That’s probably the least surprising news story you’ll read today, because the 1,872-piece set has been very difficult to get hold of from LEGO.com since it first launched on April 1. Pockets of availability post-release have been increasingly sporadic, to the point that yesterday’s restock was only to back order the set for delivery in August.
It means 10300 Back to the Future Time Machine must once again leave Brick Fanatics’ Top 20 LEGO Sets List, which tracks the very best sets currently available at LEGO.com in the UK and Europe. The 3-in-1 set now re-joins 76989 Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck and 10294 Titanic in the list of sets that would otherwise make the Top 20 – if they were in stock.
All three of those sets are among the trickiest to secure through official channels at the minute, and for 10300 Back to the Future Time Machine, that extends to third-party retailers, too: it’s also sold out at Zavvi, where it was briefly available earlier this week.
All signs point to the LEGO ICONS car being among the LEGO Group’s bestselling sets for 2022, which could steer the company’s future direction with its large-scale vehicles. While 10265 Ford Mustang, 10295 Porsche 911 and so on draw on real-life cars, 10300 Back to the Future Time Machine is inspired specifically by the DeLorean as seen in the classic movie trilogy.
Will future LEGO ICONS (formerly Creator Expert) sets similarly push those nostalgia buttons with vehicles based on retro movies? It’s impossible to say at the minute, but the continued unavailability of 10300 Back to the Future Time Machine suggests it would be a wise direction to go in…