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S@H Update for 21110 Research Institute

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S@H Update for 21110 Research Institute

Postby Staff » Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:09 am

21110 Research Institute So, I'd sent a note off to Shop@Home a few days ago inquiring about the Research Institute set, how hard it was to get it, and got back a standard form-letter response that did have some interesting information in it.

It's great to hear you like the LEGO® Research Institute set 21110. A lot of other builders like it too and the response to this new set was overwhelming. I'm upset I didn't even get a chance to purchase one!

The set is a product from our LEGO IDEAS site, so it is a bit different than other sets. With the IDEAS sets, fans can upload concepts that can be voted on by LEGO fans. If a concept reaches 10,000 supporters, it's reviewed by the LEGO Group to determine if it can be put into a limited production run. You can find out more about LEGO IDEAS by visiting

It’s a very popular set and we’ve had a lot more orders than we expected. We don’t have any in stock at the moment, and we’re working hard to make more. However, inventory being made is already allocated to the backorders in our system. This item is Sold Out online as we'll only have inventory in LEGO Stores for the rest of year.As of today, we don't expect to receive additional inventory for sale online due to the limited production run, which is why the status is 'Sold out'.

We have plenty of other great sets that might inspire the LEGO builders in your family. To see all the LEGO toys that have available now, visit If additional inventory does become available for sale the best way to find out is through our email newsletters. You can access your subscription on the Customer Service website.

So, it looks like while it's pretty much gone-for-good from Shop@Home, but obviously production runs are still happening. It's just that those productions are going to backorders for people who ordered in the first day or so, or into the stores, where hopefully it'll be a regular item, and even more hopefully, a very popular one, at least through the end of the year.

I can also tell it was a copy/paste, as I said in my initial email I was able to get one, but a lot of friends weren't as lucky. Sadly, if you're like me, and the closest LEGO store is a bit of a jaunt away (two stores within a four-hour drive... OK City or Kansas City), or you live in one of the twenty states that doesn't have a LEGO Store (I'm generally sorry for anyone who lives in Iowa*, store or no store)... it looks like your options are limited.

What this hopefully means is that kids will have a chance to get it. It's a very good Christmas gift set, for boys or girls, and it was pretty disheartening to find out the stores ran out of it within a day.

*To just defer some of the the hate I'm certain that joke will get... I was born and raised in Iowa, and still lived the majority of my life there. I'm in a good position to make fun of it!

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Re: S@H Update for 21110 Research Institute

Postby Gooker1 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:02 am

Thanks for the info!!
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Re: S@H Update for 21110 Research Institute

Postby gomek » Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:01 am

I called my local Lego store and they said they got two cases in yesterday and they very quickly sold out.

This is of course is very annoying, because what is happening is scalpers are buying as many as they can get and holding them from ransom on Ebay. It's really not the scalpers fault, I'd probably do the same thing if I saw a case sitting there, and know that these things have a double or more mark-up on the secondary market.

All Lego has to do is make supply meet demand and all this goes away. It's a real head ache for fans and totally unnecessary. And all this on a set that was supposed to make female minifigures LESS hard to get. I'm afraid that point was really lost on Lego.

Good news is that, at least, if these things are continuing to surface, and if Ebay gets flooded, prices will eventually drop a little.
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Re: S@H Update for 21110 Research Institute

Postby Titanmatrix » Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:52 pm

Didn't this same thing happen with the minecraft set? I feel like it was constantly 'out of stock' for a period of like six months, and when it was finally available I had lost all intrest. Now I could go into a dozen stores and pick it up.

I did get a RI and love the crap out of it. I really want about a half dozen more for future gifts, especially at least one for a giveaway(I do a podcast about feminism and the role of gender in the media).

i hope LEGO is taking a very close eye at how absurdly popular this is.
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Re: S@H Update for 21110 Research Institute

Postby shoggoth666 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:53 pm

Reckon I'll have to go to ebay no lego stores around here. :(
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Re: S@H Update for 21110 Research Institute

Postby Mars Needs LEGO » Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:48 pm

I also wrote to LEGO Customer Service about the quick (and apparently permanent) sell-out , but the reply I received was worded a bit differently:

Thanks for your interest in the LEGO® Ideas 21110 Research Institute.

We’re sorry we don’t have the Research Institute available to order right now. The set has proven to be very popular and we've had far more orders than we expected.

More sets are coming to fill existing back orders, but we currently don’t have a date for when new orders might be able to be placed. We ask that you please check the LEGO Shop web site or your local LEGO Store to find out if it has become available again.

I don't know whether to feel encouraged by the possibility of available copies or not. There isn't a LEGO Store within 100 miles of me, so I suppose a road trip's my best hope, short of paying eBay extortion prices.
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Re: S@H Update for 21110 Research Institute

Postby dWhisper » Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:51 am

Or... if we want to get all From Bothans to Besties inclusive, I'm sure there are more than a few members here that would be willing to pick up sets in-store and sell them for more reasonable prices.
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