Brickset news archive: Shopping (UK)
Rich over at BrickFanatics has received information from his reliable source about the next newspaper promotion in the UK.
Not the Mirror, or the Sun, but the Daily Mail this time, and it'll run for two days only, Saturday 29th June and Sunday 30th. The two sets are said to be 30213 Gandalf the Grey on Saturday and 30183 Little Car on Sunday.
Gandalf the Grey is certainly worth picking up, but it's not really an 'army builder' is it, so you probably won't need 'hundreds' of them. I wasn't too impressed with Little Car, as you may recall from my review a while ago.
Still, it's free LEGO, and better than nothing! (Thanks to Rich for the news and the image).
Amazon.co.uk has, at last, listed all the Lone Ranger sets, for immediate delivery. Get 'em while they're hot...
(Thanks Richard for the news).
The 12th. LEGO brand store in the UK opened today in Glasgow, in the Buchanan Galleries. It's the first one in Scotland and I'm sure it will be welcomed by the many Scottish AFOLs nearby. I suspect the 'grand opening' event will be in a couple of months' time.
There's been no further word on Southampton since LEGO let it slip that a store is to open there, but hopefully we'll hear something more concrete soon.
Update: It's believed that the grand opening weekend will be 6-8th June (thanks Adam K at Brickish)
(Thanks to littlebriony for reminding me to post this).
This year's Star Wars offers start a day early in Europe due to it being a holiday weekend. So for the next two days, May 3rd and 4th, the following offers are available at shop.LEGO.com:
- FREE Delivery on all orders of £25 or more.
- FREE Exclusive Han Solo minifigure with LEGO Star Wars orders of £50 or more.
- FREE Limited edition Star Wars™ Yoda poster with all orders.
- 10240 UCS X-Wing Starfighter is now available.
In addition, the following sets are discounted:
Set number Description Discount 9491 Geonosian Cannon 15% 9492 TIE Fighter 10% 9494 Anakin's Jedi Interceptor 13% 9496 Desert Skiff 10% 9497 Republic Striker-class Starfighter 10% 9498 Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter 13% 9499 Gungan Sub 14% 9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor 10% 9516 Jabba's Palace 11% 9525 Pre Vizsla's Mandalorian Fighter 10% 9677 X-wing Starfighter & Yavin 4 30% 9678 Twin-pod Cloud Car & Bespin 30% 9679 AT-ST & Endor 30% 10188 Death Star 7% 10221 Super Star Destroyer 8% 10225 R2-D2 11%
Click on the banner above to get shopping. USA and Canada offers will be published on the 4th.
Note: At the moment, the offer seems to be "FREE Exclusive Han Solo minifigure with ANY order of £50 or more, not just Star Wars". If there are no Star Wars sets that take your fancy but you need a Han Solo, order anything -- now -- in case the loophole is closed later on.
LEGO has announced the details for the Grand Opening of the LEGO Store in Leeds. The Grand Opening will be from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May 2013. From the email sent out by LEGO:
• Get a FREE LEGO® Chima™ Speedor (worth £9.99) with this email!*
• Be one of the first 300 customers who spend £25 or more in store and get a exclusive free gift!*
• Find all LEGO® owls in store and receive a cool set for free!*
• Proof your LEGO® skills in the brick-tastic building event in the shopping centre to get a certificate and 10% off your next purchase.*
*All offers are only valid from 17th-19th May 2013. Free surprise is limited to the first 500 visitors who bring a hard copy of this email. Free exclusive gift offer is limited to first 300 buyers per day. Free set with participation in in-store play is limited to the first 500 participants. Terms and conditions apply.
Will you be attending?
Series 10 figures are starting to appear in shops in the UK now. Ron emailed last night to say "Just been to Smyths in Kidderminster (West Mids) and they had series 10 out! Brought myself a whole box, so fingers crossed for the elusive Mr G..."
Two hours later he sent me another email with this picture "And look what I just found!!"
While we wait for LEGO to get their official Mr. Gold page online you can keep track of sightings in the forum and read about some of the (questionable) lengths other people are going to to try and get hold of one.
Whilst I do not blame people for doing such things (I probably would given the opportunity), the whole Mr. Gold affair (shall we call it Goldgate? :-) ) is very distasteful and I hope LEGO is having serious regrets about the whole thing. What with retailers going through their stock before putting them on the shelves, retailers letting others go through their stock before putting them out and ridiculous sums being paid on eBay, it seems to be backfiring disastrously, bringing out the worst in people, and the chances of kids getting their hands on them are going to be virtually nil. (rant over!)
If you're in the UK, you'll see there's now a 'View <n> reductions at Play.com' item in the menu which links to a page that'll show you what's currently reduced at Play.com.
Items that they offer, including those in their third-party marketplace, are also shown under the 'For sale' tab on individual set detail pages, e.g. this one.
Hopefully, this'll be useful for someone.
More bad news for UK LEGO buyers: LEGO has stated that the Lone Ranger sets won't be available in the UK until July. Richard asked on Facebook when they'd be available. The reply was "Unfortunately, you'll still have a bit of a wait. The sets are not scheduled for UK launch until 19 July. If that date gets moved forward we'll certainly announce it on our page." The movie is released on 9th August in the UK, a month after it is in many other countries.
It seems LEGO has it in for us this year. Thankfully we can largely work around their ridiculous staggered release schedule and order from European Amazons. Amazon.de has them all listed for release next week.
My prayers have been answered! There's been no official announcement yet, but as you can read in the forum Havocsan completed a survey after visiting the Cardiff store and commented about the distance he had to travel to get to it.
The reply he received from LEGO stated "I can appreciate that for many people it is quite a trip to get to us in Cardiff. Later on this year, there will be a new LEGO Store opening in Southampton, which may be a little easier to get to! Keep an eye out on the website for further details and opening dates."
Southampton is about 10 miles away from where I live, so to say I'm pleased is an understatement :-)
The Hobbit is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK, but unfortunately we've had it confirmed by Warner that there are no plans to release it with exclusive Bilbo Baggins minifig here.
That probably goes for everywhere else outside USA, too, but if you know differently, let us know.
(Thanks to deepdalelegend in the forum for the bad news)
There are usually a number of offers on around Easter time to encourage you to part with your money on toys instead of chocolate, but this year they seem thin on the ground.
The only one I've been made aware of is at Toys R Us (UK):
- Spend £40 and get a free bucket (one of four) worth £12.99
- Spend £40 and get a £10 voucher to spend between 15th April and 6th May 2013
TRU is currently selling the three 'Great Vehicles' (60016-60018) for £13.49 instead of £17.99 so if you buy all three you'll ends up quids in... Thanks to Lucien for the news.
Are you aware of any other Easter promotions? Let us know in the comments.
It's not all bad news with regards polybag promotions with publications today: Rich at BrickFanatics is reporting that the current issue of Girl Talk magazine comes wihe a free Friends polybag, 30106, Ice Cream Stand.
I think the magazine costs £2.99 so it's not a bad deal, even if you don't have young girls in your family to give the magazine to.
(Picture courtesy of BrickFanatics).
The official announcement regarding the heavily discussed next Sun promo is now available here on their website. It is as we all feared - a lucky dip! Below is the tag line from the Sun.ATTENTION all LEGO heads, we have got another fantastic offer to keep you smiling - FIVE FREE Toys (P&P applies).Thanks to Simon for the news!
Legoboy has forwarded details of the grand opening event at the Watford store, which opened its doors just before Christmas:
"Come to the LEGO® Store Watford Grand Opening from 21-23 February at The Harlequin Shopping Centre.
"Get a different Exclusive Limited Edition Free Gift only available to the first 300 purchases over £25 each day."
The dates, times, and freebies are as follows:
21st February, Thu: 9am-9pm -- T Shirt
22nd February, Fri: 9am-6pm -- Brand store model
23rd February, Sat: 9am-7pm -- Minifig pack
More details about the forthcoming Sun promotion have emerged.
Head on over to BrickFanatics to find out what the word on the street is.
Warning: it sounds like bad news :-(
We've heard a rumour from a normally reliable source that the next Sun promotion will start on Saturday 16th February.
It's said to contain 2 Lone Ranger, 3 Chima, 1 Ironman, 1 City and 1 Friends polybag, plus one other if it's to run Saturday to the following Sunday.
As I say this is just a rumour at the moment. There's another one going round, reported by BrickFanatics, that suggests it's going to be some sort of 'lucky dip'.
Whatever, we might get the first concrete information this weekend by way of an advert in the paper.
News has emerged this week that LEGO is opening two new brand stores in the UK in the next few months.
One of them will be the first to open in Scotland, and will be at Glasgow's Buchanan Galleries shopping centre in the middle of the city. You can read more about this at the STV Glasgow website (via the forum)
The second one will be in Leeds, in the Trinity Centre. LEGO has posted an ad. for the manager's job, with an anticipated start date of March. (thanks robyaw)
It's great to see that there is some good news on the high street, following the collapse of so many well known chains. Let's hope the expansion continues as far as Southampton before too long...
Meanwhile, the grand opening event at the last store to open, in Watford, is said to be 21 - 23 February. No news on freebies but they are bound to be the same as every other one: T Shirts, brand store models, and minifigs. (thanks FinnTheHuman in the forum)
BrickFanatics has reminded me that the new Argos catalogue comes out tomorrow and I'm pleased to see that Rich has posted scans of the LEGO pages because, like many of you I suspect, I won't be venturing to my branch to pick one up in the morning given the weather conditions.
It's chock full of new goodies, of course, plus a few other offers and snippets of information:
- LEGO City HERO Rewards, which seems to be some sort of token collect in exchange for City related items (probably tat!)
- The Umbarran MHC and Razar's Chi Raider are Argos exclusives in the UK
- TMNT sets are being launched on 15th Feb.
- Series 10 minifigs out in May
Rich also says that until 26th Feb, spend £30 or more on LEGO in store and receive a £5 voucher, which is a 16% discount if you spend exactly £30. Not too shabby until something better comes along later in the year...
See the scans at BrickFanatics.
This month's Toy News trade magazine has an article about marketing for LoC by LEGO in the UK. We know about most of it already, but one new aspect is mentioned: "Chima will be promoted in kids' publications The Beano and Toxic, including a series of takeover issues, competitions, puzzles, feature scenes, covermounts and mini mags."
I guess this means we might see the likes of 30255, which consists of a minifig and not much else, on the covers. So, keep your eyes peeled!
Brickset member Hob spotted this in his copy of The Sun today! As you can see, there are no details at all, but 'beat the winter blues' implies that it'll be happening before May, which has traditionally been the time of the first offer of the year. Maybe February half-term?
As we've seen recently, there are loads of great new polybags lined up for release this year so I think we can be sure that, whenever it is, it's bound to include something of interest!
Just a quick post to say that this LoC set has been seen at WHS Holborn Circus, London, which I think is the first sighting in the wild (unless you know otherwise). There were certainly none to be found in Hamburg today.
We've had a number of reports that WH Smith stores in the UK are now selling Series 9 Collectable Minifigures. So far, we've heard that the Smith's in Norwich and London (Oxford Street) have them.
I tried confirming this is person today, in Milton Keynes (which still has Series 8 & Team GB figs), but no luck for me. If you spot them in the UK, please let us know here. Thanks!
Thanks to crazycrisplego and Evil_Do0d for emailing us with the news.
It looks as if they are selling them at RRP, which makes a nice change, and given Amazon has put their prices up now makes them a reasonable buy if you need to have them now :-)
Let us know in the comments if they're on the shelves at your local branch.
Amazon.co.uk has reduced the price of all LotR sets by 25%, and also has four of The Hobbit sets available for pre-order at a 25% discount. That makes An Unexpected Gathering much more palatable at £45 instead of £60. There's no expected delivery date given but I suspect it will be around 1st December.
All the sets are now listed on the Bargain Watch page.
It makes a refreshing change to see new superstores opening in out-of-town retail parks when we are more accustomed to seeing their closure. It's even better when it's a toy store, and it's about a mile from your own house :-)
Smyths Toys originated in the Republic Of Ireland but have been rapidly expanding into the UK over the last few years, mostly in the north of England and around London. Their newest branch opened today in Fareham, Hampshire. It's good that they are making inroads into what was previously Toys R Us territory because they are so much nicer than TRU in every way.
- It's tidy: sets are arranged by theme and not scattered randomly wherever there's space. And, it's all in one place - not all over the shop, at the end of aisles and at the front in a special promotions area.
- It has almost every retail set that's currently available.
- The prices are not marked up. In fact there are some real bargains to be had, which is becoming uncommon for bricks-and-mortar shops (apart from when they are running 3-for-2 offers).
Furthermore, you are not persecuted if you enter the shop with bags. It's altogether a much more pleasant experience, and you don't feel 'dirty' once you've been in it.
So as you can probably tell, I'm happy to have a branch so close, and I can see I'll be visiting every time I pass by (which I foresee will be often :))
Do you have a Smyths near you? What do you think of it? If you don't, remember you can keep an eye on their bargains using our Smyths Quick Shopper.
Argos has confirmed on their Facebook page that they will be running another 3-for-2 on toys promotion from tomorrow until Tuesday. If I were you I'd reserve now for collection tomorrow.
Also, it has been reported in the Brickish forum that Toys R Us will be running a 3-for-2 offer from next Wednesday, the 14th.
The question is, do you still have sets left to buy, and money to buy them with?! It's a shame the Hobbit sets are not out yet: I guess by the time they are in December, the shops won't be running any more promotions like this.
Products that are discounted are shown in the new Smyths Quick Shopper page (linked to on the menu of the home page) and prices will also be shown under the 'For Sale' tab of set details pages, such as this one (which incidentally is almost half price!).
Prices will be updated every day. They are not alerted in the same way that Amazon prices are, but they probably could be (along with Argos for that matter) if you felt it would be useful.
Here's today's little set, 30210, Frodo with cooking corner, which is quite cute and, just for a change, is conflict, crime and weapon-free.
My only criticism is that the sausage doesn't fit in the pan on the stove properly: a couple of 1x1 round plates to raise the hood would have fixed that.
So, that's the end of that then, well, until the next one, probably in May, anyway!
They clearly are popular and good sellers if this much shelf-space, just inside the entrance and not tucked away at the back of the shop with the rest of the kids' books, can be dedicated to them. The book shop is even selling LEGO sets!
I'm hesitant to say it, but I never buy books on the high street any more, even at buy-one-get-one-half-price as was the case here, you know they'll be cheaper at Amazon, which is where our new book lists for AFOL and kids' LEGO books come in handy...
The Uruk-hai minifig is definitely the reason why, and in full armour he really does look great, and an excellent 'army builder' figure of which you can never have too many.
The ballista has some nice pieces in it, particularly the brown 1x4 curved brick which is not very common.
My WHS was fairly calm today, and in common with every other day, there was no limit on the number of papers I could buy, unlike some branches, it seems. Mind you, by 10am they'd run out of papers but still have loads of polybags left.
I hope you all managed to get as many as you wanted.
Here is today's Sun set: 30085 Jumping Snakes. The minifig is Jay ZX, who appears in five other sets. You can have too many of him, but the rest of the parts in the bag are definitely worth having plenty of, particularly the snakes, although the lime green one is the most common, appearing in four other sets.
As you can see from the instructions image, the fire-box-thingy (what is it supposed to be?) on the left has a mechanism that ejects the snakes out from the top. It's not much of a model to look at, but it's jolly good fun :-)
How have things been in your WHS? Mine has been civilised every day so far. I wonder if that will change tomorrow when the best set of the batch is on offer. Mind you, to 98% of the population, it's just another LEGO set isn't it, so I don't suppose it'll be any different...
Today's Sun offering is 30152 Mining Quad. This set has been available in the USA at TRU and also in Belgium and Holland as part of promotions there.
As with most vehicles of this size that you find in polybags, it's all wheels and not much else. Once again the minifig is the main attraction. His helmet is particularly nice, and new to this year's City Mining sets.
Definitely worth a trip to WHS in the pouring rain for.
30200 Coffin Car features a bizarre vehicle made from a coffin and a zombie chauffeur. The zombie is quite nice but it's the same one that's available in three other sets so you probably have him already. There are not too many useful parts in the set, as most of its bulk is taken up by the coffin, which isn't particularly reusable.
The set has been available at LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in the USA, but I think this is its first appearance in Europe.
It's definitely worth getting out of bed and down to WHS for, although I, like many, would have preferred 30201, the ghost. After all, a couple of zombie chauffeurs is enough for anybody, but you can never have enough glow-in-the-dark ghosts :)
Here is today's free set with The Sun in the UK. It's been available as part of many promotions over the world so from that point of view it is the least desirable of the selection, and arguably, being Police, the most boring.
Having said that, there are a lot of large pieces in it compared with the Super Heroes sets we've had so far and the minifig is actually quite cool. Dark blue legs are always useful, his hat is great and he's sporting one of the new life jackets that appeared last year, which is a great improvement on the earlier version. The Forest Police torso is also very nice.
My verdict today, then, is if you're passing WHS you might as well grab a few, but it's probably not worth making a special trip for.
Today's model free with The Sun is 30162 Quinjet. It's the only one of the nine in the offer that doesn't have a minifig, so consequently there are more pieces in it.
This set has not been available anywhere in the world until today: in fact it's not even listed at BrickLink yet.
Update: Psymon has pointed out in his review something that I didn't notice: The instructions cover image has dark grey wings and a dark grey instead of black wedge plate at the back of the fuselage. It looks much better like that: if I have the pieces to do a conversion I will do so and post a photo...
I probably won't bore you with the next 4 days' models as they are relatively uninteresting and have been available in many other countries (unless you want me to, that is!)
The next set of interest is on Saturday, 30211: Uruk Hai with ballista.
Today's offering in The Sun is 30165 Hawkeye with equipment.
This is another great set to be included in the lineup: Hawkeye was previously only available in expensive sets and, as far as we know, the polybag itself has only been available in Sweden before now.
I don't know what your experience has been like but, again, my branch was quiet today and they even had some of yesterday's sets left, so it looks as if there are plenty to go round this time.
I'm sure I don't need to remind UK readers that the free LEGO with The Sun promotion has started today, but just in case you've been living in a cave for the last few months... get down to WHS right away! :-)
Today's offering is 30163 Thor and the Cosmic Cube. Given that this set has not been seen in the UK before, and previously Thor was available only in expensive sets, it's a great little polybag to start off the promotion with.
The rock piece is frangible so that you can mimic Thor breaking it by moving the black Technic beam lever on the side. It's pretty unremarkable otherwise, but with Thor in it, it's worth 50p of anyone's money.
My branch of WHS was surprisingly civilised this morning at 9:15; my wife and I walked straight to the till, and there wasn't a walking-stick wielding granny or scalper in sight. I suspect tomorrow will be worse given the store doesn't open until 10:00 am and everyone's had time to get up and go into town by then. In case you need reminding, here's the list of sets we can look forward to this week.
It looks as if they are in the order stated, too. Here's atkinsar's BrickList so you can see which ones you need.
Typically, the best ones are at the weekend, when the paper is most expensive!
Thanks to number5 for posting the link in the forum.
The list of sets is allegedly as per the list below, which has also been made into a Bricklist by atkinsar.
30163: Thor and the Cosmic cube
30165: Hawkeye with equipment
30017: City Police Boat
30200: Zombie chauffeur coffin car
30152: City Mining Quad
30085: Ninjago Jumping Snakes
30210: Lord of the Rings Frodo with cooking corner
30211: Lord of the Rings Uruk Hai with ballista
That looks to be entirely plausible, and more so than the previous list that surfaced on a non-LEGO site a while ago.
There's some really great sets in the list and I think I'm right in saying that Quinjet hasn't appeared anywhere else yet, so that is definitely one to look out for. In fact, none of them have appeared in the UK before, so we'll all need to be traipsing down to WHS to do battle with the grannies and scalpers every day :-)
It seems that hardly a week goes by without a LEGO brand store opening somewhere in the world, which is of course great news for us.
The next one to open in the UK will be in Watford, in the Harlequin shopping centre. A slightly strange choice given the proximity of the stores in London and Milton Keynes, but nevertheless very welcome to those that live nearby, including our very own DrDaveWatford.
If you fancy a job there, the manager's job is currently being advertised.
All we (sorry, I) need now is one in the Portsmouth/Southampton area. Hopefully it won't be long now! (thanks bluemoose for the news)
I have it on good authority (hukd) that the Argos annual 3-for-2 offer starts tomorrow (Wed 26th)! It's on until Tuesday, but of course stock will deplete quickly, so get your order in quickly!
So, I recommend you reserve your items today for collection tomorrow. I have already!
Update: Argos has announced this on their Facebook page so the website is running like treacle at the moment, but it's worth persevering :-)
Update 2: 08:15 in the morning: the site is now overloaded and it's impossible to check out...
Thanks Jon S for the tip-off!
We've been rather spoiled for 20% discounts and 3-for-2 offers in the UK lately.
However, if you've missed out on previous opportunities or still have things on your wish list, you can take advantage of 20% discount at Smyths Toys this weekend, in-store and online. What's more, shipping is free on orders over £40.
Having had a look round their LEGO offering it seems as if quite a few sets are reduced already. For example the Dino Defence HQ is just £66.49 instead of £75, so with 20% off that takes it to £53.19, which is a c.30% discount. Sadly, it's not in stock online :-(
I don't normally like to post articles about specific sets being reduced, they get a bit boring, don't they, but I think this warrants an exception (plus, news has been slow today...)
Ewok Attack is currently less than half price at Amazon.co.uk, having dropped in price by £11 today and is now only £12.45. I don't suppose they'll last, so get in quick...
It appears to be online and in-store, although as you can read in the forum, some stores may be excluded, or are just slow at getting started/putting out the signage.
I might just go and grab myself some Monster Fighters sets, that I vowed not to buy any of :-)
Dan emailed to say "just got back from Tesco in Milton Keynes / have just purchased series 8 minifigs / they had 4x boxes unopened".
They are due on the shelves of Tesco tomorrow, and apparently Tesco has a one month window of exclusivity on them in the UK meaning Argos etc. won't have them until October.
Somewhat surprisingly, Argos has started stocking a few Architecture sets, including Big Ben. Prices are retail, but I can't see them selling particularly well so I'm sure they'll be reduced in the fullness of time. See what's available on our Argos shopper page, select 'Architecture' from the drop-down list.
If you're a member of a LUG, or frequent the forum, you'll be aware that on specific dates and times LEGO offers a 15% discount to AFOLs in the brand stores.
The next discount day has just been announced by the LEGO community team and it'll be Saturday 1st September.
The times are slightly different, depending on the store, and are just before normal opening times:
- Bluewater, Stratford, Liverpool, Brighton, Manchester and Sheffield: 8:00 – 9:00
- Milton Keynes and Cardiff: 8:30 – 9:30
- Westfield: 9:00 – 10:00
I believe the only requirement to attend is that you're an adult. There are restrictions on what you can buy but for all practical purposes it's pretty much whatever you want.
There's usually a few AFOLs around at each of the stores so if you're interested in meeting up with fellow Bricksetters, post something in the forum. Unfortunately I won't be at any of them, it's my wedding anniversary that weekend and we're off on a short cruise (I'm not sure if that should be followed by a :-) or a :-(... :-) )
Meanwhile, the dates of the grand opening events have been announced at stores.LEGO.com:
- Manchester: 24th-26th August
- Sheffield: 31st August to 2nd September
The free gifts are similar for both. Be among the first 300 to spend £25 and...
- On the Friday you'll receive a kid's T-Shirt
- On Saturday, 3300003: LEGO Brand Retail Store
- On Sunday, exclusive minifigs
So, it sounds as if Sheffield is the place to be on the 1st September to get 15% off AND the brand store set!
If you missed out on the Toys R Us offer at the weekend, you'll be pleased to hear that Play.com has 20% off all Lord Of The Rings sets for today only. Delivery is free.
You need to use the voucher code LOTRLEGO20OFF at checkout. (Thanks to Andrew for the news).
If you go in store, you'll need to print this voucher and take it with you.
Now they have adjusted their LotR prices to be RRP, you will receive a genuine 20% off with this coupon. Don't bother with Palpatine's Arrest though, it's £80 which is £20 more than RRP so even with 20% off it'll still be above it.
(Thanks minimacwomble for the news)
Eagle-eyed forum member Secretjedi spotted a comment on MoneySavingExpert that may have revealed the line-up and date of the next Sun LEGO promotion.
Apparently it will run between 6th and 13th October and will include the following sets:
- 30211 Uruk Hai
- 30201 Ghost
- 30008 Snowman
- 30151 Mining Dozer
- 30190 Ferrari 150 Italia
- 30009 Christmas Tree
- 30132 Jack Sparrow
- 30100 Beach
Of course, the information may not be 100% accurate given that there's over two months until this promo starts, but what do you think of the line-up?
Update: here's a Bricklist to help you keep track.
I don't have mine yet, but 61 new LEGO products popped up in the product feed overnight, including the summer Star Wars, Technic, Friends, Ninjago, LotR and series 8 minifigs, although the latter appear to be out of stock everywhere.
Of particular note are Pre Vizsla's Mandalorian Fighter for £49.99 which may well be an Argos exclusive in the UK, and a new version of Life Of George. I'm not sure what the difference between this and the old one is, do you? It's also listed at TRU in Canada so will presumably be available everywhere soon enough.
Remember, you can use our Argos LEGO list to find what you're looking for quicker than searching on the Argos site.
I'm also told that TRU has re-listed LotR sets and has removed its 20% markup. They should be available on line and in-store now. (thanks Kez)
Update: Pre Vizsla's Mandalorian Fighter IS an Argos exclusive in the UK.
After only just one day, Argos has stopped selling the LotR sets. They are still listed at the site but they won't be available now until 21st July.
I suspect the 'Brickset effect' has occurred again. The sequence of events was probably as follows:
- Argos list them on Sunday, and make them available immediately, in error.
- Someone from LEGO UK reads Brickset on Monday morning, checks Argos for themselves then calls their head office and asks for them to be removed.
- Argos remove the sets from sale on Monday afternoon.
LEGO fan sites are effective 'eyes and ears' for the LEGO marketing team: we (as a community) do the hard work sniffing out when online retailers list products, when they publish photos and when they start selling new sets. All LEGO has to do is read Brickset - and other sites like it - and pounce on the offending retailer when they read about something they don't like.
I wonder if I can block certain content from visitors with IP addresses registered to LEGO... :-)
If there's a lesson for AFOLs to learn from this, and the removal of the summer Star Wars sets from shop.LEGO.com after a couple of days at the beginning of June, it's read Brickset regularly, and act immediately!
(Thanks to LostInTranslation for the news).
Earlier today, forum member tom4086 posted in the forum that he bought a Haunted House at LDC Manchester, for the original price of £120. Given it's not supposed to be on sale until September, this is presumably another faux pas by the Discovery Centre. Before you all go rushing there tomorrow, it sounds as if there were not many available: he bought one of the two delivered.
Furthermore, Mikky emailed to say that he bought 9525, Pre Vizsla's Mandalorian Fighter and 9526, Palpatine's Arrest there today as well. He writes "Not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet but I picked up Palpatine's Arrest and Pre Vizla sets today at LDC Manchester. With 20% off today it was £48 for Chancellor and £40 for Pre Viz. Both lovely and nowhere else that I have heard of in the UK yet."
I think he's right but hopefully it won't be long before they are available elsewhere.
Gandalf Arrives, and the rest of the LotR sets are now listed at Argos. There doesn't seem to be a lot of stock around though -- at least not in my area -- but this set and Shelob Attacks, are in my local store and I'll be on my way down there in a minute to collect them.
Toys R Us also has them listed, but for an August 1st release. Their prices are however, astronomical: at least 20% more than at Argos. E.g. Shelob Attacks: Argos - £19.99, TRU - £24.99, Battle of Helms Deep: Argos - £99.00, TRU - £119.99!
(Thanks Kez for the news).
Specialist retailer Forbidden Planet is now listing the summer Star Wars and LotR sets on its website, and states that they will be available on 12th August. So, that's about another 7 weeks to wait, then, although I won't be surprised if Argos has them in its Autumn/Winter catalogue that'll be out at the end of July.
Furthermore, their entry for the Desert Skiff is showing a picture of a totally different, far more appealing, model, right.
Unfortunately, it's not a picture of the set at all: bluemoose has just confirmed it's a MOC from flickr. Doh!
(thanks to flump and a smooth criminal for the news...)
A sale has started today at shop.LEGO.com in Europe, featuring mostly last year's sets. There are a few decent discounts to be had, particularly on a couple of Pirates of the Caribbean sets. Check out what's on offer and combine it with the free Hulk minifig offer!
Sorry, there doesn't appear to be anything much for sale in the USA.
I received several emails today about this offer and there's chatter in the forum as well: Buy any Star Wars set and get Shirtless Darth Maul free in both UK and Ireland branches of Smyths toy stores. There's no mention of this on their website, but there wasn't last year when they had a similar offer for white Boba Fetts.
These minifig display cases have been 'hard to find' in the UK until now, partly because they are not available from shop.LEGO.com.
Amazon is now stocking them, and has them at 15% below RRP. At the moment only the yellow one is available in both 16- and 8-minifig sizes but it appears that black, red and blue in both sizes will be available in June, and can be pre-ordered now. (Thanks Renegade007cjh for the news)
Prepare yourselves for a LEGO frenzy at WHS starting tomorrow! Nine sets are being offered from Saturday 19th to Sunday 26th May. You can see the sets that'll be available in Si_*'s BrickList.
This weekend's Batman sets, one of which hasn't been available elsewhere before, are undoubtably the best but be sure to pick up next Saturday's Ninjago set as well, which has made only one appearance before (as far as we know), in Poland.
Don't bother to go down on Friday, the fire set was given away in the Mirror promotion in 2010, and next Sunday's has been around for 5 years and you are bound to have too many of them already :-)
The location of the eighth brand store in the UK has been revealed on the jobs section of LEGO.com. It will be in Manchester, in the Arndale Centre, in the middle of the city.
Clearly LEGO think there is a need for one there, despite the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre being only a few miles away in the Trafford Centre.
I believe there is to be another store opening in the UK this year, but its location still remains a mystery. If I had to guess I'd say it will be in t'north of country, though :-)
(thanks Martyn for posting this news in the forum)
Posters revealing the nine sets that will be available with The Sun newspapers in the UK from 19th May are on display at The LEGO Show in Manchester today. I haven't had a chance to put set numbers against them, but as you can see there are:
- 2 Batman sets
- 2 Ningago sets
- 2 Star Wars sets, including a 5 year old Tie Fighter
- 3 City sets
The doors open in 5 minutes. I sill have a few 1x8 bricks left, so if you're here this morning, come and find me!
Update: Si_* has created a Bricklist showing the sets that'll be available.
The UK May store calendar has been published and it confirms the minifig offers for May which are good in-store and online:
- May 4-5: Free TC14 with £50 Star Wars purchase
- May 16-31: Free Hulk minifig with any £50 purchase.
The MMMB model is a tulip. View the calendar here.
We've been told that the 'shirtless' Darth Maul minifig that was given to visitors of the LEGO stand at the NY toy fair is now being given away with purchases of £20 in the Star Wars shop at LEGOLAND Windsor.
This is sure to drive its value on the secondary market right down. I see some lots on eBay.co.uk are 'buy it now' for £90!
(thanks richardh for the news)
Argos is now listing the Marvel sets on its website, although you might have difficulty finding them. It's almost as if they don't want to sell them: they are not listed when you click on the Super Heroes image on their LEGO page but if you click on that link then search for 'LEGO Super Heroes' you'll find them. (thanks Obiron17)
Some branches of TRU are also selling them, although the outer boxes are apparently marked 'not to be sold until April 8th' so you might not find them in your local one. (from the forum)
There are several UK Shopping stories currently, so I've summed them up into one for ease of viewing.
Toys R Us
There are currently 3 offers:
- Free LEGO Box 4625 or 4626 worth £12.99 with any LEGO purchase over £50.
- £10 gift card with spend over £40 on purchases from 28th March - 9th April. Gift card must be spent between 16th April and 7th May.
- £5 voucher off your next purchase when you use click and collect (minimum £20 - expires 1st April). Voucher valid from 1st -30th April.
- 3 for 2 on Star Wars LEGO.
- Get a £5 voucher if you spend over £50, or a £10 voucher if you spend over £100.
The Marvel Super Heoes sets are still on pre-order to be released this Sunday.
WH Smith/Tesco/John Lewis
Series 7 seems to have made it, but in small quantities. Hopefully these shops will be getting more stock soon. There's also a couple of coupons for W H Smith in the forum.
If you have any breaking news, please be sure to let us know. You can contact Huw using the link above or contact any other news editor through their profile.
The Marvel Super Heroes sets have now made it to preorder on Amazon. As they're all at RRP, it's a great opportunity to pick them up with free shipping, and normally Amazon ships them before the official release date.
Thanks Doomtrool for the tip on the US thread!
Forum member LostInTranslation has spotted the new Marvel Super Heroes sets at John Lewis, Oxford Street (UK). She's snapped some cell phone photos for us, which I've uploaded below, as proof they are now on sale :-) Keep an eye out for these sets at other John Lewis stores, and let us know if you find them. If you have no luck, it's not too long until the official launch on Sunday...
- Image #1 (Avengers' Quinjet)
- Image #2 (Avengers' Quinjet)
- Image #3 (Wolverine Helicopter)
- Image #4 (Hulk's Helicarrier Breakout)
EDIT - there seems to be an issue with embedding images from that hosting site, so switched to links (bluemoose)
We've now had a couple of reported sightings of Series 7 minifigures in John Lewis stores across the UK. So far they've been spotted in Southsea and Glasgow. Does your store have them? Let us know in the comments below. Let's hope they hit the rest of the world soon!
Thanks to Thego and S_Hollins in the forum.
Update: We've now heard that most John Lewis stores nationwide have stock of these, but each store has only one or two boxes, so they're being bought up quickly by resellers. I've also heard back from several W H Smith stores, and they have all said that they expect stock this Thursday. Thanks for all the tips
Argos appears to be having a bit of a sale at the moment, with 20% off this year's Star Wars sets and various discounts on older sets. Check it all out here, and remember, Brickset gets 25p for every reservation made through the link! (Thanks AnseltheCat)
The title sums it up... The offer is online and may be in-store as well. I will check tomorrow unless someone beats be to it. It seems to be available to buy separately for £4.99, too. The offer runs until 4th March.
A couple of people emailed to say that Tesco has some decent discounts on large sets and a discount code as well at the moment.
25% off three of the larger sets from the Harry Potter, Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean ranges, plus they are offering £10 off any £75 or more spend, thus reducing the set prices further. Use code TDX-7PKF at the check-out.
- 4195 : Pirates Of The Caribbean Queen Annes Revenge (sale price of £66 after the discount code) http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.211-5600.aspx
7964 : Star Wars Republic Frigate (sale price of £69 after the discount code)
4842 Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (sale price of £67 after the discount code)
(Thanks bigospedros and Andrew H)
The new Argos catalogue is out today, but as they started stocking the 2012 sets on Boxing Day there isn't much new LEGO in it.
They are however stocking three new games: Mini-Taurus, City Alert and the Star Wars game 3866, Battle Of Hoth.
My branch was out of stock but Stuart C, who managed to get one in his local branch, says "32 microfigs including Luke, Han, Chewie, Vader, Boba, Veers, rebels and troopers. Also brick-built AT-ATs, AT-STs, snowspeeders, Tauntaun and two kinds of gun position. Frankly it's so cool I'm tempted to go back to Portsmouth and buy another!"
If, like me, you didn't want to buy another Diagon Alley just to get a mini Hogwarts Express, you'll be pleased to know that you can now buy it from shop.LEGO.com.
Although it was never sold for what is claimed is its full price of £7.99, it's now included in the sale for £6.39. That's still vastly overpriced for a 64 piece kit but if you're a polybag collector and you don't already have it, I suspect you'll buy it whatever the price...
(Thanks ljames28 for the news)
Toys R Us in the UK now seem to have a decent stock of 2012 sets including Super Heroes, Dino and City. Chillybreeze101 points out that they are stocking 6857 Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape, which is proving hard to get hold of elsewhere. The brand stores I've been in are out of stock and although it was briefly available from shop.LEGO.com, it's now out of stock until March.
Argos is listing 2012 Star Wars, Friends, Dino and much more on their website, for reserve and collect in-store for collection tomorrow.
I've reserved a few Star Wars sets and will be down to my local branch first thing!
(thanks to a smooth criminal and Callum for the tip-off!)
As you may have read in the forum, 2012 sets have been appearing before they should in several Tesco stores across the country and also in some of the brand stores.
We received a tip-off yesterday from bodybomb3 that the Brighton store had put a good selection out, so on the way to pick up Granny for Christmas from Sussex this morning I took a detour to see for myself.
There were a few of the Ninjago sets, but not all, although they did have the best of the bunch, 9443, the helicopter. They had all the first batch of Super Heroes, all Dino sets, quite a few City and all of the Creator sets, I believe. There were no Friends sets, though.
I grabbed one of the last Lex Luthor sets, 6862, so the initial stock may have sold out. You can see my haul above. I'll probably go back when I take Granny home next week ;-)
Within the last hour, news has broken in the forum that series 6 figures are now available in WHS and TRU in the UK. There's been positive sightings at WHSmiths in Oxford and TRU in Altrincham.
Happy hunting: please post here or in the forum when you find them!
In case you haven't already read about this in the forum, there will be a free polybag with The Sun next Saturday. The main advert doesn't give any clues as to what it is although Eurobricks is citing another one, on page 7 of today's paper, that shows 30055 Vulture droid. It looks to be just a single giveaway this time, part of a larger Christmas promotion. (thanks Broxi)
Update: there'll be a free set on Saturday 3rd December (Vulture droid) and another on the 10th. More info in the forum.
Here's a pretty good deal if you still have money to spend after the recent Amazon and TRU sales: Get an additional 15% off when you spend over £40 on toys from now until the 22nd November. There are already some pretty good discounts at Argos so if you combine them with this you'll be quids in...
Update: It seems they've put the prices up of most of the previously discounted sets, but our data feed is a few days out of date so the price increases are not showing up here yet.
Almost certainly prompted by the Toys R Us 3-for-2 offer on LEGO this weekend, Amazon has reduced the price of loads of LEGO sets by 33%, as you can see from the alert below (if you're in the UK), including my previous Set of the Week, the Ninjago Earth Dragon. I suspect more may be picked up when the data is gathered again at midday, so keep an eye out here and on the Bargain Watch page.
This seems to be a growing trend, doesn't it: Amazon reducing their prices in response to a competitor's promotion. We saw it in France a couple of weeks ago. It's good for us as consumers now, I guess, but one day all the competitors will be out of business and we'll only have Amazon. Then it might not be so good...
Items from the midday (GMT) update combined into this list, and category changed so it stays around a bit longer.
You may have read this in the forum already, but it's worth repeating here: buy anything in the newly-relocated LEGO brand store at Bluewater and get this large Brickley model free! You can read more on the store's page at LEGO.com.
I heard rumours of this earlier in the week but now LostInTranslation and others have confirmed that there will indeed be a half price sale, starting tomorrow. They have held them at this time of the year for the last couple of years and if comments on articles about the previous occasions are anything to go by, you can expect complete and utter pandemonium in the toy aisle. Best get there early then, before the mums-with-prams brigade are out and about...
Update: The mums-with-prams and hoardes of scalpers were out in force, but earlier than I anticipated. Some were even queueing at the crack of dawn before the shops opened, by all accounts. Tell us your experience in the comments.
From now until Sunday, it's 3-for-2 on all toys at Argos, in-store only. You can reserve online and pick up at store of course, and if you're hoping to buy three of the same set to maximise savings, it will be best to do so before the weekend for your best chance to find the stock.
Mysteriously, the Black Pearl has disappeared from their system. I can think of three reasons why this might be:
- They don't want it available whilst this offer is on;
- They weren't supposed to be selling it yet. The latest shop.LEGO.com catalogue states that it'll be available from the 1st November, so someone in LEGO probably read of its availability here and asked them to stop selling it;
- It's sailed into the Bermuda Triangle never to be seen again...
Actually I think the second one is most likely. You could try your luck and ask for it I guess. The stock number is 901/3823.
(Thanks to Bricknation in the forum for the news).
(Thanks CHall for the news)
I'm sure you haven't forgotten -- how could you --but just in case, nip into WHS tomorrow and pick up this mini Venator class star destroyer with a copy of The Sun.
LostInTranslation received a mailshot about the promotion that says that some of the bags will have 'golden bricks' inside them and if you find one you could win £10,000 in real gold bars! So, you'd better be sure to open all you get!
It's a bit like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, isn't it!
That's the line-up in The Sun newspaper LEGO promotion starting this Saturday in the UK! Forum moderator Matthew found the details at The Sun's website this evening and atkinsar has created a BrickList which identifies the sets involved.
Too bad I paid over the odds for a 30053 at GWLS on Saturday :-)
It's hot and very busy at GWLS but I've just found the time to let you know that starting next weekend we'll all be traipsing down to WHS every day for a week or so to grab the Sun for another set of free polybags. No word yet about how many or which sets: the small piece in today's paper just says it'll be starting next Saturday.
Thanks to everyone who emailed me about this and even showed me copies of today's paper at the show!
View all discounted sets by clicking on the image.
The Argos offer started today and runs until next Wednesday, I believe. It seems the Argos website had trouble handling demand earlier today, if reports in the forum are anything to go by, but it appears to be okay at the moment.
Team up with 2 pals, buy three of the same set and thus get them at 33% off. Don't delay though, the chances of finding stores with three of a set will of course reduce over time, particularly after the weekend.
Click through on the image to see all LEGO that Argos stocks, and if you buy or reserve an item, Brickset gets a (very) small kick-back. Thank you for your support.
Amazon.co.uk has some great reductions on LEGO but they are often hard to find and short lived. So, to take the guesswork and frustration out of finding and taking advantage of them, we've teamed up with DrDave at GimmeLEGO to bring you a new feature here at Brickset.
Our new Amazon Bargain Watch page lists EVERY set that's reduced at Amazon.co.uk and is updated four times a day. What's more, when sets are reduced by more than 30% a news article will be posted automatically, giving details of the savings.
At the moment this only provides information for Amazon.co.uk. In a few days we'll have it up and running for Amazon.com and eventually hope to include Amazon.fr, Amazon.de and Amazon.it.
Nobody likes paying full price for their LEGO, and now if you stay tuned to Brickset, you won't have to.
We hope you find this useful: let us know what you think...
The new LEGO Brand Store at Stratford, adjacent to the 2012 Olympics site, is due to open its doors to the public for the first time next Tuesday, September 13th. It's a 'soft' opening, so the date could slip a day or so; the Grand Opening Event, with the give-aways, will be in a month or two.
The 'landing page' exists on the LEGO website, but there isn't much info there yet ...
If you manage to make it to the new store, post here and let us know what you think - how does it compare to the other UK stores? What's the pick-a-brick wall like? Are the staff helpful and enthusiastic? Is the new shopping centre easy to get to, and is the store easy to find?
The new Liverpool LEGO Brand Store had its 'soft' opening a month-or-so ago; this weekend sees the 'Grand Opening Event'.
You can read all the details of the in-store events and promotions here.
If you manage to make it to the event, post here and let us know how it went. If you get one of the minifure sets on Sunday, and can take a good quality photo of it, we'd appreciate a copy to add to the database!
If you're visiting the site from within the UK, you'll notice a new Argos box in the right hand menu.
Brickset has been an Argos affiliate for some time but it's only just now that I thought I'd exploit their product feed and see if I could do something useful with it.
So, the box on the right currently shows how many LEGO products they sell and how many are reduced. They have some good reductions from time to time so keep an eye on that figure then click through to see everything that's reduced, something that normally takes a few clicks on the Argos site. Better still, it shows the best bargains at the top of the page, which is not possible on their site.
If this proves useful I'll look at ways to determine when new products are added. Remember, everything you buy -- LEGO or not -- or even just reserve at Argos resuts in a small kick-back to Brickset.
Amazon has reduced the prices of most of the new Star Wars sets by around 30%, which makes them far more attractive. Here's a few to whet your appetite, you can find more in Amazon's LEGO store.
The two new DK Brickmaster books are now available, and the Minifigure catalogue is now listed at Amazon.co.uk:
I don't yet have the DK books but I think they are waiting for me at work, having been delivered whilst I was away. I'll review when I have them.
We haven't heard about availability in any of the other UK LEGO Brand Stores, but the new City Red Cargo Train, set 3677, was spotted on the shelf in the Milton Keynes Brand Store earlier today; looks like they received it in their regular Tuesday delivery. I'm sure there will be a few happy train-heads out there by now!
UPDATE - It's been pulled from the shelves; apparently it isn't supposed to be on sale in the UK until 1st August. So it's OK to sell it in the US, but not in the UK, even though they actually have it in the store? LEGO really need to stop this arbitrary discrimination between different countries.
We've heard that LEGO Brand Retail are targeting Thursday 18th August as the first day of trading for the new store in the Liverpool ONE shopping centre.
As with all new openings, it might slip a few days if things aren't going well, and it's worth noting that as with most recent store openings, this will be a 'soft opening' meaning that there be won't be a 'Grand Opening' event until a month or two after the store has opened.
If you're in the area, drop in - you're sure to have a fun time.
We've been getting reliable reports from multiple sources that the Series 5 Collectable minifigs are now available from W.H.Smiths stores in the UK.
They aren't in all stores yet, but we've heard confirmed reports from Hull, Darlington & Telford; expect them to appear in all stores over the next couple of days. As always, phone ahead to check availability before undertaking a long or expensive journey.
The chase is on!
Thanks to Neil, Jas, burakki62, & Omnius for the info.
Thanks to dpa1 and Colingdi for the news.
Here's some breaking news from the forum, which is worth repeating here: Buy this week's Nitro kids' magazine and get a free Ninjago minifig and other Ninjago stuff.
I can't find a website for the magazine, but this news article has more information about the promotion.
(Thanks to rwsales for the news)
kempo81 told us today "I have just been into my local Esso petrol station and they are running a promo on LEGO City sets. The deal is you spend £20 pounds or more on Fuel and you can purchase one of 6 City polybag sets for £1.50.
"I couldn't see any specific terms and conditions up and there was no indication of limitations with regard to the number of sets you could purcase per transaction. From what I can tell its the following sets:
- 30010 - Fire Chief
- 30011 - Police Dinghy
- 30012 - Microlight
- 30013 - Police Buggy
- 30014 - Police Helicopter
- 30015 - Jet Ski"
I've just checked the Esso website and found this news article that provides more information. However despite what it claims, only two are exclusive. 30015 Jet Ski certainly hasn't been seen in the UK before, and 30014 has so far only been available in the USA, but the others have at one time or another through Daily Mirror/Sun promotions.
Update: I got lucky at my local garage just now. The woman at the till looked blankly when I asked her for 2 of the sets, apparently having just returned to work and not been told anything about them. I could see the pile of boxes behind the till so I told her the ones I wanted, she fetched them but didn't know whether to scan them or what, so she just gave them to me. Arguably they should be free with £20 of fuel, anyway...
Spotted by a couple of Brickseters and posted on the forums, LEGO are advertising for a Store Manager and Assistant Store Manager for a planned new store in Liverpool, England. The store will be in the Liverpool One shopping centre, and based on previous new store schedules, it's likely the store will be opening in September.
We're sure this news will be received with a huge cheer by many in the UK, but will spark the usual frustrations in those countries and areas currently poorly supported by LEGO ... however ... there's also four job adverts for 'Procurement Manager - Retail Facility' (one each in Enfield (US), Slough (UK), Munich (Germany) and Billund (Denmark)), which state that LEGO "have about 60 brand stores and expect to expand significantly", so there is likely to be more good news over the coming months.
The Burj Khalifa and Farnsworth House Architecture Series sets have been available from UK LEGO Brand Stores for a few weeks, but the White House and Rockefeller Center sets have now finally joined them on the shelf in the UK ... and also a 3rd set, which isn't exactly new ...
LEGO have rereleased the #21000 'Sears Tower' set, rebranded as #21000 'Willis Tower' to reflect the change of ownership and name of the real Chicago landmark tower. I've added it to the database as set #21000-2. We'll add a set image as soon as we have one available.
News from the forum and from various people that have emailed us is that six of the Cars 2 sets can be ordered now from Tesco Direct.
And, if you still have any money left after buying that lot, the three Harry Potter sets have showed up in John Lewis shops, although they are not yet available online. You can, however, pre-order them from LEGO.com, for shipping on 15th June.
UPDATE: The UK LEGO Brand Stores received their first shipment of Cars 2 Duplo & 'system' sets today, for immediate on-shelf availablity!
The Summer 2011 sets are starting to arrive in the UK LEGO Brand Stores.
This week saw the arrival in-store of the 'Alien Conquest' sets (including the battlepack), the 'City Harbour' sets, Creator Lighthouse & Hillside House sets, new 'Castle' sets, the architecture-series 'Burj Khalifa-Dubai', as well as new Duplo sets. I don't think the new Technic sets have arrived yet.
Not surprisingly, no sign of the new Star Wars sets yet; they are expected in a couple of weeks time. No Cars sets yet either.
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...
Atkinsar has updated his bricklist to show these additions.
Today's free set is perhaps the best of the bunch so I made the effort to get to WHS early today. As it was a nice morning I thought I'd cycle there (10km, half cross-country) and get there in good time for 10am (for those of you not in the UK, most shops are only allowed to be open for 6 hours on a Sunday and open 10am-4pm).
I arrived at 9:45 only to see a queue about 30 people long outside the shop! By time I'd chained my bike and got to the queue it was about 50 people long. I'm sure WHS isn't used to this on a Sunday morning!
Once the doors opened, well, I've never seen anything like it in a WHS! People were grabbing armfuls of the paper, handing them out to others then rushing to the queue for the till. I grabbed 4, paid, got my sets, then put the papers back on the pile. I didn't actually want to read the rag!
15 minutes later I returned only to find the shop was back to what you'd expect on a Sunday morning and of course there were still boxes of sets and a huge stack of NotWs left, so it was all a bit unnecessary. I couldn't resist getting a couple more, though...
Like others who have commented here, I can't condone buying 'hundreds' to sell on eBay but grabbing a few extra to trade is perfectly acceptable in my book.
Just in case you haven't heard, there's good news and bad:
The goods news is that there's free LEGO with The Sun newspaper this week! The bad news is that there's no voucher redeem offer which means you have to collect the set in WHS or TRU on the day. This is extremely inconvenient for me given I'm 5 miles from the nearest WHS and go nowhere near one on my way to work. My local WHS said they got 4 boxes in today and expect them all to go by lunchtime.
Today it's this mini X-Wing. Find out what's coming later in the week on atkinsar's BrickList.
Thanks to James C for sending us this coupon that'll give you 20% off everything in store this weekend! Print it out and get shopping! (UK only)
I know what I'll be buying. Clue: look at the picture :-)
Markey reports that "there will be a free LEGO promo set in next week's News of the World newspaper. I saw an ad in The Sun today. The set is 30131, 'Captain Jack Sparrow's boat'. Tomorrow, they'll have PotC sticker book and stickers."
It's bad enough having to buy The Mirror to get free LEGO but the NotW? We'll have to put bags on our heads when we go to the till to avoid the shame of it :-)
No word as to whether it comes with the paper or whether you collect it from somehere. I rather think it'll be the former given the thickness of most Sunday papers, that are often plastic wrapped. Let's hope so. You really will get some funny looks taking an armful of copies to the till, though :-)
Update: there's more! There'll be a total of seven sets to collect in The Sun and the NotW starting on 14th May, next Saturday.
- 30051 - Mini X-Wing
- 30131 - Jack Sparrow in Boat
- 30130- Mini Black Pearl
- 30080 - Ninja Glider
- 30081 - Skeleton Chopper
- 30083 - Dragon Fight
- 30091 - Car
See http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/free-lego-now-with-sun/934151. Unfortunately it's collect at WHS and TRU, not with the paper :-( Thanks to Hob and atkinsar for this extra info.
We've received reports that some branches have series 5 figs out at the tills. I checked Portsmouth this morning but there were none there. Have you found them? If so, let us know!
Popped into my local TRU this afternoon, after this morning's diversions, only to find all the regular (i.e. excluding the promo/30xxx series polybags) Alien Conquest & City Harbour sets on the shelf and available to buy. For reference, they weren't in the LEGO section, but in the 'featured items' area by the entrance. The visors in the Alien Conquest sets are clear and you do get a spare :-)
All eight sets are available now, which is slightly earlier than I thought, to be honest.
That would be great news had TRU not been offering them in their 3-for-2 offer. It's not often that the release of a much anticipated range of sets coincides with an offer like that so I was determined to take full advantage of it. This morning I rang both Portsmouth and Southampton branches to see if they had put them out yet. Portsmouth said they hadn't so I went to So'ton (I live half way between the two). When I got there there were indeed plenty on the shelves. I intended to buy three of every set so as to maximise the 3-for-2 offer and effectively get 33% off the entire range. (In case you're wondering, one set is for me, one for DrDave and some of the others are for atkinsar: I'm not that greedy (or rich :-) ) )
So, I took three Queen Anne's Revenge and three Whitecap Bays to the till, all I could carry, and bought them. You have to be careful in TRU because their 3 for 2 offer is not intelligent. If you buy 3 £10 sets and 3 £5 sets in the same transaction you'd get two £5 sets free. Boots' (the high street chemist) system works properly in this regard but in TRU you have to get them rung through separately to guarantee getting one £10 and one £5 set free.
Anyway, I took them to the car and went back with a trolley to get 3 of each of the other six sets. Unfortunately they only had two Cannibal Escapes, so I made do with them and an extra Fountain of Youth. I though I might ask at the till if they had another Cannibal set, but in the end I didn't because when I got there the woman at the till saw how many sets I had and made a bit of a fuss, and called the manager. He was not available so who I assume was an assistant manager came over and started asking silly questions like why did I want so many of each and was I going to sell them.
I explained I was a maximising the discount available via the 3 for 2 offer and that one set of them was for a friend (which was true, DrD had asked me to get him some if possible). In the end she said she'd probably get into trouble but she let me have them. So, after another 6 till transactions (!) I managed to get all but one of the sets for 1/3rd off (and the cannibal one worked out at about 25% off) so I was happy.
Thus, what could have set me back £340 for the 8 sets only cost £229, which is still a ridiculous sum, but much better than full price!
If you have plans to do something similar, the offer only runs until Easter Monday and they'll be shut on Sunday. So get along soon!
burakki62 has commented in the article below that PotC sets are available in some TRU branches in the UK already. I'm mentioning it here as a separate article because dermott47 emailed to say that in his branch he saw them getting ready for a 3-for-2 offer which runs until the weekend after Easter.
If you find a branch with PotC sets AND that offer, do let us know!
Update: Mr_Le_Pook writes "Toys R' Us in Chester had shipping boxes of 'Pirates of the Carribean' Lego in the aisles this afternoon which had stickers saying 'Do not put on shelves until after April 15th'. I asked customer services if they were for sale and was told that they were.
"I took a 'Fountain of Life' set to the tills and was then told that they could not sell it yet. After a chat with the manager for clarification and several calls to head office I was allowed to buy the set for £19.99 (probably due to my disappointed looking son being with me).
"It seems there was some confusion across Europe about the actual release date, but the impression I was given was that the sets would be on the shelves and available for purchase tomorrow! The sets I saw were 'Fountain etc., The ship, London escape and The Fort'"
Here's a bit of a bargain for you: the fire station that was on offer last week plus 3 other fire sets in Super Pack 66357 for just £40! Find out more:
This fire station, 7208, is now half-price at Argos, priced at just £30.99. There seems to be quite a lot of stock around (my branch has five) so reserve now and pick up later! (Thanks xowainx for the news, which is also in our new forum).
The Beano comic has free collectable minifig goodies this week: a minifig, a 16 page LEGO comic and minifig stickers. If it's anything like the last time, they'll sell out quick so get down to your newsagent this morning!
You can read more at the Beano site.
Thanks Markey for the news!
The first eight PotC sets can be pre-ordered from Amazon.co.uk. Release date is quoted as being 3rd May. Check them out at Amazon and let us know what you think of the prices :-)
Meanwhile, there's still some bargains to be had in their LEGO bestsellers list including Orient Bazaar for just £6.50 (that's 1/3rd price!)
(thanks Andrew85 and Stu for the news)
A message from Stuart F today reminded me to post something about the deep discounts at Amazon.co.uk at the moment. Some sets, like the Hogwart's Express are 50% off, while Atlantis 'Guardian of the Deep' (the shark) is 75% off, at just £3.80! The Creator log cabin is 30% off as well.
Prices fluctuate by the hour at Amazon so if you want some of the action, head over there right away. Here's a link to the Bestsellers in LEGO store that contains them all (and also Brickset's referral code, so you can help the site while you shop!)
Just a quick 'heads up', Series 4 collectable minifigs have been spotted in selected Tesco stores in the UK; multiple people have contacted us to report that some 'Tesco Extra' and 'Tesco At Home' stores have them in stock as of today, for £1.97 each.
Update: I've just picked up a box from Tesco at West Quay, Southampton. There are 2.5 boxes left. I'll let you know the mix once I've opened them -- Huw.
Update: The UK box consist is as follows:
- 2: Mad scientist
- 3: Gnome, Viking, Ice hockey player, Ice skater, Musketeer
- 4: Geisha, Surf girl, Frankenstein's monster, Skateboarder, Footballer, Hazmat guy, Painter
- 5: Punk rocker, Sailor, Werewolf
So, bad news for anyone hoping to get 3 complete sets from a box :-(
A couple of emails were received today with some interesting shopping news:
* This year's airline exclusive set, 7696, can be bought online from British Airways. When avacadoturban told me this earlier today he said the site was showing 6 available. I bought two shortly afterwards and now it is unfortunately temporarily unavailable. So if you want one, check back in a week or so. The 'Brickset effect' struck before it was even posted here :-)
We've just heard some bad news for collectors about the Cardiff store 'Grand Opening Event' this weekend ... we're not entirely sure what's going on, but while the 'Grand Opening Event' is going ahead, we've been told that LEGO have decided not to proceed with the exclusive model give-away as part of the event. We're not sure of the reason, but we'll let you know if we find out what's going on.
This is especially annoying as we've been trying to promote the event in the AFOL & collector communities. As far as we know, the Westfield 'exclusive' is going ahead as planned next weekend.
So just to reiterate, the Cardiff 'Grand Opening Event' is going ahead, but the original exclusive model isn't going to be part of the give-aways during the weekend. If you go, please let us know your impressions :-)
There's not many 2011 sets in their online store, but you might find a better selection in your local branch.
(thanks atkinsar for the news)
Just a quick reminder about the 'Grand Opening Event' for the Cardiff, Wales, store, which is taking place over 3 days next weekend - Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th & Monday 21st Feb. You can check out the store page on the LEGO.com website here, or check out page 2 of the on-line version of the in-store calendar here.
Also, the following weekend is the 'Grand Opening Event' for the London Westfield store, running Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th Feb, but we'll post again about that next week ...
At last! A means to get one without forking out ridiculous sums on BrickLink! Smyths Toys are giving them away with any LEGO purchase. Guess where I'm off to this morning...
Update: I should thank Thomas C who posted in the Brickish forums that he was able to buy a couple for £2.99 in a branch up north somewhere. So, I rang the Salisbury branch this morning to see if they were selling them and the lady said, no, they were giving them away 'with any LEGO purchase'. I went there (a 50 minute drive away) and bought two non Star Wars sets and asked the guy at the till how many I could have. He said 'one per person' so I said my wife would buy one of the sets. He said not to bother and gave me two anyway. I then received an email on my phone from a good friend asking if I could get him two. So, I went back in and a couple of Star Wars battle packs later, I was in recepit of two more.
However, I'm not quite sure what the point of the promotion is: there's no signage anwhere that might act as encouragement to buy LEGO and if I hadn't known and asked before I bought anything, I would have been none the wiser... It's also not clear what you need to buy to qualify: a series 3 minifig might have been enough (of which there were 3-4 cases).
So, good luck in your attempts to secure this most sought after Star Wars minifig!
They are stocking all new Atlantis sets, Pharaoh's Quest, the City Space sets and the Technic supercar, 8070, and probably a whole host more. However as I write the LEGO section of their website is a bit broken and many of the links aren't working so it's difficult to tell without going through the whole list.
Update: I've just been down to my branch and secured a super car which is an Argos exclusive, so will be available in it and the brand stores only in the UK.
The series 3 figs are now in Argos, along with the Ninjago spinners. Reserve online, then pick up in store!
Thanks to Avacadoturban for the news. He believes that high-street branches will get 2 boxes each, so they may not last long.
There are a few LEGO bargains to be had in the high street at the moment:
Argos has started its clear-out of old stock before the new catalogue is launched and the Technic Excavator is available for £99, which is £40 off. The Tantive IV is £30 off which returns it to its proper price of £99, and the Slave One is £60 instead of £80. You can check stock at your local branch at Argos.co.uk and reserve before you go! (thanks iso3200)
Tesco is apparently selling some stock at 33% off, but it seems to be somewhat random. Hob found the midi Star Destroyer for £20 and the limo/helicopter for £11.97 in one branch but not in another. If you have a large branch near you, go and check it out...
I braved the shops this morning in Southampton (at the crack of dawn to avoid the crowds) and can report that both John Lewis and TRU have most of the Ninjago sets in stock. Bizarrely, they are cheaper in TRU than on LEGOshop.com. The single figure packs are 50p cheaper, £6.99 and lemaskdemasque tells me that others are cheaper as well, by up to £2. Duq reports that Smyths in Ireland has them in stock, too.
I resisted temptation and didn't buy any. The spinner/card packs have the dreaded 'Components made in China...' on the back and peeking through the packaging the minfig legs did appear to be of the tell-tale translucent Chinese type, so that's why I didn't buy those. That's not the case with the boxed sets, though, thankfully, but they didn't really appeal to me, and I'm trying to reduce my LEGO expenditure in 2011 :-)
At last! You can now order the first wave of 2011 sets in the UK and elsewhere in Europe! They'll take a few days to make it into our product feed, so for now you can see them all on the Products Launched in 2011 page at LEGOshop.com.
There's a couple of very interesting Dacta minifig packs available, Fairytale and Historic Minifigure set and Community Minifigure set which I have not seen before. Basically they are £40 for 22 minifigs and accessories, which is not too extortionate. I'm tempted to buy the former pack right away...
I visited the LEGO Brand Store in Milton Keynes, UK, this morning for a little last minute Christmas shopping & was delighted to see the new Harry Potter 'Diagon Alley' set on the shelf already. £132.99 in the UK. You can see the photographic proof here (sorry about the camera phone image quality).
LEGO's on-line store is still quoting availability from 1st Jan 2011.
Prompted by lukehankenobi's report yesterday about the Brighton store, I went there today, on a detour to picking up Granny for Christmas (luckily only about a 10 mile one). I picked up all but one of the Star Wars sets (all but 7869, which wasn't there but I did get the T6 (7931) which was in the stock room) and about 20 series 3 figs. I just grabbed a couple of handfuls from the box at the till. I thought I'd resist buying a box this time because they are, after all, inferior Chinese-made figs, and I don't need a glut of them.
Anyway, back home, I've sorted them out and with the aid of my wife we managed to decipher the dots, which appear to be the same as those on our crib-sheet. I opened one of each different pattern and ended up with 9 uniques, which isn't too bad I suppose. Sadly no fishermen though...
If anyone in the UK's up for a spot of trading, get in touch! I have spare mummies, gorilla guys, snowboard girls and baseball players plus a couple of others.
There was quite a selection of Ninjago out including what I think was the Spinjitzu Starter Set, 2257, for £12.99. There didn't appear to be any sets on sale in the shop, so either it was a short lived sale or they've sold out already.
Update: I'm hearing that Ninjago is available in some branches of Tesco now, too. The starter packs are £7.45 (thanks azzatru)
Lukehankenobi visited the Brighton brand store and reports "Pharaoh's Quest, Ninjago and new Star Wars out on the shelves in the Brighton LEGO Store. Star Wars magnets reduced to half price. Other sale items including Space Police and Atlantis."
So the 2011 sets are out, and the sale has started! Why do they leave it so close to Christmas to do this when it's virtually impossible to get anywhere near a town centre car park, particularly in Brighton!
Several people have emailed today to say they've found 2011 sets in online shops and in real ones too.
Supertoys.co.uk is listing the Star Wars sets but whether they actually have them, and in the UK is another matter. They are owned by superspeelgoed.nl by the looks of things, who always lists things early. (Thanks burakki62)
Commander-Cody found NinjaGo sets in his local WHS in Poole: "They had the starter arena set #2257, Cole (the Earth ninja) spinner set and one of the skeleton spinner sets. The single spinner sets were £9.99 and the starter set £14.99, although it had no price label. "
And, finally, veron4 found Series 3 minifigs in Fenwicks in Canterbury and bought a box of them.
So if you're venturing out this weekend in the appalling weather we have forecast, good luck tracking them down!
John Lewis has three PoP sets at half price. Unfortunately the Battle of Alamut, the only one I didn't manage to get for half price from the Disney store earlier in the year is out of stock. (via fbtb). They also had the Winter Toy shop for £20 but that's sold out too... :-(
There's some deep discounts to be had at Amazon.co.uk at the moment: 25% off sets such as the Harry Potter train and several Technic sets. (Thanks princeofgonville)
It's drifted around the calendar a little bit, but they have now settled on this Friday, 10th December 2010, as the opening date for the new LEGO store in Cardiff, Wales. You can find the opening hours listed here.
As with the recent Westfield, London, opening, this is a 'soft opening'; the Grand Opening event will be early in the new year. The "exclusive LEGO mini model" mentioned at the link above will likely be this months "Monthly Mini Model Build", the Christmas Tree.
Thanks to 'Jabba the Taff' for emailing in the revised link above. Happy shopping!
The London store, at the Westfield Shopping Centre, will be opening on November 18th, that's just a few weeks away! There's no word yet on whether there'll be an exclusive opening set, which are usually available for the first 300 visitors, but I'd put money on there being one.
Thanks onabrud for the news!
EDIT: We've heard that the two new UK stores will be having so-called "soft openings" before Christmas; the official opening events will be delayed until sometime early in the New Year, so no t-shirt give-aways, building events or 'grand opening' sets until after Christmas. So just to reiterate, the stores *will* be opening mid-November (Westfield) & early-December (Cardiff), but the official 'Grand Opening' events will be in early 2011.
fbtb is reporting that this set is being given away when you spend over £20 on Toy Story LEGO at Toys R Us in the UK. I haven't been down to mine to check but maybe I will later on :-)
Several people reported that LEGO and other toys are half price in Sainsburys from today until next Tuesday. I didn't post about it earlier because LEGO wasn't included on their website so I assumed it wasn't among the 'selected toys' that were. However it's now been confirmed that in store it IS half price, so get down your local branch ASAP!
If you haven't already been down to the newsagents, or better still WHS, then don't delay. Today's free set is this cool microlight.
More details of the forthcoming Daily Mirror LEGO offer emerged in the paper today. I've updated the BrickList to show the days that each set will be available. There are going to be 10: Monday's offering is a snowman, we don't yet know which one but it's probably 30008. After the 10 LEGO sets there'll be a carry case and playmat again.
Unfortunately pick-up is at TRU or WHS, so it'll be token collect for me :-(
(News thanks to Neil in the brickish forums)
The good old Daily Mirror is once again giving away LEGO with newspapers. Starting next Saturday you'll be able to collect tokens or pick up the sets with the paper. ToysNBricks has a nice big image of the advert showing the sets on offer. I've created a BrickList containing the 8 I can identify: I'm sure I've seen the yellow plane somewhere but I can't find it now. (update: it's been identified now!) The 10th 'toy' is not shown: I guess it might not actually be a set, it could be a playmat or something. We probably won't know until next Saturday.
(thanks Jabba the Taff and Scutt for letting us know)
Supermarket behemoth Tesco is gearing up for the great toys arms race that is the Christmas holidays with new stock for brickheads of all ages. Leading the big-ticket items this year are two construction-themed sets which are looking like the definite must-haves to stuff under the tree: the Lego Duplo Stone Quarry for the little ones, and the epic Lego Technic Mobile Crane for those with several hours of painstaking build time to spare.
Here are the official details:
Lego Duplo Stone Quarry, priced £49.99. It’s time for rocking big fun at the stone quarry with the big front-loader, the powerful crane and the big-time delivery truck! This huge set includes the quarry crane with easy-to-use grab claw and front end loader!
- Includes 3 Lego Duplo construction worker figures
- Front-loader measures over 6" (15cm) long and over 5" (12cm) high
- Crane measures over 12" (30cm)
- Cement mixer measures over 4" (10cm) long and over 4" (10cm) high
Lego Technic Mobile Crane , priced at £74.97. The ultra realistic LEGO® Technic Mobile Crane towers over construction sites! 4 extending outriggers stabilize this mechanical giant as the telescopic arm extends up to 23.5" (60cm). Rebuild into a Harbour Crane.
- Steer all 8 wheels!
- 4 extendable outriggers to steady crane
- Crane and cockpit spin 360 degrees
- Includes linear actuator for crane extension
- Download instructions for Harbour Crane rebuild
- Mobile Crane measures over 13" (33cm)
[This is a sponsored news article brought to you by Tesco Direct]
Thanks to Brickset member 'Midnight' who has contacted us to say that the Bluewater Lego store is now stocking some of the new Harry Potter sets. Specifically, they currently have #4840 'The Burrow', #4842 'Hogwarts Castle' and #4737 'Quidditch Match' on the shelf; a member of staff said the other sets would go out tomorrow.
We've checked the Milton Keynes store but they say they haven't received them yet; we haven't been able to check if Brighton has them yet.
Depite fears after seeing TV ads yesterday, the Argos offer is for ALL toys regardless of price. They don't have much in stock for home delivery but there does seem to be plenty of stock in the shops. At least, I've managed to reserve 3 Slave 1s, 3 cargo trains and 3 passenger trains :-)
Here's a direct link to the LEGO selection, sorted by price descending. Reserve online, pick up later. The offer runs until next Tuesday so if your branch doesn't have the stock you should still be able to get it sent there for the weekend.
Brickset member tlmartin brought this to my attention: advance information that all toys will be 3 for 2 in Argos from next Wednesday, 22nd-28th September.
Now, I understand that if you reserve sets online you pay the prevailing price when you pick them up, so it might pay to reserve them on the Argos website (direct link to the LEGO section) on Tuedsay for pickup Wednesday. If the offer doesn't come to pass then, well, you just don't collect them.
High-street chemist Boots currently has 3-for-2 offer on most LEGO sets. They appear to have most of the latest batch of Star Wars sets, so it would be a good opportunity to stock up on Slave-1s.
See what's in stock: they even do free delivery on orders over £45.
As I mentioned below I've been in London on a course (SharePoint, if you're intrested...) so had a bit of time to kill in the evenings. So, I thought I'd see if I could track down some figs, given that I didn't have any. For the benefit of others who might find themselves in London I thought I'd let you know where to look:
- Argos: No London branches appear to have them yet
- Game, Oxford Street has a tub of them around the tills, but far enough away that you can rummage without getting in the way. I bagged my first ones there: I didn't bother scanning codes but just looked for as many different ones as I could find. I bought 10.
- WHS, Oxford Street also has a tub in the queue line but here there's no chance of rummaging as the store is so busy and you'd be right in the way
- Hamleys: London's biggest toy shop charges extortionate prices for everything and the figs are no exception. Here they are £3. There were plenty by the tills and I suspect sucker tourists still buy them at that price...
- John Lewis, Oxford Street: The toy depatrment is right up on the 4th floor but was worth the trip. There were at least a dozen boxes of them out on the shelves near the tills. As I'd bought those in Game the day before I knew exactly which ones I was missing so I took one of the least rummaged boxes over to a quiet area of the toy dept. and located the 6 I needed with the help of the Android 'Mini Figure' app. Funny thing was, the box contained no Spartans. Luckily I'd got one in Game the day before (and went back and found another) so I didn't need one but I had planned on stocking up. So, I grabbed another box and looked in it. Still no Spartans. By the time I had been through the fifth box I concluded that someone had beat me to it!
So, if you're in the area, head for John Lewis. In fact check your local branch as well. You might not find any Spartans but they've probably got plenty of others.
Finally, someone else was doing a bit of rummaging and fiddling with a mobile phone in JL while I was there (7pm yesterday) but had gone once I'd been through the tills. Was that you?
It seems that the Harry Potter sets are now out of stock at Tesco Direct. I reckon that means one of two things:
Either, everyone here ordered Tesco's entire stock between bluemoose's annoucement yesterday and today or, more likely, someone at LEGO had a quiet word with Tesco after reading about their early availability here and asked them to stop selling them.
Whatever, I'll be picking up mine from the shop tomorrow and it seems that the 'Brickset effect' strikes again!
Not quite sure what to make of this ... we've had a number of people email in over the last couple of days about the apparent availability of the new Harry Potter sets from Tesco Direct, for next day delivery. This is a little earlier than we were expecting, and Tesco isn't one of the normal 'early shipping' sources, so I've held off posting the news in the hope that we might get confirmation one way of the other ...
So, anyone ordered any of these sets from Tesco Direct, and have you received them yet ?
EDIT - seems to be legit folks! We'd been told these sets weren't going to be released until October, so this is pretty early!
Thanks to a bit of detective work by fellow Brickish Association members who noticed job ads on recruitment websites (here and here) we can reveal that there will be TWO new brand stores opening this year in the UK. One in the Westfield Shopping Centre in central London and the other in St David's Shopping Centre, Cardiff.
It's about time there was some expansion: we had 5 stores, then 2 were shut down (Birmingham and Kingston) and we've been at 3 for five years or so. Let's hope it continues and we see one in West Quay, Southampton (near where I live) soon!
We've received news today that the Series 2 Minfigs & both of the new Advent Calendars are available now from the Lego Brand Stores in the UK.
The figs are £1.99UK each; customers are limited to buying a maximum of 16 minifigs per transaction.
Both Advent Calendars are £24.99UK each.
As widely reported in the news comments here at Brickset, and also through all the emails we've been receiving, the Series 2 Collectable Minifigs now appear to be available throughout the UK from W.H. Smiths news agents.
My personal experience is that the box was held behind one of the till areas in the store. There was no limitation on the number of packs I could buy, but I *wasn't* able to examine the packs beforehand so I couldn't check the barcodes & select the ones I wanted to get a full set. From 16 packs I bought I got 10 unique figures, which I feel was pretty good. They were £1.99 each.
Happy hunting !
There have been some signficant additions to both the shop and the main site today:
- The Kingdoms micro-site is live and there are some nice downloads and activities to keep you occupied
- The shop has been updated. In the UK, the Kingdoms and train sets have been added. The products launched in 2010 page (which for some reason includes loads of 2009 sets) shows them all. They'll show up in our product feed in a day or so.
- Collectable minifigs are now available from LEGOshop.com in the USA and Canada! However there is a limit of 5 per customer! I hope and pray you can get hold of all that you want: it seems they are going to be in short supply in north America. We've heard reports that many independent toy stores are being limited to one or two boxes of 60, so grab them while you can.
- Collectable minifigs have SOLD OUT in the rest of the world at LEGOshop.com and we've also heard it's a similar situation at the brand stores, with staff not knowing if or when they'll get more.
- Update: Around 120 instructions were added to the customer services site, too. Thanks to Vidiator for sending me a list! As always, the 'latest instructions' page lists the newest additions to enable you to find them easily.
Brickset member 'avacadoturban' has just emailed us to say that he was just in the Toys'R'Us in Poole, Dorset, UK, as they were putting out some of the summer 2010 Star Wars Lego sets. Specifically:
Palpatine's Shuttle - £59.99, Hoth Wampa Cave - £34.99, AT-AT - £99.99, Slave I - £79.99
He also reports that they are still running the 'free chrome trooper on Star Wars Lego purchases over £29.99' promotion.
Update from jon2010, 12 July: "Legoland Windsor is now selling all of the summer 2010 Star Wars sets. AT-AT is £89.99 (with my 10% discount as annual passholder that is c.£80, a lot less than TRU! Most importantly they have Cad Bane's speeder in stock at £44.99, which is the one set I wanted!"
Although LEGO had previously stated that Space Police III would not be released to retailers in the UK, it appears that those 'retailers' did not include LEGO's own Brand Stores ...
We have received very credible information that the LEGO Brand Stores in the UK (Bluewater / Brighton / Milton Keynes) have today received deliveries of some Space Police III sets.
Although from a very credible source, please phone ahead to make sure that the sets are actually on sale before making the journey.
They have also received deliveries of some of the new Agents 2.0 & City sets.
For your convenience, here are scans of the UK LEGO brand store events calendar for October 2009. The big news is the introduction of a new loyalty points scheme which will replace the loyalty cards that are stamped when you spend £5 or more. Now, you'll get a point for every pound you spend.
Thanks to everyone who emailed to tell me about this yesterday. Unfortunately I've been away on business and didn't get a chance to post an article about it until now.
So better late than never, check out your local store and see what's left. My experience has been that even huge Sainsburys stores don't carry very much LEGO beyond Bionicle so don't get your hopes up. The offer is also available online but everything is now sold out!
[Note to self: get a netbook to avoid posting delays in future!]
Better late than never, here are scans of the UK brand store calendars for March: Front | Back. This week's monthly mini model build (MMMB) in the UK was not a shamrock, but some birds instead. It was however the US MMMB.
Update: Toys N Bricks has scans of the April US calendar showing the release of the PoP sets at the end of the month!
The UK newspaper the Daily Mirror has another LEGO promotion starting next Saturday. This time there's 6 mini Racers sets to collect: 30030, 30033, 30034, 30035, 7801 and 7802 (thanks Shamu1Believe for identifying the latter two).
For those that don't know about these promotions, you get a free set when you buy the paper from certain outlets (WHS again I suspect) or you can send off tokens to have them sent to you.
Thanks to Andrew for posting the image in the Brickish Association forums.
It seems I've been misinformed about the launch in Argos: Customer Services at my branch said they are not expecting them in their warehouses until 11th May so they won't be in the shops until a week or so later.
They are however appearing in branches WHS but you need to get there quickly: it seems they get just one box per branch. I went to mine this morning at 9:20 only to find somebody had beaten me to it and bought the lot earlier! I may have myself to blame for that if that person read on here about WHS selling them. So, if you were in WHS in Fareham today and you're reading this and have spare a cheerleader, get in touch!
I suspect most branches of TRU will be out of stock by now, and there's no sign of them at LEGOshop.com, so we'll just have to be a bit more patient...
Update 5th May: Apparently these are now making it into Argos stores. However, it seems most branches get one box and they are brought to you from the warehouse so you won't have an opportunity to choose using the barcodes.
I've also had it reported that one shop, maybe a German brand retail shop (I'l check my emails later), has blacked out the barcodes to prevent people picking and choosing!
I've uploaded scans of the UK brand store calendars to flickr: front | back. The big news appears to be a free pick-a-brick box with a £50 purchase, other than that it's, unsurprisingly, full of Christmas sets.
Judging by the comments in other threads, there's a lot of interest in these books, published by Ladybird: They've been listed on Amazon.co.uk for some time but now they are shipping. (thanks go to Mark S for the heads-up). They're not listed on Amazon.com so I don't know about availability outside the UK. As you can see from the pictures they come with a minifig and look to be a very cheap way of getting a shark- or octopus-man. Here are some direct links to Amazon.co.uk:
Following on from news last week that the mid-2010 sets are appearing in UK Brand Stores, we can now add the three large Creator sets to those now availble from Brand Stores in the UK.
The new Duplo sets are also starting to make an appearance, with the Toy Story & Cars sets amongst the sets already released.
All five sets can now be preordered from LEGOshop.com in the UK and will ship on 9th June. (thanks Andy for spotting them!)
Technic, Indiana Jones and more Star Wars sets including the Mon Calamari Star Cruiser are now available for order from LEGOshop in the UK. The neat Wind Turbine Transport set has also turned up.
They will appear in our data stream in the next day or two. In the meantime the Products launched in 2009 at LEGOShop.com page should list them all.
Don't forget you can claim a free gold minifigure chain if you spend more than £60 and if you wait until tomorrow before placing your order you'll be able to get some Games sets too!
This week's 'Beano' includes a sealed minifigure pack, so it's not easy to get a specific figure. It also includes a collectable minifigure-based sticker sheet & poster.
Based on previous experience with Lego being included as promotional gifts with comic books in the UK, these are likely to fly off the shelves very quickly, so, if you want one, don't hang around!
Thanks to 'William' and 'Rob' for sending in the news.
Shipping costs have been waived during April at LEGOshop.com for orders over £50! Click on the banner in the menu or any other link on the site to take advantage of this rare offer! Here's the small print...
Offer is valid 8 April through to 11:59pm GMT 30 April, 2010 and applies to standard shipping only. Qualifying purchase must be equal or greater than £50 in merchandise only; any applicable taxes, shipping charges, or value of gift cards purchased do not apply to merchandise total. Cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other discount, offer or free gift. Free shipping orders are sent via regular ground shipping; upgrades do not apply. Standard order processing and delivery time is 4-7 days from the date of order. Free shipping orders may be subject to additional delivery time. For delivery rates and schedules, please visit shop.LEGO.com for more details. Offer valid only in the UK. Offer is valid through LEGO Catalog and on shop.LEGO.com. The LEGO Company reserves the right to cancel or modify this promotion at any time without prior advance notice.
Boots has a 3-for-2 offer on LEGO and a wide range of other things on at the moment. There's quite an assortment of sets available so if you've been waiting for Star Wars or Indy sets to be available at a decent price, now's the time to buy either online or in your local branch although you're unlikely to find the large sets in it.
Many shops have 3-for-2 offers on at this time of the year in the UK, to encourage people to do their Christmas shopping early, so keep an eye out at Toys R Us and Argos in the coming weeks.
Thanks to Stuart for the info.
Update 22nd Sept: In the USA, you can find a 3 for 2 sale at Toys R Us. The sale will be until 26th Sept., but it excludes Star Wars sets. I've checked a couple stores in my area and found the sale there too, so you should have luck either online or at a store location. Thanks to "andy0002" for the heads-up! -jkool
As has been the case in previous years, UK shops, particularly Toys R Us, put out 2010 sets this weekend to fill gaps on the shelves made by pre-Christmas shoppers. Dr. S. found this fire helicopter in Basingstoke TRU and Dermott has found Atlantis and Toy Story in his local branch. So keep an eye out and let us know what you find.
I believe the official release date, the date they will appear in LEGO shops and probably also legoshop.com, is 4th January, which is a bit of a nuisance because VAT is due to go up to 17.5% again on the 1st...
Voyanui 8768 brings us news of an offer in Tesco supermarkets in the UK: "there is a lego toy story offer on fun-size bananas. You can collect tokens to reserve different toy story gifts. For 3 tokens you can get 30070 Alien Space ship (which it says is exclusive to tesco), 5 tokens to get 1 of 4 lego toy story keychains and for 7 tokens you can get 852949 toy story magnets (8.99 worth!!!). You do have to pay £2.29 for p&p though. You get one token per pack of bananas."
I haven't been down to my branch to see for myself but it looks like being a great way to get the alien ship, if you like Bananas that is!
Update: There's more information on the Tesco website where you can download an order form.
Brickish Association member Jonathan visited a Toys R Us today and spotted boxes marked "Daily Mirror/LEGO" which would tend to suggest that there's another promotion imminent. The boxes he identified were of Tractor 4899, Road Roller 30003 and Lizard 7804. It may well start this weekend or next, so keep an eye out. If it's anything like the last one, you'll be able to pick up these sets in TRU and W H Smiths.
RichardAM reports that the in-store catalogue in his local Argos now has an extra page inserted for the Prince Of Persia sets, and sure enough, four of the sets are now listed on the Argos website. The Fight for the Dagger is the one that's missing.
What's more, he says the insert also advertises the collectable minifigures! They'll cost £1.99 and will be available from 1st May, which is a Saturday. I can just imagine doing a 'reserve and collect' online for 60 bags (they come in cases of 60), then seeing the surprised expression on the Saturday girl behind the counter's face when you go and pick them up :-)
The two recent sets available exclusively in the USA to Brickmaster subscribers are now available to order from LEGOshop.com: 20009 AT-TE Walker and 20010 Republic Attack Gunship . These are great stocking-fillers either for yourself or someone else, although they are perhaps a bit pricey.
Update 12 Nov: 20010 has sold out already! What's more, I didn't get my order in in time! If anyone ordered more than they need and can spare me one, do please get in touch!
The new Argos catalogue is out this weekend and there's a lot of LEGO in it including some of the new games. There's also a new online Argos LEGO shop which makes it much easier to see what they stock.
Since the disappearance of Woolworths it's become difficult to find any LEGO at all on UK high streets, but thankfully Argos has a decent range still and I notice my local Wilkinsons now has a selection of high turnover sets such as small City sets and Bionicle.
So, if you're in the UK, apart from Toys R Us,where do you buy your LEGO from?
They've taken a while to appear but at last you can order the farm sets from LEGOShop.com in the UK, and probaly the rest of Europe. Until they appear in our product feed you can order them through this link. I'd be quick if I were you, as they are sure to be popular!
The remote control racers have also turned up today.
Tesco has a 3 for 2 offer on all toys at the moment, so unlike similar offers in the USA, Toy Story and Star Wars LEGO is not excluded. My branch had loads and the offer is also good online at tesco.com. Fancy 3 midi Millennium Falcons for £40?? :-)
It seems our love affair with Prince of Persia LEGO was very short-lived. All five sets can be ordered from DisneyStore.co.uk for half price. That makes the Battle of Alamut just £35! That has to be a bargain.
(thanks to Kev d for the news)
It hardly seems worth reporting given the sets' availability everywhere else, but now, today, at last, LEGOshop.com has started listing the Prince of Persia sets, and don't forget the free shipping offer is still good, too!
I believe they are also available in the brand stores from today as well.
There's lots of new sets in the new Argos catalogue, including Hero Factory, Technic and Star Wars. Unfortunately it's not that easy to identify them so you'll have to visit Argos' LEGO shop and hunt through. I had heard rumours of 3 for 2 on Toy Story sets but there's no mention of it on the website. There are, however, some healthy reductions on Prince of Persia sets.
Several people have reported that Argos DO now have the minifigures in stock, and they are now listed on their website.
So, I suggest you check stock at your local branch and reserve them before heading down there tomorrow.
The Argos Spring-Summer catalogue released at the end of January often includes previously unavailable sets and this year is no exception: in it you'll find the pig farm and the four new Games as well as a range of four plush minifigs that I haven't seen before. You can check out the LEGO selection online.
UK store Argos has 20% off all LEGO until Tuesday. They have a large range including Star Wars and Toy Story so if you've been waiting until they are available at a more reasonable price, now's the time to buy.
If you have a chrome Darth Vader and gold C-3PO you'll also need one of these to complete your collection. They've been a little hard to come by unless you live near a LEGO brand store until now, but now you can order a Chrome Stormtrooper magnet from LEGOshop.com. And remember, remove the magnet and you have a normal minifig!
CapnRex found a box of series 2 figs in his local independent toy shop in East Sussex. He doesn't want me to be more specific than that in case someone here goes in and buys the lot before he's been back for more :-)
So, keep your eyes peeled, they may be making an appearance in other places. Their official release date is, I believe, early September.
The new LEGO Games are starting to appear in many shops now in the UK: Toys R Us is stocking 8 of the ten games (no Lunar Command or Creationary because that is an Argos exclusive) and even my small branch of Tesco had seven of them in stock this morning in a card display case at the end of one of the aisles.
Looking at the Games list I see nobody has reviewed any of them yet so, please, if you have them, let us know what you think of the game itself and the parts selection. I have Creationary and Ramses Pyramid but I've not actually played them yet, but I'll add my review once I have.
Four new "Seasonal" sets have just been released, in the previously unused 40xxx set number range -
- #40000 - Cool Santa (£7.99UK)
- #40001 - Father Christmas Ornament (£2.95UK)
- #40002 - X-Mas Tree Ornament (£2.96UK)
- #40003 - Snowman Ornament (£2.95UK)
These aren't on LEGO Store online just yet, but are starting to appear in LEGO Brand Stores.
If you're in the UK: There's a sale now on at LEGOshop.com and in it are several of last year's Indiana Jones sets. What's more if you spend over £60 you'll receive a free gold minifigure keychain! So, check out the Sales and Deals and get that order in. The free keychain offer is also available in UK LEGO shops starting on July 1st.
In the US, it looks as if most the good stuff is sold out in the sale, but you can get the gold minifigure keychain if you spend $75 or more.
Brickset moderator Dr. Sinister found this set in his local TRU today in the south of England, much earlier than anticipated. You can view pictures in his flickr stream and read a review at his Tabletown site.
Update 25th Apr: My local branch, Portsmouth, had 6 of the new City sets: 7638 Tow Truck, 7641 City Corner, 7642 Garage, 7639 Camper, 7686 Helicopter Transport and 8402 Sports Car. I bought the camper and sports car. Sadly, the other really interesting one, 7747 Wind Turbine Transport was not there. (Update 6pm: my Brickish friends have been in that branch and cleared out the City Corner sets -- sorry!)
The end-of-catalogue sale has started at Argos and the Tie Defender is half price, £19.99. There are a few other reductions but no others as good as this. Check stock and reserve online.
(Thanks timbutnice and others...)
Brickset member "Timberlake29" brings news that 30072 Woody's Camp Fire and 30073 Buzz's mini-ship will be free with next Saturday's and Sunday's Daily Mirror. He said the ad in yesterday's paper didn't mention whether it would be by token or by collect in-store. If it's like the last one, though, it'll be collect in-store from Tesco and TRU.
Typical: I'm going to be out of the country next weekend so won't be able to collect for myself! If anyone is able to pick some up for me, do please get in touch!
All the TS 3 sets can be pre-ordered fromToys R Us. They'll be released on 1st June. If you don't want to wait that long you can get all but the Garbage Truck Getaway from Amazon.fr. Shipping from France to the UK is a very reasonable €7, and the prices are marginally cheaper: the train, for example, is €81 which equates to just over £70 compared to the TRU price of £80.
(thanks keithkram and legocoastguard for the news)
First off, apologies to those Brickset readers outside of the UK !
The Daily Mirror / Sunday Mirror newspapers in the UK are running a Star Wars LEGO promotion, starting this Saturday 5th September.
Details to be confirmed, but it looks like you will need to buy the newspaper on each day to get a voucher for a free SW Lego toy that will need to be collected from UK Toys-R-US or WH Smiths. No info on a mail-in version, which they have offered on previous similar offers.
The toys available are -
- Sat 5th Sept - Imperial Speeder Bike
- Sun 6th Sept - Clone Walker
- Mon 7th Sept - Mini TIE Fighter
- Tues 8th Sept - Battle Droid on STAP
- Wed 9th Sept - Mini V-19 Torrent
- Thurs 10th Sept - Mini Grievous's Starfighter
- Fri 11th Sept - Collectors Box
- Sat 12th Sept - Poster
- Sun 13th Sept - Stickers
... which answers the question about availability of the 30004/30005/30006 sets.
More info here - http://www.mirror.co.uk/lego/
There are also lots of other goodies on the site, including wallpapers & a game.
Thanks to those that emailed us with the news.
News from a reliable source tells us that the new 'Tantive IV' (10198) and 'Fire Brigade' (10197) sets will be on sale in the UK LEGO Brand Stores (Milton Keynes / Bluewater / Brighton) from this Friday, 4th September. No updates on their availability in non-UK LEGO Brand Stores, or from LEGO Shop on-line at this time, but we'll post updates if and when we hear anything!
Usual caveats apply - e.g. ring ahead before making a long journey.
UPDATE - It isn't confirmed, but it looks like the US LEGO Brand stores, and probably the German LEGO Brand stores too, will also have these two sets on the shelf on Friday morning !
UPDATE #2 - Thanks to Brickset member 'cvillone' for pointing out the instructions for both these sets are now available for download (in Adobe PDF format) from LEGO.com's service pages. Thanks cvillone ! ... And now, several hours later, they have gone again.
UPDATE #3 - After a confusing mixture of dates on the LEGO Store website over the last couple of days, the Tantive IV is now available to order world-wide !
Title says it all, so get in quick! http://direct.tesco.com/product/default.aspx?r=206-3023
I popped into my local Lego Brand Store this evening and was surprised to see many of the mid-2010 sets already on the shelf !
Sets included - Toy Story 3; Space Police 3; Kingdoms (including Battle Packs & Impulse sets); City (including the new trains, the truck & the airport); and World Racers.
No sign yet of - the new Star Wars, the new Atlantis, the new Creator, Hero Factory, or new Technic. (HP isn't expected until much later in the year anyway)
We'd been under the impression that these weren't planned for release in the UK until next week, so it's great news that Lego has decided to release them early
There's an article on Marketing Magazine's website about LEGO's marketing campaign for the minifigs which it says are launched this week. You can read the whole article by following the link but the last sentence will be most interesting: "Lego will also be offering a free Minifigure to readers of The Beano next month". I wonder if they'll be attached to the front of the comic or whether you'll need to send off for it? How much does the Beano cost these days? There's reference to this on the Beano website as well, and it says it'll be in/on the 5th June issue.
If you're in the UK, head on down to your local Argos right away -- their catalogue now lists all six Toy Story sets and six Atlantis sets. My branch had 4 of the Toy Story sets (no Zurg or Roundup) and it appears from searching online, most branches have two of each of these four, so if you want them, reserve them online or get down there quick! (Thanks to Jasen in the Brickish forums for the tip off!)
Update 27 Dec: cllmkrr says "LEGO Power Miners, Toy Story and City are now avalible from Tesco" which opened for the first time since Christmas today. I haven't checked my local store but I will be doing so first thing tomorrow. It seems TRU also have a good selection, including Ben 10.