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Year of the Rat set revealed

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edited November 2019 in Brickset.com articles
Year of the Rat set revealed

The Chinese new year begins on 25th January and once again LEGO is releasing a cute rendition of the year's zodiac animal, which this year is 40355 Year of the Rat.

This image was sent to me by my good friend Nick in New York. I've no idea where he obtained the set from but I'm trying to find out!

The tradition of releasing small sets like this began in 2015 with 40148 Year of the Sheep and like the others this one comes in a flap-top box with an envelope inside that can, as is customary, be filled with money before gifting.

I suspect, like the others, it will be widely available in due course.

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  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,534
    I wonder if they'll massively over-produce this one like they did with the year of the dog one?
    CM4SSumoLego
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,709
    I wonder if they'll massively over-produce this one like they did with the year of the dog one?
    If it’s one thing rats are good at its massively over-(re)producing ;-)
    SumoLegomadforLEGOKungFuKenny
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,422
    I wonder if they'll massively over-produce this one like they did with the year of the dog one?
    Let's hope so.  Getting a much scarcer 'Year of the Monkey' was a bit of a nightmare.
    madforLEGOFizyx
  • cody6268cody6268 Member Posts: 268
    Cute, and hopefully easy to get now that country exclusives have gone the way of the dodo. 
  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 875
    cody6268 said:
    Cute, and hopefully easy to get now that country exclusives have gone the way of the dodo. 
    They were absolutely swimming in Year of the Pig sets this year. My local Lego store was still offering them in April, and then they returned to [email protected] again in the summer. I had at least five of them at one point, all foisted on me by employees desperate to get them out of the store.

    I don't think you'll have an issue getting the rat.
  • herbyderbyherbyderby CaliforniaMember Posts: 63
    Any word of when this will be released? It is not on shop.lego.com like the other impending new year sets (Jan 10).
  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 875
    Any word of when this will be released? It is not on shop.lego.com like the other impending new year sets (Jan 10).
    It'll be available January 13-26 with an 80$ spend. 
    herbyderbyKungFuKenny
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,116
    I'm torn between wanting the temple day 1 and not risking shipping delay and wanting a promo item
    herbyderby
  • herbyderbyherbyderby CaliforniaMember Posts: 63
    I really hope they keep going until there are a full set of 12. My guess is they'll stop one short :-)
    sid3windr
  • panchox1panchox1 ColoradoMember Posts: 215
    I really hope they keep going until there are a full set of 12. My guess is they'll stop one short :-)

    How many have been released so far?
  • herbyderbyherbyderby CaliforniaMember Posts: 63
    panchox1 said:
    I really hope they keep going until there are a full set of 12. My guess is they'll stop one short :-)

    How many have been released so far?
    In this style: Rat, Pig, Dog, Rooster, Monkey, Sheep.
    https://brickset.com/sets/theme-Seasonal/subtheme-Chinese-New-Year

    There was also a quite different Snake #10250
    panchox1Jern92
  • Jern92Jern92 MalaysiaMember Posts: 807
    I'm torn between wanting the temple day 1 and not risking shipping delay and wanting a promo item
    Here in Malaysia they excluded the temple sets from the Year of the Rat promo. Kinda shitty if you ask me.
    KungFuKenny
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