As we discussed a few days ago (see: August 2018 – New LEGO Sets & Promotions), from August 1-14, you can get a free #40320 LEGO Plants from Plants set with purchases of $35 or more. This is the first set that includes pieces made from sugarcane, as it was announced in the LEGO Plants from Plants – Sustainable LEGO press-release. I myself was very curious about these pieces, so as soon as I got the set, I opened the box to examine them. 🙂
Knowing LEGO’s great attention to detail and excellent quality control, I wasn’t surprised to find that the pieces looked and felt exactly the same as all my previously acquired plant pieces. What I did find surprising though is the large number of plants that were included in the box. After all, this is a freebie, with a low minimum purchase threshold. You get four palm leaves (#6148), two small cone-shaped pine trees (#2435), three prickly brushes (#6064), four small lime-green leaves (#2423), and sixteen bamboo leaves/small plants (#30176). That’s twenty-nice plant pieces in total!
There is also a pamphlet in the box with the following information in four languages: Congratulations, you ‘re one of the very lucky builders to receive a limited-edition exclusive box of the first big milestone in the LEGO Group’s journey to use sustainable materials in all our core products and packaging by 2030. These classic botanical LEGO elements are available for the first time in brilliant lime-green color, as well as our LEGO green, and are made from plastic which is produced using sugarcane. The elements are compatible with the first ever LEGO bricks made 60 years ago and are an example of our continued commitment to innovation while staying true to the quality, play experience and durability that is at the heart of the LEGO system. With these cool new elements, you can build your own Plantus Maximus and join our mission to protect the planet. Build, play and share at LEGO.com/PlantsFromPlants.
In case you are wondering who is Plantus Maximus, he is just a friendly giant created from plant elements and used in the Plants from Plants campaign. There are a bunch of other fun characters to help introduce the new plant pieces to children with some additional interesting information. The above-mentioned LEGO.com/PlantsFromPlants website is a great resource to learn more, and below, I have included JANGBRiCKS’ review about the set.
I’m very pleased with the #40320 LEGO Plants from Plants set. It combines fun, education, and a freebie all into one product. The only thing I found a little odd is that the box has a thumb push opening printed at the back of the box (common in small LEGO sets), but it actually can’t be opened that way. Instead, you need to cut the tape open. Probably just a little mishap in the box design department.
What do you think? Have you gotten your free sugarcane plants yet? How do you like them? Do you have any concerns about the new material? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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