At some point there comes a time when you have to say goodbye to every LEGO set. Usually, the majority of the sets disappear from the shelves at the end of the year and some sets disappear from the shelves around the middle of the year. Now it seems to be the case that this year the first sets will be put on the LEGO EOL list in March 2021 and are therefore considered to be discontinued models.
This is a very unusual step from LEGO, because a typical date for the end of life status at LEGO is more like July 31st and December 31st of each year, with a few exceptions, such as minifigure series, which only have a very short product life.
But this year LEGO seems to miss some sets prematurely, at least in Germany, the End of Life status, or at least to do so in retail. According to our information, a total of 16 sets should be available for March 31, 2021 are considered to be discontinued and can then no longer be ordered by dealers. Also included is a set that has recently been on everyone’s lips again due to a special minifigure: The LEGO Star Wars 75254 AT-ST Räuber.
Background to the early EOL date
As it stands, this EOL date applies, by the way not worldwide. According to our information, some of these sets are on the hit list for July 31st and others for December 31st. It could also be the end of life date may only apply to retail and LEGO itself will have the sets in its range for a little longer.
What we know (after consulting dealers) is: The kits listed below have been confirmed to multiple retailers with an EOL date of March 31st and will therefore soon no longer be able to be ordered by dealers in this country. Even if LEGO itself should have the sets in its range for longer or the sets can still be ordered from dealers internationally, the prices for the listed sets are likely to rise from now on.
That means: If you are interested in the sets listed on this small LEGO EOL list from 2021, then you shouldn’t take too much time with the purchase.
EOL markings in the LEGO catalog
To be honest, the information with the early EOL status is not really new either, because in the German LEGO catalog almost all sets are on our list with the addition “Only for a short time” marked.
Most international LEGO catalogs do not have these markings. We could only find the info in the catalogs for Germany, Austria as well as the multilingual catalog for the Switzerland Find. So it seems that this really only applies to the German market.
Disclaimer and assessment
It’s hard to really figure out this premature EOL date here. And of course we cannot 100% rule out the fact that LEGO has made a mistake here and that the EOL date disappears afterwards and the sets can be ordered a little longer. Nevertheless, we wanted to point you to the list at this point – what you do with it is of course up to you.
EOL List March 2021
Tip: LEGO Star Wars 75254 AT-ST Raider
Following the latest developments regarding the termination of employment between Gina Carano (who plays the role of Cara Dune in The Mandalorian) and Lucasfilm, one set has come into focus in the last few days: The LEGO Star Wars 75254 AT-ST Räuber.
This is currently the only LEGO set in which the minifigure of Cara Dune is present and the announcement of the expulsion of Gina Carano has driven the prices of this minifigure extremely high.
Rumor has it that another LEGO Star Wars set with Cara Dune as a minifigure will appear in the summer (see our article on LEGO Star Wars 2021 Summer Sets), but depending on the contracts between Disney and Gina Carano, this figure could also be deleted or replaced by another figure.
At the moment you can only speculate here, but if you still want to call the Cara Dune minifigure your own, you should definitely buy the LEGO Star Wars 75254 AT-ST Robber. Currently you can here Amazon recommend who have the set on offer at a low price.
Exklusive D2C Sets
We are of course currently getting a lot of inquiries about the exclusive D2C sets and which are disappearing from the range there. However, since the End of Life list for the end of the year at LEGO will not be finalized until a later date, there is currently no reliable information here. And as we saw at the tree house last year, there may still be shifts on the EOL list later in the year.
Exclusive sets will be at least in the middle of the year none on the EOL list to stand! The D2C sets traditionally only expire at the end of the year. We will of course keep you up to date on the EOL data of the exclusive sets as soon as there is as reliable information as possible.
Shops with the EOL sets
In the tables we have already listed some shops where you can order all the regular LEGO EOL sets. However, there are of course many other shops that have LEGO in their range and which are worth a look. So that the tables don’t get longer, we didn’t want to list them for every single set. Therefore, here is an overview for you of some of the larger shops that have LEGO in their range:
Otherwise: Have a look at your local retail outlet, they should currently offer the service of ordering and collection! Smaller independent shops and shops that belong to Vedes or Idea & Spiel deserve your support! If you buy online, we would of course be happy if you use our shopping links and support us!
What does EOL / End of Life actually mean?
Let’s now briefly explain what “EOL” actually means at LEGO. When a LEGO set has reached the “End of Life” status, it is a discontinued product or model and will no longer be produced, only existing quantities will be sold. At this point in time at the latest (and often before), retailers cannot reorder any or only a very limited number of these products. One also speaks of expiring LEGO sets.
At LEGO it is the case that the products have a specific “exit date”, but sometimes products are no longer available before this date. Because as soon as the end of life status becomes known, many fans will buy a set that they were previously unsure about. And since the sets are generally no longer reproduced, the existing sets are often gone faster than expected. And typically the “LEGO investors” hit hard again.
But: In the past, LEGO has repeatedly shaken the EOL status and subsequently extended sets (also several times). It is unclear whether LEGO is really still producing in such cases, or whether simply the excessively large stocks ensure that sets stay on the market longer. You can’t really blame LEGO here, because there are actually never any public statements from LEGO about when a set will expire. Please keep this in mind with our listing.
“Discontinuing soon” in the LEGO Online Shop
Further indicators of the “End of Life” status are the sale in the LEGO online shop or the label “Discontinuing soon” there. If LEGO has marked a set in the LEGO Online Shop with “discontinuing soon”, it only means that the set could “sometime soon, maybe” disappear from the LEGO Online Shop. So it’s a discontinued model. Of the sets that are currently expiring in March 2021, none are marked with “discontinuation soon”.
In the past, some of these LEGO EOL sets disappeared after a few weeks, while other sets were labeled with the appropriate mark for over a year. It also happened from time to time that sets disappeared from the online shop without being marked beforehand.
So you see: There is by no means a clear schedule of how long the sets will be available in the online shop. Unfortunately, you cannot always rely on the “setting in brief” label.
Conclusion EOL List March 2021
Even if it is unusual, it seems that in 2021 the first sets will disappear from the market much sooner than they did in the past. At least the date was communicated to many dealers at the end of March and the same sets are also marked in the LEGO catalog.
Nevertheless, it is of course possible that LEGO postpones the appointment again, or that it is a mistake. Unfortunately, we can’t completely rule this out, but we still wanted to give you the information before the sets surprisingly disappeared from the market.
What do you think of the LEGO EOL list for March 2021? Which sets with End of Life status do you still need and which ones don’t you care about? If you have any questions about the list or comments, feel free to get rid of them in the comments!