The Ultimate Collector's Series was lambasted last year but the announcement of 75144 Snowspeeder seems to have been met with an exceedingly positive reaction. The T-47 Airspeeder is a very popular vehicle and was previously rendered at this scale in 10129 Rebel Snowspeeder, an impressive model which now commands a high price.
However, fourteen years have passed since the earlier set was released and relatively few fans have been collecting consistently since 2003. Furthermore, the range of parts available has altered quite dramatically during that time so this model appears to be a considerable improvement over the original and is therefore a worthy successor in my opinion.
I don't know what methodology has been used to determine ranking as the order seems a bit arbitrary to me but nevertheless it's an interesting list and I suspect you'll discover a few sites on it that you are not already aware of.
Here's the press release for this month's issue of Blocks magazine:
This month Blocks magazine gives LEGO fans an unrivalled look behind the scenes with three exclusive insider interviews.
Jamie Berard, Design Manager for LEGO Creator Expert, talks Blocks readers through the 10th anniversary modular release, 10255 Assembly Square. For everyone who has always wanted an interior corner for their modular set-up, the Mod Squad demonstrate how to turn the latest release into just that. Of course the set also gets the Blocks eye cast over it in our in-depth review.
"All readers need to do is enter promo code: BRICKSET2769 at the checkout to get the discounted price. There are total of 40 units available with limit of 5 per customer while supplies last. This promotion will last until March 30, 2017 11:59pm (US West Coast time) "
Last year's UCS Star Wars sets left something to be desired but the range seems to be back on track in 2017 with 75144 Snowspeeder!
75144 Snowspeeder, 1703 pieces.
US $199.99, CA $229.99, DE 199.99€, UK £169.99
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Build the ultimate LEGO® Snowspeeder!
Collect a true Star Wars classic: the T-47 Snowspeeder. This LEGO® interpretation of the iconic airspeeder that fans will remember from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back has all the details you'd expect, including opening airbrakes, rotating rear gun, and an opening cockpit with space for the included Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot and Rebel Snowspeeder Gunner minifigures. This model also comes with a display stand and fact plaque, so it can take pride of place in any LEGO Star Wars collection.
Includes 2 minifigures: a Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot and a Rebel Snowspeeder Gunner.
Features intricate, authentic detailing, opening airbrakes, rotating rear gun and an opening cockpit with space for the 2 included minifigures.
Attach the Snowspeeder to the stand with fact plaque to display it.
Includes 2 blaster pistols.
Accessory elements include electrobinoculars, a Snowpeeder Pilot helmet and a Snowspeeder Gunner helmet.
Snowspeeder on display measures over 8" (21cm) high, 15" (39cm) long, 11" (29cm) wide and over 4" (11cm) high without stand.