LEGO Announces 21317 Steamboat Willie

It feels like just yesterday that LEGO confirmed that Steamboat Willie had passed review, so I got a bit of a shock when I got the press release for this.

Introducing 21317 Steamboat Willie

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This black and white set features a fairly faithful recreation of Mickey’s first official appearance in the 1928 cartoon Steamboat Willie.

The set includes iconic elements of the short, including the paddle wheel, whistles, crane, bird and potato bin.

I think the designers have done a brilliant job of adapting the original ideas submission. They even managed to integrate a play feature – rolling the set on a flat surface will make the paddle wheel turn and the steam pipes go up and down.

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There are also some great printed elements including a Turkey in the straw tile, 1928 tile and S.S. Willie tile.

The set features 751 pieces and includes two minifigures – Mickey and Minnie. Unfortunately the real captain of the S.S. Willie isn’t included. While you can’t really tell from the pictures both Mickey and Minnie feature chrome detailing.

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If you are a Disney collector then you may like the included display plaque for the minifigures.

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What may turn a few people away is the Australian RRP of $129.99. The set is officially released April 1st.

Check out the additional pictures and official press release below.

Press Release

21317 Steamboat Willie
Ages 10+. 751 pieces

US $89.99 – CA $119.99 – DE €89.99 – UK £79.99 – FR €89.99 – DK 749DKK – AU $129.99
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

All aboard Steamboat Willie to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s birthday!

Disney Mickey Mouse fans will love this LEGO® Ideas 21317 Steamboat Willie building toy marking the 90th anniversary of the most famous cartoon character ever. Mickey Mouse made his screen debut in a 1928 black-and-white animated short film called ‘Steamboat Willie’, which was also the first Disney film to have synchronized sound. This LEGO brick version of the S.S. Willie features steam pipes that move up and down and paddle wheels that rotate when the boat is pushed along. The boat’s bridge has room for a minifigure and play-inspiring nautical details such as the ship’s wheel, life buoy and buildable bell. On deck there is a working crane to lift the ‘potato bin’ cargo aboard and this unique toy building set comes with new-for-April-2019 Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse minifigures, each with special silver-colored decoration, plus a parrot figure. An ideal LEGO set for kids and adults to recreate scenes from the original Mickey Mouse cartoon or simply build and display this striking monochrome model.

  • Build and display this collectible LEGO® set or recreate your favorite scenes from the classic Disney Mickey Mouse cartoon, ‘Steamboat Willie’.
  • This unique toy building set includes 2 new-for-April-2019 minifigures: Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, each with silver-colored decoration, plus Mickey Mouse’s parrot figure.
  • The iconic Steamboat Willie boat features a black-and-white color scheme, hidden wheels, moving steam pipes, rotating paddle wheels, adjustable crane and assorted elements including the ‘S.S. Willie’ boat name sign, ‘1928’ year sign and a ‘potato bin’.
  • The boat’s bridge has space for a minifigure, a brick-built bell and assorted elements including the ship’s wheel and life buoy.
  • The 2 steam pipes move up and down and the 2 paddle wheels rotate when the boat is pushed along.
  • Accessory elements include Minnie Mouse’s guitar and music sheet.
  • This LEGO® Ideas creative toy building set comes with a booklet with building instructions, fun facts about the historic 1928 animated Disney short film ‘Steamboat Willie’, and information about this awesome retro set’s fan creator and LEGO designers.
  • Steamboat Willie toy boat measures over 5” (15cm) high, 10” (26cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.

Available directly through LEGO® from Monday 1st April, 2019 via shop.LEGO.com

7 Responses to LEGO Announces 21317 Steamboat Willie

  1. JJ says:

    bit more expensive than I was expecting :(

  2. JJ says:

    on the other hand….better not be a bad april fools joke

  3. Wt says:

    I also get NBN on April 1st, now there’s a joke.

    The set looks much better than I expected. Price is unfortunately as expected. Will have to wait for a good discount before I get this set.

  4. Monty says:

    I am surprised by how much I actually like this set. The price…not so much.

  5. Sam says:

    The Australian LEGO online store have it listed as coming April 1st for $89.99 AUD. Which is the US price. Now this is the real April Fools joke by LEGO Australia. Stop gouging us Aussies & honour this $89.99 AUD price.

  6. Andrew says:

    Finally, an ideal set for those of us with defective colour vision, who struggle with the 32 colours now seemingly essential in new Lego sets :D .

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