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it actually is bigger than I thought. Seeing it on display in the store, it looked pretty good actually. well done model. the piece count is low for thee price, but that's always the case with SW.
At $149 or even $179, it would be MUCH more interesting. You'd think they would have learned from SSD, or perhaps they did and decided it would be slow at any price so mark it up and leave room for "discounts" later. After all, SSD sold very well once it was on sale online last week.
Demand is pyramidal shaped, the ones at the top are willing to pay the most. Once Lego is done scooping sales from the top, they're going to drop the price to get the rest.
1 sticker sheet
1 bag loose big pieces (unnumbered)
2 #1 bags
1 #2 bag
1 #3 bag
2 #4 bags
2 #5 bags
1 #6 bag
2 #7 bags
1 #8 bag
1 #9 bag
1 #10 bag
15 total bags, plus instruction/sticker packet
Bleah, what has Lego come to. Let me guess, in the 3 instruction books, there is one or two parts per "step"? :)
I'm not sold on the set yet. Although I am an OT fan foremost, for some reason the B-Wing has never especially struck a cord with me. Yes, it is a very cool concept but it got such a small amount of screen time I think it was largely unnoticed by my younger self.
I was glad to see it in the Stratford store window yesterday and as with most UCS sets it is much more impressive in the flesh than in a photo. But still, I have niggles with it, especially at it's current price point. I'll have to have another good look next time I'm in Westfield and see if my desire grows.
With the numbered bags... and especially to this extreme... your only options seem to be a very basic build that you blitz through, or to artificially jack up the sorting time by dumping everything out at once. Neither is particularly fun. Now... if they wanted to sort it into three sets of bags, I could live with that. That's how the modulars work and it's a nice compromise.
Dumping all 1,500 parts together, is not the same thing...
The modulars are getting it right. I'm building HH right now, and while it might have too many numbers, it is ok. Should have been 3, but it was rather cool to build all the accessories and funiture first, then guess where it was all going to go. :)
While I agree that this new bagging/sorting makes things too easy and the build process too short, I think it is a good decision by LEGO. I definitely prefer this to digging through thousands of gray plates in dozens of bags (Death Star II). This way at least gives people options on how they want to build.
On topic, I saw the B-Wing in person at the LEGO store today. It is much more impressive in person than in pictures. I wasn't planning on buying one until I could find it at a deep discount, but after seeing it, I now have one sitting in my living room.
I am used to working on scale models, where a $60 investment in a kit plus supplies can yield literally months of entertainment enjoyment. The hourly cost for that entertainment is pennies.
The problem with Lego for me is that the true fun is in the build process--seeing how the set is engineered and watching the creation come to life. That process is shockingly short with any Lego kit, no matter how big or expensive.
So I actually like to draw the build process out as much as possible and go as slowly as possible.
I never use numbered bags. All bags go into a giant pile, always. I sometimes even mix them up a bit. I never pre-sort parts. I also no longer follow the part call-outs for each step of the instructions. It is slightly more challenging that way, and it keeps you honest, as it's quite easy to miss a piece if you don't follow the call outs. It forces you to slow down, study the drawing for each step closely, and make sure you have not missed anything before you move on.
I won't be giving up scale models for Lego though, as they are really 2 different animals entirely. But its nice to do both.
Interesting to see that they have reshaped the bubble canopy from 50986, leaving out a 2-stud space on the flat sides. Hope Lego is going to make one in trans yellow soon.
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Wow, seeing it built in person, it is MUCH larger than I expected, and that is after seeing the video online. The pictures and video do not do it justice, this thing is huge!!!
@mathew Funny you should say that. I bought #10186 specifically for the parts. Of course I built the model, and it was fun. Then I took it apart.
The double points and TC-14 just pushed me to "now" rather than "later". :)
I'm not sure what to do about it. MY OCD is kicking in and I'm very bothered by it. Should I call Lego Customer service? But how do I guarantee they will send me the same shade? Take into the store?
Now, I just need a UCS Slave 1.
I can't tell you how many things I've built backwards or with things missing ,.. "Hey! Did Lego include a 5th wheel?"
My husband looked at the finished B-Wing and commented "huh...". He thought something was odd but couldn't put his finger on it. It's been fixed with a lot of chuckling.