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    • Deadfraggle

      Welcome to the 2nd edition of the Best of Brick Classifieds - Weekly Deals. This week features 10 great deals from trusted vendors, including 2 listings for new, sealed  bag, open box sets. Open box sets often provide outstanding value to collectors looking for their favorite set. This week's deals include some of the best available online pricing and represent popular themes including:
      Creator and Creator Modular Buildings
      Star Wars and Star Wars UCS
      DC Super Heroes
      LEGO Creator Town Hall #10224 by FlipBricks $499 + free shipping
      LEGO DC Superheroes Superman vs. Power Armor Lex #6862 by Everything is Awesome $17.99 + 6.95 shipping
      LEGO Ninjago Ultra Sonic Raider #9449 by 7777s Dragon Bricks (new, sealed bags, no box) $82 + free shipping
      LEGO Creator 3-in-1Family House #31012 by LOCO4LEGO $80 + free shipping
      LEGO Star Wars UCS Super Star Destroyer #10221 by Creature Shop (new, sealed bags, open box) $875 + free global shipping
      LEGO Friends Heartlake Vet #3188 by Miillers Toy Box $100 + $10 shipping
      LEGO City Train Station #7937 by Everything is Awesome $59.99 + $11.95 shipping
      LEGO DC Superheroes The Batcave 10 set lot + DVD Combo by The Hidden Brick $355 + $16.95 shipping
      LEGO Star Wars Jabba's Palace + Rancor Pit Combo Lot #9516 + #75005 by BRICKS4FUN $229.99 + $18 shipping
      LEGO Maersk Train #10219 by Little Shop of Horrors $240.00 + $18 shipping

    • thoroakenfelder
      For decades, the problem with collectible toys has been degradation of the materials. For most toys made in the past 40 years or more the main component is ABS plastic. ABS plastic breaks down and changes color as it ages. This process can be accelerated via exposure to UV rays (sunlight or fluorescent bulbs), Heat,  and chemical reaction to other plastics. Most collectors have fought a losing fight to prevent their lighter colored plastics from turning yellow (or green if there is a blue coloration to the piece.)
      For many years various solutions had been proposed to roll back the scourge of time. Solutions included (but were not limited to) a good scrub, bleach, Denture cleaner, fine grit sandpaper and oxy-clean. I personally tried many of these solutions to debunk their effectiveness. While a good scrub can clean away surface dirt or even yellowing caused by smoking, it is only a surface approach, and the Denture cleaner makes the item minty. I found bleach to be ineffective and potentially harmful to the plastic if left on for too long. I was experimenting with action figures, so sanding them was impractical for many reasons, not just the amount of time and effort involved. Oxy-clean appeared to have no greater effect than a good scrub until I came back to the figures months later and found that it had promoted yellowing making them worse than ever before. I also tried coating them in Baking Soda to no change.
      So far, I felt that I had done a good job disproving the myths about bringing toys back to their original brilliance. One day, someone posted about a Transformers collector in Britain using Hydrogen Peroxide and sunlight to de-yellow their toys. This sounded crazy to me, considering that the sun was the major enemy of this plastic.
      Common Hydrogen Peroxide, found in any health and beauty section of any grocery store in the world, was used inside a sealed glass container with the affected items. Hydrogen Peroxide can also be found at beauty supply stores in more concentrated formulation, and I even ordered a much stronger version from the internet one time. (I believe that they have since limited the potency that can be bought due to some terrorist bombings.)
      I attempted to test the theory first by leaving my figures inside in a jar full of H2o2 without direct exposure to light. After a couple days, I could see no difference. So, I followed the procedure of setting the jar outside on a sunny day. After 12 hours the whites were whiter. Stronger potency Peroxide is more effective in both time and brightening. I am not a chemist, so I cannot explain how the plastic breaks down or how the H2O2 breaks down, or why that would leach the bad chemicals out of the plastic.
      What I can tell you is that the experiment did not end there. Was this a permanent solution to the problem? Literally, only time would tell. So, I took my experimental figures and threw them into a closed box and stashed that in a temperature controlled room for several years. Every once in a while I would revisit them. What I found didn't necessarily shock me, but it did sadden me. The pieces had begun to yellow again. Not to their previous levels, but noticeably yellower than after their initial treatment. This treatment was a stop gap, not a solution.
      Why is this a topic for a reselling forum? Well, for people who resell LEGO pieces, they may have heard of the Peroxide solution previously. They may have even used it to make older pieces presentable. A yellowed piece is much less desirable than a clean white piece. What will happen though is that piece will continue degrading under the surface. That degradation will start to show again. Instead of decades of displayability for a new piece, you are going to give the end user only a few years. I guess it comes down to the morality of attempting to use this solution to gain an extra little bit vs providing your customers with a happy long term buying experience. One might liken it to a used car salesman putting something into the engine to deaden the sound of knocking. Others might think of it purely as restoration
      To view my original experiment and the subsequent discussion from 2008 You can look here.
      In short here are the pictures from my initial test with 3% H2o2:
      6 years after:

      (Note: If you are going to try this, watch out for it spilling on your skin. Especially if you get a stronger solution)

    • Poly 30286
      Hello. My name is Elaine, and I am a Lego addict. I have often said this in jest, but I’ve started to realize that it is not a joke. I woke up this morning, and the first thing I did was check Brick Picker for the deals buzz. As soon as I had put the kids on the bus, I started planning my buy of the day. Since I went to see “The Force Awakens” (again) last night, I was feeling like I needed some more Star Wars sets. I took to the web, and made a plan to go to TRU (since it was Thursday) to buy a First Order Tie Fighter, using the Walmart price (20% off) plus another 10% through TRUTH and 8% back in rewards. It was only 9 am. I spent the next hour itching to buy as my local Toys R Us opens at 10 am. I even considered settling for price match plus 5% off using my Red Card at Target because they were already open. I didn't used to be like this…
      I am a collector. I still have 90% of the sets from my youth, and I started collecting again around 2010ish. For several years it was buying a modular for my birthday and lots of sets for the kids. It wasn't until a snafu with the Town Hall that things started to turn ugly. It was October 22nd, 2014. I had a lovely birthday dinner and decided that I would buy a Town Hall as my present. I already had a Fire Brigade, Grand Emporium, and a Pet Shop. I had briefly flirted with the idea of buying a Green Grocer long after it went EOL, but decided that $500 for NISB was too much to spend. (This was some time before the Town Hall incident, but it was what first enlightened me to the existence of the Lego reseller market.) Needless to say, when I went to my local Lego Store that day, I was dealt a crushing blow. I could not understand. I was buying each modular in order, I should have had plenty of time to buy the Town Hall, but it was gone. I was heartbroken. I was devastated. I was desperate. At first, I was ready to scrap the whole idea of my Lego city. It seemed pointless to not have all of them (or at least all of the ones released since I had started collecting modulars). I was still secretly pining for a Green Grocer, and to miss out on the Town Hall too was too much to bear. Within a couple of weeks of calling and searching stores and coming up empty, I bought one on eBay for 50% over RRP. I justified it saying that if I did find one in the wild for RRP, I could always resell that one to break even or better. For a little while, I was content, but it didn't last...
      Fast forward to March of 2015. It was my anniversary. There was an hour wait at the restaurant, so we went to the Lego Store. It was double VIP and I was determined not to let another modular pass me by, so I bought myself current, and had a lovely dinner. The next day, I was feeling guilty about spending so much, and I came up with the perfect plan. I would buy two of every Lego set I liked, build one, sell the other when it hit 2x RRP. Perfect! I immediately pulled $2k out of a never-touched savings account (because bank interest is a joke anyway) and had the most satisfying Lego spree I had ever experienced. I felt so powerful and successful with every package that arrived. It was incredible. I wish I could have stayed up there forever…
      Within a few months, (but just over 90 days), the reality of what I had done started to sink in. After that first $2k, I spent at least another $1k acquiring discontinued sets via eBay and craigslist, and probably $1k buying new releases because I was still flying high and I had 5,000+ VIP points to burn. For those of you who roll big, I will put this in perspective for you: $2000 is my entire monthly spending budget for utilities, food, etc. I spent 2 months of my household budget on toys. I panicked. I couldn't return anything. I couldn't break even through selling because everything was still readily available. I watched my stocks drop at sickening rates. I wanted to take it all back, but I had gone too far. All I could do was wait and see…
      It was the release of Lego Dimensions that brought me to the Brick Picker forums. My stocks were still junk (TB, ToO, EV, PS, PC, Simpson House…), but my buying had calmed down some. I started watching the Daily Deals. I started hiding purchases from my family. I started getting carried away again. I started bargaining with myself. If I didn't buy a coffee for a week or if I put off a haircut or if I returned some other nonessential item, how much could I spend on Lego instead? I started exchanging my “investment” sets for things I wanted to build. The lowest point was when I returned some sets that I had bought at discount, for full exchange value, to get my husband a Red Five for Christmas. I took a few weeks off after that...
      I used to have other interests. I used to have a modest savings account. I still have a roof over my head and my kids are well fed, but all I see are Lego. I want to know why I got this way. I can rationalize any purchase. “It helps me relax” “I had a coupon” “I had extra money this month” “But I need to have ALL of them!” (I tell my husband that I would have been a great Pokemon trainer). Sometimes I get mad at TLG. Sometimes I blame the QFLL. Sometimes I blame the AFOL trying to reclaim a happy childhood build. The truth is, I can only blame myself for getting so caught up in a hobby that I really can't afford…
      This morning, while I was planning my hunt, I came upon the “why did you start?” thread. The story is slightly different, but it's really all the same. “One time_____ and then I was hooked”. I can't decide if it's genius or predatory, either way, Lego is like a drug, and we are all pushers or addicts. I have 2 Tumblers in my trunk...


    • Veegs
      So, you've stumbled across brickpicker.com and are overwhelmed by the number of different threads, blogs and sets. First, welcome to this community. Lots of users will happily welcome you, others, maybe no so much. Especially if you populate different threads with a variation on 'what should I buy' or 'is this a good set to invest in'? 
      I'd argue both of these questions (other than gifs and sarcastic rejoinders) form the basis of every single thread, so instead of asking about a particular set, check out the thread dedicated to that set and start at the beginning. I can almost guarantee that some posters like it (some will even give logical reasons why) as an investment and some posters don't (also, sometimes logical). It is your job to weigh these pros and cons and decide where your opinion rests. You, of course, are free to post questions like the two mentioned above, but the answer will probably just be rehash of things already mentioned in the thread earlier. That, and forum members may be slightly less inclined to be helpful if they feel you posted it because you are too lazy to go back and read the whole thread. They might even be sarcastic/mean about it.
      A tidbit of Advice
      If you've read the thread and still want advice, at least try to be specific. Perhaps state the price and quantity you are considering and your ideal hold time. I bet a post that asks a question in this manner will be much better received.
      I know I'd probably answer this question with a little more insight and help than I would otherwise offer.
      Now, that is for a single set which has a dedicated thread. What if you are a new investor/collector/browser or Lego aficionado and you want to ask about several sets at once? I offer you this, a shopping list of what you should be buying today (according to me). I am looking for these same sets for one reason: they are either sold out or retired from either the Europe or North America shop at home and I believe they aren't coming back. I also believe that they have some potential, and carry a very low risk because they are becoming harder to find at MSRP or on sale anywhere. That isn't to say they can't be found – some might be found quite online still, depending on your market. Others might be in store only, so this shopping list is a handy thing to check when out with the family browsing retailers and trying to kill time.
      Veegs' Awesome Quick Guide of the Best Hopefully Soon to be Officially Retired or Already Retired in Some Markets Lego Shopping List. (Items may come back into stock. Not an official guarantee. Veegs is not responsible for your investment choices. Success rate may vary wildly.)
      Architecture: A nice range for all budgets! This line is one of my favorites, and I think the new Cityscapes, while neat, aren't as desirable as the standalone sets, which will hopefully push demand for older sets. Availability in Canada isn't great, but I think Barnes and Noble in the US still have some of these (your area may vary). No clue about Europe or other markets, but I'd keep my eyes peeled for any of these.

      Imperial Hotel 21017 Villa Savoye 21014 United Nations Headquarters 21018 Bradenburg Gate 21011 Leaning Tower of Pisa 21015 Seattle Space Needle 21003 At this point, I'm a buyer of any/all of these at MSRP
      CITY: Quite a few City sets qualify for my list, but these are two I particularly like. The Ice Breaker was a Toys R Us exclusive (at least in Canada) and boats are, in short, awesome. The Snowplow is pretty cool, and there is no remake (yet) on the horizon. Could this be the next Logging Truck? (I bought a lot of them...still not enough) Unique City sets often do well, and despite the constant police/fire sets, the themes overall CAGR% is rock solid, so there is money to be made on this theme with the right sets. I'd include Coast Guard Patrol 60014, too, if you can still find it.

      Arctic Ice Breaker 60062 Snowplow Truck 60083 Disney Princess: I am a huge Princess fan. I think this theme is on the cusp of doing some great things for investors, and have a separate blog in progress. For now, though, I think this is the best pick of the four that meet the sold out/retired criteria. Only Rapunzel set so far (minus a 2014 polybag) and a massive fan base (including my daughter). Disney toy collectors are out there (my daughter watches so many Disney un-boxing videos and such...I experience it first hand) and I doubt we're getting another Rapunzel set anytime soon or a remake – rumors have Belle coming this summer. I love this set.

      Rapunzel's Creativity Tower 41054 Friends: Quite a few others on the sold out/retired list but I gravitate towards these two. The Mall is a good anchor set for any town, and the last large Friends set to retire (Riding Camp) did well. I think this will do just fine in 12-18 months. I opted for the Beach House over a couple other mid-sized sets because Heartlake seems to have a boatload of stores but not that many houses. The new Emma's House and Livi's Mansion (although the mansion seems smaller than Emma's house?) bring some balance, but I think this set is one folks will pay double MSRP for to add to their collection.

      Heartlake Shopping Mall 41058 Stephanie's Beach House 41037 Ideas: Gorgeous set, and the growth in the European market has me believing in this set more every day. From the dedicated thread for this set I know folks are still able to find this in North America and use coupons or other magic to get it on sale. Your skill level and experience may dictate that, but I still think it is a great set at MSRP.

      Birds 21301 Pirates: Short run for a theme, and this is the flagship of the line. Still floating around at MSRP in Canada, but plenty got in on sale recently. I suspect if it is available around you, you can probably wait and get it on sale. Unlike others on this list, I'd prefer this at least 20% off before going nuts.

      The Brick Bounty 70413 Marvel: I was going to include Guardians of the Galaxy but I've already discussed those sets here:
      Ant-Man is growing like Wolverine's Chopper Showdown did and should be sought out in your region and purchased. Easy to store and probably easy to ship, great set for a brand new investor to track down and buy. Check recent sold listings on eBay to see what I'm talking about!

      Ant-Man Final Battle 76039 Star Wars: These will be the hardest to find, even at full retail price. In case you didn't know, a new Star Wars movie came out in December 2015!!! There are a few others I'd throw on this list, too, but I think these four are the best of the recently sold out/retired lot. At least in the North American market.

      Imperial Star Destroyer 75055 AT-AT 75054 MTT 75058 Mos Eisley Cantina 75052 The Hobbit: Stragglers are still out there from the third wave. It had the shortest run that I can remember from any/all of the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit waves and scarcity drives demand. Impressive sold listings for Lonely Mountain and Mirkwood Elves so I'd snap up remaining stock of this final wave. Unlikely to ever be made again and a huge fan base, coupled with the fact that there are no decent Medieval sets on the horizon (I'm not counting Nexo Knights, people!)
      There are many other sets that fit my criteria (sold out or retired in at least one market) but I think these are your best bets, even at MSRP. That being said, I happily nabbed plenty of sets not on this list but at a discount. Obviously, if the set is sold out/retired and you can get it for clearance prices, you probably don't need me to tell you to consider it (unless it is Ninjago, The Lego Movie or Chima, then consider longer...still might not be a great buy in) and probably nab it. Remember items marked clearance probably won't be in that store when you come back, so don't hesitate too long. Do a quick check of Brickpicker values or a scan of recent sold items on eBay, and if you see it trading significantly above the clearance price I'd probably advise pulling out the plastic and buying.
      Also, as per my exclusives 2016 article, no need for a new investor to start throwing money at exclusives!

      I doubt we're getting a surprise winter/spring retirement of a bunch of huge sets (sarcasm – I expect zero, maybe one Star Wars set around May the 4th) so put your money into sets that are already primed for post-EOL growth. Probably the safest place to put cash, and you can get your feet wet selling some of the sets on this list tomorrow (Ant Man, for example) or in a few months. I daresay all of the sets on my list will be able to be sold for a decent profit in 9-10 months. Low risk, short hold time (if needed, most will benefit from longer holds before plateauing but nothing wrong with cashing out sometimes) and good to great upside. Winner, winner, buy BigBlueDogBricks a chicken dinner.
      All photos courtesy of brickpicker.com, opted for one per theme discussed otherwise I felt it would be a little too picture-happy.
      Happy Hunting,

    • Fcbarcelona101
      Welcome to Week 3 of the Top 10 Best Selling LEGO sets as listed by LEGO S@H.
      How does this Blog work?
      While the LEGO Shop at Home best sellers list is updated weekly, we will be updating it every Wednesday. The list includes only sets. Minifigures, keychains, Pick a Brick and other products are excluded. If not enough sets are listed on the S@H Best Sellers page, the weekly entry could be shorter than 10 sets. I will comment only on those sets that are new to the list, or that for whatever reason may stand out on a particular week. For example, if a set has been on the list for 10 weeks in a row, then it may warrant a comment or two. I am keeping an Excel spreadsheet with each set that appears on the list, its weekly placing (if any) and the total number of weeks that it has been on the list. I will try to publish it for the first time in one of the next few entries. For now, this is a US based best sellers list. I am still trying to figure out how to do other regions. Pretty simple!
      Note for this week: The Top 25 Sellers page in LEGO S@H is filled with non-sets this week. As a result, this week's list will be shorter; there are just not enough sets to fill a complete Top 10.
      Now that we got that out of the way, let's take a look at this week's Top 10.
      Top 10 (7!) Best Selling Sets (LEGO S@H)
      #1: 40201 Valentines Cupid Dog - Previous Week: #1 - Buy Now! 

      #2: 10251 Brick Bank - Previous Week: #2 - Buy Now!

      #3: 75827 Firehouse Headquarters - Previous Week: #3 - Buy Now!

      #4: 75105 Millennium Falcon - Previous Week: #4 - Buy Now!

      #5: 75102 Poe's X-Wing - Previous Week: #7 - Buy Now!

      #6: 31027 Blue Racer - Previous Week: N/A - Buy Now!
      So, this one is a surprise. I truly can't figure out why these small Creator set managed to make it to the list this week. Sure, it is a nice little model for only $5, but unless people are buying it along with a larger set I really don't see why it is so popular. Especially online!

      #7: 60036 Arctic Base Camp - Previous Week: N/A - Buy Now!

      The Arctic Base Camp is the larger (by piece count) of the CITY Arctic themed sets, so it isn't really a surprise to see it on the list considering LEGO slapped a 30% discount on it. This set, along with the Icebreaker ship, received pretty good praise from some forum members as well.
      Well, this week was a short one! Not really that many movers in the Top 5!
      As always, feel free to leave your views and suggestions in the comments section below!
      Thanks for reading.

    • jaisonline
      Note: spoilers are included within this article
      Season 2.5 Details
      Lego Rebels fans can tune to Disney (or one of the many mobile device apps) tomorrow evening (Jan. 20) to watch the first of ten new episodes.  We have interesting story-lines ahead that will not only please regular viewers but should inject renewed investing focus into this Star Wars Lego sub-theme. 
      All 10 episode titles and synopsis were published online yesterday but has been removed due to possibly being fake (see tweet below)
      Known Details as of Jan 19
      Vader returns and is voiced again by James Earl Jones. A dual between Vader and Ahsoka Tano is 99% certain.  Note: It was first reported on Brickpicker.com before other web sites the upcoming Lego Darth Vader Tie Fighter set is Rebels-based. Kanan, Ahsoka and Ezra travel to a Sith Temple. Expect at least one additional Inquisitor to be introduced. Yoda makes a cameo. Ezra holds a cross-guard Lightsaber similar to the one Klyo Ren used in the film. Hera and her Twi'lek father, Cham Syndulla reunite. A teenage Princess Leia is introduced. Jedi Temple Guards appear. Rumored backgrounds of Zeb and Sabine (Mandalorians) are explored. 1 episode for each character is predicted. Holocrons return.  
      Lego Investment Growth
      Lego Rebels debuted in 2014 with additional sets introduced last year.  More information about the line can be seen by clicking the link below.
      According to @Jeff Mack and @Ed Mack 's current price guide, Rebel sets are averaging a +19.34% growth from Nov. to Dec. 2015. This is most likely due to sets retiring, becoming harder to locate at retail and being part of general Star Wars demand (The Force Awakens film).  If we remove the latest set produced (75106 : Imperial Assault Carrier from Summer 2015), the growth increases to +22.67%.  I believe this 1 month growth demonstrates strong secondary buyer demand for Lego Rebels regardless of the holiday season.   This theme seems to be clicking with both KFOLs and AFOLs.

      Check-out Lego.com and Amazon.com for in-stock Lego Rebels sets.
      http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=jfOcdvfTNg4&subid;=&offerid=115554.1&type=10&tmpid=2294&RD_PARM1= http://search-en.lego.com/?q=Rebels&cc=US
      Season 2's Mid-Season trailer can be viewed below for additional goodness and be sure to participate in the Rebels topic.
      Forum topic link =


    • justapilgrim
      "The sky is falling!!" USPS to raise shipping rates as much as 25%
      Unless you are completely new to the selling side of Lego investing, you have probably heard that the United States Postal Service is increasing shipping rates. There are plenty of articles and news stories documenting why they are doing this, and that is not what this blog entry is for. There are even plenty of news articles that will help the eBay sellers navigate the new fee structure for shipping, a decent summary can be found HERE I had been meaning to make a post about this topic earlier in time for the Christmas rush, but I figured that with this news, it would fit in nicely with our new Blog/News series that Brickpicker has been developing.
      How to "win" at shipping
      The difference in a successful Lego investor/seller and one that is just scraping by with small margins can be as simple as understanding your shipping options, and ways to save money.
      If you use the USPS for your primary shipping option, use their free shipping supplies. Looking at their website, the USPS offers 73 different options of free shipping supplies  It always makes me wonder when fellow brickpickers post their deals on Staples boxes if they are paying for their boxes and then turning them around and using the USPS services. The Game Board shipping box with outside dimensions: 24-1/16" x 11-7/8" x 3-1/8" is one of my stand by for those medium sized sets. Feel free to "make your own" size, just be sure to use the USPS service. These supplies can be delivered straight to your house at no charge and can be rather convenient. This goes with the first post, but know your box sizes and know your flat rate costs. Did you know that an entire set of 9 Mixels fit perfectly in a padded flat rate shipping envelope? These you can ship anywhere in the USA for around $6. Will that set you sell fit in a medium flat rate box? (did you know that there are two versions of this? a flat and a square one?) Know your dimensions, know your sets. You can be overpaying for your shipping without even knowing it. For loose Lego or anything in a polybag, the padded flat rate shipping option is amazing. There are probably options out there that you don't know exist. What is a regional rate box? Do a little of your own research and you may find better options than you are currently using. Make a shipping plan. This is mostly for the eBay sellers, but it's good to have a plan with any time you will be doing shipping. There is nothing more deflating than paying an extra $20 or more to ship to Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico (all in the US) or some other obscure territory that you didn't know existed and is suddenly hot after your Lego sets. I personally ask buyers living those states to ask for a shipping quote (include that in all your listings!!), I will also make a note that I will add an extra $10 or $20 to cover the extra expenses. I am 100% convinced that there are people living in all these remote places that do a lot of their online shopping to take advantage of those that don't know any better. Reuse shipping boxes. This doesn't work if Amazon is your primary selling venue, but if one isn't already doing this, they need to start. Your tumblers just arrive in mint condition? Well, tape that box right back up (after you remove the invoice sheet) and put it into cold storage as is. If you do most of your buying online this should be a no brainer. For the larger sets that I end up building, I break down the large boxes and keep them in the garage. Chances are your local Staples or Walmart doesn't carry a  decent box option in hand for exclusive sized sets, so start building your stash. Use cheaper options, but know their unique tricks too. I live in a small town that doesn't have a FedEx or a UPS store. Scheduling a pickup is an option, but I am a little concerned with theft, and it doesn't usually fit into my schedule. There is a Ma and Pop type shipping place in town that charges $3 to drop off a package. I think I probably left 20 packages there before the lady told me one of their little secrets. A lot of FedEx shipments use both the USPS and FedEx trucks. Look at your label. If there is both a USPS and FedEx barcode on the label, you can just drop off at your nearest post office and pocket your $3. Become the master bundler. If you don't know the maximum weight of your first class package, you probably don't dabble in the small stuff, or are just new to this. Well, it is 13oz. Did you know that a lot of polybags are so light you can fit 5-10 in one first class package? I have found that as my ebay presence has grown, and I have navigated the shipping challenges, I have been able to use that to make more money. For international buyers that are requesting a quote, I always let them know that I can add any small items for little or no extra charge. I have been pleasantly surprised how many will add a few polybags or loose minifigures. They are already paying shipping so they are saving quite a bit buy just adding on to their existing order. One of the things I like most about eBay is the ability to create your own bundle. You may be the only listing with Star Wars and Friends sets. By sending them to the same buyer you can save by shipping them together. Time your auctions accordingly. This is probably most important for the West and East coast sellers, but it is good to know, If I live on the West Coast, time your auctions to end at a decent time for West Coast people, when all the East Coast people and their expensive shipping rates are in bed. This is going to take some trial and error, and will greatly depend on your volume of sales. Once you get into a groove you may be surprised how much you save selling closer to home. This also works with the "or best offer" option. This lets you screen where you send your Lego and give priority to those that live close. I probably left out plenty of other tricks, but this is a good start I think. What did I leave out? What are your secrets?
      *photo credit is from the USPS website, I figure they won't mine if we send them some traffic*

    • Jeff Mack
      Issue 16 of Blocks Magazine is now with subscribers, and will be in shops on Thursday 21st January. Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, and what better way to declare your love than with LEGO? From Valentine’s hearts to brick bouquets, this month’s issue is packed with outside-the-box ideas to make this year’s celebrations a little more special.
      Elsewhere, we dive into our ‘Build It’ section to show you how to construct your own transforming Optimus Prime model, with step-by-step instructions and a guide to sourcing all the parts you’ll need, and find out how you can recreate long-retired sets without breaking the bank.
      There’s much more besides, as Daniel Konstanski takes us through the history of ramp and pit baseplates, while Simon Pickard investigates how LEGO can save a national heritage site from ruin. It’s all topped off with an exclusive interview with Matt De Lanoy, the man behind one of LEGO Ideas’ fastest-growing projects.
      Get your copy on Thursday in the UK, and why not subscribe to get future copies early and enter monthly free prize draws? See www.blocksmag.com for more details.
      As always, remember to look for and read Ed Macks valuable Brickvesting tips in Blocks Mag. Easily the best part of the magainze

    • Deadfraggle
      The LEGO Group has developed numerous Star Wars sets over the past 16 years, but the most coveted, and generally most valuable, are those with the Ultimate Collector's Series (UCS) label. What exactly, defines the term Ultimate Collector's Series?
      Brickipedia provides this definition:
      "The Ultimate Collector's Series, or UCS, is a sub-theme of sets. UCS sets are meant to be more detailed and aimed at older builders. These sets do not generally include Minifigures, but since 2007, most have included at least one. Most are also not designed to scale with Minifigures, though there are some cases (such as 10195 Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker) where the set is completely to scale. Ultimate Collector's Series sets tend to be larger, and more expensive than typical sets. Commonly, Ultimate Collector's Series sets were given a five-digit (10xxx) product number until 2014."
      Recent discussion among Brick Pickers regarding the Ultimate Collector's Series sets peaked my interest.  I read differing opinions about which sets hold the UCS designation, which sets should/shouldn't hold the UCS designation, and which UCS sets will gain the most value after they are EOL. After reading through a lengthy forum discussion, I was left with many questions, including:
      How does a collector know if a set is part of the Ultimate Collector's Series line-up? Does The LEGO Group maintain an official list of Ultimate Collector's Series sets? Is there variation among unofficial Ultimate Collector's Series set lists? Can a "play set" be considered an Ultimate Collector's Series set? Does the LEGO Group typically use special box art for the Ultimate Collector's Series sets? Do all Ultimate Collector's Series sets include a display sticker showcasing characteristics of the model? As a collector, what is the current value of the UCS line-up? Looking at 2016 and beyond, do UCS sets remain a promising LEGO investment? I set out to research these questions, identify any key patterns in the series, and consolidate this information issue for my fellow LEGO Star Wars enthusiasts.
      Initially I examined the Bricklink reference catalog of all 514 Star Wars sets, looking for any sets with a 10XXX set number, or keys words Ultimate Collector's Series/UCS in the set  title. This search yielded 31 possible sets, which are listed in the table below. Using the Brickpicker Ultimate Collector Series Price Guide, I noted 23 sets. Using the Bricklink reference catalog UCS list,I noted 23 sets. Using Brickset Ultimate Collector Series set tags, I identified 27 sets. 3 of these sets are slated for 2016 release. They were added to the 31 sets identified from Bricklink. Using the Brickipedia Ultimate Collector's Series list, I identified 28 sets. Using the 2011 LEGO promotional "Over 10 Years of Ultimate LEGO Star Wars Sets" poster, I noted 21 sets. Using the individual sets' entries on Brickpicker and Bricklink, I examined photos of each set's box art looking for an Ultimate Collector's Series designation and photos of the set looking for an Ultimate Collector's Series sticker. Additional data regarding set launch year, RRP, new and used set values and CAGR pulled from BrickPicker.com on 1/20/2016. DATA TABLE

      After compiling data from the above listed sources, I identified 23 sets which have consensus Ultimate Collector Series designation. These sets are highlighted in green on the data table and set listings below. 8 sets have mixed evidence regarding the UCS designation and are highlighted in yellow on the data table and set listings below. The final 3 sets, highlighted in gray, are slated for release in 2016.  According to Brickset, they are all rumored UCS sets, but their release has not yet been officially announced. Here are some interesting observations and facts:
      UCS box art is the least consistent feature in the series. Only 11 of the 23 UCS sets have this feature. While popular during the first two years of the series, LEGO largely abandoned the practice until reintroducing the gold UCS logo again in 2014. 10019 Rebel Blockade Runner has multiple box designs. I'm not sure if these were planned redesigns similar to the recent Creator boxes or perhaps regional variations. Also note that one box version lists the set as the 10019 Tantive IV. Initially I thought this might be a fake box design, but I was able to find eBay listings with this style box art. The inclusion of a UCS type display sticker is the most consistent feature noted. Only 3 sets - 7194 Yoda, 10018 Darth Maul, and the 75059 Sandcrawler - do not include one. Yoda and Darth Maul are somewhat understandable, as they aren't a typical UCS style model. It's odd that LEGO didn't include a sticker with the 75059 Sandcrawler, when the box clearly shows the gold UCS logo. 10186 General Grievous and 10019 Rebel Blockade Runner include stickers of a slightly different style than the others, and 7191 X-wing's sticker is gold vs blue. LEGO's 2011 promotional poster "Over 10 Years of Ultimate LEGO Star Wars Sets" reflects 21 sets, including the Exclusive sets not typically considered official UCS sets. Of the 24 sets released through 2011, only the 7181 TIE, 7191 X-wing, and 7194 Yoda models are not depicted. This is possibly due to the set numbers deviating from the 10XXX standard LEGO utilized at the time for Exclusive/UCS sets. This aspect has caused the most confusion among collectors. Notice the poster omits the words "Collector's Series" from the title. Was this by design? Some collectors view the promotional poster as a history of all the UCS and Exclusives Star Wars sets released through 2011. Other collectors think inclusion on this poster represents de facto UCS designation. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL
      Ed Mack's 2012 LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector's Series Investment Blog.



      2000: The Original Black Boxes 
      1. 7181 TIE INTERCEPTOR PRICE GUIDE Reviews of LEGO 7181-1: TIE Interceptor
        Build and display this awesome TIE Interceptor!
      This is not your little brother's model. The most advanced TIE fighter of the Imperial Navy becomes the centerpiece for any Star Wars collection. Its intimidating dagger-shaped solar panels are recreated with a precision that would please Darth Vader himself. More than 700 pieces make up this amazingly accurate model, which fits on a durable display stand. But display model with caution. This TIE fighter is so real looking, it's scary, especially for would-be Rebel pilots. Ages 14+. 703 pieces

      The TIE Interceptor was a type of TIE fighter used by the Galactic Empire during the Battle of Endor. It was identifiable by the addition of four arrow-shaped panels, tipped with laser cannons, thereby increasing firepower threefold. The TIE interceptor was created by Sienar Fleet Systems upon realization that the TIE Advanced x1 would be too costly to mass-produce, and was also the Empire's direct response to the Rebel Alliance's introduction of faster starships.

      2. 7191 X-WING FIGHTER PRICE GUIDE Reviews of LEGO 7191-1: X-wing Fighter
        The ultimate X-Wing!
      If you think blasting the Death Star is tough, try building the ultimate X-Wing fighter. With more than 1300 pieces, it is one of the most realistic models in the galaxy. From its engine exhaust ports to the tips of its laser cannons, no detail has been overlooked. Built to perfect scale, the X-Wing has an impressive 20-inch wingspan. Comes with a display stand and detailed spec plate. Ages 14+. 1304 pieces

      X-wing starfighters were a type of starfighter marked by their distinctive S-foils that resembled an 'X' in attack formation. During the Galactic Civil War, the Rebel Alliance used T-65B X-wing starfighters in a number of battles, including the Battle of Yavin and the Battle of Endor. Approximately thirty years later, a different variation of X-wing, the T-70 were used by the    Resistance, whereas a more advanced model, the T-85, was used by the New Republic Starfleet.

      2001: The Black Boxes - A New Hope
      3. 10018 DARTH MAUL PRICE GUIDE Reviews of LEGO 10018-1: Darth Maul
      Darth Maul lives again!
      Darth Maul lives again in this striking bust, perfect for display in your home. The Dark Lord of the Sith makes a menacing model and a great addition to any Star Wars collection. Highly detailed and realistic, this Darth Maul bust stands 1' 5" tall. Ages 14+. 1860 pieces.

      Darth Maul was a male Dathomirian Zabrak Sith Lord who lived during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. Maul was born to Mother Talzin and raised as a Nightbrother on Dathomir, before being taken by Darth Sidious as his apprentice. Maul learned the art of lightsaber combat and took on a dual-bladed lightsaber or "Saber Staff", becoming a weapon to be used against the Jedi Order.

      4. 10019 REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER PRICE GUIDE Ratings and Reviews for 10019-1: Rebel Blockade Runner
      Escape from the Empire in the Rebel Blockade Runner!
      Slipping through an Imperial blockade is almost impossible — unless you're flying the Rebel Blockade Runner! With more than 1700 pieces, this Corellian corvette model is so detailed and realistic you'll be ready to launch your own covert mission against the Empire. Built to scale, the Rebel Blockade Runner measures 28" X 11" x 7" and features LEGO bricks in an all-new color — dark red. Add this amazing model to your classic Star Wars collection. Ages 14+. 1748 pieces

      The CR90 corvette, commonly referred to as the Corellian corvette or the Rebel blockade runner, also known as an Alderaan cruiser, was a small, multi-purpose capital ship manufactured by Corellian Engineering Corporation.  Alliance CR90 corvettes acted as front-line combat ships for the early years of the Galactic Civil War. The ease of acquiring CR90 parts and mechanics made them a good fit for the desperate Rebellion. Its near ubiquity made it a popular choice amongst Rebels, pirates, and smugglers, earning it the nickname "blockade runner" for its ability to slip through Imperial nets.

      2002: The Black Boxes Strike Back
      5. 7194 YODA PRICE GUIDE Reviews of LEGO 7194-1: Yoda

      Yoda was one of the most renowned and powerful Jedi Masters in galactic history. Standing at about 66 cm tall, he was a male member of a mysterious species.He was known for his legendary wisdom, mastery of the Force and skills in lightsaber combat. In service to the galaxy and the Force, Grand Master Yoda spent eight centuries training Jedi. He served as the Grand Master of the Jedi Council in the last centuries of the Galactic Republic and oversaw the Jedi Order before, during and after the devastating Clone Wars. Later, before dying and becoming one with the Force, the exiled Jedi Master was responsible for the instruction of Luke Skywalker who would use Yoda's training to overthrow the Sith.

      6. 10026 SPECIAL EDITION NABOO STARFIGHTER PRICE GUIDE Reviews of LEGO 10026-1: Special Edition Naboo Starfighter

      The Naboo Royal N-1 starfighter, sometimes known simply as the Naboo starfighter, was a starfighter used by the government of Naboo during the late years of the Galactic Republic and early days of the Galactic Empire for defense, patrol, and escort duties. The sleek vessel was manufactured by Theed Palace Space Vessel Engineering Corps, the group responsible for manufacturing Naboo royal starships.

      7. 10030 IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER PRICE GUIDE Reviews of LEGO 10030-1: Imperial Star Destroyer
        Build the most awesome ship in the Star Wars universe!
      The Imperial Star Destroyer is the massively huge, incredibly powerful heart of the Emperor's fleet. Manned by the top crew in the Imperial Navy, the Star Destroyer was heavily armored and bristling with turbolasers and tractor beam projectors. One Star Destroyer alone was enough to strike fear into an entire star system! Now you can add the Imperial Navy's best-known and most powerful ship to your LEGO Star Wars collection! Measuring an impressive 37" by 23", this model dwarfs any LEGO Star Wars ship ever produced. This beautifully designed and one-of-a-kind collector's item comes with a special display stand and collectors card. Also includes an exclusive Rebel Blockade Runner Mini-Model, so you can recreate the opening scenes of Star Wars IV: A New Hope!

      The Imperial-class Star Destroyer, known generally as the Imperial Star Destroyer, was a product line of massive dagger-shaped capital ships of the Imperial Navy and later the Navy of the First Order. It consisted of two variants, the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer and the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer. The Imperial Star Destroyer replaced the smaller Venator-class used by the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars and was generally the Empire's star cruiser of choice.At the height of its power, the Galactic Empire operated over 25,000 of these ships.The distinctive profile of the Imperial-class instilled fear into the soldiers of rebelling factions, and the name of a Star Destroyer could be preceded by the ship prefix ISD (for Imperial Star Destroyer).

      2003: The Blue Boxes
      8. 10129 REBEL SNOWSPEEDER Reviews of LEGO 10129-1: Rebel Snowspeeder
      The Rebel Alliance relied on the power of the snowspeeder in the Battle of Hoth. Now you can create a detailed model of this amazing craft, with this LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series set! This converted T-47 airspeeder features two wing-mounted laser cannons and a rear harpoon cannon. The two-man cockpit features controls that move, plus the model includes a special display stand and collector's card. A great addition to any Star Wars collection! AGES: 14+ PIECES: 1457

      The Incom Corporation T-47 airspeeder was an airspeeder that became famous during the Galactic Civil War for its use by the Alliance to Restore the Republic as a military fighter known as the snowspeeder, especially after its extensive use at Echo Base on Hoth.

      9. 10123 CLOUD CITY PRICE GUIDE Reviews of LEGO 10123-1: Cloud City
        Return to Cloud City™!
      Han Solo™ and Princess Leia™ have journeyed to Cloud City™, only to discover it is an Imperial trap! Now Luke Skywalker™ must challenge Darth Vader™ to try and save his friends!
      More than 25" in length! 7 mini-figures including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Boba Fett™, Stormtrooper™ and the all-new Lando Calrissian™ Four separate play areas including Landing Platform for the Twin Pod Cloud Car™ (sold separately as item #7119) Full Action Play: Blast Luke through the window! Drop Han into the carbonite! Based on one of the most famous locations from the original Star Wars™ trilogy, this set is the perfect addition to your Star Wars collection! Recreate your favorite moments from Star Wars™: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, or create your own thrilling adventures!

      Cloud City was a Tibanna gas mining colony floating in the clouds of the planet Bespin, located in the Anoat sector of the Outer Rim Territories. Under the auspices of Baron Administrator Lando Calrissian, the city attempted to avoid unwanted Imperial attention. Eventually, Imperial forces occupied the station and installed an Imperial Garrison, however after the Emperor's death, the Imperial Garrison located there was abandoned following the events of the Iron Blockade.

      2004 - 2005: The Original Trilogy Boxes
      10. 10134 Y-WING ATTACK STARFIGHTER PRICE GUIDE Ratings and Reviews for 10134-1: Y-wing Attack Starfighter
        Build the ultimate Y-wing Starfighter™!
      Battle the forces of the Empire with the Y-wing starfighter! Named for its unusual shape, the classic fighter-bomber of the Rebel Alliance played a key role in the defeat of both Death Stars and the downfall of the Galactic Empire. Exploding with incredible details, the Ultimate Collector Series Y-wing starfighter carries a pair of nose-mounted lasers, an ion cannon turret and an astromech droid for swift escapes into hyperspace. Featuring a special display stand and collector's card, the UCS Y-wing is a fantastic addition to your ultimate Star Wars™ collection!
      Display stand & collector's card Over 26"/66cm long More than 1,400 pieces
      Y-wing starfighter was a two-seat assault starfighter used during the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War.  Produced by Koensayr Manufacturing, these fighters were a mainstay in the Republic Navy during the Clone Wars. Y-wings were used by Shadow Squadron during the attack on the Separatist heavy cruiser Malevolence. The Rebel Alliance used the Y-wing during the Galactic Civil War against Sheev Palpatine's Empire. The Alliance deployed the starfighter to their hidden fortress, and launched Gold Squadron against the approaching Death Star during the Battle of Yavin

      11. 10131 TIE FIGHTER COLLECTION PRICE GUIDE Reviews of LEGO 10131-1: TIE Fighter Collection
        Unleash the power of the TIE collection!
      The Empire's most feared ships fly again in this special Star Wars collection! Complete set includes 4 models: 2 Imperial TIE Fighters, Darth Vader's TIE Fighter and 1 TIE/d Fighter, plus Darth Vader and Imperial TIE pilot minifigures and Droid Brain. Build your fleet today!
      The TIE/D automated fighter, or droid/drone TIE fighter, was a TIE Series starfighter used by the reborn Emperor Palpatine during his attacks on the New Republic in 10 ABY. The TIE/D automated starfighter took the standard TIE Series command pod with twin ion engines and twin laser cannons, additional armor plating and rectangular wing panels with adjustable pitch were added. Despite their heavier armor, they could actually reach a higher atmospheric speed than the TIE/IN interceptors—overall, they were fast, small, and very expendable

      12. 10143 DEATH STAR II PRICE GUIDE Reviews of LEGO 10143-1: Death Star II
      Construct the galaxy's ultimate battle station!
      'No one who saw the dreaded Death Star in the classic Star Wars films could ever forget it. Now you can build your own to add to your LEGO® Star Wars collection! This incredibly detailed and faithful replica of the Death Star II from Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi will make an awesome addition to any Star Wars collection. The partially constructed Death Star looms in space above the forest moon of Endor, super laser ready to fire. This unique collectable is sure to rank as one of the greatest LEGO Star Wars models ever produced!
      Includes display stand and Imperial Star Destroyer to scale. Measures a full 25 inches (65 cm) high and 19 inches (50 cm) wide (including stand).
      The second Death Star, sometimes referred to as Death Star II, was a massive battle station with enough firepower to destroy an entire planet. Following the Battle of Yavin and the destruction of the original Death Star, the Galactic Empire began construction on a newer and better armed battle station, one more powerful than the original. Before it could be used on the galaxy, it was ultimately destroyed by the Millennium Falcon, a YT-1300 light freighter, after a critical hit on its reactor core.

      13. 10144 SANDCRAWLER PRICE GUIDE Reviews of LEGO 10144-1: Sandcrawler
      Find the droids you're looking for at the Sandcrawler!
      Luke Skywalker's Uncle Owen is shopping for some new droids at the Jawa Sandcrawler. There are plenty to choose from, including R2-D2 and C-3PO. But the Jawas drive a hard bargain and danger is never far away. Recreate this classic scene from Star Wars™: Episode IV A New Hope with this incredibly detailed model!
      Includes a total of 11 minifigures and droids: Uncle Owen Lars, 3 Jawas, R2-D2, C-3PO, R5-D4, R1-G4, ASP droid, gonk droid and Treadwell droid. Remove the center section of the Sandcrawler to reveal the Jawa workshop! Use the crane to load droids into the Sandcrawler! Open the hatch to reveal the inside! Cockpit opens to load a driver! Steering mechanism lets you guide the Jawa vehicle to its next adventure! Measures 15 in/38 cm long, 7.5 in/19 cm wide and 9 in/22 cm high.
      Sandcrawlers were large mobile fortresses used by Jawa scavengers on the desert planet of Tatooine. The vehicles drove on large treaded wheels and functioned as transportation for scavengers, as well as shelter from the harsh desert environment. Sandcrawlers were tall and mostly rectangular, but with a triangular front that held its cockpit. Sandcrawlers were used as part of Jawa scavenging operations and contained large cargo holds captable of holding 1,500 droids at a time. Magnetic suction tubes allowed the Jawas to quickly suck droids and pieces of scrap into the holds. Inside the Sandcrawler the reactor melts the scrap metal and droids.

      2006-2008: The Darth Vader Boxes
      14. 10174 ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S AT-ST Reviews of LEGO 10174-1: Imperial AT-ST
      Construct the ultimate Scout Walker!
      The Imperial AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport), also known as the Scout Walker, carries the Empire’s forces swiftly and efficiently across the ice plains of Hoth and through the dense forests of Endor. Now you can build the ultimate collector’s model of this famous Star Wars™ vehicle from over a thousand LEGO pieces!
      Fully armed and armor-plated, the incredibly detailed and realistic AT-ST stands over 16.5" (42cm) tall! Features rotating weapons, an opening pilot hatch, moving window panels, and more! Enemies of the Empire beware!
      The All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST), also known as a Scout Transport, Scout Walker, or derisively as a chicken walker, was a lightweight, bidepal walker used by the ground forces of the Galactic Empire. It served as a reconnaissance and patrol vehicle. Part of the All-Terrain walker family, it was involved in several skirmishes on the planet Tatooine. Several fought alongside AT-ATs at the Battle of Hoth. They also notably participated in the Battle of Endor, where they were defeated by the Ewoks and their traps

      15. 10175 VADER'S TIE ADVANCED Reviews of LEGO 10175-1: Vader's TIE Advanced
      Construct Darth Vader's™ ultimate TIE fighter!
      Rebels beware! The TIE Advanced x1 is Darth Vaders™ personal starfighter, heavily modified and customized by the Dark Lord of the Sith himself. With its enlarged, angular wings, extended ion engine block and reinforced hull, Vaders™ TIE can withstand and deliver far more punishment than any ordinary TIE fighter. Now you can add this incredible model to your LEGO Star Wars collection! The Ultimate Collector Series Vaders™ TIE Advanced is packed with realistic details straight from Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope, from the unique wings and body shape to the cockpit compartment and twin laser cannons.
      Includes special display stand and collectors™ card with detailed specifications.
      Darth Vader's TIE Advanced x1 was a starfighter used by Darth Vader during the Galactic Civil War, leading Black Squadron, and flown by him during the Battle of Yavin. It was a modified early prototype of the TIE Advanced x1 line. The Advanced x1 had more cockpit capacity than other TIEs, thus catering to the larger-than-average figure of Darth Vader. It was built to Vader's specifications by Santhe/Sienar Technologies at the Sienar Advanced Projects Laboratory.Unlike the class standard, Vader's TIE Advanced apparently possessed a life-support system.

      Motorized action straight from the Star Wars™ movies!
      Behold the power of the Empire! For the first time ever, the ultimate Motorized Walking AT-AT is ready to crush the Rebel Alliance at your command. Thanks to the new Power Functions System, the mighty All-Terrain Armored Transport really walks forward or backward into battle!
      Features an opening cockpit and rotating laser cannons! Motorized Walking AT-AT really walks and its head moves up and down! Handle on top allows for easy transportation! Stands over 12" (30 cm) tall and over 14" (36 cm) long! Includes AT-AT Pilot, General Veers, Snowtrooper and Luke Skywalker with grappling line and lightsaber! Includes battery box and motor! Requires 6 AA (1.5V) batteries, not included.
      The All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) walker, also known as the Imperial Walker, was a major part of the Galactic Empire's motor-pool. It was one of the most heavily armored land vehicles in the Imperial Army, but was also known for its relatively slow speed. The AT-AT walker was a behemoth of a war machine, standing at a height of 22.5 meters.The quadrupedal walker closely resembled ancient beasts of war, or even a giant legendary beast from the dark side of the Force. Designed for the dual purpose of crushing and demoralizing enemy forces, and also serving as a transport for Imperial troops and light vehicles, the AT-AT was among the most awesome vehicles in the Imperial Army's inventory

      Build the ultimate Millennium Falcon™!
      This is it - the biggest, most spectacular LEGO® model ever! Straight out of the classic Star Wars movies comes the Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon, Han Solo's famous smuggling starship. Every detail of the modified Corellian Engineering Corporation YT-1300 freighter is here, all constructed to scale with LEGO minifigures. At almost 3 feet (90cm) long, it's the ultimate centerpiece to any LEGO collection!
      With over 5,000 pieces, this is the biggest LEGO set ever made! Model is built completely to minifigure scale - minifigures can sit inside and man the controls! Landing gear provides a stable base for model to stand on! Ship is over 33" long, 22" wide and 8" tall! (84cm long x 56cm wide x 21cm tall) Radar dish rotates and elevates and boarding ramp extends! Top and bottom quad-laser turrets rotate for realistic play! Cockpit top can be removed to access minifigures! Includes 5 minifigures: Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa! This special set also includes a display card with detailed ship specifications!
       The Millennium Falcon was a Corellian YT-1300 light freighter used by the smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca during the Galactic Civil War. It was previously owned by Lando Calrissian, who lost it to Solo in a game of sabacc. Its aged appearance belied numerous advanced modifications to boost the ship's speed, weapons and shield, including a hyperdrive engine among the fastest in the entire galaxy, enabling it to outrun Imperial Star Destroyers. It also included sensor-proof smuggling compartments, which were used during the rescue of Princess Leia Organa to evade Imperial stormtroopers. Afterwards, the Millennium Falcon saw further action when Solo chose to join the Rebels during the Battle of Yavin, where it was able to sneak up on Darth Vader's TIE Advanced.

      18. 10186 GENERAL GRIEVOUS
       Face the might of the ultimate General Grievous!
      The towering cyborg commander of the Separatist forces lives! Wielding lightsabers in each of his four robotic arms, General Grievous prepares to battle the Jedi Knights in a fight for the fate of the galaxy. Standing 18 inches (46 cm) tall on its rotating display base and plaque, this detailed and authentic Star Wars model features poseable hips and neck and a split-apart chestplate revealing Grievous' organs hidden beneath!
      Includes translucent "light saber" elements! Model features poseable neck, arms and hips! Split-apart chestplate opens to reveal Grievous' organs! Includes rotating display stand! Stands 18 inches (46 cm) tall with stand!
      Grievous, born as Qymaen jai Sheelal, was the cyborg Supreme Commander of the Droid Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems for most of the Clone Wars. Critically injured in a bomb plot arranged by Count Dooku, Grievous was reconstructed as a cyborg and was presented to Dooku as a potential weapon to be used in the upcoming war that the count had planned against the Republic.After being made Supreme Commander, Grievous proceeded to wreak havoc on the Republic for the three-year–span of the Clone Wars. The general was trained in the art of lightsaber combat by Dooku himself, who was also a Sith Lord. Grievous was a quick study and eventually came to be recognized as one of the most skilled duelists in the galaxy.

      19. 10188 DEATH STAR
      Battle inside the Death Star™!
      Recreate the action and adventure of the Star Wars™ movies with the ultimate Death Star playset! This amazingly detailed battle station features an incredible array of minifigure-scale scenes, moving parts, characters and accessories from Episodes IV and VI on its multiple decks, including the Death Star control room, rotating turbolaser turrets, hangar bay with TIE Advanced starfighter, tractor beam controls, Emperor’s throne room, detention block, firing laser cannon, Imperial conference chamber, droid maintenance facility, and the powerful Death Star superlaser…plus much more! Swing across the chasm with Luke and Leia, face danger in the crushing trash compactor, and duel with Darth Vader for the fate of the galaxy!
      Includes 24 minifigures and droids, plus all-new Dianoga™ trash compactor monster! Includes 6 new and exclusive minifigures and droids only found in this set: Luke Skywalker™ (Stormtrooper™ outfit), Han Solo™ (Stormtrooper outfit), Assassin Droid™, Interrogation Droid, Death Star Droid and 2 Death Star Troopers™! Also includes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi™, C-3PO™, R2-D2™, Princess Leia™, Chewbacca™, Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight), Darth Vader™, Grand Moff Tarkin™, Emperor Palpatine™, 2 Stormtroopers, 2 Emperor's Royal Guards™, R2-Q5™, and mouse droid!. Movie-authentic Death Star environments include the Superlaser control room and target monitor, Imperial conference chamber, TIE Advanced hangar bay with moving launch rack, Emperor's throne room, droid maintenance room, detention block, trash compactor, and much more! Rescue Princess Leia from the detention block cell, then escape through the secret hatch to the trash compactor below! Reenact the final duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in the Emperor's Throne Room! Death Star measures 16” (41cm) tall and 16½” (42cm) wide! TIE Advanced measures 3½" (9cm) wide!
      The Death Star, also known as the Death Star I, First Death Star, DS-1 platform and previously known as the Ultimate Weapon and Sentinel Base, was a moon-sized deep space mobile battle station constructed by the Galactic Empire after the defeat of the Separatists in the Clone Wars. It boasted a primary weapon with sufficient firepower to destroy an entire planet with a single shot.Touted by its command staff as "the ultimate power in the universe," the Death Star was destroyed by Rebel pilot Luke Skywalker in a single T-65B X-wing starfighter. As a result, the Empire began construction on the more powerful Death Star II.

      2009: The Anniversary Edition Box
      20. 10198 TANTIVE IV
      The Star Wars™ saga begins!
      Blasting through space with Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer in pursuit, the Tantive IV blockade runner carries Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 on a vital mission for the Rebel Alliance. Celebrate the entire Star Wars saga with this all-new version of the very first starship seen in the films! The Tantive IV features an opening cockpit, rotating and elevating turbo laser cannons, rotating radar dish, removable roof section and interior command center. It also includes an opening compartment with removable cargo transport vehicle and 2 detachable escape pods for the droids to make their getaway with the Death Star plans! Includes Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Captain Antilles and Rebel Trooper minifigures. Measures 20.5″ (52 cm) x 7.5″ (19 cm) x 5.5″ (14 cm).
      Includes 5 minifigures: Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Captain Antilles and a Rebel Trooper! Open the cockpit and place 2 minifigures inside! Turbo laser cannons on top and bottom can rotate and elevate! Features a removable roof! Lots of interior details including Leia’s desk and command center with seats for 2 minifigures! Open the storage compartment to reveal the cargo transport vehicle! Features rotating radar disc and 2 detachable escape pods! Measures 20.5″ (52 cm) long, 7.5″ (19 cm) wide and 5.5″ (14 cm) tall
      The Tantive IV was a CR90 corvette in the service of the House of Organa.The ship was a central player in the events following the end of the Clone Wars  and the beginning of the Galactic Civil War.Five years before the Battle of Yavin, the Lothal Rebels returned C-3PO and R2-D2 to Senator Bail Organa aboard the Tantive IV.Princess Leia Organa traveled onboard the Tantive IV when it was intercepted by the Imperial Star Destroyer Devastator. In the following battle, the main reactor of the Tantive IV was shut down and the ship was boarded by Imperial Stormtroopers.Soon thereafter, the Tantive IV was destroyed by the Imperials

      2009: The Clone Trooper Box
        Two incredible Star Wars™ vehicles in one!
      Flying through the skies of hostile planets, the Republic LAAT/c (Low Altitude Assault Transport/carrier) Dropship swoops down and deploys the AT-OT (All Terrain Open Transport) troop carrier for attacks on Separatist strongholds. Dropship features an opening cockpit, rotating front and rear cannons, auto-firing missiles and armament bay, and a fold-away handle on top. AT-OT features poseable legs, rotating cannons, crew compartment with weapon racks, and folding cockpit and boarding ramp. Drop ship automatically locks onto walker, then releases it with the push of a switch! Also holds the 7675 AT-TE Walker and the 8098 Clone Turbo Tank. Includes 2 clone pilots and 6 clone troopers.
      Includes 2 Clone Pilot™ and 6 Clone Trooper™ minifigures! Two incredible vehicles in one! Republic Dropship features a fold-away handle on top! Republic Dropship automatically locks onto AT-OT Walker™ and releases with the push of a switch! Dropship features an opening cockpit! Dropship includes flick-fire missiles, as well as rotating front and rear cannons! Dropship measures over 18” (46cm) long and has a wingspan of over 21” (53cm)! Customize your Dropship with alternate stickers! AT-OT Walker has 8 poseable legs! AT-OT Walker features cockpit that really opens! Assemble your forces aboard the AT-OT Walker that seats up to 16 minifigures! AT-OT Walker measures over 16” (40cm) long and 5”(13cm) wide! AT-OT Walker features a fold out boarding ramp! Republic Dropship also holds the 7675 AT-TE Walker! When Dropship is locked onto AT-OT Walker it weighs a staggering six pounds!
      The Low Altitude Assault Transport/carrier, known more simply as the LAAT/c, was a vehicle carrier variant of Rothana Heavy Engineering's Low Altitude Assault Transport series of repulsorlift gunships developed for the Grand Army of the Republic. Manned by a single pilot, the LAAT/c was originally designed to deploy All Terrain Tactical Enforcers onto battlefields, though it was soon modified to accommodate a number of additional vehicles as the Clone Wars progressed, using powerful magnetic clamps to hold payloads in place.
      The All Terrain Open Transport (AT-OT) was an 8-legged walker designed for the transportation of infantry used by the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. It was used during Battle of Felucia toward the end of the war.

      2010-2011:The Jango Fett Boxes
      22. 10212 IMPERIAL SHUTTLE
        Now you can build this iconic Star Wars™ vehicle in true minifigure scale for the first time!
      The elegant Lambda-class Imperial Shuttle™ transports the Empire's elite and the occasional secret strike team of Rebel commandos all across the galaxy. Now you can build this huge and iconic Star Wars™ vehicle in true minifigure scale for the first time ever! The Imperial Shuttle is authentically detailed with rotating double laser wing cannons and a four-seat cockpit. This Ultimate Collector's model features an opening canopy, detachable landing gear, a stand for display in flight or landing modes, a labeled display plaque, and gear-driven folding wings with removable activation keys. Completed model measures 28" (71 cm) tall on stand and 22" (57 cm) wide with wings deployed. Includes 5 minifigures: Darth Vader™, Shuttle Pilot, Imperial Officer, Stormtrooper and Luke Skywalker™.Includes 5 minifigures: Darth Vader™, Shuttle Pilot, Imperial Officer, Stormtrooper™ and Luke Skywalker™.
      Features rotating double laser wing cannons! Open the cockpit roof to access the interior and seat the minifigures inside! Wings fold up and down by turning 2 keys on rear of model! Model can be displayed on landing gear or landing gear can be removed to display in flying mode! Includes display stand, name plate and label sheet! Measures 28" (71 cm) tall on stand and 22" (57 cm) wide with wings deployed!
      The Lambda-class T-4a shuttle, also known as the Imperial Lambda, Imperial Transport or the Imperial Shuttle, was a type of transport shuttle with a tri-hedral foil design used by the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. The shuttles were used by such dignitaries as Darth Vader and Emperor Sheev Palpatine. The hyperdrive-equipped shuttle was armed with two forward double laser cannons, two wing-mounted double cannons, and one rear double laser cannon.

        Blast off into The Clone Wars with Obi-Wan’s collector-series Jedi starfighter!
      Now, you can build the ultimate LEGO version of Jedi general Obi-Wan Kenobi's Delta-7 Aethersprite-class Jedi starfighter! Larger and more detailed than any previous Jedi starfighter model, this limited-edition collector vehicle is equipped with twin laser cannons, a full cockpit interior and a wing-mounted R4-P17 astromech droid dome that rotates. With a buildable display stand and plaque, it's just the thing to pursue bounty hunter Jango Fett across the galaxy or battle swarms of Separatist fighters in space! Measures 9 in (23 cm) high on stand, 18" (47 cm) long and 9" (22 cm) wide when built.
      Ultimate Collector's Series Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter! Equipped with twin laser cannons! Features fully detailed cockpit interior! The dome of Obi-Wan's wing mounted R4-P17 astromech droid rotates! Includes display stand, plaque and label sheet! Model can be detached from display stand! Measures 9 in (23 cm) high on stand, 18" (47 cm) long and 9" (22 cm) wide when built!
      The Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light intercepter, Delta-7 Jedi starfighter, Delta-7 Jedi Interceptor, or more commonly known as the Jedi starfighter, was a model of starfighter designed by Kuat Systems Engineering and used by the Jedi Order during the reign of the Galactic Republic up to its end during the Clone Wars. . The Delta-7 fighter was fairly prominent in the Clone Wars, mainly due to its use by Jedi. One of the most famous encounters and tests of the Delta-7 was the tracking of bounty hunter Jango Fett by Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi through the asteroid fields of Geonosis.

      24. 10221 SUPER STAR DESTROYER
        Dare to pilot Darth Vader’s™ deadly destroyer!
      The Super Star Destroyer™ Executor has arrived! This jaw-dropping vessel is the personal flagship of Darth Vader, and serves as command ship at both the Battle of Hoth and the Battle of Endor. With its classic dagger-shaped design, the Executor is among the largest and most powerful vessels in the Star Wars galaxy. With over 3,000 pieces, measuring nearly 50 inches (124.5 cm) long and weighing nearly 8 pounds (3.5 kg), every aspect of this fantastic LEGO® Star Wars model impresses. Includes 5 minifigures: Darth Vader, Admiral Piett, Dengar, Bossk and IG-88.
      Includes 5 minifigures: Darth Vader, Admiral Piett, Dengar, Bossk and IG-88 Features over 3,000 pieces! Measures nearly 50 inches (124.5 cm) long and weighs nearly 8 pounds (3.5kg)! Includes display stand and data sheet label! Center section lifts off to reveal command center!
      Super Star Destroyer (SSD) was a term used by Imperial, Rebel, New Republic and Galactic Alliance personnel for many dagger-shaped warship classes larger than Star Destroyers, ranging from Star Cruiser to Star Dreadnought models. In extreme cases, they are also large enough to be qualified as space stations. It was often used concurrently with the term Super-class Star Destroyer, both of which capitalized on the general "Star Destroyer" term, which, after getting popular exposure throughout the Clone Wars, came to symbolize weapons that in people's minds could destroy entire star systems.Darth Vader's command ship, the Executor, was a Super Star Destroyer and one of the most famous Imperial vessels fielded, as was the even deadlier Eclipse, which served as one of Emperor Palpatine's flagships.

      2012: The Darth Maul Boxes
      25. 10225 R2-D2
        Presenting the ultimate collector series R2-D2 – the best-loved droid in the Star Wars galaxy!
      Presenting the iconic R2-D2 as you've never seen him before. Everyone's favorite droid from the Star Wars galaxy is now part of the ultimate collector series and features fantastic detailing, such as rectractable third leg, front panels that open to reveal a universal computer interface arm and a circular saw, rotating head and 2 fold-out front spacecraft linkage control arms. With the included fact plaque and mini R2-D2 figure, this diminutive model is the perfect addition to your Star Wars collection! Measures over 12” (31cm) high and 7” (18cm) wide.
      Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2™! Features retractable third leg! Front panels open to reveal a universal computer interface arm and circular saw! Features realistic rotating head! R2-D2 features 2 fold-out front spacecraft linkage control arms! Includes fact plaque and R2-D2 minifigure! Measures over 12” (31 cm) high and 7” (18 cm) wide!
      R2-D2, pronounced Artoo-Detoo and often referred to as Artoo, was an R2 series astromech droid manufactured by Industrial Automaton with masculine programming. A smart, spunky droid serving a multitude of masters over its lifetime, it never had its memory wiped resulting in an adventurous and independent attitude. Oftentimes finding himself in pivotal moments in   galactic history, his bravery and ingenuity often saved the galaxy time and time again.

      26. 10227 B-WING STARFIGHTER
      Take on the Empire in the ultimate collector series B-wing Starfighter™!
      Now you can experience the ultimate B-wing Starfighter from the Star Wars galaxy like never before. This fantastic model features everything you would expect from our premium collector range, including rotating, self-levelling cockpit and realistic wing configurations for landing and flight. And when you're finished battling in the skies above Endor or helping to restore freedom in the galaxy, place this highly detailed B-wing Starfighter on its own dedicated display stand and fact plaque. Measures 26” (66cm) wide and 15” (38cm) high in flight configuration, and 17” (43cm) high on display stand.
      Ultimate Collector Series B-wing Starfighter! Rotating, self-levelling cockpit! Landing and flight wing configurations! Highly detailed model! Includes display stand and fact plaque! Model can be detached from display stand! Measures 26” (66cm) wide and 15” (38cm) high in flight configuration, and 17” (43cm) high when mounted on display stand
      The A/SF-01 B-wing heavy assault starfighter, known simply as the B-wing starfighter, was one of the largest and most heavily armed starfighters/bombers in the Rebel Alliance's fleet. The name B-wing came from the craft's appearance to a "B", when upright, the outline of the upper half and the lower half makes a B shape, although its swordlike shape in attack mode has earned it the nickname "Blade-wing", which may be another reason for the "B" prefix.Known as "crosses" due to their distinct shape, the B-wing was designed by the Verpine company Slayn & Korpil in cooperation with then-Commander Gial Ackbar as part of the Shantipole Project. The B-wing, though difficult to fly, participated in numerous engagements across the galaxy during the latter parts of the Galactic Civil War, including the Battle of Endor and the liberation of Coruscant

      2013: The Yoda Boxes
      27. 10236 EWOK VILLAGE
        Recreate classic scenes at the Ewok™ Village!
      Travel to Endor™ and visit the treetop home of the Ewoks. Just like in Star Wars™: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, this recreation of the Ewoks’ forest dwelling is packed with cool functions, including the tree-trunk hideout, secret Lightsaber stash, spider web, net traps, slide, catapults and an elevating throne. Use the rammer function to take out the Scout Trooper’s speeder − just like in the movie! Realistic details include rope walkways, vine and leaf elements, kitchen, food storage area, bedroom and a planning room. The Ewok Village set is the perfect addition to your LEGO® Star Wars collection. Includes R2-D2™and 16 minifigures with weapons: Luke Skywalker™, Princess Leia™, Han Solo™, Chewbacca™, C-3PO™, 2 Rebel soldiers, 5 Ewoks™ (including Wicket™, Teebo™, Chief Chirpa™ and Logray™), 2 Scout Troopers and 2 Stormtroopers™.
      Includes R2-D2™ and 16 minifigures: Luke Skywalker™, Princess Leia™, Han Solo™, Chewbacca™, C-3PO™, 2 Rebel soldiers, 5 Ewoks™, 2 Scout™ Troopers™ and 2 Stormtroopers™ Features tree-trunk hideout and secret Lightsaber stash, spider web and net traps, slide, catapults, elevating throne, speeder rammer function, kitchen, food storage area, bedroom and a planning room Speeder also included Weapons include a Lightsaber, 3 blaster pistols, 2 blasters, 2 blaster rifles, 2 spears, bow and a crossbow Also includes 2 staffs Collect hard-to-find Endor Princess Leia, C-3PO, Luke, Han Solo and Wicket Ewok minifigures! Fend off the advancing Imperial forces Amaze the Ewoks with the elevating throne! Avoid the spider web and net traps! Destroy the speeder with the rammer function! Take refuge in the tree-trunk hideout Shoot down the slide and join the battle Fire rocks at the enemy with the catapults! Measures over 13" (35cm) high, 21" (55cm) wide and 13" (35cm) deep
      Bright Tree Village was home to a tribe of Ewoks on Endor during the Galactic Civil War.The village, built within the trees of Endor, fifteen meters above the ground,could be navigated using rope ladders, vines, and catwalks. Within the village were numerous tree huts, where the Ewoks lived. The largest huts housed Ewok leaders, including a Council of Elders.In the lead up to the Battle of Endor, the Ewoks captured Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 near the village. The Rebels were taken captive within the village and were nearly roasted alive for a feast, but C-3PO—who the Ewoks believed to be a deity—convinced the Ewoks to free them. The Ewoks later joined the fight against the Galactic Empire, and the village hosted the festivities celebrating the death of Emperor Sheev Palpatine and the defeat of the Empire.

        Build the ultimate LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing Starfighter!
      Collect and create the most highly detailed LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing Starfighter ever produced. This iconic starfighter is featured in many of the most exciting Star Wars battle scenes, including the decisive battle scene above planet Yavin™. Recreate the moment when Luke Skywalker’s X-wing delivered the proton torpedo that led to the destruction of the Imperial Death Star! This realistically detailed model features opening wings and cockpit, a special display stand, data sheet label and R2-D2.
      • Includes R2-D2 atromech droid• Features highly authentic detailing, and opening wings and cockpit• Measures over 10" (26cm) high, 20" (52cm) long and 18" (46cm) wide• Includes display stand and data sheet label!

      The Rebel Alliance used the X-wing during the Galactic Civil War against the Galactic Empire. While X-wing starfighters remained in public use, they eventually became solely affiliated with the Rebellion. A squadron was kept at their hidden fortress on Yavin 4. During the Battle of Yavin, Luke Skywalker was assigned to an X-wing for the battle, which was to destroy the Empire's approaching Death Star. Although many of the X-wing pilots were killed, Skywalker was able to launch his torpedoes into the battlestation's exhaust port, causing a chain reaction and destroying it. Wedge Antilles was the only other X-wing pilot who survived.

      2014-2015: Return of the Black Boxes
      29. 75059 SANDCRAWLER
        Collect a true icon of the classic Star Wars™ universe – the mighty Sandcrawler™!
      Recreate unforgettable scenes from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope with this amazing LEGO® incarnation of the Jawas’ desert-going vehicle, the Sandcrawler™. Turn the knob at the rear and steer the Sandcrawler into position, lower the front ramp and offload the droids using the 2 working cranes. Luke Skywalker™ and his Uncle, Owen Lars, are sure to be impressed with the selection on offer: there’s R2-D2, an R1-series Droid, an R2 unit, R5-D4™, a Treadwell Droid™, Gonk Droid™ and even C-3PO™. When the sale is complete, lift the side panels and top to reveal more great features inside, like the engine, storage bay, cockpit and more. There’s even a speeder bike for when the Jawas need to venture outside.
      Includes 7 minifigures: Luke Skywalker™, Uncle Owen, C-3PO™ and 4 Jawas™, plus R2-D2™, R2 unit, an R1-series Droid™, Gonk Droid™, R5-D4™ and a Treadwell Droid™ Features 8 tracks with steering function, lowering front ramp, opening side flaps, removable top, working cranes, speeder bike, opening hatch for easy access to the boxes, attachable handles for lifting boxes, and a detailed interior including engine bay, storage bay and cockpit Also includes stock for old droids and droid parts Weapons include a lightsaber for Luke Skywalker™ Sell droids to Luke and his Uncle Keep your droids well maintained Pretend to suck R2-D2™ up into the Sandcrawler™ – just like in the movie! Own your own iconic vehicle from the classic Star Wars™ universe Relive classic moments from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope Measures over 9” (24cm) high, 18” (48cm) long and 6” (16cm) wide
      Sandcrawlers were large mobile fortresses used by Jawa scavengers on the desert planet of Tatooine. The vehicles drove on large treaded wheels and functioned as transportation for scavengers, as well as shelter from the harsh desert environment. Sandcrawlers were tall and mostly rectangular, but with a triangular front that held its cockpit. Sandcrawlers were used as part of Jawa scavenging operations and contained large cargo holds captable of holding 1,500 droids at a time.Magnetic suction tubes allowed the Jawas to quickly suck droids and pieces of scrap into the holds. Inside the Sandcrawler the reactor melts the scrap metal and droids.

      30. 75060 SLAVE I
        Lift off for bounty-hunting adventures in the Slave I!
      Track down fugitives with legendary bounty hunter, Boba Fett™ aboard the powerful Slave I! This exclusive LEGO® Star Wars™ model features a rotating cockpit and wings for flight and landing mode, plus dual shooters and hidden blasters to repel attackers. Reenact the capture of Han Solo™ in Star Wars™: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and take off from Bespin with the carbonite-imprisoned Rebel hero in the cargo hold. Attach the stand to display this iconic ship in characteristic upright flight. Includes 4 minifigures with weapons: Boba Fett™, Bespin Guard™, Stormtrooper™ and Han Solo™.
      Includes 4 minifigures with weapons: Boba Fett™, Bespin Guard™, Stormtrooper™ and Han Solo™ Also includes Han Solo™ in carbonite! Features a rotating cockpit and wings, opening side hatches with hidden guns and missiles, 2 rotating dual shooters, cargo hold and a display stand with data sheet Weapons include special blaster pistol for Boba Fett™, blaster pistol for Bespin Guard™ and a blaster rifle for the Stormtrooper™ Boba Fett™ and Bespin Guard™ minifigures are unique to this set Rotate the cockpit and wings for flight and landing mode Place carbonite-imprisoned Han Solo™ in the cargo hold Open the side hatches to unleash missiles from the hidden guns Showcase the huge Slave I in upright flight on the display stand Recreate classic scenes from Star Wars™: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back Measures over 7” (20cm) high, 17” (45cm) long and 14” (37cm) wide in landing mod
      Slave I was a modified Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft used by the infamous bounty hunter Jango Fett before the Clone Wars. Jango outfitted the craft with a number of weapons, including laser cannons, projectile launchers, and seismic charges.While under Jango's ownership, the ship was in a dogfight over Geonosis with the Jedi starfighter piloted by Obi-Wan Kenobi.After Jango's death during the Battle of Geonosis,the craft came into the possession of his son, Boba Fett, who used it throughout his own bounty hunting career.During the Galactic Civil War, Boba used Slave I to transport a carbon-frozen Han Solo from Cloud City to Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine.Originally, it had a blue base instead of the dark red, this was then changed when it came into Boba's possession

      31. 75095 TIE FIGHTER
         Presenting the Ultimate Collector Series TIE Fighter™ – the iconic Imperial starfighter!
      We proudly present the Ultimate Collector Series LEGO® Star Wars™ TIE Fighter™. As featured in many of the action-packed Star Wars™ battle scenes, including the decisive battle that led to the destruction of the first Death Star™, this large-scale LEGO-brick rendition of the classic Imperial starfighter has intricate detailing, as well as an opening top hatch and an exclusive TIE Fighter Pilot™ minifigure with a blaster pistol. And when you want to keep it safe from Rebel attack, mount the model on the display stand and keep yourself updated with all the key facts and figures on the included fact plaque. The Ultimate Collector Series TIE Fighter™ is the perfect addition to your Star Wars™ collection!
      Includes a TIE Fighter Pilot™ minifigure with a blaster pistol Features an opening top hatch Includes a display stand and informative fact plaque The perfect flagship model for fans of Star Wars™ and LEGO® brick building Collect one of the most iconic starships in the galaxy! TIE Fighter™ measures 18.5” (47cm) high, 12” (30.6cm) long and 12.2” (31cm) wide
      The TIE/LN starfighter, commonly known as the TIE fighter, was the signature starfighter of the Galactic Empire, with a later model being used by the First Order. They were instantly recognizable from the roar of their engines and carried locator beacons enabling them to be found by the Empire. Designs for the TIE fighter were partly based on the Eta-2 Actis-class interceptor. TIE/LN starfighter were small in size and manufactured in masses by the Empire. They were outfitted with an ejection seat and twin laser cannons mounted to the "chin" section of the cockpit module

      2016: ?
      32. 75098 ASSAULT ON HOTH

      33. 75144 SNOWSPEEDER

      34. 75159 THE DEATH STAR


    • Veegs
      Good news for some, bad news for some and irrelevant news to others! Must be a BigBlueDogBricks post by yours truly, Veegs! "The True North Strong and (Almost?) Free - Loonie Slide to 59!" That phrase plays on the words to our National Anthem O Canada, and is possibly amusing to some? First, a link to the article - although most major Canadian papers had this or a variation on it today: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/macquarie-loonie-forecast-1.3401644
      As the article states, the loonie (Canadian $1 dollar coin, for those unaware) is forecasted to continue its slide against the U.S. Greenback, perhaps to an (shudder) all time low. Grim things for some in the Canadian economy, but probably pretty good for Lego investors up north. The forecast also indicates this low rate might be the norm until 2018 although I hesitate to put much stock in a prediction that far off. So, my spin – feel free to disagree or grab pitchforks, or agree heartily and raise a toast to me in the comments.
      #1 Cheapest Lego Sets in the World?
      I'm no math-magician – I'm an English teacher, damnit, but if these forecasts are correct it will be cheaper to buy some (if not all) sets in Canada, especially a slew of sets that have a small current price gap compared to the US. Fairground Mixer, Slave 1, etc (the list is long). A 20 or 30% discount in Canada might now give Canadian buyers a buy-in on sets that would rival some of the greatest TRUTH Tactics deals I've seen or super-out-of-the-way-major-discount finds in the Daily Deals US/CAN thread (which are mostly US deals). For sellers close to the border, stock runs to Canada might be more common, or bulk buys from Brickpicker to Brickpicker across the border. I know some US 'pickers are already buying exclusives in Canada, but I'd expect that number to grow if the advantage continues to widen making it financially feasible/more enticing for our southern brothers/sisters to come north to buy. Right now Canadians are at a small advantage – another 10 cent drop pushes that advantage noticeably.
      #2 Ability to Undercut American Sellers
      For me, the U.S. Market sets Lego prices in Canada, and I use them as a baseline when pricing items. I assume a lot (if not almost everyone) does the same. In the last few weeks I've sold a few sets to US buyers after not selling much in the previous entire year. Coincidence? Perhaps. I do know that even with higher shipping costs (on average, based on BP threads and info) from Canada, the slide of the loonie more easily allows me to attract US buyers and opens up a new marketplace for me (and other Canadians) that earlier either couldn't or wouldn't be able to compete with US sellers. I think over the holiday season, over a hundred Sea Cows were sold to Canadians (likely mostly investors, including yours truly!) with many getting them for $175 or $180 CAD, tax in. That is insane! That is about $125 USD according to the currency exchange site I punched these numbers into. If Canadians can continue to get great deals in addition to a favorable exchange rate, US investors might find the marketplace even more crowded than before. I'd say buy in price and set choice becomes even more important in this environment. In addition, for those buying on credit or accruing debt, more potential sellers (Canadians) that are already good at listing, printing labels and being pretty efficient entering the market should breed more caution. The investor with the lowest buy in can undercut others (if necessary) either forcing competitors to take a loss or hold sets longer. I know the Sea Cow is 'hot' right now, but there was likely enough stock sold at rock bottom prices in Canada to effectively undercut most sellers on eBay for quite some time. Of course, there are plenty of other factors, but the Sea Cow seems to me to be an example of how a cheap loonie coupled with good Canadian deals could really affect the reselling marketplace in at least the short term.
      #3 Short Golden Age?
      Tough to imagine that The Lego Group will keep Canadian prices cheaper or even balanced relative to American prices if the loonie indeed loses value and stays low until 2018, as predicted. Future sets might get a new pricing structure. A worst case scenario would be a new pricing structure on all currently available sets, suddenly decreasing the pricing advantage in place now.
      For global users, I don't know if this will impact you much, but it could be a heads up that currency fluctuations should be part of your investing homework (I did mention I'm a teacher) as changes in your region/target markets will happen and you need to be able to adapt and try to make the situation work for you and your bottom line.
      Veegs (BigBlueDogBricks)

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