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Star Wars Buy-Any-Set Opportunity: What What Would You Choose? (Disclaimer: Hypothetical Scenario)
Here's a hypotheical scenario to get your teeth into. Imagine TLG announce that you can order any Lego Star Wars set they have ever produced, and they'll sell it to you. If they don't have it in stock because it was discontinued twenty years ago, they'll whip up a box, print the instructions and send someone round their brick warehouse. It'll be just the same as the original release. The prices will be decent, proportional to the size of the set but not the age of the design, so you don't have to worry about paying two grand for a 100-piece set from the 90s.
What would you order?
Are you a purist who wouldn't want these custom rereleases? Is there one set you've always wanted? Would you take a chance on something odd just for the sake of it? Or would you not be interested in older, less refined sets, and try to get something you missed out on recently?
Personally, I'd get some of the less-seen older sets. I'd like a copy of every set eventually, so I'd see this as a great opportunity to get something I might only see once every few years on eBay. I'd get smaller, cheaper ones, to get as many as finacially possible. Maybe treat myself to a UCS or two.
(If you want to play this scenario with other themes than Star Wars, I don't mind; I'm just primarily in SW myself.)
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Still can't quite justify spending £200 on it though
I will stress that I'm not interested in reselling those parts for some hypothetical financial gain, I currently want such a broad spectrum of parts that are unavailable for reasonable amounts of money that I can't ever imagine having enough spare cash to fulfill my wants list... although if I want all the above, I'm not sure I'd have the cash anyway...
If I'm just picking one, wow, probably #928, just to have a new one of my own. I bought mine secondhand and "mended" the box and even though the parts are in fantastic condition, I'd just love another that I bought new myself. I'd open it too. In fact, if money were no object I'd buy a MISB one and open it... that goes for a lot of discontinued sets.
So I'm not going to choose any old sets (aside from maybe a bunch of cheap battlepacks for original Stormtroopers) - but make them come out with a new minifig scale TIE interceptor and bomber to match the new design of the TIE fighter.
I miss my Rancor.
@Mr_Cross Thanks for that windscreen link! I'm relatively confident I've identified the most common piece I own in the most colour variations that appeared in single sets!
It's also damn freaky that the current combined cost of those transblack windscreens is greater than I EVER paid for any of my UCS speeders!
@mr_benn I think that your point of rereleases definitely comes down to personal preference. I'm willing to admit each new iteration is generally closer to source but IMO opinion (for example) the original Landspeeder and UCS Snowspeeder are considerably more awesome than anything that has come since. A large part of this is definitely age based as either set is SO close to something we could have built in the early to mid eighties. (And tried to do numerous times!)
MAGNINOMINISUMBRA Unfortunately I already know my nearest Myer is dry. I'd prefer a minifigure-scale ship anyway since it would fit with my current collection better, although I certainly wouldn't mind 75060 for only $100! I can afford it now, too, because I won't be getting 75098 anymore. It was sold out when I went to purchase it, online and in-store. I should never have wasted time thinking about it...
Well, if we're keeping it to Star Wars, I'd go for (predictably) the UCS B Wing #10227 , UCS Imperial Shuttle #10212 or UCS Tantive IV #10019 . They're the only ones I want but don't have. The B Wing would be my first choice as it has a unique look, and it's unlikely to get a re-release.
Although saying that, I thought the same for the original UCS MF, so who knows.
Expanding beyond SW: LL-928 #928 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 #8169 Shuttle Expedition #10231 and then the rest of my Wanted list.
And if we're going off the rails and into sets Lego ought to have done: Minas Tirith
Have you ever seen it? The White Tower of Ecthelion, glimmering like a spike of pearl and silver, its banners caught high in the morning breeze. Have you ever been called home by the clear ringing of silver trumpets?
Not in Lego, we haven't.
A UCS Minas Tirith would have been super amazing
(I say with a glimmer of hope... and a twinkle in my eye...)
And I almost forgot - UCS USS Enterprise! Or any size Enterprise. Yes, I have the MB version. I would still buy a Lego version.
The Serenity can wait... :-P
Metroliner...in new BLEY! (And club car)
Santa Fe...also in new bley (And cars)
I don't ask for much. ;)
It's only a matter of time before some Lego employee goes a bit nuts with the 'UCS' brand and inadvertently slaps it on a non-SW set. It gets through into production and everyone goes nuts when it's on the shelves.
And it won't even have a plaque on the base...
It is not really any different to the Dark Side bucket on cuusoo/IDEAS that made it to review back in 2012.
I think they are better off making battle packs with four figures, than extremely large packs containing 100. Most buyers would be better off too - they would be in the price range of most buyers and you get some parts too, plus you can choose an army size in line with your budget.
$100 for 100 would probably still be very profitable for LEGO.
It would also cheapen the figures, making CMF, battle packs, single figure polys and BAM appear expensive.
Honestly, at $300 I don't think it would be terrible. We all know minifigs are more expensive due to their complexity, and while a lot of these figures can be had for $1.50 or $2.00 on BL, there's definitely something to be said both for getting something straight from the source, without having to order from 10 different places/people.
I actually think for CMFs, Single figure polys, and BAMs, the effect wouldn't be too bad, since those tend to be exclusive or smaller run figures, and a large pack like the one pictured would be made of generic 'mob' type characters.
I DO think it would make LEGO step up their game with the battle packs... and I don't view that as a bad thing.
The X-Wing I have is the 2006 one which sucks so I would have liked to replace it with the 2012 one but I was in my dark ages when it came out. I think there's an even better one coming out soon though so I'll grab that.
Also, I wish I got the 2014 MTT (I know right!) and 2013 Battle of Hoth.
I also really want the Wookiee Catamaran from 2005. Surprisingly it only has about 360 pieces so it wouldn't be expensive if it came out today.
I don't know too many people that would be at the $200.00 pricepoint for 100 figures. Or definitely $300.00. There should be some sort of volume discount.
(It's that how warehouse stores like Sam's, Costco and BJ's market?)
In answer to your question, I'd love to be able to get the Star Destroyer. Oh, and Tantive IV
Of course, it depends on the figure, but if they did a popular army builder figure like a stormtrooper (or Spartan or Roman, etc) then $200 for 100 seems pretty cheap. Even $300 seems reasonably cheap.
I completely agree that it would primarily undercut the battle packs market, and essentially create a class of minifigure wholesalers in the secondary market. I agree that you'd have to set the figure price atleast at $2.50 in order to maintain the integrity of other products in the market.
But it's nice to dream about a Stormtrooper Pieces Tub that isn't cost-prohibitive...
- Tantive IV
- Jabba the Hutts palace
- Rancor Pit
The last two would have to be together.