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#1 menad

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 06:54 PM

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I want to buy my first UCS set so I need your advice. 10212 Lambda shuttle or 10221 Super Star Destroyer? I don't have any other SW set. I'm an AFOL so the playability of the set doesn't count. I collect large models like modular houses and big Technic sets. Which one do you suggest?

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:12 PM

View Postmenad, on 11 March 2012 - 06:54 PM, said:

I want to buy my first UCS set so I need your advice. 10212 Lambda shuttle or 10221 Super Star Destroyer? I don't have any other SW set. I'm an AFOL so the playability of the set doesn't count. I collect large models like modular houses and big Technic sets. Which one do you suggest?

Hi,

I have almost all UCS models,
i would say the 10212!
i `m a little bit disappointed by reaction of the 10221.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:32 PM

This should be in General Questions :wink:.
I would have to say 10212 Lambda shuttle for me. However if you're not too much into accuracy you could get the SSD.
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:35 PM

The 10221 is perhaps the most fun to build, but the 10212 is on the hand arguably the better recreation.

Personally I began with the 10030 and that was very fun - but it also took some time to get into the groove - being the first model of UCS scale I had ever built. In any case you probably  shouldn't build the 10179 first, because that could take a looong time for a 'beginner'  :classic:

However, if you simply take the time to sort your bricks before you begin, the build will be much easier and shouldn't be the deciding factor of what you get first. Just get what you think looks best - and what you have room for  :wink:

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View PostMr Man, on 11 March 2012 - 07:32 PM, said:

This should be in General Questions :wink:.
I would have to say 10212 Lambda shuttle for me. However if you're not too much into accuracy you could get the SSD.

You could of course always mod the SSD  :wink:
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:22 PM

I wasnt overly impressed with The Executor  :sceptic:  but then I saw a friends  :blush:  DO WANT!  :sweet:
Go with the SSD its fantastic

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:33 PM

View Postmortesv, on 11 March 2012 - 07:35 PM, said:

You could of course always mod the SSD  :wink:

Silly idea, who would ruin the existing model with unnecessary greebles :sceptic:.


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Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:44 PM

If the Lambda Shuttle is going to be in the sun, do not get that.  White Legos look awful after sun damage.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:45 PM

What one do you want to spend the money on? 400 for 10221  or 250 for 10212
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:52 PM

This is a tough call. While I don't have either one, I have seen both on display at LEGO stores. On display alone, while you'll need A LOT of space, I say get 10221. The size alone is awesome! I know size isn't everything :wink: but with this it is. The finished model is just impressive. However, the build may not be the moat exciting, and would definitely get tedious(all those greebles, oooohh...).
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:54 PM

I'd go for 10179 far more fun to build than the others!

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 10:25 PM

Thanks for the answers. I think I start with the SSD and after that I may buy the Lambda shuttle.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:34 PM

View Postmenad, on 11 March 2012 - 10:25 PM, said:

Thanks for the answers. I think I start with the SSD and after that I may buy the Lambda shuttle.

I envy you, building UCS is an adventure and the 10221 is a great build.  :thumbup:

Should you win the lottery you must also get the 10179 one day  :classic:

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:47 PM

View Postmortesv, on 11 March 2012 - 11:34 PM, said:

I envy you, building UCS is an adventure and the 10221 is a great build.  :thumbup:
I agree. It is quite a fun day when you start a UCS set. I would go with the SSD, mainly for the sheer size. Although inaccurate, it is very impressive.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:50 AM

10179 popped my Lego cherry back in January 2008! It was all champagne and caviar come each new UCS set after that...

Having built them all I'd say 10212 is an absolute classic. It's up there in the stratosphere with 10179 and even 7191 (whose positively orbital brilliance and antique good looks always bring a chill to my spine). The shuttle is bound to always be looked back upon with fondness by collectors and enthusiasts alike over the ensuring years. By all means have fun with 10221, it's big, ballsy and eye popping (especially when used as a spear), but just don't miss the shuttle...

...'cause you'd be missing the proverbial boat.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:06 AM

Don't forget the new R2-D2 UCS is due out this year. That is where my money is headed.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:25 AM

I would buy Vaders Tie or the AT-ST used. Both are really cool.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:35 AM

View PostHuntleyfx, on 12 March 2012 - 01:06 AM, said:

Don't forget the new R2-D2 UCS is due out this year. That is where my money is headed.


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 11:20 AM

View Postcavegod, on 12 March 2012 - 10:35 AM, said:

And the B-Wing!

Don't put off for tomorrow what 'epicness' can be purchased and built today!  :wink:

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:35 AM

View PostAeroeza, on 12 March 2012 - 11:20 AM, said:

Don't put off for tomorrow what 'epicness' can be purchased and built today!  :wink:

I agree, however, my wallet and girlfriend have teamed up and vetoed any huge LEGO purchases for a while.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:18 PM

View PostHuntleyfx, on 13 March 2012 - 04:35 AM, said:

I agree, however, my wallet and girlfriend have teamed up and vetoed any huge LEGO purchases for a while.

One has clearly not mastered the requirement for man species to command the use of 2 wallets, one being current, and one holding old 'dated and expired' cards for such circumstances :devil:

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:19 PM

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One has clearly not mastered the requirement for man species to command the use of 2 wallets, one being current, and one holding old 'dated and expired' cards for such circumstances :devil:

...or you could simply replace the use of 'wallets' in this sentence with 'women'!  :look:

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:05 PM

View Postmenad, on 11 March 2012 - 06:54 PM, said:

I want to buy my first UCS set so I need your advice. 10212 Lambda shuttle or 10221 Super Star Destroyer? I don't have any other SW set. I'm an AFOL so the playability of the set doesn't count. I collect large models like modular houses and big Technic sets. Which one do you suggest?

Well, since you have already decided the battle will be between those two sets, I'll highlight their pros and cons (I own them both).

LAMBDA SHUTTLE:
-)extremely well proportioned
-)movable wings and a well engineered internal mechanism
-)huge on all 3 dimensions, which means you will have to find a box-shaped place where to fit it (while the Executor is only long).

EXECUTOR:
-)quite literally BIG. Find beforehand a place where you will display it, trust me on this.
-)repetitive, but the greater amount of pieces if compared with the Lambda is very noticeable. Good if you want to feel like a God after the 4000th piece is set in its right place.
-)the center holds an anoying small set made for minifigures. After a while you won't notice anymore the slight bump its makes on the mdoel, but at first you'll look at it half the time.

Also, if (like me) you're thinking of displaying the set without any means of shielding it from dust, remember that the Executor is a pain in the megablocks to clean, unlike the Lambda. However, dust on grey is infinitely less noticeable than on the Lambda's white; also, remember that white pieces tend to gain a yellowish tint after some years, while the grey ones don't.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:47 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't it been discussed before that there is actually a very good way to remove the yellowing effects on white bricks?  Something to do with Oxy Clean I believe...

Personally, I would go for the Shuttle just because it's been out longer and will probably be discontinued before 10221.  You can also get some good discounts via Amazon if you keep your eye on it.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:40 PM

View PostThe_Chosen_1, on 13 March 2012 - 06:47 PM, said:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't it been discussed before that there is actually a very good way to remove the yellowing effects on white bricks?  Something to do with Oxy Clean I believe...

Personally, I would go for the Shuttle just because it's been out longer and will probably be discontinued before 10221.  You can also get some good discounts via Amazon if you keep your eye on it.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:20 AM

View PostHuntleyfx, on 13 March 2012 - 04:35 AM, said:

I agree, however, my wallet and girlfriend have teamed up and vetoed any huge LEGO purchases for a while.
I recommend checking out the buying LEGO in secret thread. It ought to give you some ideas. :devil:
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