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back to your point, I think 218 is actually a good price, a pretty big discount from 260. Still though personally I would never buy it at that price, but that's cause the UCS aren't really my thing.
FYI, the lowest I saw this on Amazon was in a lightning deals this past holiday season for $171.99.
heck, after taxes that i pay at the lego store vs. no tax on amazon, you're looking at about $20 difference (sure, VIP points count for something here too.. but shhh)
If you have not built a UCS set, you may simply not understand, but this set is easily worth 2 or 3 "normal" sets... You have to see it in person, experience an extended build, to really understand it...
Most $100 sets you can build in an afternoon, Imperial Shuttle will take you a few days, unless you really hammer it out all day on Saturday (and then your fingers would be TIRED!)
It has 4 instruction books, 2,500 parts, and more Technic than you can shake a stick at. Plus the wings really work, you have the option of two display stands (the wings can be deployed on the tall black stand), and an impressive display piece that "pops" from across the room.
What it ISN'T is swooshable, very fragile, for display only. :)
I don't doubt UCS are in a different league. When I first built the Fire Brigade (Closest thing I have to a UCS) I was so amazed by its complexity and length of build and its wow factor that I thought I'd never appreciate a "regular" LEGO set again haha
I like the episode 4-6 in Star wars, which are for me the REAL Star wars ( yes, i know i am nostalgic) but 10212 and 10188 are must have!
Also, it is selling on eBay for $180 - $250, so if you get it at a good deal I don't see a person losing money on the purchase. I don't see it dropping in price when it EOL's. It is a UCS and a unique set. I am not an expert, but I don't see it ever being issued again as a UCS set.
I've been waiting for this to drop below the $200 mark before I pull the trigger, but reading these reviews is making it hard to hold back.
I'm currently building my first ever UCS set (Obi Wans Jedi Star Fighter) and it does have a very different feel to it. I didn't particularly care for the ship itself but wanted to check out a UCS set and the sale price sold me on it.
I have to say being half way through the build I think it's the coolest thing i've built so far. I can only imagine how awesome it would be to build a ship I love to begin with.
I'm pretty sure I'll be pulling the trigger on one of these in the next month or so. And the super star destroyer somewhere down the line as well.
How do we know when a set is EOL'd or is no longer being produced? Does it just disappear from the lego shop or are we told? Thanks in advance. Glad to have found this site. It helps with the obsessing.
The UCS sets are different from everything else in my opinion... It is one reason why I'm collecting the back catalog of them...
Take the UCS X-Wing for example... forgive the terrible picture, but this is where it sits right now. Compare it to the size of the modular buildings, then to the size of the "kids x-wing sets".
There are flaws in it due to it being a 12 year old Lego set, the design isn't perfect, but it is by far the best X-Wing. The newest one just released comes close, but this one is in another league.
The second picture is 10030 - UCS Imperial Star Destroyer, that my wife lovingly allows me to display in the alcove in our front hallway to our home... This is what everyone sees when they come over to visit. That thing is over a meter long, believe it or not, and while it is hard to see the size in a picture, I just put the MIDI Scale ISD next to it along with 3 minifigs to better show the size...
I have no idea where I'm going to display the SSD... :)
That's fantastic that your wife is ok with a display of that masterpiece in an open area of the house. I hope this will eventually be the case with the SSD when I acquire it. I have already have the spot picked out. I also have a movie/concert poster collection I have to get by her as well. She's a patient lady though....thankfully.
Don't count either of those out... I picked up that UCS ISD for $600 delivered, it was used, but in mint condition (I've seen "new" sets in worse condition). If you're not as picky about it being super mint, I've seen them from $400-500 used complete without box.
The UCS X-Wing? Picked that up for $250 including box, manual, sticker sheet, everything... Yea, that was a deal! :) It was missing exactly 4 parts, all common and easy to replace.
As for the Imperial shuttle - like people have said, it's a beautiful display set. The wings were surprisingly shaky. But it looks gooood.
Sheesh, you'd think my wife was a saint or something! (someone suggested that one, wonder who that was...)
I like how you have the Imperial Shuttle displayed... needs the wings down in my personal opinion, but I see how you're doing it, like it is coming in for landing or just taking off, that works too...
I need to move the modulars off the top of the bookshelf and do a proper UCS display... You say you don't like clutter? You wouldn't like our house then, we are the clutter kings... need to work on that...
Brilliant display piece. I am always droning on to my girlfriend that I don't know why more people don't consider UCS Lego sets or well done MOCs instead of traditional ornaments!
The Imperial Shuttle does look better with the wings down but then it takes up too much space on the console table. I will have to relocate it soon though. I don't like putting any LEGO in front of windows for too long. Especially white sets!
While you're at it, we have clutter, you don't like clutter, I might trade some Lego for some decluttering services... ;P
I'll continue to wait for the right time/price.
We finished our 10215 last week ($59 USD from Lego.com). The only improvement I would have liked would be the option to be able to bank or angle the ship on it's stand. That and the docking (?) ring.
We created a few stands for some of our smaller ships and the banking looks pretty awesome IMO. I'll post a pic when I'm at a computer instead of my phone.
So, does the sale start at midnight?