Lego's first black-and-white set is here and no, we're not taking the Mickey - Stuff

Lego’s first black-and-white set is here and no, we’re not taking the Mickey

Lego’s first black-and-white set is here and no, we’re not taking the Mickey

It’s no secret we love Lego here at Stuff so,whether it’s the opening of a new store, a dig at folding phones, or the launch of a replica Ford Mustang, if it’s got Lego in the headline we’ll jump at it. Which is why we’re excited to see there’s a new, nifty Lego set in town… and it has the unique honour of being the Danish company’s first black-and-white offering. It’s the ‘Steamboat Willie’ set and you can get it right now from the Great Yellow Brick Company for R1,400.

The set commemorates the 90th anniversary of Mickey (and Minnie) Mouse, who made their first appearances in a monochrome animated short called — you guessed it — ‘Steamboat Willie’, way back in 1928.

Push the good ship S.S. Willie along a flat surface and its steam pipes bob up and down while the paddle wheels on the side rotate. In addition to the new minifigs of Mickey and Mini, the set includes a working crane, a bell, Minnie’s guitar and sheet music, and — our favourite — Mickey’s parrot.

The steamboat measures 15cm x 26cm x 14cm and along with the requisite building instructions there’s a booklet with all the details of the Disney short that inspired it.

If you can’t make it to the Sandton City store you can always order online, and as you’ll be spending more than R500 delivery will be free. We’d move fast, though, as we’d be surprised if this one’s still in stock come lunchtime.

Craig was Stuff magazine's editor until September 2019. He also provided tech analysis and commentary for TV stations like eNCA, CNBC Africa and BusinessDay TV, and radio stations like 702, CapeTalk, PowerFM, MetroFM and Classic FM. He now lives in New York, and is 5FM's tech correspondent for its (tech)5 segment that airs every Wednesday at 12h40. You can reach him on

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