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Looks like more BaM exclusive parts for Easter!
The benefit of that is that for parts like that that can typically be used together, it costs much less to have them all molded together than to have to invest in a separate steel mold for each version. Even for sets that don't use all of the parts in the pre-pack, the cost savings still adds up to more than the extra cost of including those extras. And people who buy the sets are rarely going to complain about getting extras—for many people that just seems like added value!
Interestingly, I recently built #70431, which like the other Hidden Side sets this year includes the new pre-pack of ghost accessories (6313372), but unlike many of those others does not actually prescribe how any of the parts should be used anywhere in the instructions or even on the boxart. Between that and the new inclusion of extra unused stickers on the sticker sheets of some sets in the Ninjago and Hidden Side theme, Lego seems to be starting to make gestures encouraging free-form customization rather than just strict adherence to the instructions in some sets.
The Lego Facebook sites are full of posts selling the figs at £3-£4 each so I guess people are grabbing as many as possible. I don’t go to the store that often so don’t know how often Lego restock this sort of item ?
That & a few small details like needing a visa, a passport, flights, accommodation, time, etc...
I don't have any family or friends in Sydney or Melbourne, @xiahna has family in Queensland, but she hasn't seen any of them since her & her mum when up there when she was a teenager, so if the Dreamworld store has them, we might have an outside possibility there. Good to know though that the certified stores are getting these, now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that the company running these stores will eventually decide to open one in Adelaide.
The goggles on both Minions are also definitely new but it's hard to tell what they're quite like. The eyes rotate in the goggles, so depending on what the pieces are like with the eyes removed, the parts could be very useful.
Bowser's shell also uses a new piece for the "rim" around the edge... looks to be a little bigger than 6x6. The bulk of the shell seems to use standard parts, though.
And the Super Mushroom polybag has a new piece for the mushroom cap! Looks roughly 3x3 but not seeing the underside it's hard to tell whether the connection points themselves are angled or it's hollow with a hinge underneath.
Also, it looks like the Boo figure from the castle set MIGHT use a square 3x3 tile for its face? There aren't enough clear pics to be sure but it's hard to tell what else could provide a clear printable surface for what looks like a 3x3 shape.
I doubt it. The virus can only live so long on the parts in stores, and the Easter parts were already released (unless the local stores are sold out of the parts already), so they will likely be available once stores reopen. My concern is if LEGO did not produce the parts scheduled for the release in April (which may or may not have a dachshund part in it). However, I'm guessing LEGO would just postpone releases and not just 'not release' them (but just push the schedule back).