Millennium Falcon: how high will it go?

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The highest bid on the Millennium Falcon in this week's LEGO Star Wars auction at Catawiki is currently £3500 ($4900). It looks as if two bidders are battling it out.

I wonder how high it will go before the auction ends on Friday?

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By in United Kingdom,

It's been at £3500 for a few days according to my screen, not Euros.

If you want to bid on it, you have to up it by at least £155 as well.

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By in United States,

Looks more like $5,000 now!

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By in United States,

so, wonder when everyone with a 10179 will decide to get in on the game and put theirs up for sale?

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By in Netherlands,

Well, I won't put mine up for sale... I love to look at it smiling and knowing its worth. And besides that... It's an awesome displaypiece.

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By in United Kingdom,

...until they re-release it in a couple of years and then it'll be worth the same price as the new release!!! I'd rather go without - just think of all the Lego that can be bought for £3500.

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By in Ireland,

Glad to see the box hasn't been mounted.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've said it before and I'll say it again - Lego Star Wars fans are nuts. My entire 250 figure collection aint worth half that Falcon. You could probably build it from spares for a fraction of that price.

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By in United Kingdom,

Keeping my one. Even if they did re release it, it would still cost more than what I paid when it was out. Not 4K I know.

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By in United Kingdom,

Utterly crazy. Least I've the Lego collection to actually build it if I wanted to...

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By in United States,

this is insane! i thought my lego star wars sets were worth a lot. this officially proves that lego is the best invesment

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By in United Kingdom,

I can only think people buying this set now are hoping it will continue to go up in value and they can sell it on in a few years time for a decent profit.

But that means someone being prepared to pay even more for the set in the future hoping that it continues to go up in value.

There must be a point (now?) where this mad cycle stops.

Surely the number of possible buyers who would pay £3000+ for a set to build is tiny? Especially as by doing so you immediately halve its value.

And that's ignoring the possibility that Lego may reissue a similar version (for the new film?) which would immediately remove nearly all these people.

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By in Netherlands,

Well, i don't know if it's a worldwide thing, but here in The Netherlands we have 0.8 percent interest rate. And an additional tax if you own over 21.000 euro in the bank. So investing that money in LEGO instead, really isn't such a bad idea.

Or there are just too many rich people opting for the easiest way to build the MF, just paying double (or triple?) the price of a used/bricklinked version.

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By in United Kingdom,

You only have to walk around the nice parts of London to see how many thousands upon thousands of insanely rich people there are in the world, where £3000 means very little to them.

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By in United States,

Wouldn't it be funny if Lego re-released Cloud City and the Millennium Falcon UCS both in their original packaging?

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By in United States,

That's the problem with a hobby that involves collecting, there's always someone with more money than you have to spend. There's always the dealers who make it a commercial enterprise. Er that and it's Star Wars.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm still confident that they'll release a new version. Maybe next year being the 40th anniversary of ANH? Don't forget the winner has to pay 9% auction fees on top of that.

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By in United States,

You can get on for $2000 on Amazon.

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By in United States,

I remember when my Lego store couldn't sell these fast enough. So many in inventory. At one point I owned three (one damaged box for a sweet discount). i had a friend selling these on eBay and he got frustrated and returned some back to the Lego store, my point being a lot of sellers took a haircut on these and what you're seeing now is phenomenon of passing it forward not some greedy dealer cornering the market.

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By in United Kingdom,

@kLF yeah, but Lego don't gain anything through resales at these prices...! So, stands to reason they can and probably will release a new version in future. Maybe one with a fully realised interior..? *heres hoping*

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By in Spain,

@McBoom

It's worth exactly 500$, probably a few more due to inflation. The selling price is purely speculation, and is based not on the actual worth, but on the price people are willing to pay. Do not confuse this with stock, which reflect the worth of the company in the market...these are the same number of pieces 9 years ago, and plastic is the same or even cheaper now.

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By in United States,

Graylegocity, please let me know where the are on Amazon for $2000. I looked and can not find them. I will buy it today. Thanks.

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By in United States,

Funny, I was looking at them on amazon.com last week, they were running $2,200 to $3,000, today, they at $5,600 and up!

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By in United States,

This isn't news here in the US. There are a dozen recent eBay transactions for sealed UCS Falcons for $5,000 USD OR HIGHER. I do not know why Lego doesn't take advantage of the demand for retired sets. It would be a win-win for the company, as well as for the AFOLs that came into collecting Lego a bit late.

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By in Hungary,

It's crazy! C'mon, it's only a big LEGO set!

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By in United States,

The price of 10179 has gone well beyond absurd. I remember when it was $2000, and I thought that was nuts. Then it was $3000. I never would have bought at that price... except in hindsight. Now it's $4500-$5000. Insane! You certainly can't open the box at this price. It's entirely speculative, the idea that the price will simply continue to rise. It probably will, but as people have noted, LEGO could instantly devalue it by releasing another UCS MF. My opinion is, if you really love LEGO, just spend that money on bricks. Imagine what you could create with $5000 of LEGO bricks.

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By in Poland,

I hope TLG issues a new one, at a normal per brick price. The crazy collectors will continue their little game but the common AFOLs will be able to get one at a decent Christmas gift price (will still be at least 600 USD but this is sort of "affordable")

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By in Canada,

Seeing as mine is still in the shipping box, ordered the first day it went on sale I am wondering how much people would pay to sniff the box when it opens :D

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By in United States,

^ New sealed 1st editions have gone over $8k on eBay already.

I was fortunate to get mine w/shipping box at original retail price shortly after the set retired. The crazy prices make it tempting to part with it, but that's not gonna happen. Instead my kids and I are going to build it over the next few months before my oldest heads off to college. Wouldn't want it any other way.

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By in Denmark,

And it's not even the most attractive version. It's not a first edition with numbered certificate.
It also appears it comes without the inner let alone the outer shipping box.

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By in United States,

That price is completely ridiculous. LEGO should really make another version...

and yes, I've read the complaints that releasing another one would be a terrible thing to do to LEGO investors and that they should let the price keep climbing and climbing. Well, guess what: To a TOY COMPANY, the customer comes before the investor.

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By in Denmark,

@bogdanmn
It's worth exactly what someone will pay!!

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By in United States,

LEGO would be foolish to re-release this. The press they get for a 10179 at such high prices is well... priceless! Any company would want to have a product out there that is passed from owner to owner and keeps increasing in value. It is the Holy Grail of LEGO sets - and by re-releasing it would only taint the pristine image (real or speculated) of the value of this item.

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By in United States,

So I had one sealed in the original shipping box I bought from a Lego store. I decided to open the shipping box based on a lot of feedback from various nice Bricksetters here. Just my luck, there is a small hole 1 mm in the box right around the picture of Chewbacca on the front. So for all those who think they have a sealed mint 10179 just because the shipping box is sealed, don't fool yourself.

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By in United States,

Supply and demand at it's finest!

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By in Philippines,

Looking for a re-release using "The Force Awakens" version. I mean they did it for 7965 and 75105.

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By in New Zealand,

Here's a little bit of physics for those who are into that sort of thing : a MISB UCS MF in its sealed LEGO shipping box is just like Schrödinger's Cat. You may as well just have an empty, sealed shipping box. End result is the same.

Just sayin' ...

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By in New Zealand,

Just out of curiosity, I looked on TradeMe (the NZ equivalent of EBay) to see what UCS prices are like. The answer is : CRAZY!!! To give a rough idea, with some rounding on the currency conversions ...

10179 Millennium Falcon
Start price NZ$5000 (US$3350/GB£2375), Buy Now NZ$11500 (US$7725/GB£5450)

10019 Rebel Blockade Runner (Tantive IV)
Start price NZ$3700 (US$2475/GB£1750), Buy Now NZ$4000 (US$2675/GB£1900)

10240 Red Five X-Wing Fighter
Start price NZ$620 (US$420/GB£290), Buy Now NZ$640 (US$430/GB£300)

7191 X-Wing Fighter
Start price NZ$2700 (US$1800/GB£1300), Buy Now NZ$2900 (US$1950/GB£1375)

10188 Death Star
Start price NZ$1600 (US$1075/GB£750), Buy Now NZ$1700 (US$1150/GB£800)

It's madness, I tell you! MADNESS!!!

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By in New Zealand,

^^ Yes, Schrödinger's Cat describes this well.

The value of these sets rests with their MISB status. How hard would it be to print a high quality counterfeit box with counterfeit seals and fill it with any random polybags to make up the correct weight?

Would someone pay all that money for a MISB set and then open it?

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By in Australia,

I laugh when I see posts here regarding prices and what people will pay. Along with the hope of re-releasing sets that are already too far above the cost for most households.

There have been several rereleases Sandcrawler, X-Wing to name a few. And where they may be not exactly the same as the originals( and I hope not) they still hold there value quite well.

USA and Europe please understand and I've been wanting to say this for a long time. We in Australia, literally get no Lego sets. By that I mean exclusives or the high end sets. Yeah occasionally toys r us or target or Myer, Big W. (Some of our big department stores) get some and by some they could get 4-6 or 20 it's random. But that's all. They then sell out generally inside the hour and we either hope someone gets them again or people buy them from people who have bought from the Lego store and sell to the public. At prices of roughly 10-20% above RRP. And if it retires well it can easily be double at least.

Not to mention how many Lego stores do you all have where you can walk in and buy what you like? Even if it's only one set of an exclusive?? Here's a secret, in Australia Melbourne for me we have wait......no Lego stores.. that's right not one Lego store. In Melbourne or Australia. So that's why prices here are high. There is demand and always will be as I don't see Lego opening 20 stores anytime soon. And supply is very small.

So when I go to USA and Canada I always stock up. We are charged in some cases 50% more for big sets than you for the same set. And if our big stores do get them and they are even 10% off well..... You get the picture.

Yes 10179 sells for crazy money, and as long as supply is low and demand high and especially in Australia for reasons I've outlined then yes prices will always be crazy as we never get anything.

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By in Lithuania,

In about 5 years LEGO will introduce new falcon with more pieces :)

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By in Australia,

@Landofoz78: Shop at home, it's what I do. Bonus is that you get the sets you want, VIP points and if you time it right, bonus sets. Yes, it may not be as cheap as Big W when they have a sale, but getting them is possible.
As to the topic. I bought a second hand one. Didn't want BNIB because I wanted to build it. It was the set I always wanted (since I came out of the dark) and when the opportunity arose I took it. I don't collect Lego for it to sit in a box. I buy it to build, display, and one day when I have time, MOC.
There are a couple of sets that I'm going to Bricklink at some stage, no they aren't the biggest or most collected, they are sets I want.
That said, no I wouldn't pay the price requested here, I too would Bricklink it (even with some individual pieces being over a hundred dollars US each).

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By in Netherlands,

I sold my first edition MF 10179 (opened but never used) for €2.000 about two years ago (then a dollar value of around $2.750), along with some other discontinued sets. The money went towards the house my wife and I bought. For us, the house was a better investment than the Lego set, considering the way the housing market in the Netherlands went up again since we bought our home. I haven't regretted selling it in the least (especially because I sincerely hate the open cockpit).
I wasn't able to sell my sealed 10143 Death Star II (in original shipping box), for my asking price of around €1.000. Looking at what non-sealed 10143's have recently sold for on eBay, perhaps I should be happy I didn't sell it yet.

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By in Australia,

I have my UCS in its box, in peices since I packed up and moved interstate. It's such an impressive set but it collects way to much dust and takes up entirely to much space.
I love looking at it, and I love knowing that I have this one set, the "Holy Grail", as a collector said to me once. But I wonder whether I should sell it on one day to fund maybe a house deposit.

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By in Australia,

Sorry, but I find paying that much... well hilarious. Even if I had the money to purchase that set at that price, I would look at myself in the mirror everyday and think... "Idiot". It is certainly a very nice set, but I would still feel like an idiot paying that much for it, as addicted as I am to Lego, I couldn't help but laugh at my own stupidity, and the T-shirt would have to change from saying "I'm with stupid.... to I am ..."

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By in New Zealand,

ADDENDUM : A little bit of a deal done on a couple of those NZ-listed UCS sets. Got myself 10225 R2D2 and 10240 Red Five X-Wing for around *half* the going rate. No joy with my offer of NZ$100 for 10179 though....

Now then ... anybody interested in a MISB 5985 Space Police Central to help offset the cost? Anybody?! :-D

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By in Netherlands,

Please notice that this is typically dutch. I joined a group of Lego fans on Facebook and the whole day people were asking what a set was worth. There are even some lots that have been scalped recently at a grocerystore on this catawiki auction. At this moment when it comes to Lego people buy almost anything as an investment. When I started collecting I could buy sets for 25% of the normal price at the biggest toystorechains. At this moment they mark up the sets with 20%. So basically someone wants their kids in college and they couldn't care less that a great hobby has to suffer for them. While I do get it sucks and I hope this hype ends soon.

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By in United States,

What does mounted mean? Is it exactly what it sounds putting it on a shelf or wall?

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By in Australia,

@sixpax I have never bought a set from Lego as most I've seen are damaged or the boxes used to play football with then posted. I have no use for little sets or bonus sets. And VIP points are not a reward to make me want to take my chances with post etc... I've been a collector long before anyone else really new Lego was worth $$ including the age when Lego nearly went under. So all the taj mahals and cafe corners have afforded my family a nice holiday whenever I choose to go on one.
Yes your in it for the wrong reason now if that's what your trying to do. I was lucky as I never intended to but it has an OK investment potential as for the reasons I mentioned earlier. I find most people that don't have the sets worth $$ think it stupendous while those that do can do whatever they like and sell it for crazy money. Yes if someone will pay it then why not....
Re releasing a set as most people assume will mean prices drop for older or other ucs sets. Hasn't happened yet and won't for a while yet. All the people off loading there snow speeder 10129 assuming the new one brings the old price down have nothing to worry bout. As I've said, it's stupid if you don't have it and can't justify the $$ but those that have them see nothing stupid bout it at all.

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