There have been many UCS sets released over the years and they are generally expensive. The vast majority of the UCS sets are from the Star Wars theme. I generally pick up one from time to time, but have only had time to build one to date...the Imperial Shuttle #10212
. There are two that I have not yet purchased that are either still available (or will be): the Sandcrawler and the Slave 1. Also, I have not purchased the Ewok Village (which is essentially a UCS set). I will probably grab one of the three after Christmas and am trying to make a decision on which is the best to purchase. Meanwhile, I thought it would be nice to get people's impressions of which UCS sets are the cream of the crop
Here is the UCS list (including the UCS Tumbler) in order of customer reviews (not in comparison to each other):#10212
X-wing Fighter #7181
Imperial Star Destroyer#10134
Y-wing Attack Starfighter#10143
Death Star II#10174
Vader's TIE Advanced#10179
Rebel Blockade Runner#10240
Red Five X-wing Starfighter#75059
Special Edition Naboo Starfighter#10221
Super Star Destroyer#10129
Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter#10018
and of course the unreleased #75060
I was a bit surprised to see the MF #10179
, the Sandcrawler #75059
, and the Tumbler #76023
as low in the list as they are. I was also surprised to see #10186
General Grievous as high as it is.
Noticeably absent from the list are the Death Star #10188
and the Ewok Village #10236
because they are not considered by TLG to be UCS sets. If they were, the DS would be at the top and the EV would easily be in the top 25% based on their respective reviews.
So the question is: How do they compare to each other and which are the best of the best?