Every year around Chinese New Year, LEGO likes to do a promotional set for the Chinese Zodiac animals and the Year of the Tiger (40491) has been revealed on LEGO’s Declaration of Conformity. This will be the 8th animal from the series which started all the way back in 2015 with the Year of the Sheep (40148). If you want to be technical, the Year of the Snake (10250) was released back in 2013 but it was a different style than these ones. Also, the first couple of sets were Asia exclusives so it was a bit harder to get than in recent years. The Year of the Tiger (40491) will most likely be part of a promotion in late January or some time in February.
In just a few days, LEGO will have a new promotion on the LEGO Shop for the LEGO Seasonal Year of the Ox (40417). You’ll be able to get it for free with purchases of $85 or more, while supplies last.
Like with the previous Chinese Zodiac animal GWPs, it comes in a flap box and it also includes an envelope for putting money in as a gift.
The build is a cartoonish style ox that is sitting on a display stand. The ox has articulation on the arms and legs by the way of some ball joints and the head is on a turntable spinner. The ears are on hinges so they are able to move up and down.
The stand has a more autumn feel to it with the color scheme but it works well with the color of the ox. There are a couple of jumper plates to allow it to sit on it but it’s not too secure.
The Year of the Ox (40417) is the seventh one in the Chinese New Year series and it’s an okay build. Ranking it alongside the other animals that have released so far in terms of design, I would place it fifth. Of course, that’s just my opinion and you may have it ranked higher. The Year of the Dog (40235) is still my favorite one mainly because I love the look of it and that is my zodiac animal.
The promotion for this set will run from February 1-14 with purchases of $85 or … Continue
For those who missed out last year, the LEGO Seasonal Year of the Pig (40186) is now available for purchase on Shop@Home. This was a GWP last year in January for the Chinese Year of the Pig holiday where you had to buy $88 to get it. The set has 153 pieces and you can get it for $9.99 with a limit of 50. These seasonal sets have become a a yearly thing to celebrate the Lunar New Year and are pretty popular in the LEGO community. Thanks to Tim for the heads up.
The promotion for the LEGO Seasonal Year of the Rat (40355) set is now live on LEGO Shop@Home. You can get it for free with purchases of $80 or more online and at LEGO Brand Stores. The 162 piece set continues the Chinese zodiac animal sets that LEGO have been releasing for a few years now. The promotion will run from now until January 26 or while supplies last.
To coincide with the promotion, the LEGO Chinese Traditional Festival sets are also available for purchase. The Lion Dance (80104) is still currently in stock while the Chinese New Year Temple Fair (80105) is in backorder status. You can still order it and it will ship in 30 days.
There are now official images of the upcoming LEGO Seasonal Year of the Rat (40355) set. It has 162 pieces and you will be able to get it for free with purchases of $80 or more starting on January 13.
As you can see from the images below, there’s actually a lot of articulation with the Rat with the moveable ear, hands, and tail. Along with the set, you also get a “red” envelope where you can put money in and give to others.
The promotion will run until January 26, while supplies last.
The Year of the Rat is coming up in just a few weeks and LEGO Taiwan has put out a pretty interesting advertisement for the holiday. Mainly, they have posted an image showing all the animals on the zodiac. A majority of these minifigures are official minifigures from past LEGO Collectible Minifigures waves while others are mashups or recolors from existing minifigure parts. Some of the parts could be used for future minifigures as well.
Some other promotions LEGO has going on across the Pacific are the little brick-built items that will be given away during specific dates. They all look pretty cool but I do like the vase and the pellet drum.
As for us here in the US, we also have a LEGO Seasonal Year of the Rat promotion on LEGO Shop@Home from January 13-26 with purchases of $80 or more. In addition, there are two Chinese Festival sets that will be releasing on January 10 with the Lion Dance (80104) and Chinese New Year Temple Fair (80105).
Thanks to Shirley for the link.
If you didn’t see the January 2020 LEGO Store Calendar, we will be getting another Chinese New Year set with the LEGO Seasonal Year of the Rat (40355). You will be able to get it from January 13-26 with purchases of $80 or more which is a little bit lower than previous years’ threshold of $88.
Technically, this will be the seventh zodiac animal that has been released by LEGO but only the fourth that has been widely available on Shop@Home. The Snake, Sheep, and Monkey were previously Asia exclusives so hopefully LEGO will remake them for the mass market.