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Unless they start it out in fire sale mode, of course. And then I'd consider it.
For most Lego UCS sets, I have been pleasantly surprised that my expectation of the size of the finished article has been exceeded (the IS was about 1.5 times the size I thought it would be). This one will disappoint many an uninitiated parent I suspect, when they see the finished article vs what they paid for it.
The Deat star really does skew the whole of the £200/$300+ line-up. Next to that, everything else looks poor value for money, given the size of it, the number of pieces, and the number of minifigs it comes with.
I wonder if this is exclusive from the outset and stays exclusive (in the UK at least)? If so, I would probably go for it, but maybe wait until brick Friday for 10/20% off - as I did with #10240. I really do wonder whether TLG will milk the UCS tag - make it appear special and people will pay more for it.
As for the UCS debate, I have come to think that UCS probably just means 'over £120' or something like that nowadays. The concept has become disconnected with its roots of larger scale models and now seems to apply to any set which has a price tag of three figures, which is a real shame.
Yea, yea, it is probably a dense heavy model with lots of detail, but $350 for that?
It will sell I suppose, but I'm not jumping up and down about it...
Ignoring part count for a minute, which I am no longer paying as much attention to as it feels that models are being part inflated with small parts, that set looks like it should cost the same as Imperial Shuttle. Had it been $250, it would be MUCH more interesting.
It will be interesting to see what the parts actually weigh and compare that to the weight/part of Death Star.
I don't mean to be harsh, he is probably a good designer and a very nice person, but he has no business doing customer facing videos. I won't get into why, it should be obvious for anyone who understands it...
Leave the videos to those who are good at it. Frankly, the only person I've seen who is actually good at it is Jamie...
Plus, a Star Wars WALL-E :)
It's also a shame about the lack of PFs - I think TLG group missed a trick on that. I'd have happily paid £350 for a fully RC version with LEDs etc, but I'll still probably buy it at some point.
Whereas I understand exactly what you are saying about 'you know what', I loved the fact that he 'builded' his Sandcrawler. He's human.
It would make more sense to have a professional showing off the set, maybe interviewing the designer, showing a kid playing with it.
It takes a certain skill set to do it, those who are good at designing LEGO are not the same people who are good at doing customer facing videos. :)
Yes they could have made it better and i really wish they had atleast embedded those cockpit windows . But all in all i am happy to add this in my want" list .
Ive always hated the cheap looking graphics on recent UCS sets
Looks more "special" and less like a run of the mill system set
Best of all its got UCS on it, guess lego have been listening to the criticism :)
Lego have managed to take a rather boring vehicle and make it look really fun to build, and really nicely detailed and has a part count higher than the UCS star destroyer.
You can see theyve worked quite hard on this set to please adults aswell as kids :)
Also, box art is beautiful! Would be even better if it is the same quality that the #41999 is, and would make the price a little easier to swallow.
"The decision has been made to change the packaging for future “LEGO® exclusive” Star Wars™ sets to include the UCS seal and de-link from the core Star Wars packaging. In addition to the packaging change an update has been made to the building instructions. The building instructions will have additional pages detailing the model’s connection to the movie and its development process. Much as the Creator Expert badge differentiates the larger models from the core assortment the goal of this change is to better communicate to builders that these sets represent our biggest building challenge in the LEGO® Star Wars™ theme."
Its certainly the most impressive ucs set since 10212
Smart move in emphasizing the UCS on the box. My guess is that the last couple of UCS models have sold poorly and this is a marketing move to hype up the theme again.
For those of you who are deciding to sell it in the hopes of Lego releasing another one are you not concerned that it will not be as good. In my opinion the Sandcrawler is not that much better than the first if at all better (UCS set or not, still to be determined). What about the Sail barge, the second one was just god awful. Does Lego really have any where to improve on the existing #10179. Something else too, will it be a limited run or will it just be a regular UCS set. Thus loosing a lot of it's appeal that the #10179 had.
Give it the #41999 treatment of 20k or 50k units though and watch them fly off the shelves at any price TLG chooses.
I think a lesser/smaller model with fewer parts at the same (or slightly lower) price-point is more likely. If that were to happen then 10179 would still be the one to have, but maybe the prices would have to soften when you can get something that's 90% of the way there for 20% of the price.
For me, the only thing they could have really improved (though I'm not sure what technique they could have used) would have been the viewport on the cockpit, which looks a little terrible, especially compared to the rest of the model.