PHOTOS: LEGO Steamboat Willie Set to Launch April 1st with Worldwide Disney Parks Box Signing Tour

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Just over a year ago, we told you about a fan-designed LEGO set themed to Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon released to the public back in 1928. Back then, the creator was hoping LEGO would make an official set through their LEGO Ideas program. Now we can report that not only was the project approved, but that it’ll be hitting store shelves worldwide on April 1st, 2019. (No joke!)

From LEGO:

Hoot Hoot!! It’s with huge delight we’re able to reveal the first official images of Disney’s True Original Mickey Mouse as known from his original screen debut appearance. Please welcome LEGO® Ideas 21317 Steamboat Willie.

Originally submitted by LEGO Ideas members Máté Szabó (a.k.a. szabomate90) in June 2016, it was adapted into the official LEGO version by LEGO Designer John Ho with all the decorated elements and Minifigures created by Graphic Designer Crystal Marie Fontan.

This 751 element LEGO Ideas Steamboat Willie set will be available from shop.LEGO.com and LEGO stores around the world from the 1st of April, 2019 (and it’s not an April Fool’s joke) for a recommended retail price of USD $89.99 / UK £79.99 / EURO 89.99 (*EURO pricing varies by country. For regional prices please visit shop.LEGO.com).

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.

And if that weren’t enough, there will be a box-signing tour that will bring Szabó to LEGO Stores at Disney Parks around the world (with a stopover in Beijing) . Here’s the schedule! (All times are local.)

March 30th, 2019 – Shanghai, China
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Location: The LEGO Store at Disneytown Shanghai

March 31st, 2019 – Beijing, China
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Location: The LEGO Store at Wangfujing Street

April 3rd, 2019 – Orlando, Florida, USA
Time: 5 PM – 8 PM
Location: The LEGO Store at Disney Springs

April 6th, 2019 – Paris, France
Time: 10 AM – 1PM
Location: The LEGO Store at Disneyland Paris

Admit it, you’re hearing the soundtrack in your head right now.

Will you be picking up a set for yourself or someone you love? Will you be making your way to Disneytown Shanghai, Disney Village, or Disney Springs to pick up a set? Let us know in the comments below!

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Matthew Soberman

Matthew has been a writer for WDWNT since June 2018. He probably should have realized he was a Disney Parks fan when he tried to make a model of the Horizons building in middle school shop class. (It didn't go well.) He is also a huge Muppet fan, and can also be found on ToughPigs.com. You can email Matthew at [email protected]