Pack your walking stick because we’re going on an adventure to explore the LEGO Hundred Acre Wood with LEGO 21326 Winnie the Pooh!
Update: To see more of the set and my opinion on it, be sure to check out my LEGO Winnie the Pooh review!
To celebrate its 95th anniversary, Winnie the Pooh & friends will make their LEGO debut in this 1,265-piece set that will retail for US$99.99 / AU$159.99 / £89.99.
The set’s release date is 18 March 2021 for LEGO VIP members, and 1 April 2021 for a wider release and will be available on LEGO.com or your local LEGO Store.
Regional pricing and links below:
- LEGO 21326 Winnie the Pooh [US] – US$99.99
- LEGO 21326 Winnie the Pooh [AUS] – AU$159.99
- LEGO 21326 Winnie the Pooh [UK] – £89.99
- LEGO 21326 Winnie the Pooh [EU] – €99.99
- LEGO 21326 Winnie the Pooh [CAN] – CA$139.99
The original LEGO Ideas submission was created by Ben Alder who was inspired to design this idea based on his parents reading Winnie the Pooh stories to him as a child, and his desire to create a set that would allow his own children to re-create their own Winnie the Pooh bedtime stories to life.
Let’s talk about the incredibly poor design choice of using the bleak, uninspiring and pitch black 18+ box designs for the LEGO Winnie the Pooh set.
I complained that the 18+ branding didn’t work well in my LEGO Sesame Street review, but boy does it look even more disjointed from the happy, nostalgic, charming and warm feelings evoked by Winnie the Pooh.
No, this set is not for adults only, and yes, you can and should enjoy the set if you’re younger than 18.
LEGO, just take the L on this, admit that this is a poorly made decision with this bleak, uninspiring branding on Ideas sets, especially those based on children’s shows and cartoons.
The minifigures blew me away. We get Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger AND a newly-moulded Eeyore, all sporting custom-moulded heads created just for this set.
Sesame Street broke the mould by introducing moulded heads into Ideas sets, and LEGO Winnie the Pooh have taken this to the next level, especially with Eeyore.
The minifigures are sensational, and the set will absolutely sell like hotcakes on them alone.
Pooh’s house is beautifully re-created in LEGO, sitting beneath a large brick-built Oak Tree complete with beehives and bees.
The designers did an incredible job capturing the whimsical vibes of Winnie the Pooh with the design, and I love how bright and inviting the colours are.
I also cannot handle just how cute these printed bee tiles are, buzzing around the beehives that sustain Winnie The Pooh’s honey addiction.
The foliage is also beautiful, and I love that they used green coral pieces to give the Oak Tree some impressive volume!
LEGO has really been knocking it out of the park with their tree designs this year.
Pooh’s house employs a common doll-house design, opening up to unveil a whole host of furniture and unique items.
See if you can spot curiosities such as the “Pooh-coo” Clock, box of “Pooh sticks”, Tigger’s locket, and of course, plenty of honey pots – both full and empty!
Tigger looks sensational!
It’s pretty clear that LEGO have yet another winner on their hands with Winnie the Pooh. An eternal favourite of any generation, Winnie the Pooh’s carefree, joyous nature is just the antidote we need in these troubling times, and I’m so glad that LEGO have done a terrific job with this set.
LEGO copped a lot of flak by a vocal minority of AFOLs with the Medieval Blacksmith and what was perceived as a downgrade from the original Ideas submission, but this is the complete opposite where LEGO have improved upon each and every facet of the original design, especially the introduction of new moulded minifigures AND the sensational Eeyore.
I have a copy of the set in hand, so I cannot wait to share my hands-on review and full thoughts of the set! Keep an eye for it going up on the blog at 1am Melbourne time on 6 March 2021 on this blog and on my Youtube channel!
What do you think of the LEGO Winnie the Pooh set and the minifigures? How do you think it compares with Winnie the Pooh?
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Shirley Grant says
I like the look of the black box. To me it makes the set pop and it doesn’t make it look childish. It gives it that collectors vibe to it. I also like the details to the set including all of the figures. Overall I can’t wait for this set to be released!!
That’s good to hear that you like them. I think they work well for some types of sets, but for more playful fantasy subjects like Winnie the Pooh, it just feels odd.
Hope you managed to get the set during the pre-release!
If this doesn’t cement its spot at the top of the Power Rankings for 2021 then we will know that shenanigans have been wrought.
It’s got a very good shot 🙊
I have all of March to wrestle with how I’m going to change the Top 3…
LOVE! And I also like the black boxes – I don’t read them as bleak but stylish! Makes the set image “pop”.
Me too! Very classy and makes me think collector set!
LEGO definitely has done their consumer research, and probably came to the conclusion that adults are far more likely to purchase it with the black box design.
I do think you’re right, and it works well in cases like the Colosseum, UCS sets, and other sets. I just miss the creativity and collectability of LEGO Ideas box design, which each had a unique art based on the set itself. Maybe it was too much work having to constantly change designs!
Ange Errington says
Thanks for another great post. This looks amazing – I love the Ideas platform, but completely agree with your rant on the black box.
On another point, I always struggle with the VIP release time zone issues. The Ninjago gardens release nearly gave me a mental breakdown checking the website every 5 mins from Midnight. So do we know what time we will have access here in Australia (AEDST) – I’m in Canberra and we will still be on daylight savings time on the 18th. Thanks heaps.
Not sure if you’ve read my review yet, but the instruction manual has an absolutely gorgeous design and colours. I’m just imagining the outside box being in that lovely pale blue hue, with illustrated details
With this set, it’s almost certain that it’ll be available just after midnight AEDT. Set your alarm clocks as this one will surely sell out!
Ninjago City was a bit of a mess, as it was aligned with the US launch timing for whatever silly reason.
Bill J says
Definitely setting my alarm for midnight on the 18th. I predict this one is going to go fast. It’s going to look brilliant next to my Sesame Street set.
Can confirm that it looks brilliant next to Sesame Street. Good idea setting an alarm – it’s going to sell out instantaneously.
Absolutely love this set.
The original submission was fantastic, especially the use of existing parts to make minifigs.
LEGO has knocked out of the park with its enhancements to this set.
100% agree the use of black boxes really detracts from this set. However most of the box will end up in recycling. I chop em up for backgrounds behind built sets.
Hope this is a huge seller and widely available.
Yes, they definitely took it up a huge notch in every single department.
Absolutely think it will be a huge seller, and it’ll be one of LEGO’s most mainstream popular sets in 2021.
Received my set today – I was wrong the shaded black box looks magnificent.
Ian Hazlehurst says
Love It, enough said.
This looks absolutely amazing! Definitely a must buy for me!