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Steamboat Willie

Steamboat Willie

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Here's all you need to know about the next LEGO Ideas set, 21317 Steamboat Willie:

21317 Steamboat Willie, 751 pieces
US $89.99, CA $119.99, DE/FR €89.99, UK £79.99, DK 749DKK, AU $129.99
Available from April 1st at shop.LEGO.com

All aboard Steamboat Willie to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s birthday!

Disney Mickey Mouse fans will love this LEGO Ideas 21317 Steamboat Willie building toy marking the 90th anniversary of the most famous cartoon character ever. Mickey Mouse made his screen debut in a 1928 black-and-white animated short film called ‘Steamboat Willie’, which was also the first Disney film to have synchronized sound.

This LEGO brick version of the S.S. Willie features steam pipes that move up and down and paddle wheels that rotate when the boat is pushed along. The boat’s bridge has room for a minifigure and play-inspiring nautical details such as the ship’s wheel, life buoy and buildable bell.

On deck there is a working crane to lift the ‘potato bin’ cargo aboard and this unique toy building set comes with new-for-April-2019 Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse minifigures, each with special silver-colored decoration, plus a parrot figure.

An ideal LEGO set for kids and adults to recreate scenes from the original Mickey Mouse cartoon or simply build and display this striking monochrome model.

  • Build and display this collectible LEGO set or recreate your favorite scenes from the classic Disney Mickey Mouse cartoon, ‘Steamboat Willie’.
  • This unique toy building set includes 2 new-for-April-2019 minifigures: Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, each with silver-colored decoration, plus Mickey Mouse’s parrot figure.
  • The iconic Steamboat Willie boat features a black-and-white color scheme, hidden wheels, moving steam pipes, rotating paddle wheels, adjustable crane and assorted elements including the ‘S.S. Willie’ boat name sign, ‘1928’ year sign and a ‘potato bin’.
  • The boat’s bridge has space for a minifigure, a brick-built bell and assorted elements including the ship’s wheel and life buoy.
  • The 2 steam pipes move up and down and the 2 paddle wheels rotate when the boat is pushed along.
  • Accessory elements include Minnie Mouse’s guitar and music sheet.
  • This LEGO Ideas creative toy building set comes with a booklet with building instructions, fun facts about the historic 1928 animated Disney short film ‘Steamboat Willie’, and information about this awesome retro set’s fan creator and LEGO designers.
  • Steamboat Willie toy boat measures over 5” (15cm) high, 10” (26cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.

You can view a full set of images on the set details page.

Let us know what you think of it in the comments and check out our review to find out our opinions.

82 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

120 DOLLARS?? Wow I mean I know they made it bigger, but when I looked at the original submission I certainly did not see a +100 dollar set there.

Also the price per piece is really bad, even counting in license and the larger boat pieces.

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By in United States,

This looks like a great set.
But the price just seems far too high.

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By in United States,

Looks fantastic, but I'm afraid that $90 is going to be going to some Hidden Side!

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By in Hungary,

Well this sure catapulted from cute to prohibitively expensive.

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By in Ireland,

How will they get around the no new moulds for ideas rule??? :P

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By in United States,

Wow.. . . I was thinking 69.99 . . . this is a definite pass for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

I knew there was a reason I'd been saving my Lego gift card from Christmas :-))

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By in United States,

I love that they included Minnie, but 90$ for 751 pieces? They are straying further and further away from the fantastic pricing of the Saturn V and Voltron sets.

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By in Canada,

If only I had Simpson’s Willie or a PotC Will...

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By in Portugal,

At least 90€? Don't need it.

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By in United States,

Wow, that set is pricey. I'll pass on this, thank you.

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By in United States,

Easy pass. Too expensive, too niche. These will be on clearance before December. Shame to know Disney probably had a huge input about the price. How that company went from whimsical artistic animation into the money hungry machine it is now sickens me.

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By in United States,

This one will sell out quickly - regardless of the high price.

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By in United Kingdom,

10.6p for the UK and and 11.98c (aka 12c) for the usa before tax's.
my god...... hello Disney TAX!
if this is a lego store only item. than it be a pass for me.
If it get picked up by the uk toy shops and go's on sale for 20% or more it a maybe......

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By in United States,

April 1st. Uh-huh. ;)

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By in Canada,

I'll not be paying for the Disney Branding surcharge on this set...I've even starting cut down on Star Wars due to this. Even at 20-30% off in Canada I'd still have to think about it.

If Lego's partnership with Disney is going to lead to ever increasing prices just for the Disney name they may find an unnecessary backlash.

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By in United States,

Hopefully the images are just proofs or someone made a major goof on the "#024 LEGO Ideas" filmstrip in the corner of the box - #24 was already on the Flintstones Set. This should be #25.

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By in United Kingdom,

@yacoub
i did think that at 1st but then i remember that it's only NEWS item that are Posted in the Morning of 1st of april that count. as we not in april yet. it dont count.
so sad to say that the Price of this is not a April fool's as mutch as i wish it was a April fool's joke.

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By in United Kingdom,

Flintstones, £55 for 748 pieces including 4 minifigures.

Steamboat Willie, £80 for 751 pieces including 2 minifigures.

That's almost a 50% increase in price per part, with less minifigures too.

LEGO and Disney clearly think Disney fans are there to be fleeced.

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By in Netherlands,

Looks ok,

but at this price.... I have so much I would get before this...

I actually feel very sorry for the original designer, to see his work end up as such an overpriced set.

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By in Japan,

That price?
No thanks, I'll pass.

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By in Poland,

Who need that display?
Also- No goat that leakes so we are getting one classic fig in next line oh CMFs

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By in United States,

Wow I love the model but I don’t $90 love it

Why do they always have to do one dumb thing to turn people away.

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By in United States,

I really wanted the 156 piece set that was submitted to Ideas. This has 5 times as many pieces, and an inflated price tag (compared to other sets) to boot. Seems like the trend now at Ideas is to take the submitted idea and just run with it, rather than making the set that people voted for.

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By in Australia,

$130 AUS for that?

Lego, you are out of your frickin' minds. I was tempted to buy this, but that much? That is absurd.

Easy pass.

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By in Poland,

Guys. Maybe we are getting Pit Bigfig? That would.explain tge price! XD

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By in United Kingdom,

I was excited by the advert then I clicked through and saw the price and cried a bit.

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By in United States,

This might be the most ridiculous price I've ever seen!

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By in United States,

I really thought this would be cheaper. Guess I’ll wait for a sale yet again. It does look like a cool set and it’s interesting that they’re introducing new molds in an Ideas set.

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By in United States,

I wonder if the unusually high price is meant to offset the cost of the hat molds for Mickey and Minnie... if so, this ought to serve as a case study for WHY new molds are generally disallowed for Ideas proposals.

Don't get me wrong, I love the look of the set, with great moving features and an awesome brick-built hull. But I'd have to be a much bigger Disney fan than I am to consider buying this at that price.

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By in United States,

90? As opposed to the 20 dollar looking original submission...

I was going to get this, but...

MY WALLET CAN’T TAKE THE STRAIN!

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow I love the model but £79.99!!!!!!!! i wish the price was a April fool's joke

ps Hoot Hoot!!!!!!!!!

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By in Canada,

Another hard pass for me. There has not been a Lego Ideas I have wanted in a while.

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By in United States,

I remember voting for the project and being pleased when it got approved. At $90 plus tax, that is 3 or 4 times higher than the original piece count and assumed value. Yes, I am a fan of Steamboat Willie, but not that big of a fan. Was originally hoping to buy three, one for me, one for my son, and one for a family member who collects all things Mickey. But Lego and Disney have talked me out of it. My wallet is safe.

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By in United States,

I need it! Don't care about the price.

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By in Italy,

The box image shows a rather big mistake!
This set is the 25th of the LEGO® Ideas series, while the number indicated is still the 24th, which is actually The Flintstones™.

April Fool's Day?!

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By in Brazil,

Pretty disappointing. And this price, my God...

Honestly, I think that Lego was already planning to release a set based on Steamboat Willie since the past year, the fact that somebody made an idea based on it was just coincidence. That would explain why it was approved, why the teaser was released in less than a month after the idea was announced as winner and why the set is already released. That's it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Judging by 95% of the comments this will hang around the shelves of Smyths for longer than the big bang theory set (assuming they stock it as they have most ideas and creator expert sets). So if you want it, but don't like the price, just wait for a 20% off deal at Smyths.

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By in United States,

At that price, it MUST be an April Fools' :-(

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By in United States,

I was super excited to get this until I saw the price... I'll wait for a sale. :/

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By in Puerto Rico,

Looks like the first Ideas set with new molds.

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By in United States,

This does seem rather expensive for what you’re getting. Which is a shame, as I think a lot of people here would buy this at a bit of a cheaper price.

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By in United Kingdom,

Why is Minnie topless? That's an odd design choice from Lego.

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By in United Kingdom,

HOW MUCH??! Oh, of course, Disney tax.

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By in United Kingdom,

I see people mentioning new molds not being allowed in an ideas set - I always thought your original submission had to obvs be made from existing parts, but if during development the lego designers wanted to push through a new mold, or maybe use a brand new part from a still to be released set then that was OK.

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By in United States,

Everyone be freaking out about the price, I'm trying to figure out where they got to 751 pieces from.

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By in United Kingdom,

This costs almost as much as the METER TALL Saturn V?

I was sure this would be a must buy, but not a chance. I like the model, but that price is just taking the proverbial Michael.

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By in New Zealand,

No VIP early releases?

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By in United States,

I'm with most others here. Way too expensive. It's a steamboat not a ship.

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By in United States,

Interesting comments regarding the hats (on Mickey and Minnie) and the rule that no new molds can be a part of Ideas sets . . . and let's not also forget that current licenses are not allowed either . . . so it seems that this set is really not playing by the Ideas rules.

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By in United States,

Wow I really liked this one. Just can’t do the price. :/

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By in United States,

I definitely want this but agree that $90 is way too high based on what you get. I would have guessed $70. I'll likely hold out for a while and see if it shows up on Amazon for 20% off like some other Ideas sets have. $72 would be much more palatable and much closer where it should be in the first place.

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By in United States,

This thing looks awesome... for maybe $50 or $60 at most. $90 is so much it’s honestly a joke.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well there goes my £15 VIP Points, not spending 80 quid on a reasonably good set with outstandingly marvellous minifigure

But i love Mickey and Minnie so its a must buy.

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By in United States,

If anyone’s wondering why it’s upscaled and expensive, consider that it’s the cartoon’s 90th anniversary, which is probably why they wanted it to cost 90 US dollars, so naturally, they had to upscale it.
Regardless, this won’t sell at that price. It’s not even that big

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By in Netherlands,

I'd rather have the treehouse

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By in United States,

A shame it's so expensive. They could have waited a couple years until Steamboat Willie entered public domain and not had to pay Disney licensing.

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By in United States,

@PDelahanty

That's a weird thing to think about, that Disney won't own it soon.

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By in United States,

Wasn't interested then and now less so.

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By in United States,

It's a licensed set so yeah, Disney tax... but wow, I would expect $90 or $100 for that--Where'd the 20% beyond that come from??

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By in Netherlands,

I'll add another voice to the chorus.. the set was actually very much growing on me, but then I saw the price. I'll wait for it to be on sale somewhere. Such a shame!

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By in United Kingdom,

Seems everyone has said this, but wow. How expensive?! I honestly thought based on the original idea that it would be £40-50. Id of brought it for that price, more so from a collection point of view than actually really liking it. But £80?!! No chance.

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By in Netherlands,

I think it's not too late for Lego to say: "Haha, April's fool!" at release, and then just halve the price (or give it away for free if one already has at least seven Ideas sets :-). The Ideas release note stating the modern stone age family and the #024 seem like indications.

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By in Canada,

This is to everyone who is commenting on the new molds - look at the original submission. There are NO NEW MOLDS. Lego is free to use new molds on the final product, and has done so with several of the ideas sets.

Now if somebody can explain how they got around the licensing issue, let me know.

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By in United States,

@ggfile

I believe the "new molds" everyone is reffering to are the hats that Mickey and Minnie have.

I heard that they were ok with the submission even though the license was in use due to the fact that it was submitted prior to the implementation of the rule that current licenses are not allowed. Still very strange, though.

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By in Norway,

Yeah, the Disney Tax is way too high on this one. That being said, at least the price here in Norway isn't that bad - 900 kr is actually pretty close to 90 euro, nowadays that price would usually translate to 1100 kr. I'm a little disappointed that it doesn't include more figures (Pete, the cow and the goat), but if it's true that there are leaked pics of a goat around, maybe that means we'd get Pete and the goat as part of the Disney CMF series?

On the positive side this set DOES have many of the features I'd hoped for (a bigger boat, moving paddles and chimneys, and B/W artwork), so even while I generally avoid Disney licenses I'll probably buy it.

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By in Netherlands,

@ggfile The idea was submitted before Lego imposed more stringent rules, as Robot99 mentioned.
It would seem unfair to change the rules during the game, so that does make sense, to me at least.

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By in United States,

The set looks delightful; the price not so much.

Definitely something I won't buy without a really good GWP or double points. Still, one or the other should be coming up soon....

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By in United States,

@Lyichir:
Yeah, I don't get how so many people seem to be missing that bit. These two hats have very limited usefulness. They won't work with standard minifigs at all, and while Minnie's hat might show up someday in the Friends theme, Mickey's hat looks like a one-and-done for sure. Ideas sets don't generally show up at regular retail (at least not in the US), so the sales numbers will be considerably lower than they would be for a similarly sized set of any popular theme. And this one set has to completely offset the cost of those two molds unless they already have a plan to reuse them.

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By in Czech Republic,

the boat is really - when you look at in - "nothing special".. it is nice, thats truth.. but really nothing like exceptional, one of a kind etc..

as for the minifigs .. when you look a little bit further apart, there is really NOTHING LEGO-like about them. except the legs that fit into the the base plates.. ihese figs could be easily made by any other toymaker and EXCEPT the legs fitting into the studs on the base plates / bricks .. you might not see the difference..

so what is this? Evolution or Revolution? or just some sad Degression? We (as LEGO) make EVERYTHING to fit the studs.. ? whatever the costs?

I hate this set. personally. And I hate that the original creator wouldnt get such revenues as he/she expected.

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By in Portugal,

I keep saying this over and over again... The price point for this is around 70€/$/whatever. So they price it higher, high enough that a common 20% discount will reach their price point. Otherwise, they would sell it for 50-60€.
People will still buy it at 90, and most that want it but complain about the price will be happy to buy at 70. And LEGO will laugh, call us fools and keep on doing this.
Since last year that this is clearly their price policy.

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By in Sweden,

I'm quite (pleasantly) surprised that there is no €10 Benelux tax on this one: the Flintstones set is €5 more expensive than in our neighbouring countries… But still, €90 for this is a bit steep… Yet, I'll buy it at some point if there's an incentive like a nice GWP or double VIP points…

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By in Netherlands,

If you look at the lower right corner you can see the number #24, but it’s supposed to be #25. Because the flintstones set (21316) already uses the number #24. It’s a serious quality control error!

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By in United States,

I would love it, but the price. Oof.

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By in United States,

The Flintstones: 748 Pieces - $60
Steamboat Willie: 751 Pieces - $90

Why Lego Why

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By in Canada,

^ because $10 per piece is the new Disney tax norm. After all its a difference of 3 pieces and $30.

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By in Canada,

@Robot99 - http://thetoylockermi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/LEGO-Ideas-Steamboat-Willie.png - if you look, Mickie Mouse is NOT wearing a hat. The original submission had NO NEW MOLDS. The new mold that you mentioned was introduced by LEGO, and not the original creator of the set. That is my point. That the no new molds rule is on the submission, and this rule was not broken, and that LEGO is free to introduce new molds in the final product - as is the case of the new mickey hat. In the original submission, Micky is NOT wearing that hat!

@Wrecknbuild - Thanks for the clarification. Now I know :)

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By in Germany,

Easy pass. I didn't expect this to be more expensive than the Pop-Up Book. Even at 69.99€ it wouldn't have been that good of a deal.

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By in United States,

Seems like the set released is based off of a different ideas submission that only got 193 votes.
https://ideas.lego.com/projects/1a2adaa9-bb5a-4d12-a00e-51a2c4e4d1bb

The official release looks like minor upgrades to that set, about what I would have expected if that one had been approved.

Maybe TLG started working on a Steamboat Willie set back in 2017 when that submission failed to get any traction, and decided to link to the one that got 10K votes to avoid a rehash of the Ghostbusters HQ ruckus.

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By in Netherlands,

@datsunrobbie Yes, indeed! Good you're pointing this out. Strange that there isn't any (or much) mention of this.

And the 90 $/€ price tag must come from one of the comments in this Ideas submission, which idea may have been brought to attention to Lego again by someone commenting next, whose idea was approved shortly after. Or maybe that's all just coincidence.

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By in United States,

I wonder of the silver coloring on these minifigs is real silver leaf, which accounts for the higher price point. The upcoming CMF versions don't have this.

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By in United States,

@ggfile:
The "no new molds" rule is imposed on Ideas submissions because it's also imposed on the Ideas team. They're stuck working with what's available at the time. And technically they don't appear to have broken that rule after all, as the Disney 2 CMF series has just been unveiled and features non-silvered versions of the same two minifigs sporting the same two hat molds. The CMF team is absolutely allowed to toss new molds around as much as they want.

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