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:
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.
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, LEGOShop 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.
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:
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.
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.
Want to get a head start on collecting LEGO sets but can’t be bothered to hunt them down individually? You could always keep an eye out for the bundles. LEGO and its retail partners tend to release them every once in a while. Just last month, Walmart gave us three LEGO Marvel “Mech Armor” sets in an affordable 3-in-1 Pack (66671). The arctic base LEGO City sets from a few years ago also got bundled courtesy of LEGO.com UK in 2018. It’s their corner of the LEGO online store that brings us this new collection of sets from LEGO Disney.
Brick Fanatics tells us that LEGO.com for UK now lists a Disney Princess Ultimate Celebration Bundle (5007204). Sounds cool for a Disney fan, huh? Then again, the bundle consists of just one LEGO Disney Princess set. The other sets are from the LEGO DOTS theme, plus two Disney key-chains and two early 2021 VIP rewards. Consider this list of contents:
All these could be had from LEGO UK at £74.99/€84.99. Adding the individual prices of the above gives us the total £92.93/€103.93, so the bundle price is a good deal. The LEGO Disney Princess Ultimate Celebration Bundle (5007204) is available now, ahead of Black Friday. If you’re in the UK and fancy these items then it’s best to get the bundle now. Getting two VIP rewards is a nice bonus.
Last Saturday and Sunday the LEGO VIP Weekend gave way some sweet promotional items (GWP or VIP point redemption). One item, Santa’s Front Yard (40484), will return for Black Friday through Cyber Monday. The rest did not…or at least so we thought. One item from that VIP Weekend wasn’t even a LEGO-brick set at all. It was a nifty tin plate, artificially aged, and sporting an old LEGO logo. The LEGO Retro Tin (5007016) required an above-average minimum purchase threshold to be acquired as GWP. Apparently enough people liked it, or there are still leftovers, that LEGO extended its promo.
As Brick Fanatics tells us, redemption of the LEGO Retro Tin (5007016) went beyond the VIP Weekend window. As of this writing VIP collectors can still claim it for a minimum LEGO purchase of over $250. The extended promo will last until this Thursday, November 25. Yes, it’ll end before Black Friday. But the operative word might be “probably,” especially if not enough people are getting the item to clear supplies. Still, there are enough big-priced LEGOsets to get right now to reach $250. Let’s find out if LEGO decides to extend this GWP redemption anew later this week.
In case the excitement of the LEGO VIP weekend this past weekend made you forget: that was only the appetizer. The real highlight of November for shoppers is Black Friday/Cyber Monday. For the year 2021 that runs from November 26 to 29. LEGO’s November 20-21 VIP weekend had some special offers recurring for Black Friday. And of course, let’s not forget the LEGO Star Wars UCS AT-AT (75313) launching that day. We’ll also get new treats, some of which go active only on Cyber Monday. The Brick Fan got the scoop on a Cyber Monday VIP gift. LEGO Shop tells us the rest of it.
About that LEGO VIP item, it was spotted by The Brick Fan first on LEGO Shop Australia. They also posted the Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotions, seconded later by the rest of LEGO.com worldwide. What are we expecting this weekend? These:
LEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber (40483) – GWP with the UCS AT-AT (75313), a Black Friday launch
For LEGO VIP members, the most recent event for them – a week of double-points – came and went last weekend. Promo periods like these prove time and time again that joining LEGO’s VIP program is a great idea. Points for additional purchases, early access to hot new products and exclusives never run out when you’re a VIP. Already, LEGO is charting out a new special period next month for VIP members to take advantage of. Black Friday falls on November, remember? Expect those VIP events to come one after the other.
As The Brick Fan tells us, LEGO Shop@Home replaced the already-concluded Double-VIP Points event for a VIP Weekend announcement. The event runs one weekend from November 20 to 21. LEGO made no announcements on what to expect in those two days, leaving that reveal for November 15. Of course, we can probably count on a renewed 2x VIP Points period at minimum. Furthermore, considering LEGO’s Black Friday event scheduled November 26-29, VIP weekend could also surprise with an early set reveal. LEGO loves to spring Black Friday exclusive sets on VIP members. The November 15 reveal date might also confirm/debunk the long-rumored LEGO Star Wars Hoth AT-AT (75313). Many possibilities await LEGO collectors next month, doubly so if they’re VIPs.