I’m very honoured to be one of the first to reveal and unveil the upcoming LEGO Ideas set for 2022 – 40566 Ray the Castaway, a new LEGO gift with purchase (GWP) that will be available from 1-13 October!
The October 2022 release window is absolutely STACKED at this stage, with many heavyweight releases like The Mighty Bowser, Black Panther Bust, The Office, LEGO Avatar and the UCS Razor Crest, among other things, so if there’s something on your list, it should be pretty easy to qualify for Ray the Castaway.
40566 Ray the Castaway will be available from 1-13 October 2022, and will be free with purchases of US$120 / €120 / £120 from LEGO.com or your local LEGO store, while stocks last.
Here’s a very quick review so you know what to expect from the set!
Oh, and MASSIVE shoutout to my wife for building and photographing the set while I’m away in Billund!
Special thanks to LEGO for sending this set for this review!
40566 Ray the Castaway Set Details
Name: Ray the Castaway
Set Number: 40566
Exclusive to: LEGO.com / LEGO Stores
LEGO Designers: TBD
Release Date: 1-13 October 2022
Purchase Threshold: US$120 / €120 / £120
As I’ve demonstrated (with math and graphs) – LEGO Ideas is no longer an accessible theme, partly because sets have gotten larger, and pricier, but also because the smaller builds seem to have been funnelled into the gift with purchase category.
That said, Ray the Castaway is a bit of an exception, as it didn’t go through the typical 10,000 votes and review round process, as it was the winning entry in the Do You Want To Go To The Seaside LEGO Ideas competition, following in the footsteps of recent LEGO Ideas GWPs like 40533 Cosmic Cardboard Adventures, 40448 Vintage Car and 40487 Sailboat Adventures,
Ray the Castaway is a fan design submitted by DadiTwins, and as you can see from the original design, has mostly kept the aesthetics and overall look, with a few small tweaks.
Here’s a look at the back of the box.
The instruction manual is really cool, and I love the “portrait” style instructions manual.
And here’s the profile on the fan designers inside!
Here’s a look at the completed model, which is quite a charming, densely packed build for just over 200 pieces. We have Ray, stranded on a deserted island, with a makeshift hut (or throne depending on you look at it), and his various efforts to be rescued.
There’s a small beach section, with a bottle (presumably with a message in it), and a really clever SOS sigh fashioned out of dead grey eels and a yellow Life Preserver, spelling it out.
On the side, there’s a small makeshift raft, matching the original design.
Here’s a look at the Ray the Castaway minifigure, who has unkempt hair and a grumpy expression. I love his mismatched clothes and red shorts.
Not too bad of a minifigure.
Here’s a look at his face beneath the beard.
And here’s the back of the minifigure.
Overall, I think this is a very charming GWP. There’s plenty of fun details, and I like the fishing rod, and plenty of marine life like starfish, eels (?), a crab, fish and a parrot to keep Ray company. No seagull unlike the original design but the parrot works thematically.
The design is clearly an homage to Tom Hanks’ Castaway, but there isn’t a volleyball, which was also not present in the original design. I’m not sure if that was too on the nose, but it shouldn’t be too hard to add your own Wilson volleyball (especially if you draw on one!) to the set to make it a proper Tom Hanks tribute!
What I liked:
- Lots of stuff to buy in October to qualify
- Feels Piratey
- Lots of animals
- Small and tidy display model
What I didn’t like:
- No Volleyball
Ray the Castaway is a pretty decent GWP, and with so much to tempt you in October, I can see this on being on the easier side to redeem. It helps when you don’t have to think hard about what to buy to trigger the purchase threshold.
Design-wise, I like how closely they kept to DadiTwins’ original design, and how it’s so immediately recognisable.
There are some fun techniques such as the Palm Trees, and how dense it is, giving the small beach section a very lived-in, survival vibe which translates well.
Overall, a very unoffensive and pleasant LEGO gift with Purchase that many people can enjoy.
Rating and score: 3/5 ★★★✰✰
Build  – A pretty fun build for 200+ pieces
Real Value  – Plenty of October releases makes this good value as you’ll likely end up getting one
Innovation  – Not too much innovation here, as not much was changed from the original design
Coolness  – Love the obvious Castaway references
Keepability  – As it’s small its easy to display, but will most likely be expanded on for a Pirates MOC/display or harvested for parts
40566 Ray the Castaway will be a free gift with purchase when you spend US$120 / €120 / £120 from LEGO.com or your local LEGO store from 1-13 October 2022.
Special thanks to LEGO for sending this set over for an early review!
What do you think of the Ray the Castaway as a GWP?
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Hi Jay, thank you and your wife for the review. Just a small note on the assembling: the small protruding part of the beach should be moved one stud to the right. 😉
Ah thank you, yeah we only noticed this after the photos have been taken and the set is now disassembled!
No problem… after all, the beauty of legos is that you can assemble them as you ike. Let’s rebuild the world! 🙂
This set is definitely packed with many accessories and it looks really nice, but I am fully convinced by it… perhaps because of ‘Pirates of Barracuda Bay’ which are still fresh in my mind 😉
Both sets fit really well together! Don’t forget to also add the Pirates VIP pack as well to beef it up further!
I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time! Thank you for the early review and heads up on the release date!!
That’s a great set and I think I may have to look at options to qualify. Have had my eye on the castle so maybe time to bite the bullet and part with some cash
Don’t forget to redeem the bonus VIP discount for the castle!
Andrew Gardiner says
It looks good and would ideally go with The Pirates of Barracuda Bay. I wonder what the AUD threshold will be but I guess somewhere around the $200 mark.
Such a shame they swapped out the seagull for a parrot. The seagull would have been great to add to the Motorized Lighthouse.
Yup, AU$200 threshold! You called it!
I wonder why LEGO are holding out on seagulls!
Hey Jay – what’s the purchase threshold in $AUD?
David Schneck says
I was hoping for another lightsaber GWP – specifically Darth Vader – with purchase of the Razor Crest. Maybe Lego might offer a special Star Wars themed GWP with the RC, one can only hope.
My guess is that they’re holding out on a Star Wars GWP for Black Friday?