Thanks to some new information we finally have release date information on the Ulysses Space Probe VIP reward, which was originally intended to release along with the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery set on April 1st.
The release will differ dependent upon where in the world you'll be purchasing. The release will begin tomorrow April 14th, beginning with the UK and Europe at 9am BST/10am CET. Then in North America at 9am EST, and then lastly in Australia and New Zealand at 9am AEST, according to The LEGO Group's Official Twitter Page.
The LEGO NASA Ulysses Space Probe's delay has never been explained by TLG, as it was initially expected to go live on April 1. The exclusive set can be redeemed using 1,800 VIP points in the Rewards Centre section of Shop@Home. Along with the Space Probe reward, you can also pick up an A3 poster of the Space Shuttle Discovery from the Rewards Section. Based on the fact that Past VIP rewards of this nature have sold out soon after release, you'll want to make sure you're standing by at time of release.
If you've been holding onto your rewards for this moment, you're also in luck because the release of the Ulysses Space Probe also coincides with the Double VIP Points Promo, so you can really cash in with your purchase!
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Update (3/31 | 12:45 EST):
We've now received some official confirmation that the Ulysses Space Probe VIP Reward is going to be delayed in North America. There's no details on how long it will be delayed for, or if it will be made available at all—which is becoming a trend with Exclusive Rewards with set releases, as we saw the same thing happen with the Porsche Owner's Pack Exclusive GWP that was cancelled back in February
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We now have the first set images of the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery’s exclusive VIP reward—the Ulysses Space Probe.
Unlike previous Gift With Purchase promos, you'll need to shell out 1,800 VIP points and checkout with the subsequent promo code from the Rewards Centre.
If you already have enough points on hand to qualify for the reward, be ready for the midnight release—when NASA Space Shuttle Discovery (10283) goes live on Shop@Home. There's no official confirmation of when the VIP Reward will be made available, or how many units are going to be available, but I suspect the reward will be short-lived, as we've seen with the Winnie The Pooh Official Prints and other exclusive promotions.
Unfortunately, for some fans, the Ulysses Space Probe uses standard yellow pieces in place of metallic gold pieces—unlike the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery (10283), which has set a new record for the most metallic silver elements in a single model. The set will also include a commemorative plaque in kind with the one that will be included with 10283—so whether or not you're disappointed by the lack of metallic elements, you can still probably find metallic elements on Bricklink or similar aftermarket sites to upgrade—or simply keep it sealed as a collectible!
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