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Well, as the guys who started the thread and who has already been promised this set as a very beliated Christmas present, i can safely say i will be getting this at the weekend.
While i agree the set has not delivered in the way the Ewok Village did, I do agree with the 'Its not that bad' view, it is to expensive and certainly should not have the UCS sticker on the front, but as a play set it has a lot going for it and since i am lucky enough to own all the previous sets and an AT-AT I plan on displaying the lot together on a shelf using the doors from this and the 2007 set to sit either side of the base.
It might need a little tinkering with but overall i think having the lot together will look pretty good.
Concerning the Hoth set, I think that the biggest disappointment, for me anyway, is that it is labelled UCS and has taken up a spot, which as a fan of the UCS series, could have been used for something more suitable.
I know there is no exact definition of the UCS branding, but to my mind, this set is as far away from it as you could get, especially when you look at what can be achieved with the big, display only, sets that TLG have produced past and present (Just look at the Porsche).
Don't get me wrong though, I still like the set and as it is, it would make a nice starting block for a Hoth battle scene, providing you have the other elements to do so (AT-AT's, AT-ST's and more than 2 Soldiers) which is unfortunate for many, as they discontinued one of the major sets to do that last year.
That brings me to my other gripe with the UCS branding of this set, IMO, being as though it is 'The Ultimate Collectors Series' it should not need to have extra sets added to it to make it "Ultimate".
If this had been released as a wave of sets, to build your own version of the Assault on Hoth, I would have been throwing my money at TLG throughout the year to buy the whole wave, as it is, in a single purchase I am finding it very hard to justify all in one go.
i am with you here. if it had been a group of set's and not one big set, i have got some parts of it, and lego would have made more money in the long run.
An extremely brutal but very honest review, I tip my hat to you sir.
I know some will buy this, it is Lego after all, but in an ideal world, my hope would be that nobody brought this, just to send a message that this is not good enough for a premium priced product.
At most it should have been a wave of smaller sets based around the same theme.
Since getting back into Lego I have wanted to obtain a good percentage of TLG's sets from the Star Wars theme, but this would have to be heavily discounted before it even came close to thinking about purchasing this set.
i view this set in the same way as #60097 and would pay about the same price for it.
however saying that i would still say #60097 was the better set for look's.
My favourite picture is the back of the slider doors with the highly intricate 5-piece UCS crane hanging off to the side. I mean, why? What did they hope to achieve? Being the grumpy bugger I am, it's rare I laugh out, but I did. It's completely hopeless.
I mean, I desperately want to like it. I need an excuse to buy it as I have every other UCS and Hoth set, but I can't find one. It would go against every ounce of common sense in my body to pay retail or even 70-80% retail.
I'm saving my money for a Porsche.
Just about anything by the look of it.
see, that hoth set suddenly looks awesome.
the chap in the store wouldn't be drawn on how well the set had sold throughout the day but it was fair to say it wasn't getting much attention in the store and he did stay they were well stocked.
I think AFOL's in general were already in a negative mood due to the disappointment with Winter Village & Batcave this year.Don't hate on the designers as they're merely employees instructed to do what TLG told them to,just like the majority of us do every day at the workplace.Like it,hate it,no one is forcing you to buy it. Don't forget at the end of the day,it IS intended to be a kids toy.
Jang's review is up for anyone interested - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0aE0NEYhL0
Or I'll just dump my cash into more Endor related sets and forget this set ever happened.
dont see how you can go wrong with that.
Will they go up after EOL? Inevitably yes. However I do not want these cluttering up my storage area. It is also one reason I am glad that I no longer try to collect SW (stopped once they started released new (and often better) versions of the same set they already released.
The difference I see behind Endor and Hoth UCS sets though is that I am not sure that we will see such a set like Endor in any kind of scale again (as it is the whole tree 'village'). I think though that all of the 'sets' for the Hoth UCS will likely be released again as individual sets.
If I were a casual collector, and I were to buy a UCS, I would rather buy the Sandcrawler to be honest. At least I think it will be rare to see that set again in any form once the UCS one is gone. Whereas Slave 1, albeit in lesser scale and detail, will likely return once the UCS one is gone. UCS EV would be right up there as well because I doubt you will see the tree village in a lesser detail in a non-UCS set, but likely the bunker again.
Can you tell me about the snow speeder.
On a recent expedition I recovered fragments of one. Can you direct me to a manual, or tell me how many versions Lego officially produced?
@LegoAerologist - set that include one are as follows:
#7130 - Snowspeeder (1999)
#4500 - Rebel Snowspeeder (2004)
#10129 - Rebel Snowspeeder (2004)
#7666 - Hoth Rebel Base (2007)
#8029 - Mini Rebel Snowspeeder (2008)
#8089 - Hoth Wampa Cave (2010)
#75014 - Battle of Hoth (2013)
#75049 - Snowspeeder (2015)
And, of course, the 'Insult on Hoth' (2016)