Popular sets retiring soon: buy now before it's too late

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LEGO has added the following Ideas and direct-to-consumer sets to the "retiring soon" list at shop.LEGO.com.

This of course means that soon you will not be able to find them easily online or in brand stores, and there will be no more production runs.

I am honestly quite surprised about some of these; most of the Ideas sets listed were released just last year!

What do you think? If you have not purchased these sets already, are you now considering doing so? If so, please use these links: UK | Germany | France

52 comments on this article

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By in United States,

That is very sad

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By in United States,

Thankfully, I anticipated the Pet Shop's retirement and bought it this month for my little sister's Christmas present - after almost six years on her wish-list. I'm surprised by the Ideas sets and the Sandcrawler though.

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By in United States,

Dang, I was hoping to save money to get something like the Sandcrawler or the Ewok Village. I am also shocked to see Dr. Who and The Big Bang Theory up on that list to. I wonder if Lego is having supply issues again, or if demand is so high it brought about a fast end of those projects.

Well at least I managed to get myself a copy of Wall-E... Here is hoping that this is some goof on the Shop at Home site and these aren't heading out so soon!

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By in United States,

I wanted Wall-E from day 1, but it had never jumped to the front of the line for things I wanted to purchase. I guess now it has to!

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By in United Kingdom,

I got told by a member of staff in the Meadowhall Lego store when I bought Ecto 1 that most ideas sets only get a 1 year production run, ecto 1 got extended because of the GB firehouse set that came out this year, I don't know if that's true but it's what I got told.
I'd better go and order that pet shop set!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

@mr_piggle, I can honestly state that Wall-E is one of my absolute favourite sets. It looks amazing and the techniques used to build the head and eyes blew me away.
You won't regret it!

I had the same understanding as @mrdoofa, that Ideas sets all have a limited run, although didn't the Exo Suit also get a second production run?

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By in Canada,

I looked at the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set on the Lego site (Canada) and didn't see any indication that the set is retiring. Is there a separate page for sets that are retiring soon?

I was planning on getting this when the Santa snow globe becomes available.

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By in United States,

What on the Lego Shop at Home site indicates these set are retiring soon? I don't see it.

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By in United Kingdom,

well that's a bummer.

lets see.
10218 Pet Shop
i own 3 of this set. a 4th copy would be nice but not having a 4th one is not the end of the world.

10234 Sydney Opera House
a nice set. but big. to big. had hoped to pick it up at some point if i had cash and no big set's to buy but, again not to have one is not the end of the world.

10236 Ewok Village
good set, i like it, but don't feel the need to own it.

21108 Ghostbusters Ecto-1
own it.

21302 The Big Bang Theory
nice set. could never make up my mind about getting it. if i see it at a good price and have the cash i will get this.

21303 WALL-E
own it.

21304 Doctor Who
own it. and payed full price for it, if i had waited could have got it for £35 easy. oh well.

75059 Sandcrawler
this is the one that going to be the one i need to think hard on. i like to own it. but £250 is a big shot of cash all in one go. for a cool looking set but not one that shout buy me like GBHQ did.

it's sad to see them go. but seeing as in the last 9 months we had almost no set's retired this is no big shock. well a shock to see them all set to go End of line at the same time. but not that we have set's retiring.

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By in Australia,

LEPIN to the rescue!

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By in United States,

Got what I need already, but I really appreciate the heads up! It is an awful thing to miss out on a set.

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By in United States,

Not marked retiring soon on US [email protected], is this just in Europe?

EDIT: I'm a moron, disregard me.

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By in United States,

Wow, seems a lot of people don't look at the categories of articles. XD

Yes, Europe only so far.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've always been in 2 minds about the Sydney opera house, it just seems so expensive compared to Tower bridge and especially Big Ben both of which I have, they both have many more pieces for less money. I managed to get Doctor Who for £35 on amazon, I got Big Bang theory with VIP points, own ewok village and Wall-E. That leaves the sandcrawler which has never been a must buy like ewok village was.
I've just placed an order for the pet shop, palace cinema and the caterham seven and had a pleasant surprise when I saw the Christmas 24 in 1 free set added to my basket, I'd forgotten about that!!!
As thehornedrat says, I may have to succumb to lepin for the opera house set along with the Taj Mahal and the very early modulars which I missed. I refuse to pay the prices being asked on eBay for these sets because A, I can't afford it and B, I think these investors who stockpile sets to try and mug people off by making huge profits when they retire are worse than lepin.

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By in United States,

I've been wanting to get a 2nd copy of Pet Shop, I guess there's no time like the present now! I wish I had a heads up when Town Hall got retired, missed that one.

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How odd about the opera house. The bridge has been out forever and is still being made. The opera house is much younger. I wanted to buy it but I don't think I'll be able to if it retires so soon. Boo.

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By in United States,

Looks like I'm safe. Already have at least one of each of all of these, and have gotten a second of the ones I really like (e.g. Wall-E and Doctor Who). Surprised to see the Sandcrawler go so soon though (assuming it's retired at the same time as the Ewok Village).

Also a bit surprised that the Sydney Opera House is going away before the Tower Bridge. Wonder if LEGO is doing that to spite all the people who hoarded it as an investment. XD

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By in United States,

Nooo! Not Pet Shop! I was planning on getting that for the Black Friday promo. That might be too late now. D:

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By in United States,

Lego ideas just had a big review deadline of submitted sets that met the 10,000 supports goal. So there will be new sets in the near future. I imagine they are retiring the sets because they were meant as limited runs, did not sell as well as they had hoped, or just want to make room and a fresh list of Ideas sets. But regardless I am excited for the potential new sets, as many of them I had supported. There is some crazy talent going on over at the Lego Ideas website!

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By in United States,

I'm not really surprised by these. I do not plan to get any however, as most of them are too expensive for what I am willing to spend at the moment.

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By in Canada,

I have most of what I want off this list. A few have remained maybe's on the list for a long time. Two sets I would possible consider a second copy of would be Wall-E and Pet Shop. But I think I'll save the money for some of those large sets that came out this year. Still debating on that gorgeous Disney Castle.

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By in Denmark,

21302 The Big Bang Theory had a second production run this summer so sales can't be that bad.

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By in United States,

@bok2 How exactly can I tell if a set has had more than one "run"? The LEGO Store in my town has had the Big Bang Theory almost continually since it came out, and I've seen it on sale several times this past year.

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By in Australia,

Good article!

Is Pet Shop worth it?

A lot of people love it but the town house interior is basically completely empty. The splitting function is cool, will definitely come in handy with Assembly Square, but I am still unsure.

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By in Denmark,

@myscrnnm: On most tape-sealed LEGO boxes there is a printed production run code on one of the seals, e.g. XXS6 with XX being the week of production, with S being Europe and 6 being 2016 (or 2006). On glued boxes the code is embossed or, since recently on some sets, printed.

My first 21302 The Big Bang Theory has a production code of around summer 2015 and the last I bought around summer 2016.

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By in United Kingdom,

I own all of them besides:

-10234 - Sydney Opera House
-10236 - Ewok Village
-75059 - Sandcrawler

As much I'd like those three there are several other Direct To Consumer (D2C) sets that are higher on my list, therefore all three of them are a pass. If I was to chose one it would be 75059 - Sandcrawler.

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By in Denmark,

According to a shop assistant in the LEGO Store Copenhagen the relatively old Ideas sets
21108 Ghostbusters Ecto-1 and 21303 WALL-E outsell the recent 21305 Maze by far.
Also 21302 The Big Bang Theory sells well whereas 21304 Doctor Who does not sell well in Copenhagen.
Surprisingly to me also 21307 Caterham Seven 620R is so far no big hit in Copenhagen.
In the price-bracket of the Caterham good old 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van outsells everything else in the Creator car line!
Also surprisingly, 10218 Pet Shop outsells the very recent 10253 Big Ben.

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By in Denmark,

Thanks Bok2, i was about to drive into the store my self and ask around about these sets ;-)
Guess i can now wait a little to next month and only by the pet shop that i wont before it is to late ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

I have them all apart from the Sydney Opera house and the sandcrawler. I would love the sandcrawler but running out of space and it's alot of money.

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By in United Kingdom,

is there a time frame for these set. ie are they going to stop selling them next week or by the end of the year?

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm glad I've got the Email village, although I'm disappointed that the sandcrawler is being retired. I just can't afford it at the moment!

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By in Germany,

^^ Since Lego did tell us, which sets are going to retire "soon", it seems they want to sell us their left over stock as fast as possible, creating an extra demand while still having lots of boxes. And with the last box sold, the set is retired. So there is no "date", I guess. It had been the same with the Exo-Suit.

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By in Ireland,

Very glad I bought the Pet Shop earlier in the year - lovely set. I'll be sad to see all of these go, they're all great sets. I think I'll be attempting to save up for an Ewok Village for Christmas.

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By in United States,

Need to get Dorcto Who or his Dimenssions set…

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By in United Kingdom,

I was thinking about Ewok Village just the last few days after building the R1 AT-ST...guess I bet get my bricks on and buy it...

And although I have Wall-E, I might get another one!

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By in United States,

I'm not a Star Wars fan but I always wished to get those two sets because they are amazing.

Big Bang Theory is only shocking in that it hasn't been retired sooner. It has been on sale everywhere for $40-$45. Last year it was like $30ish USD in Canada. They made too many.

I still need to get Ghostbusters and Wall-e. I think Ghostbusters might have something to do with licensing deals. I think LEGO lost the 80s movie to another company.

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By in United Kingdom,

Sandcrawler? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That means I either have to spend £250 NEXT WEEK, or miss out forever! :/

On the plus side, at least it's nice to be made aware...

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By in United Kingdom,

Well, it's finally happened. I'm afraid that in the end, I just can't justify the cost of the Sandcrawler or Ewok Village, but being prepared to see desirable sets retire and not go on the hunt for expensive secondary market stuff is the price I pay for keeping my collecting manageable financially. I'll look forward to what 2017's sets bring...

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By in United Kingdom,

Perhaps the early retirement of the Ideas sets comes from the "Original Ideas" campaign; now that they've begun going for the unlicensed sets (Maze, Fishing Store) they want to distance themselves from the licensed products and take Ideas in a new direction altogether.

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By in United States,

wow finally putting the pet shop down. I still haven't decided who the early warning helps more; re-sellers or regular buyers.

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By in United States,

10218 Pet Shop is going out of production = mine will double in price! Kind of bummed about the Sandcrawler though…

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By in United Kingdom,

I really don't like what's happened in recent years, Lego has gone from a plastic building blocks toy to a highly sought after collectors item and designer brand and hobby for the rich, especially when sets retire. I don't like this investment culture where people who don't even like Lego buy sets with the sole intention of making huge profits from Lego fans. I'm sure this practice must annoy lego too, maybe that's why many sets are seeing longer production runs these days to give everybody who wants the set a chance to get one at the proper RRP.
Since I found out about lepin I'd rather buy a clone of a retired set than feed these greedy investors.

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By in United States,

The UCS Sandcrawler was just released two years ago! I think that UCS sets should stay around for at least 4-5 years so people who don't have $400 right away can save up. As for the others, I don't have WALL-E yet, so I might need to act quickly (even though my brother has it). Thanks for the news!

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By in Canada,

Wow so glad I just picked up a Wall-E and BBT in the October double VIP promo. They have been on my radar for a while and can't wait to build them.

And for the post above @mrdoofa - happens everywhere - diecast, art, real cars, action figures, etc. I'm pretty sure it doesn't bother Lego - If buyers are willing spend money on old retired items, the same buyers will also spend money on new releases. I bought an Extra Town Hall when it was going EOL. Am I a bad person? I don't think so. The profit when I decide to sell buys more Lego I want, which is good for TLG.. You can do the exact same.....

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By in Poland,

@ mrdoofa

@ suckerpunch83 is right. All sets made by TLG are in production long enough everybody who wants it can get it. There is and always will be a problem with "my personal demand/my finance ratio" and even welthy people can't afford to buy all sets they want. In polish language there is proverb "life is an art of choice".

For me, secondary market is a blessing. I have a chance to buy retired technic sets thanks to collectors and investors and i don't have a problem with paying an extra cash for those sets i call it "delay tax" because i just came out of my Dark Ages.

And apart form the above. "lego investors" are just a minor part of lego's demand and thrust me, TLG doesn't mind about them.

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By in South Africa,

I'm happy to say I'm covered with this.

10218 Pet Shop - just bought a second one last week
10234 Sydney Opera House - have it
10236 Ewok Village - have one on lay-bye. Probably picking it up end of the month
21108 Ghostbusters Ecto-1 - have it
21302 The Big Bang Theory - have it
21303 WALL-E - not interested in this one.
21304 Doctor Who - also not interested
75059 Sandcrawler - have it

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By in Australia,

Well this news changes my shopping cart slightly for double VIP - so thank you very much for bringing it to our attention :)

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By in Singapore,

Pet Shop, ECTO-1 and Wall-E are some of my favourites, really liked them a lot to the extend I bought multiples of them (4, 9 and 5 sets respectively). I've even motorized my Wall-E. :)

Had 2 of SOH, Ewok Village and Big Bang, and only 1 Dr Who and Sandcrawler. Would love to get a 2nd Sandcrawler but sadly no funds for it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks to this article I went out yesterday and got my wife the Pet Shop. Her first modular building but I suspect not the last. All the others I either have or don't want.

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By in United States,

When I go to the US retiring page, all I get are bionicle sets and stuff, none of the items listed here. Then I click on the link in this article to the UK retiring page and these sets are listed there. What is going on? Is this why I never learned the Town Hall was retiring a couple years ago?

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By in United States,

Welp, time to bite the bullet on the Ewok Village. Both it and the Sandcrawler are 12% off on Amazon. The Sandcrawler is still a better buy (over 3000 pieces vs. the Ewok Village's not-even-2000), but the Village seems to be more playable. Honestly, I'm a little surprised the Ewok Village was still around--didn't it come out in 2013?

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By in Denmark,

Scoopy-Doo is set to retiring too

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