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  1. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    Nice! So I guess the whole asteroid field of Lego strongly suggests the rumour of ESB minifigs is correct as well as new minifigs to include BB-8.
  2. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    I was responding to DrasticPlastic's comment, not Therealharbinger. But on the topic of official teasers, one of the golden rules of manufacturing hype is to draw out the suspense for as long as possible. Creating a pattern of expectation and then prolonging the suspense seems like 'marketing 101' to me. Yes. Search Brickcommander under members. No idea why. You'd have to ask mods that question.
  3. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    As Robianco said, its likely to be revealed on Friday Sept 1st, the same day as the TLJ sets are released aka. Force Friday II. The reveal date has been heavily implied from Hans Burkhard Schlomer's bricklist notes for the Republic Fighter Tank on Brickset. There he said "I did this as a side-project to a much, much, much....larger set which is going to be announced on September 1, 2017". Hans (formerly known on Eurobricks as Brickcommander before he was banned) is one of the lead SW Lego designers. The time-frame would fit with the UCS MF 2.0 being one of two VIP early access sets revealed in the latest official Lego calendar available Mid-Sept. The recent hints from Lego on Twitter all but confirm a reveal is imminent. I have a feeling Force Friday 2017 is going to be one for the ages!
  4. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    TLG will cite the cost of doing business in Australia for a less than favourable price compared to USA. Despite what others have said this absolutely includes the higher cost to ship here as individual Aussie Lego S@H orders are sourced from European warehouses, not local ones. I've queried TLG in the past and that was their response. I have no reason to believe they are deliberately price gouging. We are also a tiny market conpared to USA. Still, it's speculation at this point as we don't actually know the price!
  5. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    Does it really matter if the price per piece of the (still rumoured) UCS Falcon is $0.10, $0.12 or $0.15? What's clear is that whatever it is it's going to be the largest Lego set ever. Just based on the sheer volume of that teased box alone the freight costs would be huge, particularly if you factor in "free" shipping to the consumer. Surely that has to be factored into the rrp?
  6. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    The Lego online store. Free shipping on orders over $200 AUD. It will be available for VIP customers mid Sept. according to the Sept. official Lego calendar and probably Oct 1 for general release (assuming the rumours are correct). That will be the best way. It's possible that the Lego Discovery centre at Chadstone shopping centre will stock them on release too but I wouldn't want to roll the dice on that one.
  7. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    At the rumoured price I think we have a right to expect greatness, not just be hopeful. If there is widespread "Hoth scale disappointment" with THE most iconic Lego set then there is serious trouble in Denmark. I'm confident if Hans Burkhard Schlomer is the lead on this one (as rumoured) he will hit it out of the park this time.
  8. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    True. I guess we will find out soon enough. I think Lego has enough brand loyalty and lack of competition though, not to mention the tsunami of obsessive Star Wars fans who will covet this thing (assuming it's good of course).
  9. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    Ofcourse they won't. It will sell out instantly. Here's the thing with hype; it creates even more hype by not having enough stock at launch to meet demand. It's Apple marketing 101. And it works.
  10. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    I asked the question a few pages back if anyone could confirm if it was Kylo in the hologram. No response. Kylo would seem most likely.
  11. [MOC] UT-60D U-Wing - SB00101 UCS

    Read the previous posts in this thread. But there are so many factors to consider it's pretty hard to give a true estimate, particularly as only a few people have made this MOC so far and the parts list is not available yet. Mirko had most of the parts in his inventory already. If any parts become rare then the costs will increase greatly, particularly if it's required in quantity, which I can tell from looking at the MOC there are several parts that require 100+ (albeit fairly common parts). That is the reason you see some people here requesting advance copies of the parts 'get in quickly' so to speak. Shipping will be one of your major costs which is largely determined by where you live. Jack from Brickvault said "<$500 USD" but he lives in USA which has the highest concentration of bricklink stores and therefore his shipping costs will be much less and his choices much greater than say me, living in Australia. The larger the MOC the more orders you will have to make which means higher shipping costs. You might get lucky and get 80-90% of the parts from one store but the last 10-20% of parts requires 10++ orders. Using a mixture of old with new parts will keep costs down but committing to a project like this requires a very flexible budget.
  12. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    I noticed Snoke comes with a holographic figure accessory. Do we assume that's Kylo Ren? It's hard to tell in low resolution.
  13. [MOC] UT-60D U-Wing - SB00101 UCS

    Thanks for the reply Mirko and congratulations again on an incredible project. I'm intrigued as to what the empire instalment might be. It looks like a 2018 release on your website so at least we have time to complete the U-wing first!
  14. [MOC] UT-60D U-Wing - SB00101 UCS

    Without knowing the full part list it's hard to know. Not restricting yourself to new parts will help keep the cost down and IMO a mix of old and new parts would actually help to capture the "weathered" look, typical of Rebel fleet ships. Mirko has said he deliberately made the MOC with relatively common parts. However, with MOCs of this size some parts usually become scarce if no longer in production. This significantly increase the complexity & cost of obtaining all the required parts. For example, the most obvious (& essential) canopy piece, of which you need two for the U-wing, is out of stock at Lego bricks n pieces. Thus bricklink is the only option there. The current quantity average price for that particular part (new) on Bricklink is ~$8.20 USD. And if Mirko's MOC is as popular as it would appear to be then expect the price of that part to increase significantly as stock becomes more scarce. I've seen it happen with other MOCs that became popular. BB-8 was a great example when Episode VII was round plates 6x6 plates (with 2x2 cutout) skyrocketed on Bricklink. Classic supply & demand economics are at play here.
  15. [MOC] UT-60D U-Wing - SB00101 UCS

    To the members complaining about the price of the manual consider this. Mirko has put an incredible amount of work into this. Not just the MOC but photography, graphics, sticker design, pre-press, production...the whole works. You are not only getting what Jack from Brickvault has described as "higher quality than Lego Ideas manuals" but essentially Mirko is licencing his talent/IP which is arguably worth much more than the physical manual itself. And if I had to guess, the production of a high quality manual in official Lego sets is likely one of their highest costs, particularly in limited run. I haven't seen anything like this shared with other AFOLs in the community previously. I understand the reactionary "sticker shock" at the price but all things considered I am just hoping I can get my hot little hands on a copy!