The LEGO UCS Millennium Falcon (10179) has been the holy grail for LEGO collectors all over the world (and even some Star Wars ones) ever since the set retired in 2009.
I remember that it had a hefty price tag back then USD$499.90 which translated to be about SGD$899.90 here in Singapore. To be honest, I balked at the price and literally said “who the heck would pay 900 dollars for plastic??” to my friend standing next to me.
Oh how would I love to have a time machine right now.
Fast forward to today, a good seven years later and we have been teased and trolled so many times since then on a possible re-issue of this now elusive set.
But I feel that next year might just be the one where we will be able to buy our very own Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon for the first time (for those who haven’t got one already!).
LEGO has actually had a “Legends” line back in 2001-2004 where they would re-release retired sets from old. They did not continue the line but they have been carrying on the trend of re-issues over the last couple of years with various sets like the Winter Toy Shop (10199) in 2009 and (10249) in 2015 and most notably The Death Star (10188) in 2008 and (75159) in 2016.
This is especially prevalent in the LEGO Star Wars line with multiple re-releases on most of their vehicles. Did you know that there have been a total of four different regular sized Millennium Falcon and five different X-wing sets produced so far since LEGO acquired the Star Wars license from Lucasfilm?
Unless you’ve been living in a Sarlacc pit for the past few years, the issue with clone bricks has been a thorn in LEGO’s side for a while.
It started small with just minifigures being copied but then the companies got bolder and started producing large scale sets that have been retired by LEGO.
This whole case with the clone bricks companies has sent a clear signal to The LEGO Group that there is still a market for these EOL (End of Line) sets as a whole new generation of LEGO fans have emerged and would definitely like to have these sets as part of their collection.
While everyone moan and groaned as to why we are getting an almost carbon copy of the JUST retired LEGO Death Star (10188) set, I was a little intrigued at the image on the bottom left corner of the front box.
It was a silhouette of our favourite YT-1300 light freighter just lurking in the background of 2016’s most notable set re-issue. Is it a hint of things to come? Some would definitely like to think so.
A little obscure B-grade science fiction film title “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” debut at the cinemas in 1977. Thirty years later, after acquiring the exclusive Star Wars license to produce brick toys, The LEGO Group released the Ultimate Collector’s Series Star Wars Millennium Falcon (10179) set as part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations of Star Wars.
So take a quick guess what next year is? That’s right, it is 2017 and it will be the 40th Anniversary of the global phenomenon, Star Wars. Needless to say that Disney and LEGO should be rolling out LEGO sets to celebrate the Anniversary so it would not be a stretch that the UCS Millennium Falcon or some form of it might make an appearance next year.
So there you have it. My somewhat hopeful reasoning as to why we may just see an official LEGO UCS Millennium Falcon adorn the shelves of the LEGO Brand Retail/Certified Stores once again.
There has been some chatter about this re-issues in the forums but nothing concrete yet. I would like to believe that a re-issue would actually do The LEGO Group a great service as it does show to us that LEGO is listening to our feedback. I’ve talked to a few Lepin buyers and their main gripe is that they find it too much to fork out $6,000 for an MISB (10179).
Do share with us your thoughts as we would love to hear what you might want to see for the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars!
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