LEGO Store December 2018 Calendar in the US Now Up

The LEGO Store December 2018 US Calendar is now uploaded via LEGO’s servers and we now have an idea on what to expect from your local LEGO Store and LEGO Shop@Home before this year closes.

If you recall earlier in September, the official images of the new LEGO Seasonal Christmas Carousel (40293) were released by a Russian online retailer giving us a hint that the limited edition set is our next LEGO GWP or gift-with-purchase set. Since then, news were somehow slow regarding this highly sought-after set which is similar to the likes of 2017’s Nutcracker (40254) and 2016’s Snowglobe (40223). So for those who are asking when and where this year’s LEGO Seasonal Christmas Carousel (40293) will be available locally then the LEGO Store December Calendar now gives us the answer.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect from the LEGO Store December 2018 calendar both online and in-store. My only minor complaint is that it still doesn’t give us an official confirmation of when will the Christmas Gift Box (40292) be available in the US, if ever it is still a possibility. LEGO has already released info that the Christmas Gift Box will be a promotional set that will be available in the In the UK and rest of Europe, so I’m still keeping my fingers crossed.

December 1 to 10 – Free Christmas Carousel (40293) with purchases over $99.

This gift-with-purchase set is free for every single receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $99 and above. This promo will run from December 1 to 10 or while supplies last at all LEGO Stores and at shop.LEGO.com.

December 11 to 24 – Free Reindeer Ornament (5005253) with purchases over $50.

This next LEGO seasonal ornament was first revealed via the LEGO Store Calendar in China just a month ago, and it looks like it’s heading its way in the US as well. Frankly speaking, I wish LEGO could have offered an alternative to the Reindeer Ornament since I feel that this line of buildable LEGO Christmas decors are quite saturated already. But hey, it’s for free so I guess there’s no really complaining there.

December 1 to 31 – Throughout December, LEGO will offer Double VIP Points with purchases on select LEGO sets.

We have no info yet on what these qualifying sets will be, but we’ll keep you posted.

 

December 4 to 5 – The VIP Monthly Mini Build for December is a Sleigh (40287).

 

LEGO VIP members can register online for December’s LEGO Store Monthly Mini Build which is a Sleigh starting November 15.

Also remember that the LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315) is now available via LEGO Shop@Home and at all LEGO Stores, including the LEGO xtra polybag range. The former features a new building experience with two buildable pop-up fairy tales cleverly hidden in one attractive build, while the latter is a great supplement for any City landscape that you might be working on.

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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.

 

New LEGO Christmas Box (40292) Gift With Purchase Set Announced

The LEGO Store November Calendar in China has made its way online, and it gives us a glimpse of our next limited edition, seasonal gift with purchase (GWP) set just in time for the holidays. Bouwsteentjes has shared an image of the said calendar, and with it comes the reveal of the LEGO Christmas Box (40292).

As you can see, there are also other familiar promotions such as the rumored microscaled LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289) which we will talk later on, and the LEGO Minifigure Collector Frame (5005359). However, the most noticeable and appealing of all is the new LEGO Christmas Box (40292). Similar to the concept and design of Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures (75952), the LEGO Christmas Box features a holiday-themed vignette cleverly hidden inside a gift box. The build itself has a removable lid and opens at the middle to reveal a cozy, indoor holiday winter scene.

LEGO Christmas Box

Being a limited edition promotional gift with purchase set, it should be expected that limited quantities will be available once this is offered at the end of the month. I’m not quite sure if it will also follow the same time frame in the US and the rest of the world, but you can bet that it will come in limited quantities.

If we read it right, the LEGO Store November Calendar from China also mentions a specific number of the LEGO Christmas Box sets that will be given away. If that is the case, then better expect that this set will surely go out fast.

LEGO Christmas Box

I love the idea behind a surprise build, similar to the recently announced LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315). It’s those little surprises that make a LEGO set extra special, even more as it comes as a limited edition, seasonal set.  I just hope that LEGO will upload its official images soon so we can have a better look.

So what do you think about the LEGO Christmas Box (40292)? Do you think it’s worth the trip to your LEGO Store or that additional purchase online? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

LEGO Store October 2018 Calendar Now Up

The US LEGO Store October 2018 calendar is now available online, and it gives us a glimpse of the some of the promotional items that we can receive during this month. It also highlights the recently revealed LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City (75222), dubbed as the first set under the Master Builder Series. Read on for the rest of cool things to look forward to at your local LEGO store.

 

October 1-14: FREE Han Solo Mudtrooper (40300) with LEGO Star Wars purchases $35 and more.

October 2-3: VIP Monthly Mini Build is a Scarecrow (40285).

To avail this freebie, LEGO VIP members need to register at shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-registration beginning September 15.

October 15-31: FREE Minifigure Collector Frame (5005359) with purchases over $75.

October 20, 27: Join a LEGO Life Meeting

For LEGO fans who want to get together to test their building skills, these are the last LEGO Life meetings for 2018, so be sure not to miss them out.

October 1 to November 4: Enter the All-Star Zone!

Come into the LEGO Store and build your very own Star Wars battle fighter! Load your ship into the launcher, aim for the target, and let it fly into the galaxy! This activity intended for children ages 6-14.

 

The LEGO Store October 2018 calendar also highlights some of the latest LEGO sets to watch out for like the LEGO BrickHeadz Halloween Witch (40272), the LEGO Star Wars Porg (75230), and 2018 Advent Calendars. Lastly, watch out for this month’s sets with Double VIP points for more awesome savings. For this month’s copy of the LEGO Store September 2018 calendar be sure to check out a copy right here.