Every year, LEGO gifts their full time employees (including retail staff) with a specially designed unique LEGO set. Two years ago, the employee gift 4002016 was a nod to the 50 year anniversary of LEGO trains. Last year, the 40 year anniversary of the Technic line gave birth to a heavily Technic based 4002017 Nutcracker.
What XMAS gift will the LEGO employees get this year in 2018? For starters, in 4002018, they get a lovely box designed by Roberta Sandri in collaboration with concept designer Sten Platz full of holiday cheer and it seems that this gift will somehow celebrate the 40th year of the Minifigure, judging from the printed gift tag. Box images below are from Mr. Thomas Oestergaard’s Instagram page
Based on the social media posting dates, the sets seem to have been distributed to the Billund staff last week and will make its’ way to employees around the world this or next week.
What about the contents/the build? If you do not want spoilers of the contents, look away now! If you don’t mind, click on the Spoiler.ALERT below.
Since you’re still reading after the spoiler alert, here are the pictures of the build from Mr. Dylan Chow’s Instagram page.
It features a big scale minifigure of Santa Claus(based on the work of Marcos Bessa from the Superheroes line) on his sleigh with some gifts being pulled by a big scale Reindeer. The reindeer is brick built but simulates how a normal LEGO horse would function. Brilliant work by designer Carl Merriam, who incidentally also designed the 2016 Employee Gift set.
See the gifts carried by Santa? They open to reveal something special. We will insert another MAJOR Spoiler Alert tag here so that LEGO employees can once again choose to close their browser tab now to avoid being spoiled before they open their presents!
Inside the brick built gift boxes are classic minifigures! An Apt way to celebrate the 40 year anniversary. Two are revealed in the pictures by Mr. Chow, showing a classic Doctor from 1980 and a classic Pirate from 1989. This leaves us with a final question! What’s in the white box?!
Well, we’ve actually been alerted to the contents of the white box! It’s a Blacktron Astronaut from the 80’s It seems that Mr. Chow has also created a unboxing review about this set on a brick blog called Bricksjoy.
We have extracted a couple of pictures from his detailed unboxing post. Please do visit the link above for more pictures of this lovely gift set.
We hope that we didn’t give too much away. Another year, another amazing Christmas gift from LEGO to their employees!