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Questions from a Star Wars LEGO Novice

PraiasPraias Member Posts: 51
edited May 2014 in Everything else LEGO
My partner is a lot into SW, and I've been looking at the #10188, but never managed to see it in any promotion, just the RRP.

So I was wondering, will it ever be discontinued or is one of those sets that can wait as it will be around forever and ever?

Another question, and this one is probably a very stupid one, but please do keep in mind that I'm still fairly inexperienced when it comes to collecting Lego, but what's the difference between the hugely expensive Millennium Falcon and the one that you can still buy in the shops? Was the other one bigger? Or were there any rare bits of minis in it?

Thank you!

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  • pvp3020pvp3020 Member Posts: 182
    #10188 has been around for about 6 years now, which is unusual for a Lego set and probably reflects its success. I doubt it will be around forever though. There are other people here who would better know if it is likely to be retired in the near future, although I have heard rumours.

    The hugely expensive Millennium Falcon (#10179) differs from the current model (#7965) in several respects:

    - It is part of the UCS (Ultimate Collector Series) line, which generally consists of models that are much larger, more detailed and more challenging to build than regular SW sets.

    - #10179 has over 5,000 pieces whereas #7965 has a little over 1200. #10179 is considerably bigger.

    - #7965 is a playset. The roof of the Falcon can be opened up to reveal a detailed interior, and there are various play features. #10179 is intended for display. There are few play features and the set cannot be opened up. There is no interior other than the cockpit.

    - #10179 has a few rare/unique parts. Most particularly it has two boat rigging pieces in light bluish grey which are unique to this set. Currently these parts alone are selling for £70 - £100 each on BrickLink.

    Hope that helps to answer your questions!
    Pitfall69FollowsCloselycarlqPraias
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,770
    Here is an LDD rendering that shows #7965 next to #10179.

    (Note the rigging pieces at the back would be curved on the actual model but have to be straight in LDD.)
    LegoboyTheLoneTensorPraiasbobabricks
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,825
    It's easy to forget just how big it is. Thanks for that. :-)
    andhe
  • msandersmsanders Member Posts: 1,017
    @praias You're in the UK right? You just missed the May 4th Promotion on the 10188 (15% off) on the Lego shop. Keep an eye out for it each year on the Lego website - there are always different sets up for discount in the UK. Its usually only worth it for the larger sets because you can get the smaller sets for a lot less in other shops.

    In terms of getting a discount on the 10188 anytime soon, keep an eye out for the 20% off discount periods at Smyths. They stock this set and a number of other large sets, which is your best chance of getting a very good discount on this set. However, you'll have to get in there quick because it can sell out very very quick (especially online).
    Praias
  • PraiasPraias Member Posts: 51
    Yes, I'm in the UK.

    Thanks for the info, it really does help. I think I will be keeping an eye out for #10188 and #10179
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,356
    edited May 2014
    @Praias - You would be lucky to pick up #10179 online for less than £1000. Still, good luck!
  • PraiasPraias Member Posts: 51
    Oops, my bad, the #7965! I won't even be entertaining the idea for the #10179, my partner isn't THAT a serious collector :p
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,356
    ^ I thought that might be the case. Never mind though, #7965 is still a great set in my opinion! :o)
  • PraiasPraias Member Posts: 51
    Yeah, I think he will be happy when I finally get it.

    Mind you, I got him the #10225 (still didn't give it though) and a few days ago I got to hear that he "isn't into those big models of one figure" and gave as example some of the Toy Story ones (like the #7592) and then the #10225...

    But, as I love the set, there's no loss. Santa will gift it to me instead next Christmas ;)
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,659
    #10225 and #7592 can't be compared they are different types of product. In terms of build and display, #10225 is closer to #7965 than #7592
  • PraiasPraias Member Posts: 51
    ^What can I say, the guy is weird.

    I can only tell you that he had the brilliant idea of mentioning a few days ago, when we were speaking about which sets to get next, that he wasn't into the #10225. He said he didn't like that sort of big built and compared with the Toy Story big figure sets.

    Seeing that I've bought the #10225 ages ago, this was a bit of an awkward moment but hey.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,825

    ^ I thought that might be the case. Never mind though, #7965 is still a great set in my opinion! :o)

    #7965 is a hunk of junk in my opinion.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,453
    You better watch it "boy" or you'll find yourself floating home!
    bobabricks
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