75059 Sandcrawler press release

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Sandcrawler

The UCS Sandcrawler has just been unveiled at Bricks Cascade in Portland, Oregon.

Here's the press release:

75059 Sandcrawler, Ages 14+ 3,296 Pieces

US $299.99 - CA $349.99 - DE 299.99€ - UK £249.99 - DK 2,799.00 DKK

Collect a true icon of the classic Star Wars universe – the mighty Sandcrawler!

Recreate unforgettable scenes from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope with this amazing LEGO incarnation of the Jawas’ desert-going vehicle, the Sandcrawler. Turn the knob at the rear and steer the Sandcrawler into position, lower the front ramp and offload the droids using the 2 working cranes.

Luke Skywalker and his Uncle, Owen Lars, are sure to be impressed with the selection on offer: there’s R2-D2, an R1-series Droid, an R2 unit, R5-D4, a Treadwell Droid, Gonk Droid and even C-3PO.

When the sale is complete, lift the side panels and top to reveal more great features inside, like the engine, storage bay, cockpit and more. There’s even a speeder bike for when the Jawas need to venture outside.

Includes 7 minifigures: Luke Skywalker, Uncle Owen, C-3PO and 4 Jawas, plus R2-D2, R2 unit, an R1-series Droid, Gonk Droid, R5-D4 and a Treadwell Droid.

Travel the dunes with the LEGO Star Wars™ Sandcrawler with working cranes, detailed interior, 7 minifigures, 5 droids and lots more!

  • Includes 7 minifigures: Luke Skywalker, Uncle Owen, C-3PO and 4 Jawas, plus R2-D2, R2 unit, an R1-series Droid, Gonk Droid, R5-D4 and a Treadwell Droid
  • Features 8 tracks with steering function, lowering front ramp, opening side flaps, removable top, working cranes, speeder bike, opening hatch for easy access to the boxes, attachable handles for lifting boxes, and a detailed interior including engine bay, storage bay and cockpit
  • Also includes stock for old droids and droid parts
  • Weapons include a lightsaber for Luke Skywalker
  • Sell droids to Luke and his Uncle
  • Keep your droids well maintained
  • Pretend to suck R2-D2 up into the Sandcrawler – just like in the movie!
  • Own your own iconic vehicle from the classic Star Wars universe
  • Relive classic moments from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  • Measures over 9” (24cm) high, 18” (48cm) long and 6” (16cm) wide

Available for sale directly through LEGO beginning May 2014 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO Stores or via phone.

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I'm still a little unsure: which droids does it come with? :)

I've added the product images to the 75059 set details page, and you can also view the designer video on YouTube.

71 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Wow got to add that to my collection

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By in United States,

Quite the price point, yikes! Certainly not one to buy for the minifigs, however the Sandcrawler itself looks fantastic. May have to see the display at the Lego store before I make the final decision.

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By in United States,

For that price they could have put capes on the Jawas. Come on TLG!!!

All of the discussion based on the prelim picture from the DK Book was pretty much right on the money. No power functions, no capes for the Jawas, pretty bad execution of the windows in the control room...etc.

I guess the UCS term is pretty loose now. No more 10XXX numbering scheme to indicate UCS.

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By in United States,

I'm liking this better than the Sea Cow.

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By in United States,

No nameplate? It ain't UCS without a nameplate, although the designer in the video clearly says it is UCS.

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By in United States,

Share your thoughts? Well I have been a fan of this site from the moment I came across it over a year ago, but it wasn't until I saw this that I made an account just to make this comment. When I 1st saw mention of this build earlier I dismissed it as someone's home project and didn't read the post. Now I am in total disbelief. I know Star Wars is a cash cow for lego, but this Crawler thing was in the movie for like 15 seconds. I can't believe they are still beating this horse. I wouldn't mind it so much if they spread the love around a little bit more to the other movie based themes. All those Harry Potter kids have to be holding down steady jobs by now. Come up with some new set for that theme. Love this site.

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By in United States,

Wow! This looks better than I might have possibly hoped. I seriously contemplated purchasing the last one, but it just did not have quite enough to entice me at that price point. This one may be more expensive, but it seems so much better! Sure, the Jawas are missing those special capes, but we have gotten lots of those with Tolkien minifigs. I love the various functions of the model, as the designer displays them, the size, the overall appearance, and the new minifig designs. The price will still make this a tougher call, but TLG seems to have outdone itself this time!

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By in United States,

@ anthonydemello - I do agree with you that they may be making much of this set, but it' is spectacular and I believe it was quite significant in the film. I agree that HP deserves more sets, and it's one of my favorite themes, in fact the one of which I have the most complete collection... but unfortunately, that line seems discontinued. At least we have plenty of other licensed movie-based themes - I certainly can't complain about that. In fact, a greater number and proportion of those than I think there were at any time when TLG was releasing HP sets.

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By in Singapore,

A sandcrawler is always welcome. Its the only vehicle that is overlooked amidst of all the rehashes of space crafts. It's definitely worlds apart from the old one. I collect OT UCS so I'm getting it despite the 'un-UCS-ness' of it. It's close though.

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By in United States,

I don't think this is or should be considered a UCS model. For one thing there is no name-plate with it which is the strongest indicator. Also, it's never called a UCS model in written promotional material (or else I missed something above). Second, when we look at the designer's full statement in context he says, "Since the exit of the old Sandcrawler we had a very deep wish to make a new, more accurate, Ultimate Collector's Sandcrawler." Directly following the video transitions and he pulls out this model. Notice he says "we... had a wish to make a... Ultimate Collector's [Series] Sandcrawler", but he doesn't say if the UCS part of the wish was realized and he never refers to it that way again. Also, there is an obvious cut between that statement and when he reveals the model. I don't think that phrase was meant to go right before the set like that, I think it's just how the editor cut the video. I see it as more like a large playset similar to the Ewok Village or minifig-loaded Death Star.

^@Zacherano, I have to disagree with you on that one. I got kind of sick of seeing Harry Potter stuff for so long to be honest. Not just LEGO products but movies and merchandise in general. A few of the sets looked neat, but I'm glad to see it end. I guess I don't like some of the themes and ideas promoted through the story/toys to kids (or anyone for that matter). Anyhow, I do acknowledge the huge LEGO HP fan base and am grateful for some of the developments the theme brought about.

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By in Singapore,

It does say Ultimate Collectors Series on the official box shot.

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By in United States,

^^@Buckbrick Oh, really?! That'd be a bummer. All my marvelous detective work would've been for nothing then. :-)

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By in United States,

@ Buckbrick but it really looks more like a play set as 10188. and somehow it is a little bit unfinished. prefer the cuusso version~

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By in Slovakia,

No capes, no nameplate, no 1xxxx numbering, relative small dimensions of the largest vehicle in SW and TLG calls it UCS??? For what reason? At least the price is UCS-ish. Thumb down.

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By in United Kingdom,

as a build it looks quite an interesting build but as a final model and how iconic the actual vehicle is it's a big meh

and i can live with the jawa's not having capes because they didn't have them in the film but what's with luke looking so old

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By in United Kingdom,

I love it, but was expecting the price to be around the same as the Ewok Village.

It's hard to define UCS. Some are minifig scale (Falcon, Imperial Shuttle), some are not minifig scale (B-Wing and X-Wing) and others like R2-D2 and General Grievous are, well, erm, different again. I think the term UCS is something we've all adopted to mean impressive size, detail and accuracy... I reckon LEGO perceives UCS as a set you have to be a serious collector to interested in buying/building or at least have bags of disposable cash!

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By in United Kingdom,

PS Jawas didn't wear capes in the movies. If people perceive they did wear capes, then Yoda minifigs should be wearing one too!

I think it's fair to say that to replicate the CUUSO Crawler into a retail product would incur a price in excess of £1000! Very few would pay 1K for a lot of brown bricks! I think LEGO have done a splendid job of improving the original set and giving a nod to the CUUSO set.

10188 Death Star doesn't have name plaque/sticker either. I've never used the plaques with any of the UCS sets I've built so the lack of one is not a problem to me.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks great! amazing minifigures but the gonk droid is not a patch on the previous sandcrawler version. It's quite a price but Star Wars weekend is my birthday weekend so the other half will be knowing what he's getting me :)

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By in United States,

These star wars sets price me right out of collecting them. There seems to be like a 15 to 20% price hike on each set (perhaps due to license). I guess you can't call it UCS if it is not an Ultimate Cash Set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow! Looks amazing! Having seen some 'preliminaries' or whatever you want to call them last week, I was saddened for some reason, but after seeing the majority of the pieces has raised my spirit up. The nice thing for collectors is the fact the torsos vary for the Jawas, which is a nice touch on Lego's behalf.
Just reading through the comments, saying this only appeared for a minimal amount of time, and this vehicle being obscure, think about the B-Wing? I can only recall seeing it on screen for a few seconds, and yet two versions have been made.

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By in United Kingdom,

From a personally view its great that they released the sandcrawler, im getting into lego and of course i missed all the popular kits when they was original released. So of course the only way to get them is by paying a price in the second market $1,000 + or trying to bricklink it. I see people are commenting about the price hike, well think about it everything has gone up over the years and i just dont mean lego all our standard of living has gone up. I would agree with one person the price this kit is at, you will need to be a serious collector or building, maybe someone like myself who wants to build something big and to be able to challenge me. If that makes sense to people?

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By in United Kingdom,

The model itself and Minifigures look excellent to me, but the price seems a bit steep for a model which looks rather small.

This is no Death Star, and that is a Death Star scale price.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ agreed, the death star is the best thing I own and this should not be in the same price bracket, especially missing any sort of power function. Its a shame as I think that is what will put most people off, I'm still in the sit on the fence stage, already bought the Simpsons house and the sea cow this year so I'm not sure I can really push the boat out for this, although the devil on my shoulder is telling me I NEED it!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I love the retro-feel of the box, reminds me of the late 90's/early 2000's Star Wars sets.

Regarding the actual set, it's good, but very pricey. Seems very bizarre that the Jawas have no capes, and Luke's face is awful- really not liking these hyper-realistic minifigures we've seen lately. However the sandcrawler looks great, and has a lot of detailing.

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By in Russian Federation,

Amazing set, but Jawas without capes... Uhh(

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By in Canada,

Not sure why people think the price is too high. The ewok village is $300 Canadian for barely 2000 pieces. The sandcrawler is $350 CDN for over 3000 pieces. The death star is $500 CDN for 3800 pieces. Executor was similar. US dollars is $100 difference.

EDIT: OK. I see that in pounds there is only a 25£ difference in price between the sandcrawler and death star. Sorry, UK. We pay way more in canada as a general rule. ^^

Price per piece is not everything and not always accurate but I think this is right in line with sets of this scale.

If you don't like it, that is your preogative but the complaints sound so ticky-tack and marginal. I love harry potter lego but HP has nothing to do with this set. It looks awesome. I buy a limited number of star wars lego. Hoth and tatooine are the two sub themes I collect and I will be thrilled to add the sand crawler to my display.

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By in United States,

This is probably the biggest sandcrawler that can be reasonably justified for production. As noted above, it's 3000+ pieces - if people are already complaining about the cost, that doesn't suggest that there would be a very large market of collectors willing to pay USD$400-$500 for a 5000+ piece set, or beyond.

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By in United Kingdom,

In all reality: this is a big brown block with wheels for £250, but then again, you can say that about most Star Wars models but in grey.

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By in United States,

$300 USD???! Yikes... Paid half that for the old one and am perfectly content with that model.

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By in United States,

Meh, already have the original one, so I'll be passing on this one.

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By in Sweden,

Jawas don't have capes, so stop whining about the lack of them.

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By in United States,

Hrm... I like the Sandcrawler... but I'm not sure about that Gonk droid! :P

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By in United States,

I'm happy with my 10144. Can't see spending this kind of money for basically the same thing.

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By in Taiwan,

I think that they should make the interior detail parts replaced by PF because UCSs are differentiated to the playlets due to their exclusion of minifig and the size of the model,but theres less interior details in general,this is a big playset,but not a UCS

ps:I think they should make a UCS Gunship instead

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By in United Kingdom,

It's got a nice shape and play features but it's a very 'studdy' design isn't it? I've got used to UCS sets with at least one smooth studless face. Here they're all over it - on every face. I guess tiled or brick-built faces would be too expensive. Oh well.

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By in Republic Of Korea,

It's too expensive. But in case of size, it seems like awesome.

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By in United Kingdom,

To get the exterior angles right, it looks like the body is made up of panels secured to an inner chassis by using ball and socket joints as anchors... and I can see how that building method would push up the piece count, and therefore the price.

But it IS a very interesting technique, and I look forward to looking at a PDF of the instructions.

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By in Puerto Rico,

Lego needs the following releases: Rep Fighter tank, Tie Bomber, Crab Droid, etc. And why does Luke Skywalker has a Lightsabers.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yuck. Not enough stuff in it at that price for it to be UCS.

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By in United States,

I hope large playsets have not come to be defined as Ultimate Collector Series. Here's to hoping there will still be a UCS Slave I to top this!

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By in United Kingdom,

Certainly the preliminary picture in the DK book did it no justice as to the sheer size of thing!
I, however, don't have any interest in the Sandcrawler, but I do appreciate the sheer scale and the good number of figures you get with it. The Death Star is a different kettle of fish to this, and certainly the Death Star bodes better value for money. It is possible, with the large value sets such as Ewok Village, Executor and now this, the Death Star could be coming to an end in the near future.

After PR and Sea Cow already this year, I will pass on this and see what the UCS Slave 1 looks like.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've been jumping all over the discussions on this defending the stud-filled look etc... I feel completely vindicated! It looks fantastic!
I can't think anything other than that the people saying they've got the old one so they'll pass on this are blind - it's light years ahead!

I'm a bit disappointed at the price, but it's the best value per piece that a Star Wars set has been for a long time, so that's par for the course with such a large set.
And I'm disappointed it's got the UCS label when it's not in the 10xxx series, doesn't have a name plate, and is just plain huge. The X-Wing came after the start to the 75xxx numbers and still had a 10xxx number. Shame!

Apart from that everything about this set looks truly breathtaking, though I think the UCS Lambda Shuttle will still be safe as the centrepiece of my collection.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^I seem to remember the Ewok Village was announced almost as a successor to the Death Star, I'm sure it'll be discontinued soon. I'm just staggered at how many HUGE sets are now available. They must be selling well.

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By in United Kingdom,

The treadwell droid looks like Johnny Five from the movie Short Circuit... And also like a bomb disposal robot!

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By in United States,

Yes the Jawas did not have capes, but they wore cloaks. The capes at least gave them more of a cloak look than none at all. They should have included them for the price and the people claiming they don't have capes could just not put them on.

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By in United Kingdom,

Not a bad set and the price is just about tolerable, regardless I am Not fussed about this, I personally only want to collect my interpretation of UCS which is exclusive sets that are for display only and have the nameplate included, so roll on slave 1 hopefully with all the above criteria meet and a boba feet figure.

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By in United States,

Can't tell if complainers are trolling or just dumb. $300 for nearly 3,300 pieces (a bunch of which are tread links which are never cheap) is a good deal any day of the week.

I skipped on the first one because it looks terrible. The cockpit windows are stickers! At least here they're sweet, sweet trans yellow.

This set looks amazing. The complaints are incredibly lame. There's not a single one that even makes any sense. I can't wait to check out this bad boy in person.

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By in United States,

I'm sorry but TLG is really screwing people over with part counts these days. The original was a similar size and HALF the piece count. That means TLG is using tons of ridiculously small pieces to bloat piece count. When did TLG get so afraid of using actual 1x2, 1x4 bricks and not plates and technic pieces so often. If it has twice as many pieces as the original, it should be close to 2x the size. You ever try to build just a regular building (MOC) with newer sets? Greedy TLG imo. 7671 vs 75043, etc.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ the original Sandcrawler was an empty box on tracks, probably why the piece count was lower compared to the new one. I prefer the newer build using plates, looks less like a brick wall and the plates form much better angles. I'm building the SSD at the moment....it's looking good, but would look awful built out of 1x2 and 1x4 bricks.

As for UCS sets being smooth and shiny, there's only one set that pulls this off in my mind, the Imperial Shuttle. Everything else, I quite like seeing some studs - it reminds me that it's built from LEGO.

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By in United States,

^ I disagree, as I prefer brick built models rather then a wall of SNOT pieces and plates stuck on. It makes it more staple for moving it and such. But I do agree that models such as the SSD and Star destroyer would be ugly with plain bricks. Also, why hasn't Lego made a Minifig scale AT-AT? In reality, or SW canon, the Imperial Shuttle is larger in area and height from side wing to top wing.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^It's not the small parts upping the piece count. Try counting the studs, the new one is significantly larger than the old one, and an increase in volume has a huge effect on surface area which is where most of the pieces are. And yes, the old one was also nothing much more than a box with a few angled sides, exaggerating the difference even more.

On walls vs studs, as it's only just possible and not at all practical to have a brick-built wall that is off the standard 90 degree angle in more than one direction, isn't plate-building the only way to get the effect needed on a vehicle with as many odd angles as this one?

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks a great set - that's quite possibly why this thread is being read.

It is a *hill* of money though - I'm pleased I got the the 10144 at a discount price, have considered selling it ahead of this but on balance, no way. Ironically there was alot of commentary with that set how great that set is being brick built (not plate).

I'm a huge fan of the original saga and would get this if I didn't have the previous encarnation - likewise with the AT AT 4483 - TLG just nail it sometimes :)

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By in United States,

@zipsforbananas Just a "little" bigger doesn't account for the double in price. I understand TLG is running out of ideas because the only ships in Star Wars they see are Snowspeeders and X-wings, but releasing a slightly "better" set compared to the old war for 150$ more is just terrible. It would have been more justified if it came with a Homestead for Luke and Owen.

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By in United States,

All I can say is I'd much rather pay $300 for a new Cloud City. *shrug*

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By in United Kingdom,

No capes for Jaw's... why not???? just not accurate enough for the money!!
i hope Lego amend this prior to release!!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Mars Needs LEGO, I agree with you on that. Although, if adding figures to UCS sets is now going to be the norm, think of how many they will do for the UCS Slave 1 in a few months time. New Cloud City Lando, New (hopefully printed arms and legs) Boba Fett... Starting to look promising.

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By in United Kingdom,

I would imagine a UCS Slave 1 will be to the same size as the last X-Wing and B-Wing....including minifigures would be out of scale. However, a brick built Han in carbonite would be funky.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Blockland, it's more than just a little bigger. I make it a third longer (something around 58 studs to 45), maybe 6 studs narrower, and the equivalent of 4 studs or so taller. So the narrowest face, the back, is around the same surface area all in all, and all the other sides are significantly larger. The interior has to be two or three times more "full" if not more too.
I think the change from brick to plate walls does account for some of the piece count increase, but I'd be amazed if were even as much as a third of it. The size and interior detailing really do make a huge difference.

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By in United States,

^Maybe when I see it with my own eyes, I'll make the call. When I first saw the Ewok Village, I was a bit skeptical of the size, but once I saw it, I was shocked at the size.

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By in United Kingdom,

^Very good point, a lot of sets have done that for me. The pics have been underwhelming, and seeing them in the flesh has totally changed my mind.
Say, I like this set from the pics, I might well faint when I see the real thing!! :P

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By in United States,

^To be honest, looking at it more, I'm starting to like it a bit more. The only thing that bugs me is the new Minifigures. Lego just needs to stop putting every detail into one face, and frankly I found the old 2006 era Luke Skywalker enough. I do think the idea of more brick built droids is great though.

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By in United States,

This set looks very cool. I like the sea cow better though.

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By in Norway,

@ickleb, How's is it not accurate? Jawas in the films never had capes.

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By in United States,

If you don't want capes for the Jawas, just don't put them on . Jawas had cloaks which I think the capes represent them better than none.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Blockland, I'm with you on the faces. I think the last two or three years have been exceptional for minifigure detail, and they haven't realised they should have stopped! The new Han that came with the microfighter looked old a haggard, and this Luke looks ridiculous.
Still, like you say we've got good Lukes already (the last Falcon version's the best IMO), and the new Threepio looks stunning - he's even got a printed restraining bolt!

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By in United States,

^I like the Minifigures and all, but for some reason, I just prefer older version of the heads, mostly because it is more Lego-ish. Also, I hate to be that guy, but I am starting to dislike the newer versions of some army type figures. It would be just a big middle finger if Lego decided to make a new B1 battledroid, and it just standing there with the 100s of other ones.

[note: I wish I had 100 B1 battledroids]

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By in Canada,

I bought the original UCS SandCrawler off Ebay a number of years back, so the chances of me needing/wanting a priced-up and scaled-up version of this model is non-existent. Heck, it's safe to assume any serious collector of Star Wars Lego would've acquired the original version of this set in much the same fashion that I did, if not having purchased it directly from Lego. This isn't a set that's as iconic as say, the recently re-modeled UCS X-Wing, so one would think the market for this is fairly limited. I might consider myself of serious collector, but I'm not a stupid collector who's about to drop $350 Canadian on some shiney upgraded version of an otherwise brown-turd-no-one-looks-at currently sitting above my bedroom cabinets. Because I own the original, I can't even say that the new one would be worth $175 CAN to me in a hypothetical 50%off sale. It's times like this that I'm thankful Lego offers approximately 200 more appealing sets to select from a year.

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By in United States,

Why give Luke Skysalker a lightsaber? He didn't even have it in this point of the movie!

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By in Norway,

^ He did have it the second time we see him with the Sandcrawler.

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