Earlier today, we reported that LEGO was helping out with the COVID-19 situation by developing protective eyewear for medical professionals and just now, they have released a video of process. In the video below, molding machines crank out visors and more than 100 employees help assemble and package them up for shipment. Their plan is to expand production of the eyewear to other factories around the world.
The LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course (71360) sold out of their pre-orders on LEGO [email protected] in a few hours but if you’re still looking for it, Zavvi also has it available with a free gift. Their gift is the Super Mushroom Surprise Expansion Set (30385) which isn’t as big as the Monty Mole & Super Mushroom Expansion Set (40414) and is just a polybag. Until LEGO puts up more pre-orders on [email protected], there are only a few other retailers that offer it including Walmart.
Various companies have been going out of their way to help during the Coronavirus pandemic and LEGO has stepped into the fray as well. Colleagues on the LEGO Ambassador Network has mentioned that the Region of Southern Denmark (Syddanmark) Facebook Page has posted images of a new protective eyewear that LEGO developed for medical professionals to use as part of their personal protective equipment. Currently organizations such as the Odense University Hospital and Sygehus Lillebælt have been using them and so far it’s been working well and have become part of their regular equipment.
It may not seem like a lot to us but for the medical profession, it’s invaluable at this point. You may remember that LEGO also launched a couple of campaigns last week to help with the COVID-19 situation including donating $50 million to support children in need. It’s good to see companies using their time and resources to help out others when they don’t really have to.
There are now official images of the LEGO Super Mario Monty Mole & Super Mushroom Expansion Set (40414) gift-with-purchase set on [email protected]. The set has 163 pieces and you can get it for free with a pre-order of the Adventures with Mario Starter Course (71360) on [email protected] which is now temporarily sold out. The set features Monty Mole along with Stone-Eye and a Super Mushroom which you can use to expand on the Starter Course. If you’re still looking to pre-order the Starter Course, Walmart still has it available.
Amazon currently has a coupon for $10 off the LEGO Ideas Friends Central Perk (21319). This equates to about 17% off the regular price of $59.99 when you apply the coupon. This coupon also makes the set the lowest price the set has been at. If you remember from earlier this year, Central Perk was very popular and it was sold out and went on backorder status for a few months.
LEGO has announced they will be opening a new LEGO flagship store in Shenzhen City, Guangdong, China later this year. It will be located in the COCO Park Shopping Center and it will be the fifth flagship store that LEGO has opened in China.
The 1st LEGO® flagship store in south China will open this year
The LEGO Group announced today that a new LEGO flagship store will be opened in Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province in the second half of this year as it continues to expand its retail footprint to bring creative play and immersive shopping experiences to more Chinese children, parents and fans.
Located at COCO Park shopping center in Futian District of Shenzhen, it will be the fifth flagship store that the LEGO Group opened in China. Store construction and recruitment will start soon. More information about the store will be shared during its grand opening.
The LEGO Group has already opened three flagship stores in China since the first one was opened at Shanghai Disneytown in 2016. The other two are located at the People’s Square in Shanghai and Wangfujing shopping street in Beijing. At the second China International Import Exhibition last year, the LEGO Group announced that its fourth flagship store in China will be opened in east China’s Hangzhou City in summer 2020.
Paul Huang, General Manager of LEGO China, said “We are excited to open a new flagship store in Shenzhen, a vibrant city well-known for its innovation spirit. We hope the new store can bring the creative LEGO play to more children in Shenzhen and the south China region, inspiring their creativity and imagination, and helping them learn through play.”
Overview of LEGO flagship stores in China:
• Shanghai Disneytown: It is the first LEGO flagship store in China as well as in Asia. Opened on May 11, 2016, the two-floor store is located at Shanghai Disneytown with size exceeding 800 square meters.
• Shanghai People’s Square: The second LEGO flagship store in China. Opened on September 27, 2018, the store is located at Nanjing Road East with size of 599 square meters.
• Beijing Wangfujing: It is the third LEGO flagship store in China and the first of its kind in Beijing. Opened on February 22, 2019, the store is located at the Wangfujing shopping and entertainment area with size of 626 square meters.
• Hangzhou West Lake: The fourth LEGO flagship store in China, which is expected to open in summer 2020.
There are now some official images of the summer 2020 LEGO Minecraft sets coming from Amazon France. The first set is The Crafting Box 3.0 which has 564 pieces and is a sandbox set where you can build pretty much anything. The other set is The Redstone Battle (21163) which has 504 pieces and includes minifigures of Hex, Hedwig, Hal, and Valorie.