LEGO has announced a new set in its Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) subtheme, and it’s another classic ship in the Star Destroyer. It’s suitably massive, but it’s disproportionately priced, even for LEGO.
75252: Imperial Star Destroyer is made up of a whopping 4 784 pieces. Once assembled the set measures in at 110 X 66 X 37 centimetres. Yes, this is a LEGO set spanning more than a metre.
The included stand raises that height from 37 to 44 centimetres tall, and as most UCS sets do, the stand incorporates a small plaque (a sticker on a large piece of LEGO) giving in universe facts about the craft. The stand is also a good place to show off the two minifigures that come in the box.
If those big numbers and the images on this page impress you, the price probably won’t. This set’s RRP is $699.99 / £649.99 / €699.99.
Those lucky enough to not be afflicted by the need to buy LEGO sets may be wondering if that price is justifiable for a set of this size, and it’s not. While we can dive into price per part and the fact that licenced sets like this are usually more expensive than original IPs created by LEGO, it’s easier to just compare it to another product LEGO makes.
75192: Millennium Falcon is another UCS set that was released in 2017 and is still on store shelves which costs $799.99 / £649.99 / €799.99. Yes, it is more expensive in certain territories, but it has substantially more pieces at 7 541.
More damning is the fact that the UK prices of the two sets are identical and, for people in much of the rest of the world, that price is usually the one used when it comes time to do currency conversions. It’s strongly assumed at this point that the two sets will cost the same for those who live outside of the US and Europe, with the Millennium Falcon containing 2 757 more pieces.
If more insulting here is that the Star Destroyer does not have a detailed interiors which can be opened up for display or play, while the Millennium Falcon does. The Falcon even comes with substantially more minifigures – seven to be precise, plus some small builds for BB-8 and two porgs.
The only justification that seems to be offered up here is that the Star Destroyer may contain many larger pieces, compared to lots of smaller ones in the Millennium Falcon. Even if this is true, the prevailing feeling in the community seems to be that LEGO can charge just about anything they want at this point and collectors of the UCS line will pay regardless.
It’s a real shame too because this overpriced set is a real stunner. Even if sheer size doesn’t do much to impress you, it’s a beautiful piece of a toy engineering and perfectly captures what the ship looks like in the movies and other pieces of media.
75252: Imperial Star Destroyer will have a wide public launch on 1st October. If you live in a country where LEGO’s VIP programme is active, it will be available sooner on 18th September.
If even that is too far away, you can see more of the set in the video below, as presented by the man who designed it: