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Just as we were about to say 'bye' she jumped back in and said "One sec". She went on to confirm the grey ones were coming back into stock.
Like I said, it may well be a red-herring, but I'd hold off spending silly money on them for a few weeks or so until it's been confirmed.
It's too late for me now :(
Does that include the manual and sticker sheet?
If so, not bad, if a used set is $1,500, then you got paid about $50 an hour to do that work, not a bad rate.
If it doesn't include those, what do they cost to add?
Was it all new parts, or some used?
There is a single set below $2K on bricklink right now, but otherwise they are all $2K or higher.
Who wants to place bets that they will be $3K by Christmas?
Why post this here? Only because it makes a case that perhaps spending $1K to part together your own set on Bricklink isn't as crazy as I once thought it would be. If it can be done for $800 using mostly new parts, that is actually a pretty good deal.
I don't remember the grey rigging being too expensive and managed to find all the grey levers, so possibly did it at the right time. Good news if Lego is getting more grey rigging in stock though.
Piecing one together sounds like it might be the only option and even that option will become more expensive over time.
It includes stickers but no instructions. All pieces are new. A used one in Europe also sells for about $1500 (EUR 1200). Since I am not planning to sell it, I think I did more or less ok with respect to costs.
Too bad I didn't know about the reproduction of the riggings... I was waiting for the a good deal but eventually bought it at a high price two weeks ago :(
Applying it to set 10179 as an example shows that:
- There are 1,553 vendors worldwide selling at least one of the pieces used in 10179
- There are 4 or fewer vendors selling each of the 4 rarest parts: hose 75c12, printed dish, boat rigging, gray levers
- Even ignoring the 4 rarest pieces, you'd still have to search the following to buy all the remaining pieces from multiple vendors at least expense:
* 1,205,128 combinations of any 2 vendors
* 623,051,176 combinations of any 3 vendors
* 241,432,330,700 combinations of any 4 vendors, etc.
The tool does that search for you. It confirmed that there were no two or three vendors from which you could buy all of 10179's common parts. Still waiting on that 4-vendor solution...
I would doubt there would be 10 vendors you could buy everything from, but who knows... :)
- This search was for New OR Used parts, whichever is available
- Only the 49 BrickLink vendors with the most lots from the 10179 parts list were considered, i.e. the top of the 'Wanted/By Shop' list. This was done to significantly reduce run time.
- Completing the order's 4 rare pieces requires the use of one more BrickLink vendor (and more expense):
* dish 50990pb03 and lever 298c05 are available from solution vendor LeBrickski above
* hose 75c12 and rigging 47996 are available from vendor StoneWars (or Lego Shop?)
This solution took only a few minutes of human effort and a few hours CPU time, but it is not guaranteed to be the minimum cost because the search space was limited. A cheaper solution likely exists but requires more human effort to manually search or more hours of CPU time to find. Identifying all pieces that can be any color would let the search find a cheaper solution, but that's another investment in human effort.
In this case, I would buy a used set off BrickLink before ordering this specific example, but it 1) proves that a BrickLink-only solution for sourcing 10179 exists, and 2) sets an upper limit to the amount one should spend sourcing the set.
For $1,200 (plus shipping I assume), I'd just buy a used factory set...
Others have posted that it can be done for around $800. Still sounds expensive all things considered... :) Then again, my wife thinks anything over $50 for a Lego set sounds expensive, so don't ask her. ;)
Since i part out sets (sell the minifigs and usually i get all the bricks for free or at really low cost) i can only recommend to do the same! For example i've parted out three Republic Frigates when they where new on the market (sold the minifigs plus some rare parts like the grey panels and ended up at paying zero!),each of the sets had about 100parts i could use for the MF! I know it's time consuming,but i guess that i collected about 2000pieces (for free) for the MF that way!
I did consider trying to work out what the piece overlap with the UCS falcon was - how many more parts would you need to be able to build either one or the other. Anyone else looked at that?
Forgive me for this maybe being slightly off-topic, but...
The rather high prices discussed here are kind of alarming! Whether you get a used set, go the bricklink route, or pony up for a MIB set, all the prices are much higher than the kit originally cost. And this was on sale at one point, was it not from TLG? What was the lowest price this set could have been bought at in a shiny brand new box from Lego? $400?
I have decided my approach to discontinued kits of this type that soar in value is to simply say "too bad, I missed that one" and wait for the next big thing from Lego to capture my interest. Buy new, when the sets are still in production. That's the lesson learned.
However, if there was 1 set I might make an exception for, it would be this one! I actually saw this set displayed at a Lego store during my Dark Ages. It was astounding! It is just gigantic. I also remember the cost of $499 as being shocking. At the time I didn't know Lego made kits that big and that expensive.
If only I had the wisdom at the time to buy one! And if only I could have seen my future regained interest in Lego!
If I only had known! Today I still have 3000 pieces left.. but I do own the grey boat rigging and the radar dish. So have there been any updates regarding the levers? Recently a bricklink seller reported having them available but he charges about €2 per lever! That would be 120€ for a handful of levers...
Contemplated the BL route but having done that for many MOC's I knew the effort that it would require.
Anyway getting back on topic, and a question asked by @gmpirate and @jadeirene in March this year I noticed a partially finished BL version on ebay (description said 90% complete) and the pictures showed the dish and rigging in place. Thought about it for a bit and on the way home from work I decided to email the seller and offer him £400 for it. Got home and it had ended, looked like a buy it now had been added and it had gone for £350. GUTTED again.
A few weeks later I see the same seller had another up for sale. Turns out it was the same one (don't know if he had a non payer or what) but this time he had sourced the remaining pieces, so apart from the stickers and instructions was now complete. He even added C3-PO and R2-D2 that aren't in the set (but I was missing from 8092 Luke's Landspeeder). Anyway I pondered it for about 10mins then did it. Then all the doubts set in, is it real, has someone hijacked an ebay account, am I an idiot, turns out not. 4 days later it arrives it work (have to have it delivered there to hide it from the wife). Check out the contents and sure enough it is all there, but even more surprising is the fact that all the parts were brand new, none faded, scatched or damaged.
So the moral here is 1- patience and 2- there are decent honest sellers out there, they could easily have sold this for much more and said it was an official set and somebody would have bought it.
Don't get me wrong £450 is still a lot of money for a Lego set and I am well aware that I am lucky enough to be in a position to spent that sort of money, but I thought £450 for this set in this market, when most are selling for around £1000 (one even sold for £3000 recently,1st ed MISB) was a great coop for me at least.
Now has anybody BL'ed 10143 Death Star II as these seem to be selling for silly money lately.
How much and how hard it really is to get everything, I don't know, but it doesn't seem like it should be too hard, I don't see anything really special or unique there.
That being said, if you end up spending around $600 to BL it, why not just buy a new copy for $900 or a used copy for $750? Those copies will come with the box and instructions, which have value, and you don't risk missing a few critical parts.
Just my thoughts... of course I have yet to BL a big set, so I really don't know.
Are there services that will do all the leg work of finding and sourcing the parts for you? I could imagine paying a premium for the kind of service that goes and buys up all the parts for you, collects it all, confirms it all, and then drop ships it to you. For a fee of course.
Maybe what you are looking for is a completed set without the box or instructions. There you would save money.
I wish you luck on the 4200+ more pieces to collect, lol!
Funny thing is that I can't even start building it.. I am lacking some of the weird technic bricks. I'll have to call TLG for those, BL doesn't have them in large quantities..