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  1. My guess would be an Ewok but it would be odd alongside the buildable C-3PO for a similar number of pieces.
  2. I really want a raisin doughnut now.
  3. Finally we can put the prequel UCS experiment behind us. I randomly had a dream about a UCS X-wing last night. I would hope it’s a vastly improved shape given a lot has changed since 2013. Bigger engines and an accurate nose would be the main improvements.
  4. That really more of a flaw in the TIE Fighter then. Lego and/or Disney must be having a fine joke in not officially revealing these sets.
  5. Possibly a delayed UCS set. It would have originally been a 2021 set that Brickset has carried over to 2022 for some reason. Whatever it is or was might be released eventually as a few things have messed with the schedule of D2C sets since 2015 and there could be a backlog.
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    What's your recent LEGO Star Wars Purchase?

    I bought 75333 last Thursday and ordered 75337 on Friday so should be delivered today. 75333 is a good set and @mcphatty's mod makes it even better. Also rebuilt 75214 to the same mod. I was lucky to see the AT-TE on Kmart at the time as it only lasted a few hours there and on on 1 August. Update: Despite the fact it was coming from Kmart Port Adelaide and I live in Adelaide, Australia Post has now decided to send the AT-TE for a trip to Brisbane.
  7. Having an Advent Calender is be mainly winter stuff is fine, that’s what a lot of Christmas stuff in Australia is themed around anyway. We know it’s a tradition taken from the North where a lot of immigrants to Australia are from anyway. However, choosing not to buy it because two of the builds depict summer seems really mean spirited. The other thing to note is that the summer Vader is not necessarily a form of Southern representation anyway but a figure based on the Summer Vacation Disney+ series. By September, most of Australia is already about as warm as an English summer.
  8. Looks exactly like Christmas holidays to me.
  9. The spring waves in October were only for the sequel trilogy movies. Except for the large UCS/MBS set in September, generally everything is released in August.
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    [MOC] Play-Scale B-Wing Fighter

    I’ve recently built a mod of 75050 that looks very similar to this. I replaced most of the dark grey with light grey and whatever sand blue I had but had thought to use all sand blue instead.
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    The Clone Trooper Command Station (set 40558) problem.

    Your ideas about cost accounting are wrong. Eliminating low margin high volume products usually leads to a death spiral. This is where fixed costs that would have been spread out on low margin products are assigned to high margin products. This basically reduces the margin on low volume products, making them low margin and low volume, which can be very detrimental to the whole business. There is no way Lego has or will retire 40558 because it’s a low margin product. If anything the reverse would be true and Lego would flood the market with battlepacks. You’re also forgetting that when supply chains are strained due to logistics from the pandemic or costs from inflation, the volume and weight transported becomes more important relative to the cost of production. So it’s not clear that a pallet of 40558 sets is actually a lower margin product than for example a pallet of 75323 for a given size. 40558 was only available for on in Australia for less than an hour back in January and now sells for ~$50 on the secondary market, so for all intents and purposes the set is already retired here. It’s a problem of Lego underestimating demand or simply not caring that battlepacks like this will always sell out quickly because army building is in a bubble right now.
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    [MOD] Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter 75333

    Looks good. I’m keen to mod the 2x3 wedges on to the very front to make an actual point when I get the set.
  13. It’s available already here in Australia. Only at so far, no other retailers have it just yet.
  14. The tank looks good but I suspect it will be impossible to buy in Australia as Bruce Swift will probably end up with more copies than our entire country.