LEGO to Release Exclusive Lunar New Year Sets in China

The LEGO Group’s presence in the Chinese region is felt even more, now that they have announced the release of its first ever region-specific sets in China and the rest of the Asia-Pacific. The announcement was made during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) which opened Monday, November 5, 2018. According to Niels B. Christiansen, TLG’s Chief Executive Officer, “These sets are special. They are the first sets we’ve created to celebrate Lunar New Year and the first time we’ve made sets for a specific country or region. We hope they bring a lot of joy to children and the young at heart during new year.” This exclusive Lunar New Year sets will be available beginning January 1, 2019.

The LEGO Group’s CEO Niels B. Christiansen announcing the arrival of region-specific, exclusive LEGO sets in China.

LEGO intends to release two sets: the first set depicts a Chinese family gathering together for a festive Lunar New Year dinner in a traditional home. The build, dubbed as Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner, features the uniqueness of Chinese architecture where the minifigures included in this set underscore the rich culture of the people of China.

The LEGO Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner set.

The second LEGO exclusive Lunar New Year set celebrates the iconic Dragon Dance which signifies the Chinese belief for a bountiful year ahead. It features a Dragon Dance team composed of several minifigures in vibrant red colors and dragon printings, led by a costumed minifigure very much the same as that of the Piggy Guy from the LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 12 (71007). It was the perfect choice of a minifigure to be included in this particular set, considering that 2019 is marked as the Year of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac.

The LEGO Dragon Dance set.

We have no further details about these exclusive Lunar New Year sets, except for these images that were officially released by TLG. The funny thing is, these images bear confidential watermarks and were shared publicly by TLG themselves. In any case, these are pretty nice sets considering that these are first ever region-specific sets that LEGO made. So for LEGO fans and collectors that are outside of the Asia-Pacific region, the secondary market will be the only avenue in getting them commercially.

Here’s Your Chance to Build Your Own LEGO 60th Anniversary Commemorative Pen Holder

If you recall from last July, the LEGO Store in Taiwan offered a promotional gift to celebrate the brick’s 60th year anniversary. The limited edition LEGO 60th Anniversary Commemorative Pen Holder is a nice brick-built table or desktop  accessory that you can flaunt to show your love for the iconic LEGO brick. Designed by Hongkong’s only LEGO Certified Professional Andy Hung, this set was given away for free at the LEGO Store in Taiwan together with a qualifying purchase.

Commemorative Pen Holder

If you are impressed about this set as much as I do, and you are not fortunate enough to be located at this side of the globe, then you might be glad to know that you now have a chance to make your very own commemorative pen holder to deck any AFOL’s workspace. Thanks to the efforts of the Brickfinder and the support of generous LEGO fans, we now have access to the set’s building instructions.

Commemorative Pen Holder

You may download the building instructions for the LEGO Red Brick Stationary and Mobile Phone Stand right here. Though there is no parts inventory included, it is relatively easy to determine the parts you need. Just be sure to check each individual page for the exact parts needed. As a last note, be sure to check out the Brickfinder’s blogpost for the rest of the building instructions for other limited edition LEGO heritage builds.

Happy building!

 

LEGO Store in Germany Confirms Christmas Gift (40292) Promotional Set

When the LEGO Store November Calendar in the US was released earlier this month, I have to admit that I find it less appealing as compared to previous offerings. The month of November as far as LEGO stores in the US are concerned, seems to be a bit lackluster, with no significant promos to expect other than the usual Double VIP points and the promise of Black Friday exclusives. Simply said, it lacked the attractive gift-with-purchase sets that are usually given out once the holiday season begins. However, with the recent confirmation of the micro-scaled LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289) as a November promotional freebie in LEGO Stores in the US and at shop.LEGO.com, it looks like LEGO has intentionally omitted some of its promotional offers from its US November LEGO Store Calendar. While our attention was focused on the new micro-scaled LEGO Harry Potter set, the LEGO Store in China has revealed that aside from the Diagon Alley (40289), we can expect another limited edition, holiday-themed promotional set to be released anytime soon in the form of the LEGO Christmas Gift (40292) set.

Other than the LEGO Store in China, it looks like the LEGO Store in Germany is now reporting that the LEGO Christmas Gift (40292) is also their November GWP set together with the micro-scaled Diagon Alley (40289). As shared by Promobricks, their LEGO Store November Calendar flyers are now available to fans and with it, German LEGO fans can expect a month filled with nice freebies and promotional items. From November 5 to 21 for example, fans can have the Diagon Alley (40289) for free together with a single receipt minimum purchase of 80 Euros; and the Christmas Gift (40292) set from November 20 to 26. To add, there is also the LEGO Seasonal Penguin Girl (5005251) which first came to our attention last July. This collectible minifigure will be given away for free across LEGO Stores in Germany from November 22 to 26.

Image courtesy of Promobricks.

Now that LEGO Stores in China and Germany have confirmed the availability of the LEGO Christmas Gift (40292) will be available in their respective regions, I guess the obvious question is, will it be available in the US as well.

It’s difficult to say at this time, but it is worthwhile to note that LEGO has uploaded a page dedicated for the Christmas Gift (40292) set. There is nothing much to see here, however, the product blurb mentions that this particular set will contain 301 pieces and has a retail value of $19.99 as you can see below.

LEGO Christmas Gift (40292)

301 pieces; $19.99

  

Unwrap the perfect LEGO® Christmas Gift, featuring a decorated lid, foldable interior living room scene with 2 minifigures, tree, fireplace, chair and a toy train.

We just have to cross our fingers and patiently wait if and when this next LEGO holiday exclusive will be available in the US. Thanks again to Promobricks and their readers for sharing this info.

 

Target’s Exclusive LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358) Now on 20% Discount

Picking up retailer-exclusive LEGO sets are among the many joys of a dedicated LEGO collector. Sometimes these exclusives do not bear any theme name other than the LEGO brand itself, making them even more sought-after. This has been the case of the recently released LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358) set, an exclusive for retail giant Target.

LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358)

This set, already available on Target since the start of October, is normally priced at $19.99. If anyone interested in Bean There, Donut That (40358) has been holding off on account of the price, wait no more. Target’s just put it on sale. We’re looking at a 20% discount on this Target exclusive that knocks down its retail price of $19.99 to $15.99. That’s not bad at all for a small box set with 146 LEGO pieces and four minifigures. Speaking of minifigs, these set of four occupational minifigures are unique to this set and are not found anywhere else. Here’s a quick rundown of Bean There, Donut That (40358) as seen from Target’s website.

LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358)

$15.99; 146 pieces

It’s a bright and sunny morning – time for LEGO minifigures everywhere to enjoy a quick breakfast before work. Build the sweet and colorful “Bean There, Donut That” food cart and start serving sweet treats and hot drinks! With cool elements like a bicycle, a basket, a cute Dalmatian dog, and plenty of coffee mugs, there’s plenty of opportunity for fun and realistic roleplay! A great addition to your LEGO brick collection, get inspired by this creative set!

  • Build a Coffee & Donut Cart to serve breakfast!
  • Includes 4 hardworking LEGO minifigures plus a curious dog
  • Choose your favorite colorful donut from the menu – Yum!

Back when we first covered its initial introduction in September, we noted that this set had a lot of donut pieces and coffee mugs. Set 40358 will look right at home with LEGO City street settings, or any related City dining scenes or vignettes that you might be working on.

These New LEGO Stores Gave Away 500 Limited and Exclusive Minifigures

These past few months we covered the upcoming openings of several new LEGO stores across the country: new branches in South Carolina, Louisiana, New York, and more. In fact, some opened even earlier than were originally announced, and in the same LEGO Store opening fashion, some giveaways were handed out.

When new LEGO Stores in Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Metro New Orleans and in Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh opened their doors to LEGO shoppers last weekend, the first 500 customers of each were presented with commemorative minifigures to mark the occasions, and each is appropriately dressed for the location.

The Louisiana minifigure is a funky jazz saxophonist dressed in a green and purple outfit, the colors of Mardi Gras. His Pittsburgh counterpart is a hockey player, whose blank black jersey happens to share the home colors of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Both minifigures come in a LEGO Store Grand Opening foil pack with the names of the store locations as you can see from the images below shared by fans over Reddit.

Score. Grand opening swag. from lego

Exclusive figure for the Pittsburgh LEGO store grand opening from lego

 

In past LEGO brand store openings, the “first-500” welcoming gift had been a 3-pack of minifigures. With LEGO Stores now popping up all over like mushrooms, the cutting down to one is understandable; they even managed to match city themes. In case you’re wondering if they’re printed at the back, yes they are. According to those fortunate enough to grab their free LEGO swag, the backs of these minifigures are printed with the name of the LEGO Store where they were given away.

Of course, with the respective openings already over and done with, there’s no telling if there’ll be more of the New Orleans and Pittsburgh LEGO minifigures. They both were numbered in a 500 limited production run, so chances are, no. Perhaps somebody will eventually sell them for inflated prices online, but it’s up to you if you’ll keep an eye out for these or not.

LEGO Mosaic Maker Now Available to LEGO Fans in Japan

The LEGO Mosaic Maker is one of the most eye-catching and rare LEGO treat that any fan of the brick can experience. And though its end result is the LEGO Personalised Mosaic Portrait (40179) which is only composed of 1×1 plates, a 48×48 baseplate and generic brick separator, each boxed set is somehow unique in itself because it comes with the customer’s portrait photograph interpreted in LEGO tiles.

LEGO Mosaic Maker

The machine for LEGO Mosaic Maker is somewhat huge and also complicated, that there are less than ten of them around the world. But a LEGO Store here or there has slowly been getting its own machine in recent months. And its Japan’s turn to have their very own.

Indeed, the LEGO brand is already ubiquitous in Japan, and the inclusion of the Mosaic Maker makes it even closer to the hearts of LEGO fans in the region. In fact, in just weeks after LEGO set up a Mosaic Maker machine in their second branded store in China, another store unit was opened this week at the Yokohama Landmark Plaza.

Like its regional counterparts, the LEGO Mosaic Maker in Japan functions the same way: visitors have their photo taken in a booth, and the machine renders the image in five colored LEGO 1×1 plates to be tacked onto a large baseplate. It’s a visual feast as you wait for your picture to be printed, while the boxed set of mosaic pieces is slowly dispensed.

Pricing in Japan for the LEGO Mosaic Maker falls reasonably around big LEGO set prices in the country at ¥10,455 (US$93). This is still somewhat lower as compared to the US debut of the machine which cost at $129.99 a pop. That’s two significant Asian markets that now carries the exclusive set. Where else will it be showing up next?

Source: Retail News Asia

New Target Exclusive LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358) Spotted

Looks like Target has been getting some LEGO love lately. We already covered that they now have available a set of themed costumes from Disguise that are directly licensed from LEGO – bricks and minifigure bodies. As if that weren’t enough, there’s a certain set spotted that’s apparently a Target exclusive. The said LEGO-Target exclusive comes in a bright yellow box that calls to mind LEGO’s Plants for Plants (40320) gift-with-purchase set released last month. The LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358) comes in at 146 pieces and features an outdoor coffee-donut shop that would go nice with LEGO City sets.

LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358)

Word of this set was first spread on Reddit, and picked up on by LEGO news source and set guide Brickset. It’s said to be sold on retail at target for $19.99 but is also believed to be part of a later promotion. That “exclusive to Target” tagline on the box indicates that only the retailer has it, or there may be other sets with different packaging made available elsewhere.

This Target exclusive LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358) looks great with its shop stall, but is also a great source of donut props and LEGO mugs. It also comes with a bike and Dalmatian figure. The set’s simple but visually appealing design brings to mind similar minibuild vignettes from last year such as the Romantic Valentine Picnic (40236)Easter Egg Hunt (40237)Thanksgiving Harvest (40261) and Christmas Train Ride (40262) just to name a few.

You can try looking for this set yourself outside of Target if you like through the product’s DCPI, 204-00-0606. Otherwise, it’s time to visit your local Target store to see if they’ve got it stocked.