LEGO announces prices will rise later this year amid ‘increased costs’

The LEGO Group has announced that prices of certain sets will rise later this year as a result of ‘global economic challenges’, including ‘increased raw material and operating costs’.

Despite company profits soaring over the past couple of years, reaching a staggering £1.5bn in 2021, the LEGO Group has ‘taken the decision to increase the price on some of our sets’. Exactly which sets will face price rises has not been disclosed, but all changes will apparently come into effect in August and September, and roughly a quarter of the current portfolio will be impacted.

We also know that it won’t be a blanket increase: the exact price rise will depend on the size of the set in question, with some products seeing a single-digit percentage increase, and a higher price bump on ‘larger, more complex’ sets. According to a statement shared on the LEGO Ambassador Network, rising costs of raw materials and operations are at the root of this decision.

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“Putting consumers first is at the heart of what we do as a company, and for some time, we have absorbed these costs to keep pricing stable,” the LEGO Group said. “We will continue to work to ensure our products offer great value and fully recognise how important this is to our fans and everyone who love our products.”

This isn’t actually the first time the LEGO Group has changed the prices of its sets this year, of course: in January, dozens of sets saw incremental price changes in Europe, apparently to ensure consistency between different mainland countries. Some rose by as much as 28% in the UK as a result, including 10255 Assembly Square, while others – like 21034 London – dropped by as much as 22%.

Most price changes at that time were actually closer to a 5% or 10% swing, but the increased costs of some products were at least offset by those that can now be picked up for a little less cash. The changes being implemented later this year are all in one direction, though: up.

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In the same statement on the LAN, the Community Engagement Team emphasised that prices are ultimately determined by retailers (at least beyond LEGO.com and LEGO Stores) – but if RRPs are changing, wholesale prices are presumably going up too. We’ve seen third-party retailers in the UK adjust prices up or down to match the January changes, but in some instances they’ve kept the original, higher RRP.

While we don’t know for certain exactly which sets are going to face the biggest increases this time round, the LEGO Group’s reference to ‘single-digit’ percentage increases for some sets and ‘higher’ increases for ‘larger, more complex’ products suggests the LEGO for Adults portfolio could be about to experience price bumps of 10% or more.

The knock-on effect of this announcement, of course, is that it encourages us to pick up as many sets as possible before any price increases come into play. It’s cynical, but also inevitable – so if you’ve had your eye on any direct-to-consumer sets, it genuinely is best to buy them before August. At least you should be able to score a free LEGO Castle set for doing so this month…

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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.

3 thoughts on “LEGO announces prices will rise later this year amid ‘increased costs’

  • 02/06/2022 at 20:10
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    Just stop buying it. Unfortunately I have stopped buying new sets, it’s too costly to spend money on toys when fuel prices are soaring. Maybe buy on sites like Bricklink instead.

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  • 02/06/2022 at 16:05
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    What a joke, they act like they haven’t been increasing the prices the past few years and now they have to play catch up. Lego Star wars has already seen an awful price hike especially with the $20 battle pack. And let’s not forget the lack of double VIP on larger sets during May 4th.

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  • 02/06/2022 at 13:34
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    This year has already seen absurd price hikes like battlepacks hitting £18. I don’t care what excuse lego uses they’re just being greedy.

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