LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254) To Be Available in Barnes & Noble For Only 1 Day

After LEGO confirmed the release of the LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254) at Barnes & Noble stores last August, there has been mixed reports regarding its availability at the different branches of the said retail giant. There has been numerous anecdotal reports that the highly sought after collectible minifigures were put on display at some B&N stores, selling for $7.99. For several months, Barnes and Noble was mum about it, and has neither confirmed nor has released any official confirmation if ever these collectible LEGO minifigs were actually being sold already.

However, it looks like that Barnes & Noble has now finally broken its silence and gives us a definite answer on when the LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254) will be released in their stores. According to an email newsletter from Barnes & Noble, the company has now confirmed  that the much coveted minifigures will now be officially released on November 17 as a LEGO promotional – and only, take note, ONLY for a day. The following ad was included in B&N’s newsletter correspondence, as shared by Brickset.

LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254)
Image courtesy of Brickset.

Barnes and Noble’s website also provided several details on its other in-store only exclusives, collectively tagged as Explore the Magic at B&N’s Wizarding World Event.

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Thus on November 17, one day after Crimes of Grindelwald premieres in the US and UK, Barnes and Noble will be inviting guests to their stores for their Explore the Magic event, and it will be wise to expect that plenty of LEGO fans will rush to their stores on this date because of the release of the LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254). Bear in mind also that these minifigs will be given for free but with a price point of $75 worth of LEGO products purchased in their stores, and while supplies last.

Here’s what else to expect from Barnes & Noble on November 17:

  1. $10 reward card with the purchase of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay available (until Nov. 21)
  2. 10% off select Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts wands and wearables such as the Sorting Hat, Harry Potter Glasses, and Dobby Ears available
  3. Free WREBBIT3D™ Harry Potter Ford Anglia™ Puzzle w/ the purchase of a Harry Potter WREBBIT3D Puzzle available
  4. New Chocolate Wands will be 3 for $30 available (until year’s end)
  5. $1 Bertie Bott’s 1.2 oz Every Flavour Beans available

 

That list doesn’t even include other freebies that B&N stores are going to shower guests with. Also, in contrast to previous reports, the LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254) will not be available for regular purchase during this 1-day event, but will be accessible as a purchase promo.

I wish you all the best in bagging this one.

 

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2018 LEGO Ninjago Bricktober Minifigure (5005257) Rumored to be a Black Friday LEGO Store Promo

October has come and gone, and the Toys R Us Bricktober event has gone off without significant problems in the countries and markets that still have TRU stores. Stateside, LEGO collectors had to wait for other retail partners to carry the Bricktober LEGO minifigure sets, like with Barnes & Noble. Aside from the LEGO Harry Potter Bricktober minifigures (5005254) which were available on B&N, the other Bricktober sets were supposed to arrive in the US anywhere from this November to December; but when? At least we now have an idea on the general arrival time for the LEGO Ninjago Bricktober minifigure (5005257).

The latest word, as shared with fellow LEGO news source The Brick Fan, is that the LEGO Ninjago Bricktober minifigure (5005257), an assortment of four collectible minifigs, will be available on LEGO Stores as part of the expected Black Friday promotion. It is said to come free for every minimum LEGO purchase of $50, or while supplies last.

The LEGO Ninjago minifigures included in the Bricktober 2018 box set are “Oni Mask of Hatred” Harumi, Jay from the future, Mohawk and Kabuki Nya. For the moment, the Bricktober Ninjago being a Black Friday LEGO promotion, alongside the LEGO Seasonal Christmas Gift Box (40292, minimum $99 purchase) is a rumor until LEGO confirms it.

LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254) Already Available in Some Barnes & Noble Stores

It’s been almost two months now since LEGO made its pronouncement on what will be of their limited-edition Bricktober minifigure sets in the US, since they’re only for Toys R Us stores which have since been closed. At least one set, particularly the  LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter Minifigures (5005254), has been promised to be available in Barnes & Noble Stores, but since then no word’s come out on when.

Well, although LEGO hasn’t clarified the release date for the LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter minifig set, it doesn’t mean it’s no longer coming out. In fact, several B&N stores have finally been found with the set on shelves, just sitting there with no fanfare.

It was first thought that this Bricktober set is going to be available via a Barnes & Noble promotion. However, it looks like these highly sought after collectible is now found on B&N’s store shelves for sale. Buyers have noted that the Bricktober Harry Potter set came with a retail price of $7.99.

The LEGO Bricktober Harry Potter minifigures (5005254) include Madame Hooch, Professor Horace Slughorn, Dolores Umbridge and the Boggart in the form of Professor Severus Snape (in Longbottom’s granny’s clothes). In the US it’s a B&N exclusive, while other Bricktober sets such as Jurassic World, Marvel and Ninjago) are said to be released in LEGO Stores.

Elsewhere (aka where Toys R Us are still open), the sets are available as per Bricktober mechanics, added free with a minimum purchase (or bought separately). If you’re looking for more Barnes & Noble LEGO stuff, there’s also the Star Wars Kessel Mine Worker (40299).

Toys R Us Canada Announces Its Bricktober 2018 Giveaway Schedule and Make and Take Events

We know the spiel by now: Toy ‘R’ Us may be dead in the US, UK and Australia, but in several other countries life sort of goes on. In Canada for instance, under its current owners Fairfax Financial, its 82 stores north of the border continue to operate as normal. That means of course that the signature seasonal event traditions of the Toys ‘R’ Us brand remain alive and well. Seeing as September is coming to an end that would mean only one thing: Bricktober 2018 is still up and running in the country. From exclusive LEGO gifts to “Make and Takes”, it’s all good.

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Now, we already know what Bricktober LEGO minifigure collections are up for grabs in the remaining Toys ‘R’ Us stores the world over, but there’s still the matter of schedule. Canada has its own dates of availability for the sets, thus:

  • October 5 – 11: LEGO Ninjago (5005257)
  • October 12 – 18: LEGO Jurassic World (5005255)
  • October 19 – 25: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (5005256)
  • October 26 – November 1: LEGO Harry Potter (5005254)

Remember, each Bricktober minifigure collection can be had free with every minimum $75 LEGO set purchase at TRU Canada, once every week for repeat regular LEGO shoppers.

As for the Make and Take events, Toys ‘R’ Us Canada has two lined up. First is the LEGO Jurassic World theme with a Triceratops build scheduled on October 13. Next is the LEGO Harry Potter event with the famous Mini Flying Ford Anglia model slated on October 27.

These events run from 11AM to 1PM, with a max number of 150 sets allotted per every TRU Canada store. US shoppers need not fret, though. LEGO has already confirmed that Barnes & Noble is carrying the LEGO Harry Potter Bricktober set. There are also rumors floating around that the rest of the Bricktober 2018 series will be offered at LEGO brand stores around November or December. We’ll keep a close eye on that and keep you posted.

LEGO Bricktober 2018 Official Images Revealed – Availability in the US Confirmed

After the discovery of the LEGO Bricktober 2018 flyer in Germany, Toys R Us has released the official images of this annual collection of LEGO Bricktober minifigures giving us a closer look at what to expect from them. At first it was thought that the deal is just available in Europe owing to the sad reality that TRU stores in the US are now closed. However, a recent tweet from the LEGO Group suggests that these highly sought after collectible minifigures will also find their way in the US through other retailers. Furthermore, LEGO has previously announced via Twitter that the LEGO Bricktober 2018 sets will be available in Barnes and Noble stores, but later on clarified that ONLY the Harry Potter Minifigures Pack (5005254) will be available at the said bookstore chain.

Regardless of the venue, this is much welcomed news from LEGO regarding the availability of their LEGO Bricktober 2018 minifigures. It may be a bit challenging though to locate each of the minifigure pack in varying locations or retailers other than Barnes and Noble, and it would even be convenient if LEGO brand stores will sell them as well. But since these are exclusive and very limited LEGO minifigure collectibles, perhaps looking at it as a sort of a treasure hunt will make the search for them more fun and enjoyable.

For now, let’s feast our eyes on these official images and take a closer look at each of these LEGO Bricktober 2018 sets. A word of thanks to The Brothers Brick for sharing these images and to Brickfinder for additional info.

LEGO Harry Potter Minifigure Pack (5005254)

Expected availability: August 28 to September 2

This pack includes from left to right: Flying Instructor and Quidditch Referee Rolanda Hooch, Prof. Horace Slughorn, Madam Undersecretary Professor Dolores Umbridge, and Prof. Severus Snape as transformed by a Boggart.

LEGO Jurassic World Minifigure Pack (5005255)

Expected availability: September 3 to 9

This pack includes, from left to right, a long overdue Dr. Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum), Claire Dearing, Owen Grady, and a baby dinosaur with chicken leg piece.

LEGO Marvel Superheroes Minifigure Pack (5005256)

Expected availability: September 10 to 16

This pack includes a very nice collection of minifigures unique to Avengers Infinity War: War Machine, Wong, Tony Stark (with sweater showing a partially covered arc reactor), and Bucky in his new White Wolf garb. Among this pack, the last two is a sure grab for me since this is the first time that we will be getting these versions of Tony and the reformed White Wolf all in one place.

LEGO Ninjago Minifigure Pack (5005257)

Expected availability: September 17 to 23

Last but definitely not the least, we have a staple of the LEGO Bricktober series which is LEGO Ninjago. This pack includes unique Ninjago minifigs based on the show’s latest season. This set consists of: Harumi (with Oni Mask of Hatred), Future Jay, Mohawk, and Nya (in Kabuki disguise).

 

All in all, this year’s collection of LEGO Bricktober 2018 minifigure packs is a sure win, with each set containing unique and never-before seen minifigures that will surely catch the eye of the most dotting collector: Prof. Horace Slughorn, Dr. Ian Malcolm, and the Avengers Infinity War versions of Bucky (aka Winter Soldier/White Wolf) and Tony Stark (with his sweater on). Will keep you posted for any developments regarding their availability so be sure to keep us under your radar.