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August 2020 – New LEGO Sets & Promotions

August is bringing us new LEGO sets and promotions! In fact, we’re getting so many new (and big!) sets and entire new themes, it might even feel overwhelming! Which, I guess is a good thing when it comes to LEGO! Check out the details below.

FREE LEGO SUPER MARIO SETS: There are two Super Mario freebies this month. If you have an official LEGO store near you, August 1-9, you will get the #40414 LEGO Super Mario Monty Mole & Super Mushroom Expansion Set with the purchase of the #71360 LEGO Super Mario Starter Course. At the Online LEGO Shop, the freebie is the #30385 LEGO Super Mario Super Mushroom Surprise Expansion Set, available August 1-16 with LEGO Super Mario purchases of $40 ore more. To see the full selection, visit the LEGO Super Mario section of the Online LEGO Shop.

LEGO SUPER MARIO SETS NOW AVAILABLE: Speaking of Super Mario, the new LEGO Super Mario sets are finally available in North America. There is a great variety of sets in the collection, including the above-mentioned #71360 LEGO Super Mario Starter Course, the LEGO Super Mario Character Packs, the LEGO Super Mario Power Up Packs, and the LEGO Super Mario Expansion Sets. There is a lot of excitement about these sets, and the way they work, so make sure you check them out. Also, even if you’re not a Super Mario fan, I recommend studying the set pictures, as there are tons of new elements and colors that you might be interested in for your own projects. You can find the full selection at the LEGO Super Mario section of the Online LEGO Shop.

LEGO NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM AVAILABLE: The most impressive set in the LEGO Super Mario collection is the #71374 LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, you can learn more about the set from the press-release (see: LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System Coming!), but to recap, the set includes an authentic reproduction of the original console, controller, and Game Pak cartridge, plus a retro-styled 1980s TV. The set specifically targets adult LEGO fans with nostalgic memories of the original NES, the desire to build and display something super cool and authentic from their childhood, plus the money to buy it. Please note that if you want to take advantage of all the play-features, you will need the Mario figure from the #71360 LEGO Super Mario Starter Course. There is a lot to love about this set, so make sure you check it out at the LEGO Super Mario section of the Online LEGO Shop.

FREE LEGO SPEED CHAMPIONS SET: August 17-31, you can get a free #30342 LEGO Speed Champions Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO with purchases of $35 or more. We haven’t talked about LEGO Speed Champions for quite some time now, as the new sets always come out in January, but you can take a look at the currently available selection at the LEGO Speed Champions section of the Online LEGO Shop.

LEGO IDEAS GRAND PIANO AVAILABLE: The #21323 LEGO Ideas Grand Piano is another incredible new release targeting adult LEGO fans. You can read the press-release here with all the details: LEGO Ideas Grand Piano Press-Release. In summary, this is a sophisticated, brick-built version of a concert grand piano that you can actually play music with. Functions include working hammer action of each piano key, moving pedal, propped-open top lid, and fallboard. And when you turn on the motor, you are all set to play wonderful music via the free LEGO Powered Up app made just for this set (download the latest version of the app to have it automatically added to your dashboard). You can select user play to play the notes yourself or activate auto play and just listen. Available at the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.

There are many other LEGO sets listed at the Online LEGO Shop as “Coming Soon” but it’s not clear when they will be available. This includes LEGO City, LEGO Creator, LEGO DC Super HeroesLEGO Friends, LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO Hidden Side, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Technic and more. Most of these are already available the rest of the world, but due to the LEGO factory still being closed in Mexico, there are severe shortages in North America. Still, you can keep an eye on these categories as we should be getting them at some point. Also, remember all the new recently released sets that are already available, like the #10273 LEGO Creator Haunted House, the #21322 LEGO Ideas Barracuda Bay, the #43179 LEGO Disney Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters, the #42115 LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, all the new LEGO Monkie Kid sets, and more. Some of the popular new sets are on backorder, but you can still purchase them with delayed delivery. Also, many of the older sets are in stock so if you would like something quickly, you can consider those as well. To see all the available sets, visit the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? Are you planning to get any of the new sets this month? What are you building now? And what’s on your wish list? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below!

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  • Legostuff14 August 1, 2020, 12:03 PM

    So I’m confused? Lego managers to get the most expensive sets out and yet they can’t get City, Ninjago and other themes out. How does that work? I mean I know the Mexico Factory is down and yet Lego still managed to get sets out. So what’s the delay on the other sets? Please if you have an answer let me know because for a couple of months now certain themes have been saying “coming soon”, but after two or three months” coming soon” it’s kind of a moot point. How soon is soon?

    • Thita (admin) August 1, 2020, 7:26 PM

      The new City, Ninjago, and Friends sets sets are almost always scheduled for September in the U.S. They are listed at the Online Shop because they get an earlier release in Europe, so the sets have to be in the database. It was like this in previous years too, even before COVID. I agree thought that they should make the release data more clear. Instead of just the vague “coming soon”, they could say coming in September.

  • Wil Sutton August 1, 2020, 5:58 PM

    I was wondering about this too… The Harry Potter sets were set to drop today. This morning they still said “Coming August 1st”. Now they’ve been downgraded to “Coming Soon”. I preordered Hedwig on the understanding that it would be dropping today. Not the biggest of deals, but it is a little frustrating…

    I was on a little before midnight last night and noticed that some things were already available. I put the Piano and a few small Mario sets in my cart and was about to check out when I realized that the Mario FWP set wasn’t included. I figured it would pop up at midnight and waited. I was right, but at midnight the site ran into serious problems. I wasn’t able to check out until 12:30 due to the site being flooded, and as such I ended up getting pushed back on the Piano (supposed to ship by August 15). I thought maybe they were holding everything else back until the rush subsided, but if that were the case the other sets would be available by now.

    I assumed the rush was due to fans going after the Nintendo set. Interesting to see that there appear to be plenty of those but the Piano is already showing “Sold Out”…

    I know they’re dealing with a lot right now, but not the best day for Shop@Home! I’m really looking forward to when the can (SAFELY) get everything back to normal!

    • Thita (admin) August 1, 2020, 7:27 PM

      Yeah, we are all hoping that normal will be back soon. This whole shutdown thing is starting to get old. 🙁

  • Legostuff14 August 1, 2020, 8:58 PM

    Mmm, that’s interesting. Because I remember almost every July prior to this virus I would always get the city sets and they would be in stores in July. However I could be wrong. As for Harry Potter as well as Ninjago ( and others themes) they usually come around August or late August. Star Wars would be in September. But, this in a different circumstance and to put it bluntly a pain in the butt. All I know now is that my money is saved. Wallets full. LOL!

    • Thita (admin) August 1, 2020, 9:28 PM

      I have been actually wishing for some time that Brickset showed the official release date of sets, at least for major markets. They do years, but not months, which I think would be very useful in discussions like this. Funny you mention about your wallet being full! Many of my friends are saying that they have so much money left every month because they aren’t going out to eat and drink! 😀

  • Legostuff14 August 1, 2020, 10:03 PM

    Actually let me correct myself on the Star Wars release dates. For the new year begins there are star wars sets in January sometimes new sets come out as second wave on May 4th but that usually wind of being January sets to be on sale. The second wave of Star Wars sets usually comes out around October or November what comes out in September is a ultimate collection series but it it switches back and forth. Of course it doesn’t matter now because it’s a whole new year some things may change next year. I know things have changed this year.🤔 what really gets me is when the YouTube channel ( there’s those that support Lego) and show Lego sets on there site get the new sets for free and early. Of which I think that’s not fair. Nothing like having new sets rubbed in your face and you have to wait for the actual release date to get it yourself.

    • Thita (admin) August 2, 2020, 12:12 PM

      Yeah, these are strange times! Most of the regular sets have been out in Europe since June, so we are definitely getting them with a big delay.

      As far as early reviews, Recognized LEGO Fan Media that works with LEGO directly, cannot get sets earlier than the official release date in their own countries. Sometimes there are some early offers, but they are usually on big and/or special sets that LEGO really want to promote, not sets from regular themes.

      Those reviewers who want to review sets from regular themes earlier than they are available in their countries will have to purchase them themselves from another country, or the black market, or just luck out by finding the set somewhere in the wild.

  • j.j. August 2, 2020, 11:32 AM

    The NES is incredible, so is the piano. The mario sets are also interesting for the special parts. Not sure what I’m gonna get.

  • supermario August 2, 2020, 12:43 PM

    The super mario sets have so many new parts! I would love to try those out, but I wish they made some minifigs too, not just the big figures.

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