The feature is currently available in the UK and US, where you can choose to either pay online for a set, or check local store stock by inputting your address. It won’t give you a specific number, so it’s mainly useful for checking whether a set is totally out of stock. There’s no way to tell whether there’s only a couple of sets left in stock, for instance, so you might end up missing out by the time you get to a store anyway.
Of course, if you’re really desperate for a specific set, you can still just call up a store and check. But the online tool offers another option – especially if you’re one of those phone call-averse millennials the media won’t stop talking about.
While you might want to wait for the LEGO Group’s upcoming Brick Friday deals, now’s still a great time to place an order on LEGO.com, as 30434 Reindeer is currently free with a £35 spend on absolutely anything.
Meanwhile, double VIP points are available on LEGO Disney 41167 Arendelle Castle and LEGO Disney 71044 Disney Train and Station (review), meaning anyone ordering the sets at LEGO.com will get double ‘cashback’ to spend on future purchases.
The stock checker should also come in useful in a couple of weeks, with LEGO DC Super Heroes 76139 1989 Batmobile arriving on shelves on November 29.