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Trying to find 10179 USC Millennium Falcon

aeloleaelole Member Posts: 33
edited September 2011 in Marketplace
As this is a set I always wanted (just recently joined the AFOL community) I am looking for someone who has a new (or used) 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon to buy from. I tried ebay and amazon but the prices are overestimated on my opinion (or not! I’m not sure). So if anyone knows from where I can get a set for a reasonable price please let me know. You can contact me on my email apsoft20(at)hotmail(dot)com. Thank you all.

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  • cloud0cloud0 SingaporeMember Posts: 101
    Your best bet is to buy it brick by brick from bricklink. It will be far cheaper that way.
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,795
    good luck. lol

    seriously, there are many collectors, and I am one of them, who never got around to buyng this set at the time, and the appreciation in second hand prices has caught everybody by surprise. As Cloud says, you can buy brick by brick, but I think this has some drawbacks, as unless you buy all new items (nearly impossible), you will almost certainly have a few colour consistency issues, not to mention some bricks you will probably have to write off. (simple law of averages when buying 4k+ used bricks)

    My advice?, don't make the same mistake with other UCS sets. i.e. if you havn't done so already, buy the Death Star before it is discontinued.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,694
    ^ Good advice. If anyone sees one mind, I wouldn't mind a second! :op
  • StuBoyStuBoy New ZealandMember Posts: 623
    I've done it piece by piece, and the only drawback for me was the shipping costs (I'm in New Zealand) and most sellers I bought off Bricklink were from US or UK. So if you're in that region you should be able to do it for a lot cheaper than I did. It was a fun process though! Consumed me for a few months! Didn't get instructions, figs or stickers though, if I did, it would have been cheaper buying a 2nd hand set.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    I have a brand new in box example for sale right now...

    $1,700 including shipping within the US, complete in all respects.

    It is hard to find one for less than that new in box, never opened or built. That is just what they are now worth.
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,705
    ^lol i think you've missed his point
  • pantenkindpantenkind Member Posts: 258
    Well here is my advice, If you have one and can get 1700.00 then I would sell. The reality is they are being priced on amazon and ebay for that amount, the problem is I have been watching and more times than not they do not sell. I know some do, but some also do for a lot cheaper. I know I will get naysayers on this and at this point it is only my opinion but the prices will fall some....probably to about the 1000.00 mark where they will hold steady till LEGO re-releases it in a few years. I know they don't re-release many sets but this is one of the most sought after sets out there (of the recent ones).

    1000.00 is still a nice profit for those that bought for the original price but there were still way too many produced and sold for this to continue to rise in price. Also the market will not support it at that price point either, as people are pointing out, you can piece it out for less money. And if you really want you can print your own stickers. Again, just my opinion but to the original poster, if you can I would wait a while and I think you will be pleased you did.
  • aeloleaelole Member Posts: 33
    Thank you all for your comments and advices. Most probably I will get a UCS set still on production before the prices go all 'crazy' and keep my mind for a good deal over 10179. Once again thanks a lot.
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,705
    @pantenkind. I have noticed that as well alot of sets which people see as overpriced dont sell. I think there was a massive grab for the set after it was discontinued as people had missed out and now as people arent to bothered about it, they should drop. Its like the UCS ISD it was going for at least a thousand now a good one can be found for 300-400. So they do drop.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    I got the point, I was making one of my own, but no offence was intended...

    I had 3 of these, sold one for $1799 on eBay about a month ago, have another one for sale on there right now, but would do lower for a buyer here, both because it saves eBay fees and because, well, this is brickset! :)

    The last I'm probably keeping to build myself, depends on what happens to the price over the next 6 months. No major deal either way, if it sells... or not... won't affect my ability to eat.
  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    Interesting discussion. I am seeing new sets sell for the $1700 range, and opened and built sets going for around $1000. All supply and demand. From what I heard, this set DID NOT sell well when in LEGO Stores. Evidently, there were lots of discounts as low as $350 for the set. I don't know if LEGO would do a rerelease of a set this large, this expensive, just because there is a bubble in the aftermarket for the high end collectors who will drop $1000+ on a set. I think that more likely, it affects their decision to NOT retire sets like the Death Star.

    As for the other comments here, I too consider if there is a ceiling to the price of this set and also sets such as Cafe Corner. There definitely seems to be a bubble. There are hundreds of other "retired" sets that you can still pick up at or near their original retail price. But there are a few that have just jumped 300% or more in value.

    In the end, it's like any bubble. As long as there are those willing to pay these prices, they will continue to remain and increase.

    For me: I too am looking for this set at a more reasonable price. But mostly, I am just making sure to buy sets I really want while they are still in production. EG: I could buy one Cafe Corner on aftermarket - or - for the same price, buy Fire Brigade, Grand Emporium, Pet Shop, and even the retired Green Grocer. Funny that.

    Thanks everyone!
  • pantenkindpantenkind Member Posts: 258
    @legofantexas I didnt take offense and I hope you didnt either. I did not mean to "attack" your post or you with my comments. I was just trying to make a point and I used yours as reference. As you said, this is Brickset and were all friends on here and I hope we stay that way. :-)
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,705
    If there is someone willing to pay that then good on you and i hope it went towards lots of lego lol! I do think if the recession keeps on going it will slow the market and prices will come down
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Chicago Burbs USA (and sometimes Ireland)Member Posts: 1,004
    The reality is they are being priced on amazon and ebay for that amount, the problem is I have been watching and more times than not they do not sell. I know some do, but some also do for a lot cheaper.
    I think the ones you see going for a lot cheaper are the fraudulent sellers. Look at the completed items and then look at the number of feedback's the seller has. Most of them have limited #s of feedbacks or have been selling $1 items from china.

    Not that I care that much because I will probably not sell mine and build it at some point.

    I keep hoping for the Blue Batman minifigs to come down in price. Even with the announcement of the new Batman line, they still are really high ~$80.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    You might be right about the "bubble", some of the sets out there are just going for crazy prices.

    I suspect that 10188 won't rise in price as fast as 10179 did, if simply because everyone and their brother has seen the rise in price of the UCS Falcon, so everyone is buying 3 or 4 sets of 10188 to put in the closet, there will probably be 10s of thousands of these things dumped on eBay 6 months after it really is discontinued, then it will stay low for a long time.

    Then again, 10221 is no replacement for the Death Star, I expect to see it discounted in the future as well, perhaps after Christmas, once the newness wears off. Perhaps Lego will keep the Death Star around for another 2 or 3 years to come, until they have a proper replacement for it. They need a "playable" UCS, something with tons of Minifigs and such that you can actually have fun with. The SSD is just a display model, nothing else.

    Just consider that I recently sold a 9/10 condition 10030 set on Amazon for $1399, even after Amazon's terrible fees I netted $1,200 on a set that I paid $650 for last Christmas from eBay.

    I'm not getting rich off this mind you, it just helps support my Lego habit. Nothing more or less. I figure if a few good deals like the above pay for the Legos that I keep, I'm happy. :)
  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    That's a smart way to approach it, also a good way to turn this from an "unhealthy addiction" to some semblance of a reasonable hobby. :)
  • EricEric Queensland, AustraliaMember Posts: 376
    That's a lot of money to have just sitting in a box for a few years. Not a bad rate of return though.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    It is, until you consider that having money tied up in stocks for investments for years is the same thing.

    Easier to sell the stocks on demand of course, harder to move the Lego quickly if you need the cash.

    I don't sell sets every week, maybe 1 per month. Just a way to make this a somewhat reasonable addiction, rather than an unhealthy one. :) I must own hundreds of Lego sets, I really don't want to know what they all cost... :)
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