As we previously reported on, we're expecting to see at least a handful of Harry Potter™ Sets releasing on June 1st—namely, Hogwarts™: Polyjuice Potion Mistake (76386), Hogwarts™: Fluffy Encounter(76387), and Hogsmeade™ Village Visit (76388)—with more expected to come later in Summer. However, it's now being reported that the foundational set for the Summer Wave may actually be delayed on release.
A source reported that The LEGO Group has reached out to several 3rd Party Retailers to report that Hogwarts™ Chamber of Secrets (76389) will not be available until August 2nd—instead of the projected June 1st release—and they're reporting that this is due in part to "errors in production planning" on the company's part.
Plastic Shortage in EU and NA
According to our investigation, it appears that this is most likely due in part to a dramatic increase in the price of Styrene. Styrene is the feedstock for ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), which is what LEGO components are made of (with the exception of certain elements, chiefly plant-based plastics). This recent spike in prices is as a result of a shortage of Styrene in Europe, the US, and Mexico. We've reached out to The LEGO Group's North America Media Team for comment but have not received any confirmation; so at this stage, this is all mere speculation.
Previous Wave Still on Shelves
It also lends to speculation that the Hogwarts™ Great Hall (75954) set is still hanging around on Shop@Home and on major retailer's sites such as Amazon, which may also be the reason The LEGO Group is planning to delay release. Set 76389 is essentially a glorified re-release of the original Hogwarts™ Great Hall (75954) with some gold collectible minifigures and an updated basement (for the chamber of secrets) attached; so it stands to reason that LEGO will want to continue dwindling down their stock on Shop@Home and elsewhere so as to not create an internal competition between the two very similar sets.
It's uncertain what the true reason behind this and the LEGO City Summer Wave Sets Delay, but it certainly cause for concern if this trend is expected to continue. Will we be seeing yet even more sets delayed as 2021 lumbers on? Only time will tell, we'll know definitively come June 1st.
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