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I'm new to Lego but the obsession has escalated very quickly. I thought I would start collecting sets for my son. He's not of age to play with these yet, but when I saw the prices I thought I better start now. I built a few small sets on my own and enjoyed it. I then went a little bigger with the Star Destroyer 75055 and I'm hooked.
Craigslist and a few hundred dollars latter, I have about 60 pounds of random bricks and old sets.
As far as what I believe to be UCS I also have the Slave 1 75060 & Red Five 10240 on back order and the Sandcrawler 75059 in hand. But is that good enough for me? Absolutely not.
Now onto my questions.
1. Is the Red Five 10240 a UCS? If not, does anyone have both and recommend one over the other? I may be confused even thinking there are two.
2. The Tantive IV I believe is a single set, but I see two boxes. One says anniversary edition and another box I've seen does not. Can someone please explain the difference? I know "anniversary" was a label for the anniversary of the entire SW line, but not sure why some boxes don't label it. I'm very interested in this set but if there is a difference, I don't want to buy one and find out I wish I had the other. Based on pics, it seems the thrusters are sometimes red and sometimes orange; could just be the lighting of the pic though.
3. Have any UCS every been re-released after thought to be EOL. Thoughts being the UCS Falcon is simply unobtainable, but Episode VII is coming out in less than a year and will have the Falcon featured . . . seems like an easy money grab for Lego if you ask me.
I have plenty more questions, but for the hope of getting your responses, I'll limit to three per post.
Lastly, if anyone has sets and want to trade/sell I'm open to it. As for trade, my lego collection is very young so I don't have much to offer, but I am a collector, meaning I have tons of other things that might interest you. The biggest being a statue collection of mostly Marvel produced by Bowen Designs and Sideshow Collectibles. As for non marvel statues, there are those too, including the Sideshow Mythos Boba Fett for you SW fans. Oh, and about 60,000 comics. That all being said, I'm really just here to learn more about this hobby that passed me by for the past 30 years so trying to catch up. I look forward to your answers.
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Please confirm or correct me if wrong.
I'd concentrate on what is currently available first. Do you have the Death Star set? While I don't think it's technically UCS, it is an AWESOME set with loads of play features and exclusive figures and parts. You'll be really sorry to have not picked that one up if you don't before it goes EOL, which is expected to be later this year.
1. Red Five is definitely UCS and it is the 2nd UCS X-wing. The first UCS set ever was #7191 X-wing.
2. Yes you are correct on the Tantive #10198 being the recent and only one since #10019 UCS Rebel Blockade Runner. However, there is a huge difference in size of thrusters and details since #10198 is System-scale only and not UCS.
3. Only 1 UCS set has ever been rehashed, the X-wing as cited above. Chances of the Falcon getting rehashed is extremely low due to many various reasons IMO.
1. is the second x-wing and exact copy or simply a new set of the same vehicle?
2. What are you opinions on the falcon not getting redone?
As for your second question search the forum for UCS falcon to take a look at the endless theories as to why they will/ why they won't.
Take a look at non UCS sets too. 9516 Jabba's Palace and 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina are some great recent sets with unique figures. 7965 Millennium Falcon is a great set that you may still be able to track down for a decent price. It was available new for several years.
@Drmnez I know the poster you're referring to, but it automatically disqualifies itself by not having the confirmed UCS sets of X-wing, TIE Interceptor, Yoda. While adding non-UCS sets like Sandcrawler #10144, TIE Collection, Cloud City, AT-AT #10178, AT-OT Dropship #10195. From a scientific point of view, this data set is not valid for reference.
I remember reading something a while ago that said the 10xxx # was for ucs SW sets until the new sand crawler came out. The ones before were the 71xx. I could be mistaken, however.
So I think this data set is arbitrary any way you look at it.
@sash501 I recommend that you go for the sets you like (starting with the ones still in production/available in retail) instead of focussing on the UCS label.
I recommed you to get Lego Star Wars The Visual Dictionary Updated and Expanded. There are answers to at least 2 of your 3 questions and most likely answers to most of the rest questions you'd like to ask.
#10212 Imperial Shuttle
#7191 X-wing Fighter
#7181 TIE Interceptor
#10030 Imperial Star Destroyer
#10134 Y-wing Attack Starfighter
#10143 Death Star II
#10174 Imperial AT-ST
#10175 Vader's TIE Advanced
#10179 Millennium Falcon
#10186 General Grievous
#10019 Rebel Blockade Runner
#10240 Red Five X-wing Starfighter
#75060 Slave I
#10026 Special Edition Naboo Starfighter
#10221 Super Star Destroyer
#10129 Rebel Snowspeeder
#10227 B-Wing Starfighter
#10215 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter
#10018 Darth Maul
Personally, I agree that the Ewok Villiage should be included, but it's not categorized as a UCS by Lego.
Or if you mean the play features, they both have them. But Sandcrawler has some 'cool features' while Ewok Village has 'childish play features'. And I don't mean that childish play features are bad, not at all, but UCS sets don't include them.
After all Evok Village is detailed as a SYSTEM set and Sandcrawler as an UCS.
I follow this definition for what I call UCS. The DS, EV and CC don't fit because they are not accurate models and are primarily play oriented. You'll notice that the definition does not preclude play features or the inclusion of display plaques.
Having said that, I display the VW and Mini in my office as if they are ultimate, accurate models. Also, ToO is prominently displayed in my living room. I guess those are UCSs of a different series.
In the end it's all pretty semantical and it's really up to the individual if they even care about having a clear definition.
For the newly established UCS Superhero line, I feel it to be only the 3 sets of Batmobile, Tumbler and Helicarrier. But even then, I'm not sure this is a sustainable line over many years.
By that token, I remember sets like the ewok village being called a ucs for a time because of the "details" the playset has to the scene it comes from. Furthermore, some of the star wars sets that most of us recognize as ucs I don't recall as having the label on them.
I could have totally missed the mark, but that is what I recall. Please correct me if I'm wrong