80103 Dragon Boat Race image

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An image showing 80103 Dragon Boat Race has been published on Facebook by DigiBee. This set will presumably be released next month as the annual Dragon Boat Festival begins on the 7th of June during 2019.

Unfortunately, the model is unlikely to become available outside the Asia-Pacific market based upon the release of 80101 Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner and 80102 Dragon Dance.

You can read our reviews of the earlier Chinese New Year sets here:

Have you purchased the previous Chinese New Year sets and are you impressed with this one? Let us know in the comments.

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40 comments on this article

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By in United States,

NOOOO! Why does that have to be Asia only!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Out of the 3 sets, this is the one I would like to get the most. Pity they are not more readily available.

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By in Puerto Rico,

Ah, so we can finally see the fabled third set fpr Asian markets. I haven't bough any of the previous two sets but they sure look wonderful (specially the Dragon dance).

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By in United States,

That is a lot of neat minifigures in one set...

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By in Singapore,

Are those... trans-light blue tiles on top of blue plates for the water? That's straight up NINJAGO City/Docks territory! They really aren't playin' around...

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By in United Kingdom,

This is my least favourite of the three. I bought the first one at a decent price and will pick up the second if I can get it for a good price but I would only pick this up to complete the collection assuming it was cheap. I certainly wouldn't buy it as a standalone set.

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By in United States,

Well here we go again. More exclusivity. Wonderful.

Sigh. BrickLink—487% of the original price probably. Does Lego know the agony they put me through??

First a plane trip to the Lego House, now to China! I didn’t know that my love of Lego would make me a world traveler!

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By in United Kingdom,

I would like to get it but China is a long way away

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By in Netherlands,

Hopefully Lego Bricks and Pieces will have all the special parts for a reasonable price again, like a dark red croissant, torsos etc. With the 80101 it took some time but worked in the end.

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By in Belgium,

Really bad policy Lego... getting more and more frustrated.

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By in Japan,

Going to Japan next month. Hopefully I will find a store where they have this set... Any advice?

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By in United States,

15 minifigures -- wow!

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By in United States,

Pretty neat set! This one of the three is more appealing to me, but not enough to go out of my way & pay secondary market price...

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By in United States,

I found this set on ebay last year. Glad it's finally "revealed"

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By in Sweden,

Would have bought all 3 if they would have been available in Europe or North-America...

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By in Canada,

Another set made for mostly scalpers. Good job Lego!

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By in United Kingdom,

I wish it was available at the descovery centre or the lego store in the arndale i'd certainly row down to piccadilly & get one but its a Lovely sort after set lego, and 15 minifigs, WOW... I don't think any other set has had that many right?

Lets see what parts of this i can nab from bricks n pieces?

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By in France,

Hopefully this set won't be limited to the APAC region... it seems strange that TLG doesn't appear to be shifting its position re. this limited geographical availability.

At this rate, the next release of Harry Potter sets will only be available in "de-mugglised" regions and SW sets available on Coruscant only... it's weird man!

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By in Canada,

This would be the least desirable of the three for me however I think I would have bought all three had they been more readily available. Considered buying them on Bricklink but haven't so far.

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By in United Kingdom,

GENERAL EXPRESSION OF OUTRAGE.

I HAVE A BLACK VIP CARD IN A BLACK VIP CARD HOLDER.

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By in United States,

@xanadu: It's possible that they are going to make Chinese festival sets available more widely going forward, but if they didn't plan to do so from the get-go, then it's not reasonable to expect them to have a set like this ready for a global release this soon.

One reason these sets were produced on such a limited basis from what I've read is that they were developed and produced on much shorter notice than usual, after the production schedules for other factories were pretty much booked solid. And since these are seasonal sets, it's not as though LEGO could just settle for having these on shelves in the rest of the world a couple months after they become available in Asia. That'd be like launching a Halloween set in November or a Christmas set in January.

So if LEGO decides to distribute sets like these globally in the future, we probably won't hear about it until we start hearing news about whatever Chinese festival sets are slated for NEXT year. The gears at a big company like LEGO tend to turn pretty slowly…

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By in Canada,

It's not like most people care what holiday these sets coincide with. We just want them! lol

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By in United States,

The CNY dinner was a fantastic build...haven't touched the dragon dance yet, but am definitely looking forward to the dragon boat race. Highly recommend grabbing these while you can. They were barely more than retail from a few Hong Kong sellers.

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By in United Kingdom,

Images of this set came out with the last 2 Chinese sets???
Good job I have a good friend in Hong Kong, she managed to send me the other sets!

The detail on them is fantastic, and the unique printed tiles in the house set are a bonus.

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By in Australia,

Out of all three, this was the one I wanted the most. Luckily, the others did show up in Australia, so I'm really hopeful this one will as well.

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By in United States,

Does Lepin make these also?

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By in United Kingdom,

"Are those... trans-light blue tiles on top of blue plates for the water?"

Well they be under the structures, but what is the water? Will the paddles really go in as they appear? And what will the actual boats look like without actual water?

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By in Singapore,

^ I'm pretty sure the water under the boats is purely for illustration. Shame (but unsurprising) that the boats do not float, but I'd be curious to see if they add cheater wheels a la Steamboat Willie so they can be raced.

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By in United States,

Sigh. Do want. I've trained on a racing dragon boat and those sessions were some of the most enjoyable high-intensity experiences of my life, except the one day I was sat in front of someone who had completely different recovery timing and kept clapping paddles with me XD

I know when LEGO announced their big mainland China factory they said it would be making sets exclusively for distribution across Asia. I'm assuming this and the last two sets are the first products of that arrangement? From what I've seen it doesn't look like the parts are down in quality one bit from those made for RoW.

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By in Australia,

I thought in Brickset's interview with the CEO that Lego talked about this and acknowledged that they didn't expect the worldwide interest but it'll be something to consider for future plans?

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By in France,

wow comes with 5465 minifigs. builds aren't too bad as well

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By in Norway,

I saw a leak of this for some weeks ago.

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By in United States,

Bad move, lego. I was in Hong Kong around lunar new year, went to all the lego certified stores and TRU I could find, saw the previous sets on display but couldn't find a single one to purchase. Went to the street marked and picked up an off brand version for a fraction of what I was prepared to pay lego. Money in hand, in the right place and lego still has no product to sell me. By the sound of it, they are giving this sale to the other brands as well.

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By in United States,

Interesting, but for whatever reason not as attractive to me as the earlier sets. I'll have to see how much Bricklink sellers are asking before deciding whether or not I want it.

I don't mind this being an Asian exclusive, probably because--unlike the festivities surrounding Chinese New Year--dragon boat races aren't spreading from the Asian to the non-Asian communities in the US. *Boat* racing (and raft racing, and bathtub racing, and lots of other variations) exists, of course, but this set is very specific in its appeal.

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By in Ukraine,

I don't know much about distribution strategy. I imagine Lego doesn't sell these sets stateside because the desire for Chinese traditional sets don't excite that many schoolchildren. But if they rebranded these as Ninjago sets and threw in a couple appropriate minifigs, they could find a pretty decent market here.

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By in United Kingdom,

Cool set!

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By in United States,

Obviously, there is some demand outside of Asia for these sets. There is nothing keeping Lego from shipping some to the other continents to at least test the waters.

[email protected] also confirmed another concern. Imagine going all of the way over there only for the sets to be out of stock when you happen to be there. Not that buying Lego would be the sole or main reason for taking such a trip, but it sure would be annoying.

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By in United States,

This would look wonderful beside of Ninjago City and the Docks... really regret missing out on CNY Dinner. Although paying the "regionally exclusive tax" at double retail price is what really put me off. Maybe I can give my mother-in-law in Japan enough heads up on this one that it won't be so hard, and expensive to get a hold of. The shipping alone will still probably be 40.00 US.

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By in United States,

I found this description online. It does state there will be wheels under the boats. "Recreate all the color and thrills of the Dragon Boat Festival with this action-packed LEGO 80103 Dragon Boat Race playset, featuring 2 awesome dragon boats, a dock with a food stall, viewing area and judge's stand, plus buildable finishing line posts. Each boat features a dragon head with an opening mouth and posable tail, 3 minifigure seats for the paddlers, space for the helmsman and drummer to stand, plus small wheels underneath for racing. This cool construction toy includes 15 minifigures with lots of fun accessory elements for endless role-play fun."

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