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The latest x-wing is actually (again opinion based) much better than the last (and the last one wasn't bad), the Y-Wing is nice. Again the new Tie is outstanding, the wings are great and the edging detail looks really good when built, as you say well worth it.
Personally i now have 3 different x-wings (1999, 2006 & 2012) and each one has been an improvement on the last and in general i would say that each re-release or update of an SW set is a step forward, just look at the upcoming Jabba's palace, the 2003 set was nice but this one looks great.
For some sets, I've sold my old versions to replace with the newer versions so it's never about spending more money....
If you have previous versions then some of the remakes are a waste of ABS in my opinion; the current Naboo Starfighter for instance is pretty much the same as the last one and thus a totally pointless exercise if you have the previous version. The only redeeming feature is the superior minifigures, but if you're not fussed about those and have the previous version then save your cash.
For other remakes, however, the answer is simpler. As others have said, the new TIE fighter is streets ahead of the mediocre previous (non-UCS) TIEs that LEGO have released over the years, and worth getting however many you've bought before.
The new TIE Fighter is so much better than the last one, I'm going to pretend the last one doesn't exist. :)
Blue? Really Lego, Blue? What were you thinking?
I say that, as I sit here and look at 7181, the UCS TIE Interceptor, also with Blue on it... Need to swap out of those parts for light gray one of these days, it is ugly... :)
I've bought 5 of the new Tie Fighters and have them hanging from the ceiling chasing the Millenium Falcon.
I'm looking forward to comparing the newest X-Wing when I get it with 6212; my suspicion is that the incremental value will be significantly less than with the TIEs.
I like the X-Wing much better than 6212 (though I'm not keen on the 'sideways' mounting for the astromechs). I think it's the Y-Wing that really stands out above the last iteration, though. Minifigs aside, I really like the design on this version and I think it looks phenomenal.
1. Whether or not I have the original. If I have the original then I consider the following.
2. What sets, or more accurately, how many sets, I can afford to buy. (Buying Lego sets, especially Star Wars, is no longer an inexpensive exercise)
3. Whether the redesigned set is an improvement (and here I rely heavily on reveiws on this great website).
4. What minifigures the set has.
If I decide I really want (and can afford) a set then I get it straight away otherwise I wait until it is on sale. (I did this with the recent Slave 1 redeisgn)
With sets like Jedi Defense, should I go ahead and buy them for the TF droids and just strip Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan out, or should I skip them entirely and take care of the TF droids via battlepacks?
Case in point: Lightsaber Duel. I have this set, but the minifigs and speeder bike can be found in other sets and the vaporator isn't really necessary, so I'll probably get rid of it someday.
As for removing the battle droids from Jedi Defense II, that only serves to lower the value of the set if you try to sell it. If you aren't concerned with the unique droid in the set, I'd say you already answered your own question regarding whether or not to acquire the set. ;-)
Let's not forget aswell the minfigs especially in the SW theme are, in some cases, massive improvements over originals with much more detailed head/helmet molds and much more detailed printing on the legs and torsos not least Boba Fett, Jabba, the latest luke skywalker pilot from the new hoth set 75014 and many more. This is in addition to there being previously unreleased charecters available in the newer sets.
Be interesting to see the new rumoured ucs x-wing and how that fairs on the improvement front, given it's the first UCS redo but been 13 yrs since the original.
I've really enjoyed some of the sets from the past three years, because many of them feature major improvements on older models-- examples include the latest TIE Fighter, X-Wing, Gungan Sub, and Podracers. Some re-imaginings do come with disadvantages as well-- the latest Sith Infiltrator has a gappy underside and a top flap that has nothing locking it closed-- but I still think these are generally an improvement on the Star Wars sets from back when I collected the theme (1999-2005).
Some have said the original Jabba's Sail Barge is better than the upcoming, but pictures of the new one look pretty enticing to me.
My other question is: As owners of older models, does it bother you or not when Lego releases a newer version?
But this is mostly from the standpoint of money and space; the more SW Lego I buy, the fewer other themes I can get. With so much Lego goodness out there, this is becoming a little more distressing nowadays. But not so much; I have a mild case of Collector's Blues, that's all.
I've been fortunate to be around Lego from the begining of the SW theme. In the end, I support Lego re-making some of the older sets, so that the newer fans can have an example without breaking the bank on the secondary market, as long as there are a few new models in every release too ( #9500 looks so COOL!). And I'll still collect them all, even if I end up with 20 X-wings in the end...
As for new redesigns of old sets in general, I think it's a good idea. I missed out on the Sail Barge last time so this one is definitely on my want list - better or worse, it's what I can get hold of, so in that respect it'll do and I'm glad there's some kind of re-release. When there's a redesign of old sets that I already have, I am tempted to buy again but I often can't bring myself to spend a fortune if it's only going to upgrade the minifigures - in that respect, re-releases are annoying, because I want 'em but am not prepared to pay! lol
All in all though, for the kids, re-releases are great - there are kids buying LEGO that weren't born when the first sets came out... Call me a warm hearted fool if you like, but being an embryo is a pretty good excuse for not securing LEGO Star Wars sets when they're first available. :-)
New parts generally mean better sets though when it comes to licensed themes, as more accurate representations can be achieved and the Minifigures are often more detailed, new parts almost guarantee an improved model.
Some of the minifigs are getting close to perfect now too.
However I do find that newer versions of a specific ship are weaker than their older counterparts e.g. #7134 which whilst it does look a bit ugly, it has survived throughout all these years whereas when a friend showed me their #75003 set, the pieces looked more fragile and delicate.
So to summarize older sets are stronger, but newer sets look more beautiful.
I'd quite like to see sets in the future which have the combination of both of these two aspects.
Seems like the Lego purists prefer thesets to look like bricks, while the Star Wars fans appreciate how the new sets look more true to the movies.
A "more realistic" look always means specialized parts, which will lessen the "LEGO-ness" and (usually, but not always) compromise strength of design. If you're looking for lots of useful bricks for future MOC building, the newer sets probably have fewer overall building options, but lots of pretty greeble-y pieces.
I'm not that bothered by the new Sail Barge, I only wish they'd made it abit larger.
The biggest improvement over all are the minifigs though, just compare the gammorean guards.
Definitive improvements over the first versions are: X-wing;Y-wing;A-wing; Tie-Fighter; Jabba's Palace; landspeeder.
I can only comment on OT sets though, since I don't own any other sets.
While I was lucky enough to find Jabba's Sail Barge at a flea market last year, I would be ecstatic about the news of a new one coming had I not been so lucky. Much like I am with the news of the new UCS X-wing.
I'm waiting to see if the new Sail barge will indeed hold up to the old one. Who knows... perhaps in 5-10 yrs time this ship will get UCS treatment as well.
When to pass= when you do not
If price matters, wait until a sale pops up at retailers or LEGO itself.
I do not think anyone can tell you your tastes.
I'm sure there are those that think earlier LEGO sets are better, but here is the thing, they will almost always improve re dos over previous versions, whether due to parts, figures in the set, or the set design overall.