September LEGO VIP Reward: Retro-Ad Tin Lunchbox

LEGO collectors who haven’t signed up for their VIP program might ask: why join? Those in the know might answer: why not join? Being able to accumulate VIP points to invest in a future LEGO set makes for one advantageous perk. And there’s also the matter of rewards the program gives out. Products exclusively available on LEGO VIP are major points of pride for serious collectors. After all, some of them aren’t even brick sets but cool LEGO-themed merchandise to broadcast your FOL-ness. It just so happens that LEGO VIP has got a new reward coming for its loyal membership.

According to Brickset, next on the LEGO VIP Rewards block is a cool retro-style tin lunchbox. Now that’s one item to fancy yet another sector of the collectors’ community. The lunchbox art evokes 1965, since it’s an advertisement for Basic Building Set in Cardboard (050), released that year. That “Today in 2065” blurb must’ve seemed like the distant future so long ago. The actual box art for Basic Building Set is even replicated on the tin. LEGO and lunchbox collectors with VIP membership can get this reward for 2500 VIP points starting on September 1.

LEGO Explains Further Target’s VIP Points Availability Promo

When the month of August started, LEGO made waves with collectors regarding their latest deal with retail giant Target. This involves the initiative making points from LEGO’s VIP program available when buying sets at Target stores. It’s an impressive deal considering that, while limited-time only, the promo lasts until the end of January next year. If US LEGO shoppers have Target stores nearby, they can earn VIP points (if members) over a six-month period. But for all the convenience there are of course some conditions regarding the LEGO VIP-Target availability.

Brick Fanatics brings us some additional specifics regarding being able to get VIP points buying LEGO from Target. One caveat, actually revealed upon the announcement, was the $=point difference between purchases direct from LEGO and from Target. Where $1 becomes 6.5 VIP points when buying from LEGO.com or LEGO Stores, Target has a $1=1 point rate. This is rather mitigated when one considers Target’s many discount possibilities with their LEGO set offerings. One new condition concerns the buyers. The VIP points promotion is effective within US Target stores only. Specifically, those availing the offer must have VIP accounts from LEGO.com US, not elsewhere. That’s unfortunate as Canadians or Mexicans can’t just travel stateside to join.

To avail VIP points from LEGO products bought at Target, VIP members must snap a picture of their Target receipt. Provided it has a LEGO item listed, sending the image to LEGO.com VIP Rewards Center will credit the VIP points. LEGO hasn’t said anything yet. But perhaps if the test with Target in the US is successful, they could partner with other retailers worldwide. It may not follow soon enough after Target, but it could happen perhaps in the future.

LEGO VIP Offers Pirates and Treasures (40515) Polybag as GWP

It’s been years since the last prominent instance of pirate-themed AV media, in film, TV series or videogames. The same goes perhaps for LEGO, with the Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) Ideas set launching last 2020. But does this mean that pirates have lost its luster in popular imagination, much less LEGO building? Probably not if this new gift with purchase from LEGO is any indication. True, it’s only a polybag and also a VIP member exclusive. But its contents could enhance a LEGO collector’s pirate-themed building time. As Stone Wars has it, here’s LEGO VIP’s latest GWP giveaway promo.

The Pirates and Treasure VIP Add-On Pack (40515) is exactly what it says on the polybag. It’s a massive pile of pirate accessories and accouterments. Add these to any brick-built project to give it an undeniable pirate-y flair. From Jolly Rogers to tricorne hats, treasure chests to minifig skeletons, cannons to sharks, this pack’s got it all. And it can be had by VIP members for LEGO purchases of at least $50. The promo runs until September 30 or supplies of VIP Add-On Pack 40515 last. So Arrrrrh, what’re ye VIP Cap’ns still waitin’ for?

Target Offers LEGO VIP Points on Store-Bought Sets

While LEGO products are available in most major toy outlets, there are advantages to buying direct from LEGO. Be it from LEGO.com Shop or LEGO Stores, buyers can get an advantage by joining LEGO’s VIP program. Why pass on a chance for extra freebies and offers, and saving VIP points for future purchases? Of course, that’s the deal only when you purchase your sets from LEGO Stores and LEGO online. But what if your LEGO VIP membership can earn points even when buying somewhere else? Over the weekend a retail brand’s been getting attention after news that they’ve made VIP points available at their stores.

The Brick Fan reports that LEGO VIP points can be earned at Target Stores for an extended yet still-limited time. Those holding VIP membership can earn a point for every dollar spent buying a LEGO set from Target. Well, that’s the simplified version. The updated Target webpage explains the whole deal. To avail of this offer, one need to be a LEGO VIP for starters. They must take a photo of their Target receipt (with a LEGO purchase). Then they can upload it on the LEGO.com VIP members page. Every LEGO bought at Target with receipt can be uploaded at the VIP Page for points.

Now we said the Target VIP points are limited. Short-term, it means LEGO shoppers at Target can only accumulate 1,000 points max in a calendar month. They can still earn more buying from LEGO Stores. Long-term, the Target VIP point period lasts only until January 31 next year. That’s about six months availability. Too bad the arrangement’s not permanent. But for LEGO VIPs any other place to earn points is welcome, however brief it is.

May the 4th LEGO Star Wars GWPs Revealed

April 2022 has just about run its course, and we’ve got new LEGO stuff to look forward to. While that primarily lies in the new sets launching come May 1, they’re not the only things to look out for. Mere days later, we’ve got a prime period for LEGO Star Wars collectors. In light of the franchise’s “May the 4th” celebration, LEGO’s springing for some cool collectibles as part of the fun. What can we expect? A polybag’s rather obvious. There might even be a non-brick item too. But an event-exclusive set’s something to shoot for. LEGO’s got all these.

Stone Wars from Germany has just given us a lowdown on the LEGO Star Wars May the 4th 2022 GWPs. The prime item for this batch of sets would be a diorama of a “Star Wars Episode IV” location. That would be the Kitchen (40531) of Luke Skywalker’s Tatooine home, with a minifigure of his Aunt Beru. If you’re a “Mandalorian” fan you can try for a keychain with a Beskar tag (5007403). Finally, if you’re not spending much on LEGO Star Wars, you can at least grab an AT-ST (30495) polybag. All items are featured on LEGO.com Shop now:

Lars Family Homestead Kitchen (40531)

Age 18+ | 195 pieces | 1 minifigure | worth $19.99 | get for minimum $160 LEGO Star Wars purchase

The Mandalorian Beskar Key Chain (5007403)

Age 6+ | worth $15.99 | LEGO VIP Exclusive, get for minimum $70 LEGO Star Wars purchase

AT-ST polybag (30495)

Age 6+ | 79 pieces | worth $4.99 | get for minimum $40 LEGO Star Wars purchase

These GWPs are up for grabs from May 1 to 8, so collectors have enough time. May the 4th be with you on Star Wars Day 2022.

LEGO VIP Double-Points Period Clarification (Feb, Mar)

It’s times like this when we can’t help but miss the old LEGO store calendars. Just days ago LEGO sent out online alerts for a VIP double-points event period. The thing was, one advisory said it will run this week, February 24 to 28. Another version noted it’ll be from March 12 to 14 instead. There was also some confusion on the regions where the 2x-Point would apply. LEGO.com US and its UK/Europe counterpart can have different dates after all. And indeed, we now have clarification on the event courtesy of The Brick Fan. If you’re LEGO shopping, listen up.

The February 24-28 LEGO VIP double-points event period applies to LEGO.com UK, Europe and Australia. The March 12-14 VIP period on the other hand is for LEGO.com US. Thankfully that clears up any possible confusion. It’s strange however that the Euro-Australian edition has more days to get double VIP points than North America. Then again, double points are double points. And if you haven’t joined LEGO’s VIP by now, then you really should consider. Happy LEGO VIP shopping then over there in Europe and Australia. The other greeting will have to wait until next month.

LEGO Announces Feb-24 2x VIP Event…And Again for March

This week there’s been something of a mess when it comes to LEGO alerting people online regarding their promotions. Some confusion may be understandable. Until last year, LEGO informed customers of promos and special offers via official store calendars. Unfortunately they were phased out by the end of 2021. Instead, LEGO would try to make online announcements via LEGO.com or email/newsletters. Earlier this week there was a LEGO alert for a 2x VIP points period this coming Thursday. But as the date approached, LEGO Shop didn’t update its upcoming offers. Now, a second email alert says that LEGO VIP event will be next month instead.

Brick Fanatics has it that the LEGO VIP double-points event may have shifted dates from February to March. On February 22 LEGO announced to its newsletter subscribers via email that the double-points period will run February 24-28. This seemed to debunk earlier rumors of the same event happening in the middle of next month. But shortly afterwards another email alert from LEGO gave the VIP double-points date as March 12-14. Interestingly, the new date came from an alert courtesy of LEGO.com US. UK-based Brick Fanatics believes this might be a regional difference, but The Brick Fan thinks this is universal.

Perhaps the simple thing to do is to wait until February 24 to confirm if the earlier dates check out. If there’s no change in the active offers at the online LEGO Shop, then it’s on for March. Of course, it may still depend if you’re checking LEGO.com US or UK. The March VIP 2xPoints rumor, pre-LEGO announcement/s, noted a possible GWP simultaneously releasing. It supposedly depicts primatologist and chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall. The promo period was also pegged as ending March 15 instead of 14.

LEGO VIP Rewards Offers Free Alternate Build Instructions for Three LEGO Art Sets

Membership in the LEGO VIP program can open a new world of special benefits and perks. Many of these bonuses can be redeemed with a good amount of points accumulated from LEGO purchases as a VIP. But every now and then, LEGO offers great goodies on their VIP page that don’t even require VIP points. Quite the number of them went live recently, ready for download on the LEGO.com VIP Rewards Center. The thing is, to enjoy them VIP members would have purchased three particular LEGO Art sets. If they have them though, they’re all set for alternative building as The Brick Fan tells it.

Some new zero-VIP point rewards are available on LEGO VIP Rewards Center. They come in the form of alternate building instructions for three sets of the LEGO Art line. In truth, these building instructions have been online for much earlier. The LEGO.com Art theme’s “About” page made mention of the instructions. Interested builders then needed to visit the original Art set’s product listing. The new arrangement put all alternate building instructions in the central hub of the VIP Rewards Center. VIP members can redeem them there without costing VIP points.

These alternative instructions illustrate new designs to be made on the LEGO Art sets in question. Amazingly, one only needs the existing pieces from one set to create the new designs. But what would you expect with a name like LEGO Art? Here are the LEGO Art sets in question, with their respective alternative designs:

Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests (31201)
  • Golden Snitch Logo
  • Platform 9¾ Sign
  • Hedwig Portrait
Disney’s Mickey Mouse (31202)
  • Alternate Portrait: Mickey
  • Alternate Portrait: Minnie
World Map (31203)
  • Europe Map
  • Denmark Map

LEGO Finally Makes Spider-Man Art Print (5007043) Available on VIP Rewards

Back in September, LEGO teased a series of art prints that could be availed of through their VIP program. Of the four prints, three depicted the Disney Princesses Rapunzel, Elsa and Belle. The fourth was a LEGO Marvel art print featuring Spider-Man. Following the reveal, the LEGO Disney Princess prints got packed into a special set bundle (5007204) for LEGO.com UK. That was in addition to being available on LEGO VIP’s Rewards the normal way. But for some reason the Marvel Spider-Man art print didn’t follow them to the latter as intended. Was it cancelled?

The Brick Fan says no. Be informed that the LEGO Spider-Man Comic art print (5007043) can now be redeemed at the VIP Rewards Center. If you need a refresher, this print shows LEGO Spider-Man rescuing J. Jonah Jameson from the super-villain-besieged Daily Bugle. Yep, it’s pretty much an artsy rendition of the epic LEGO Marvel 18+ set, Daily Bugle (76178). Considering what transpired this past weekend, we might understand why LEGO held off on launching this print with the Disney Princesses. It neatly piggybacks on the premiere hype of the MCU’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which released on December 17.

Even better, LEGO VIP members only need 450 VIP points to redeem this print from the Rewards Center. We’re talking 200 points less than for the Princesses’ art prints. About the only shortcoming we might find is that no LEGO bundles for the Spider-Man print and Daily Bugle (76178) exist. The aforementioned LEGO Marvel set is also temporarily out of stock at LEGO.com at present. But hey: LEGO-Marvel fan? Are you VIP program member too? Then what are you waiting for? Get this sweet print.

Last Reminder of LEGO Cyber Monday Deals

The craziness of Black Friday weekend finally winds down with Cyber Monday, this November 29. While some of the Black Friday Deals are still on, one-day Cyber Monday offers are in the forefront now. We covered some of them before going into the weekend. Now, let’s review what to expect this Cyber Monday, as well as new stuff we learned.

  • LEGO Fleece Blanket – GWP with VIP purchases over $200
  • $5 discount voucher – get with redemption of 455 VIP points (usual rate at 650 points)

Here’s something else, but only if you’re a LEGO VIP member:

Most other deals from Black Friday still apply until today: GWPs Santa’s Front Yard (40484) and Seasonal Holiday Tree (in-store). And let’s not forget the VIP sweepstakes with a million VIP points at stake. Go get that last bit of LEGO shopping in before Cyber Monday winds down.