The last few months has seen slim pickings for Pick a Brick (previously known as Bricks and Pieces) fans, as the selection and stock availability has been quite poor due to operational issues.
In March 2022, LEGO officially transitioned to the new Pick and Build hub, which also houses the online Build a Minifigure, and since then, due to Covid and a steep increase in orders have seen massive delays to orders shipping out, and to halt demand, LEGO have been slow to add in and restock novelty (new) elements to the service.
Check out the direct links below to your country-specific Pick a Brick:
- LEGO Pick a Brick [USA]
- LEGO Pick a Brick [AUS]
- LEGO Pick a Brick [UK]
- LEGO Pick a Brick [DE]
- LEGO Pick a Brick [CA]
Thankfully, some helpful changes are on the way, as LEGO have scaled up the number of warehouse staff, to slowly reduce and eventually eliminate the backlog by the end of 2022.
Highly sought-after elements are beginning to restock
In a sign that things are slowly returning to normalcy… LEGO Sheep have returned to Pick a Brick!
Just search for 6342625 and you’ll be able to find some sheep.
Quite a number of other animals like Llamas, and various minifigure accessories like the Zodiac Tiger headgear (from the Lunar New Year Ice Festival set) have also made a return.
Here’s a few things I added to my cart. I’m planning on more armour for my knights, as well as stocking up my animal menagerie, as well as other bits and bobs. Really hoping elephant bodies make a return!
Timeline for return of Novelty elements
Released as an update on the LEGO Ambassador Network, we can expect January-May 2022 novelty elements to begin showing up around the end of August, and with LEGO Sheep making a return, this is obviously a really good sign.
It isn’t set in stone yet, but LEGO’s intention is to launch novelty elements roughly 4 months after they appear in sets, but the teams responsible for Pick a Brick are still working out whether 4 months is the magic number, or if there will be a case by case basis for different element types.
An example would be: standard bricks might have a shorter delay, compared to more specialised elements like animals, or printed pieces.
As always, special elements that are tied to intellectual property (IP) sets (think Star Wars/Marvel characters, Mario blocks and other difficult to produce parts) may never launch, or the wait could stretch to a year or more before they appear on Bricks and Pieces.
I hope that Sheep and many other novelty elements being back in stock on Pick a Brick is a sign of things to come, as I’ve really missed just adding random bits and pieces into my shopping cart whenever I have a purchase planned.
I’m also excited that there is a timeline for Novelty elements to be reintroduced to the mix, and that hopefully, the long delays will also get sorted out soon.
Now if only Squirrels would restock… that would make a lot of people (me) very happy.
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