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They could make everything a bit bigger, add more trees/taps.
For me, the five most probable candidates for Master Builder Series sets are these:
I think they each provide opportunities for appealing minifigures and would be suited to scaling down. Echo Base seems likely too, albeit not perhaps for a few more years.
- Jedi Temple
- Petranaki Arena
- Base One (Yavin IV)
- Jabba's Palace
- Endor Shield Bunker
Hopefully a Petranaki Arena segment isn’t too much of a stretch considering TLG know the popularity of a key vehicle from Episode II.
And maybe a brick built sofa for Family Guy fans :D
I think it's a beautifully made recreation of a ship I know practically nothing about. So I can't really comment, except that I would never have thought it wouldn't have covered sides. Seems a bit unfinished. But that's just my impression.
I don't think the designers could have done anything else but what we have here, based on the brief of a UCS ship requiring 2k+ bricks and focussing on the ship, not the 'playset and minifig' aspect. It certainly matches over UCS ships like the Y-Wing and X-Wing in that regard.
I hope it sells though - nobody wants a high profile, publicly chosen model to fail. It would bode badly for anything else they might do in a similar vein (like the scale of a 90th anniversary set, for instance).
“Additionally, the doors cannot close completely against the fuselage because their angles are inaccurate, unfortunately.”
which makes me think they do close, but leaves this a bit vague. If they do close, it seems odd I haven’t seen a picture of them closed.
Unfortunately, the shaping of the fuselage and the integration of click hinges on these doors, with set positions, prevents the doors from closing perfectly against the bodywork. The designer has therefore included horizontal plates on the top of the doors, which are not present on the original vehicle. This is probably the weakest aspect of the set, for me.
However, I also wonder whether the confusions stems in part from people forgetting that the doors only cover the rear section of the troop compartment during the movies.
I don't even especially like the PT, the design of clone troopers or that ship especially, but having looked back at past renditions of the model, its making me really want an updated version (but complete with two pilots and a stack of clones, obvs). Any big troop carrier is gonna be pretty cool, but the troops make up an essential part of that coolness.
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The Falcon is 37 meters, the Republic Transport is 18 meters, and the Automated Remote Retrieval Spaceship is 20 meters - so it should fit right in as a true-minifig sized ship.
Looks like LEGO is zero-for-two on PT UCS sets...
I personally remember the Republic Gunship as having the door configuration from the new UCS design, with a troop floor and open bays on either side, because that’s how many of the units flew into battle on Geonosis, particularly the heroes’ ship (rather than being fully enclosed). It is frustrating that there’s a horizontal top to the closed doors but it’s plausible some modding could add some more curves to blend into the rest of the bodywork. To be honest troop bay doors are not what I was focusing on initially but they seem extremely important to many. I was expecting the big price tag, general disinterest in the PT or display space to be the main issues, rather than most of the design choices also brought up.
*Sigh* guess I’ll prepare for another OT UCS X-Wing or TIE I probably won’t buy if there’s not enough interest in the UCS Gunship - and by proxy any other PT UCS. (Be interesting to think if TLG would ever consider UCS ST sets, but I doubt it for the foreseeable future - most of the vehicles are OT vehicles anyway). There’s still the potential Autumn 2021 huge UCS that’s been mooted/allegedly leaked multiple times at least!
I have to agree with @The_Rancor concerning the reaction to the Republic Gunship. I thought some hesitancy about the Prequel Trilogy was probable and the poor minifigure selection was certain to become contentious*.
However, issues surrounding the scale are bewildering. The existing LEGO renditions of the Republic Gunship are already slightly bigger than minifigure-scale and I would anticipate an Ultimate Collector Series design increasing the scale further, as normal. Having said that, this response has somewhat reinforced a belief that I already held, about people disliking models above minifigure-scale where the pilots or occupants should be clearly visible. Speeder Bikes and similar vessels might encounter the same reaction.
*The issues concerning minifigures are particularly frustrating because the designers should have anticipated the fan reaction. I completely understand excluding Cody, since many people would justifiably complain about his exclusivity in an expensive set, but Jedi Bob should have been included. That alone would have softened the 'controversy' about LEGO seeming to ignore the fan suggestions.
Another simple solution would be for LEGO to issue a press release, confirming their recognition that many LEGO Star Wars fans would like a Phase II Commander Cody minifigure and explaining their reasons for omitting him from #75309 Republic Gunship.
And, yes, my logical brain can find many things to complain about in SW, but I still love it :)
Edit: oh and the Sandcrawler.
The onscreen Republic Gunship measures either 17.40 or 17.69 metres in length, dependent on the source. Comparing this with the 34.75 metre-long Millennium Falcon and #75192 Millennium Falcon, that measures 84cm long, a minifigure-scale Republic Gunship would measure approximately 43cm in length.
#75021 Republic Gunship, released during 2013, was 48cm long. That model is therefore already larger than minifigure-scale, although not noticeably so.
Saying that, I'm surprised that both TBB and Brickset don't mention how crap the doors are, both in design (that flat ridge across the top) and in execution (they just don't close/fit properly). I'm assuming that the movie design doesn't have the 'front' doors at all rather than them just not being closed whenever we see it in shot? I'm dubious of that, but as I'm not a PT aficionado I'll not argue the point.
I agree with @The_Rancor that some voters expectations about what they'd get would never match what a UCS model would ever be. And there are the PT fans that would vote for any UCS set - just because there have been so few of them.
I truthfully voted for the Nebulon B, knowing the scale would need to be tinkered to make a UCS set, but the shape and role in the films interested me (plus no official Lego renditions).
However that blew up in my face because if I remember right the first Nebulon B model ever by TLG was almost immediately released as a North American exclusive.
If I had to put my choices in order the Gunship would’ve been a very close second (I am planning to purchase/find display space) and the Tie Bomber a very distant last.
Now I’m off to read Rex’s article on the front page! ;)