August 2020 LEGO Store Calendar Now Up With LEGO Super Mario Taking Center Stage

LEGO.com has released its digital version of the August 2020 LEGO Store Calendar, putting the spotlight in its upcoming LEGO Super Mario expansions sets and its next 18+ set, the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374).

Similar to its previous store calendars, there’s no virtually no mention of any in-store events and activities due to the current pandemic, but it doesn’t stop LEGO from giving out its offerings and freebies. Let’s take a quick look at what select local LEGO brand stores have to offer. Please note that not all LEGO stores are open in compliance with local laws and regulations.

Free LEGO Super Mario Monty Mole and Super Mushroom (40414) Expansion Set

August 1 to 8, 2020

If you recall, this expansion set was first officially unveiled by LEGO earlier in April as a pre-order gift for those who will get the LEGO Super Mario Stater Course (71360). And it’s nice to see that the offer is still up when you purchase the said base set from August 1 to 9. Needless to say, it’s a great way to expand your LEGO Super Mario adventure without paying for an extra buck.

 

Free LEGO Super Mario Super Mushroom Surprise (30385) Polybag Expansion Set

August 1 to 16, 2020

Here’s another incentive to get the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course – for a minimum, single-receipt purchase of any LEGO Super Mario sets worth $40 or more, you’ll have this polybag freebie thrown into your cart as well. Available from August 1 to 16, the LEGO Super Mario Super Mushroom Surprise (30385) polybag comes in at 18 pieces that adds another level of interactive fun in the Starter Course. As it seems, the LEGO version of the Super Mushroom is only found in these promotional freebies, except for the Boomer Bill Barrage (71366) set. LEGO is really making these deals more appealing.

 

Free LEGO Speed Champions Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo (30342) Polybag 

August 17 to 31, 2020

We caught glimpse of this freebie since last November and its nice that LEGO is now adding this as a promotional offer as well. This next polybag offering is the smaller cousin of the LEGO Speed Champions Lamborghini Urus ST-X & Huracán Super Trofeo EVO (76899) which was released earlier this year. So if you’re planning to get your next LEGO Speed Champions set, then it will be better to schedule your next purchase during these dates.

 

For LEGO VIPs: Limited Edition LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Phoenix Minifigure Sweepstakes

August 17 to September 6, 2020

The LEGO VIP Rewards Center continues its exclusive minifigure giveaway with this next offer following its Shazam and Deadpool Duck sweepstakes. The next LEGO Marvel SDCC minifig exclusive up for grabs is the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Phoenix minifigure, given away during San Diego Comic-Con 2012. For more info and promo mechanics, be sure to visit LEGO.com/VIP.

Other than the LEGO Super Mario sets arriving in August, we also have plenty of sets coming from various themes that are slated to make their debut next month. Besides the much-awaited LEGO Super Mario Nintendo Entertainment System (71374), we have other LEGO set offerings that AFOLs can certainly be excited for: we have the exquisite LEGO Ideas Grand Piano (21323), LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R (42107), and the LEGO Architecture The White House (21054) just to name a few. For more info on upcoming LEGO sets, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home.

So, what’s in your LEGO shopping list next month? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

The LEGO Ideas Grand Piano (21323) Makes a Grand Entrance

Its been a long time coming and thankfully, the LEGO Ideas Team has finally ushered in what could probably be the most sophisticated LEGO Ideas set as of to date. The LEGO Ideas Grand Piano (21323) has been finally unveiled, giving us a closer look at the intricate details and the complex designing that were involved in creating this musical brick masterpiece.

Coming in at 3,662 pieces, the official LEGO Ideas Grand Piano (21323) is the brainchild of musician and avid LEGO builder Donny Chen (aka Sleepy Cow over at the LEGO Ideas platform). Though the journey was quite long, the waiting time is definitely worth it. It took more than a year before we saw the realization of Donny’s vision for this grand masterpiece. Back in May 2019, the LEGO Ideas Team needed more time to review the Grand Piano when it was shortlisted during the LEGO Ideas Third 2018 Review Stage. It eventually had the thumbs up to become the next official LEGO Ideas set in September of last year together with another much-awaited approved set, the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street.

The LEGO Ideas Grand Piano (21323) is one of the many 18+ LEGO sets that are intended for adult fans of LEGO due to its aesthetics, sophisticated features, and the degree of complexity required in building the set. And what is cool about this set is that the LEGO Ideas design team managed to add music to this set through the help of the LEGO Powered Up app linked to its motor. The music will come from the app itself while providing a real-time interface in controlling the motor, and vice versa. Check out the designer video below for a closer look at what to expect from this next LEGO Ideas set.

The LEGO Ideas Grand Piano is expected to retail for $349.99 once it is available on August 1. Read on for the set’s official product description and press release. You may also click on the following affiliate link below if you wish to add this to your LEGO must-haves.

LEGO Ideas Grand Piano (21323)

Ages 18+. 3,662 pieces

US $349.99– CA $449.99– DE €349.99– UK £319.99 – FR €349.99– DK 2699.0DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

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Build the first-ever playable LEGO® Grand Piano!

Do you have a passion for music? Do you like to relax by focusing on a fun, hands-on project in your free time? If so, this incredible LEGO® Ideas Grand Piano model kit (21323) is just the creative activity for you.

Beautiful and playable
Feel the pride of building a sophisticated, brick-built version of a concert grand piano that you can actually play music with! Recreate the hammer action of each piano key, the moving pedal, and authentic details such as the propped-open top lid and fallboard. Turn on the motor and then you are all set to play wonderful music – select user play on the free LEGO Powered Up app to play the notes yourself or activate autoplay and just listen.

LEGO sets for your lifestyle
Take some time out and enjoy creating a LEGO musical masterpiece to display in your home or workplace. Part of a collection of LEGO building sets for adults, it makes a truly special birthday present or Christmas gift for yourself, the musician, piano player, or hobbyist in your life.

  • Drum roll please as we proudly introduce the first-ever, playable LEGO® Grand Piano! Experience the hands-on pleasure of creating a highly sophisticated LEGO concert piano model and then play beautiful music with it.
  • The LEGO® Ideas Grand Piano (21323) has a removable 25-key keyboard, authentic hammer action, moving dampers and pedal, and motor. Combined with the LEGO Powered Up app, you can play a tune yourself or automatically.
  • Revel in the authentic design details of this beautiful model, from the top lid that can be propped up just like a real grand piano to the opening fallboard and piano leg wheels, plus a height-adjustable bench.
  • If you are looking for a creative DIY project, this 3,662-piece model building kit is ideal for you. So, take some time out and click your stress away with a rewarding challenge that will leave you feeling revitalized.
  • The piano measures over 8.5” (22.5cm) high, 12” (30.5cm) wide, and 13.5” (35.5cm) deep when closed. A stylish item for your home or workplace, it also makes a cool gift for musicians, music-lovers, pianists, and hobbyists.
  • To power up the grand piano’s self-playing function, you’ll need 6 AAA batteries (not included) and the free LEGO® Powered Up app – choose user play to play the notes yourself or autoplay to listen to 1 of 4 songs.
  • Clear instructions to help you to build with confidence and really enjoy the process, even if you are a LEGO® newcomer. Also included is a coffee-table-style booklet about this grand piano set’s fan designer and more.
  • This LEGO® Ideas building set for adults is part of a collection of inspiring model kits designed for the discerning hobbyist who relishes an immersive, hands-on DIY project.
  • Since 1958, LEGO® building bricks have met the highest industry standards, which ensures they are consistent, compatible, and connect and pull apart easily every time.
  • LEGO® bricks and pieces are rigorously tested to meet exacting safety and quality standards, so you can be sure that this collectible grand piano model is as robust as it is beautiful.

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More LEGO Star Wars Sets Arriving in September – Now Listed at LEGO Shop@Home

After making their appearance on a German LEGO catalog earlier this week, LEGO Shop@Home has been updated to now include the latest LEGO Star Wars sets arriving in September, just in time for the holidays.

These sets also include a new take on the mammoth AT-AT, with this latest LEGO brick version of the All-Terrain Armored Transport now being the largest of its kind based on the number of pieces. This wave of new LEGO Star Wars sets also features what could be the most anticipated collection of LEGO Star Wars minifigures – the 501st Legion Clone Troopers.  We also have our first look at this LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar that features a new Christmas-themed Darth Vader minifigure. These and the rest of the sets in this 2H 2020 wave are now listed at shop.LEGO.com. Check out their product listings below together with their official images. You may click on the following affiliate links as well if you wish to add them to your LEGO wishlist.

Another thing that I find interesting about this wave of LEGO Star Wars sets is the fact that each of them will unlock new, in-game content for the upcoming LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga video game. We’re not sure exactly what these unlockable contents are, but it’s not far-fetched to consider that these may include a digital counterpart of the sets themselves that the player can use during gameplay. I guess we’ll just have to find out for ourselves come September when these sets are released. In the meantime, let’s enjoy these images.

AT-AT (75288) 

1,267 pieces | $159.99 | Minifigures include: Luke Skywalker, General Veers, AT-AT Drivers (x2), and Snowtroopers (x2)  

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Death Star Final Duel (75291)

775 pieces | $99.99 | Minifigures include: Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Imperial Royal Guard (x2) 

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Resistance I-TS Transport (75293)

932 pieces | $99.99 | Minifigures include: Vi Moradi, Lieutenant Bek, Astromech Droid, GNK Power Droid

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General Grievous’s Starfighter (75286)

487 pieces | $79.99 | Minifigures include: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Airborne Clone Trooper, General Grievous

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Knights of Ren Transport Ship (75284)

595 pieces | $69.99 | Minifigures include:  Rey, Knights of Ren: Kuruk and Cardo

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Armored Assault Tank AAT (75283)

286 pieces | $39.99 | Minifigures include: Ahsoka Tano, Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper, Battle Droid, AAT Driver Battle Droid

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LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (75279)

311 pieces | $39.99 

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Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor (75281) 

248 pieces | $29.99 | Minifigures include: R2-D2, Anakin Skywalker 

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501st Legion™ Clone Troopers (75280)

285 pieces | $29.99 | Minifigures include: 501st Clone Trooper (x3), 501st Jet Trooper (x1), and Battle Droids (x2).

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More LEGO Star Wars Sets for the 2nd Half of 2020 Revealed

While the digital version of the US LEGO Summer 2020 Catalog is already available, their print counterparts are now gradually rolled out to certain parts of the globe. It is already a known fact that these catalogs vary in content depending on the location where they are released. As such, we may get to see other sets that are not featured on other regional catalogs, and this is especially the case with what Promobricks shared about the new LEGO Star Wars sets slated for the 2nd half of 2020.

Courtesy of Instagram user timoandnando, we now have our first look at these LEGO Star Wars sets as revealed via the German LEGO Catalog for June to December 2020. Here’s a peek at what we can expect from these four sets.

501st Legion Clone Troopers (75280)

29.99 | Minifigures include: three (3) 501st Clone Trooper, one (1) 501st Jet Trooper, and two (2) Battle Droids.

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This set has been long overdue as far as the LEGO Star Wars fan community is concerned. First announced in April, this set is now listed over at LEGO Shop@Home and is slated to be released on August 1st.

 

Anakin Jedi Interceptor (75281)

29.99 | Minifigures include: R2-D2, Anakin Skywalker 

 

Armored Assault Tank (75283)

39.99 | Minifigures include: Ahsoka Tano, Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper, Battle Droid, AAT Driver Battle Droid

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Knights of Ren Transport Ship (75284)

69.99 | Minifigures include:  Rey, Knights of Ren: Kuruk and Cardo

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The only set in this list that alludes to the last film in the Skywalker Saga, the Knights o Ren Transport Ship now completes the roster of the enigmatic enforcers of Kylo Ren in minifigure form. If you’re a minifig completionist and wishes to have the all the Knights of Ren on display, then other than this set, you must also have or purchase the LEGO Star Wars Kylo Ren’s Shuttle (75256) where you can get Ap’lek and Ushar; the Sith TIE Fighter (75272) where Trudgen is included; and Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Fighter (75273) where you can get Vicrul.

 

General Grievous Starfighter (75286)

79.99 | Minifigures include: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Airborne Clone Trooper, General Grievous

 

AT-AT (75288)

149.99 | Minifigures include: Luke Skywalker, General Veers, two (2) AT-AT Drivers, and two (2) Snowtroopers  

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We had our first glimpse of this new brick-rendition of the mammoth AT-AT last month when Amazon Japan listed over at their regional shopping portal. Coming in at 1,267, this set is also expected to arrive on August 1st alongside the 501st Legion Clone Trooper.

Since these sets have made their way already in one of LEGO’s catalogs for 2H 2020, we can expect them to make their debut soon at LEGO Shop@Home. Until then, stay tuned here in our blogsite.

Note: We refer our affiliate links to LEGO Shop@Home. Any purchases that you make via these links will be a big help in maintaining our blogsite. 

New LEGO DOTS Summer 2020 Collection Now Available

LEGO has expanded its portfolio of buildable wearables and desk accessories with the introduction of the LEGO DOTS Summer 2020 collection. The first wave of LEGO DOTS accessories was released just a couple of months ago, and it’s nice to see that LEGO was quick to release another series from this theme.

Check out this latest addition by clicking on these affiliate links. Any purchases that you’ll make at LEGO Shop@Home via these links will go a long way in helping us maintaining our blog site.

Which of these LEGO DOTS Summer 2020 are your favorites? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Desk Organiser (41907)

405 pieces | $19.99

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Go Team! Bracelet (41911)

33 pieces | $4.99

Bracelet Mega Pack (41913)

300 pieces | $24.99

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Creative Picture Frames (41914)

398 pieces | $19.99

Jewelry Box (41915)

374 pieces | $19.99

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Extra Dots – Series 2 (41916)

109 pieces | $3.99

Magic Forest Bracelet (41917)

33 pieces | $4.99

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Power Bracelet (41919)

33 pieces | $4.99

US LEGO Brand Stores To Re-Open Starting Today

Its been almost two months since LEGO brand stores across the globe were closed due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic. As most of us were forced to stay at home for months, there’s a bit of hope that things are starting to enter the new normal, including among other things, the gradual re-opening of US LEGO brand stores.

The news came in via the LEGO Ambassadors Network, where three particular LEGO brand stores will be fully open to the public, with certain limitations and strict observance of physical distancing measures to be implemented. For example, the Pick-A-Brick Wall and Build-A-Minifigure are still not available in these stores, while remaining US LEGO brand stores will only be available for curbside pick-up of sets starting today. Just to be sure, you may inquire first at the LEGO store near you to confirm if your preferred set is currently available. Here’s the official announcement from LEGO via LAN. And as always, you can still visit LEGO Shop@Home if you wish to make your LEGO purchases online.

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Hi AFOL Community,

Select LEGO Stores are re-opening soon! We are complying with local regulations and providing guidelines to keep our visitors and team members safe. We have re-opened three store locations to the public and the following locations below have been approved to do curbside pickup as of this Wednesday 5/13. Please note that we currently do not have any of the new items in-stock that were recently released while we were closed and PAB/BAM will not be available at this time. Please check your local store page for current business hours or call the store before you visit. As you can imagine things are changing by the minute and this list could change. We look forward to greeting you back to our stores. Thank you for your patience and support!

Open Locations:

783 North Point, GA
743 Stonebriar, TX
778 Woodlands, TX

Curbside Pick-Up:

825 FASHION SHOW, NV
739 CHANDLER, AZ
769 ARROWHEAD, AZ
729 ONTARIO MILLS, CA
716 FASHION VALLEY, CA
846 HAYWOOD MALL, SC
755 CONCORD MILLS, NC
833 SOUTHPARK, NC
856 ST. JOHN’S TOWN CTR, FL
857 TOWN CTR at BOCA RATON, FL
717 SAWGRASS MILLS, FL
845 LAKESIDE MALL, LA
703 PARK MEADOWS, CO
711 COLORADO MILLS, CO
816 FASHION PLACE, UT
815 GUILFORD TOWN CTR, C
766 CHINOOK CENTER, CAN
779 OAKRIDGE, CAN
720 BELLEVUE, WA
787 ALDERWOOD, WA
836 SOUTH CENTER, WA
820 WESTFARMS MALL, CT
745 KENWOOD, OH
709 BEACHWOOD PLACE, OH
750 EASTON, OH
834 POLO PARK, CAN
701 MALL OF AMERICA, MN
768 SOMERSET, MI
705 CHICAGO, IL
749 ORLAND SQUARE, IL
900 GURNEE MILLS, IL
782 MAYFAIR, WI
714 WOODFIELD MALL, IL
713 NORTHBROOK COURT, IL
707 ATLANTA, GA
851 OXMOOR MALL, KY
767 CHRISTIANA, DE

UPDATE: LEGO Easter Bunny House (853990) Official Information Released

UPDATE: LEGO Shop@Home has been updated once again and it turns out, the LEGO Easter Bunny House (853990) will not be a promotional, gift-with-purchase set like we initially thought. It will go on retail for $7.99 and will be available starting February 1. Read on for the set’s official description as published by LEGO.

LEGO Easter Bunny House(853990)

Celebrate Easter with this fun LEGO® Iconic Easter Bunny House (853990) construction kit for ages 6 and up. The egg-shaped house packaging doubles up as a festive decoration, and it comes with a to/from card, making it an ideal festive gift. Great for display and creative play, the set includes a buildable chicken house, featuring a removable tray to collect the chicken’s egg elements, scooter for the cute Easter Bunny minifigure to ride, plus a brick-built carrot and plants. Enjoy!

  • Enjoy a very happy Easter with this LEGO® Iconic Easter Bunny House, featuring a buildable chicken house, scooter and plants, an Easter Bunny minifigure and chicken figure for display and creative play.
  • This 57-piece building toy has egg-shaped house packaging which doubles up as a colorful, festive decoration. It comes with a to/from card to complete an ideal Easter gift for LEGO® fans aged 6 and up.
  • The chicken house measures more than 1” (4cm) high, 1” (5cm) wide and 1” (4cm) deep, a nice size to slip into a child’s backpack with other builds, minifigure and accessories, ready for play wherever they go.

LEGO servers have been updated once again, revealing another gift-with-purchase (GWP) set to watch out for some time this spring. It has been customary with LEGO to release a GWP set to mark the Easter celebration, and thankfully we now have our first look at what’s in store for this year. Check out these official images of the LEGO Easter Bunny House (853990) seasonal GWP set.

LEGO Easter Bunny (853990)

If you recall from two years ago, LEGO has released a similar promotional item in the form of the LEGO Easter Bunny Hut (5005249) which was released in  March, 2018. And it seems that the customed Easter Bunny Guy will have his female counterpart from the LEGO Easter Bunny (853990) set.

Other than the fact that the LEGO Easter Bunny Girl minifigure that comes with this latest GWP is the first of its kind, this deal freebie also comes with several LEGO pieces that are appealing. That scooter is definitely a nice give-away plus that chicken figure.

We don’t have the details nor the specifics yet on how we can avail of this promo, but we can bet that more info will most probably come at the on or before the end of this month especially when the February LEGO Store Calendar comes out. In the meantime, be sure to check out our first GWP set of the year which is the LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408) which will be available from January 24 to February 9. Just be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home to update your cart with the necessary qualifying purchases.

LEGO Nominated Once Again For Toy of the Year 2020

Its that time of the year when America gets to vote for its Toy of the Year Awards, and for this year LEGO is once again at the forefront of The Toy Association’s annual roster of top toys for 2020. Unlike last year when LEGO was able to secure nominations for nine of its sets, for the Toy of the Year 2020, LEGO is now down to five finalists. Nevertheless, its no small feat to be included in this roster of nominees with TOTY being considered as the grandest, and most celebrated toy awards in the US.

If you want to support LEGO and their nominated sets, be sure to head over at ToyAwards.org to cast your vote. Votes will be accepted until January 5, 2020, and the winners for each of the categories will be revealed during the TOTY Awards gala on February 21, 2020, at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.

Toy of the Year 2020

Construction Toy of the Year

LEGO City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control (60228)

Toy of the Year 2020

Young space explorers get a treat with a NASA-inspired rocket launch set. The set features a modular, multi-stage rocket with cockpit, booster and payload storage modules, and a monorail system with stops at the rocket, a launchpad with opening tower arms, and a launch control tower with a countdown function.

LEGO Marvel Superheroes Iron Man Hall of Armor (76125)

 

Toy of the Year 2020

The best selling LEGO Marvel construction set from Avengers: Endgame and throughout 2019. Includes 6 Marvel Universe minifigures. Features an Iron Man lab with detachable modules that can be combined and stacked in many different ways to create alternative play experiences.

 

Specialty Toy of the Year

LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319)

This LEGO recreation of the café TV studio set includes the iconic seating area with couch, armchair and 2 chairs, stage for musical performances, extra seats and tables, entrance doors, 2 TV studio light rigs and more. Includes minifigures of the six main characters and Gunther, each come with accessories.

LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810)

This Byers’ house model features authentic details from the hit Netflix original series. The model can physically flip between the real world and The Upside Down where all the rooms from the real-world model have a dark, vine-covered look. Set also includes Chief Jim Hopper’s police truck, minifigures, and accessories.

 

STEM/STEAM Toy of the Year

LEGO BOOST Star Wars Droid Commander (75253)

Become a LEGO® Star Wars™ BOOST Droid Commander as you build, code, and play your way through challenging missions with amazing droids! Download the free LEGO BOOST Star Wars app and build lovable astromech droid R2-D2, a Gonk droid and a Mouse droid to solve over 40 challenging missions.

I Scream, You Scream, We Want LEGO NeopoliTim

Its typically hot from where I am as I’m putting together my thoughts on this one – and I have to say that looking at this mouth-watering custom LEGO minifig creation from Craig Kyle really hits the sweet spot! Well, I’m talking about his superbly done custom LEGO NeopoliTim minifigure which he designed in partnership with Citizen Brick.

LEGO NeopoliTim

I may not be fortunate enough to receive a custom LEGO Neopolitim due to geographical limitations, but knowing how hundreds of these little ice cream guys ended being sold out in just an hour and a half, speaks volumes about their luscious appeal.

LEGO NeopoliTim

The packaging itself is both charming and clever, with little Tim being placed conveniently inside a premium ice cream cup. If looking at the packaging ramps up your sweet cravings, then wait until you open the lid. As you can see, our little ice cream guy comes in already assembled while held securely inside by an “ice cream printed” cardboard. I swear at first glance that I easily confused it for the real thing.

LEGO NeopoliTim

If seeing its packaging both inside and out is not enough to put your ice cream cravings in overdrive, then perhaps seeing the entirety of this custom LEGO NeopoliTim minifigure will do trick. His upper torso, including the headpiece, comes in with a liberal amount of strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream printing. And mind you, he’s generously printed on all sides. The legs were also cleverly designed which serves as a cone base for the ice cream-laden minifig. The lego print has a waffle-like pattern that compliments the overall lusciousness of our little ice cream guy.

LEGO NeopoliTim

And as a rather humorous tribute to our NeopoliTim, Craig also throws in a nanofigure of the same design that serves as Tim’s serving of the famous 3-in-1 ice cream. He also has a scoop accessory to go along with it. If you want Tim to be displayed alongside your LEGO CMF such as the recently released Series 19, then Craig also included a genuine LEGO minifig stand, custom-printed with NeopoliTim’s name on it.

The attention to detail and clever designing that went to this custom minifigure is surely to impress even the most seasoned LEGO minifigure designer. As of now, Craig’s custom LEGO NeopoliTim is already sold out, but I do hope he has plans of coming up with a new batch very soon. To keep you posted on if and when this ice cream guy will be rolling back again, you may keep tabs on Craig’s Instagram account or through his website at LemonScentedNinja.com.

Now, where did I put that ice cream scoop of ours…?

Give Your Bricks A New Home With LEGO Replay

The LEGO Group launches a new initiative that aims not only to support the company’s sustainability program but more so, to share the joy of playing and learning using LEGO bricks. Dubbed as LEGO Replay, this program intends to collect pre-owned LEGO bricks and sets, and have them donated to schools and children who will benefit from LEGO’s creative system of play. The program is initially available in the US, but I’m hoping that the love for the brick will gradually make its way in schools across other countries.

Here’s a short video on how LEGO Replay works followed by an official press release.

The LEGO Group to pilot new program LEGO® Replay in the United States

Check the attic and basement: Replay will take any previously used LEGO bricks and donate them to children’s non-profits across the country

October 8, 2019: Today, The LEGO Group announced the launch of LEGO® Replay, a pilot program that will accept any and all previously used LEGO bricks and donate them to children’s non-profits in the United States. The effort is a collaboration with Give Back Box, Teach For America, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.

The process is simple: collect any loose LEGO bricks, sets, or elements, place them into a cardboard box, and visit www.lego.com/replay to print out a free UPS shipping label. The package will be sent to the Give Back Box facility, where each brick will be sorted, inspected by hand, and given a rigorous cleaning. This process is possible because LEGO bricks are made from high-quality, durable materials, designed to be used for generations.

“We know people don’t throw away their LEGO bricks,” said Tim Brooks, Vice President, Environmental Responsibility at the LEGO Group. “The vast majority hand them down to their children or grandchildren. But others have asked us for a safe way to dispose of or to donate their bricks. With Replay, they have an easy option that’s both sustainable and socially impactful.”

Brooks and his team spent the past three years working on the project to ensure the process met the highest quality and safety standards and adhered to U.S. regulations. They then connected with Give Back Box, a charity dedicated to “recycling” 11 million tons of unused clothing, footwear, and other textiles that end up in U.S. landfills each year.

“I am excited to join the LEGO Group in this pilot program,” said Monika Wiela, founder of Give Back Box. “Growing up in Poland, I didn’t have many toys as a child, so this collaboration is rather personal for me. What’s better than giving a child the gift of play? For us, the number of donations we receive is critical to a successful campaign, so we’ve made it as easy as possible for folks at home to send in their idle bricks.”

Teach For America will receive the majority of the elements and will provide them to thousands of classrooms across the country.

“Learning through play can have a tremendous impact on a child’s cognitive development. Through play, children develop fine motor skills, think creatively, and can learn how to problem solve through teamwork,” said Susan Asiyanbi, Teach For America’s chief operating and program officer. “But not everyone has access to such resources. LEGO Replay, and the instructional resources they provide educators, will help give more students access to this opportunity.”

Bricks will also be sent to Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston for their after-school programs. Both non-profits can expect to receive the first shipments in November 2019. Once the pilot is complete in spring 2020, the LEGO Group will evaluate a possible expansion of the program.

LEGO Replay is one of the many sustainable and philanthropic efforts the LEGO Group has announced in the past year. Recent efforts include Plants from PlantsLEGO Braille Bricks and LEGO Audio & Braille Instructions.