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Last month the LEGO Group announced that Regional Exclusives would be released world-wide beginning with sets released after May 1. There would be an exclusivity period still of up to 6 months and then the set would be released. It wasn’t clear if “regional exclusive” also meant retailer exclusive (the Darth Vader bust at Target only, for example) and still isn’t, but now we have what seems to be the first example of this policy.
Previously announced as an exclusive set for Asia, the Dragon Boat Festival (80103) will be available directly from the LEGO website and LEGO Brand Stores beginning June 1. Pricing is listed as £44.99 in the UK, €49.99 in Europe and one source says $49USD and $49CAD, which doesn’t make sense. The LEGO site in the US and Canada does not have details yet.
This is great news for people who wanted the set, but based on comments anyone who made arrangements to get the set before is unhappy. Many paid a premium on the set price and also high shipping rates. Now that we see the new policy in action, this will likely happen less in the future unless you really need the set early.
Recreate all the color and thrills of the Dragon Boat Festival with this action-packed LEGO® 80103 Dragon Boat Race playset, featuring 2 awesome dragon boats, a dock with a food stall, viewing area and judge’s stand, plus buildable finishing line posts. Each boat features a dragon head with an opening mouth and poseable tail, 3 minifigure seats for the paddlers, space for the helmsman and drummer to stand, plus small wheels underneath for racing. This cool construction toy includes 15 minifigures with lots of fun accessory elements for endless role-play fun.
- Includes 15 minifigures: 2 dragon helmsmen, 6 paddlers, 2 drummers, 2 spectators, a judge, boy and a stall keeper.
- Each boat features a dragon head with an opening mouth and posable tail, 3 minifigure seats for the paddlers, space for the helmsman and drummer to stand, plus small hidden wheels underneath for racing.
- Dock features a food stall with assorted elements including a pot, rice bucket, 6 cooked zongzi and 2 uncooked zongzi and a food sign; a viewing area for spectators; and the judge’s stand with steps, decorative elements and a trophy element.
- Also includes 2 buildable finishing line posts.
- Accessory elements include: 8 paddles (for the dragon helmsmen and the paddlers), 2 drums and 2 sets of drumsticks and the spectators’ 2 flags.
- The dragon helmsmen and paddler minifigures are new for May 2019.
- Please note: boats do not float in water.
- Dock measures over 5” (13cm) high, 12” (32cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep.
- Boats each measure over 1” (5cm) high, 14” (36cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide.