Lego has a bumper month in the days leading up to Christmas. As one of the top toy brands among kids and adults alike, sales on some of its most popular sets skyrocket this time of year. And with Black Friday marking your last chance to bag a bargain before the festivities commence, it’s the perfect time for some early gift shopping.
From Harry Potter to Star Wars and Marvel sets, Lego has more licenses to work with than the DVSA. Which of course means that if you (or a loved one) have a particular interest, there’s bound to be a Lego set to fit your niche.
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Want to recreate Van Gogh’s most famous painting? Go ahead. Want to roll out your eighties nostalgia with a transforming autobot? Of course you do. Looking for a flower arrangement that won’t begrudge you for forgetting to water them? We cannot stress enough how many Lego sets exist.
We’ve already marked Black Friday in our build-a-day calendars – yes, Lego make calendars as well now – but before the big day begins in earnest, we have spotted a few early deals at some of the UK’s biggest retailers.
For all the best deals on Lego that we’ve found so far, keep reading the rest of the article below.
The best early Lego Black Friday 2022 deals to shop now
Lego Super Mario Peach’s castle expansion set: Was £114.99, now £67.49, Amazon.co.uk
This expansion set lets kids build on their Super Mario world, and now there’s over 40 per cent slashed off its price. With 1,216 pieces, it’s bound to provide many hours of entertainment. It features a castle toy and five Super Mario figures: Bowser, Ludwig, Toadette, Goomba and Bob-omb. Suitable for kids aged eight and up, it’s a great gift at any time of the year.
Lego Avatar Jake and Neytiri first banshee flight: Was £49.99, now £29.99, Amazon.co.uk
Ready to return to Pandora after a 13-year wait? While you have to wait a little longer to catch Avatar: The way of water on the big screen, you can already enter the magical world through immersive play. The set refers to a scene from the first movie where Jake and Neytiri (minifigures included) fly the dragon-like banshee creatures. The set includes 572 pieces and three instruction booklets, so you can build with multiple people at the same time. With 40 per cent off, it’s a great way to get reacquainted with Pandora.
Lego Creator flower bouquet: Was £54.99, now £40.99, Argos.co.uk
Wake up and smell the (plant-based plastic) roses with this colourful arrangement designed to stand tall in your home. The 756-piece build features 15 stems with a mix of flower and leaf varieties such as roses, snapdragons, poppies, asters, daisies and grasses that can be freely arranged and placed in a vase. It would make an ideal gift for any flower lover, regardless of their green thumb potential, and as they’re made using sustainably sourced sugarcane, they have less less of an environmental impact than other standard Lego sets.
‘Harry Potter’ the Ministry of Magic: Was £83.99, now £45, Very.co.uk
Potterheads will be pleased to know that Very is now offering a sizeable discount on one of its Harry Potter-themed sets – specifially the Ministry of Magic. The 990-piece build is suitable for ages nine and up and features 12 minifigures, including Harry, Ron, Hermione and Dolores Umbridge, along with modular buildings containing hidden secrets within each. It’s a saving of £38.99 making the elaborate set an excellent gift to pick up just in time for Christmas.
Lego 42123 Technic McLaren senna GTR racing sports collectable model car building kit: Was £44.99, now £33.99, Amazon.co.uk
Hailing from the popular Lego Technic range, this McLaren senna GTR model is perfect for Lego fans and petrolheads alike. The supercar replica not only looks the part, but features moving parts to recreate the McLaren design, from a working steering wheel to V8 engine with moving pistons, and doors that open and close. Satisfy your need for speed, and get a brilliant deal in the process, while the McLaren set is discounted by 24 per cent.
Lego Harry Potter collection for Nintendo Switch: Was £34.99, now £16.79, Amazon.co.uk
Immerse yourself in the magical wizard’s world with this action-packed adventure. This collection includes two games, the first being based on books and films one to four, and the second on books five to seven and films five to eight, on one disc. It also includes previously released DLC packs, such as a character pack and spell pack. The games are suitable for ages seven and over and the pack is now less than half price at Amazon.
Lego ‘Minecraft’ the Nether bastion set: Was £29.99, now £23.99, Thetoyshop.com
From the game that had the first and final word on both mining and crafting, Minecraft and Lego seemed like a match made in heaven. Now the Nether bastion set is currently at a 20 per cent discount at The Entertainer.
The 300-piece set, suitable for ages eight and up, includes a nether adventurer, magma cube, two piglins and a strider. There’s also a range of Minecraft-themed accessories, such as crimson root, warped fungus, gilded blackstone, nether wart, red mushrooms, soul torches, blocks of gold, nether gold ore and soul fire. That’s without even mentioning weapons – a gold axe, crossbow and netherite sword – which are also included.
Lego 43202 Disney the Madrigal house building toy, dollhouse with mini-doll figures: Was £44.99, now £39.99, Amazon.co.uk
If you’re looking for a gift for a little fan of the animated musical film Encanto, following its release last year, this Lego set is sure to be a winner. Complete with spinning weathervane, waving shutters and five rooms from the fantasy film, this 587-piece build depicts the Madrigal family’s three-storey house where Abuela, Mirabel and Antonio Lego minifigures can hang out. Kids can tap into creative play with the accordion, gramophone and umbrella accessories while decorating the house with the sticker sheet included, bringing the building to life. Whether a Christmas gift or birthday treat, the Lego set is discounted right now.
Lego Star Wars ‘The Mandalorian’ helmet: Was £59.99, now £42.99, Amazon.co.uk
For fans of The Mandalorian (or as it’s better known, The Baby Yoda show), this display piece is a perfect ornament for any Star Wars fan worth their Crait salt. Depicting the visage of the show’s eponymous bounty hunter, Din Djarin, the Mandalorian’s helmet plays an important role in his religious devotion to the creed, plus it just looks quite cool. It’s now discounted at 28 per cent, making it an excellent saving for Star Wars fans to add to their collection.
Lego lunar reseach base space set: Was £89.99, now £60, Very.co.uk
If you ask us, constructing a space station on the moon might take a sizeable chunk out of most town planning budgets, but this research base from the Lego city range is a great deal to be had with a £29.99 saving. It’s packed with ‘authentic’ details based on real space vehicles and equipment, including a Lego lunar lander, moon buggy, viper rover and a domed accommodation module with laboratories, garage and airlock, plus six Lego astronaut minifigures.
Lego Friends Andrea’s theatre school play set: Was £89.99, now £59.99, Very.co.uk
This one will make a theatre kid or drama queen very happy – they can imagine being a star on stage with this playset. The beautiful theatre building is the perfect background for them to host their own plays. It features a stage, dressing room, orchestra and balcony. The stage will remind you of a West End theatre and with the included four minifigures and many accessories, kids can produce any play they want. Upon opening the curtains, they’ll find a medieval castle and night-time cityscape backdrop to bring their play to life.
Lego infinity gauntlet Thanos set: Was £80, now £59.99, Very.co.uk
Now here’s a deal that you’ll want to snap up. The infinity gauntlet display piece from Lego has £20 off and comes complete with the six infinity stones and posable fingers, so reality can be whatever you want. At 590 pieces, it’s a decent size and even comes with its own display plaque – a great addition to any Marvel fan’s shelf.
Lego Adventures with Luigi starter course: Was £54.99, now £32.99, Amazon.co.uk
The Lego Luigi starter set is an excellent build for younger children and now it’s reduced by 40 per cent at Amazon. The set includes an interactive minifigure of Mario’s brother, which can interact with different pieces using a scanner to track coins, time and different terrain. What’s more, the set can also be combined with other products from the Lego Super Mario range to create even more intricate courses. In our round-up of favourite gaming Lego sets, we said “It’s a much better build than the Mario starter set (£54.99, Lego.com), even if he does still hog the limelight”.
Lego Star Wars imperial TIE fighter: Was £39.99, now £29.99, Smythstoys.com
One of the imperial fleet’s most iconic spaceships, the TIE fighter, is a staple of the Star Wars franchise thanks to its unique design and instantly recognisable engine howl – which was created by combining an elephant call with a car driving on a wet road. The 432-piece set includes three minifigures and is suitable for ages eight and up, making it a great gift for Star Wars fans of all ages.
Lego Technic McLaren Formula 1 race car: Was £169.99, now £118.99, Very.co.uk
If you’re still crying about Daniel Ricciardo’s departure from Formula 1 next year, then this race car was made just for you. The design is an accurate, miniaturised recreation of the new regulations introduced to the grid this year with working V6 pistons, DRS and differentials for precision steering as well as McLaren’s unmistakeable livery. It’s over 1,400 pieces and with a discount of 25 per cent you can make an excellent display piece or push it around the living room as you quietly whisper to yourself “honey badger don’t care”.
Lego The Mighty Bowser: Was £229.99, now £172, Very.co.uk
Fun fact: Did you know that the CEO of Nintendo of America is called Doug Bowser? And before you ask, no, there’s no relation. But if you want an impressive Lego set of Doug’s Mushroom Kingdom counterpart then the mighty Bowser set is currently 25 per cent off. It’s an impressive 2,807-piece build that even has mechanical moving arms and head, making it truly mighty indeed.
Lego City advent calendar 2022: Was £21.99, now £17.60, Argos.co.uk
Just in time for the festive season, Lego’s range of advent calendars are receiving a sizeable discount in the run up to December, which if you ask us, is around the time you really ought to think about getting an advent calendar.
Lego has a whole range of advent calendars to choose from (which we’ve already had a chance to open and play with ourselves) with the City, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel and Friends range all receiving their own versions this year. We’ve listed the City one above but you can find a link to your calendar of choice below as well:
What is Black Friday?
If you’re yet to shop during Black Friday, you can expect to save some serious money in time for the Christmas rush. The shopping event originally started in the US as a one-day event, the day after Thanksgiving, to help clear out old stock before the latest products hit the shelves in time for Christmas. But now, it’s a worldwide affair, with huge discounts on offer from just about every major retailer.
Many UK retailers take part and slash the prices of big-name brands, including Apple, Dyson, Shark, KitchenAid, LG, Nintendo, Asos, Flannels, Sky and more.
For more intel on who takes part and what products we expect to see on offer, read our extensive guide to the brands and retailers that offered hefty discounts last year for Black Friday.
When is Black Friday 2022 in the UK?
As Black Friday always takes place the day after Thanksgiving in the US, it’s quite an easy event to track in our calendars. This year, Black Friday itself will take place on 25 November. But, for most brands and retailers, the sale spans the weekend until the following Monday, known as Cyber Monday.
UK retailers have been hosting sales events for Black Friday for a number of years and, as such, those sales periods have noticeably become longer. Owing to this, you can expect to see some of your favourite online giants, such as Amazon, Currys, AO and Argos dropping deals weeks in advance.
While this may sound daunting, it’s here in this very guide where you’ll find all the best early deals as they drop, so bookmark this page to make sure you’re always in the know.
When will the Black Friday 2022 sales start?
While a number of sales will trickle out throughout the month, the best sales can usually be found on the day itself, on Friday 25 November. However, you can expect a huge number of brands and retailers to kick things off weeks in advance. Amazon, for example, started its Black Friday 2021 sale a whole month early and this year, the likes of Dyson, Argos and Currys have already begun dropping deals.
For the latest home appliance discounts, and more offers, try the links below:
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