Dragon Boat Race to be released worldwide

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Dragon Boat Race

Dragon Boat Race

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LEGO is good to its word: Following the company's announcement that regional exclusives will become a thing of the past after May, the first such set, 80103 Dragon Boat Race, has just been added to shop.LEGO.com and will be available in Europe from 1st June. It's priced at £44.99 in the UK and 49.99€ in Germany:

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The USA and Canada links are not yet live but I'm sure it's only a matter of time.

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53 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

15 figures and 600+ parts for £45 what a deal.

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By in Poland,

I hope for 80101 and 80102!

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By in Australia,

That is excellent news. It's a beautiful set.

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By in Germany,

Phew! Managed to cancel my Amazon Japan order :-) €50 really is a bargain for such a fab set :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

That's great news, but it's a shame the other two wont be available as IMHO this is the least good of the three.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes!!!!!! This can help populate my Ninjago City Modulars

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By in United Kingdom,

Well done, LEGO - thanks for listening to the fans and taking action!

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By in Germany,

Awesome! I would love to get the sushi tiles from 81101 even more, though!

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By in Australia,

Oooddles of supply here in Australia.

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By in Belgium,

A day to celebrate!! Thnx TLG!!!!

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By in Netherlands,

Haha just bought it in Japan the other day for about €66

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm so glad I held off from buying @ amazon.jp. DHL charged £25 handling fees on top of the pre-paid customs last time for #80101.

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By in United States,

Hah I bought 80101 and 80102 already (well worth it), and was holding out on this one - now its available, and for a bargain...well time to add that to the growing list :)

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By in Germany,

@Brainslugged: totally agree. While this set is nice, the other two - especially the New Year Eve Dinner - are awesome. Shame TLG will only release the least attractive of the bunch.

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By in Netherlands,

Hope the 1st 3
Will be released in a China Experience Value pack

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By in United States,

Ayyyyyyyy! Good on 'em.

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By in Norway,

Great!! Thank you LEGO!!

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By in Portugal,

49,99€? It's a bargain!

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By in Ireland,

This news has made my weekend already, delighted! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

The same will happen with the Darth Vader bust. LEGO investors can't rely on a set being exclusive anymore. DON'T pay over the odds on eBay!

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By in Germany,

LEGO "investors" is a term that shouldn't even exist!
Thank god LEGO is finally starting to do something against those disgusting scalpers.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes Yes Yes Well done, LEGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By in Spain,

Also listed in Spain website. First 2019 set I will buy, for once the price is really good.

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By in United States,

Well done, all region exclusive must first appear in a region and then given more reach.

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By in Spain,

Very good news! Day 1.

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By in Canada,

Hmm. I might actually get this one. It will definitely be an interesting set to display. And it shouldn't be over $50. A steal given 642 parts and 15! minifigures. I remember the old Dacta/Education minifig packs from about 10 years ago weren't much cheaper for just a few more figs .And that's just figs and a handful of accessories for them to use.

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By in Poland,

But I. wanted all that printed food tiles...

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By in United Kingdom,

I have no interest in this set and the minifigures are a bit boring / repetitive to buy for them alone. But that does seem a good price.

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By in United States,

Come on Lego USA page... Come on....

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By in United States,

So happy! It's great that LEGO listens to its fans! Will definitely be buying this awesome set!

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By in United Kingdom,

Basic question but have they confirmed they are not releasing the other two? Seems a no-brainer given the demand, surely? I also had this Dragon boat race in my amazon Japan basket but have pulled it now. I can still get the other two as well but ridiculous prices.

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By in United Kingdom,

I don’t want it now I can have it. ;)

Seriously though, well played TLG - keep it up!

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By in Hungary,

Yes, it is available in Europe.
However The LEGO Group doesn't consider Hungary to be part of Europe, because this set - like many others - is not available for the Hungarian customers of shop.lego.com.
It's a shame! Everytime I run into a similar situation, I write a letter to TLG, but their answer is always the marketing bullshit:
"Some sets and books are released at different time on different markets [if they are released at all, e.g. in Hungary - this is my thought]. This is depending on demand, on publishing possibilities and on marketing strategy. It may be released in the future, just follow the shop.lego.com/en-HU page.
Until that, maybe you have a relative or friend in those countries where these are available, and you can ask them to order and forward these sets/books to you."

WTF?! LEGO is shipping to Hungary from the same European warehouse, why can't they ship directly to Hungary?!?!

@Huw and/or anybody else, who is in direct contact with LEGO: can you please ask them why do they do this?

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By in Canada,

I don't think Chinese New Year and Dragon Dance will be released in new markets. If I remember correctly Lego announced they would be releasing regional sets worldwide starting with sets released in May, which would therefore exclude those two. I hope I'm wrong.

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By in United States,

Now thems the type of potatoes I like to hear.

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By in United States,

How about we don't thank LEGO?

I mean really, are they releasing The LEGO Movie 2 Brickheads worldwide? Are they releasing the Vader bust worldwide? Are they releasing the other two Asian sets worldwide? No? Then let's not thank them!

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By in Latvia,

Great news! Thanks LEGO!

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By in Germany,

I also don't understand why they won't release the other two sets as well. So much demand. Honestly, I am really considering buying a clone version of those. Would love to buy the original from LEGO, but certainly NOT from secondary market scalpers!

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By in United Kingdom,

Perhaps they'll rerelease 80102 Dragon Dance next year but with a rat minifigure instead

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By in Canada,

Behind the scenes of Lake Task, Harry Potter Goblet of Fire. Fell for this set first I saw it. Lot of minifigs similar to a chess set and other game sets like that four team, four color one. Favourite part of this is probably the docks build. Makes me happy for having bought the polybag pelican. Do the boats roll?

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By in United States,

Cool. Now, as my GWP, I'd like you to bundle 3x Benny with a Vader Bust and a Dragon Dance. Got that?

@Mickitat:
There's no set 81101. Did you mean 80101 Chinese New Year? If so, there are no sushi tiles in that set either. There are, however, two different 1x1 round tiles with sushi print. The TLNM Sushi Chef CMF comes with an exclusive tuna roll, and several other sets come with a different design of a salmon roll. Looks like the tuna roll averages under $1 each, while the salmon roll runs closer to $0.50. 80101 does come with a _lot_ of different printed tiles, but all the food is Chinese, while what we know as sushi today is primarily associated with Japan, and maybe a little with California. It is believed to have had its roots in China, but the original dish was fermented with rice and salt instead of served raw.

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By in Singapore,

Living in Singapore, i am HIGHLY disappointed in LEGO about this! While I don't speak for all, who live in Asia, I presume that many feel my same sentiments:
1) We get shafted here, with limited to no selection of polybags, premium with purchase and promos...
2) We pay, between 5%, up to 30% more, than the USA on most LEGO products...
3) We pay a premium with any access to VIP points and related benefits...
4) We bought multiple of these exclusives, in this case $85 SGD for this Dragon Boat Race to bring back to family and friends around the globe...
5) We feel ripped off by LEGO, yet again!!! As an AFOL, sending close to $6K USD per year, I am actually considering going cold turkey and quitting the hobby...
That said... happy for the rest of you, outside Asia, to enjoy this set. It, like the prior CNY sets are nice ones to add to your collection. Though, now that they are not rare, the've lost much of their value.

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By in United Kingdom,

"i am HIGHLY disappointed in LEGO about this!"

"happy for the rest of you"

"now that they are not rare, the've lost much of their value."

You don't sound happy; you sound bitter, strange, & weirdly entitled. You get to spend six grand a year on LEGO and this makes you throw your toys out of the pram?

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By in United States,

So does this mean that The Lego House 21037 that's exclusive to Lego House would be available worldwide now?

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By in United States,

Hopefully they release the Dragon Dance and restaurant sets

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By in Singapore,

Hi @bananaworld:

What's up with the personal attack?

"You don't sound happy; you sound bitter, strange, & weirdly entitled. You get to spend six grand a year on LEGO and this makes you throw your toys out of the pram?"

You sound like a jealous SJW. I should demand that the moderator ban you, but I'm clearly not like you. Yes! I have 6K per year to spend on LEGO... because I work 18hrs a day 7 days a week. Google me. I've earned the entitlement you are criticising me for. Chill out.

Yes! I am truly happy for the rest of you, outside of Asia! Yet, I am displeased with LEGO, the brand for what I outlined.

Brands should be consistent with how they treat their customers. For LEGO to listen to one segment at the expense of another is unfair. Especially, when one segment pre-ordered, at almost double the cost the rest of the world will now pay for theirs... after the fact. We had to jump through hoops to get queue for, register, etc... for sets such as MBS, CNY Dinner and Dragon Dance and now Dragon Boat.

Like I mentioned, I bought a number of the sets to bring back to family and friends in the USA at a far higher cost, no VIP points, etc... Imagine! So, I'm stuck with sets that I can't return (as you can't return or exchange products in Asia at most shops), that I also have to pack and bring back to the USA, when I could have just bought in there for less and with rewards.

Before you cast stones, stick with the facts, @bananaworld, walk in someone else's shoes. Read vs. project, next time to spare me and others from your miss-informed judgment.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think I found your reaction alien & incomprehensible; if I were in your shoes, having bought the sets you bought, and LEGO changed where the sets would be available, I would be disappointed that I'd spent all that money, but just roll with. I'd be glad that LEGO was doing something progressive by allowing many, many more people to have access to sets which, it turned out after their initial release, lots of people wanted (though I'm sure their change of heart is at least partly economic, and not entirely altruistic).

What I wouldn't do is publicly post that I was "HIGHLY disappointed in LEGO" when what they've done is to the benefit of the many, and only inconveniences the few (you). Does that make me a sjw? (Incidentally, what's up with the personal attack?)

So, what could you do instead? Well, when new sets come out, I am always massively excited and have to resist the urge to run to the LEGO shop, credit card in one hand, VIP card in the other. Chill out, slow down, and the sets are always available a few months later for 25 to 40% less on Amazon (always use Brickset's affiliate links, people!) With some of the money I save, I buy a few of the polybags & GWP promos on eBay.

Might I suggest, Ron (are you Ronnie Pickering? I haven't bothered googling you), that in future you don't rush out to buy all the sets immediately, but instead learn from this and exercise patience; instant gratification is a tricky thing to control, I know.

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By in Singapore,

@bananaworld, you didn’t take note of a single thing I wrote...did you?
Again, my point and why I am HIGHLY disappointed with LEGO, is because they screwed over millions of Asian consumers. You say, ‘the few’ - fact, the population is more here, than Europe and America. The whole idea of these Asia- Exclusive sets, was to encourage and grow this market, not the one you are in. AFOL’s here, are furious.
Thanks for your suggestions...but seeing as you live in your bubble, I’ll share a few items to enlighten you: 1) Amazon is prohibited from selling LEGO in Asia so that the costs can remain fixed at 5-30% more than Europe and America, 2) Asia exclusive sets had long queues, they had to be reserved far in advance (before the coy announcement that they’d be available worldwide) and they sold out within 24hrs, once gone...gone! No replenishment of stock, 3) I do have restraint, I buy my sets in USA, from LEGO, not waiting for Amazon sales, cause I supported the brand. However, I must wait sometimes 12-18 months, before I can fly “home” to Boston, to then bring them, back to Singapore, where I live and work.
I’m done responding to you. I simply wanted to clarify your inaccurate portrayal of the Asian market and consumer. When you cross the street today, look before you leap...cause you just seem to rattle off nonsense without a clue or care.

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By in United Kingdom,

Believe me, Ronnie, I understand that YOU'RE irritated that it's panned out this way: you thought you were getting exclusive sets, invested heavily, helped out some people in other markets who couldn't get these sets, and are now irked that LEGO has undermined your efforts. And it must be frustrating that the Amazon purchasing route is closed off to you. Some people have advantages which others don't, which works both ways; spending multiple thousands of dollars on LEGO is closed off to others. (Incidentally, buying LEGO on Amazon is not NOT supporting the brand! Who do you think sells the LEGO to Amazon? I would hazard that LEGO wouldn't do that if Amazon sales hurt their brand.)

Personally, I have to keep coming back to the bigger picture: this is a good thing because more people will have access to these sets, and LEGO will sell a lot more LEGO.

As for consumers in the Asia-Pacific region, let's be realistic about the market size Vs the rest of the world. I'm guessing that LEGO know a thing or two about economics and have realised that they can shift lots more LEGO this way as well as, perhaps even more importantly, pleasing their other markets. You might be furious that it hasn't worked in your favour, but one only has to look at any thread about these sets and the comments are vastly in favour of widespread release. The vast majority of LEGO consumers in Asia-Pacific will view this as a good thing: sets exist which they gained access to first, and, for a sizeable minority of that region's population, some aspects of their culture are being showcased to the world.

Please try to see the positives of this news, rather than how it affects "your bubble".

And please value sets for more than their rarity; this is a fun hobby of fun toys, and the more children and AFOLs who have access to more of the sets, the better.

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By in United States,

@ronvining:
The only way someone in the Asian market is legitimately hurt by the worldwide release of one of these sets is if they planned to flip it for profit and didn't do so before the announcement killed the international secondary market. In fact, if sales were as limited as you're suggesting, the Asian market may even benefit from the wide release of Dragon Boat Race, as it will allow those who missed out a chance to import one for a lot less than they'd be selling for without a wide release.

But I've been on the other side of this before. I paid a hefty premium to import some TLBM Tiger Tuxedo pods (from Asia, as it so happens), and then they showed up in the US. So I bought more. I also paid a hefty premium to get some of the Kiss Kiss Tuxedo keychains because I missed out on the giveaway. Then they showed up at retail. Bought more of those as well. Cursed my luck a little bit both times, but otherwise got over it.

You can get screwed by waiting for a more favorable release when it's never going to happen, and you can get screwed by jumping the gun and snatching it up at the first opportunity. But for as little sympathy as resellers will get when the market shifts against them, you'll probably get even less if you're actually hoping for a return to regional exclusives just to deny others the chance to obtain copies of those sets.

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