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These aren't rumors, just speculation.
Who knows, if they didn't want to offend anyone they could make it unique by making it like the one X-wing which came with Yoda's hutt. So possibly covered in seaweed with a few other unique designs. Well, in my opinion I still don't think Lego needs to bother releasing another UCS X-wing... not that I wouldn't buy it if they did.
I know many of you want a rerelease of this or that, but you'd actually regret it if they did it.
People that have some stored away for future value, and those that paid big bucks for one would regret it. I can't see how anyone else would.
As someone who already owns a UCS X-Wing, I'd be extremely disappointed if they announced that next year's UCS ship was going to be a rehash when there are AT LEAST eight other ships that haven't been made yet, and that doesn't even include ships people might like to see from the PT.
Re-hashing a UCS set would go over a lot less smoothly than re-hashing a System set... and you already see a ton of people complaining about the 'umpteenth version' of the X-Wing and the Falcon.
If TLG re-hashes just one or two of their 'big' sets, great. If they start doing it all-around, their profitability will suffer.
I doubt they are nearly as concerned with protecting the "collectability" of these sets as people think. I can guarantee protecting the high secondary market costs of EOL UCS sets is not on their radar at all.
Lego shouldn't be about some bizaree ownership fetish. "I have this and you don't" or "I have this and almost no one does" etc.
It should be about creativity, and the FUN of exploring new sets.
A new UCS X-Wing would blow the original out of the water most likely, especially if they did it in a much more realistic light gray color and not white.
Enough time has passed since the original to make this a possibility, if Lego wants to go that route. God knows they like to make 4 and 5 or 10 versions of just about everything else in their catalog. How many fire trucks and police stations have we seen over the years?
How many "normal" x-wings and MFs have we seen? TIE Fighters?
Either Lego views the UCS line as "something different" which they will not repeat, or they don't.
Anyone have anything solid to go on with regard to resolving that dilemma?
You can all say "but Lego is a toy company", or "they don't care about collectors or resellers", all you like. In fact, you can all not care yourself.
But you should, because Lego is what it is today partly because of those two markets.
My preference would be for a vehicle they haven't previously given the UCS treatment to - AT-AT, Slave 1, A-wing, even sandcrawler, but if they're going to remake any of them it'd surely be the X-wing, and I'd certainly buy it...
It's all rumor anyways, but I'd like to see it happen, just to see a bit of chaos.
There was a Legends range that failed miserably? I think this would be completely different. Just an opinion of course.
Just something to consider. I think we often get lost in our AFOL bubble here. How many UCS sets are actually sold to us? Are the majority still bought for older children/teenagers or Dad's as a one off purchase knowing it's to hard for the kids but it's the only way to get it through the door. I doubt either group cares about collrctability. They just like the product.
What is the value to the Lego brand to have it be one of those toys? What happens if used Lego becomes worth less over time rather than more?
Should I rush out to buy the newest Beanie Babies, so I don't miss out, before they become expensive? How many times on this forum does someone post, "when will xyz set retire, do I have until xyz date to buy it, or should I get it now?"
What happens if that no longer gets asked? Does that change what Lego is, the perceived value of the product?
Sure you might get upset that the value of your set isn't what it was. But LEGO is not concerned about that. LEGO wants to know what they can sell you next, and what your willing to buy. Not what you already own. LEGO is the Honey Badger when it comes to re-sellers and perceive values of it's aftermarket product.
But people and companies tend to not now when to stop, when they cross that line. When it becomes a series of rehash after rehash and the public picks up on it.
Would it be the end of Lego if they redid UCS X-Wing? No... But the thought process that allows that to happen allows them all to be redone.
Why buy the UCS B-Wing now, when a better version will come along, that sort of thinking.
Lego did it with the sopwith camel, a risk to be sure, but that one set won't kill Lego. Making it a habit will.
Most Lego is sold for kids consumption, but adults actually do the buying. This would not stop if the collector market was destroyed tomorrow, but adults would have a different take on the product.
Beanie babies are still produced today by Ty, Inc. Baseball cards are still made today by Topps, it neither are what they once were, Fleer and Upper Deck went bankrupt.
I will agree that Lego is different than those markets, but do you really think it would be a good thing if Lego sets cost less than retail in the aftermarket? If they did, why buy new releases, why not just wait. That thinking can kill a company.
Mark my words
Why buy a B-Wing now? Well, do you really want to wait a decade or longer for a newer improved one, if that would even happen? I don't see certain UCS sets being remade. But the X-Wing? Yeah, it really does need to be done again. So it can be sold to a new set of customers. Yeah that opens the door for remakes of the Star Destroyer and the MF. LEGO has the License why not remake them again.
We could talk about the rehash of Fire & Police stations, but it seems that LEGO sells those on a pretty good constant base. The general public doesn't care, collectors notice it. Does LEGO care that you think there are too many versions, and it decreases the collectibility/value of them? Nope, if the general public keep buying them, they will continue to sell them. Fire & Police stations sell, as do X-wings. <-- Lots of LEGO rehashes of those. "Sometimes" the more valuable collector item is not always the most popular.