There are a number of LEGO sets that are scheduled to retire by the end of the year, so if you’re interested to get any of them, make sure you pick them up before the prices skyrocket on the secondary market.
➡ LEGO CREATOR EXPERT SETS RETIRING SOON: The #10260 LEGO Creator Downtown Diner was released in 2018, and after two years on the market, it’s ready to retire. This is an unusual looking set in the LEGO Modular Buildings line and some people are hesitant to add it to their city, but after building it myself I can assure you that it’s a great set with interesting building techniques, fun details, and excellent parts selection. And the building experience is never boring or frustrating (which is the case with some of the other Modulars). The $170 price tag for a 2,480-piece set is outstanding as well. You can get the set at the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.
Another set retiring soon is the #10256 LEGO Creator Taj Mahal. This set is a re-release of the #10189 LEGO Creator Taj Mahal from 2008, and has been around for three years. If you want a majestic looking set, or you need lots of white parts, you may want to check it out before it retires. The set comes with 5,930 pieces for $370, which is another excellent price/piece ratio. You can find it at the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.
Other LEGO Creator Expert sets ready to retire are the #10220 LEGO Creator Volkswagen T1 Camper Van (have been on the market for nine years!), the #10252 LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle, and the #10263 LEGO Winter Village Fire Station. The #10268 LEGO Creator Vestas Wind Turbine may retire as well. You can find them at the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.
➡ LEGO IDEAS SETS RETIRING SOON: I’m surprised to hear this, but the #21318 LEGO Ideas Tree House is also scheduled to retire. This set was released in 2019, so I expected to be around for another year, especially considering how beautiful it is. The tree comes with two sets of leaves; greens for summer, and oranges for fall. And of course, you can also customize it for other seasons. It includes 3,036 and costs $200, which is yet another great price. Visit the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.
Two other LEGO Ideas sets that are retiring are the #21316 LEGO Ideas The Flintstones, and the #21317 LEGO Ideas Steamboat Willie set. They are available at the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.
➡ LEGO HIDDEN SIDE RETIRING SOON: The LEGO Hidden Side theme is apparently going to get retired in its entirety. This is sad news, as the theme is very innovative, mixing physical LEGO building, augmented reality, and ghost hunting. Unfortunately, many people (especially kids) don’t have fancy phones with AR features, and since LEGO really pushed this feature in their marketing and on the box art, the greatness of the set designs wasn’t really emphasized. I do recommend checking out the collection, as it’s full of treasure; very useful new parts and colors, excellent minifigs, and great designs! You can get them at the LEGO Hidden Side section of the Online LEGO Shop. Please note that both Amazon and many physical retailers have the sets 20-50% off right now, so those are other places to look.
➡ LEGO OVERWATCH RETIRING SOON: This is another theme that is going to be retired soon. The sets were on the expensive side, so if you can find them on sale that would be your best option. And they are also available at the LEGO Overwatch section of the Online LEGO Shop.
➡ LEGO STAR WARS SETS RETIRING SOON: Older LEGO Star Wars sets regularly get retired and I won’t mention all of them here, but there are three large sets wroth mentioning: the #75244 LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Tantive IV ($200), the #75253 LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander robotics set ($200), and the #75159 LEGO Star Ultimate Collector Series Wars Death Star ($500). Honestly, I’m a little doubtful about the Death Star retiring as we went through the same retiring/not retiring scenario with the previous Death Star, but if you want it and haven’t gotten it yet, it’s best not to hesitate much longer. The sets are available at the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.
➡ LEGO HARRY POTTER SETS RETIRING SOON: A number of LEGO Harry Potter sets are retiring, including the #75953 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Whomping Willow, the #75954 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall, the #75956 LEGO Harry Potter Quidditch Match, the #75946 LEGO Harry Potter Hungarian Horntail Triwizard Challenge, the #75957 LEGO Harry Potter The Knight Bus, the #75958 LEGO Harry Potter Beauxbatons’ Carriage: Arrival at Hogwarts, and the #75965 LEGO Harry Potter The Rise of Voldemort. You can find them at the LEGO Harry Potter section of the Online LEGO Shop.
➡ LEGO CHINESE NEW YEAR SETS RETIRING SOON: The #80104 LEGO Chinese New Year Lion Dance and the #80105 Chinese New Year Temple Fair are both scheduled to retire. If you have any interest in Chinese culture, and you’re looking for some beautifully printed decorative pieces, please don’t miss out on these sets. They really are gorgeous! Available at the LEGO Seasonal Items section of the Online LEGO Shop.
➡ LEGO CITY SPACE SETS RETIRING SOON: The space exploration related sub-theme of LEGO City is ready to retire. Some of the highlights include the #60227 LEGO City Lunar Space Station, the #60226 LEGO City March Research Shuttle, the #60228 LEGO City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control, and the #60229 LEGO City Rocket Assembly & Transport. The sets are great, but kind of on the expensive side, so if you can get them cheaper than the listed price, they would be worth it. And they are also available at the LEGO City section of the Online LEGO Shop.
➡ LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 RETIRING SOON: With the new #51515 LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor 5-in-1 set scheduled for release by the end of the year, the #31313 LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 is ready to retire. It’s a solid robotics system that has been around since 2013. If you already invested in the system, and you prefer to stick with it, you might consider picking up extra parts now. Available at the LEGO MINDSTORMS section of the Online LEGO Shop.
Please note that these are only the highlights of retiring sets that are particularly interesting for adult LEGO fans that they may not want to miss out on. However, many other smaller and medium-size sets will be retired at the end of the year as well. This includes older sets from LEGO Architecture, LEGO City, LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets, LEGO Disney, the first wave of LEGO DOTS sets, LEGO DC Super Heroes, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, LEGO Friends, LEGO Minecraft, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Jurassic World, LEGO Technic, and more.
What do you think? Do you have any of the sets mentioned here already? Or are you planning to get them before they’re retired? Feel free to share your thoughts and own reviews in the comment section below!
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