I went into my local LEGO Store (in Melbourne) today, to check out some the new April 2022 releases on shelf.
One of my rituals when I go into store is to check out the Build a Minifigure station for new parts, characters and accessories.
LEGO have been ramping up their Build a Minifigure offering to draw people in-store, with new and exclusive characters only found in-store, so it’s been really interesting to discover new surprises.
I almost had a heartache when I peered into the Build a Minifigure stations, because I spotted… LEGO Goats in them!
There weren’t a ton of them, so I’m not sure if someone had raided it previously.
I only managed to get 5, and you can bet that I snagged them all!
In case you don’t quite get why this is such a massive deal, LEGO Goats have a bit of a legendary reputation in the LEGO collecting world.
They’re one of the most sought after LEGO Animals in the LEGO world as they were only released in one set – 7189 Mill Village Raid from 2011, and were never re-released since, which is odd for LEGO animals as LEGO will often re-colour them or make small tweaks.
As you can see in the above screenshot, Goats go for incredible amounts on Bricklink, and are one of the most coveted animals ever!
LEGO fans have been clamouring for LEGO to re-release goats, and in an interview with the designers of the Medieval Blacksmith, the topic came up – see below for a snippet.
On the lack of goats in the Medieval Blacksmith
Wes and Austin (and nearly everyone at LEGO it seems) were well aware of how coveted the Goat element is, especially since it was only released in one set in 2011 Mill Village Raid.
The problem stems from the LEGO moulds in use – some of them have to be given up to start making frames for new moulds, and the mould has disappeared from existence.
Knowing how important goats are to LEGO fans, the designers went so far as to escalate this to the Vice President of Design, but alas that didn’t quite pan out the way they meant.
Here’s the blister pack that I managed to bring home – I couldn’t resist getting the new light Blue Brick minifigure, Valentine’s Day Bear and Easter Chick, but the goats just made it for me.
Definitely not something I expected to find in 2022, so I spoke to the Store Manager on how and why they ended up there.
LEGO’s strategy with Build a Minifigure has been to surprise and delight fans with the offerings in the station, and with the 90th Anniversary of the LEGO Group coming up, Build-A-Minifigure will be getting small, limited edition runs of some of the most iconic minifigures, and accessories from LEGO’s 90 year history.
For AU$19.99, I couldn’t complain about getting 3 goats!
She was extremely tight-lipped about what would come next, or how long this would run for, but was excited to hear about what a big deal it was, after I had to explain the history of LEGO Goats.
Her advice would be to check into your local LEGO Store regularly, and take a peek inside the Build A Minifigure station, to see what’s inside. You might have to search a bit, as these won’t be available in massive quantities, but I think the thrill of the hunt will be quite fun.
I’m not sure if and when this will be available globally – Australia does tend to get certain things faster, but I expect to this be a worldwide activation through Build a Minifigure.
So yeah, if you’re headed in-store to check out the new April 2022 releases, such as the 10300 Back to the Future Time Machine, I’d recommend checking your Build a Minifigure stations to see if there’s anything new or exclusive in them!
Have you found any LEGO Goats or historical minifigures or accessories in your Build a Minifigure Station? Let me know in the comments!
Update: If you’ve made it this far, April Fool’s! April Fool’s jokes has been a long-running tradition on the blog. Check out some gags from previous years.
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