The LEGO Brand Retail stores and Shop@Home had announced a promotion for December 18 that would include giving a special Darth Vader pod with any qualifying purchase. They’ve had to scrap that promo due to quality control issues encountered during production.
“We have to inform that as part of our internal quality screening process, we have found that the Star Wars Metalized Pod 5005376 does not meet our strict standards.
“As you know, we take the quality and safety of our products extremely seriously, and so out of an abundance of caution we have decided not to launch the Star Wars Pod.
“We are committed to continuing support for our Star Wars promotion, and will offer consumers 10% off across all LEGO Star Wars products from 18th – 24th December 2017, excluding 75192 Millennium Falcon.”
Unfortunately the 10% discount doesn’t apply to North America (Canada and the US) at least and LEGO has yet to introduce a replacement plan. I’ll be sure to post an update once they announce.
Understandably, some people are quite upset at this as they really want the Vader pod and a 10% discount isn’t much when 20% is pretty easy to find at other retailers.
There are hopes that LEGO will sort out the quality issues and release the pod for May the 4th promotions, or sooner.