Global Supply Chain Issues Affect Winter Wave

It might be a new year, but the woes that plagued us in 2021 continue to cause delivery bottlenecks on the official launch day of the new Winter wave selection of sets – including those six in the Star Wars theme – from LEGO.

With limited or no stocks coming in, and with their distribution being un-even throughout the different LEGO regions, many collectors who want to purchase the following sets through official LEGO channels are finding that they need to be patient.

In the broadest of terms, coming soon means that stock assigned to the region has not been delivered to the distribution centers or might be stuck onboard a ship or tied up in port, temporarily out of stock indicates that those units available have sold out and replenishment stock is available but not immediately accessible, and back order points to stock being both available and accessible, as well as inbound to the distribution center.

40539 BrickHeadz Ahsoka Tano

  • United States & Canada – coming soon (no date given)
  • United Kingdom & Europe – available GB£9.99/DE€9.99)
  • Australia & New Zealand – back order (available Feb 3)

40557 Defence of Hoth

  • United States & Canada – coming soon (no date given)
  • United Kingdom & Europe – temporarily out of stock
  • Australia & New Zealand – coming soon (no date given)

40558 Clone Trooper Command Station

  • United States & Canada – coming soon (no date given)
  • United Kingdom & Europe – temporarily out of stock
  • Australia & New Zealand – coming soon (no date given)

75320 Snowtrooper Battle Pack

  • United States & Canada – available now (US$19.99/CA$24.99)
  • United Kingdom & Europe – available now (GB£17.99/DE€19.99)
  • Australia & New Zealand – coming soon (January 10th 2022)

75321 The Razor Crest Microfighter

75322 Hoth AT-ST

With a significant coronavirus outbreak in the hometown of the world’s largest cargo port and tens of thousands of workers in quarantine under China’s strict zero-Covid policy, the network that LEGO relies on to manufacture and transport the bulk of its bricks is severely hindered.

According to industry experts, the global supply chain is suffering from “another disruptive spasm” that isn’t expected to begin to untangle itself until after the culmination of Chinese New Year festivities at the start of February.

It’s not all doom and gloom, however, as some North American and European retailers did receive advance stocks ahead of Christmas, though how much of still remains on shelves is questionable.

How have you fared – were you able to pick up these sets at general retail or did you hold out for LEGO outlets to receive their allotments with the aim of using VIP points? Perhaps you’ve seen some in the wild! Share your experiences in the comment section below.

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2 Comments

  1. I think the most irritating part of this entire thing is, they knew it was coming. They didn’t just figure out that they would not have stock for Canada at the stoke of midnight, they would have known for weeks. Just communicate with us! Tell us there are issues and to be patient as you work it out. Sigh.

    • It’s frustrating for sure, but not unsurprising. These issues are affecting pretty much every aspect of life to some degree, and it’s understandable that companies aren’t issuing a press statement for every delayed item. We’d be buried in them if they did.

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