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Rumoured Summer 2014 Lego sets?
Does anyone know of any rumoured sets to be announced in possibly at Toy Fair next year? I'm hoping for a new updated Sandcrawler. What's everyone hoping to see at NYC Toy Fair? Possibly a 3rd wave of LOTR?
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1- Clone turbo tank. New Minifigs: Luminara Unduli, Commander Cody.
2- Octuptarra Droid. New Minifigs: Ki Adi mundi, Commander Bacara, Galactic Marines.
3- UT-AT. New Minifigs: Commander Bly, 327th star corps troopers, Aayla secura.
4- Bail Organa's airspeeder with landing pad. New Minifigs: Bail Organa, Zett Jukassa, 501st troopers.
5- Tie bomber. New Minifigs: ?
IMHO, anyone wasting their time on Cuusoo submissions for Star Wars sets is doing just that. LEGO would be silly to ever pass one of these out of review.
Why not make it like the one on Cuusoo? Yes, it would be crazy expensive, but it also would be a cross promotion with Cuusoo and get a lot of attention.
Even if they only sell 10,000 of them, why not? It would be a heck of a "flagship" set. If they priced it at $1,000, made it a limited numbered 1 of 20,000, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
I certainly wish they would make more "HUGE" sets though, once youve built a huge set such as the death star, even the modulars start to feel underwhelming to build :(
Can't go wrong with that ;-)
If a $1,000 Sandcrawler with all of the gizmos and PFs were included, I'd have trouble saying no. I believe @LFT would have trouble buying just one too. :-P
Epic is about the only word I can think of...
It isn't meant to sell a million sets, but it could sell quite a few. DS is $400 and sells to a lot of kids because it is a play set. Sandcrawler needs to be a playset, it is just screaming out to be a play set.
Same goes for the Millennium Falcon, the other major minifigure-scale UCS set. Besides the cockpit and the gun turret, there is also the boarding ramp, the secret compartment, the Dejarik table, and the hyperdrive. It appears as a prominent part in every film from the Original Trilogy.
The Sandcrawler, on the other hand, only serves as an actual setting in one film, and what you see of the interior in that film is dark, cluttered, and uninteresting — nothing at all like the Death Star or Millennium Falcon. The most noteworthy or memorable thing that happens in the vicinity of a Sandcrawler happens outside the Sandcrawler, when Owen and Luke show up to purchase the droids.
It's true that there's a lot of interior detail you could work into a Sandcrawler model. But how much would any of that detail MATTER to the average person? Barely any of it will be stuff they recognize from the movies. Unlike smaller and sleeker vehicles, it would have an abundance of interior space that would be either left empty or filled with things that have no special significance to anyone. And the outside, which people would recognize, is (as others have stated) a brown box. At best it has treads (which would provide just as much play value as the treads in any LEGO City construction vehicle) and possibly lights and motors (which would inflate the price even beyond the ridiculous price you'd have to pay for the size of the thing alone).
Overall, there are plenty of vehicles and scenes that would be more significant and nostalgic for a lot of buyers. Theed Palace, for instance, is very distinctive from both the interior and exterior, and houses an abundance of important scenes from Episode I. Another good setting is Cloud City, which is probably due for another set by this point. Likewise, it'd be great to see a UCS version of Anakin's Podracer, or a standard TIE Fighter (we've only ever had the Interceptor and the X1 as UCS sets), or the Slave I. A sandcrawler seems pretty much unnecessary to me. The old one was not perfect, but it was probably about as good as it could be for any reasonable price, and certainly as good as a vehicle with such brief significance probably deserves.
The argument for a UCS AT-AT is equally as weak, in terms of screen time and what they did. Ok, to be sure, they destroyed the power generator that was powering the shield on Hoth, there was a pretty cool battle scene, which helps... but we never saw the interior, other than the small cockpit, and otherwise it was just a walking tank.
What REALLY needs to be done is Cloud City, done up in the size and style of Death Star. Enough happened there to make it interesting.
I think the AT-AT is far more well known for how unique of a vehicle it was rather than actual screentime it had
Then again, I don't know — maybe some company that makes non-building-toy playsets has already found a good way to tackle that obstacle. It wouldn't entirely surprise me.
Whilst popular in Star Wars fan fiction and so forth I just can't say I've ever seen those other vehicles in such broad ranging scenarios as I have AT-ATs and a quick Google image search for each of the vehicles seems to agree - there are images of AT-ATs that reach into popular culture outside of the Star Wars universe far more than any other Star Wars vehicle I care to search for.
Ask 1000 random people to name a vehicle from the Star Wars Universe. MF and XWing would come in 1st and 2nd, probably by a large margin over the rest. I would bet that the TIE, Star Destroyer and Death Star (not really a vehicle, but many people would likely name it anyway) probably finish ahead of the AT-AT.
Alternatively, show 1000 random people pictures of the aforementioned vehicles and ask them what they are from. I suspect similar results would occur
Frankly, I'm stunned that they chose such a lackluster vehicle for the May the 4th tie-in, especially if the September set really turns out to be Slave I, which I assume would outperform the Sandcrawler twenty-fold.
Happy new year fellow Bricksetters,i guess for us OT-fans these are great news?! Ah yeah forgot to mention: CANTINA!!!
60051 High Speed Train 610 pieces £90 (approx)
60052 Goods Train 888 pieces £150 (approx)
From Eurobricks. Prices are converted from Hungarian Forint and are obviously just ballpark figures.
I'd better start saving :-S
I do hope its brick built and NOT technic