How much is a jungle’s worth, you very wisely ask? Five, in this case. (A number we arrived at after careful and methodical deliberation, rest assured.) That’s five inspired ideas, each better than the last, and each one guaranteed to get you above the necessary £120 / $120 / €120 spend required to bring home the LEGO Group’s latest gift-with-purchase.
This is one free gift very much worth making an order for, too, delivering a colourful brick-built jungle scene with the first-ever Jane Goodall minifigure, and more importantly, three chimpanzees. We haven’t seen this particular animal piece since Collectible Minifigures Series 7’s Jungle Boy in 2012, so 40530 Jane Goodall Tribute represents a great way to stock up on them a full decade later.
Check out our review of the 275-piece set for more on why it’s absolutely worth your time, then dive into the list below for some shopping inspiration.
5 – CITY Wildlife Rescue sets
We’ll get the most obvious suggestion out of the way first, which is to keep things on theme by picking up a couple of last summer’s CITY Wildlife Rescue sets. 40530 Jane Goodall Tribute is a great starting point for a jungle scene, but if you’re after more minifigures, vehicles, bricks and – most importantly – animals to flesh out your freebie, the Wildlife Rescue sets should be your first port of call.
No single set will take you above the required threshold, but pairing 60307 Wildlife Rescue Camp with any other set (bar the smallest in 60300 Wildlife Rescue ATV) will get you there. We’d recommend 60302 Wildlife Rescue Operation for its baby elephant and pair of monkeys.
4 – All three new LEGO Star Wars helmets
Can’t decide between the three latest additions to the LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection? Why not grab them all? 75327 Luke Skywalker (Red Five) Helmet, 75328 The Mandalorian Helmet and 75343 Dark Trooper Helmet might not have much relevance to 40530 Jane Goodall Tribute at first glance, but they have more in common than you might first assume.
For instance: they’re all really good, a trait shared among a number of March 1 releases. And chances are you don’t own them already – they’ve only been out a couple of days – which also fulfils basically the only other criteria necessary for a gift-with-purchase. Look, we’re not being particularly picky here, and neither should you be, in the interests of grabbing 40530 Jane Goodall Tribute before it runs out.
3 – A boatload of baseplates
The LEGO Group doesn’t really ship by sea anymore (presumably in the hopes of avoiding incidents like this one), so you’ll just have to imagine the ‘boatload’ bit of ‘boatload of baseplates’. But if looking at 40530 Jane Goodall Tribute has inspired you to build out a bigger jungle scene (maybe with trees that wouldn’t have felt dated a decade ago), you’re going to need some baseplates to pop it all on.
Fortunately, the LEGO Group has just refreshed its current range of baseplates with new packaging, so you can stock up on plenty of 11023 Green Baseplate and 11025 Blue Baseplate to form the basis of your latest build. You’ll need to buy 16 32×32 baseplates to meet the threshold in the UK, 14 in Europe, and 16 in the US.
2 – A fleet of Vespas
The latest Creator Expert (now LEGO for Adults) vehicle won’t net you 40530 Jane Goodall Tribute all on its own, but that’s where 40517 Vespa comes in. Add four copies of the mini red version to its bigger sibling 10298 Vespa 125 in the UK to reach the required spend, or three copies in Europe. If you’re in the US, you’ll need three, but there’s a limit of two, so… maybe add a keychain or two?
You’ll have to be pretty mad on Vespas to make this one work, but you could always use the spare mini versions as the basis for some cool recolours. We’d love to see it in yellow, white or dark (racing!) green, for instance.
1 – 21332 The Globe
Our favourite suggestion for reaching the required spend for 40530 Jane Goodall Tribute is a two-pronged approach: for one, 21332 The Globe has only just hit shelves, and therefore hasn’t experienced anything in the way of discounts through third-party retailers. Getting a gift-with-purchase softens the blow of paying full price, giving you an excuse to get in on the ground floor.
For another, there’s a nice narrative tie between these two sets, ensuring they’ll display together very nicely on your LEGO shelf, in your LEGO room, or just wherever you happen to find space for them. They’re both educational models at heart, for instance, encouraging further discussion and exploration around their subjects, while 40530 Jane Goodall Tribute is also a great jumping-off point for creating more specific scenes from around the world to display alongside 21332 The Globe.
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