With four new sets added in March and another eight sets here in June, it is not surprising that some of the many LEGO Harry Potter sets released in recent years will be retired in 2022 to make room for the new stock. In case you’re chasing some older sets, I’ve compiled a list of sets that are likely to be retired to help you plan your purchases…
It should be stressed that no official information is available for such making estimates, though LEGO sometimes list sets as “retiring soon”. A few fan sites seem to have “information sources” as well as experience in assessing what sets that are likely to be retired, so let’s see what they have to say.
Brick Fanatics has provided a June update to their list of sets to retire by the end of 2022 across all LEGO themes. For LEGO Harry Potter, it includes no less that 15 sets! Of those, somewhat surprising, 10 sets are from last year, and two sets are even from the March 2022 wave:
- 75955 Hogwarts Express (2018)
- 75948 Hogwarts Clock Tower (2019)
- 75980 Attack on the Burrow (2020)
- 76382 Hogwarts Moment: Transfiguration Class (2021)
- 76383 Hogwarts Moment: Potions Class (2021)
- 76385 Hogwarts Moment: Charms Class (2021)
- 76386 Hogwarts Polyjuice Potion Mistake (2021)
- 76387 Hogwarts Fluffy Encounter (2021)
- 76392 Hogwarts Wizard’s Chess (2021)
- 76393 Harry Potter & Hermione Granger (2021)
- 76394 Fawkes, Dumbledore’s Phoenix (2021)
- 76395 Hogwarts First Flying Lesson (2021)
- 76396 Hogwarts Moment: Divination Class (2022)
- 76397 Hogwarts Moment: Defence Against the Dark Arts Class (2022)
As noted, the two buildable books released this year in the Hogwarts Moments series could go by the end of the year after less than a year on the shelves, with the remaining three of the series from 2021 following them out (noting that Herbology Class already has been discontinued).
Another list was recently published by the German blog Stonewars. It is pretty much identical (the two sites may partly look at each others’ lists), but it does also include the small polybag Hermione’s Desk (set 30392) which may be too small to be covered by Brick Fanatics.
So what sets are not on the list? None of the big exclusive sets are listed, so the 2018 Hogwarts Castle sets should remain around a bit longer (I’ll review it in the coming months), as should the 2020 Diagon Alley set (though currently out of stock in some parts of the world) and 2021 Hogwarts Icons set. This is great news.
From 2021, the following sets also appear to remain till 2023 at least:
- 76388: Hogsmeade Village Visit
- 76389: Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets
- 40495: Harry, Hermione, Ron & Hagrid (Brickheadz)
- 40496: Voldemort, Nagini and Bellatrix (Brickheadz)
The 2020 set Hedwig (75979) appears still available in some countries at least, even though flagged to be retired last year. It is not listed above – so either they assume it is gone, or maybe it will continue for another year, though strange in that case if Fawkes is to be retired as part of a series along with this year’s Hungarian Horntail Dragon. Might be good to get soon just in case, if you’re missing that.
Finally, and somewhat surprising, the 2020 set 4 Privet Drive (75968) appears also to hang around for another year.
If you are still missing any of the sets flagged as potentially retiring above, it might be a good idea to add them to your shopping list soon (early shopping for Christmas?) as after they sell out you have to rely on the second hand market to source them. And there they may be hard to find for a price you are willing to pay.
Even for the ones remaining, some may see a price increase in August or September, as per this post.
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As said at the beginning, nobody (apart from LEGO) knows the true retirement schedule, and even if known, the actual timing of the retirements will ultimately depend on sales in the last few months. Some may sell out early – others may hang around a bit longer – and could even made it on to the boxing day sale at LEGO.com. Time will tell.
Till then, Build the Magic!