LEGO responds to rumoured cancellation of second Christmas 2021 gift-with-purchase

The LEGO Group has responded to rumours surrounding the cancellation of a second gift-with-purchase for Christmas 2021.

Earlier this week, reports landed online that the LEGO Group had planned to launch a second seasonal freebie this month, following up 40484 Santa’s Front Yard. Instead, that same model – originally available across LEGO VIP Weekend and Black Friday – has returned to, reportedly in place of 40489 Mr. and Mrs. Claus’s Living Room.

We’ve now had an official response from the LEGO Group to these rumours, confirming that the gift-with-purchase does indeed exist – but that it won’t be coming to market due to a quality issue.

“We decided not to release this product as it didn’t meet our strict quality standards,” reads the statement from the LEGO Group. “Because we work so hard to provide the best possible play experiences, we never compromise the quality of our products.”

LEGO Black Friday 40484 Santas Front Yard gift with purchase review title

A similar fate has befallen the three LEGO Marvel mechs originally planned to launch January 1, which have now been postponed indefinitely due to a ‘stability issue’. But while the LEGO Group is working on a solution for 76202 Wolverine Mech Armor, 76203 Iron Man Mech Armor and 76204 Black Panther Mech Armor, it sounds like we shouldn’t expect to see 40489 Mr. and Mrs. Claus’s Living Room any time soon.

That makes sense given its seasonal nature – a delayed release would fall beyond the typical holiday window – so our best hope for getting our hands on the cancelled set is if the LEGO Group revises it in time for Christmas 2022.

You can still pick up 40484 Santa’s Front Yard in the UK and Europe through December 24 – or while stocks last – with orders above £170 / €170 at and in LEGO Stores. Click here to check out our review of that seasonal freebie.

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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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