Taj Mahal to be re-released!

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Taj Mahal

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Unexpected news just in! 10189 Taj Mahal will be available again starting on November 27th as 10256 Taj Mahal. The new set will contain 5923 pieces... one more than its predecessor! You can view the announcement video on Twitter.

The set has now been listed on shop.LEGO.com in European countries, revealing that it will cost £299.99 in the UK or 329.99€ in Germany.

Check out the set description and press release after the break.


Discover the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal!

Build and discover the Taj Mahal! The huge ivory-white marble mausoleum, renowned as one of the world’s architectural wonders, was commissioned in 1631 by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, the Empress Mumtaz Mahal. This relaunched 2008 LEGO Creator Expert interpretation features the structure's 4 facades with sweeping arches, balconies and arched windows. The central dome, subsidiary domed chambers and surrounding minarets are topped with decorative finials, and the raised platform is lined with recessed arches. The model is finished with ornate detailing throughout and intricate tilework around the base. With more than 5,900 pieces, this set is designed to deliver a rewarding building experience and makes a great display piece for the home or office.

  • LEGO interpretation of the real-world architectural wonder, the Taj Mahal.
  • Relaunched 2008 model, featuring 4 facades with arches and arched windows; central dome, 4 subsidiary domed chambers and 4 minarets, all topped with decorative finials; raised platform lined with recessed arches; ornate detailing throughout; and intricate tilework around the base.
  • Divides into 7 modular sections for easier transportation.
  • Put your LEGO building skills to the test with one of the largest LEGO models ever created!
  • Special elements include 6 blue 16x32 baseplates, white 1x5x4 bricks with bow, lots of transparent elements, ‘Erling’ bricks and ‘jumper’ plates.
  • This set includes over 5,900 LEGO pieces.
  • Measures over 16” (43cm) high, 20” (51cm) wide and 20” (51cm) deep.


Here's the press release:

Iconic Architectural Wonder of the World to Return to LEGO Creator Series

LEGO is delighted to announce the return of one of the most iconic architectural wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, to the Creator brand.

Launched originally in 2008, The LEGO Creator Taj Mahal was one of the most popular and iconic sets ever which has stood the test of time and continues to appeal to today’s LEGO fans. The detailed model features the structure’s 4 facades with sweeping arches, balconies and arched windows. Distinctive central dome, subsidiary domed chambers and surrounding minarets are topped with decorative finials, and the raised platform is lined with recessed arches. The model is finished with ornate detailing throughout and intricate tilework around the base.

With more than 5,900 pieces, this set is designed to deliver a rewarding building experience and makes a great display piece for the home or office. So whether you’re a world traveler, have a passion for architecture or just have a love of beautiful things be sure to get your hands on one of the most stunning and challenging LEGO models ever created.

Available directly from LEGO after November 27, 2017.

 

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172 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

The extra part I am sure will be the brick separator.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great news! There’s no way I’d pay ludicrous aftermarket reseller prices for this but if they pitch it right I might just buy one now. It’s a nice kick in the nuts to Lepin copies too :-)

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By in Canada,

Hell, it's about time.

Please do Eiffel Tower next!

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By in United Kingdom,

Well just this just knocked a couple of hundred pounds off my net worth!

Never would have sold mine anyway and happy that other people will have the chance to build this set. Interested to see what other sets could be resurrected by LEGO...

P.s. Does this mean we can expect to wait *even longer* for a modular announcement!?

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By in Netherlands,

What strikes me: looking at the detail pictures of the tan steps: I don’t see jumper plates with ridges. Did they use old photos or did they reintriduce the old style jumper plates?

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By in Germany,

Wow! Excellent news :-) Deffo going on my Want list! Now we just need rereleases of Market Street, Café Corner and Green Grocer and I'll be well happy ;-D

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By in Ireland,

No interest in this, but hopefully the 're-release' is a bit smoother than 75192 which was a joke.

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By in Ireland,

Twitter link no longer working, hack attack?

Edit: Back now.

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By in Germany,

Twitter video is offline...

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By in United Kingdom,

@Lewis97 will be soon...

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By in Netherlands,

I wonder what the price will be

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By in Italy,

Crazy!!! How many money this years????

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By in United States,

I got 10189 already back in 2009, but I might buy this anyway because mine is missing so many parts.

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By in Poland,

Now I'm waiting for re-releasing of 10228!

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By in Switzerland,

Great, I'd love to build this. Once can only hope the release (and availability) does not follow the pattern of another recently re-released large set which shall remain nameless.

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By in United Kingdom,

Star destroyer and Super star destroyer next then I hope...

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By in Finland,

Great news! First the UCS Falcon, now Taj Mahal! If they only also went with Green Grocer, my life would be perfect.

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By in Ireland,

Green Grocer re-release as the 2018 modular please.

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By in United States,

Links not working. I think were being pranked.

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By in United States,

Awesome news for those who have been saving from the start to buy one. I wasn't one of them but I hope for Lego to re make the AT-AT and a new SD plus the AT-ATC (even though it's a reskin of the at-at) and the RO ship.

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By in Netherlands,

It is on the Lego website now

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By in South Africa,

I should be disappointment with this news, as I was offered a large sum just the other day for my built 10189. Could’ve sold it and just replaced it with this new one and bagged a whole lot of change.

But it’s great since it now allows a lot more fans to also enjoy this amazing set. I might even buy it (again) so that my son can build it when he’s older.

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By in United States,

Definitely getting it,they should do this with other sets.

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By in Sweden,

Kinda lazy to re-release a nearly decade-old set instead of remaking it instead. It may have been cutting edge way back in 2008 but it looks quite antiquated by 2017 standards (parts/build techniques).

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By in Ireland,

Seriously? They can't be bothered to release a new Creator train but they have a production slot available to re-release this thing?
Unimpressed with this uninspired decision. Didn't buy it first time, won't be buying it now.

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By in United States,

Finally yes, missed it when i was younger. Now to redo the cafe corner with the interior as well, i will pay more.

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By in Portugal,

The set looks just ok for me, but it's quite a disappointment. Why can't they make a new set, a different building? I'm now just waiting for the next modular.

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By in United States,

Here's the press release for the day following the release. I just copied from the MF page:

"On Thursday, Movember 27, the LEGO Group gave its VIP members an opportunity to purchase the Taj Mahal. We are thrilled by the positive response to the set, which is the second largest we’ve ever released so far. We can assure all our fans around the world, that we are doing everything we can to make more sets available and keep our LEGO builders happy. This set is currently sold out and will remain exclusive to VIPs at least through January as we work to meet consumer demand."

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By in United Kingdom,

I guess this is how Lego intends to bring their profits up for the time being. Re-release old sets so there is minimal design work required. Double whammy for making them big expensive sets so there is a large cash influx for Lego.

I wonder how many of those 1,400 layoffs were design staff?

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By in Ireland,

I'd love a re-release of 6270, Forbidden Island

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By in United States,

Weird, no LEGO is re-releasing the second biggest LEGO set ever.

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By in Puerto Rico,

@merman Looks like the same picture.

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By in United States,

Would rather see the old modular sets get re-released instead or a new building such as the Empire State Building.

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By in Canada,

Lego is no longer an investment; I wonder how long it will take re-sellers to figure this out. I think this is good news for consumers. How long until I can order whatever set Lego has ever produced or one I design myself and it will show up at my door within a few days? Not as long as people think. What took Lego so long?? When Lepin started to release all these old sets a couple years ago the market demand was pretty obvious. They are going to take out the cloners and the re-sellers at the same time.

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By in Denmark,

Prices for each country are in the Lego Shops, e.g. $369.99.

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By in United Kingdom,

@WESTRO Lego had the "Design by Me" service a few years ago, where you could order anything you'd designed in Lego Digital Designer. They stopped it as the effort required to pick and pack custom models (as well as print custom boxes) wasn't worth the effort to them.

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By in United Kingdom,

Mixed feeling about this.. nice to see, but also would have preferred something new.. hope this isn’t a trend of re releasing the whole back catalog greats.
Smells of the artist that has done there best work, and now need to reap reward from the previous greats again..

Turnover needs a boost Lego?? Or am I being cynical, and this your answer to Lepin, and saying we will re release to stop the need for your clones?

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By in United States,

*insert hallelujah chorus.

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By in France,

all for this - giving newer more recent lego fans and AFOLS the chance to buy at a reasonable price rather than the rip-off scalpers

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By in United States,

UP on my channel interesting can’t wait to see it soon!!

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By in Germany,

"all for this - giving newer more recent lego fans and AFOLS the chance to buy at a reasonable price rather than the rip-off scalpers"

^ This! :-))

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By in Germany,

I think it somehow will affect the value and interest of collecting Lego in the future. However I see it is nice, to have new Lego consumers to know (and be able to purchase) good quality sets like this that was produced before. Well 9 year is a very long time so nothing wrong with it, and why not, re-release the classic space series from the 80s? I can only imagine.

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By in Poland,

Sorry no interest in that set - but it would be nicer to see the other Creator Experts sets to be re-realesed as for example 10224, 10228, 10190, etc.

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By in Singapore,

Happy to see this as the original is one of the six two thousand plus piece sets I do not have. However part of me is worried I parted with too much money in the past 12 months as I slowly started picking off the few large sets I did not have at secondary market prices including the Millenium Falcon (wish I waited 10 months for the rerelease), Cafe Corner, Green Grocer, Giant Chess and the Star Destroyer. Worried that they will be re-released and I could have saved some serious $$$.

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By in Netherlands,

Hmmm. I'd rather seen the new Modular. That will take at least 4 weeks to be released now...

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By in Canada,

I applaud LEGO for doing this, it responds to both the re-sellers and the aftermarket "fakes".
Lego has a long history of re-releasing smaller sets every 5-7 yrs. Based on aftermarket demand for these large scale sets it obvious to anyone that people want theses products. I LOVE my LEGO collection and no matter how "valuable" a set become I could never part with it. LEGO is a TOY (sometimes and expensive toy) but still a toy, and not meant to add wealth to someones pocket at the expense of enjoyment.

New sets are obviously preferred, with new innovation and ideas. The recent few years of LEGO's massive growth in popularity has brought forth a HUGE selection of great new sets, but has left me with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth due in part to the obsession that LEGO should be an investment. its a TOY and should be about fun first.

Ok Rant finished... lest bring back 10030-1: Imperial Star Destroyer and 10019-1: Rebel Blockade Runner :)

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By in Singapore,

If it were October 31st instead of October 30th I would think this was some sort of Halloween trick

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By in United States,

Great strategy for dealing with the clone brand aftermarket.

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By in United States,

I thought this was a joke at first. I just sold my Taj Mahal that I never opened and was so sad to see it go. But it was worth so much I couldn't justify building it. Now I can rebuy ad build without guilt! and now I feel bad for the guy who just paid me $2200 for it 3 months ago.

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By in United States,

Well that's an absolute surprise. I never got the original, so I am happy to see a new one.

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By in United Kingdom,

A bit too pricey for me but I too would like some old Modular Buildings reissued, in addition to bringing out new designs.

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By in United States,

Next up - Cafe Corner; Eifel Tower, Statue of Liberty.

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By in United Kingdom,

Interesting - I thought that the MF would be a one-off. It also opens the door to the possibility of further re-releases of popular (on the after-market) sets....

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By in United Kingdom,

Emerald night, is a re-release I would like to see.

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By in Sweden,

Another expensive remake...

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By in United States,

The Effiel Tower is an incredible build. They should absolutely re-release that one day. The Statue of Liberty is only so so. It was great for its time, but today it pretty uninspired. I should sell mine in case they revisit it.

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By in United Kingdom,

...so does it come with a David Beckham minifigure or

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By in United States,

I was shocked when I got the email about this -- they really kept it a secret! Not sure whether I'll get one, but I'm excited at the possibility of other re-releases.

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By in Finland,

€329 in Germany (and most of Europe) €399 in Finland!
Go home Lego, you're drunk.

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By in Belgium,

to bad this wasnt hyped for weeks like the falcon remake... NOT

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By in Ireland,

@Ayliffe or perhaps Charles and Diana?

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm shocked at the price................ was expecting £399 or £449 to be honest.......... I paid more than that last year on Lego.com to complete one with parts I already had.... Be nice to get a complete one with box and instructions.

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By in Norway,

how about making something new?

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By in United Kingdom,

I think Lego has finally realised with the success of the Falcon, the kids who couldn't afford the larger sets have grown up and as AFOLs have the desire and income to now buy them.... And it also could do more damage to LEPIN clones than suing LEPIN........

Destroy LEPIN and another cloner will take their place, REMOVE their market, as people will still choose to pay more for real LEGO over a clone.

Please bring us a 10030 re-release and re-run the early Modulars and my life will be completed....

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By in Canada,

Well, this is great news for all those that have this set on their wishlist! Perhaps they could have made some improvement on the original design like the MF. I'm not sure as I don't have the original. The price increase seems to be reasonable although somewhat above inflation.

I would love to have more insight into TLG's decision on doing more and more re-releases. Is it the knock-offs, the inflated aftermarket, or are they listening to their fans...? It makes perfect business sense, there clearly is a market.

I have no problems with TLG doing these re-releases. It certainly does not seem to impact on their normal releases generally. The exception being perhaps the Winter Village toy shop.

I will shed no tear for Lepin et all, and the scalpers. I have no problems with people making a few bucks on sets or parts that are not currently in production, to support their hobby. I do have an issue with scalpers buying up sets before real fans can get their hands on them and/or selling sets or parts for inflated prices.

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By in Canada,

The one new piece is probably an element showing building details etc.

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By in United States,

^ Or a brick separator. ;-)

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By in United States,

So I already have this set, so not that big of a deal, although I think the reseller market is crying and taking another hit. I really think that Lego is paying attention and going after some of that market, but that also scares me. Sources like Brickowl and Bricklink are key to MOC builders and I am starting to get a little fearful, that we will begin to lose some of these folks. Lego needs to be careful unless it wants to always be able to supply the demand of parts that builders need. Which currently even through Brick and Pieces they do not.

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By in United Kingdom,

I guess re-releasing old sets is one way of saving money. I wonder if there have ever been so many £100+ sets on the shelves, or even £200+. It seems Lego are certainly acknowledging AFOLs disposable income, even if we aren't always getting the sets we want.

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By in Australia,

Thank you Lego this is the best news, wasn't collecting when this was originally released so have wanted this set even since I came across it and now finally will be able to purchase...super excited at this news.

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By in United States,

While this is great for those who dont have it, im not sure i like this trend. Part of being an adult collector is just that, collecting. If old sets are going to be available, it takes half the fun out of it.

Earlier in the thread someone asked what took Lego so long to become Lego on Demand? I have to agree, i think in the very near future, any set you want will be available.

I dont know if i can continue to justify hundreds of dollars for the sets going forward.

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By in Singapore,

I had to check the calander to convince myself that it wasnt 1st April.

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By in United States,

Pass. Yawn...

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By in United Kingdom,

A re-release kinda feels like a missed opportunity - look what they were able to do with the Falcon.
And was there a huge demand for this one anyway?
Still glad they're sticking it to Lepin though.

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By in United Kingdom,

Another expensive set. Another re-issue. Another "no thanks" from me. If you don't start getting creative and releasing original products soon, my AFOL flame, which used to burn so bright, is going to go out.

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By in United States,

Excellent! I'm actually very happy about the re-release trend. What would have been even better is if they modernized the set like they did with that Star Wars one recently. Still, glad to see some of these large sets coming back.

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By in United States,

If you listen closely you can hear the collective screams of resellers as they just lost thousands of dollars.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm on the fence with this at the moment, not because I don't want it, more because I want to hear if they manage to keep all the bricks the same shade of white instead of the variations that were talked about in the recent VIP build. If they do I will definitely be adding this to the collection at some point.

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By in United States,

Is this why they haven't had the capacity to produce enough Falcons? What's with the back-to-back mega re-releases? Did Disney recently buy out Lego or something? I'm not opposed to these sorts of "throw-backs", but wouldn't it be better if these were an annual thing? We don't have much time look forward to or appreciate anything anymore. I miss the days of having just a couple of sets a year that were more than $150. Lego seems a bit over-confident in everyone's willingness and ability to throw down a ton of money on so many huge sets. Or maybe they're just trying to push them out as quickly as possibly while market confidence is high. I smell a crash coming.

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By in United States,

This is all good now, but I could see an abundance of re-releases as a nuisance some time down the line.

Edit: polyester333 ha I didn't read ur comment before posting mine :) Well said.

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By in United States,

Based off the UK price, it's likely $349.99 in the US.

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By in United States,

I'm not even mad. From a business standpoint, I think there is a much bigger market for this now than when it was first released. And from a consumer standpoint, the original is so old that many of us probably weren't able to get it (like me). Will definitely be picking this one up at some point this year or next.

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By in Spain,

Missed the first one so good news to me! I hope they re-release more sets in the future to stop the reselling prices and also to hurt Lepin..

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By in United States,

Well well, what a pleasant surprise--I was considering Lepin for an Emerald Night (10194), but if Lego's seriously getting into the re-release biz, I'd happily buy a real one from them instead!

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By in United States,

Showing up now on the US site at $369.99.

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By in United Kingdom,

How long will the white stay white?

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By in New Zealand,

I'm absolutely gobsmacked. There *must* be an error on the LEGO website. It just doesn't make sense. I mean ... really ... no ludicrous mark-up for the NZ price?!

I just don't know what's real any more......

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By in United States,

Lego should just come out with a "Lego Classics" line.

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By in United Kingdom,

Rerelease Cafe Corner and my life will be complete. Also, I never had the chance to get Wolverine's Chopper Showdown but I concede that's not in the same interest!

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By in United States,

...Or Cafe Corner redux that is not empty.

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By in Czech Republic,

According to LEGO only the box is different:

@LEGO_Group 3 h

The only change from the 2008 version is the packaging, one cross-axel color change and an addition of numbered bags :)

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By in Czech Republic,

I guess the reason WHY NOW and WHY NO CHANGES rests partly in interim report results.. they have to increase revenues, they know that this one (and other iconic sets) have been praised for years.. instructions and design is already finished so all that you need to do is "mould the bricks, pack them into the box" and voila! Start selling.. simply as that..

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By in Germany,

While it is a great thing to revamp iconic sets and destroying the secondary market for them, I will pass on this particular set. Building the Tower Bridge was my worst LEGO experience in 41 years. So repetitive, so boring, so much work instead of fun. The Taj Mahal is mirror-symmetrical as well, so nope, I'll keep away from it...

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By in United States,

""all for this - giving newer more recent lego fans and AFOLS the chance to buy at a reasonable price rather than the rip-off scalpers"

^ This! :-))"

Yeah, I guess those "Scalpers" should have shelled out the money back in 2010 for the set, stored it for 7 years undamaged, then just passed it along to you at the original price when you finally come along wanting to buy it.

give me a break....

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By in United States,

Finally a large set I can pass on

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By in United States,

This is good news for people who wanted the set but did not get it, though I feel bad for the people who bought it as an investment. It seems like Lego has really been hurting investors with this, the rerelease of the UCS Falcon, and Lester.

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By in Sweden,

This has big ramifications for Lego collecting. While it is great to be able to finally get this venerable set, collecting is not as fun when you can expect to get rereleases easily at some point. And it destroys much of the potential for price appreciation for your collection, making Lego purchasing less exciting from a financial viewpoint. I’m looking forward to hearing Brook Johnson’s comments in his next investor video. I guess it means diversification gets even more important to an investor.

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By in United Kingdom,

No wonder they can’t keep up with production of new kits if they’re
re-releasing old ones !!

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By in United Kingdom,

This is fantastic news and I can’t wait to finally get my hands on this iconic set. I hope it has numbered bags this time. I was so tempted to turn to the dark side and get this from Lepin but happily won’t have to now.
So pleased Lego has done this, it really is one in the eye for the scalpers and investors who will now hopefully be left with plenty of 10189 stock they can’t shift unless they reduce the price drastically, also one in the eye for Lepin and other clone brands. Lego have realised this is they way to tackle the investors and clones and will hopefully be a step towards thwarting the practice as investors won’t risk stock piling sets because they won’t know which ones Lego might just rerelease in the future. These are the only people who will be genuinely not happy at this news and my heart bleeds for them!!! Lol!!!
3450 Statue of Liberty next please, also the early modulars would be nice too.

It’s strange that 10189 was released very shortly after the original UCS falcon and now it’s happening again, talk about deja vu!!!

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By in New Zealand,

@ Block n Roll: What a bargain! If the re-released Millennium Falcon had been priced the same way it would be retail at NZD $763 instead of the actual NZD $1500.

At that price, I should buy one of these just for the parts.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Dude45 Buying Lego should be exciting in it's own right. If this release is the first nail in the coffin of buying Lego from a 'financial viewpoint' then it is a great day.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is great news. Probably will pick one up.

As for hurting Lepin sales - who are you kidding? They're still selling the replica for half the price of this...

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By in United Kingdom,

Fantastic that Lego is re-releasing this set! Way too expensive for me before, but now possible! Lego could offer a service to sell most of the bigger OP sets on a sale on request basis - with an understandable long wait to receive the set of course. There are so many sets i've missed out on that i would love to get - like all of us on here i expect!

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By in New Zealand,

@Dude45 : If you're in it primarily as an investment opportunity then you're the problem that's fuelled the market for this, the new UCS MF, the new Carousel and any future re-design/re-release. Buy LEGO, build LEGO, enjoy LEGO. If all you want is an investment then buy stocks, or gold, or property, or anything else that will increase in value but which you'll get no pleasure from.

(Disclaimer: Other investment opportunities are available. Please seek professional advice when investing. The value of investments may go up or down depending on market forces. Don't be dicks - BUILD your bricks!)

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By in New Zealand,

@FlagsNZ : It's not often we get a set that sits around 10c/piece. To have that happen in a flagship set is rather unbelievable! As you say, if the new UCS MF had been priced the same way then it'd be half the cost - and a "definite purchase" rather than a "never purchase".

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By in Hungary,

I've just realized that 1 more piece that is in the new Taj Mahal costs 30 Euros...well done! :D

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By in Germany,

^ That is one expensive brick separator :D

Also: yay, blue baseplates! That's about all I have to say about this set. But seen in the light of this revelation, perhaps the new Modular will be Café Corner! :)

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By in Canada,

Thank you Lego for screwing over this loyal collector. I paid over $4000 last year for the original Falcon and Taj Mahal - not because I wanted to profit off them, but because I wanted to enjoy them and trusted that it was not a foolish investment because I'd be able to later resell them at the same price. I thought Lego didn't re-release the high-value collectible sets because they respected how many thousands of collectors paid through the nose to acquire them. I feel rather betrayed.

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By in United States,

Pass. Never wanted the first one. Lego needs to try new stuff instead of just "re-doing" sets that have already been done before.

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By in Canada,

@Block-n-Roll - not all of us who paid high prices for these sets did so because we were trying to profit - some of us really wanted to have them, saved, waited for a rare reasonable-but-still-very-expensive opportunity, paid $1000+ for a Taj Mahal or $2000 for the Falcon, and considered it a not-foolish purchase because we expected to be able to sell them at some point for the same price. It was reasonable to expect Lego wouldn't re-release these, many companies wouldn't when they respect how much their loyal customers have invested.

I'm not even remotely rich, I saved and indulged in these expensive after-market purchases because I thought Lego respected its collectors and might release re-designs, but not re-releases that would so dramatically devalue our collections.

You're right that investment values change with market forces, but this is a case where the company made a choice with a dramatic consequence for thousands of collectors - not unpredictable market forces, just one choice by the company. I bought these so my girlfriend could build the Taj and I could build the Falcon and I could resell them at the same price, now I've likely lost at least $3000. It's reasonable to have a little sympathy for those of us feeling burned about it, no?

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By in United States,

(Yawn) Had zero interest in the first time around and have zero in it this time around.

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By in United States,

@Potential178 It might be reasonable, but the assumption that LEGO will always appreciate significantly is the surefire way to eventually implode the market, like comic books in the 90s. I think people like you just need to be a little more honest with themselves about what their lives would be like with and without these extremely expensive sets. Has it changed your life in any measurable way other than momentary satisfaction? If they weren't re-released, would you walk by them every day and truly think that money was well-spent? If you can answer yes to those questions, then you have nothing to complain about. If you answer no, you ought to re-evaluate your cost-benefit weighting for buying these things.

I don't really understand the idea behind wanting to have them but also wanting to sell them later. If an acceptable end result for you was to own them for a while and then sell them to at least make your money back, then what was the actual point of owning it in the first place? So you could put pictures up on Facebook? Ever since I was a kid, I have approached buying any collectibles as if I will never sell them and then proceed accordingly. If I'm buying something to make a profit, I don't even bother acting like I own it because it's now just an asset.

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By in Canada,

@UY Scuti - "I don't really understand the idea behind wanting to have them but also wanting to sell them later." Did you try to understand? Can you think of other things we purchase with the same intent? Can you have empathy for people who have different priorities than you? I don't really understand your logic - in order for our indulgent purchase choice to be valid, we had to either want the item until we died, or have been willing to lose all of the cost invested? Really? Obviously we weigh purchases very differently based on whether something can be reasonably expected to depreciate, appreciate or maintain it's value. We make other purchases expecting them to be something we'll only own for a while, or will safely be able to sell if our financial circumstances change. Some of us coveted those sets, wanted the experience of owning & building them, but once we've had that experience would be happy to pass them on at a similar price to what we paid, and if that wasn't the case we wouldn't have been able to justify the high cost in the first place.

I understand why you might not want to do this yourself, but I don't understand why you or others wouldn't have empathy for those of us who did and have now been burned.

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By in Norway,

Yay! I applaud this move from LEGO! They just want to profit from their own products - they have earned nothing on the increased price level for this (and other) sets on the aftermarket...
I hope this means that for every set that reaches high enough prices on the aftermarket they will re-release - the demand is then obviously there, so why should others than LEGO profit from that? Hoping for the early modulars! :-)
And for those who expect to get more than 50% back on a boxed set that they have opened and built: get a grip! :-p Used goods should simply not be expected to be that valuable...

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By in Australia,

I'l have to wait for the second production wave of this sadly. November 27th is a terrible time for me, since I'm moving about two weeks later, and shipping from [email protected] to Australia takes about two weeks.

Actually, since unlike the Falcon this might actually show up in retail stores here, its probably best to wait for that anyway

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By in United States,

I am thrilled, even though I very much doubt I'll buy this set.

First of all, I might change my mind about buying it. It's always been a set I admired; I didn't regret not having it because I know I don't have the space to display it, and I know white ABS has color stability problems, especially when exposed to light. On the other hand, 95% of my collection is already fuelling "someday I'll build this" fantasies. What's one more--and such a special one!

Secondly, I am glad TLG is trying to deflate the speculation bubble in Lego values and taking aim at the clone merchants. Yes, I do feel sorry for people who've lost money by buying something at inflated prices, but it won't be the whole purchase price that has been lost, either. Save your documentation and you'll still have something they can't make any more of--the original set. That's still going to be worth considerably more to some people than even a TLG reissue. And the more people get interested in collecting Lego not as an investment, but as a hobby, the more the market for collectable Lego will grow. What's more, the true collector, not the hard-nosed investor, is what really drives the aftermarket in the long term. Investors move on to the next easy kill, create chaos there, and pay little attention to what they leave behind. Collectors clean up the mess and re-establish a healthy environment for the hobby. I don't think any true Lego enthusiast--even the ones who make a business out of their hobby--will be a loser in the long run.

Thirdly, the toy industry as a whole is in a crisis. Mattel and Hasbro are in serious trouble, the situation with TRU (while not directly related to the overall problem) doesn't help with public perception, and more and more people are saying that children would rather fiddle with their electronic gadgets than play with a physical toy. I'm happy to see that TLG is doubling down on the physical toy as product, while not neglecting its efforts to integrate with the electronic universe. IMO, that's the best way to move forward.

Fourthly, just because TLG is still sound financially is no guarantee that the problems of the other big toymakers won't affect them soon. Any source of "extra" income to help them get through an unstable period is bound to be good for the company. And what's good for TLG is good for me as well (at least by making me happy).

Lots of upside here, any way you look at it!

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By in United States,

This is good news in general and I'm sorry but I can't sympathize with investors and collectors. Lego is a toy first and now many fans will get to enjoy this set that couldn't before. I hope they'll do more and more of these--there are several sets that I'd love to be able to build and have my kids play with.

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By in New Zealand,

To everyone who thinks they've been hard done by because of LEGO's actions, the point still remains that if you treat your sets as an investment then you have to accept that the value can drop. Whether or not TLG decide to release a more affordable version of what you've paid thousands for is irrelevant - you've paid what you thought it was worth at the time. If subsequent market activity suddenly devalues your investment then you take the hit and move on.

Remember that the intrinsic value of LEGO is minimal - it's just bits of plastic. All that gives it investment value is supply and demand, or the "desirability" of a set, which relies on what people are prepared to pay. If you buy at a ridiculously inflated price with the expectation that others will subsequently pay similar (or even more inflated) prices then you have to be prepared to take a loss if that's how the market moves.

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By in United States,

2017: The year in which a hundred-dollar set with a thousand parts is SMALL. These are strange times. Will we see even stranger things next year?

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By in Canada,

@Block-n-Roll

I don't disagree with you, technically, but if your house was suddenly devalued 80% because of a sudden, unprecedented, massive supply of new homes on the market, I wouldn't say "Well, you knew the risk, move on."

I don't usually bother engaging on forums, people just want to feel superior and get the last word, not find common ground and validate each other's differing views. Again, I don't think you're technically wrong, I just think the views expressed here towards after-market buyers is callous. I think people could be happy the set is back on the market without either lacking empathy for, or taking pleasure in the loss of those of us who purchased at high prices.

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By in New Zealand,

^ That describes the problems with the Auckland (and New Zealand) property market quite well.

What disappoints me with this release is that, despite there being a decade of new parts being introduced, this set has not undergone any redesign: it is the same model with a brick separator!

There are lots of new SNOT and curved pieces in the inventory that could have been used to improve the look of the model. To me, that seems lazy.

This set does not appeal to me.

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By in New Zealand,

Easy pass for me this one... There's plenty of better (IMO) other sets TLG can and probably will re-release that I'd rather buy. Even though the price is "reasonable" for little old "in the middle of nowhere NZ", I still don't see the appeal of a set which I have no bond to as I've never been and will not likely go to, doesn't fit in a modular city and will likely yellow over time.

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By in United States,

One of the best Lego display models ever. So nice to see this available again. Excellent price too.
But dangit Lego...my wallets and many other collector wallets are strainin'! There's like 29 kits with prices over $100 in one year. Is that the most ever in that time by Lego? Besides the price, hard to appreciate and enjoy all those beautiful kits released so close together. Hopefully they'll stay on sale for a couple years.
I wonder if Lego is doing this to give an f-u to the honest folks at Lepin ;) Maybe more re-releases are in the near future of hard to get sets.

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By in Czech Republic,

@ Block-n-Roll

basically you are just in line with the others (this is not in any way meant as a kind of offense) that see these "super mega giga popular exquisite sets" as the WORST for investment. I gather that if you purchase "somewhat" of this line . e.g. London Tower Bridge for cca 120 GBP. you can rely on that in 5 yrs time you can easily get rid of it for 140 GBP.. but on what market? ebay (inc. paypal it will cost you 12 per cent).. Amazon? (more or less the same).. so what is the actual profit on those - that were/ have been in production for years? .. ZERO.. that is my insight

But given the same view (percentage in increase) you can find some absolutely ordinary, nothing special sets even in CITY area that would pump up to 2x that much than the original purchase price within two years. - and most of all - almost NOONE gives a **** to pay 30 USD for something (that originally cost 12 USD) than to pay 600 USD for other thing (exclusive) that was originally 350 USD....

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By in Canada,

@ FlagsNZ

... not to mention, if they release a re-design they leave some degree move value for those of us who have invested in the original. Re-releasing an identical set really maximizes our loss.

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By in United States,

The craziest thing is I was just looking at eBay this past week kinda wanting this set and BOOM find there re-releasing!!! So crazy yet I'm so excited. Here's the kicker though, the set was released in 2008 and was 299.99 usd, now its on Lego.com as 369.99. the re-release says 1 more piece, so that piece better be 14ct. Gold or something!!!!

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By in United States,

@mattb483, the new piece is a brick separator. It's been 10 years. Things get more expensive. Not sure why you expect it to be the same exact price, that's not reasonable.. Although I think that a $30-40 increase is more in line with what I'd expect, though.

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By in Singapore,

Good news for those who want this retired set in new mint bricks. There might be a few new choice elements but overall, it's still the same old thing. despite its huge piece count, the variety is a short list and u get hundreds of the same white elements, so it makes no difference whether they are packed in number bags or not. Not a fan of the studded domes. Easy pass for me. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Lego have absolutely no reason to protect investments made in Lego and protect those who pay through the nose for certain sets. Everybody knows that investments are always going to be risky and sometimes you get your fingers burnt.
There is always the risk that Lego may rerelease a set or redesign it, they’ve done it many times before and will hopefully continue to do so.
Lego have seen how much money scalpers are making on these sets and have decided enough is enough whilst at the same time tackling the clone brands.
Lego have never said they wouldn’t rerelease Big ticket sets to protect people’s investments and it’s foolish of people to think they would, lego don’t make a single penny from these investments so why should they? People who have paid huge sums of money to investors do so knowing the risk that their purchases could increase or decrease in value and it’s also those people who fuel the secondary market therefore ensuring the practice continues.

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By in United States,

Dear LEGO,

Please do NOT re release the modulars. Keep something special. Keep one line collectible.

Kind regards,

AFOL.

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By in Canada,

Does a line cease to be collectible when more people are able to collect it, later on?

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By in Germany,

I will absolutely not be surprised that 10185: Green Grocer is the next!

Anyway the secondary MISB (mint in sealed box) sets will determine its price naturally. There will be people buying or selling it an ridiculous prices and there is always a valid reason behind it. I don't see anything wrong with it.

One comment is I can only imagine that the world is the same (or can even be more fun), if there is completely no secondary market for MISB. And people can just buy all the sets at a reasonable price whenever they want.

And for buying sets and parting out the bricks, it's a different category all together, we will still need them of course!

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By in United Kingdom,

this is not needed!!!!!!!!!
why do a silly remake of this? and for me i like buildings that have rooms inside that can put minifigures in so i would never get this , it miet be the second largest lego set out there i think but just not my type of set

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By in United Kingdom,

This strategic of blowing away the resale market could backfire on TLG...maybe they will discover just how many sets are being squirrelled away instead of being built when sales drop.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have bought three Lepin sets in the past - Grand Emporium, Café Corner and the Town Hall. These cost me £130 in total. I have always wanted to get the original Lego modular, but refused to pay inflated prices. I would like to think now that I did my bit to help persuade Lego to start re-releasing sets! Lepin quality, for me, has been good. I would also say that the ridged full plate wide base plate is actually better than what Lego provide. I know it's not the real thing, but it saved me £100's to spend on genuine Lego.

I have never bought a Lepin set that Lego were currently producing, and my view was always that if Lego did not want my custom then I would go somewhere that did. I don't see the difference between people selling the individual bricks or Lepin making their own. I was lucky enough to get the original Death Star and Star Destroyer sets for £125 each from Lego when the were reduced, but as I don't buy sets to re-sale I have had the enjoyment of re-building them a few times.

This may be a re-release, but the set number is different, so there will always be that one collector who wants the original boxed set which will probably mean the ones the scalpers have will hold a little bit of demand, if not what they were hoping - after all, who needs another brick separator.

I look forward to buying this after Christmas (promised my wife no more big sets this year after Brick Live a couple of days ago - £500 spent and Big Ben almost built. Then to build the Carousel before the Tecnic Tractor and the smaller sets I got).

The only scalpers I am prepared to use are for the Collectable Minifigs. I now need 24 to complete them. And that includes needing Mr Gold, so Lego, if you are listening and you want to re-release a really special Minifigure a certain Gold one would be perfect...

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By in Australia,

I honestly think this is fantastic for people who want it. The prices by resellers are too high, and this gives people who want the set an opportunity (and my wallet a break as it is not a set I personally desire).

However, I missed out on the ISD and refuse to even consider bricklinking or current market prices - so re-releasing incredible pieces of art (sets) like this make me happy for all those people who missed out and the hope for those like me, that some great old sets will be re-released.

And if a set they re-release isn't one I am personally interested in, then that gives my wallet a nice break, as there are many other sets I am.

Great move Lego.

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By in Australia,

Well done Lego and keep it up.

It is first and foremost a toy, and as such the more people that can enjoy and experience these iconic sets the better.

I would always much prefer Lego getting the sales than Lepin or the like or scalpers selling them at inflated prices.

No one with any financial sense would ever buy a toy as a serious investment , a speculative investment maybe, but more so it should always be about a hobby and having fun.

For me here is hoping 10181 Eiffel Tower is re-released

So with

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By in United States,

Sympathy for those who overpaid (which is of course entirely relative...) for a LEGO set hunh?

I'll pass.

I won't even ask you to rejoice with me when I get one on sale. You're welcome!

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By in Netherlands,

@imatheso "2017: The year in which a hundred-dollar set with a thousand parts is SMALL. These are strange times. Will we see even stranger things next year?"

Man, I'm still trembling from the Stranger Things season we got this year.. :-p

On topic, so this is the way Lego is trying to take back a part of the appeal of the secondary market?

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By in Canada,

Anybody who is complaining about their investment need not blame Lego. With any investment their is always a risk that it will decrease in value...if there wasn't we'd all be rich.

I do have to admit that it is a risky line for Lego if they keep re-releasing sets as they run the risk of loosing sales to those who are purely Lego investors. I don't agree with those who buy popular sets in bulk for profit thus denying those who actually want to enjoy the set.

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By in Norway,

The secondary market was getting completely out of hand, so this is a smart move to get it more under control.
"Some LEGO sets have appreciated better than gold" quickly became "LEGO is worth its weight in gold, and is a smart investment" - and I assume LEGO want to avoid the rumor spreading that "LEGO is more expensive than gold"...
The whole MF debacle was propably caused by investors purchasing most of the first batch, leaving LEGO bulding fans empty-handed. The recent re-releases clearly signals that LEGO does not want their toys to be investment objects.

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By in United States,

Another long term bad move by Lego. The impression of "I can sell this later and get my $$ back" has encouraged me to purchase way more than is reasonable. I stopped "collecting" the winter village sets after the re-release. (Anyone interested in buying the entire line up until the repeat?) I sold off my ucs sets after the Death Star re-release. I have been selling selling and selling.
I owned 1,500 sets two years back. I am down to under 1,000 with plans to cut that number in half again by years end.
You know what I have not done hardly any of? BUY. I have purchased just two sets this calendar year, compared to 100s a year.

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By in Netherlands,

What's next? Lady Liberty? The Eiffel Tower? Yoda? Darth Maul?

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By in United States,

I agree with several others that it would have been preferable to update and improve the design, rather than do a straight-up re-release. First, although beautiful, the classic Taj looks quite dated to my 2017 eyes, which have grown accustomed to the smooth, sophisticated stylings of new LEGO such as the Disney Castle and the Old Fishing Shop. Second, if they had revamped it for a re-release, the collector's market would not have been affected in the same way - actually it would create TWO Tajs that some people would want to have, while at the same time taking a knock at the copycat brands. I don't quite understand why they decided to re-release the original design.

In any case it's not for me... that build looks way too tedious! I am glad that others who had wanted this set will be able to purchase it for a reasonable(ish) price though.

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By in Germany,

^followsclosely - Rightly so! I said it 4 years ago in this website comment, when Lego was to open a China factory. Things will just fall apart because there will be lower perceive quality of bricks, more imitations, less and less collectors will use their storeroom as worldwide distribution channel for Lego (I can imagine the amount of mint sets just by looking at Bricklink database).

Now with this move, it is another shot at the collectors thus it seems apparently the company don't understand where their sets went to, and they don't care. So be it. At least I'm not buying that many and I can spent my money wisely in something else, only occasionally picking up some good current sets and open it for play with my kids -> which should be anyway.

Thus I'm not against this move, but I'm not expecting to see the sales of Lego to improve.

Oh... Have I said it before, those people that collects, keeping the logistics, using their home as warehouses, do you think they do it purely for profit? No, if there is no love in the toy, they will not be interested to do this. Profit is just an incentive. The money earned is then used to buy more into the toy again! Do you think the money is then going elsewhere?

The collectors and sellers are doing it both for themselves and also (more importantly) it helps Lego keeping a distribution channel open for old sets on a continuing basis. No other company have this fan base and people willingly contribute their time and money into it.

If there are no perceived values, there will be no collectors. Simple as that.

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By in United States,

Everyone else is chipping in their two cents so here's a nickle, keep the change. Someone posted above (sorry not sure who) a very inciteful and prophetic glimpse of a possible future which would benefit LEGO and those of us who have missed out on classic sets of yesteryear. How about a rerelease on demand feature for [email protected]? Have a quarterly list of ten (or more/less - whatever folks) classic sets that fans would love to see return and the winner of ea. quarter's (or semi-annual - I'm flexible here) vote would be the rerelease. The chosen set would then go through a redesign (a modernizing update to improve w/current brick selection and minifigure printing technology) process of approx. 6 mo.'s and then be made avail. to the eagerly awaiting fandom. Thus the die-hard collectors and investors could sit happy w/their original version (and thus still valuable) investment set and those of us who have panned for a UCS Death Star or Star Destroyer, early Modular, Eiffel Tower, whatever, would be happy as well. Collectors happy, LEGO fans happy, and LEGO profits happy (minimal investment on redesigning an old set as opposed to designing an original set). Everyone happy, everything is awesome!!

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By in United Arab Emirates,

If this is the start of Lego re-releasing sets with really high demand I’m not gonna be too surprised if 2018’s modular is the Café Corner with an interior, killing the reselling market and taking it over is good for people like me who don’t want to pay twenty times the MSRP of a set.

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By in Ireland,

33 new Corner Cafes for sale on bricklink, 12 sales in the last 12 months.

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By in United States,

To everyone saying "oh noes, the investors will no longer be buying extra sets, it's the end of Lego!", I guarantee the handful of extra sets bought by a "serious collectors" will be dwarfed by the thousands sold to those of us happy to finally get our hands on formerly out-of-reach models.

And I would -love- to see a "vote for this year's 5 re-releases!". Put me down for 6990 Futuron Monorail and 10194 Emerald Night (and I'm sure plenty of others I haven't thought of).

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By in France,

HUW, you should do a poll of the sets people most want to see re-released (or upgraded...)

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By in United States,

I thought the $70 increase in price was actually low. I would have expected at least a $100 price increase. The cost of distribution and freight has to be significantly higher than it was 10 years ago. Just check out airfares. Plus LEGO is a much bigger fatter organization with undoubtedly higher operating costs. They wouldn't be releasing all these $250+ sets if people weren't buying them. Most of them do well.

I also noticed that Tower Bridge is STILL on the market. Taj Mahal (and original Falcon) should have been offered a lot longer.

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By in United Kingdom,

Back in 2001 Lego had a line of sets called legends and I remember one of them was put to a vote between 6285 Black seas barracuda, 6074 Black falcons fortress, 375 yellow castle and 6390 Main Street. I voted for the yellow castle but the Black seas barracuda won. The other 2 ended up being made into sets anyway.
Lego could reintroduce a similar system now and I bet it would be successful.
Anything which hurts investors and scalpers is fine by me.
Also, why on earth would any Lego fan be annoyed at any set being rereleased when surely it means more people can get and enjoy the set. I really have no time at all for this snooty exclusivity argument where only the privileged few can enjoy certain sets and if you missed out the first time around that’s tough.
Lego aren’t just taking down scalpers and tackling the clone brands, there are also many people who are new to the hobby who should be able to buy these great sets at reasonable cost, people who weren’t old enough 10 years ago or couldn’t afford it then amongst other reasons.
I know Lego can’t rerelease every single set they’ve produced but it’s fairly easy to determine which ones are in demand and selling for silly amounts and it requires minimal effort and cost to make many people happy by making these sets available again.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great news.
I'll be getting at least one.

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By in Norway,

Easy pass, totally useless set demanding alot of valuable space for display only. Lets talk about trains, monorail(s) and the Light&Sound system <3

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By in United States,

Can you imagine what would have happened if this had been announced/released before 75192 Millennium Falcon! All those unfortunate collectors who would have spent hundreds of their respective currencies to own the new largest LEGO set ever produced, only to have to spend twice as much a few months later to do so again! That would have been awful!

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By in United States,

@Chilis_no Light & Sound, wow, that brings it back! Retro is super-in right now (look at the the mini Nintendo consoles). I bet those would sell at least well enough to recoup the cost.

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By in United States,

For a long time I considered this the "Mt Everest" of Lego building; it was just something unattainable I'd always look up to and never believe I could realistically have. I couldn't have afforded it when it first came out, and I certainly could never pay the after-market markup on the thing.

Now I think I can realistically attain the thing. It does look a little dated my modern Lego standards, I admit... but to me that just adds to the charm a little; I don't mind Lego that clearly looks like Lego. And to me, it still holds up. It does look a little tedious to build, but that's part of why building it would feel like such an accomplishment. Look forward to picking this up.

I prefer to think of it as classic and/or retro rather than dated to be honest.

I don't have much sympathy for people who bought the original hoping for it to appreciate in value. That's investing, not collecting. I collect for my own satisfaction of building and displaying the sets I get. I couldn't care less if I'm the only one who has a particular set, or a billion other people do. Lack of exclusivity doesn't bother me the least bit when it comes to how much I appreciate my collection.

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By in United States,

Looks like Lego is trying to kill the after market greed. Good for them! I've always hated the greedy who go around and hoard all the really good sets only to turn around and auction them off for ridiculous prices. These are suppose to be toys to be enjoyed and not treated like stock options from day trader wannabes.

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By in Greece,

I just wish the re-release Town Hall too. I need it to make a brickfilm I was planning for a long time. It is rediculous that now you can't find it cheaper than 350$

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By in United Kingdom,

Folk griping about Lego re-releasing sets and de-valuing the secondary market value of their original sets is pathetic. Lego choose what to produce based upon feeding their own profit margins and company growth. Just like dabbling in stocks and shares, if you see Lego as purely an investment you have to expect the odd ‘crash’ too ;-)

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By in France,

So Taj Mahal about 6000 parts and 330€. UCS MF 7500 parts and... 800€? So + 470€ for refreshed design, license and 1500 parts more ? Is it balanced or is it me? Otherwise it looks like TLG wants at last to make money back instead of letting scalpers and design robbers do it, and I'm happy with that.

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By in Slovenia,

This set should be remodeled to use new bricks. It is a pitty Lego did not do that for such a marvelous building. Cost of designing, new instructions, new box? They hunt for revenue, not to please customers. I'll pas due to that reason.

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By in United States,

I just took my Taj Mahal apart a couple of months ago. Took a long time.

Updating this set does not seem necessary to me - it is a classic build with basic LEGO parts, no need for fancy new parts, just regular plates and bricks. If you like the classic build of LEGO, closer to what LEGO designers do every day with regular bricks, then this is the set for you! Just make sure you have the room to display it - it takes up a lot of space!

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By in United Kingdom,

Does anybody know if it will have numbered bags this time? I hope so instead of having nearly 6,000 pieces in a big pile!!!
I’m pleased they haven’t changed the model design from the original, it’s the original I want. As dwp says it just uses regular bricks and plates and it looks unmistakably like Lego unlike many newer sets which are sometimes too rounded off and I love that about it.

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By in United States,

I’m happy for those who want it, but I’ll pass. The main dome design doesn’t work for me.

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By in Netherlands,

@LegoSolo77, that sounds lile an amazing idea! I don't know how achievable that is, but I'm pretty sure there wont be a demand issue.

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By in Malaysia,

My main concern is the nice ivory white turning yellow. Is there a way to stop such chemical effect during the manufacturing of the bricks?

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By in United Kingdom,

I’m currently torn between the Joker Manor and the rereleased Taj Mahal. The JM has minifigures and more moving parts, but the TM is maybe more satisfying as a construction... Anyone have any thoughts?

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By in United Kingdom,

I’ve noticed that quite a few 10189 sets have suddenly appeared on eBay as investors try to shift their stock before this comes out although they are still asking well over £1,000 for them, I don’t think so somehow, they’ll have to do better than that to shift them lol!!!
I saw on a tweet from Lego that the only differences between the old and new is a change of colour for an axle and the packaging as it now has numbered bags.
I too would like Joker manor and the Taj Mahal, I’m also waiting to see what the 2018 modular is going to be which will undoubtedly be released on 1st January. I think I’ll go with the Taj Mahal as I’ve wanted it for so long. Do any stores have one on display yet?

@saukoon The worst enemy of white bricks is sunlight, try and keep it out of direct sunlight. I store my Lego in the loft which has been converted into a room but it has no windows and no sunlight can get in and I’ve got white pieces up there which are 30 years old and are still gleaming white.

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