LEGO NASA Ulysses Space Probe VIP Reward Now Sold Out

If you are following the saga of this latest LEGO VIP Rewards hype, then you’ve probably felt the frustration of many LEGO fans on this side of the planet earlier today. I understand LEGO’s intention of providing incentives to loyal LEGO fans through VIP rewards points, but this latest debacle of the LEGO NASA Ulysses Space Probe VIP Reward was met with a lot of site glitches and a good number of upset LEGO fans.

I have to admit that I was never really a fan of LEGO VIP rewards for the obvious reason that this customer rewards system is not available in my region. On top of that, I have a certain bias against the “exclusivity” of certain LEGO sets which should be otherwise be made available for all LEGO fans to enjoy. I would rather have the offer of GWPs or gift-with-purchase sets than having these exclusive VIP freebies.

If you recall, the intention was to release the LEGO NASA Ulysses Space Probe to attract and draw attention towards its latest LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery (10283). Though the latter was smoothly released without any problems or shortage of sets since the start of this month, the launching of the LEGO NASA Ulysses Space Probe was met with plenty of site glitches and hair-pulling loading errors as shared by LEGO fans across the internet. And in a matter of 15-20 minutes, the entire thing is already sold out over at VIP Rewards Center.

The experience of getting this relatively unattractive LEGO freebie in my opinion truly frustrates and perplexes me. I would like to echo the frustration of most LEGO fans since as I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m not really a fan of these “VIP-only exclusives”. And second, having LEGO, a highly respected and established company with all the means and resources at its disposal to ensure a smooth digital transaction for LEGO fans, to fail big time in making this set accessible to LEGO VIP fans, truly leaves me scratching my head.

If LEGO opted for the GWP route on the LEGO NASA Ulysses Space Probe and has it as a tie-in specifically for the LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery (10283), then this LEGO VIP Reward tragedy could have been averted. I know I might sound harsh about this, but the truth of the matter is, such marketing promo just left a lot of legitimate LEGO fans disappointed with only those uncaring scalpers having a field day over at eBay. Just look at these outrageous prices for such a tiny LEGO set.

As far as I can remember, this issue of scalping for such rare LEGO sets has always been decried by the LEGO fan community and I do hope that LEGO will somehow be proactive in addressing this issue. And in my opinion, it can start by having these kinds of sets available for all LEGO fans to enjoy and perhaps re-evaluating the value and necessity of the LEGO VIP Rewards system from the perspective of the LEGO fan community.

For now, I’ll just be looking forward to that next LEGO project that I am itching to build. After all, that’s what got me into LEGO in the first place – the freedom to creatively build and to freely select the sets that interest me.

For LEGO VIPs: Here’s a Chance to Win an Exclusive LEGO Originals Wooden Minifigure

In case you missed it, the LEGO VIP Rewards Center has been updated to include a new sweepstakes contest that gives all LEGO VIP members a chance to win an exclusive LEGO Originals Wooden Minifigure.

Launched towards the end of 2019, the upscaled 5:1 wooden minifigure display piece is a nod to one of LEGO’s most recognizable pop-icon symbols that began in 1978. And this time around, LEGO VIP members now have a chance to bring home not just the generic kind of LEGO wooden maxifig, but a Colette-branded collectible exclusively designed by Sarah Andelman. For those who are not familiar with her works in the fashion industry, Sarah Andelman is the founder and creative director of Colette, a chic Parisian concept store known for its limited-edition range of collectibles and luxury brands, and its quirky mix of lifestyle products. Unfortunately, after 20 years in the business since 1997, Colette eventually closed its doors in 2017.

Each raffle entry to this exclusive LEGO Originals Wooden Minifigure sweepstakes costs 50 VIP points. The raffle draw will run until January 10, 2021, across eligible countries. For more information, be sure to check out LEGO’s contest rules and terms of service. And if you wish to include this in your AFOL’s LEGO Christmas wishlist, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home to know more about this collectible.

Seasonal VIP Treat LEGO Charles Dickens Tribute (40410) Officially Revealed

LEGO is now warming up for its annual Black Friday deals with the official reveal of the new seasonal LEGO Charles Dickens Tribute (40410) set. LEGO Shop@Home has been updated to now include its holiday-inspired LEGO VIP freebie that honors the legacy of the master storyteller in the person of Charles Dickens. Check out the images below.

LEGO Charles Dickens Tribute (40410)

333 pieces | valued at $22.99 | to be given away for free to LEGO VIP members from November 21-22, 2020 with a qualifying purchase, and while supplies last. 

LEGO Charles Dickens Tribute

Coming in at 333 pieces, this set is scheduled to be offered to all  LEGO VIP members that will make their next LEGO purchase during the abovementioned weekend, both online and in LEGO brand stores. For a single receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $150 and above, you’ll have this freebie automatically added to your cart. Additionally, you’ll get double LEGO VIP points for your purchases during these dates as well.

As a fan of seasonal brick-built vignettes such as 2018’s LEGO Christmas Gift Box (40292), I love the concept of these seemingly 2-in-1 builds that also doubles as a popular holiday symbol. The build itself depicts the author’s famous novel A Christmas Carol and features three minifigures:  Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchet, and Ebenezer Scrooge.  As Brickset’s review has pointed out, it seems that LEGO has taken an extra mile in offering these minifigures in a promotional item. We have a new printed minifig face used for Mr. Scrooge, while the printed torso used for Bob is a relatively new one.  Being a freebie as it is, and though as much as I would prefer that printed parts were used for the book’s title and decorations, I guess I have no qualms over the set’s abundance of stickers.

Again if you want to bag this VIP promotional LEGO Charles Dickens Tribute (40410) considering that its availability is very much limited, be sure to schedule your next LEGO purchase from November 21-22. I’ll be updating this post once the LEGO Customer Service portal has uploaded the building instructions for this set.

Earn Extra LEGO VIP Points By Testing Your Wizarding Knowledge

In case you missed it, the LEGO VIP Rewards Center has a neat little incentive for LEGO Harry Potter fans. You can get extra LEGO VIP points by taking a short (but a bit challenging) quiz that tests how deep you are in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Here are the details as posted over at the Rewards Center.

How Much Do You Know About Harry?

Take our VIP Quiz now. Test your knowledge about the world of Harry Potter and you could earn 150 bonus VIP points (the same amount that you would win when you catch the Golden Snitch).

There’s a total of 9 questions to be answered and you need to get at least 6 of them correctly to earn those sweet, extra LEGO VIP points. I’m not really into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter being an average fan that I am, so I have to conjure some good ‘ol search magic to answer most of them. Additionally, all of these questions have something to do with the iconic Diagon Alley which is now rendered once again in LEGO bricks in the form of the recently released LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (75978).

The nice thing about this particular LEGO VIP quiz is that you get to know the correct answer and the results stay listed in your account as long as the promo is up. Just for fun, I’m sharing the answers here in alphabetical order so you just try to figure which answer goes to what question.

  • Five
  • Floo powder
  • Flourish and Blotts
  • Knockturn Alley
  • Owl
  • Quality Quidditch Supplies
  • The Daily Prophet
  • Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
  • Wiseacre’s

The 150 extra LEGO VIP points may not sound that much, but still, its a great way to stack up on those points without making any LEGO purchase. There’s no particular mention of any deadline, but it will be wise to take this fun little quiz as soon as you can.

The LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (75978) is now available at LEGO Shop@Home. 

While you’re at it, be sure to check the details of the new LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley set and the rest of the latest LEGO Harry Potter sets available now over at LEGO Shop@Home.

LEGO Deadpool Duck Is Back as an Exclusive LEGO VIP Reward

The LEGO VIP Rewards seems to be in the habit of bringing back old Comic-Con exclusives. After offering the LEGO SDCC 2012 Shazam minifigure as a sweepstakes reward for LEGO VIP members back in January, we now have another offering from the LEGO VIP Rewards Center that LEGO fans will be happy to have. The super rare LEGO SDCC 2017 Deadpool Duck minifigure is back and here’s our chance to get it.

Similar to the equally rare Shazam minifig, Deadpool Duck is back as part of the LEGO VIP Rewards monthly sweepstakes. Worth 50 VIP points, you can have up to 15 raffle entries if you wish to have bigger odds of winning this exclusive.

As you may know already, Deadpool Duck is the unholy combination of the two of the most revered, action-packed characters from Marvel Comics: Howard the Duck and of course, the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool. The head of the minifigure comes from the same mold as that of Donald Duck from the LEGO Disney CMF collection, while the torso features a unique print of Deadpool’s vest which only comes in three LEGO variants, including the one from 2018’s LEGO SDCC 2018 Sheriff Deadpool, and the only Deadpool minifig that comes in a set which is from the LEGO Marvel Superheroes Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown (6866)

To make this reward extra special, LEGO is adding an acrylic case, including the original SDCC 2017 collectible packaging, together with the minifig.

LEGO Deadpool Duck

The LEGO Deadpool Duck VIP Rewards sweepstakes will run until June 21. Just be sure to check the list of countries where this promo is available.

Exclusive LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Prototype Armor Minifigure Up For Raffle

Here’s another reason to rack up on those LEGO VIP points. LEGO May the 4th promotions is now live, with the VIP Reward Center throwing another ultrarare raffle prize up for grabs. An exclusive LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Prototype Armor minifigure is now raffled for all LEGO VIP members.

This limited edition minifigure first came up a decade ago as a promotional freebie given at LEGOLAND California’s Star Wars Day celebration to mark the 30th year anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. It also made its appearance in various parts of the globe as an exclusive promotional item.

Images courtesy of Brickset.

Similar to its previous LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata minifigure raffle, this rare Boba Fett minifig is enclosed in a protective frame, including a copy of its polybag and an uncut and unnumbered sticker sheet featuring some of LEGO Star Wars’ famous minifigure characters.

The raffle will be up until May 4 with each raffle entry worth 50 VIP points. Read on for the complete mechanics below. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the latest LEGO Star Wars that are out now especially that LEGO is running a Double VIP points promo for all LEGO Star Wars sets. May the 4th be with you!

LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett

Win an exclusive Boba Fett™ (Prototype Armor) minifigure in the VIP Sweepstakes!*
Here is your opportunity to win an exclusive Boba Fett™ (Prototype Armor) minifigure created to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Includes a rare uncut and numbered sticker sheet. Redeem 50 points to enter. Many will enter, only one will win!
Maximum of 15 entries per VIP Member – please see full terms and conditions for details and eligibility requirements. Competition closes 4th May 2020. Eligible countries: Canada (excluding Quebec), Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States. Please note, you are not eligible to enter from the following locations: Canada: Quebec is ineligible

LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander (75522) Now Back As An Exclusive VIP Reward

If you recall from September last year, LEGO released the LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander (75522) as an exclusive gift-with-purchase (GWP) set for those who will be getting its much larger (and motorized) cousin, the LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander (75253). Though LEGO was kind enough to publish the building instructions for this promotional item, this GWP had a relatively short life span, offered only between September 9-15, 2019.

In case you missed out on this promotional, you’ll be glad to know that it is made available again as a redeemable reward at the LEGO VIP Rewards Center.

Mini Droid Commander (75522)

Unlike the first time it was offered, you can now get this directly without making any particular purchases. Just be sure that you have enough VIP points (1,350 points) to redeem this exclusive. There is no particular promo period mentioned at the Rewards Center, but just be sure to get it quickly since these kinds of offers tend to run out pretty quickly.

LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander

The LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander comes in at 62 pieces and features a micr0scaled version of a Gonk and Mouse Droid, plus an R2-D2 minifigure. It is further accentuated by a commemorative LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary 2×4 plate found only in two other promotional sets: the LEGO Star Wars Battle of Hoth (40333) and Battle of Endor (40362) 20th Anniversary sets. On the other hand, the LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander (75253) is available at LEGO Shop@Home. It comes in at 1,177 pieces and retails for $199.99.

Here’s A Chance to Win an Exclusive LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata Minifigure

The LEGO VIP Rewards Center has been updated to include another monthly sweepstakes promo. Last January, we saw the return of the uber-exclusive LEGO SDCC 2012 Shazam Minifigure as it was raffled away to LEGO VIP members. And now, LEGO fans and collectors will be delighted to know that up for grabs this time will be another exclusive in the form of a limited-edition, LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata minifigure.

This exclusive LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata minifigure is exclusively signed by motion-capture artist and model Arti Shah, who doubled for Lupita Nyong’o in playing the role of the legendary pirate queen in The Force Awakens. Arti Shah also took on several roles in the Star Wars movie franchise which includes creature and Power Droid roles in The Last Jedi and Rogue One respectively.

This collectible LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata minifigure also comes in a UV acrylic case and is subsequently awarded by UK Graders (UKG) with the highest Gold Level grading.  Here’s a brief description of it from the LEGO Rewards Center.

VIPs: Win a signed LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata minifigure

Enter the VIP competition! You could win a limited-edition Maz Kanata minifigure signed by Arti Shah, the motion capture double for actress Lupita Nyong’o. Awarded the highest ‘Gold’ level grading by UKG, this minifigure comes in a UV acrylic case. 50 points per entry. Sign in to the VIP Reward Centre to enter. Not a VIP? Join now and start earning points for future entries! Enter by 19/4.

Remember,  you have until April 19, 2020 to join in this raffle, with only 50 VIP points needed per raffle entry and a maximum of 15 entries per LEGO VIP member.  Be sure to visit the LEGO Rewards Center for more details.

For the latest LEGO Star Wars sets such as the LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian subtheme, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home.

Here’s Your Last Chance To Earn Those LEGO Double VIP Points

If you’re still holding back to that LEGO set that you’re dying to have, then you might want to think fast and make up your mind. This weekend marks the last day of LEGO’s Double VIP points promo on all purchases made both online and in-store, and this includes all LEGO sets that are currently available. The LEGO Double VIP points promo began last October 14 and will end this weekend October 27.

Double VIP Points

Larger and newer sets that are on sale right now such as the LEGO Star Wars UCS Star Destroyer (75252), LEGO Creator Expert Gingerbread House (10267), LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318), LEGO Jurassic Park T.rex Rampage (75936) and the hyper-realistic LEGO Technic Liebherr R 9800 Excavator (42100). Purchasing these sets and other large sets in this category is a sure-fire way of leveling up on those Double VIP points.  These definitely belong to the tier of higher-priced sets, but getting them now certainly has its rewards.

The LEGO VIP Rewards Center seems to be lacking a bit in terms of LEGO set rewards and other similar freebies. However, for Stranger Things fans, the LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook promotional is still up so you may want to get this while you still can. Lastly, we can bet that the LEGO VIP Rewards Center will be updated soon, so be sure to keep those Double VIP points ready.

For VIPs Only: LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook Now Available

The LEGO VIP Rewards Center has been updated recently to include a freebie that will certainly evoke some feelings of nostalgia among Stranger Things fans. LEGO has now listed the LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook as one of the redeemable items in the revamped VIP rewards system. The hardback sketchbook comes in a witty and classic VHS design that imitates the popular cassette tape from the 80s. It’s worth 1,500 VIP points and rightfully so given the premium look and feel of this freebie.

The LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook also comes with a slipcase that features the promotional image that was first released by LEGO during the launch of the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set in May of this year.  This promotional item comes with 120 pages and measures in at 103mm by 184mm. Here’s the complete product description for your reference.

LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook

LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook

Use your VIP points for this limited edition Stranger Things Sketchbook

Head back to the 1980’s with this vintage style Stranger Things sketchbook. The ideal companion for your adventures around the town of Hawkins or anywhere else!
This video cassette inspired hardcover sketchbook contains 120 pages for your notes and doodles. Comes with a cardboard slip case featuring instantly recognizable Stranger Things minifigures from the hit Netflix original series. A great gift for Stranger Things fans who will love to show their passion for the series. Size 103 x 184mm.

If you wish to bring home with you that 80’s classic vibe in LEGO brick form, then be sure to check out LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set currently available at LEGO Shop@Home. It comes in at 2,287 pieces and features an array of must-have minifigs based on the hit Netflix series: Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper, and the terrifying Demogorgon. Purchasing this set gives you an additional 1,300 VIP points, and if you’re holding back on those previously earned VIP points then I guess spending it in this classy sketchbook is something that you will not regret. Another great bonus is the fact that the LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) promotional is still up as of this posting, with this gift-with-purchase set appearing in your basket upon checkout.