One more LEGO Monkie Kid 2021 set is retiring this year

Another newly-released LEGO Monkie Kid model looks set to have an extremely short shelf life, as the LEGO Group has bumped its retirement from 2022 to the end of this year.

80018 Monkie Kid’s Cloud Bike only arrived at and in LEGO Stores in March 2021, but is now already set to leave both online and brick-and-mortar storefronts by December 31. That’s not a hard-and-fast date: it just means the 203-piece set will disappear sometime between now and the beginning of 2022, rather than by the end of next year, as was previously the case.

It’s a pretty curious decision, not only because 80018 Monkie Kid’s Cloud Bike is relatively new, but because it’s also the first regular Monkie Kid set to come in at less than £20. The next-cheapest set is 2020’s 80006 White Dragon Horse Bike (also due to retire this year), which retails for £24.99 / $34.99 / €29.99, and things only get more expensive from there.

The majority of the bigger LEGO Monkie Kid sets, on the other hand, will remain on shelves into next year – including 2020’s 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech and this year’s 80024 The Legendary Flower Fruit Mountain. The natural conclusion to draw is that the target market for Monkie Kid prefers bigger and more expensive sets (and, incidentally, those two models were the only ones specifically named as coming to Amazon US and Canada last week).

LEGO Monkie Kid 80018 Monkie Kids Cloud Bike featured

If you’d prefer a taste of what the Journey to the West-theme has to offer without breaking the bank, make a beeline for 80018 Monkie Kid’s Cloud Bike and 80006 White Dragon Horse Bike before they disappear for good. Here’s the full line-up of Monkie Kid sets by current retirement date:

December 31, 2021
40472 Monkie Kid’s RC Race
80006 White Dragon Horse Bike
80007 Iron Bull Tank
80009 Pigsy’s Food Truck
80010 Demon Bull King
80011 Red Son’s Inferno Truck
80014 Sandy’s Speedboat
80015 Monkie Kid’s Cloud Roadster
80016 The Flaming Foundry
80018 Monkie Kid’s Cloud Bike

December 31, 2022
80008 Monkie Kid’s Cloud Jet
80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech
80013 Monkie Kid’s Team Secret HQ
80019 Red Son’s Inferno Jet
80020 White Dragon Horse Jet
80021 Monkie Kid’s Lion Guardian
80023 Monkie Kid’s Team Dronecopter
80024 The Legendary Flower Fruit Mountain
80025 Sandy’s Power Loader Mech 
80026 Pigsy’s Noodle Tank
80028 The Bone Demon

For a complete list of every LEGO set retiring in 2021 (as of this month), head here.

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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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