1 day to the event
1 years ago we had 2018!
Also in the year 2018 a lot of great new sets were released and it's hard to determine a ranking here. But I’d like to remind you of three of my favorites, that also made it into my collection.
76105 The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition
After appearing for the first time in Avengers Age of Ultron in 2015, the Hulkbuster made a short appearance in last year’s part of Infinity War and became Marvel's second UCS set after 76042 The SHIELD Helicarrier from 2015. I'm a big fan of mechs anyway and this one is just incredible. Such huge and massive and at the same time very detailed and perfectly capturing the original template. Cool additions like a base with robot arms for repairing, a Veronica satellite and a Microscale Hot Rod complete this extraordinary set.
75222 Betrayal at Cloud City
For years there have been rumours about a re-release of this iconic location in a galaxy far, far away, after its first replication as a set in 2003. Also numerous April fools dealt with it, even if almost nobody really believed it anymore. When it was once again claimed that a new Cloud City would be released, some were confused. This time it was not in April, but at the end of August. Should it really be true? When looking at the first pictures, however, opinions differed greatly. The joy about the new figures was huge, but the design of the set itself split the fan community, trying to adopt the concept of 75159 Death Star.
Anyway, in my opinion this new Cloud City is really cool, I love the little Slave I and almost every scene from the movie can be replayed very well. My personal place 2 for 2018.
75954 Hogwarts Great Hall
Finally, one of the best themes ever is back! Harry Potter returns and brings us a new Hogwarts Castle again!
And yes, it's the playset I chose here as my most favorite set from 2018! Of course, the UCS version 71043 Hogwarts Castle looks great too, but since I'm just not a big microscale fan, I was less enthusiastic about it. With the Great Hall, however, a modular Hogwarts returns including an awesome minifigure lineup! The best: It offers the opportunity to expand it, as with 75953 Hogwarts Whomping Willow (including a nice Ford Anglia) and I hope there will be more additions coming this year.
(Image shows 75954 and 75953 combined)
So these were my highlights of the last year. What do you think of them – and what were yours?
Can't wait to see you all tomorrow :)