Free LEGO offer extended by 2 days

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As you may have read in the forum, it seems that The Sun's free LEGO offer is being extended into this weekend, with this AT-ST available on Saturday and 30090, Pharaoh's Quest aeroplane on Sunday. This is great news, but it's rather strange why its been extended like this: some have said that they wanted to see 'how successful' it was first. I think the promotion's success is in no doubt from what I've witnessed...

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By in United Kingdom,

There doing it so they can make more money,they had the plan all along,you buy the paper for what,45p? Then other people who don't usually buy the sun,will infact buy it just for the lego toy. What i'm trying to say is that The Sun knew they were going to do this ''2 extended days'' so they can make more money.

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By in United Kingdom,

The AT-ST is the only mini set im interested in. Only issue is that im travelling to Bristol early morning! (Give us a break here!)

My local TRU (Poole) has been strict all week and enforcing the 1 per person rule which had been making life difficult for those who want multiple's!

From what I have been told in my TRU is that demand has been overwhelming, they have been selling out in only a couple of hours every day!

This extra 2 days is a good thing as far as im concerned, its a way for the Sun to make more money and for us collectors to get cheap mini sets! WIN WIN

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By in United Kingdom,

^Yes, thanks, I've now corrected my typo.

I think WHS are wiseing up now: I've heard that people have been able to go in and grab 4 or 5 and walk out with tokens intact early in the week from some branches, but today the till staff were ordered to enforce max 2 per customer and to cross out the vouchers.

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By in Belgium,

More stress! They'll go really quick again like the ones last weekend.

^ I had no problem with multiples at WHSmith this morning, hopefully tomorrow as well...

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By in United Kingdom,

I wish they did a different theme every day, Alien Conquest included. It would really give people a taste of the new themes. I only stick to themes that I know but these free mini sets might encourage people like me to buy into different themes.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wouldnt surprise me if some of the yet to be released City (Harbour Jetski for example) / AC polybags end up being part of some Xmas promo later in the year.

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By in United Kingdom,

TRU Brislington enforcing the 1 per customer rule so don't hold much hope of get many AT-ST. Will have to take wife and sion with me. The AC poly bag would of been good.

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By in United Kingdom,

It would be nice to the 2011 Lighthouse polybag in a promo this year too.

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By in United Kingdom,

Weekend sets are much easier to get - my kids will have me awake in plenty of time to go collect them :(

My closest TRU (Derby) have been sticklers for the one/person rule too - the wife has accompanied me when we've looked to get these. Smiths just handed a couple of bags over when I went with my papers on Saturday

Would love to see the AC jetpack polybag in a promo soon too.

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By in United Kingdom,

For anyone who already owns the old 4486 set, the 30054 AT-ST is not really worth it. It's virtually identical to the older mini AT-ST. The 30054 AT-ST, however, doesn't have the printed part that was on the front of the 4486 AT-ST.

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By in United Kingdom,

How do you get multipels though?

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By in United States,

This is a funny question.....

So how many of you people have actually look at or read the Sun paper?

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By in United Kingdom,

My local TRU, Lincoln, were handing out multiple sets on Saturday. I don't know if they're doing that now, however. My local WHSmith seem to have plenty of stock... and if you ask nicely they'll give you a selection of any "left overs". I bought four newspapers on Monday (two for me and two for a friend who lives too far out of town to make the journey worthwhile) and I got 10 sets.

They aren't checking or crossing out coupons but I'm not "double-dipping".

I was very skeptical of the mini sets, but the X-wing is excellent and the Black Pearl was much better than I expected (and much better than it looks in the pictures). I've opened them all now (couldn't resist) but at the end of the promotion if someone genuinely couldn't get a particular set then contact me and we sort something out.

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By in United Kingdom,

@vpustote: Not me... it's an awful paper, and judging by my attempts to give away my copies while in the queue at the local WHSmith, I'm not the only one to think that!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

@ Steno1234: as the guy at WHSmiths Oxford Street said to the angry looking man next to me as I picked up three skeleton helicopters: You buy more newspapers.

It pretty much depends who you get at the till. I've heard of people only being allowed to get one set, or being given one per token, but on Sunday I got to the till with three newspapers and was told I could have three sets for buying just one newspaper !

I tried Toys R Us around 8pm last night for the Ninja Glider. They were out, but when I asked if they had anything else, they did give me four Jack's Boats for my four tokens. Not sure if my store is less strict or just because it was leftover stock.

To be honest, its all pretty random. Just look cheery, ask nicely and don't get angry.

Glad I'm not interested in the remaining set, including the two extras. The omission of WHSmiths in stations has been far more frustrating than the Mirror promos.

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By in United Kingdom,

"To be honest, its all pretty random. Just look cheery, ask nicely and don't get angry."

Well said. Just have the confidence to ask them if they have any left over from the day before. You might be able to see them behind the counter, it's always worth asking. You have to remember that the staff in neither Toys R Us or WHSmith actually care who gets the sets so if you're happy and friendly you're MUCH more likely to get more.

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By in United Kingdom,

Lol. I got 6 today.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have been so lucky - my whole office has been collecting tokens and picking up sets on their way to work - I've ended up with 6-10 of each set every day. The whole office knows I'm lego-mad, so have been very kind. Mind you I have to take most of them with me as TRU Hayes insisted on enforcing the 1 per customer rule....

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By in Belgium,

^ I have 3 colleagues who also collect lego, and we managed to get all the sets so far. But non of the others would help out with something like that. You're very lucky to have such nice work mates. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

My son and I are really enjoying this offer - my daughter is a bit miffed though - wouldn't it be nice if some of the sets were from the CITY theme.

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By in United Kingdom,

Did anyone have any problems obtaining today's (Thursday) Ninja Dragon Fight 30083? My Smiths said they had not received their box of Lego so they couldn't give me one. Of course they only told me this after I had bought the newspaper! Does anyone have a spare one they would like to trade for Tuesday's Ninja glider 30080? My email is [email protected]

Thanks a lot.

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't wait to see the mini AT-ST, I missed out on the original, but I think it would be cool to have a squad of them going into battle, so I will be getting multiples.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hehe, this offer was just shown on Watchdog! Loads of people complained about how there wasn't enough stock. Even though it said "a free toy for every costomer", there is some really small, small print that says "whilst stocks last". *sigh*

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By in Denmark,

Central London Holborn branch of WHSmiths all out by 8:40am today. You should have heard the groan from the queue when the cashier announced it. People started to disperse, then she said "Hold on , I've found a few more!". Cue rugby scrum. Ridiculous.

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By in United Kingdom,

It is inconsistent. Walked into my local WH Smith's in Swansea. No queue - no problem getting the Desert Rover.

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By in New Zealand,

^^ Hardly surprising Holborn ran out; in Liverpool street WHS they said 'it's only the High Street stores that are stocking them, nearest one is Holborn' - so basically that one store is covering pretty much the entire square mile.

Had an interesting day today; have been out and about and have managed to pick up over 40 of these offers, of 4 different types :-) ..... the 'smile nicely' advice is good advice by the way. Mind you, this offer has really highlighted how many bad tempered WHS staff there are- but not all of them.

Personally I've been leaving all the papers at the store so they can sell them again - a lot of stores were complaining they didnt have enough papers for ordinary Sun 'readers' so I figured why not help out. I think that contributed to being able to get so many of them today.

If anything, this offer has really exposed how rubbish WHS are these days though in terms of coverage and their staff (in general). Bunch of crims too - Just look at how many of tomorrows and Sunday's ones are on eBay already; hardly surprising that some places are being reticent to give them out - they've probably pilfered a box themselves to sell on ebay and so dont have many left to give out.

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By in United Kingdom,

Was able to collect 2 AT-STs from TRU Lincoln this morning with my two Sun vouchers. Looks like another cute set to add to the collection and build!

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By in United Kingdom,

My local TRU was limiting the mini AT-ST to one per customer only this morning; they were being very strict about it.

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By in United Kingdom,

wh smiths in stockton sold out in 5 mins (i got one, thank god) :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Had loads in WHS manchester until the guy behind me picked up about 30. He could hardly carry the papers...

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By in United Kingdom,

WH Smiths in Darlington didn't have a *single* AT-ST in, according to the notice they had to put up in the window - didn't receive a shipment. :(

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By in United Kingdom,

I was in a que this morning 10 mins after opening time, I was expecting these to be limited to one per customer, so when a woman walked out with about 20 I got 4 myself. This probably explains why I couldnt get an X wing at 11am last Saturday. Anyone got an X wing to swap?

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By in United Kingdom,

I went to Leatherhead (a mile from us) first thing this morning and they were limiting customers to a maximum of 3 each and said they had fewer toys for todays promotion than any other day this week. I was in Epsom this afternoon (2 miles in the opposite direction) and thought I would see if they had any left - not hope full as it was nearly 2pm and they had loads and no restrictions on what you could have. It all seems completely random.

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By in United Kingdom,

Picked up 2 of the 3 AT-ST sets left in WHS Launceston this afternoon - just tomorrow's to go and then it'll all be over (thank the gods).

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By in United Kingdom,

Got the final set from TRU Plymouth about an hour ago - excellent and friendly staff there (as always). Massive queue outside of WHS; there must have been around 100 people there easily!

Until the next time ...

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By in United Kingdom,

very long queue at my local WHS this morning too, really glad this promo is over, no more popping out of work for 20 minutes every day.

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By in Belgium,

I got my coupons ready for when my local Whsmith opens tomorrow, they're closed today.
I'm glad it's over now. Next promo probably november.

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By in Denmark,

i got two using the sun and a coupon it was insane in guildford whs. it seems to have started really slowly and then got busier and busier. although i can see that alot of them seemed to end up on ebay. best one i saw was some one offering the atst for 7 quid not sure who would pay for that

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By in Denmark,

i cant say im shocked watchdog got involved, mainly because they are a vacous and nausiating program, but anything where its in high demand they seem to complain about. all though if they read the small print on the voucher it does say you can send off for them to if you have a voutcher

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By in United Kingdom,

the fact that it appeared on watchdog while the offer was still ongoing probably made it worse by letting more people who know about it who previously were oblivious to the fact that a national newspaper was giving away free stuff, i bet the sun/NOTW were delighted with the free advertising via the ad-less BBC corporation.

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By in United Kingdom,

"Hello everyone.. If you have had trouble getting hold of any LEGO this week please hold onto your vouchers and email [email protected] and they will be able to help you out.."

the above was from the Sun facebook page.

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