April 1 LEGO Set Launch, Seasonal Promo Roundup

It’s a new month today, four months now into 2022. That makes it the first of April, but we’re not pulling any April Fools gag here. After all, the first day of every month is LEGO set launch day. Thanks to The Brick Fan, we’ve got this recap of April 1 new LEGO set releases for easy reference. It’s not exactly expansive, but that means we’ll go over them quickly. You can also check the links for our features on some of the sets below:


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Creator Expert

Infinity Saga
  • Endgame Battle Accessory Pack (40525)

Mech Armor

  • Spider-Man & Green Goblin Mech Battle (76219)

Thor: Love and Thunder

The April 1st launch window isn’t quite beefy product-wise, like we already said. Still, there are enough new sets available now to purchase and get the seasonal promotions on top. In the run-up to the Easter holidays LEGO has your choice of cute bunnies or cute hatchling chicks:

  • Creator Easter Bunny (30583) – minimum LEGO purchase of $40

Both these Easter seasonal sets are available for promotion until, anticlimactically, April 16. That’s because Easter Sunday April 17 serves as the mid-month LEGO launch date for April 2022. We’ll touch upon the sets scheduled to come out then, when the time comes.

2022 LEGO Easter Seasonal GWP (40527) Available Early at Certified Stores in Australia

While LEGO keeps to a timetable in launching their newest upcoming sets, it doesn’t always happen without any deviations. Sometimes some sets or GWPs would be delayed in coming or never show up at all. Conversely, these items might appear on store shelves before their official launch date as given by LEGO. This could happen even in certified or branded LEGO Stores. We even touched on one such case of early availability not long ago. As it happens, a new seasonal GWP set for this year has popped up before its time, just Down Under.

Brickset has it that certified LEGO Stores now have available the Easter 2022 seasonal GWP has appeared in Australia. Said Easter gift with purchase set (40527) can now be found in several Australian certified LEGO Stores. It wasn’t specified however if these items were conventionally purchasable, or have their GWP pricing active. The GWP consists of a buildable Easter egg and two yellow chicks. It’s possible that the egg is big enough to contain the chicks once assembled. Under normal circumstances, LEGO would launch the 40527’s GWP period on April. For Aussie collectors though, they may have an early start.

Don’t confuse this with the purchasable seasonal Easter Rabbits Display (40523), which launched this February.

10-K Support: Norton74’s “Santa’s Cottages” Enters Ideas Review Stage (After Holidays)

We might be able to observe some trends in what product ideas are submitted and supported on LEGO Ideas. For instance, some submissions based on licensed IPs might be posted to celebrate said franchise’s milestone anniversary. These ones tend to gain 10-K support and enter review at least before the anniversary year arrives. For example, we have the Seinfeld set (21328, Ideas #36) from last year. It hit shelves three years after the 30th anniversary of the sitcom it’s based on. Other Ideas submissions tend to be seasonal, popping up at appropriate times of the year. This one gained full support later than the season it’s depicting. But it’s good.

Norton74, a LEGO Ideas 10K Club Member, got his build up to 10,000 supporters well after the Holiday season. It shouldn’t matter perhaps, if “Santa’s Cottage” is possibly announced before the Yuletide this year. This building set puts a modern spin on Santa Claus’ North Pole workshop. Still, builders will get a bright white reminder of where it is. It can be seen in the snowflake-covered trees, frost on the ledges, and the snowy surrounds. The cottage’s snow-white roof can be removed to easily access the interior, which can also be seen from the back.

Inside Santa’s cottage, two floors feature plenty of furnishings for jolly Saint Nick. Through the hobbit-like front-door he can sit down for meals. The dining room leads to Santa’s workshop at one end, and a fireplace in the other. Stairs lead up to his bedroom where he can rest before and after his toy-delivery runs. And do you remember how we mentioned the cottage being modern? That’s because Santa gets around in a rugged off-road vehicle. He shares his domicile with a husky dog and an elf apparently living underground.

2022 LEGO Sets Now Available this February 1

It’s the first day of February, 2022. This also happens to be Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the (Water) Tiger. Granted, seasonal tie-in sets by LEGO for the Lunar Holiday have already been available since mid-January. But since this is the first day of a calendar month, new LEGO sets are launching today all the same. There’s one new seasonal, but for a Holiday that isn’t until this coming April. A new LEGO Ideas also debuts, but the real meat of this release batch is LEGO BrickHeadz. Courtesy of The Brick Fan, here’s a heads-up of new LEGO sets available February 1:

LEGO Ideas #40: The Globe (21332) – age 18+| 2,585 pieces| $199.99

Seasonal Easter Rabbits Display (40523) – age 8+ | 288 pieces | $12.99

  • Stranger Things: Demogorgon & Eleven (40549)age 16+ | 192 pieces | $19.99

  • Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote (40559)age 10+ | 205 pieces | $19.99

Interestingly, double-character BrickHeadz set Woody and Bo Peep (40553) is supposed to launch too. Their product listing on LEGO.com US however is still marked as “Coming Soon,” but “Available” elsewhere (UK/Europe).

We’ll keep an eye on this and update our readers when it changes. In the meantime, Happy Chinese New Year 2022 LEGO Shopping!

Seasonal LEGO Easter Rabbits Display (40523) Coming Next Month

Earlier this week we featured a certain seasonal LEGO set commemorating a key occasion next month, but already available now. And from the box for LEGO’s Valentine Lovebirds (40522) we got advance notice of another seasonal set. If you noticed that it involves building two animals like 40522, then we’re all onto something. The same deal also applies to some of the newest LEGO BrickHeadz sets launching at the start of February. That coincidentally is also when this seasonal set will become available. As shared by The Brick Fan, LEGO.com now has an online listing for Easter Rabbits Display (40523).

Two Easter Bunnies on a flower field with Easter Eggs galore await collectors who want LEGO’s seasonal set 40523. The fact that there are two bunnies, just as there are two lovebirds, hearkens to LEGO’s “Build Together” campaign. Two main set pieces (bunnies/lovebirds) can be assembled by two builders. which they can combine in the setting base afterwards. It’s even simpler with the upcoming BrickHeadz featuring two buildable character figures making a pair. You might get to experience this “building-together” atmosphere too when Easter Rabbits Display (40523) launches February 1.

Easter Rabbits Display (40523)

288 pieces | $12.99 | coming February 1

Celebrate the Easter season with this adorable LEGO® Easter Rabbits Display (40523) building kit. The set features a white bunny and a light brown bunny sitting together in a spring meadow. The 5 colorful Easter eggs and 3 tulips complete the scene and can be displayed however you choose. Discover the new-for-2022 transparent pink opalescent element included on 1 of the eggs for an extra sweet touch to delight LEGO fans.

LEGO Seasonal Set Valentine Lovebirds (40522) Now Available

We wish a belated Happy New Year to our readers here in The Brick Show. And with that out of the way, let’s get right into what’s new with LEGO this 2022. In this early part of the New Year we have special occasions that warrant seasonal LEGO set releases. One traditional event to look forward to is Valentine’s Day next month. As expected, LEGO already has its relevant seasonal set ready in advance. In fact the item’s available now on LEGO.com online. The set box also gives us a nice advance hint on what more to expect later on.

Courtesy of The Brick Fan, we present LEGO’s Valentine’s Day 2022 seasonal set, Valentine Lovebirds (40522). Just about 298 pieces are all you need to make some cute brick-built lovebird parrots in a valentine motif. We get colorful simplicity in the same mold as many other seasonal LEGO sets at just $12.99 a box. LEGO’s giving lovey-dovey collectors a great head-start for their Valentine’s Day shopping, making 40522 available now. So why not shop early for February 14 by getting this set now? In addition, you’ll even get a sneak peek at the next notable seasonal LEGO set for 2022.

Remember the BrickHeadz Buzz Lightyear set (40552) spotted on LEGO.com Malaysia last mid-December? At the back of the box LEGO showed off its follow-up: a two- BrickHeadz bundle of Woody and Bo Peep (40553). LEGO’s Valentine Lovebirds (40522) does much the same thing. Expect the 2022 Easter seasonal, Easter Bunnies (40523) sometime in February/March, depending on when 40-day Lent starts.

Valentine Lovebirds (40522)

298 pieces | $12.99

Delight your loved ones with this romantic LEGO® Valentine Lovebirds 40522 building kit. The adorable lovebirds sit on a branch decorated with pink hearts and flowers, while the big red heart symbolizes their love. This sweet set is the perfect way to express love for your Valentine and makes a great anytime gift for a special person.

Seasonal Easter Bunnies (40523) inset

Clearer Images of LEGO Seasonal Year of the Tiger (40491) Coming 2022

We at The Brick Show are always appreciative of our various sources for LEGO news and info. And when new resources on all things LEGO appear, all better for variety. For example, earlier this month we found images of 2022 LEGO polybags from brickdex.io, a recently-launched German price comparison site. Earlier still, as November 2021 ended we got official word from LEGO for their next Chinese Zodiac seasonal set. However, being a toy-safety declaration, that document sported only a grainy image of Year of the Tiger (40491). Thanks to brickdex, we have clearer official images.

So here we have it, the LEGO seasonal Chinese Zodiac set for Year of the Tiger (40491) in 2022. Also revealed is the number of pieces absent from the box: 193. Beyond that tidbit and the pictures, we still know little about the set especially in terms of the GWP price threshold. Much like its predecessors, this LEGO zodiac tiger may well be a gift with purchase. Previous sets had an average $80/85 and above minimum total LEGO purchase to acquire. A popular theory from The Brick Fan proposes that for Year of the Tiger, the GWP threshold would be $88. In Chinese culture, the number 8 is lucky; double the 8, double the luck.

That is just some speculation, but everything else about LEGO Year of the Tiger (40491) mentioned above is real. We can expect this set to be slotted into the upcoming January 2022 LEGO Store Calendar. Just keep watching this space.

LEGO Creator Skiing Santa Still Active In-Store GWP in UK, Europe Until Dec. 24

When it came to special offers in the vein of GWPs, the December 2021 LEGO Store Calendar was…sparse. Only one item was listed there, and only available in-store instead of online. That would be a Creator polybag with the figure of a jolly Skiing Santa Claus (30580). It could be earned free for every in-store LEGO purchase over $40, from December 1 to 14. Well, that promo period has come and gone since last week, at least in the US. As Brick Fanatics tells it however, Skiing Santa Claus is still around in Europe. And he’s staying until Christmas Eve.

Indeed, it can be seen as such in the Offers & Sale page of LEGO.com for GB. Creator Skiing Santa Claus (30580) remains active in-store GWP not just in the UK but Europe too. As with the now-ended US edition, the buildable figure polybag is earned with in-store LEGO purchases over 40. That’s in pounds or euros depending on where. It also goes hand-in-hand with the full seasonal set Santa’s Front Yard (40484). This similarly long-running GWP goes for both in-store and online orders over £170/€170. Both it and Skiing Santa are available right until December 24, quite appropriate enough.

Never-Released GWP Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ Living Room Getting High Bids on eBay

In this day and age, when a product never gets an official launch, it may still be available elsewhere. Maybe it’s because the item/s are a limited-run free giveaway to a select few. The LEGO employee Christmas gift-sets spring to mind. Maybe the product launch was cancelled for certain production issues. That won’t stop said items from landing elsewhere, like eBay, where they fetch high online prices. As it turns out, that just happened to a certain seasonal holiday LEGO GWP supposed to run this December. Brick Fanatics has it that Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ Living Room (40489) is worth double-digit dollars in online aftermarket.

Believe it or not, the aforementioned Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ Living Room GWP (40489) is now around $735 on eBay. The online listing of this unreleased set has been flooded with bids. All identities are protected by eBay due to the item being privately listed. If this keeps up, this unfortunate GWP could become one of the priciest LEGO sets yet auctioned in that platform.

The official LEGO statement cancelling Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ Living Room (40489) only stated quality issues as reason. Brick Fanatics theorizes that the “quality issue” might be the Santa minifig. Not only is he carrying a “Naughty List,” his facial expression also seems sour. Santa carried a “Nice List” on Santa’s Sleigh (40499), possibly making this GWP complementary. Whatever the reason, 40489 never went active this December. LEGO reran Santa’s Front Yard (40484) GWP instead.

LEGO Employee Gift 2021 Also Celebrates 10 Years of Ninjago

Every year-end Holiday season, LEGO employees have something to look forward to beyond bonuses and benefits. They get to bring home for free a product from their own hard work, manufactured specifically for the occasion. And in addition to commemorating the gift-giving season, these employee gift sets also celebrate any current theme milestone anniversary. Earlier this week Thomas Andreasen, co-creator of LEGO Ninjago, posted his gift on social media. As confirmed by Brick Fanatics (and made obvious by the revealer), the 2021 LEGO employee gift celebrates Ninjago’s first decade. It also posits how the Ninjago universe observes the Christmas Holiday.

As seen in Andreasen’s Twitter post, the LEGO Ninjago Temple of Celebrations (4002021) is this year’s LEGO employee gift. The set has 1,320 pieces and 11 Ninjago minifigures, including a Santa Garmadon. The back of the box contains a dedication from LEGO in eight languages. Andreasen also claims the set contains some of his written Holiday poems. He does add in a disclaimer that the set doesn’t confirm the existence of Christmas in the Ninjago setting. As always, a LEGO employee gift set officially goes only to employees. But Temple of Celebrations might be found on eBay and aftermarket platforms.