The LEGO Movie 2 Trading Cards Promotional Now Live

LEGO has a new promotional offer that makes the LEGO Movie 2 experience more awesome. For a minimum, single receipt purchase worth $40 and more, you’ll get three free packs of the LEGO Movie 2 Trading Cards featuring your favorite minifigure characters in the film. Each pack contains four cards, including one special foil card. There are a total of 36 cards to collect. As of this posting, these promotional trading cards are not for sale, though shop.LEGO.com lists them with a $2.99 value per pack. Doing the math, it means that you need to get all 9 packs in order to complete this trading collection (which you can get if you make a total of $120 worth of LEGO products), and this is if you don’t pick up duplicate copies since they are placed in blind foil packs.

LEGO VIP members also get an additional perk in the form of a free collector album with purchases worth $15 and above. The LEGO Movie 2 Trading Cards promotional started today and will run until February 24, or until supplies last. Though this is not the first time that LEGO launched a collectible trading card series with the introduction of the LEGO Create the World Collectible Trading Cards featuring 140 cards in all, the conditions and time frame in which the LEGO Movie 2 trading cards are offered is somehow falling short. Considering that you need to spend more than a hundred dollars in order to complete all 36 cards, without duplicates, and only within a one-month period is quite challenging.

FREE THE LEGO® MOVIE 2™ Trading Card! (5005775)

Get three free packs of your favorite characters and collect all 36! Look for special foil cards in each pack. LEGO® VIPs can add the cards to their free collector album with purchases over $15! Each album includes an exclusive VIP card, details from the movie and quotes from the characters. Offer Details: Valid 01/16/19 through 11:59pm EST, 02/24/19 or while supplies last only; available on shop.LEGO.com and at LEGO Stores.

I’m not much into trading cards, but since this is a freebie then I have no complaints about it. However for completionists, getting all these cards might prove to be a challenge. For the complete line of LEGO Movie 2 sets currently being offered, be sure to visit shop.LEGO.com for more details. The LEGO Movie 2 CMF (71023) series will also be available starting February 1, so you may want to check out on this well.

 

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Where to Find The LEGO Movie 2 Benny’s Space Squad (70841) Other Than LEGO Shop@Home

It’s finally New Year’s Eve now, and the latest year-end gift shopping activities would be winding down now. Well, except perhaps for the LEGO buyers and collectors. There are lots of new sets debuting January first after all, and even several of them that were actually released early, like the tie-in sets for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Chances are, almost all the LEGO Movie 2 tie-in box sets that we previewed at the beginning of the month have been available since last week. There are a few exceptions though, like the adorably retro Benny’s Space Squad (70841) that throws back to classic-era space-themed LEGO minifigures like Benny. It’s appeal to AFOLs is unmistakable considering that this is the first time LEGO is re-releasing these classic Space minifigures.

This set is only on back order at LEGO Shop@Home, but some diligent searching online can turn up some early appearances for Benny’s Space Squad (70841). Amazon has it, and while it won’t be in stock until January 9, it’s still sooner than Shop@Home; but there are other, still-earlier listings.

For instance, both Target and Barnes & Noble have the set already available, certainly online and at some of their stores. Thankfully they have a zip code search so you can ascertain if your nearest Target or B&N stores have set 70841 already in stock.

Benny's Space Squad (70841)

The LEGO Movie 2 Benny’s Space Squad (70841) features the 80s LEGO spaceman/Master Builder Benny and his identical (but differently-colored) teammates Kenny, Lenny and Jenny. The film itself premieres February 8, 2019.

New 2019 LEGO Sets Released Earlier Than Expected at LEGO Shop@Home in the UK

In the lead-up to the Holidays we at The Brick Show we’ve been able to look at the cream of the crop that is the initial series of 2019 sets across LEGO’s primary theme lines and licensed properties. From the girls of LEGO Friends to the soldiers of LEGO Overwatch, there are new 2019 LEGO sets for any bona fide LEGO fan of whatever theme that suits their fancy.

Of course, AFOLs (who may have forgone Holiday sales to save up for the start of next year) must have been tightly wound up waiting for December 31 to become January 1 so they could start lining up for the new sets. Apparently, LEGO UK had other ideas and moved the new 2019 LEGO sets and their release date… one week in advance, before 2018 closes.

That means LEGO Shop@Home in the UK now has an insane number of new sets to offer for online shopping in the post-Christmas blitz. It’s going to be a pain on many wallets and piggy banks, but fans do seem to find ways. Here’s what’s on now for British LEGO fans for 2019, available one week early:

LEGO Friends (covered here)

  1. Emma’s Mobile Veterinary Clinic (41360)
  2. Mia’s Foal Stable (41361)
  3. Mia’s Forest Adventures (41363)
  4. Stephanie’s Buggy & Trailer (41364)
  5. Emma’s Art Studio (41365)
  6. Olivia’s Cupcake Café (41366)
  7. Stephanie’s Obstacle Course (41367)
  8. Andrea’s Talent Show (41368)
  9. Mia’s House (41369)
  10. Olivia’s Hamster Playground (41383)
  11. Andrea’s Heart Box (41354)
  12. Emma’s Heart Box (41355)
  13. Stephanie’s Heart Box (41356)
  14. Olivia’s Heart Box (41357)
  15. Mia’s Heart Box (41358)
  16. Heart Box Friendship Pack (41359)

LEGO City (covered here, here, here and here)

 

  1. Sky Police Jet Patrol (60206)
  2. Sky Police Drone Chase (60207)
  3. Parachute Arrest (60208)
  4. Diamond Heist (60209)
  5. Air Base (60210)
  6. Barbecue Burn Out (60212)
  7. Dock Side Fire (60213)
  8. Burger Bar Fire Rescue (60214)
  9. Fire Station (60215)
  10. Downtown Fire Brigade (60216)
  11. Fire Plane (60217)
  12. Desert Rally Race (60218)
  13. Construction Loader (60219)
  14. Garbage Truck (60220)
  15. Diving Yacht (60221)
  16. Snow Groomer (60222)
  17. Harvester Transport (60223)
  18. Police Patrol Car (60239)
  19. Kayak Adventure (60240)

LEGO Technic (covered here)

  1. Cherry Picker (42088)
  2. Power Boat (42089)
  3. Getaway Truck (42090)
  4. Police Pursuit (42091)
  5. Rescue Helicopter (42092)
  6. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (42093)
  7. Tracked Loader (42094)
  8. Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer (42095)
  9. Porsche 911 RSR (42096)

Now, this doesn’t mean that LEGO fans in the UK get first dibs on all 2019 LEGO sets. One theme did get early availability for the US too. But that’s for another update.

Amazon Australia Names LEGO as The Best-Selling Toy Brand During The Holiday Season

It’s now the post-Christmas period of the overall year-end Holiday season. As the days count down to the end of 2018, businesses and retailers start taking stock of their earnings even as they fire off some last-minute promo or other. And LEGO, according to Amazon Australia, was a major seller. The Australian arm of the global online retail giant Amazon has reported some new records in terms of online shopping following the major December Holiday occasions of Christmas and Boxing Day 2018. According to their estimates for the past several weeks, LEGO was deemed Amazon Australia’s best-selling toy brand overall.

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To further elaborate, among the most sought-after LEGO products in the year-end rush that endeared LEGO to be the best-selling toy brand are sets from the LEGO Harry Potter and Star Wars themes, both licensed LEGO lines that have had major set releases in this year, including the massive Hogwarts Castle (71043) and the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon (75212).

And on Amazon Australia’s Boxing Day Sale event, the best-selling toy was the LEGO Minifigures Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Collectible Series (71022). It just goes to show how strong the LEGO fandom is down under. One can optimistically hope that the same goes for LEGO in other Amazon markets.

Hurry and Get These 2017 and 2018 LEGO Speed Champions Sets, Now at Great Discounts Over At Walmart

Just in time with the start of the Christmas holiday rush, Walmart has reduced the retail price some of its LEGO sets which will certainly appeal to the LEGO motor head fan. You may not be an owner of a life-sized, fully-drivable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron, but these selected 2017 and 2018 LEGO Speed Champions sets will certainly make up for that.

These LEGO Speed Champions sets are now listed at Walmart’s online shopping portal for up to 20% off from their original selling price – definitely much cheaper than going around the streets with a life-sized brick-built Chiron. So if you’re still thinking about that perfect holiday gift for that brick-loving speedster in the family, then why not take advantage of these great Walmart finds. Better still, why not get all of them while they’re still around? Just click on the links below and make your purchase at Walmart.com.

 

LEGO Speed Champions Mercedes-AMG GT3 (75877)

 

LEGO Speed Champions Bugatti Chiron (75878)

 

 

LEGO Speed Champions Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H (75879)

 

 

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S (75880)

 

 

LEGO Speed Champions 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback (75884)

 

 

LEGO Speed Champions Ford Fiesta M-Sport WRC (75885)

 

 

LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari 488 GT3 Scuderia Corsa (75886)

 

 

LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 919 Hybrid (75887)

 

 

LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0 (75888)

 

LEGO Double VIP Points Promo Now Up At LEGO Shop@Home

Every now and then, LEGO launches a small period wherein certain purchases at Shop@Home made under a VIP membership will accumulate double the usual points. We saw that in action earlier this month when LEGO Shop@Home introduced Double Points for purchasing two particular LEGO Star Wars sets, particularly the X-Wing Starfighter (75218) and Yoda’s Hut (75208). Apparently LEGO is feeling more generous as October gets to the halfway point and the Holidays start coming in force. Well as of this writing, they have Shop@Home holding a LEGO double VIP points promo to last until the 31st, and this time it’s now available for all LEGO purchases.

Through out the month of October, all online LEGO VIP shoppers at Shop@Home will be getting double VIP points on all LEGO products purchased this month. If shoppers have held off on buying those big, new LEGO sets such as the Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043) and the more holiday-appropriate Creator Winter Village Fire Station (10263), then it will be wise to take advantage of the LEGO double VIP points promo while it is still up.

It probably also bears reminding that this is also the beginning of the promo period for the LEGO Minifigure Collector Frame (5005359), with one exclusive collectible minifigure. It comes free with any minimum LEGO purchase of $75, and a must for minifigure collectors.

LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) and Marvel Super Heroes Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown (76108) Now at Great Discounts on Amazon

It seems that Amazon and Walmart are now charging neck to neck for the best LEGO set deals just ahead of the year-end holiday craze. The latter has been offering some 15-18% discounts on mostly LEGO Star Wars such as the Snowspeeder (75144) and the 2018 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (75213) while the former is a tad more diverse with the product lines involved. And indeed, there’s some new LEGO stuff with dialed-down prices to be had at the world’s biggest online retail platform. First up is the LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) which was released February of this year. It slashes 20% off the original $69.99 SRP for a more affordable $55.99.

LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313)

Next on Amazon’s notable recent LEGO set sale listings is one for the LEGO and MCU fan, with the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown (76108) tie-in for last May’s Avengers: Infinity War film. From its original price of $99.99, Amazon now offers this set with a 15% off, lowering its price at $84.99.

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Both sets are available with Amazon free shipping, and are good sources of uncommon LEGO elements. The elegantly designed LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) has plenty of 1×1 trans-blue round studs and the clear parts making up the bottle. Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown (76108) has the new Iron Spider and Ebony Maw minifigures plus Cull Obsidian in bigfig form. What better time to snap up these wonderful LEGO sets.

LEGO Creator Tower Bridge (10214) Now On Sale at Walmart

The LEGO sales at Walmart are starting to come out of the woodwork again, after some action in earlier parts of the year with the retail giant’s participation in LEGO’s 60th anniversary promotional events. While the last two we touched upon here were of the Star Wars line, this new one’s for a LEGO-original theme.

And if you think the previous Walmart sale of the LEGO Star Wars UCS Snowspeeder (75144) was “old” enough and somehow poised to be retired, then you might be surprise to know that the LEGO Creator Tower Bridge (10214) is still available. First released in 2010, this set’s about eight years old now, and can still be purchased at LEGO Stores both online and in-store.

But if you’re a LEGO fan with an architectural bent who would still hesitate at the Tower Bridge (10214) regular price of $239.99, then you might want to consider Walmart’s offer for the set, listed at $194.99, an 18% discount as of this posting.

LEGO Creator Tower Bridge (10214)

Once again, Walmart has made a great price cut for another LEGO set, this one in particular being one of the oldest still available on retail that has yet to be retired. The new price for the LEGO Creator Tower Bridge (10214) is a better value for a 4,287-piece structural construct with extra micro-build vehicles. However, if you’re planning to buy this set while minding your LEGO VIP points, then you just have to check LEGO Shop@Home and add this 4,00o-piece set to your shopping cart.

LEGO Star Wars UCS Snowspeeder (75144) Now On Sale at Walmart

Tis the season to be a LEGO shopper, as with the Holidays coming soon, a number of LEGO sets on retailers have seen their prices discounted. And the favored theme line for those sale prices is LEGO Star Wars, which recently had its 2018 Advent Calendar (75213) discounted at Walmart. Next on the retail chain’s list of LEGO sets to be more affordable is something a bit older than the above, as in a LEGO set that came out last year. We’re talking about the LEGO Star Wars UCS Snowspeeder (75144), the Ultimate Collector Series set that came out before the meme-worthy release of the blockbuster UCS Millennium Falcon (75192).

Marked at $199.99 on Shop@Home, the LEGO Star Wars UCS Snowspeeder (75144) is being offered by Walmart for the lowered price of $169.99 as of this posting, with options for either free shipping or pickup. Thirty dollars off the tag is definitely a sweet deal.

LEGO Star Wars UCS Snowspeeder (75144)

It should be noted though that Amazon, which recently put a sale price on the LEGO Friends 2018 Advent Calendar (41353), is also offering similar discounts on the UCS Snowspeeder (75144). The difference is that Amazon’s offer is for the frustration-free packaging only (Standard is at $194.99 instead).

Anyway, that’s quite the price drop now for a LEGO Star Wars UCS set that’s about a year old now, and long overshadowed by the UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) to boot. Bargain hunters should visit Walmart to see if it’s enough to catch their fancy.

Toys R Us Is Making a Comeback as Geoffrey’s Toy Box

After the news broke out that negotiations are in order that might revive Toys R Us in the US and in the UK, hope was renewed on the possibility of seeing the toy giant opening its doors once again. Though the details of the negotiations were still a bit sketchy at that time, it looks like more info is coming in which gives us a hint on what Toys R Us will be at the wake of its revival. And today, an official press release from TRU itself has finally shed light on what will happen to the beloved toy store. To be clear about one thing: a planned buyout of the company was eventually cancelled because TRU’s controlling lenders saw that the company brand and name is too valuable for such a decision. Their solution is to transform TRU and rebrand it accordingly as Geoffrey’s Toy Box. Here’s a portion of the press release which focuses on what we can expect from the new rebranding.

Geoffrey’s Toy Box

Geoffrey, LLC, as reorganized, will control a portfolio of intellectual property that includes trademarks, ecommerce assets and data associated with the Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us businesses in the United States and all over the world, including a portfolio of over 20 well-known toy and baby brands such as Imaginarium, Koala Baby, Fastlane and Journey Girls. The reorganized company will own rights to the Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us brands in all markets globally, with the exception of Canada. It will also become the licensor of the brands to the company’s existing network of franchisees operating in countries across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and in South Africa.

As stated in the above press release, Geoffrey’s Toy Box will give emphasis on their existing portfolio of IPs and will own the rights to all Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores and brands. Exempted from this is TRU Canada. It is also interesting to note that in the recent Dallas Toy Preview, Geoffrey’s Toy Box is specifically described as,

“Wholesale toy distributor and intellectual property company whose focus is on popular play patterns across trusted brands that kids and parents love. Geoffrey’s Toy Box is a fully outfitted organization with design, development and global sourcing expertise. Portfolio includes popular brands like Journey Girls, Fastlane, True Heroes, You & Me, Imaginarium, Just like Home and more!”

It is then followed by a list of product categories that it will offer. Geoffrey’s Toy Box will follow a “shop-within-a-shop” strategy where they will partner with other big retailers and malls for that floor space in order to meet the demands of the shopping crowd especially as the holiday season kicks in. This is somehow similar to what LEGO is trying to accomplish with its LEGO Pop-Up Stores concept.

We still don’t have any information yet on what specific third party toy brands will Geoffrey’s Toy Box will carry, but there is a good possibility that we might still see the LEGO brand as one of them.  The only question is if this strategy will somehow be able to bring back that nostalgic appeal of visiting a TRU toy store, and if this will be enough to significantly compete against online retail giant Amazon.

What’s your take on this brick fans? Are you excited to see how Geoffrey’s Toy Box will turn out? Are we to see upcoming LEGO sets displayed in their store shelves eventually? Share your thoughts below.