One of the greatest LEGO Ideas sets of all time sells out for good online

21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay, we hardly knew ye: following months of unavailability, one of the greatest LEGO Ideas sets ever has now sold out for good online.

It only launched in April 2020, but already the 2,545-piece set has been labelled as ‘sold out’ at in the UK and Europe. In truth, 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay hasn’t really been available to order since August, bar a couple of incredibly brief restocks – which then sold out almost instantly – over the past few months.

The LEGO Group’s inability to keep up with demand for 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay makes its abrupt departure from the portfolio even more puzzling. It’s also bad news for Pablo Sánchez Jiménez, whose profits from his successful LEGO Ideas project – fan designers earn a 1% cut of net sales – will now run dry.

All that said, 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay is still available in North America, but surely not for long: the enormous ode to classic LEGO Pirates has been earmarked for a 2021 retirement since summer, and will likely disappear from in the US and Canada in the next few weeks, too.

If you’re stateside and want to grab it before it’s gone, make sure to do so now (or, if you’re happy to gamble on stock levels, buy it across LEGO VIP Weekend for those sweet double VIP points). And if you’re sitting in the UK or Europe ruing a missed opportunity, best head to the aftermarket now: we’d put money on sealed copies only going up in value in the years to come.

21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay is only the latest in a long line of retiring sets to sell out at over the past few weeks, following the likes of 76139 1989 Batmobile, 10264 Corner Garage and 10261 Roller Coaster. Check out a full list of LEGO sets retiring in 2021 here, and start working through your wish list while you can.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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