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No, LEGO Star Wars 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers hasn’t retired in Australia

Don’t believe the rumours: LEGO Star Wars 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers hasn’t retired in Australia and New Zealand.

Given the number of rumours swirling around at the moment, it’s understandable that at least a few false reports might surface occasionally. But in this instance, those reports have apparently come directly from the LEGO Group’s customer service department.

According to at least one post on reddit – and other screenshots posted on the LEGO Ambassador Network – the company’s customer service team has been telling fans that 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers has retired in the Australia and New Zealand market due to ‘poor sales’.

That original reddit post seemed fishy, though: why would the LEGO Group refer to Brickset (an online LEGO database) as a third-party retailer? And why would it ever openly admit to a set selling poorly – particularly one that otherwise appears to be incredibly popular?

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We reached out to the LEGO Group for clarification, and the company has now confirmed that the 2020 set hasn’t retired from production in Australia and New Zealand after all. The customer service team has apparently identified the internal source of the false report and will be providing ‘additional training’ where necessary. 

According to Brick Fanatics’ sources, 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers will actually be in production until at least the end of 2022, so you’ve still got plenty of time to amass an army of blue-tinted troopers.

Keep track of all this year’s May the Fourth offers with our dedicated page, and support the work that Brick Fanatics does by purchasing your LEGO Star Wars sets through one of our affiliate links.

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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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