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  1. "Hard to Find" is used for large D2C sets that were originally LEGO Shop exclusives (typically the first 3 months of availability) and are now available at select big-box retailers like ToysRUs, Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc. It is not an indication that sets are retiring soon, as these sets are usually available for 2+ years. That said, the Slave I has outlasted several UCS sets that were introduced after it; as such it likely won't last more than another year. In the US, the Snowspeeder is the only set I've seen get the Retiring Soon label in the last year. The US website used to apply it to older sets in their last 2-3 months of availability but it's now become the exception to the rule. (Your mileage may vary; the UK shop may still be applying it semi-regularly.) I assume the Snowspeeder got the Retiring Soon label either because they wanted to warn buyers that it is retiring early so as not to be caught off guard (since most UCS sets are sold for 2 or more years, and this one is retiring after 18 months) or because its sales were so bad that they needed the label to help push stock out the door.
  2. There is supposed to be a Hoth-themed set at around $50-60 coming that I would assume includes a snow speeder, though I don't know for sure. 3 rebels + 1 snowtrooper, so Rebellion-oriented. Could be just trenches, etc., but at that price I would expect a vehicle for play value.
  3. Don’t forget the microfighter, sandspeeder, and two UCS models! And I hate to say it, but It looks like there is another System snowspeeder coming in March (and a Naboo Starfighter microfigher in January, of course).
  4. I also would have preferred almost anything other than those two RotS sets. It kills me that LEGO insists on re-releasing near identical builds of the same vehicles every 3-4 years (Landspeeder, anyone?) when there are so many sets that last saw releases 10+ years ago. AotC and RotS are especially lopsided in their representation, and these two sets don't help at all. I get that kids like Jedi Starfighters, but if there's yet another one in the 2019 lineup I'm going to lose my mind.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Sorry, but I’m not going to out leakers.
  6. When I first saw the leaked pics I thought as you do. Similar profile and color scheme, and a ship that I’m not that interested in to begin with. But comparing the official pictures of the new set with the old set, I was much more impressed by the new build. A lot more detail throughout, making the old build look pretty dated and clumsy, side by side. Versus the walker which just seems like minor changes for the sake of changing things. But, you’re entitled to your opinion of course. Just saying it might be worth a closer look.
  7. jdubbs

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    To clarify, I’ve been told a price, not a piece count... I extrapolated that comment about several hundred more pieces based on past modulars. I’m not sure where the police station idea is coming from or why it keeps coming up. Probably because a post office, police station, and train station appear on wishlists every year, despite them all being problematic in one way or another. I’ve been told it’s a mixed-use corner building with a body shop/service station type garage on the bottom and 1 or 2 other establishments above. Someone here mentioned a vet which might be the case, but I would guess an apartment since there wasn’t one in DD. Any or all of this could be wrong.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Sorry, I thought the pricing became public when the set identity did. I don’t know that I’m allowed to repeat it, but if you read my above comment then you should have a rough idea. Suffice to say it’s more than the typical $10 annual bump, from what I’ve heard.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Moving on... Given the price of this modular, it’s safe to say there will be several hundred more pieces than the DD. So I would guess it includes multiple vehicles (tow truck plus a car or two?) or a taller/more complex build.
  10. jdubbs

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Please check your attitude. Your comments are becoming increasingly hostile to others here. There is no reason to insult other members of this community for expressing opinions that differ from yours.
  11. At least the Droid Gunship got a meaningful upgrade to the build. The walker is near-identical to the last release.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    The US website stopped applying the Retiring Soon indicator to sets (with a few odd exceptions) a year or so ago.
  13. There is a large number of sets that retire at the end off every year. Same thing happened last year and the year before. The US website, with a few exceptions, no longer uses the "Retiring Soon" flag.
  14. The design is similar, but noticeably different from the RotJ biker scout helmet. I really doubt LEGO would use the clone scout helmet for OT scout troopers; it would not go over well if they did.
  15. I think it's very likely that one or both of these ships will be see better/updated sets released in the next year or two. These were very early UCS sets designed before many modern building techniques were common and SNOT/specialized parts were available, and they relied on the use of rubber bands, magnets, etc. to stay together... which many owners have reported to fail over time. If it were me, I would pass. I forget the exact details, but I believe there were two box designs due to a flood at a warehouse storing the sets, which necessitated a reprint of the boxes.