Earlier this year, rumours began to emerge that LEGO Indiana Jones would be returning in 2023, comprising four sets numbered between 77012 and 77015.
Images of the sets subsequently leaked and the new range has now been officially announced, with one significant omission, as 77014 The Temple of Doom has been cancelled. While LEGO product cancellations are surprisingly common, this example is unusual because this set was exhibited at Nuremberg Toy Fair and images have leaked online.
LEGO has provided a statement regarding the cancellation, but we are going to examine this unusual occurrence more closely.
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And, I don't see anyone spilling ink about a lack of a set from Indy 4.
We need a Jungle Cutter re-release!
I'd start a new discussion, but it would doubtless soon be full of (to quote Mr Cross again) incessant nonsense.
Nonetheless, generally speaking, there is far too much ignorant declarative assumption, particularly on social issues. Not everything is in furtherance of an agenda, and making presumptions only reveals one's priors.
More importantly, we don't know. So declaring you do is unwise.
So to speculate about the reason for something that's only speculation is downright silly.
(Sorry, couldn't resist making a ridiculous speculation of my own!)
I suspect in Indy’s case for 5, they’re going to have to make reference to the Marion marriage (and maybe Mutt) from Crystal Skull narratively, though it’s 12 years ‘in-universe’ between the two films so anything could’ve happened in that time. As long as it’s explained better than Jane Foster’s absences between Thor 2 & Thor 4 then that’ll be fine.
As for the Temple of Doom set - I can live without it - I don’t get what the big deal is - just let it lie and enjoy the great sets we do have.
Lightyear really isn't a sequel - it was supposed to have kicked off a Cars-esque franchise where we would be getting movies and merchandise for the next two decades. But thankfully, we all dodged a bullet! (Or a giant foam ball, maybe?)
Disney/Pixar definitely did not expect the box office/popularity of the adjacent Toy Story franchise to be very poorly received. Thus, we have sets that were made years in advance to support the movie.
I'm more curious that we didn't get the traditional single Ant-Man/Wasp set that normally accompanies the film release. I would like a Kang. And a Janet.
Although, frankly, Solo made a lot of money and wasn't a terrible movie. Any derivative SW property that had the task of following TLJ was going to be poorly received. If Disney+ existed at the time, and Solo was an eight-part miniseries, we would have all be heaping praise on it. ($500M worldwide on a $250M budget is less good, by comparison.)