Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1 out today – will new LEGO sets follow?

The first volume of Stranger Things Season 4 is now streaming on Netflix – but will we see more LEGO sets for the series any time soon?

We already know the LEGO Group still has the keys to the Netflix property thanks to a couple of new keychains and a BrickHeadz set that launched earlier this year, arriving shortly after the retirement of 75810 The Upside Down. What we don’t know, however, is whether the company has any more sets in the works to tie in with the show’s fourth season, which is split across two volumes.

The first of those consists of seven episodes, all of which are available to stream on Netflix from today, May 27. The final two episodes will then drop on July 1, rounding out the penultimate season. Perhaps also worth noting at this stage is that the LEGO Group typically releases its direct-to-consumer sets on the first day of the month. Can you see the connection we’re making here?

LEGO BrickHeadz 40549 Demogorgon and Eleven lifestyle 1 featured

Rumours of another Stranger Things set have technically been doing the rounds since last year, but it’s been all quiet on the LEGO Hawkins front for the past few months. If a follow-up to 75810 The Upside Down – which drew inspiration from the first season of the show while launching ahead of the third in 2019 – is on the cards, we could see a surprise release on July 1, in tandem with the final episodes of Season 4.

Or we could see nothing at all. But there’s still so much potential to explore across the entire series – and some major characters we don’t yet have minifigures of, including Steve and Nancy – that Stranger Things could arguably benefit from an entire wave of LEGO sets, let alone a one-off direct-to-consumer product.

It’s probably also worth pointing out, however, that the first episode of Season 4 is accompanied by a content warning, which may speak to the target audience of the show now trending too adult for the LEGO Group. Netflix added the warning in the wake of a school shooting in Texas earlier this week, with a spokesperson telling THR that its opening scene is ‘very graphic’.

Whether that factors into our chances of getting another Stranger Things set will likely depend on how much foreknowledge the LEGO Group had of the particulars of Season 4. For now, you can at least celebrate its long-awaited arrival by picking up 40549 Demogorgon & Eleven.

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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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