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November 2018 – new LEGO sets & promotions

The last couple of months of the year are always exciting for LEGO fans; there are new LEGO sets, special holiday sets, promotional items, sales, and other interesting opportunities to catch the holiday spirit. Below, we will go through what we know is available for LEGO fans during the month of November, and we will also share updates as we get closer to Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. 🙂

Interestingly, the LEGO Store Calendar for November doesn’t show us much about upcoming promotion. This was also a case last month, when the Double VIP Points period wasn’t announced in the LEGO Store Calendar, but only via email to LEGO VIP members and through the homepage of the Online LEGO Shop. I hope this is not going to be a trend, as it will be much harder to prepare for LEGO purchases.

The LEGO Store Calendar is only promoting the #10263 the LEGO Creator Winter Village Fire Station, and also mentions the Build to Give campaign. Visit an official LEGO store during November and December, or use your own LEGO bricks at home to build a holiday ornament. Display your creation in-store or share online with the hashtag #BuildToGive. For every ornament built, LEGO will donate a LEGO set to a child in need. The calendar also hints that there are going to be Double VIP Points offers on select sets throughout the month. You can find these offers at the homepage of the Online LEGO Shop.

NEW LEGO STORE LOCATIONS: One interesting thing the LEGO Store Calendar mentions is a list of all the new LEGO store locations opening this holiday season, including some temporary pop-up stores (we talked about these here). The new store locations are as follows: Ross Park Mall, PA, La Plaza Mall, TX, Haywood Mall, SC, Lakeside Shopping Center, LA, Westfield Galleria at Roseville, CA, Crossgates Mall, NY, Westfield Brandon, FL, Oxmoor Center, KY, Dadeland Mall, FL. And, here are the pop-up store locations: The Mall in Columbus, MD, Galleria at Tyler, CA, The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, CT, Woodbridge Center, NJ, Perimeter Mall, GA, Smith Haven Mall, NY.

LEGO CHRISTMAS CATALOG: Those of you who use the Online LEGO Shop should have also received the 2018 LEGO Christmas Shopping Catalog by now (I got mine just a couple of days ago). As usual, it is organized nicely to help kids (and kids-at-heart) select sets from different categories and make up their wish lists. The first couple of pages have a very nice display, featuring all the currently available LEGO Winter Village sets (#10254 LEGO Winter Holiday Train, #10259 LEGO Winter Village Train Station, and #10263 LEGO Winter Village Fire Station). Then, the LEGO Advent Calendars and other small holiday sets are mentioned, followed by featured sets from various themes. Particularly noteworthy is a two-page spread towards the middle of the catalog, featuring “Great sets for your wish list, many retiring soon!” It includes sets like the #10247 LEGO Creator Ferris Wheel, the #10246 LEGO Creator Detective’s Office, the #75060 LEGO Star Wars Slave I, the #75202 LEGO Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina, , the #42056 LEGO Technic Porsche 911GT3 RS, and some smaller LEGO City, LEGO Creator, LEGO Disney, LEGO Friends, LEGO Ideas, and LEGO Minecraft sets. It’s worth taking a look at these older sets and get the ones you like before they get retired at the Online LEGO Shop.

It is interesting (and worrisome?) that the 2018 LEGO Christmas Catalog does not mention any holiday specials or promotions either. However, we do know that there are at least a couple of exclusive limited edition Christmas sets, including the #40292 LEGO Christmas Gift Box, and the #40293 LEGO Christmas Carousel. At this point, it is not clear however how, when, and where these will be available. We will keep an eye on them though, as both are really sweet, and should be available at some point via official LEGO stores and the Online LEGO Shop.

LEGO BRICKTOBER MINIFIG COLLECTIONS: There are also supposedly four Bricktober sets that were initially going to be distributed via Toys’R’Us, and it is still not clear how they are going to be available. I will mention them here though, in case you want to look for them. They are the #5005254 LEGO Harry Potter Minifigure Collection, the #5005255 LEGO Jurassic World Minifigure Collection, the #5005256 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Collection, and the #5005257 LEGO Ninjago Minifigure Collection – each with four exclusive minifigures. We talked about these sets in more detail here.

LEGO BLACK FRIDAY PROMOTIONS: November 23-26 we can look forward to the Black Friday promotions at both official LEGO stores and the Online LEGO Shop. The details of the offers available on these days will be announced later.

LEGO IDEAS POP-UP BOOK AVAILABLE: The beautiful #21315 LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book is now available! We have talked about this set extensively (see: LEGO Ideas Pop Up Book Coming Soon!), and here is the official description: Build, play and display the classic fairy tales Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk with the #21315 LEGO Ideas Pop-up Book! This first-ever buildable pop-up book made from LEGO bricks opens to reveal the famous scene of grandmother’s forest cottage featuring opening door, bed and kitchen area. Recreate the scene when Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolf, or swap out grandmother’s cottage for the scene of the giant’s castle in the clouds. This collectible toy features enough bricks to build both scenes, or you can even build a scene of your own and makes a perfect creative gift. This LEGO set includes a booklet with a short history of pop-up books, a condensed history of each fairy tale in the set, as well as information about its fan designers and LEGO designers. Includes 4 new-for-November-2018 LEGO minifigures: Little Red Riding Hood, Grandmother, the Wolf, and the Giant. Also includes 1 new-for-November-2018 microfigure: Jack. Pop-up book measures over 7” (20cm) long and 5” (13cm) wide when closed, and over 11” (28cm) wide when open. 859 pieces. Price: $69.99 – BUY HERE

LEGO CREATOR VESTAS WIND TURBINE: The #10268 LEGO Creator Vestas Wind Turbine is a re-release of an older, limited distribution set we talked about here, and will be available on November 23rd. Here is the official description: Celebrate green energy innovation with the #10268 LEGO Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine. Developed in partnership with Vestas, this detailed, motorized LEGO model captures the elegance and graceful movement of a traditional wind turbine and features a new-for-January 2019 spruce tree, manufactured from sustainably sourced plant-based plastic. At approximately 39” (1m) high, the structure towers above a wooded hill and a house with furnished patio, mailbox, flowers and a white picket fence. Turn the nacelle left or right and switch on the included Power Functions motor to rotate the adjustable wind turbine blades and illuminate the cottage’s porch light. This collectible model has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia and makes a great display piece for the home or office. This big LEGO set also includes a Vestas service vehicle and 3 minifigures: 2 Vestas service technicians kitted out with safety helmets and a woman, plus a dog figure. Measures approximately 39” (100 cm) high, 24” (62cm) wide and 12” (31cm) deep. 826 pieces. Price: $199.99 – BUY HERE

OTHER LEGO HOLIDAY SETS: Other than the LEGO Winter Village sets, and the LEGO Holiday Advent Calendars, there are a couple of brick-built Christmas ornaments for this year; the #853796 LEGO Penguin Holiday Ornament and the #852815 LEGO Gift Holiday Ornament. Both little builds can be placed in the included transparent plastic bauble, and hang it up with a red ribbon (also included) to make a perfect Christmas decoration. In addition, there is also the #40274 LEGO BrickHeadz Mr. & Mrs. Claus set. They are all available at the seasonal items section of the Online LEGO Shop.

Besides the newly sets mentioned above, don’t forget about the other great sets that were recently released. This includes the #75222 LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City, the #10262 LEGO Creator James Bond Aston Martin DB5, the #21311 LEGO Ideas Voltron set, the #10261 LEGO Creator Roller Coaster, the #76105 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition, the #42083 LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron, the new LEGO Jurassic World sets, the new LEGO Harry Potter sets, the new LEGO Unikitty sets, and many new sets under the LEGO BrickHeadz, LEGO City, LEGO Creator, LEGO Disney, LEGO Friends, LEGO Minecraft, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO DC Super Heroes, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, and LEGO Technic. For a full inventory of new sets, visit the What’s New section of the Online LEGO Shop.

As we discussed yesterday, the LEGO Holiday Gift Shop is now open, which is a great place to find everything from small stocking stuffers and holiday-themed sets, to some of the most popular and sought after exclusives. Sets are organized into various categories, so it’s easy to find gifts for LEGO fans with different building styles and interests. You can access the LEGO Holiday Gift Shop through the homepage of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the new sets and promotions? Are you excited for any of the new or recently released sets? Which ones are you planning to get? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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  • brickmaster November 1, 2018, 10:36 AM

    The popup book is an absolute must! It’s a beautiful set! I don’t care for the wind turbine, but I suppose some people will like it. Interesting fact; wind turbines don’t work in places with strong winds! See video: https://youtu.be/hcwBSzW4t64

    • admin November 1, 2018, 12:34 PM

      Well, that looks scary… wind turbines would definitely not work where I live! We have hurricanes! 😈

  • Peter November 1, 2018, 10:39 AM

    Why is there a giant wind turbine over a house? That’s not normal! Anyway, I vote for the pop-up book too. I’m so happy that all the decorations are printed!

    • Håkan November 1, 2018, 12:13 PM

      Artistic liberty!

      • admin November 1, 2018, 12:36 PM

        Yeah, that’s what I thought too! 😀

  • FrenchToast November 1, 2018, 11:38 AM

    I think the Pop-Up Book makes a great gift too! It’s perfect for Christmas! It’s a beautiful set for any age group, and even non-lego fans. Reminds me of the Ideas Birds set, which also had a wider appeal.

    • admin November 1, 2018, 12:35 PM

      Yes, it looks kind of Christmas-y too with the dark-green, brown, and gold! 😀

  • Hayato November 1, 2018, 11:47 AM

    I read somewhere that Brickheadz might be discontinuing. Is that true? The kids like them, and they are easy to reassemble if they destroy them during play. I would love to get the pop-up book, but I’m afraid it wouldn’t remain in one piece for very long in our household. LOL.

    • admin November 1, 2018, 12:36 PM

      I read that too, but than I also read that a LEGO employee said that there are more coming. So, I’m not sure. It’s possible we can get some more on sale before or after Christmas. I also highly recommend the Go Brick Me set. 🙂

  • Rob November 1, 2018, 12:13 PM

    That would be interesting if Lego decided to keep double points just for VIP members, and not mentioned to the general public. Maybe they’re doing that as a way to grand to those who wanted to keep the double points periods going. I do wonder if Lego was thinking of cutting double points for VIP’s as it was a bit of a loss in profits. Maybe if they’re going to keep it just for VIP’s they might give them (us, as I’m definitely on the program) a bit more of a heads-up to plan ahead.

    • Martin November 1, 2018, 1:31 PM

      VIP points have always been for members only. You have to sign up for the program to get VIP points. VIP points is only a 5% saving. Or 10% when double VIP points. That’s nothing for Lego. They likely pay that much to retailers who carry their products. But it does seem like they may start limiting how often they offer double points. I remember some years ago they even offered triple points around Christmas. Haven’t seen that since.

  • Håkan November 1, 2018, 12:14 PM

    I think the Bricktober sets were distributed throughout Toys’R’Us store outside the USA, but I guess there should still be stock left…

    • admin November 1, 2018, 12:38 PM

      We supposed to get them through Barnes & Noble, but I’m not sure if that’s still happening. They only confirmed one of the sets.

  • Maya November 1, 2018, 12:15 PM

    The pop-up book is a must-have for us too. I’m really hoping to get the Christmas Gift Box and the Christmas Carousel too, especially the Carousel. The wind turbine looks like a fun build, but I really would only want some of the parts that are in it – the green “ugly rock pieces” around the base of the turbine.

  • TomTom November 1, 2018, 1:33 PM

    Forgot to say, they are also good for building caves because of the hollow inside! 😀

    • admin November 1, 2018, 3:30 PM

      Ah, yes! They are great for caves! Kids also like them because they like to build big and tall things fast. 😀

  • Legostuff14 November 1, 2018, 1:46 PM

    I’m always sad to see sets retire. I’m lucky to have the detective office and hopefully get the rest of the modular buildings soon. I am conflicted between the modular buildings or the betrayal at Cloud City sets. One, almost wants cloud city because it’s a star wars set and it does look cool. Two, I’m looking at the modular buildings because it’s basic Lego themed in an expert-level and goes great with the city themes. Something to think about ( or in my case torment myself). Lol!

    • admin November 1, 2018, 3:29 PM

      Yeah, that’s a tough decision. But Cloud City has “city” in it’s name, so maybe it’s a LEGO City set too? 😉

      Cloud City should be around for at least a couple of years, and so should the Modulars (at least the newer ones), so there is time to make a decision… and win the lottery. 🙄

  • jabber-baby-wocky November 2, 2018, 12:45 PM

    Can’t wait for the pop up book to arrive! I already have some ideas what to build. And Jason said he will share some more ideas too.

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