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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Among the promos we got for LEGO’s Black Friday-Cyber Monday event last November were the expected Holiday seasonal GWP’s. After all, Christmas was just the following month – this current month, now. While the Santa’s Front Yard (40484) gift-with-purchase set was quaint, longtime LEGO collectors might have felt it incomplete. LEGO tends to give away two (not in-store) GWPs for Black Friday, but 40484 was all we got. There was supposed to be a complementary set, called Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ Living Room (40489). It never showed all BF-CM weekend, and isn’t being hyped this December. What happened to this GWP?
The Brick Show gives us the answer. Apparently LEGO decided not to make Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ Living Room (40489) available as GWP at all. For all intents and purposes this set may well be cancelled. According to their official statement, this seasonal GWP set failed to meet quality standards. That’s too bad. Looking at the build, you could join Santa’s Front Yard (40484) to its left (“outside” the window). It would make for some improvised modular dynamics. Given LEGO’s announcement, either we’ll never see this set released, or it might be revamped for the next Holiday season. We’re sorry you can’t join us this year, Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
We knew it. We told you so and it happened just like we learned it. Yesterday we talked about the LEGO teaser for what/who the 150th BrickHeadz set would be. The theme/franchise was voted on last year: “Star Wars.” The remaining question was who in the Galaxy Far, Far Away would be given a BrickHeadz depiction. Jedi Padawan/survivor Ahsoka Tano was the leading possibility, and now LEGO has confirmed it. Even better, good old Snips isn’t the only BrickHeadz scheduled to launch in January next year. We have Brickset to thank for this notable update.
According to them, there are four LEGO BrickHeadz sets coming on New Year’s Day 2022. There’s the milestone set #150, Ahsoka Tano (40539). Immediately following in product number is a seasonal personage for Chinese New Year, Lion Dance Guy (40540). Finally, the next two are cute paired doggie BrickHeadz Pets, namely the St. Bernard (40543) and French Bulldog (40544). But enough blurb. Let’s see them:
164 pieces | $9.99
239 pieces | $9.99
236 pieces | $14.99
237 pieces | $14.99
January 1 next year is shaping up to be a big LEGO launch day as to be expected. These new and upcoming BrickHeadz, with Ahsoka in the lead, certainly makes for a great milestone celebration for this particular LEGO theme.
Even as Black Friday-Cyber Monday goes through this past Friday to this Monday, LEGO’s continually laying out the future. We’ve gotten glimpses of what to expect from them early next year. Speaking of early next year that time’s also when a certain season gets its seasonal LEGO set or several. Earlier this November LEGO put up its upcoming Lunar New Year sets. One is missing however: the Chinese Zodiac Animal set. The year 2022 will be the Year of the Tiger. While a product listing isn’t there yet, we do have images courtesy of Promobricks.de.
Now we know that a LEGO Year of the Tiger (40491) Lunar New Year seasonal set is headed our way. The rather blurry image we have is courtesy of a Declaration of Conformity for Toy Safety Regulations 2011. We can check it out on LEGO’s servers here. Other than the blurry photo we have no other info on Year of the Tiger (40491). If it’s anything like this 2021’s Year of the Ox (40417), look forward to it being GWP per over-$85 purchase. We can expect LEGO to officially reveal this seasonal set soon, ahead of Lunar New Year next year. That’s February 1, 2022.
In case the excitement of the LEGO VIP weekend this past weekend made you forget: that was only the appetizer. The real highlight of November for shoppers is Black Friday/Cyber Monday. For the year 2021 that runs from November 26 to 29. LEGO’s November 20-21 VIP weekend had some special offers recurring for Black Friday. And of course, let’s not forget the LEGO Star Wars UCS AT-AT (75313) launching that day. We’ll also get new treats, some of which go active only on Cyber Monday. The Brick Fan got the scoop on a Cyber Monday VIP gift. LEGO Shop tells us the rest of it.
About that LEGO VIP item, it was spotted by The Brick Fan first on LEGO Shop Australia. They also posted the Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotions, seconded later by the rest of LEGO.com worldwide. What are we expecting this weekend? These:
- LEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber (40483) – GWP with the UCS AT-AT (75313), a Black Friday launch
- Seasonal set Santa’s Front Yard (40484) – GWP with LEGO purchases over $170
- Seasonal Holiday Tree – in-store GWP with LEGO purchases over $40
And here we have the LEGO VIP exclusive offers:
- Rewards Sale – vouchers and discounted VIP rewards starting Black Friday
- VIP Sweepstakes – VIP members can join, no purchases needed; chance to win 1 million VIP points!
Finally, these VIP offers kick in ONLY for Cyber Monday, November 29:
- LEGO Fleece Blanket – GWP with VIP purchases over $200
- $5 discount voucher – get with redemption of 455 VIP points (usual rate at 650 points)
Enjoy your Black Friday/Cyber Monday LEGO shopping! This too is but a prelude for the hectic Holiday rush, after all.