Easter LEGO Seasonal Minifigure Switches from “Hut” Box to Pod with Seasonal Easter Chicken Pod (853958)

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).

The LEGO Year of the Pig (40186) Promotional Set Now Available

2019 is hailed as the Year of the Earth Pig in the Chinese calendar, and LEGO is now commemorating this in its newest promotional set, now live across LEGO brand stores and at shop.LEGO.com. The LEGO Year of the Pig (40186) set is the next promotional item that you can get for a minimum single receipt purchase of $88 and more of any LEGO set or products. This promo has already begun yesterday and will end on February 7 next week or until supplies last, so it’s promo duration is kind of relatively short-lived.

The LEGO Year of the Pig (40186) comes in 152 pieces and is valued for approximately $9.99. Like previous Chinese New Year LEGO promotional, the LEGO Year of the Pig set features a comical, brick-built figure of a pig that comes with poseable ears, arms, and tail. The set also sports a unique 2×2 round, flat tile that represents a snout, which is a new for 2019 piece exclusive to this set. I also like the use of the 2×2 round, flat tiles for the pair of eyes which you can adjust for any kind of wacky expressions. The articulation on the arms adds a sense of humor and character to this build, though I’m not quite sure if the legs are jointed as well based on these images.

If you want to add this to your collection of LEGO Chinese New Year sets, then be sure to set your LEGO purchases throughout this week. LEGO has also released a collection of regional exclusive LEGO sets such as the Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner (80101) and Dragon Dance (80102).

Happy building and a prosperous New Year to everyone!

 

The LEGO BrickHeadz Seasonal Easter Chick (40350) First Official Images Released

Third-party German LEGO store site Brickmerge has updated its listing to now include a closer look at the second BrickHeadz set following this year’s Valentine Puppy (40349). Though there is no further description given, the images for the LEGO BrickHeadz Seasonal Easter Chick (40350) kind of speak for itself. Coming in at a vibrant yellow color scheme, the BrickHeadz Seasonal Easter Chick (40350) also has its share of interesting LEGO pieces. Of particular interest to me are the purple and yellow minifigure heads used for the flowers, plus the egg pieces that usually comes with these kinds of seasonal sets.

As mentioned, we don’t have any further information beyond these images such as the Easter Chick’s piece count and date of availability. However, we can expect it to come with a $9.99 price tag to be available sometime towards the end of February similar to previously released sets. The LEGO BrickHeadz Seasonal Easter Chick (40350) is also joined by other soon-to-be-revealed seasonal sets such as the Ghost (40351), and Reindeer, Elf, and Elfie (40353). The LEGO BrickHeadz Valentine’s Puppy (40349) on the other hand is now available at shop.LEGO.com just in case you want to take a look.

Thanks to Promobricks for the heads up.

LEGO Seasonal Penguin Girl Winter Hut (5005251) Minifigure Images Uploaded Via LEGO’s Servers

We’ve come to expect at certain seasons and occasions of the year that LEGO will release a new, costumed minifigure contained in a house-shaped box package. This usual setup has the dual purpose of having the box serve as a cheap background for play with the costumed minifigure. And if you recall from July of last year, we first spotted this on the wild. Since then, LEGO was pretty silent regarding this promotional’s availability. On Christmas Eve, it was noticed by eagle-eyed LEGO fans that the servers for LEGO’s websites now held the first official images for the latest LEGO seasonal costumed LEGO minifigure, now since spread throughout the rest of the internet. This is the LEGO Seasonal Penguin Girl Winter Hut (5005251), one last themed LEGO product for the soon-concluding holidays.

For a change, the product specifically calls the minifigure character to be a girl, though it would be relatively hard to tell minifig gender when they’re wearing a full-body costume. Anyway, the LEGO Seasonal Penguin Girl Winter Hut (5005251) comes with a pair of skis for equipment, with its box packaging depicting a cozy, Winter Hut facade. Here’s a look at its content courtesy of an eBay user.

 

It’s estimated that LEGO will start the promo for the Penguin Girl Winter Hut (5005251) sometime before the year actually ends. Most likely it’ll be available with a minimum purchase, the precise details to be shared to LEGO fans who have signed up for email alerts from their website.

Exclusive 2019 LEGO Asia-Pacific Sets – Images and Product Descriptions Released

After Toys R Us Singapore listed for pre-order two of the exclusive 2019 LEGO Asia-Pacific sets a few days ago, the same website for some reason, eventually took down the promotional, with the link supposedly pointing to the pre-order page no longer working as of this posting. Thankfully, LEGO has recently uploaded via its servers the official images of the 2019 LEGO Asia-Pacific sets, namely those of the Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner (80101) and Dragon Dance (80102). Prior to TRU Singapore’s removal of their said posting, Candid Bricks managed to take a snapshot of these sets’ respective product descriptions.

It is also interesting to note that news has been going through the LEGO Ambassadors Network (LAN) that mentions which countries these sets will be available, all of which are from the Asia Pacific region. These are: Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan. Since official images of these sets are already uploaded via LEGO’s servers then it could only mean that they will be appearing soon in certain regional portals of LEGO Shop@Home.

For LEGO fans that are not located in these abovementioned countries, then the best option for them to get these exclusive 2019 LEGO Asia-Pacific sets are from third-party resellers.  Unfortunately, prices from these resellers tend to be quite steep and inflated as compared from official LEGO stores.

These sets are expected to be released on January 1, 2019 with another region-specific set – the Dragon Boat Race (80103) – to be announced later on. Check out the following images below and official product descriptions.

 

Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner (80101)

Host a traditional Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner!

Join mum, dad, grandma, grandpa and the children for a magical Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner! Decorate the dining room with the Year of the Pig picture and the front door with the Fu sign to bring good luck. Enjoy a traditional feast at the dining table with all the family. Hand out the red gift envelopes and read the good wishes on the spring scrolls. Happy new year, everyone!

Role-play an annual Chinese celebration with this beautifully detailed LEGO® 80101 Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner set, featuring a house with a Fu symbol sticker on the front door, a dining room and a front garden. The dining room has a rotating dining table topped with a feast of traditional food elements, rotating minifigure chairs, family photo stickers, Year of the Pig sticker and buildable bookcase and TV. Create your own festive family reunion stories with the 6 minifigures, traditional red gift envelope and spring scroll elements.

  • Includes 6 new-for-January-2019 minifigures: mum, dad, grandma, grandpa, girl and boy.
  • Features a house with a dining room and open front for easy play, plus a front garden.
  • House features an opening front door with Fu symbol sticker, rotating dining table with 6 rotating minifigure chairs, minifigure armchair, bookcase with book elements, family photo stickers, buildable TV with screen sticker, and main window with red curtain elements.
  • Dining table comes with assorted printed traditional Chinese food and utensil elements including fish, chicken, shrimp, crab, meatballs, soup, vegetables, jiaozi, tangyuan, spring rolls, rice, rice cake and chopsticks & spoon, plus a bowl and 6 plate elements.
  • Other accessory elements in the dining room include 2 red gift envelopes, 3 spring scrolls, 2 vases with flowers.
  • The front garden features a path with paving stone elements and a green ‘grass’ base with flower elements.
  • Add even more LEGO® fun to your Chinese New Year celebrations with the 80102 Dragon Dance playset.
  • Measures over 3” (9cm) high, 11” (30cm) wide and 5” (13cm) deep.”

 

Dragon Dance (80102)

Recreate the Dragon Dance in LEGO® style for play and display!

Dance for good fortune in the Year of the Pig! Open the mouth and pose the tail of the colorful dragon. Dress up as a pig and carry the dragon ball in front of the dragon and the dragon dancers. Then turn the handle to make the dragon and dragon dancers dance and the dragon ball spin!

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with this beautifully detailed LEGO® 80102 Dragon Dance model, featuring a buildable dragon with an opening mouth, posable tail and dragon ball on a stick. Turn the handle to make the dragon and dragon dancers dance and the dragon ball spin. This colorful construction toy for play and display includes 5 dragon dancer minifigures, including the lead dancer in pig costume holding the dragon ball.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: a dancer in pig costume and 4 dragon dancers.
  • Features a colorful buildable dragon with an opening mouth, posable tail and dancing function, plus a rotating dragon ball on a stick.
  • Turn the handle to make the dragon and dragon dancers dance and the dragon ball rotate. • The dragon dancer minifigures are new for January 2019.
  • Add even more LEGO® fun to your Chinese New Year celebrations with the LEGO® 80101 Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner playset.
  • Measures over 6” (17cm) high, 12” (33cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep.”

Exclusive 2019 LEGO Chinese New Year Sets Now for Pre-Order at Toys R Us Singapore

UPDATE: For some reason (perhaps it was posted a bit too soon), TRU Singapore has taken down its pre-order link pointing to the 2019 LEGO Chinese New Year sets. For those who missed that window of opportunity, then you may want to keep an eye on this website or any other Asia Pacific online retailers.

By now, we’ve all gotten a good look at the official images for the latest major regional exclusive sets that LEGO has conceptualized for the Asian market. In their smart red boxes, Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner (80101) and Dragon Dance (80102) would make must-haves for the discerning LEGO collector. While the prospects of having these seasonal sets become readily available outside of China and its neighbors are still somewhat nebulous, Asian retailers are now gearing up for the rush. Case in point, the exclusive 2019 LEGO Chinese New Year sets are now listed for pre-order at Toys R Us Singapore to the delight of LEGO fans and brick collectors.

As can be seen on their official website, the LEGO Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner (80101) and Dragon Dance (80102) sets are listed with preorder buttons. The former is priced at $89.99 and the former at a more affordable $84.99, though whether that means US or Singapore Dollars isn’t clear.

With the celebration of the Chinese New Year being more “global” in observation than ever, it’d be nice if these 2019 LEGO Chinese New Year sets are more international in availability. The listing on Toys R Us Singapore might hopefully mean other TRU markets and other retailers in the Asia Pacific region may follow soon.

LEGO Seasonal Year of the Pig (40186) Set Revealed

About three weeks from now, the year will change from 2018 to 2019. And just over a month after January 1, 2019 there will be another year change, this one for the Chinese zodiac calendar. From the Year of the Earth Dog, it’ll be the year of the Earth Pig. We’ve been getting signs of the coming Year of the Pig even in LEGO sets, particularly the pig guy minifigure included in the Chinese regional LEGO set Dragon Dance (80102). But even mainstream LEGO is getting on the act with one 2019 seasonal LEGO set to welcome the piggy-ness; and thanks to Brickset, we now have our first look at this lucky piece of a brick-built set, the LEGO Seasonal Year of the Pig (40186) set.

As expected, LEGO has in readiness one new Chinese zodiac figure (40186) of the coming year’s Animal, a wide-eyed and plump pink piglet carrying the now-familiar yellow LEGO hóngbāo. The big guy’s even standing on a circular platform with growing veggies fit to go into a New Years’ pork feast.

Since this set’s immediate predecessor, the LEGO 2018 seasonal Year of the Dog (40235) was the first made available worldwide (after being an exclusive to the Chinese market), we can expect the Year of the Pig (40186) to follow in terms of availability, likely in LEGO Shop@Home. With this, six out of the twelve Zodiac animals have already been interpreted in LEGO, and with more to probably come in the following years.

2019 LEGO BrickHeadz Seasonal Sets Revealed!

Following the rumor that the LEGO BrickHeadz theme might be discontinued soon, LEGO seems to be testing the waters with its new collection of seasonal sets that are now revealed to be slated for release in 2019. Thanks to Hoth Bricks, we now have a closer look at these new 2019 LEGO BrickHeadz Seasonal sets, starting with a festive Party Clown, a Valentines Puppy, and a Dragon Dance Guy that marks the celebration of the Chinese New Year. To be exact, we have official images of the first three sets under this theme followed by a glimpse of other LEGO BrickHeadz Seasonal sets slated for 2019. Check these out.

 

LEGO BrickHeadz Party Clown (40348)

 

LEGO BrickHeadz Valentines Puppy (40349)

 

LEGO BrickHeadz Dragon Dance Guy (40354)

 

The back portion of box art for the Valentines Puppy also shows the rest of the seasonal 2019 LEGO BrickHeadz line-up which includes a Chick (40350), Ghost (40351), and what looks like to be a Christmas triple-pack that shows a Reindeer, Elf and Elfie (40353) collectively.

From the looks of things, LEGO seems to have pretty much laid out its plans for the LEGO BrickHeadz theme next year, and based on these set numbers, it looks like there are still more reveals waiting for these chibi brick creations. What do you think brick fans, are you happy on how these LEGO BrickHeadz sets turned out? Let us know in the comments section below.

2018 Hallmark LEGO Christmas Ornaments Features Joker and Lloyd

It’s December now, and thus merchandise themed after the Holidays are starting to dominate the shopping scene. The same goes for LEGO, with a variety of Christmas-themed sets already available online and in stores. They also have licensed collaborations with other companies such as Hallmark, which is introducing a line of LEGO-themed Christmas tree ornaments. For this year, Hallmark is proud to present its 2018 Hallmark LEGO Christmas ornaments for hanging on a Christmas tree or anywhere else needing some “bricky” holiday cheer. Both ornaments are shaped as large LEGO minifigures, each taken from two hit LEGO films, the LEGO Ninjago and LEGO Batman Movies.

The LEGO Batman Movie ornament depicts Joker himself, with his long, purple coattails and shark-toothed grin. His LEGO Ninjago Movie counterpart is Lloyd, dashing to action with his trusty sword in hand. Both Hallmark ornaments are just over two and a half inches tall, just the right decorative ornament size. Read for the full details on these new, 2018 Hallmark LEGO Christmas ornaments.

The LEGO® Batman Movie™ The Joker™ Ornament

Laugh your way through the holidays with The Joker™. With his shocking green hair and perpetual grin, he longs to take over Gotham City™ as Batman’s greatest enemy. Build on the excitement of “The LEGO® Batman Movie™” with this Christmas tree ornament that’s fun for fans of all ages.

  • Artist crafted by Jake Angell, this Christmas tree ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2018 in copyright.
  • With unparalleled artistry and exceptional detail, each festive and collectible Keepsake Ornament is made for years of celebrations.
  • From preserving precious memories to commemorating special milestones and interests, there’s a Hallmark ornament for everyone on your gift list.
  • Hallmark has been your family-owned creator of greeting cards, gifts, gift wrap, ornaments and more for over 100 years. We take deep pride in helping individuals connect in just the right way.
  • Plastic Christmas tree ornament is lead-free and measures 2.52″ W x 2.64″ H x 2.44″ D.

 

THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ Lloyd Ornament

In the LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™, young Master Builder Lloyd Garmadon (aka The Green Ninja) and his friends are on a quest to defeat the evil warlord Garmadon—who also happens to be his father. Bring home our Christmas tree ornament of the unforgettable hero to delight kids, LEGO® fans and aspiring ninjas of all ages.

  • Artist crafted by Jake Angell, this Christmas tree ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. 2018 in copyright.
  • With unparalleled artistry and exceptional detail, each festive and collectible Keepsake Ornament is made for years of celebrations.
  • From preserving precious memories to commemorating special milestones and interests, there’s a Hallmark ornament for everyone on your gift list.
  • Hallmark has been your family-owned creator of greeting cards, gifts, gift wrap, ornaments and more for over 100 years. We take deep pride in helping individuals connect in just the right way.
  • Plastic Christmas tree ornament is lead-free and measures 1.9″ W x 2.46″ H x 2.79″ D.

These 2018 Hallmark LEGO Christmas ornaments are both priced at $15.99 and can be purchased directly from Hallmark, or Amazon where discounts might be possible but not yet announced. If you prefer Christmas shopping in the traditional way, then Hallmarks stores also have them.

LEGO Shop@Home UK Discounts the Technic Line

The Holidays are almost upon us, and in LEGO online shopping that means special discounts on particular sets and the release of seasonal ones, usually added free with minimum purchases. And each Shop@Home has their own schedule as to when these special offerings start. These ones are for Shop@Home UK.

First, it looks like Shop@Home UK has put all their LEGO Technic sets on the discount list, each of them getting 20% off their regular prices. This is a prime opportunity to snag some of the Technic sets that have been labeled “Retiring Soon”; there are seven by last count.

Here are some of the best LEGO Technic sets to get by this 20% discount:

  1. Bugatti Chiron (42083) – £329.99 £263.99 HARD TO FIND
  2. Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) – £259.99 £207.99 HARD TO FIND
  3. 6×6 All Terrain Tow Truck (42070) – £219.99 £175.99
  4. Bucket Wheel Excavator (42055) – £189.99 £151.99 RETIRING SOON
  5. Extreme Adventure (42069) – £139.99 £111.99 RETIRING SOON

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Just the purchase of any one of these LEGO Technic sets mentioned above will be enough to get the seasonal LEGO Christmas Carousel set (40293), which goes with the minimum purchase price of £85. This seems to be the first Shop@Home to definitely tell how 40293 will be available for the Holidays, as Shop@Home US hasn’t announced anything yet.