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Never really understood what classifies a set as an "Ultimate Collectors Series". Obviously there are those that have "Ultimate Collectors Series" written on the box, but there are others that do not, but still are classed by Lego as UCS sets (eg. 10188 Death Star, 10195 drop ship). There are also others that do not make the UCS classification by Lego but are considered UCS sets - or least they should be! (eg. Sandcrawler)
Others I think worthy of UCS status are (6210 - sail barge, for the cleverness of the design; 7665 - repulic cruiser, for being one the best looking models there is!)
Obviously I am looking at UCS sets from a Star Wars theme, since that might pre-dominant collection.
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I'd go with the Brickset list of UCS, which excludes sets such as the Sail Barge and Sandcrawler.....
http://www.brickset.com/browse/themes/?theme=Star Wars&subtheme=Ultimate Collector Series
The only one of these which is somewhat contentious is I think 10188 Death Star, but which most folks do seem to include in the UCS line. Put it this way - I'm organising a UCS display later this year, and 10188 will be included......
Like I said - there's no 'right' answer !
(I mean 1xxxx sets of course, not polybags and BM or other special sets that start with a "2" or "3", etc.)
'UCS' is whatever LEGO decides it to be, and what it means has & will continue to change over time. For me they are (should be) sets that are primarily intended to be display models, rather than play models (i.e. they aren't really designed with play features).
At the end of the day, I think bluemoose said it best - UCS is whatever LEGO decides it is - though I have to disagree with the idea that they aren't designed with play features, as the Death Star and Imperial Shuttle have shown.
Is the Death Star claimed as a UCS set by LEGO? I didn't think it was ... as for the Shuttle, it still doesn't really come across as a 'play set' to me; like the Falcon, it only really has a usable cockpit.
But as @drdavewatford has already said, there is no 'true answer'; all we can do is state what it means to us as individuals :-)
But enough of that. I'm a Star Wars Lego nut, I have the orginal UCS ISD, the UCS Falcon, the Death Star, etc. Love this stuff... So what do I think we need?
UCS Federation Battleship - 40in x 40in x 20in in size, 6,000 part count, $499 selling price
It is round enough that you could make it the size of the UCS Falcon, give it a ton of parts, have it open up to give play space, etc. Ok, you can't make it mini-fig scale, but really, it could be really good if the center ball opened up to give a bridge and the sides opened up to hanger space and engine room/battle room space (hanger on the left, the other space on the right).
Anyway, just my thoughts, anyone care to share?
While the set you propose would be interesting to see, I would like to see some UCS level environments from the original trilogy: Cloud City, Mos Eisley, or Jabba's Palace. I know these have been done at a smaller level, but I would like to see something on a grander scale. Lots of bricks, and LOTS of figures.
How could I not have thought of a AT-AT!?!? Sheesh, you're right, that needs to be done right. If you made it big enough, you could have a proper interior in it.
He also displayed a UCS B-Wing there as well; who knows - we may get an official one next year....
The guy's a MOC genius; hopefully he'll be showing at least some of these MOCs at the STEAM exhibition in Swindon UK in a couple of weeks.
@collect_that i didnt think about those models a mon calamari cruiser would be amazing.
Or one of the Nebulon Medical Frigates
@collect_that: As far as I know the motorized AT-AT is not a UCS set. If they ever tried to go back and say that is was I would cry foul because even though it is a nice set it is nowhere near UCS quality.
As for the quality, I think it is a very accurate model as long as you don't turn it on!!
I agree with some others on here that rebel capital ships need a look in nebulon-b for example.
There's no chance that LEGO would make an official one of that size IMHO.
Honestly, I would be happy for a set of instructions to the unofficial one myself. :-)