May the 4th is a popular occasion for Star Wars fans; it’s become established as a key date for new projects and merchandise to be announced. For LEGO fans that’s also the case, as promotions and major new LEGO sets usually come out around this date.
However, the popularity of the promotion has – dare we say it – a dark side. In the last few days a number of sets have gone on back order or gone out of stock altogether, making it trickier to snag this year’s promotional items.
American LEGO fans are faring the best at the moment; just three LEGO Star Wars sets are backordered right now at LEGO.com in the US. Several more are out of stock, although these are generally retired sets or of lesser interest to the older LEGO fan.
The UK and Europe, on the other hand, have a bit more to be concerned about. At the moment a whopping 19 sets are on back order in each of these territories, with 17 out of stock altogether. These include desirable sets like 75306 Imperial Probe Droid, 75319 The Armorer’s Mandalorian Forge and 75339 Death Star Trash Compactor Diorama.
If you get a few things on backorder, you can expect to be spinning your wheels for a while – depending on what you order, of course. While 75342 Republic Fighter Tank will be shipped by May 10, 75315 Imperial Light Cruiser has a wait time of 60 days in the UK.
Fortunately all three of this year’s promotional items still seem to be available in the UK, US and Europe. Of particular interest is 40531 Lars Family Homestead Kitchen, which includes the very first Aunt Beru minifigure. If your order qualifies for this item, it should be sent out to you even if everything else in your order is backordered. However, even then there may be a delay in its dispatch time.
LEGO.com’s May the 4th promotional items will be available until May 8 or until stocks expire, whichever comes first. If it wasn’t already apparent, we advise placing your orders sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. You can also check out the LEGO Star Wars deals on other websites.