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My understanding of this is that UCS now just means it has a different production run and limited availability compared to normal sets and only applies to 'adult' Star Wars sets.
If this is the logic, then UCS itself needs to be a subset of a bigger category.
I think it's clear that the complex builds available as D2C such as Helicarrier, The Simpsons House, Modulars etc etc... ARE equivalent to UCS. Should they carry the UCS tag? No, they aren't Star Wars. Which is why a bigger umbrella tag is needed for these complex builds which would include UCS.
Unfortunately, that solution means BB-8 wouldn't fall under this classification. Which is a shame and very odd. BB-8 in my mind, should be UCS. Take away the boxes and it clearly belongs with UCS style sets. I would be very interested to know the reasons this set was deemed not an official UCS set but I suspect it's to do with production run and availability. I can understand why people don't want to assign a tag to it that Lego themselves did not assign but I don't think anyone would argue that this set clearly SHOULD be a UCS. To be clear though, it's not.
Some early UCS sets don't look like modern UCS sets, so using the same logic they could be excluded.
So does this change everything?
So... where do we go from here?
That having been said, I am very much open to the idea that LEGO may wish to retroactively brand #75187 BB-8 as a UCS set, in which case we will update the database accordingly.
With the BB-8 set TLG might have thought that they had a huge seller in hand that needed to be distributed widely to fully achieve its sales potential. And they just didn't want to dilute the UCS brand value.
Also, it is too cheap for the UCS brand which is used to help sell the most expensive sets to well-off customers.