Ratings and Reviews for 10212-1: Imperial Shuttle

10212-1: Imperial Shuttle

Overall Score

8.88
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  • First Impression Feelings after first look? 9.75
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 7.75
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 8.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 8.50
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 10
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 8.25
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 7.75
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 9.50
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 10
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 9.25

4 Brickpicker Member Reviews

Review from: Locutus001
Reviewed on: Sep 8, 2014
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Overall Personal Score

9.60

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 10

This thing is huge!


Even though I think you know how big it is you still will be amazed to see it standing there in front of you in your own home!

(It's just different from seeing it somewhere else! ;-) )


It's mostly white and is a real eyecatcher. 

This LEGO Set really "WOWs" me! And I think it always has been and always will be "iconic" ;-)

If you are a Star Wars and a LEGO Fan and you have the money and the space get one! It's one of those where you just have to have one!

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 9

Obviously there are a lot of white bricks!

As for rare parts I would recommend to read what my fellow Brickpickers have already written in other Reviews.


The Minifigures are really cool! You get Darth Vader, Luke, an Imperial Pilot and an Imperial Officer and last but not least one Stormtrooper.

 

5 Minifigs is not bad, but still I have the feeling that 2-4 Stormtroopers would have been a nice touch to the Set as it was about 260$ on retail and just one Stormtrooper is somehow not the escort Vader (and this set) deserves.

But I guess if you own this set you already have enough other Stormtroopers to help you out or can afford to buy at least 3 more ;-)

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 8

Sadly I did not build mine myself as I bought a used one and did not yet have the time to disassemble it and put it back together. But seeing it and having the instruction I would say it is good for a pretty good build experience!

 

Concerning the playability I would say it is okay all in all.

You get 5 Minifigs and the cockpit can be opend easily enough (though there is only space for 4 Minifigs).

You can move the wings into different positions (as seen in the movies).

Obviously as a UCS it is not so much meant for playing as for displaying but on the other hand I guess it still is cool if you want to put it into scences where it should be involved. (Like Darth Vader on Endor or when the Emperor arrives on the death star).


I would have appreciated if you could have opened it in order to store some of the Minifigures inside of the main body. As an Imperial Shuttle normally can hold about 20 People inside of the main body it would have been nice if there were at least space for as many as 10.

So all in all there is a fair amount of playability, but it's rather meant for being displayed.

(The build experience must be pretty awesome!)

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 9

259.99$ is a lot of money compared to other models.

So this is a tough one. I would say compared to others it might be a little bit expensive, especially if you compare it to the AT-ST 10174 which is at least as impressive as the Imperial Shuttle but was on retail for only 79.99$...

On the other hand you get what you pay for and I think the price is reasonable enough after all, though it might hurt your wallet a little...

When it comes to parting it out I would say there are the Minifigures you could sell separately. As those are rare enough (Imperial Pilot, Imperial Officer, Darth Vader) there may be 30.00-50.00$ just for the 5 Minifigures. Though I myself would not want to seperate them.

I give it 9 points because the set is just so freaking amazing!

 

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

It's 2014 and the theme is Star Wars... so what do you think?

10 Points of course! One of the best selling themes LEGO has ever had and I would say it might continue to be one of the best sellers for the next 5 years at least.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 10

It's a UCS (Ultimate Collectors Set) for 260$ that has gone EOL so I would say it is pretty exclusive right now!

PACKAGING | Score: 10

I'm not a big reviewer of "packaging" so I would say it's 10 points as it fits.

There is Endor in the background and the landing platform... The Shuttle looks amazing... I guess you could display the packaging as well though I'm not a big fan of doing that.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10

If they do not rebuild this one in an even better cheaper version then I would say that it will gain over the next years!

Not only is it an amazing build with some playability and nice Minifigs, but it's also one of the most iconinc ships in the Star Wars universe as it is part of the original triology.

If it is displayed it sure is an eyecatcher and I guess most Star Wars and a lot of LEGO fans would love to get it.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

10 points! It is huge, it is amazing, and if you have the space to display it properly it sure might be one of the coolest sets you could possibly own.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10

To me there are few other sets (including the UCS) that I would prefer to this one.

If you are looking to make money by reselling it I think this one still is a sure winner and has huge potential, though there sure are more profitable Sets, especially as you can get them for retail or below right now.

But when it comes to the Set as being what it was meant to be, it is nearly perfect!


Review from: MartinP
Reviewed on: Jul 3, 2013
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Overall Personal Score

8.40

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 10

The Imperial Shuttle is a very interesting set. The set has five minifigures and two thousand five hundred three pieces. The set wowed me and I think that the set is already an iconic set. Here is what Lego.com said about the set:

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!

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 8

The set has five minifigures. This is a rare feature for the UCS sets. Most of the sets do not have minifigures. The minifigures for this set are Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Shuttle Pilot, Imperial Officer, and a Storm Trooper. As for rare pieces or colors, there does not seem to be any. But the minifigures in an UCS set, will make the desirability for the set go up.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

Playability Experience

The set is not meant to be played with. It is a massive set that would wiegh a lot, which may make it hard to pick up and play with. The only playability I can think of for this set is all the different minifigures.

Build Experience

The Imperial Star Destroyer has about twenty-five  hundred pieces in the set. That would take me about six to seven hours to build the set completely. A huge set like this is always fun to build.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

The Imperial Shuttle has a retail price of $259.99 USD. Since there is two thousand five hundred three pieces in the set, the PPP ratio is ten cents ($0.10 USD) per piece. I would consider that a decnt PPP ratio. I like PPP ratios that are at or below ten cents per piece. This set is in that category. The set would be even better if the set was on sale. Let's compare this set to other sets from the UCS.

Note: The values and data are from May 2013 and they are in USD

Set Number Model Year Released Retail Price (USD)  Pieces Price Per Piece (USD) Current Value (USD)

CAGR

               
 7191 X-wing Fighter 2000 $149.99 1,300 $0.12 $776.80 13.49%
 7181 TIE Interceptor 2000 $99.99  703 $0.14 $432.67 11.93%
 10019  Rebel Blockade Runner 2001 $199.99 1,747 $0.11 $761.07 11.78%
 10018 Darth Maul 2001 $149.99 1,868 $0.08 $727.33 14.06%
 7194 Yoda 2002 $99.99 1,075 $0.09 $334.40  11.06%
 10030  Imperial Star Destroyer 2002 $298.99  3,096 $0.10 $1,065.73 12.25%
 10026 Special Edition Naboo Starfighter 2002 $39.99 187 $0.21 $279.40 19.33%
 10129 Rebel Snowspeeder 2003 $129.99 1,455 $0.09 $896.60  21.30%
 10134 Y-wing Attack Starfighter 2004 $119.99 1,473 $0.08 $574.53 19.01%
 10143 Death Star II 2005 $298.99 3,441 $0.09 $1,006.12 16.38%
 10175 Vader's TIE Advanced 2006 $99.99 1,212 $0.08 $345.27 19.37%
 10174 Imperial AT-ST 2006 $79.99 1,068 $0.07 $215.38 15.20%
 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon  2007 $499.99 5,195 $0.10 $2736.44 32.75%
 10188  Death Star 2008 $399.99 3,803 $0.11 $390.02 -0.50%
 10186 General Grievous 2008 $89.99 1,085 $0.08 $147.59 10.40%
 10215 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter  2010 $99.99 676 $0.15 $98.44 -0.52%
 10212 Imperial Shuttle  2010 $259.99 2,503 $0.10 $343.88 9.77%
 10221 Super Star Destroyer 2011 $399.99 3,152 $0.13 $401.68 0.21%
 10227 B-wing Starfighter 2012 $199.99 1,487 $0.13 $182.82 -8.58%
 10225  R2-D2 2012 $179.99 2,127 $0.08 $189.50 5.28%

According to the chart, there are several sets that have the same PPP ratio. Those sets are 10179 Millennium Falcon and the 10030 Imperial Star Destroyer.

Now, the data in other currencies.

UK

In the UK, the set retails for 245.99. Since there are two thousand five hundred three pieces in the set, the PPP ratio is fifteen per piece in the UK. Let's compare this set to other sets in the UCS.

Set Number Model Year Released Retail Price (UK Pound)  Pieces Price Per Piece (UK Pound) Current Value (UK Pound)

CAGR

               
 7191 X-wing Fighter 2000  N/A 1,300 N/A 495.77 N/A
 7181 TIE Interceptor 2000  N/A 703 N/A 157.99 N/A
 10019  Rebel Blockade Runner 2001  N/A 1,747 N/A 486.85 N/A
 10018 Darth Maul 2001  N/A 1,868 N/A 435.62 N/A
 7194 Yoda 2002  79.99 1,075 0.11 191.37 8.25%
 10030  Imperial Star Destroyer 2002  249.99  3,096 0.12 725.31 10.17%
 10026 Special Edition Naboo Starfighter 2002  N/A 187 N/A 285.56 N/A
 10129 Rebel Snowspeeder 2003  N/A 1,455 N/A 501.39 N/A
 10134 Y-wing Attack Starfighter 2004  109.99 1,473 0.11 N/A  N/A
10143 Death Star II 2005  249.99 3,441 0.11 651.94 12.73%
 10175 Vader's TIE Advanced 2006  79.99 1,212 0.10 215.49 15.21%
 10174 Imperial AT-ST 2006  58.69 1,068 0.08 128.85 11.89%
 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon  2007  342.49 5,195 0.10 1694.12 30.53%
 10188  Death Star 2008  274.99 3,803 0.11 253.66 -1.60%
 10186 General Grievous 2008  63.59 1,085 0.09 103.01 10.13%
 10215 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter  2010  94.99 676  0.21 61.74 -13.38%
 10212 Imperial Shuttle  2010  245.99 2,503 0.15 275.18 3.81%
 10221 Super Star Destroyer 2011  349.99  3,152 0.17 307.54 -6.26%
 10227 B-wing Starfighter 2012  169.99 1,487 0.17 150.93 -11.21%
 10225  R2-D2 2012 149.99 2,127 0.11 130.13 -13.24%

According to the chart, there are no UCS sets that have a similar CAGR

AU

In Australia, the set retails for 449.99. Since there is two thousand five hundred three pieces in the set, the PPP ratio is seventeen per piece. Let's compare this set to other sets from the UCS.

Note: The data values are from May 2013 and are in the Australian Dollar. Some data values are not available.

Set Number Model Year Released Retail Price (Australian Dollar)
 Pieces Price Per Piece (Australian Dollar) Current Value (Australian Dollar)

CAGR

               
 7191 X-wing Fighter 2000  N/A 1,300 N/A 1,315.75 N/A
 7181 TIE Interceptor 2000  N/A 703 N/A 289.51 N/A
 10019  Rebel Blockade Runner 2001  N/A 1,747 N/A 1,474.51 N/A
 10018 Darth Maul 2001  N/A 1,868 N/A 705.61 N/A
 7194 Yoda 2002  N/A 1,075 N/A N/A N/A
 10030  Imperial Star Destroyer 2002  N/A 3,096 N/A 1706.43 N/A
 10026 Special Edition Naboo Starfighter 2002  N/A 187 N/A  500.15 N/A
 10129 Rebel Snowspeeder 2003  N/A 1,455 N/A 1138.31 N/A
 10134 Y-wing Attack Starfighter 2004  N/A 1,473 N/A N/A N/A
10143 Death Star II 2005  N/A  3,441 N/A 947.73 N/A
 10175 Vader's TIE Advanced 2006  N/A 1,212 N/A 369.41 N/A
 10174 Imperial AT-ST 2006  N/A 1,068 N/A 261.49 N/A
 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon  2007  N/A 5,195 N/A378.75 3064.21 N/A
 10188  Death Star 2008  699.99 3,803 0.18 588.57 -3.41%
 10186 General Grievous 2008  N/A 1,085 N/A 261.65 N/A
 10215 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter  2010  174.99 676 0.25 116.52 -12.68%
 10212 Imperial Shuttle  2010  449.99 2,503 0.17 434.50 -1.16%
 10221 Super Star Destroyer 2011  699.99 3,152 0.21 555.35 -10.93%
 10227 B-wing Starfighter 2012  349.99 1,487 0.23  378.75 8.22%
 10225  R2-D2 2012  249.99 2,127 0.11 261.98 4.80%

According to the chart,  there are no sets that have a similar PPP ratio.

EU

In the European Union, the set reatils for 259.99. Since the set has two thousand five hundred three pieces in the set, the PPP ratio is thirteen per piece. Let's compare this set to other sets in the UCS.

Note: The data values are from May 2013 ar are in the German Euro. Some data values may not be available.

Set Number Model Year Released Retail Price (German Euro)
 Pieces Price Per Piece (German Euro) Current Value (German Euro)

CAGR

               
 7191 X-wing Fighter 2000  N/A 1,300 N/A 304.03 N/A
 7181 TIE Interceptor 2000  N/A 703 N/A 202.17 N/A
 10019  Rebel Blockade Runner 2001  N/A 1,747 N/A 653.70 N/A
 10018 Darth Maul 2001  N/A 1,868 N/A 480.80 N/A
 7194 Yoda 2002  N/A 1,075 N/A 405.37 N/A
 10030  Imperial Star Destroyer 2002  N/A  3,096  N/A  965.72 N/A
 10026 Special Edition Naboo Starfighter 2002  N/A 187 N/A 92.06 N/A
 10129 Rebel Snowspeeder 2003  N/A 1,455 N/A 909.76 N/A
 10134 Y-wing Attack Starfighter 2004 N/A 1,473 N/A 447.92 N/A
10143 Death Star II 2005  N/A  3,441 N/A 1091.09 N/A
 10175 Vader's TIE Advanced 2006  N/A 1,212 N/A 312.02 N/A
 10174 Imperial AT-ST 2006  N/A 1,068 N/A 204.44 N/A
 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon  2007  N/A 5,195 N/A 2150.62 N/A
 10188  Death Star 2008  419.99 3,803 0.14  358.71  -3.11%
 10186 General Grievous 2008  N/A 1,085 N/A 154.33 N/A
 10215 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter  2010  99.99 676 0.19 72.61 -10.12%
 10212 Imperial Shuttle  2010  259.99 2,503 0.13 294.13 4.20%
 10221 Super Star Destroyer 2011  399.99 3,152 0.16 364.37 -4.56%
 10227 B-wing Starfighter 2012  199.99 1,487 0.17 187.17 -6.41%
 10225  R2-D2 2012  179.99 2,127  0.11 142.91 -20.60%

According to the chart, there are no sets that have a similar PPP ratio.

Overall, for all the currencies, I think that the PPP ratios are decent.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

The Imperial Shuttle set comes from the Star Wars theme. The set is under the Ultimate Collectors Series sub theme. These sets are the best sets, in my opinion, ever made by Lego. There are also some of the largest sets ever created. The Star wars theme is a very popular theme. Many of the set sell well in the primary market and there are often people scouring eBay to find a set at a better price or they are looking to get a set because it EOL before they could get it. Either way, Star wars sets sell very in both the primary market and the secondary market. Because of all the people who want these sets, the values for these sets will go up.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 7

The Imperial Shuttle set is very exclusive. Because the set is a UCS, only a limited amount of stores sold these other than the Lego stores or online. The set was no in limited production. The set is not from any Lego trade shows that I know of. The set is not sold in the primary market anymore, so you can only get this set in the secondary market.

PACKAGING | Score: 5

There is no unique packaging or special markings on this set that would differentiate this set from other Lego sets.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 8

The Imperial Shuttle has a retail price of $259.99 USD. Since the current value of this set is $343.88 USD, the CAGR for the set is 9.77%. That is a good CAGR. Let's compare this set to other sets from the UCS.

Note: The values and data are from May 2013 and they are in USD

Set Number Model Year Released Retail Price (USD)  Pieces Price Per Piece (USD) Current Value (USD)

CAGR

               
 7191 X-wing Fighter 2000 $149.99 1,300 $0.12 $776.80 13.49%
 7181 TIE Interceptor 2000 $99.99  703 $0.14 $432.67 11.93%
 10019  Rebel Blockade Runner 2001 $199.99 1,747 $0.11 $761.07 11.78%
 10018 Darth Maul 2001 $149.99 1,868 $0.08 $727.33 14.06%
 7194 Yoda 2002 $99.99 1,075 $0.09 $334.40  11.06%
 10030  Imperial Star Destroyer 2002 $298.99  3,096 $0.10 $1,065.73 12.25%
 10026 Special Edition Naboo Starfighter 2002 $39.99 187 $0.21 $279.40 19.33%
 10129 Rebel Snowspeeder 2003 $129.99 1,455 $0.09 $896.60  21.30%
 10134 Y-wing Attack Starfighter 2004 $119.99 1,473 $0.08 $574.53 19.01%
 10143 Death Star II 2005 $298.99 3,441 $0.09 $1,006.12 16.38%
 10175 Vader's TIE Advanced 2006 $99.99 1,212 $0.08 $345.27 19.37%
 10174 Imperial AT-ST 2006 $79.99 1,068 $0.07 $215.38 15.20%
 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon  2007 $499.99 5,195 $0.10 $2736.44 32.75%
 10188  Death Star 2008 $399.99 3,803 $0.11 $390.02 -0.50%
 10186 General Grievous 2008 $89.99 1,085 $0.08 $147.59 10.40%
 10215 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter  2010 $99.99 676 $0.15 $98.44 -0.52%
 10212 Imperial Shuttle  2010 $259.99 2,503 $0.10 $343.88 9.77%
 10221 Super Star Destroyer 2011 $399.99 3,152 $0.13 $401.68 0.21%
 10227 B-wing Starfighter 2012 $199.99 1,487 $0.13 $182.82 -8.58%
 10225  R2-D2 2012 $179.99 2,127 $0.08 $189.50 5.28%

According to the chart, there is only one set that has a similar CAGR. That set is the 10186 General Grievous.

Now, the data in other currencies.

UK

In the UK, the set retails for 245.99. Since the current value of the set is 275.18, the CAGR for this set is 3.81%. That is a decent CAGR. Let's compare this set to other sets from the UCS.

Set Number Model Year Released Retail Price (UK Pound)  Pieces Price Per Piece (UK Pound) Current Value (UK Pound)

CAGR

               
 7191 X-wing Fighter 2000  N/A 1,300 N/A 495.77 N/A
 7181 TIE Interceptor 2000  N/A 703 N/A 157.99 N/A
 10019  Rebel Blockade Runner 2001  N/A 1,747 N/A 486.85 N/A
 10018 Darth Maul 2001  N/A 1,868 N/A 435.62 N/A
 7194 Yoda 2002  79.99 1,075 0.11 191.37 8.25%
 10030  Imperial Star Destroyer 2002  249.99  3,096 0.12 725.31 10.17%
 10026 Special Edition Naboo Starfighter 2002  N/A 187 N/A 285.56 N/A
 10129 Rebel Snowspeeder 2003  N/A 1,455 N/A 501.39 N/A
 10134 Y-wing Attack Starfighter 2004  109.99 1,473 0.11 N/A  N/A
10143 Death Star II 2005  249.99 3,441 0.11 651.94 12.73%
 10175 Vader's TIE Advanced 2006  79.99 1,212 0.10 215.49 15.21%
 10174 Imperial AT-ST 2006  58.69 1,068 0.08 128.85 11.89%
 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon  2007  342.49 5,195 0.10 1694.12 30.53%
 10188  Death Star 2008  274.99 3,803 0.11 253.66 -1.60%
 10186 General Grievous 2008  63.59 1,085 0.09 103.01 10.13%
 10215 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter  2010  94.99 676  0.21 61.74 -13.38%
 10212 Imperial Shuttle  2010  245.99 2,503 0.15 275.18 3.81%
 10221 Super Star Destroyer 2011  349.99  3,152 0.17 307.54 -6.26%
 10227 B-wing Starfighter 2012  169.99 1,487 0.17 150.93 -11.21%
 10225  R2-D2 2012 149.99 2,127 0.11 130.13 -13.24%

According to the chart, there is no set that has a similar CAGR. There is one set that has a similar value. That set is the Special Edition Naboo Starfighter.

AU

In Australia, the set retails for 449.99. Since the current value of this set is 434.50, the CAGR for the set would be -1.16%. Let's compare this set to other sets from the UCS.

Note: The data values are from May 2013 and are in the Australian Dollar. Some data values are not available.

Set Number Model Year Released Retail Price (Australian Dollar)
 Pieces Price Per Piece (Australian Dollar) Current Value (Australian Dollar)

CAGR

               
 7191 X-wing Fighter 2000  N/A 1,300 N/A 1,315.75 N/A
 7181 TIE Interceptor 2000  N/A 703 N/A 289.51 N/A
 10019  Rebel Blockade Runner 2001  N/A 1,747 N/A 1,474.51 N/A
 10018 Darth Maul 2001  N/A 1,868 N/A 705.61 N/A
 7194 Yoda 2002  N/A 1,075 N/A N/A N/A
 10030  Imperial Star Destroyer 2002  N/A 3,096 N/A 1706.43 N/A
 10026 Special Edition Naboo Starfighter 2002  N/A 187 N/A  500.15 N/A
 10129 Rebel Snowspeeder 2003  N/A 1,455 N/A 1138.31 N/A
 10134 Y-wing Attack Starfighter 2004  N/A 1,473 N/A N/A N/A
10143 Death Star II 2005  N/A  3,441 N/A 947.73 N/A
 10175 Vader's TIE Advanced 2006  N/A 1,212 N/A 369.41 N/A
 10174 Imperial AT-ST 2006  N/A 1,068 N/A 261.49 N/A
 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon  2007  N/A 5,195 N/A 3064.21 N/A
 10188  Death Star 2008  699.99 3,803 0.18 588.57 -3.41%
 10186 General Grievous 2008  N/A 1,085 N/A 261.65 N/A
 10215 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter  2010  174.99 676 0.25 116.52 -12.68%
 10212 Imperial Shuttle  2010  449.99 2,503 0.17 434.50 -1.16%
 10221 Super Star Destroyer 2011  699.99 3,152 0.21 555.35 -10.93%
 10227 B-wing Starfighter 2012  349.99 1,487 0.23  378.75 8.22%
 10225  R2-D2 2012  249.99 2,127 0.11 261.98 4.80%

According to the chart, there are no sets that have a similar CAGR or value.

EU

In the European Union, the set retails for 259.99. Since the set has a current value of 294.13, the CAGR for the set is 4.20%. Let's compare this set to other sets from the UCS.

Note: The data values are from May 2013 ar are in the German Euro. Some data values may not be available.

Set Number Model Year Released Retail Price (German Euro)
 Pieces Price Per Piece (German Euro) Current Value (German Euro)

CAGR

               
 7191 X-wing Fighter 2000  N/A 1,300 N/A 304.03 N/A
 7181 TIE Interceptor 2000  N/A 703 N/A 202.17 N/A
 10019  Rebel Blockade Runner 2001  N/A 1,747 N/A 653.70 N/A
 10018 Darth Maul 2001  N/A 1,868 N/A 480.80 N/A
 7194 Yoda 2002  N/A 1,075 N/A 405.37 N/A
 10030  Imperial Star Destroyer 2002  N/A  3,096  N/A  965.72 N/A
 10026 Special Edition Naboo Starfighter 2002  N/A 187 N/A 92.06 N/A
 10129 Rebel Snowspeeder 2003  N/A 1,455 N/A 909.76 N/A
 10134 Y-wing Attack Starfighter 2004 N/A 1,473 N/A 447.92 N/A
10143 Death Star II 2005  N/A  3,441 N/A 1091.09 N/A
 10175 Vader's TIE Advanced 2006  N/A 1,212 N/A 312.02 N/A
 10174 Imperial AT-ST 2006  N/A 1,068 N/A 204.44 N/A
 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon  2007  N/A 5,195 N/A 2150.62 N/A
 10188  Death Star 2008  419.99 3,803 0.14  358.71  -3.11%
 10186 General Grievous 2008  N/A 1,085 N/A 154.33 N/A
 10215 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter  2010  99.99 676 0.19 72.61 -10.12%
 10212 Imperial Shuttle  2010  259.99 2,503 0.13 294.13 4.20%
 10221 Super Star Destroyer 2011  399.99 3,152 0.16 364.37 -4.56%
 10227 B-wing Starfighter 2012  199.99 1,487 0.17 187.17 -6.41%
 10225  R2-D2 2012  179.99 2,127  0.11 142.91 -20.60%

According to the chart, there is only one set that has a similar value, that set is the 7191 X-Wing Fighter.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

The Imperial Shuttle has many display attributes. The set is very impressive if you display it on a shelf. The set also comes with an informatio plaque, which has all the information about the set.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 8

I think that this set is a great set to have. Let's look at the pros and cons of this set.

Pros:

  • Rare minifigures.
  • Decent PPP ratio.
  • Comes from an popular theme.
  • Exclsuive set.
  • Great CAGR.

Cons:

  • No rare pieces.

Overall, I think that this set is great to have, build, play with, display, and invest in.


Review from: Grolim
Reviewed on: May 26, 2013
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Overall Personal Score

9.00

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 10

Looking at a picture of this set or the box does not prepare you for seeing it in person.  You will be genuinely surprised by its size and impressive looking design.  First impressions count and this set won’t disappoint.  It deserves a special place on display and will draw in any viewer who catches a glimpse.

The Lambda-Class Imperial Shuttle is based off the one you see in Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi, where Luke surrenders to Darth Vader and is transported to the Death Star to face the Emperor.  It is faithfully reconstructed here and the design is just terrific.  In fact the model is so well done and unique in design in that it does not really look like a Lego based product on first glance.  There are not a lot of Lego studs showing due to the three wings and cockpit being built with slopes and bricks that you only see the sides of.

Being an Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) set you expect a model with ‘Wow Factor”, but this set exceeds those expectations and stands out even amongst its UCS peers.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7

Historically, the UCS line of sets has often not included minifigures.  This changed in 2007 with the release of the 10179 Millennium Falcon (The X-Wing and Y-Wing sets did have one pilot figure though), where 5 minifigures were included and the ship itself was at supposed minifigure scale.   This has been repeated here with the Imperial Shuttle being built to Minifigure scale and 5 minifgures being included.  As an aside the other UCS set to include minifigures was the 10221 Super Star Destroyer released a year after this set and had 5 minifigures as well, but was obviously not to minifigure scale.

Lets have a look at each of the minifigures in detail and see if they add to the value of this set:

  • Stormtrooper – A standard Stormtrooper is included to act as a guard (though that really isn’t going to stop a Jedi!).  This version is available in 5 other sets so isn’t that rare.
  • Darth Vader – The Sith Lord is here in all his dark side glory!  He’s not unique to this set as this Vader version can be found in 4 other, but your lack of faith would be disturbing if you thought he didn’t hold value, as he is in fact the most valuable minifigure of the set on the secondary market at present.
  • Luke Skywalker – A unique version of our Jedi hero.  As such he commands decent value and will probably rise in the future as collectors will want to have him for completeness.  In fact some collectors like to stick to a niche such as all variants of one character so those who want Luke will be looking for this black-handed and unique eyes version.
  • Imperial Pilot – Unique to this set.  We have seen other Imperial Pilot type minifigures before but this one is a new version designed to pilot the Imperial Shuttle.  A nice touch and perhaps the only minifigure that could be considered mandatory to include.  His value at present is almost as high as Vader’s and I can see that rising over time now that the set has gone End of Line (EOL)(retired out of retail circulation)
  • Imperial Officer – Another unique variation here.  We have plenty of other Imperial Officer minifigures around but collectors will want to grab this for completeness.  Another small driver of future value.

The minifigures are great and I like them all, but there is nothing really spectacular here.  I can see why they were included as the Shuttle is built to minifigure scale, but I would have been happy with just a pilot.  The Lego Group though knows that minifigures are a major contributing factor in set sales volumes and has looked to include some fan favourites here.

In terms of parts there are a few elements that are unique to this set that will help to drive the future value a little.  But there really isn’t anything of huge value.

If you are a fan of white parts then this is the set for you.  There is pretty much every different basic version of bricks, plates, and slopes that you could want, plus many other white elements.  In fact of the 2,503 piece count in the set 1,358 are white, that’s a whopping 54% of the set.

There is also plenty of Technic pieces that make up the internal structure and gearing mechanism that enable the wings to move.  Black and light Bley pieces make up most of the rest of the piece count.  There are also only a few stickers, besides the traditional UCS information plaque sticker, so that is another good point.

 

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 8

Building the model is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.  Starting with them internal Technic mechanism and structure of the central unit and moving on to the cockpit, wings and central fin.  With 2,503 pieces the build does take a while, maybe 6 hours or more and the result is a good rush of that feeling of accomplishment that comes with completing a large Lego build.  Some interesting intricate design and build techniques keep it fun and mildly challenging and the only repetitive part is building the 2 x wings.

UCS models are not generally designed for playability, as you would expect they tend to put display qualities over play features.  But the inclusion of the minifigures adds some element of “play” as you can put them inside the Shuttle body and cockpit.  There is also the wings movement mechanism which is great.  It’s far to big to really “swoosh” around the room, but give it a try if you must!

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

Retailing at $260 new this set is right on the accepted benchmark of $0.10 per piece at $0.1039.  However, price per piece is often not a fair reflector of the production costs and subsequent pricing of a set.  If there are many large pieces present it can make the set look costly on a per piece basis but the amount of raw Lego material used can be very high, Therefore the true value for money of the retail price may be better analysed by comparing the price based on weight.  Lets compare the 10212 Imperial Shuttle to its UCS peers:

As you can see from the above comparisons, the Imperial Shuttle set is ranked 12th out of 20 against all the other Star Wars UCS sets produced in terms of price per piece – slightly below average.  Then when comparing on weight and using price per gram, our Imperial Shuttle set ranks lower at 14th out of 20.  This shows that the value for money of the retail set is a bit below average.  The are quite a few smaller parts included, for example there are over 300 small white parts in just 3 part types alone.  Many other UCS models feature large panel parts on the ship builds and that isn’t really part of the design here.  Plus the other factor is the minifigures.  The cost of including them means the set can be priced at a small premium compared to other UCS sets.

Also it would seem that the Imperial Shuttle set sits above the more recently produced UCS sets like the R2-D2, B-Wing, and new Red Five X-Wing.  This may mean Lego has decided to price these UCS sets at a bit more of a premium than they have done in the past.

Will parting out the set pieces as well as the 5 minifigures provide any profit?  Lets examine that: 

Part (new cond) Price Estimate
Stormtrooper $4.25
Darth Vader $10.30
Luke Skywalker $9.73
Imperial Officer $7.00
Imperial Pilot $10.02
Sticker Sheet $14.94
Other Parts $380.57
Box & Instructions $27.55
Total $464.36

So the estimated total of $434.36 for the pieced out set is higher than the current market price for a new set of $343.88 on Brickpicker.  This shows that there is possibly a potential profit to be made in buying a new set and parting it out.  After taking into account possible selling fees and the opportunity cost of the time involved to do so, the profit would be a bit smaller and may not be worth it.  For more information on parting out sets for profits I would suggest reading the excellent Brickpicker Article posted by Strytlr that can be found here: http://www.brickpicker.com/index.php/blog/view/lego_investing_complete_sets_vs_parting_out

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

The Star Wars theme is very high in terms of popularity I think only City outperforms it in sheer numbers sold.  Also the Ultimate Collectors Series subtheme is probably the most sought after for collectors.  It really does provide the definition of good theme value.  All retired sets apart 10215 Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter have achieved positive rates of return.  Only the 10186 General Grievous has CAGRs below 10%.  In fact the straight average of the retired UCS CAGRs is 14.88%, a great rate of return.  Even more impressive, if you were to buy just 1 of each of the 16 retired UCS sets and hold them for 1 year, assuming the CAGR remains the same, you would average a return of 16.99% (this is sometimes referred to as the “Weighted Average CAGR”).  Take out the poor performing 10215 and that jumps to a 17.66% return on investment.  Not many invest vehicles can offer that sort of premium return.

All the numbers can get a little overwhelming, but suffice to say that Star Wars UCS models are considered the cream of the investment crop for very good reasons.

Star Wars Lego appeals to two main collector groups.  Star Wars fans and Lego fans.  Sets from this theme have the ability to pull in non-traditional Lego buyers who collect Star Wars toys or memorabilia.  There are a lot of them out there; Star Wars would have to be one of the most collectable franchises around the world.  Therefore this drives demand for Star Wars Lego beyond the normal Lego fan.  UCS sets are at the front of the queue for both collector groups.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 8

UCS sets often begin as exclusive to Lego stores or a specific retailer, before then being released to a wider group of retailers.  Because of the large physical size of the set and the associated higher price tag it is often not carried by all stores.  Internationally the UCS sets are often a little harder to find.  This means the set does have an amount of exclusivity that drives value. 

 

PACKAGING | Score: 9

Quite a large box as you would expect from the 2,503 piece count.  The image showcases the Imperial Shuttle in landing position super-imposed on a background image of the forest moon Endor and the landing platform we see in the movies where the Shuttle takes off from.  It’s a great representation of the model and the main picture does present the look of the model nicely, however like I mentioned before it is hard to get a feel for the scale of the finished model from the images.  There are also 2 inset pictures showing the Shuttle with its wings in the vertical position and the fully extended landing postion.  Another inset at the bottom shows the included minifigures.  The rear of the box shows off the “play” features has a larger picture of the model in the vertical wing position.  Overall it’s a very good box.  Currently a box by itself is priced at $13.94 on Bricklink, so this evidences the value it holds.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10

The Imperial Shuttle was released in Sep 2010 priced at $260 retail and was retired at the end of 2012 (a few sets lingered as retailers sold out, but essentially EOL was Dec-2012).  Over its retail life it had a few periods of 10% discounting and one decent period of 15% off, with a 1 day spike of 30% (data from Amazon).  Fairly typical for a UCS set.  Upon EOL the secondary market price for the Shuttle jumped 25.6% to $294.29 in the month of Jan-13 on a sales volume of 122 units, amazing stuff!  Feb was a little more subdued with 2.4% price growth on 60 units sold as people probably tried to cash in on immediate sales and flipping any last remaining retail stock for a quick profit, before coming back up another 8.9% during Mar-13 and another 4.8% in April.

It is early days for this set post EOL and is currently in the traditionally exciting time of growth immediately following that.  Already rebounding from below retail values from those discounts we have a current early CAGR of 9.77%.  If we can see the set sustain a month to month growth rate of around 3-4% we should see this CAGR push well up into the 30% range over a longer term.

Many Lego investors like to purchase sets at retail stores or online at a discount if possible and either flip them at EOL time for a nice short term return or hold them for a few years before selling.  I think there is a solid case here for bucking that trend a bit and acquiring some of these sets now on the secondary market and holding them for 6-12 months or perhaps longer.  With 3-4% growth per month that quickly compounds to close to 50% in a year and we haven’t even factored in the traditional seasonal lift that the holiday season at year end brings.  There aren’t many retail sets that can offer those types of returns over the next year.  Even if the set grows a conservative estimate of 30% in the year you would be much better of getting some now instead of putting your investment capital into things like the new UCS 10240 X-Wing or other sets that are still going to be on store shelves for a while.

Do not underestimate the power of the non-retail side of investments!

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

As mentioned previously this set looks magnificent on display, a real head turner.  The all white color scheme makes the set stand out amongst the greys of most other Star Wars sets and really draws the eye.  The size does surprise and really means people will be able to see it from afar for them to be pulled in to have a closer look at the excellent details that are present in the design.

The footprint of the set in wings deployed landing mode is huge so it often means displaying in the vertical position if you want to minimise the bogarting of your display real estate.   The Lego built stand makes the set well positioned and stable.

This is a set that will take pride of place on display in many Lego or Star Wars collections.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10

This set is at a very exciting time in the Lego investment cycle.  In the few months post EOL it has seen significant growth that looks set to continue at an excellent rate of the coming months and years.  It really isn’t a surprise as there are many excellent features to the set that we have touched on:

  • Big size and ‘Wow factor’
  • Minifigure scale and some nice minifigure variants and fan favourites
  • UCS subtheme of Star Wars is a real home run
  • The sum of the parts is greater than the whole (possible parting out profits)
  • Great design that is fun to build and looks true to the source material
  • Riding the top of the growth curve

If you have stashed a few of these sets away you’ll be well pleased with current results and I’d urge you to hold out on pulling the sell trigger just yet.  Not many sets will offer returns that this one looks like doing in the immediate future.  If you don’t have any buy one, buy two, buy more, but buy them now!  Hunt out those hidden retail stores or online sites that may have a set or two hidden away, I found some just last month.

This set is sure fire profits for the short to medium term before tapering off to solid returns in line with the rest of the UCS clan.  Any savvy Lego investor will want to have this one in their portfolio.  Climb aboard the Imperial Growth Shuttle!


Review from: Fcbarcelona101
Reviewed on: Apr 24, 2013
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Overall Personal Score

8.50

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 9
As the majority of the LEGO UCS Star Wars sets, the wow factor in this model is outstanding, whether you see it on display at a store or just happen to see the big box with the model picture in the front. Once completely built this set "hides" the fact that it is made of LEGOs very well, which may be a good thing or bad depending on your preference. To me, it makes it look a lot more real than some of the other UCS models.

This is one set that will definitely make any investor/collector feel the need to add it to their portfolio or collection

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7
The set includes 5 minifigures, but the only relatively uncommon is a variant of the Shuttle Pilot. The other four are important characters of the most remembered scene where the ship appeared: Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Luke and an Imperial Officer, but nothing particularly special. However, it is important to note that the performance of the UCS sets is not so much based on the minifigs that are included on the set, but more on the quality and popularity of the particular model itself.

As far as unique parts go, this set really has not an extremely special part from my point of view. As with several others UCS sets, it does include a nice variety of technic pieces used for building the mechanism that operates the wings, that could provide some extra value in the future.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 6
The 10212 is not intended to be a play set, that is clear once the model is finished and you get to actually feel the weight of the model. It is just too heavy and hard to handle to be using it as an actual toy.

Regarding the build experience, I would have to say that other than the "heart" of the ship, the middle inner section, the rest of the build is kind of repetitive and some times frustrating, especially when dealing with the wing constructions. I don't really see the build experience as a factor that could really affect is future value, since the end result is simply amazing and that to me is the real appeal of the set.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 9
Retail price per piece is a very respectable $ 0.10, that is in line with the pricing of most of the large newer UCS sets. However, this set being a UCS edition makes it an extremely unlikely candidate for parting out for profit, especially taking into consideration that the majority of the parts included are white and common ones.

It is a large set with a large amount of pieces, and was discounted at several different points during its run making it a lot more attractive to collectors and investors.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10
The popularity of the UCS Star Wars sets has been proven year after year. There is really no need to even analyze the prospects of the theme, since it has been one of the most popular ones over the past decade and seems to continue to grow as more and more people enter the LEGO market.

The expected release of the new Star Wars movies, not only the 3 Episodes but the spin offs as well, make the theme even more attractive now than it has been before, and guarantees that interest will continue to grow in the years to come

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 8
As an UCS this set was an exclusive to the LEGO store and later only found in the online websites of the major retailers. Some particular retailers had this in stock in their brick and mortar locations, but this was not usually the case. Mostly happened on TRU locations and specifically towards its EOL date.

PACKAGING | Score: 7
Nice sized box for the amount of pieces, usually the case with the UCS models. Sturdier box with images focusing more in the display attributes than play features.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10
Let's get deeper into its investment potential. To start I want to make some sort of comparison between this model and one that I consider to be a similar case and that has been discontinued for a while now, the 10019 Rebel Blockade Runner. I based my decision on the similarity among the price per piece ratio, the amount of pieces (to a lesser extent since it's not really that close in this aspect) but mostly on the fact that this 2 ships only appear for brief moments of time in the movies and despite that they have been very popular with collectors and fans over the years.

10019 price per piece ratio (retail): $ 0.11 10212 price per piece ratio (retail): $ 0.10 Number of pieces : 1,747 Number of pieces: 2,503

Taking into account what I said before and the data I posted above, taking from the Brickpicker price guide, I feel confident in saying that the pattern of growth of this two ships is probably going to be very similar. There is no way for me to get data about how much the 10019 appreciated on the months just after it being discontinued , but to this date it has had a CAGR of 12%, growing from $200 to almost $800, without doubt a great performed.

Now let's take a look at the 10212, recently retired sometime in the past 3 months:

In this short amount of time the set has gone from a retail price of $260 to around $325 based on the most recent Brickpicker data available, that's close to $70 dollars in just a couple months, and more encouraging yet is the fact that the past few that have been sold on ebay are already on $350 and some even close to the $400 range. The CAGR at this moment is 7.88 %, but in my opinion this number will be getting closer to the 12% of the Blockade runner in the next few months, especially as some short time flippers make their sales and bring supply lower.

If my assumptions about the similarity of this set are correct, and I am confident they are, the 10212 should be approaching the $1000 barrier by the time it has been retired as long as the 10018 has been at this moment. That's a great return in my book!

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10
Display value of this set is huge, as with the majority of the UCS line, but in this case there is something more that I mentioned previously. Take a look at this set built and at first sight it won't appear as if it has been built out of LEGO blocks. It is very smooth, the pieces blend great together and give the impression of it being a 1 piece model that came just like that out of the box, and this to me adds special value that no other UCS set has had until now.

Even more to like is the fact that it comes with two display options. First, you can put it on the typical UCS black stand with it's technical details sticker. This option puts the model at a higher position a and helps highlight some of the features of the ship that are closer to the ground and underneath. The second option is to use the lower built base that puts the ship as if it were stationed at a platform.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9
In conclusion, this is one of the strongest sets out there right now that even though is already a lot more expensive than retail it would make sense to get now before it gets completely out of reach. The set is very complete, GREAT to display, a MUST for collectors and because all of the factors described before it will be one of those sets that come a few years later people will wish they had purchased at least one even at $ 400.

I give this set a 9 just because to me a 10 should be an extremely hard rating to get, and even though this set is Almost Perfect, some minor issues don't allow me to give a Perfect score.

To those in doubt, stop waiting, it will only get more expensive.