We’ve received more images of the cancelledChristmas 2021 gift-with-purchase, including close-ups of a potentially problematic print.
TheGroup confirmed that it had chosen not to release 40489 Mr. and Mrs. Claus’s Living Room – apparently owing to it not meeting ‘strict quality standards’, as vague as that is – despite the set making it far enough into production that are now in the wild.
A Brick Fanatics reader who was lucky enough to see the cancelled set in hand has now sent over close-up images of the box, giving us a better look at its contents – including the printed ‘Santa’s naughty list’ tile, which wecould have contributed to the set’s cancellation for feeling too miserly for a holiday-themed model.
These close-up images seem to support that hypothesis, pointing to the tile as the only obviously problematic piece – but perhaps more so because the names included on the list are more-or-less decipherable, or at least enough to freely interpret. Just imagine a kid being gifted this set, only to recognise their name on Santa’s naughty list: it isn’t going to end well.
That being the reason for the set’s cancellation is still just speculation for the moment, and while our source tells us it’s a view shared by their localmanagers, it’s unlikely the Group will ever take an official position beyond its current one.
This isn’t the onlyset suffering from last-minute quality checks: the three new mechs have been due to ‘stability issues’, while the upcoming Creator postcards have also from the official online store.
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