LEGO confirms 40583 Houses of the World 1 will be the first of four free gifts

The upcoming LEGO gift-with-purchase 40583 Houses of the World 1 is now listed online, and the product description confirms that it’ll be one in a series of four different freebies. 

Originally unveiled through reviews by LEGO fan blogs, 40583 Houses of the World 1 is a 348-piece gift-with-purchase due to be available later this month. The exact qualifying threshold has yet to be disclosed, but it’s expected to be somewhere in the region of £250 / $250 / €250, matching the required spend for 40563 Tribute to LEGO House in 2022.

The set itself depicts a colourful house in microscale, inspired by the architecture and buildings of South America. It’s built with a ‘modular design’, which – according to the product description – will allow it to combine with three more LEGO Houses of the World sets, numbered 40590, 40594 and 40599. None of those models have been revealed yet, and nor does the listing suggest a timeline for their release.

The first house in the series stands 12cm tall, 8cm wide and 10cm deep, and it’s likely that the subsequent buildings will come in at a similar size, allowing them all to line up neatly on a shelf as a series of mini modular buildings. That approach would be welcome for those of us who can’t afford (or don’t have room for) every single bigger modular building… if the smaller buildings were readily available at retail.

As is, we’re potentially looking at four individual purchases of at least £250 apiece to get our hands on all four sets (if that rumoured spend threshold is correct), which would make acquiring the entire series of gifts-with-purchase a pricey prospect. Time will tell whether the actual required spend is a bit more reasonable, but keep an eye on Brick Fanatics for updates.

In the meantime, 40580 Blacktron Cruiser is available with all orders above £170 / $190 / €190 through January 14, or while stocks last. 40583 Houses of the World 1 may therefore be available from January 15, but that’s not confirmed yet.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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