officially manufactured by Hallmark for LEGO. They’re making large hanging minifigs based on “LEGO Movie,” “LEGO Batman Movie,” and “LEGO Star Wars,” the third one in line with their 20th Anniversary celebration this year.
“LEGO Batman Movie”
- Robin – Since Joker was made into an ornament for Christmas 2018, this is a natural progression
LEGO Star Wars
And there’s one original LEGO minifigure ornament not tied to any line or licensed property. Here’s Santa Claus:
These hanging minifigure ornaments are priced at $16.99 and will become available starting October 5. However you can now add them to your wish list at Hallmark’s official website, to reserve yours for that day. We can thank LEGO for letting us see what our Christmas 2019 might look like.
While the LEGO “Avengers: Endgame” tie-in polybag we just discussed looks to be available conventionally in Wal-Mart, another recently-introduced poly will actually be a promotional item as they’re wont to be. It’ll probably be the catch too, as a seasonal minifigure in a different package than the usual “hut” box.
By that we mean the LEGO Seasonal Chicken Skater Pod (853958). If you will recall, it’s a chicken-suit guy with roller-skate elements, and a pod with a garden and a skating rabbit. It’s easily one of the quirkiest seasonal products yet announced. LEGO might even be testing to see if they’ll make seasonal pods permanent.
That said, LEGO’s finally announced the promo details for this special poly. Starting Friday, April 5 to the 22nd, LEGO Seasonal Chicken Skater Pod (853958) is available free for any minimum LEGO purchase of $35. This applies to LEGO Store purchases and online on Shop@Home.
Having that last bit of information is quite helpful as there have been Shop@Home-only and store-only promos in the past. Now we can get this singular seasonal polybag from the best of both worlds. Maybe it’ll be a nice one-off thing or the first of something new that collectors can feel proud having one of.
Leave it to LEGO to try something different every now and then with their seasonal set releases. We tend to already know what to expect at specific times of the year. We usually get releases of seasonal BrickHeadz, occasionally accompanied by seasonal minifigures in boxes that double as their “homes/workplaces.”
Well, for the 2019 Easter season, LEGO has decided that the “hut” package for their seasonal LEGO minifigures may have run its course. Therefore, they’re changing the container of choice from house-shaped boxes to pods. This was discovered by a Slovenian LEGO fan on Instagram, who found the upcoming set in a LEGO Certified Store.
So, complementing the LEGO BrickHeadz Seasonal Easter Chick set (40350) this year is the new LEGO Seasonal Easter Chicken Pod (853958). As expected of seasonal minifigure names, what we have is a guy in a chicken suit. And because his container is a pod, he comes with quite the variety of extra stuff in it.
Chicken suit guy comes with two accessories: a golden trophy cup and a pair of red roller skate elements for his feet. His character pod contains a quaint little Easter garden setup…and a skating ramp, for the use of a white Easter Bunny piece with its own roller skate element.
We don’t have details yet on the Easter Chicken Pod (853958), such as its price and its release date. We’re also not sure if this is a one-off variation on LEGO’s part or if they’re ending the seasonal “minifigure hut” line, replacing them with pods.
But whether this is only temporary or the new state of things for seasonal minifigures, it looks pretty good from what we’ve seen. It also comes across as a big improvement in any case. Whether it’s a fluke, a replacement for the huts, or a new complementary seasonal line, we certainly won’t mind seeing more in the vein of LEGO Seasonal Easter Chicken Pod (853958).