While a total of 10 retiring LEGO Star Wars sets are already marked as ‘sold out’ at LEGO.com in the UK and Europe – including titans like 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer and veterans like 75255 Yoda – several of the others are still available in the US, such as 75296 Darth Vader Meditation Chamber and 75319 The Armorer’s Mandalorian Forge. But there’s one set LEGO Star Wars fans stateside can no longer pick up through official channels: 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers.
The 285-piece battle pack launched in August 2020 following significant fan demand, and has subsequently enjoyed a much longer shelf life than typical LEGO Star Wars sets. (You can never have enough blue Clone Troopers, after all.) Its shelf life is finally coming to an end this year, however, along with 23 other LEGO Star Wars products – and the LEGO Group has already called time on the 501st pack in the US, where it’s now listed as ‘sold out’.
Unlike ‘temporarily out of stock’ – the label currently applied to the also-retiring 40558 Clone Trooper Command Station – ‘sold out’ generally means a set is gone for good at LEGO.com. If you’re in the UK or Europe and hoping to stock up on generic 501st Clone Troopers (and Jet Troopers) before the game is up, your best bet is to grab whatever remaining stock you can find before it, too, disappears for good.
If rumours are to be believed, though, the LEGO Group is intending to plug the 501st gap almost immediately, with a battle pack of specialist troopers reportedly on the way in January 2023. 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers’ retirement adds weight to that rumour, but we can’t say definitively that it’s happening until we receive official confirmation from the LEGO Group.
Click here for a complete list of LEGO Star Wars sets leaving shelves in 2022, 2023 and beyond. If any of the LEGO Star Wars sets retiring this year are on your list, it’s absolutely worth double-checking they haven’t already sold out – and if they have, hunting them down as soon as possible through third-party retailers…