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Dragon Dance

Dragon Dance

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Pictures of 2019 sets are appearing thick and fast now. A couple more Technic sets and several Minecraft models have now been revealed and you can view images of those in the database.

In addition, images of two of the sets being produced for the Chinese market, 80101 Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner and 80102 Dragon Dance, have surfaced on a Chinese-language blog. You will find an image of 80103 Dragon Boat Race there as well, but as it's watermarked confidential we can't display it here.

 

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By in United Kingdom,

Some crazy parts. Tan frogs and scorpions, orange or yellow sausages, a new tile piece...

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By in United Kingdom,

aaaargh I seriously hope these get released over here, 80101 is a must have!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I want that Chinese dinner set, it’s amazing.

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By in Australia,

If they're still "regional exclusives" (for a reason that actually earns Lego less money than a global release. After all, what business wants to make money with practices that actually make sense? Preposterous) then the only way to get them is pay a scalper on Bricklink a truckload of money. To buy one off eBay, you'd probably have to mortgage your house.

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By in United States,

I need all of these, take my wallet. Hello, we’re in the US and need them over here as well.

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By in United States,

Quick offtopic question, Huw. When you say sets were revealed, do you mean that LEGO somehow sent the pictures to you guys? Or on other pages? I know that if a sell is on shelves, you post about it, but I've never seen an official "release" for other than D2C sets.

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By in United States,

One the note of the Minecraft sets:

A shame the The End Battle is just a remake of the old End set with a slightly worse Dragon design (at least from this angle, the wings actually look a bit better,) I was hoping for an End City or at least some Chorus Fruit. However, I am overjoyed we're already seeing things from Update Aquatic in the sets! Here's hoping a Drowned Minifig shows up soon.

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By in Australia,

I like the Chinese market sets but I don't know much about China. I wonder if they were designed by people who genuinely know a lot about Chinese culture and made sets that Chinese buyers will love, or if they were designed by people who -think- they know about Chinese culture but the sets will be seen as a bit odd by Chinese buyers.

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By in United States,

THE MINECRAFT SETS ARE AMAZING! Does anybody know when these are coming out?

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By in Taiwan,

As a Chinese I must say I like all the prints and details on the dragon and house. Just not too sure about the "bridge" design if it is more for presentation,or have further uses? Not sure if this is a common Chinese building or they could have done an archway instead.

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By in Sweden,

So now most Star Wars 2019 images that were removed yesterday (including loads of comments) are back? But still not officially revealed by Lego? May I ask the reasons for this?

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By in United States,

Now I want the dinner set even more for those unique, very unlike typical LEGO food tiles and other assorted colored pieces. I personally think this is the way LEGO should go to further dig into the Asian market by relating themselves to different cultures.

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By in United Kingdom,

If it's region-specific to China, why have English set names on the packaging - odd. Perhaps it's easier than having different versions for all Chinese dialects.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Dorayaki - It looks like you turn a crank at the back of the 'bridge' which makes the dragon undulate in a wave-like motion. So the bridge hides that mechanism.

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By in United States,

I find it very frustrating that these are only marketed towards China. That dinner is an awesome vignette set, and the type of set I want to buy. ??????

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By in United States,

Another ---- you by LEGO to it's fans as those Chinese only sets are amazing. The figures and printed bowls with noodles are amazing and 75% of the world can't get them. Maybe Lepin will release some copies because I doubt they will listen to the court anyways.

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By in Taiwan,

@Brainslugged I do see there is technic part behind the bridge, wait to see if I can get this set to check out :p

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By in Australia,

The Chinese sets look fantastic! The Dragon Dance looks like it owes a lot of inspiration to JK Brickworks kinetic sculptures

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By in Brazil,

These chinese sets are amazing! I really hope they get released in the rest of world, even if for a limited period. It would be cool if Lego made something based on Japan too...

That Technic Corvette ZR1 is horrible, honestly.

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By in United States,

New dragon looks terrible compared to the original, but the others look good.

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By in United States,

I would be pissed if Lego made exclusive sets for the Latin American market (in Puerto Rico we have access to both the Latin and North American market) unless they are timed exclusive.

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By in Canada,

I think if LEGO made significantly sized sets like this, that have no parallel in the lineup elsewhere, and made them limited local release only so that most LEGO fans have to pay exorbitant prices to get them, or give up getting them altogether, it would general a fair amount of ill will.

LEGO is pretty good at listening to customers. I hope they are paying attention.

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By in Malaysia,

I've never wanted a set as badly as 80101

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By in Australia,

Yeah going to need all three Chinese sets. And if Lego fails to deliver the goods worldwide, I’m sure Lepin’s got their back.

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By in Canada,

@ Mikey.1703, I mean it's just going to be a basic crank system...

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By in United States,

Just saying.... there are 15 minifigs in the boat one....

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By in Canada,

I go to China about twice a year for work. I'll be making sure I try to get my hands on these sets while I'm there next year.

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By in United States,

Do they realize many people outside of China want these sets as well...

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By in United States,

Beautiful looking sets.

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By in Italy,

I'm seriously looking forward to those Minecraft bigfigs, they're pretty cool IMO.

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By in Spain,

Wow the chinese sets are amazing!!

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By in Netherlands,

Let's hope TLG is reading along in this comment section..

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By in Netherlands,

@Brainslugged: You're talking about the heart-shaped 1x1 tiles on the side of the dragon? Considering they're heart pieces repurposed to look like scales (I guess?) in this case, I thought they had to have come from somewhere else, but it does indeed look like they're new. Funny.

I wonder if they're from another new set that has yet to be revealed, where they are actually used as hearts, and not scales.

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By in Germany,

Even if someone at TLG actually read our comments (and you can bet no one will), they have shown time and time again in recent years that they don't give a rat's behind about what fans like us want.

I never thought I would ever say that, but I so hope that Lepin produces these sets.
If TLG actively works towards pi**ing off its non-Chinese fans, they DESERVE to be copied and outsold by fakesters like Lepin!
Such a smegging shame!!! :-(((

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By in Sweden,

Release dates on these?

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By in United States,

The Chinese sets are superb, and it hurts that I won't have much chance to add them to my collection--so many special pieces are involved that even Bricklinking them would be very, very expensive, I'm sure. An unexpected twist on the phrase "first world problem"....

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By in France,

LOVE those Chinese sets. Here’s hoping they are marketed in Europe

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By in Netherlands,

Do I see heart-shaped tiles on the dragon?

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By in Poland,

I love the dragon set (it's moving!) And I hate Lego for not allowing me to buy this.

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By in United States,

I like the fact that the Chinese New Year set numbers all start with 8, which is a lucky number in Chinese culture.

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By in United Kingdom,

That Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner set is insane. Would consider paying way over retail to get hold of it

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By in Germany,

Great, now I even need two of 80102, one for my Chinatown and one for presentation.
Dis (dra)gon be expensive.

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By in Poland,

I hope they will not cost me an arm and a leg bc I want that drago SO MUCH

I really don't get why make it exclusive :///

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By in United States,

These sets are lovely designs and it's a bit of a shame that I'll never have a chance to buy them, but fortunately I'm an adult who learned early on that I can't get everything I want and that's perfectly OK. It's not as though I'm any worse off than if these sets hadn't been released at all, which would quite possibly be the outcome if their existence required enough consistent demand in every major LEGO market to justify releasing three medium-sized sets for a holiday that is not widely celebrated outside of Asia.

It would be kind of like making enough of three 4th of July/American Independence Day sets this size to release at every LEGO store in the world. since most countries have at least a few immigrants/expats from the United States living there. Sure, those sets wouldn't be relevant to most European or Asian buyers and are guaranteed to become shelfwarmers at most stores in those countries. But surely that's better than the alternative scenario of some AFOLs in those countries having their feelings hurt by being told that a thing is being created for people other than them, and if they want it they'll have to pay extra to order it from overseas!

I'm quite happy these sets exist and that many of the people in the country they're most relevant to will likely get so much enjoyment out of them! It must be really rough to go through life with an overblown sense of entitlement that makes the mere existence of nice things you don't actually need and might not get to own feel like a vicious insult or injury. But fortunately LEGO doesn't make their business decisions based on those kinds of ridiculous, self-obsessed perspectives.

As for the sets individually: It's really cool to learn that 80102 has a JKBrickworks-esque kinetic function! It definitely makes it even more interesting than it already is by virtue of its unique subject. Also some lovely, creative uses of Unikitty tails, Elves vine-shaped ornamentation, the new triple leaf plates, and Ninjago tassels. It will be cool to see a review of this set showing it in motion!

80101 is a wonderfully cozy-looking setting with beautiful architecture and walkways and great use of Ninjago parts for the windows and lanterns. It's neat to see authentic-looking Chinese dishes as well as the red packets that are a traditional part of the Chinese New Year celebration.

80103 is also quite lovely! The sculpted dragon heads on the boats have such cheerful expressions and feel very authentic even using parts not traditionally associated with animal or dragon models! The atmosphere on the pier/jetty feels very festive and helps bring the whole scene to life.

With regard to the heart-shaped tiles, General Mayhem has one in her spaceship set from The LEGO Movie 2, so the ones in these sets are just recolors of them. Nice to see sets already showing off the potential creative uses of those parts other than as heart symbols! It will be interesting to see how many prints and/or recolors from these sets might appear elsewhere.

Overall, great work by the designers and it will be neat to see what other sorts of promotion might be in store for the growing Asian market, and perhaps for other more regionally concentrated holidays, events, and traditions!

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By in United States,

full disclosure: am Chinese guy

I don't really care for the boats, but the Dragon Dance looks kinda cool. That house is awesome though, for the various elements :)

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By in United States,

@Aanchir Lego mass markets Thanksgiving vignettes and BrickHeadz worldwide... just saying. ;)

In all seriousness, I'm torn because I hate the thought of exclusive sets but I'd love to see unique minifigs or some kind of collectible for certain stores. I know some stores used to have magnets or what have you but sometimes I feel when traveling to different Lego stores it'd be nice to have a great trinket.

The simple solution would be to market this on [email protected] or take preorders like the Overwatch and HP set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Dear Lego. Please release 80101, 80102 and 80103 in Europe. I am much more likely to buy them than any of your other 2018 and 2019 new releases. You are a global company so please make your products available globally. Thank you.

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By in United States,

@MTBrickHouse: True! Though so far I think only the buildable pilgrim from 2016 was super specific to American Thanksgiving traditions. Most other sets on Brickset with the Thanksgiving tag (https://brickset.com/sets/tag-Thanksgiving) are either more broadly associated with the autumn harvest season, or could just as easily reflect Christmas dinner staples and traditions as Thanksgiving dinner ones. Also, needless to say, most Thanksgiving sets have been very small, with only one released per year, rather than three big sets like we see here.

And while there are no pictures of it yet as far as I know, don't forget that there is a Year of the Pig set in the Brickset database (#40186-1). If that is authentic, it's quite possible that it will be getting released in other countries just like the Year of the Dog set (#40235-1) was earlier this year. So it's not as though LEGO hasn't observed ANY demand for Chinese New Year sets outside of China — just not nearly enough to support this many sets at this kind of scale.

While some kind of system for global online sales of otherwise country-specific sets would be great, it might take some finagling of the LEGO Group's usual distribution setup, since right now it's generally set up so that most sets for the North American market, the European market, and the East Asian market are produced in those regions, respectively (with any bricks that are only produced in a particular factory being shipped to factories in those other regions for final packing prior to distribution). Might not be impossible, though, just something LEGO hasn't established any sort of system for at this time.

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By in United Kingdom,

The Chinese sets are brilliant!! I'm so glad I have a friend in Hong Kong to send me these.

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By in Germany,

I guess there are children in China, too. And yet Lego somehow managed to create these amazing sets. Maybe someone can explain that to me?

Perhaps the number of connoisseurs required to sell such fine sets is only sufficiently high in China? :-)

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By in United States,

@Aanchir Don't forget the other "Year of..." sets that Lego has released in years past. I have no doubt that Lego has done their research in terms of demographics and spending habits.

Looking from the outside in though, it seems more like a dangling carrot reward to China to tempt legit Lego product sales and a snub to the rest of the world market with the assumption we'll all still keep buying plentifully as usual. It is what it is though, we consumers can speak with our wallet.

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By in United States,

It is sad that they will only be selling these three in China. They're perfect for Ninjago, but also for building a "china town" in a Lego city scene.

I get that there are exclusives, and it makes sense. And these might have been part the law suit against some of the knock offs ("The judge says we need to show more interest in the market." "Oh really? Here is some interest.")

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By in United States,

@deikoon: I'm not sure what you're asking exactly… are you trying to suggest that other markets don't get "fine" or "amazing" LEGO sets because of kids somehow? Because that's certainly not true. Ninjago and Elves almost certainly wouldn't exist if there weren't an eager audience of children who enjoy them, and yet those themes have resulted in many of the sets most closely resembling the level of complexity, creativity, and visual refinement seen in these sets, as well as many of the more specific part choices, building techniques, and creative flourishes employed in these designs. I'm not sure where you get the sense that these kinds of details would not appear in kid-targeted sets when so many kid-targeted sets are aimed at the same age range and feature the same types of details as these ones.

But of course, if you are comparing these sets to themes like City, Friends, Castle, Pirates, etc. that more typically target a 5+ or 6+ age range? Then it goes without saying that the standard of detail and complexity in 8+ and 9+ sets will be higher.

That's not somehow an indication that LEGO thinks that Western-inspired or Western-targeted subject matter does not merit higher age ranges. Elves and Nexo Knights hit about the same 8+ and 9+ target ages with a lot of their products as Ninjago sets or these Chinese New Year sets, and while they certainly take some cues from popular elements of Asian video games and animated series, as almost all Western series do since those Asian IPs first really took off in the west, the actual subject matter is ultimately derived from European history and fantasy. Most licensed sets aimed at 8+ and 9+ audiences are likewise based on American and European brands or media.

What's more, a lot of the sets from the most adult-targeted themes like Creator Expert, Ideas, Architecture, Technic, are heavily informed by and targeted at the tastes of European and American buyers. So it's not as though sets and themes that are actually aimed at older kids or adults get any less attention and care in the west than they do in China because of younger audiences. Just that the sets and themes in any region that resonate most widely with 5, 6, and 7 year olds are designed and marketed accordingly, even when those themes' much smaller periphery demographic of AFOLs might prefer a higher level of complexity.

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By in United States,

there's nothing more embarrassing than a bunch of grown adults stomping their feet and throwing a tantrum because Lego made a toys for children in a specific region and not for a bunch of grown adults who WANT THEM REAL BAD and will complain with their wallets (yeah right) if they don't get to buy it

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By in Australia,

Was watching Beyond the Brick's live stream a few hours ago when they had some Lego set designers on and one of them mentioned that these regional sets will be available in all Asia Pacific countries, including Australia and New Zealand, which will hopefully lead to a more reasonable aftermarket pricing for other area's to buy. If there is anyone who is really after them, I'm happy to help buy ordering and shipping on at cost. No idea what the sets will cost in AUD at this stage, but our Lego order's only get free shipping if it's over $149 otherwise it's $12.50, then you would just have the shipping cost from Melbourne to wherever you are in the world. I'm not a seller or online store or anything like that - if you're wondering about my motives, it's purely out of understanding what it's like to see lots of exclusives we miss out on and wishing there where more altruistic Lego fans in the aftermarket of exclusives then there are. Example - the Lego Passport set promo not available in Austrlaia - about $5 USD from Lego, about $45 AUD on eBay, that sucked :/

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By in United Kingdom,

These are absolutely wonderful! If only they would be available here in the UK...

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By in United States,

Desperately trying to convince myself I only need one of these sets. It's not going well. Hopefully they show up on eBay. If not I'm looking at travel deals to China. They're all wonderful. But that Dragon Dance is something truly special.

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By in Germany,

@Aanchir
If AFOLs complain about the quality of sets, Lego is quick to remind us that they are foremost a producer of toys for children and that hence sets primarily have to appeal to children. And that is all fine, especially since nowadays there still seems to be a growing number of sets that are of interest to adults.

I guess I just wanted to point out that the exclusive sets for the Chinese market seem to be exceptionally well made and can be enjoyed by all ages. The dinner scene in particular seems wonderfully idyllic and incarnates the "essence of Lego" for me. It is unfortunate that I cannot buy this set from Lego. :-(

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