Brickset news archive: Shopping (Europe)
This Saturday, all LEGO will be 25% off at Toys R Us in Sweden, both in-store and online, and there'll also be free delivery on orders over 500Kr.
Thanks Tie Fighter Pilot for the news.
Brand stores are opening up left, right and centre in the USA and even in the UK but expansion into new countries has been slow.
However, today, LEGO has advertised the store manager's job for a new store in Vienna, which will be the first one to open in Austria.
Any Austrians in the house?
(Thanks LostInTranslation for the news).
Darthbrickus reports from the Frankfurt brand store that 60026 Town Square is on the shelves, along with the Super Heroes summer sets, Lone Ranger, Galaxy Squad wave 1, and a few of the other summer City sets.
I think LEGO are rubbing it in, aren't they, releasing them in Germany now but not the UK :-)
Google Translate says "Tank least 20 liter of Shell fuels, buy a bottle of Shell Helix or spent at least € 5 in the shop and start your collection! Try all six unique, limited available LEGO Racers to catch." I think we can get the gist...
Click the image for more information. Thanks to Gert-Jan for the news.
Update: it's also started in Chile.
Amazon.de has the Lone Ranger sets listed, and is quoting an availability date of 20th April, so hopefully that will be the date they are released across Europe. No other Amazon has listed them yet. LEGO has put the hi-res images on their server which indicates they should be available imminently.
They have been found 'in the wild' in the USA, although from what I can tell, I don't think they are particularly widespread yet. Follow the thread in the forum for more information.
While you're waiting to buy them, be sure to read our exclusive pre-release reviews.
While most of the rest of Europe waits patiently for the summer release of Galaxy Squad, if you're in Denmark you can buy the first five sets already, either from shop.LEGO.com or, I'm told, exclusively in BR bricks-and-mortar stores. (Thanks Rune for the news).
The Belgian/Dutch retailer Toy Champ has some interesting offers this week. They have the new Star Wars Planet Series 3 & 4 in stock (€12.99). You get one Planet set free if you buy two or more. There is also a 50% bargain on every second 2013 City vehicle you buy, and an exclusive Chima bundle.
Plus if you spend more than €10 on LEGO sets between 25/2 and 10/3, you will get a Series 6 Collectable Minifigure for free.
Check out their flyer (Dutch) for more info. Thanks to TWP for the info!
The March copy of Scooby Doo magazine in Poland comes with a free copy of set 30221 Fire Car.
Thanks to mastaczajnik for the heads up!
"Wanted to let you know that 30255 is included in today's kids magazine "Anders And" (Donald Duck) in Denmark. The magazine is 24 DKK."
"On the cover it mistakenly says that there is a Chima DVD included, this is not the case, and a flyer inside the magazine reads that it will be included at a later point, instead 30255 Crawley is included."
Thanks grums and Frank for the news.
Remember the exclusive polybag promotion being run in the Swedish supermarket chain the COOP that we brought you news of in mid-January?
Well Darth Brick brings us news that the promotion has now spread to Belgium.
The sets included in the promotion are identical to those being sold in Sweden and are available in the supermarket chain Colruyt priced at EUR 4,29 each.
Darth Brick speculates that they may soon be available in the toy shop chain Dreamland since that is owned by the Colruyt group, but there have been no confirmed sightings yet.
I wonder if we'll see this promotion appear elsewhere in Europe? Keep your eyes peeled when you're doing the grocery shopping.
Update: Information coming to light from the comments (thanks guys) suggests that these polybags won't be sold via Dreamland in Belgium but are on sale at the Netto chain in Denmark.
Update They are now available from Supermarket chain Colruyt France priced at Eur 3.99 Each
The second LEGO brand store in France will be holding its grand opening event next week, 30th Jan - 2nd Feb. There will be a different freebie available on each of the four days, with purchases over €30:
30th: LEGO Store T Shirt
31st: LEGO T Shirt
1st: 3300003 Brand store model
2nd: Minifig pack
If you go on 2nd Feb, please send us a photo of the minifig pack for the database.
Thanks to Sebastien for the news.
Sweden has long been a polybag hotspot of the world, and once again it proves to be so, being the first country to sell 30252: Crug’s Swamp Jet and 30240: Z-95 Headhunter as well as being the first country outside the US to sell 30213: Gandalf at Dol Galdur and 30253: Leonidas’ Jungle Dragster.Update: Supersympa has now visited a COOP and got back in touch, it seems there's a bit more to this story than we first thought, there is a full blown promotion being run here (see pic). This has revealed that there are a further two world exclusives included in this promotion: 30221: Fire Car and 30183: Little Car, neither of which have been seen anywhere else to date. Sweden really is a great place to live if you're a polybag nut!
Here’s the full list of polys that have been spotted on sale:
All are priced at 39 SEK (around £3.80) and available in apparently limited quantities.We are indebted to Supersympa for the news.
- 30252: Crug’s Swamp Jet
- 30240: Z-95 Headhunter
- 30213: Gandalf at Dol Galdur
- 30253: Leonidas’ Jungle Dragster
- 30102: Desk
- 30221: Fire Car
- 30183: Little Car
Yes, there's four of them. The three series 3 and the B-Wing from series 4, which isn't supposed to be out for a few months yet.
There's still no sign of any 2013 Star Wars on the shelves in the UK, as far as I know, so I can only assume that LEGO UK hasn't shipped any out yet (unless you know otherwise).
He's kindly going to send me the B-Wing so hopefully I can bring you an exclusive review early next week!
Vous informe que suite à une grosse difficulté d'approvisionnement et des rayons vides, les magasins de Toys R us de toute la France, mettent en rayon dès demain les gammes
CHIMA et les Friends 2013
Due to empty shelves and difficulties with supply, Toys 'R' Us in France will reportedly start stocking the Friends and Legends Of Chima 2013 sets as of tomorrow (20th)! These were not due to be put on sale until the 26th December. Let us know in the comments if you have any success in finding these items.
Thanks to Georg for the tip!
I suspect you all thought I was on vacation for a week, but actually I'm on a fact finding mission to LEGO brand stores in Northern Europe :-)
Today I've been in Copenhagen and to the brand store there. Sadly there wasn't much worth buying other than the only unique thing I could find, an 'I love Copenhagen' key chain. No 2013 sets in store at all. However in the two nearby BR toy shops they did have some 2013 Star Wars, Ninjago and a few City Fire sets. Danish prices are 10-20% higher than elsewhere so I came away empty handed.
On Tuesday I will be in Hamburg checking out the store there. I don't suppose they have 2013 sets either but if you know of a toy shop in the city that does, please let me know in the comments.
We don't normally clutter up the home page with individual bargains but this one is worth a mention as it's probably the best 'Brick Friday' bargain we'll see this side of the Atlantic. 10226 Sopwith Camel is currently priced at €51 at Amazon.fr.
I've just placed an order for one and the total including shipping came to £48.02 which is a 40% discount, the likes of which is rare to see on a LEGO Exclusive set.
If you're in the market for one yourself, head on over to Amazon.fr before it's too late: you know how fickle Amazon's prices are!
(Thanks to DrDave for the news)
The grand opening event at the store at SoOuest near Paris starts tomorrow and lasts for four days, until Saturday. It looks like Friday is the day to go if you're after the 3300003 brand store model that we reviewed back in May. Thanks to Brian for the news.
According to FBTB, so far it's been run in Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau, and the Ukraine.
This advert, sent to me by Vittorio, states it'll be running in Italy from 8th November to 9th January 2013 and you'll be able to get one when you spend €40 on fuel.
Dutch DIY store Gamma is once again offering free LEGO polybags with certain purchases (the previous promotion was this time last year).
It looks as if you have to spend quite a lot to get hold of them for free, but I seem to recall that they could be purchased individually in store either during or after the promotion last time. Full details can be found on the Gamma website.
The selection is:
- Fire Chief, LEGO City, 30010
- Firefighting Helicopter, LEGO City, 30019
- Car, LEGO Ninjago, 30087
- Police Aircraft, LEGO City, 30018
- Police Boat, LEGO City, 30017
- Mining quad, LEGO City, 30152
- Hidden sword, LEGO Ninjago, 30086
- Office, LEGO Friends, 30102
- Mining Bulldozer, LEGO City, 30151
- Catching snakes, LEGO Ninjago, 30085
Here's a BrickList showing them all.
Now, who was it who was whinging in the comments about a lack of LEGO promotions in Holland, crazytaxi? :-)
Thanks to Arnold for the news.
By popular demand, we've added Duplo sets to the Amazon Bargain Watch list, just in time for Christmas. There aren't too many bargains to be had from Amazon.co.uk, but Amazon.es and Amazon.it have many sets discounted below 30%, including this Horse Stables set.
If you're up for some cheap Duplo fun, check out our European Amazon shopper page and tick Duplo in the menu.
Brickerik attended a special press event there yesterday evening and has posted pictures on the FreeLUG website. It looks reassuringly the same as every other LEGO brand store :-)
He states that the grand opening event will take place 14-17 November.
I'm guessing that the next one in the world to open will be Watford, UK, although I suspect there will be a flurry of openings in the next month or so during the run-up to Christmas.
The LEGO Store SO WEST opens its doors on October 18!
We are very pleased to announce the opening of the first LEGO Store in France, Levallois-Perret, in the mall SO WEST.
Visit the LEGO Store to participate in exciting events, enjoy good deals and buy exclusive sets!
SO WEST Mall, 16 rue de Lorraine, 92300 Levallois-Perret. More details here.
If you go on opening day, please let us know and post some photos. (Thanks supersympa for the news).
It seems the LEGO brand store coming soon to Lille that we mentioned a while ago isn't the only, or first one opening in France this year.
It goes on to say that LEGO plans to open one or two per year over the next five years, which has to be good news for LEGO fans in France, right?!
(Thanks to supersympa for the news).
Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws is running a 10 week promotion starting on 15th September whereby you can buy a different polybag each week for €1.95, and if you do so you can enter a competition to win a trip to LEGOLAND.
There are two interesting things about it: First, half of the polybags are LEGO Friends and second, this police Helicopter, 30019, is fairly rare, having not been offered in any other widespread promotions that we are aware of, although there are a few for sale on BrickLink.
Thanks to Klaas from Nopjes for the news.
Update: here's a Bricklist to help keep track of the sets.
It appears to be online and in store: Find out more.
(Thanks to Esbob for the news, and sorry for the delay in posting, I was at the Olympic athletics yesterday)
If you're in Poland check out your local Carrefour. I've been sent photographic proof that they are on the shelves now! (thanks Bart)
I'm also told they are available in Spain but I don't have any further details. If you do, please let us know. (thanks Indy4477)
UPDATE - we've also heard that they are available in Sweden & Portugal. Thanks to Indy4477 and Reekatdoo for the info. Anywhere else?
We've been getting sporadic reports that the Team GB Collectable Minifigs have been popping up in some retailers in Ireland ...
- duq reports spotting them in an Art and Hobby store in Dublin
- LukeSkywalker spotted them on the Argos.ie website, but they aren't available to buy yet
- rumors that they will soon be available from Toymaster stores in the republic ...
Have you spotted them in Ireland at any of the usual retailers (Smyths, Tesco) or elsewhere? Let us know if you have, by posting here. Thanks
There are a couple of newsworthy offers on in Holland at the moment:
From m4x1994: Until the 28th of July 2012, Dutch people can buy all LEGO games offered by the V&D stores (www.vd.nl) using airmiles only. So basically free LEGO games if you have loads of airmiles, all you have to pay is the shipping cost (€3,95) if you buy them online. If you visit the stores you don't need to pay anything, other than the airmiles.
Right now, they still have 10 different games in stock:
- 3837, Monster 4 - 900 Airmiles
- 3843, Ramses Pyramid - 1900 Airmiles
- 3835, Robo Champ - 995 Airmiles
- 3836, Magikus - 995 Airmiles
- 3838, Lava Dragon - 1295 Airmiles
- 3841, Minotaurus - 2495 Airmiles
- 3862, Harry Potter Hogwards - 3495 Airmiles
- 3860, Heroica Castke Fortaan - 2999 Airmiles
- 3861, Lego Champion - 3499 Airmiles
- 3864, Mini-taurus - 1499 Airmiles
From rherberg: Bart Smit in the Netherlands is having a sale of the Pharaoh's quest series and you can get the pyramid for only €39 !
He's certainly getting round a bit, isn't he...
Txeluis reports that El Corte Ingles stores in Spain are now selling LotR sets, but at high prices:
He adds "At these prices I imagine that people would wait..."
Kruu reports they are now available in Croatia, too, and it looks as if the prices are comparable:
9476 - The Orc Forge - 399,99 kn (about 53 €), 9470 - Shelob Attacks - 219,99 kn (about 29 €), 9471 - Uruk-Hai Army - 319,99 kn (about 43 €), 9469 - Gandalf Arrives - 129,99 kn (about 17 €), 9473 - The Mines of Moria - 639,99 kn (about 85 €), 9474 - The Battle Of Helm's Deep - 1.199,99 (about 160 €).
They also have a few reduced sets, for example 5893 Off-Road Power for 499 sek (around 25% off)
If Swedish shopping news is of interest to you, post something in the comments: I have a correspondent that's offered to send it in.
The new City Garage, Hospital, Mining Dump Truck and Monster Fighters Tomb of the Zombies are now listed as available from ValueBrick.at. They're priced at EUR 99,99 , 49,99, 29,99 and 39,99 respectively. The site says they're in stock, but I don't know if you'll have any luck with them arriving.
Via Eurobricks Forums
I believe this is the only set that you can make a normal 1-6 dotted dice from. It fetches silly money on eBay so it'll be worth snapping one up if you can. (thanks Roel)
Two months ago, we reported that LEGO were recruiting staff for a new store they had planned for Saarbrücken in south-west Germany.
Brickset member fabien7857 has emailed us to say that the store opened last Thursday. You can check out the store page on lego.com here.
Great news for LEGO fans in south west Germany, and north east France. Thanks for passing on the info fabien7857!
It can be a bit awkward going to the till with a whole box of figs under your arm. For one thing there's no guarantee the shop will sell them to you and the barcode on the box doesn't scan so you often have wait about while the cashier works out what to do.
So, here's a solution to the problem: Amazon.fr is selling complete boxes of 60 for €110, which is about £90, so it's not only convenient, but also £30 cheaper than in the UK!
Order them here: Series 6 minifigs.
There's a new LEGO Brand Store coming to Germany, in the south-western city of Saarbrücken, very close to the border with France.
No news yet on the opening date, but you can check the advertised staff vacancy notices here (text in German) -
If anyone has any details about exactly where the store will be, and when it might open, please let us know :-)
Stelek writes "This night and the night tomorrow you get Tesco coupons with 50% of value of the toys you bought. So basically you can get any toy for half the price (assuming that you shop at Tesco and can spend the coupons later).
"I just bought myself Lego Creator Hillside House 5771 for 135 PLN (which is around 30 Eur). Quite a deal I would say...
"Official announcement (in Polish): http://www.tesco.pl/produkty/zabawki/ "
Joao writes: "19th and 20th of November you can buy LEGO for 50% off in card rewards at Continente hypermarkets. Those 50% can later be applied towards anything in the store, such as drinks, yogurts, fruit, fish or meat that you were going to have to buy anyway or... more LEGO. "
Which I think means if a set costs €10 you get card rewards worth €5 in return that you can then spend on more LEGO. Sounds like a good deal to me!
If you're in Holland and have been frustrated about not being able to get the polybags that we in the UK have had in newspaper promotions, you can now get a good selection of them from Gamma stores. Unfortunately you'll need to spend a fair amount on DIY items to get them, though. Read all about it on the Gamma website in Dutch and English.
I suspect this will frustrate some polybag collectors I can think of in other countries because a few of these are pretty rare and haven't been readily available elsewhere before (e.g. the panda, fish and plane).
(Thanks to Roel for the news)
Looks like the Series 5 collectable figures are starting to roll out across Europe now - we've had reports of them in Poland (at E.Leclerk supermarkets) and in the Czech Republic. We're assuming they'll be appearing across the rest of Europe very soon - why not post your sightings here or on the forums and help out your fellow collectors? Or add them to the Google tracker map that 'kylejohnson11' has setup here.
Thanks to 'Pawel Kaminski HWS' and 'Zelyonii-Zaktan' for the news. And thanks to 'kylejohnson11' for picking up after 'Ugly Duckling at Bricklink finished with the tracker maps.
Thanks to Paul, who reports that the Series 4 collectable minifigs have been spotted in Germany, specifically at Müller Markt in Winnenden (Germany). €1.99 per pack
Just a little reminder that that the new Copenhagen LEGO Brand Store opens next Monday, 13th December. From LEGO.com -
"The LEGO® Store København (Copenhagen), Denmark
Vimmelskaftet 37, 1161 København, Denmark
13th – 16th Dec: 10:00am to 7:00pm
17th – 23th Dec: 10:00am to 8:00pm
24th – 26th Dec: closed
27th – 30th Dec: 10:00am to 7:00pm
31st Dec: 10:00am to 2:00pm
The doors of the LEGO Store will open on Monday, 13th December at 10am and visitors could win up to 50% off the price of their purchases with a LEGO scratch card given to the first 500 visitors to reach the checkout. The scratch card promotion will be repeated on Saturday, 18th December.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 3pm to 7pm kids can build an exclusive LEGO mini model and take it home – for FREE.*
*Quantities are limited and the offer is only valid while supplies last. Recomended age for the building event is 5-15 years."
This week the Collectable Minifigures Series 2 have been released in Germany.
At MyToys, Germany's leading Online Shop for Toys, the CM2 are now available for order.
Most local Resellers will follow in the next days...
Update: Some Scandinavian users reported that CM2 have arrived at local shops in Denmark and Sweden, too.
In what I think is the first news of its availability outside of Japan, we've had it confirmed that the LEGO Brand Stores in Europe are expecting the 'Winter Toy Shop' to be delivered in the next few weeks. In fact, the Milton Keynes store has already had their display model delivered, although it is not on show yet! Price is expected to be around ~£31.50UK.
No news on availability elsewhere yet, but we'll pass on anything we learn.
UPDATE - bad news on the pricing, unfortunately. The previous information we were given was a mistake; we've had it confirmed that the price will be £39.50UK. Sorry for the duff info.
Danish Brickset member 'eyeexist' has emailed to let us know that Danish 'Bilka' stores are having a one-week sale on Lego sets next week - 40% off all Lego, including Mindstorms.
Seems like a great deal, but 'eyeexist' does mention that prices in Denmark are a little higher than many other places to begin with, so we shouldn't feel too jealous !
Adi in Germany writes: "The 30061 Attack Wagon is available in Germany. In certain stores you get it free when you spend 20€ or more for the new Kingdoms set (all available). They also have the Kingdoms Battlepacks 10€ each, so when you pick up both of them you already have 30061.
"Interestingly they advertise this promotion with an official poster that shows all the Kingdoms sets in their prototype configuration and the watermarked box pics.
"The Kingdom Battlepacks' minifigures are sadly the poor chinese plastic like their predecessors. All the Kingdom Sets are available in the German Idee & Spiel stores."
On German Toys 'R' Us (TRU) there is a 20%-off on all LEGO items (minimum buy of € 30) from 29 July 2010 till 4 August 2010.
More details can be found on latest TRU-catalog.
Brickerik found it in his local TRU for €30 and sent us this picture. No sign of it here in the UK but with luck it'll make an appearance soon.
It looks like Germany will be getting a new Lego Store! This store will be located in Wiesbaden, just outside of Frankfurt. You can see about where the new store will be located in Wiesbaden by following this link.
No details on an opening date yet: judging by previous store openings, this store should open before the end of the year.
Frankfurt also has a Lego Store, it opened last year.
After last week's dearth of news, this week has been crazy! At long last the Architecture range of sets is available in European LEGO brand stores and also from LEGOshop.com. Mind you, the prices are astronomical. The biggest and best, Fallingwater, is a whopping £75 or €79 for 800 pieces, which I guess is on a par with Star Wars in terms of price per piece so perhaps it just looks worse because the box is small. However, the Empire State Building takes the biscuit: £20 or €20 for 77 plain bricks: that's 25p a piece!
I'm not exactly encouraging you to buy them, am I, but let me finish by saying that despite the high prices, Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum (£35, €35) are very nice models and if you can afford them they are worth adding to your collection.
At least, I think that's the offer at this German store's website. If you can provide a translation, please do!
This is the first sighting of this parrot set out in the wild :-)
Update: the new trains are also listed, e.g. 7939 Cargo Train. There's no images for them yet but they are apparently available for immediate delivery as well.
Thanks to Elliott, Alexdiazb and Giles for the news!
Although other summer sets have been appearing in different countries for over a month now, seeing the summer Star Wars sets at retail so early is, I think, unprecidented.
The collectable Minifigures are now available through LEGO's on-line Shop, throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately they are still not available to US & Canadian Lego fans.
We've also been told that they are finally available from the Brand Stores in the UK, although we've heard that there may be some rationing due to demand. Please post your experiences & let us know how you get on!
You can now order all 6 summer Star Wars sets from Amazon France [link now fixed] for immediate delivery. Being impatient I've just ordered 5 of them (all but Palpatine's shuttle which doesn't appeal) and was surprised that shipping was only around €8 to the UK.
It could be months before their appearance in other countries so if you can't wait, follow my lead :-)
(via Toys N Bricks)