Return of the Re-releases

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The recent announcement of 10256 Taj Mahal took many LEGO fans completely by surprise and has been the subject of some debate concerning the role of re-released sets within LEGO's future product range. Nevertheless, it seems likely that this will be the first in a series of popular past sets making a return from the vault.

This revelation leaves us to wonder which other sets might be the subject of direct re-releases in future. There is undoubtedly demand for certain products and ranges to be revived as new fans of every age discover LEGO, although not all sets are suitable for such treatment. Today we are going to discuss which past direct-to-consumer sets seem most appropriate for a re-release, based in part upon demand for a given set but also upon its practical feasibility and the potential reaction from LEGO fans.


Terms such as 're-release' and 'remake' are often used interchangeably but I think they each confer subtly different meanings. In fact, I like to divide these kinds of sets into three tiers, as described below.

  • Direct re-release - A product intended to match an earlier set as closely as possible, albeit with some occasional revisions based upon the availability of parts or colours. (10001 Metroliner, 10256 Taj Mahal)
  • Revised re-release - A product based upon an earlier set but featuring an updated design, often to reflect an advancement in building techniques or graphic design. (10249 Winter Toy Shop, 75159 Death Star)
  • Remake - A product depicting the same subject matter as an earlier set but with an entirely, or at least predominantly, different design. (10226 Sopwith Camel, 75192 Millennium Falcon)

These definitions are subjective to some degree and you may have your own views on what constitutes a re-release as opposed to a remake. Nevertheless, I thought it best to provide my own definitions here in order to avoid confusion as these terms are used throughout the rest of this article.


Modular Buildings

Demand for re-releases is frequently dictated by high secondary market prices for retired sets and the Modular Buildings range is particularly subject to this trend. 10182 Café Corner was released in 2007 and was available for about two years before being retired in the Autumn of 2009. The line has since become one of LEGO's most popular with adult fans but many missed out on some of its early sets and wish to complete their collection.

10182 Café Corner therefore seems like the perfect candidate for a direct re-release. However, several of the pieces included are no longer in production or have been supplanted by a newer element which fulfills a similar structural role. Furthermore, the lack of interior detail is disappointing when compared with modern Modular Buildings so a re-released version may be revised to better fit with the rest of the street. In any case, a re-release of 10182 Café Corner seems possible based upon demand alone.

10185 Green Grocer is subject to similar demand but contains far fewer retired elements. The intricacy of the exterior matches that of modern sets and the interior is satisfactory as well, despite being more sparsely furnished than recent Modular Buildings. 10197 Fire Brigade follows a similar trend but was available for longer so is owned by many more current LEGO fans. I would therefore suggest that 10182 Café Corner and 10185 Green Grocer might be re-released within the next few years but that subsequent Modular Buildings will not.

However, comparing demand for 10189 Taj Mahal and some of the older Modular Buildings may not be entirely fair. 10189 Taj Mahal was released in 2008 as part of a loosely connected series of international icons which also included sets such as 10181 Eiffel Tower and 10187 Volkswagen Beetle. The Modular Buildings, on the other hand, form an entirely cohesive series so re-releasing a single set would inevitably prove divisive, much like the announcement of 10249 Winter Toy Shop back in 2015.


Ultimate Collector's Series

The Star Wars universe is absolutely packed with iconic vehicles, many of which have been depicted at a large scale in the Ultimate Collector's Series. The T-65 X-wing is perhaps the most popular of these so was released as 7191 X-wing Fighter in 2000, the very first year of the UCS range. Thirteen years passed until 10240 Red Five X-wing Starfighter was announced and this decision was very well received, due not only to the popularity of the X-wing but also the enormous improvement over the original set. Several more Ultimate Collector's Series sets have been remade or re-released since then, with mixed results.

Rumours abound concerning the possible announcement of a UCS Y-wing in 2018, fourteen years after 10134 Y-wing Attack Starfighter was released. That seems sensible given the recent prominence of the Y-wing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the time which has elapsed since 2004. I have no doubt that modern building techniques and elements could be used to greatly improve upon a model which looks brilliant even in its existing form.

10221 Super Star Destroyer has also been the subject of some discussion recently as rumours swirl about a possible re-release early next year. It is not clear whether this would be a direct re-release or whether certain revisions would be made but in either case it seems premature given that the original set was only retired in 2014. 10030 Imperial Star Destroyer is far more deserving of a remake as the model left stores almost ten years ago and there is a great deal of room for improvement, especially concerning its structural integrity.

The Tantive IV is the very first vessel seen in Star Wars so holds a special place in the heart of many fans. It is therefore somewhat surprising that the vehicle has only appeared twice at a large scale, in 10019 Rebel Blockade Runner and 10198 Tantive IV, the most recent of which was released in 2009. These would be inappropriate for a direct re-release but a revised version borrowing design features of both models could prove very popular, particularly given the demand for a new Rebel Blockade Runner.

Ultimately, I think almost every Ultimate Collector's Series set is ripe for a remake at some point in the future but I would be sceptical about a direct re-release of any past model, particularly if that set was perceived to be occupying a slot which might have contained something brand new. This phenomenon had an impact upon 75159 Death Star as that announcement received a fairly negative response, due perhaps to an expectation for more significant changes or something entirely fresh. If rumours of 10221 Super Star Destroyer being re-released next year are to be believed then I hope we will still see two new Ultimate Collector Series sets in 2018 as well.


Advanced Models

Prior to the introduction of the Creator Expert range, the term 'Advanced Models' was used to describe large direct-to-consumer sets which did not fall under other themes such as Star Wars or Batman. 3450 Statue of Liberty was released in 2000 and could be a suitable candidate for a re-release or a remake as the structure is undoubtedly world famous, arguably even more so than the Taj Mahal. In addition, British icons such as 10253 Big Ben and 10258 London Bus have dominated the Creator Expert line for a couple of years so something different from elsewhere in the world would make a nice change.

10181 Eiffel Tower was released several years after 3450 Statue of Liberty but shares many of the same qualities. It is an architectural icon and is a frequent subject of Bricklink projects by those who missed out on the original set, much like 10189 Taj Mahal, so would be a worthy of a return from the vault in my view. However, both 3450 Statue of Liberty and 10181 Eiffel Tower look rather blocky by the standards of today so I think some alterations may be required. One could make the same argument about 10189 Taj Mahal but I think the potential improvements are less apparent in that case.

In addition to landmarks, well known aircraft were a popular subject for Advanced Models in the early 2000s. 3451 Sopwith Camel and 10024 Red Baron were released over fifteen years ago and the former made a surprising return in 2012 as 10226 Sopwith Camel. I would love to see a similarly updated model of the Fokker Dr.I but equally satisfying would be a re-release or remake of 10124 Wright Flyer. This set was produced in 2003 and looks superb even now. Unfortunately, the model is notoriously flimsy, much like the original plane, so an updated design would certainly be beneficial.

Very few trains have been released over the last decade which is a great shame given their popularity among AFOLs. Both 10194 Emerald Night and 10223 Horizon Express received an overwhelmingly positive response in 2009 and 2013 respectively but I think the older train is particularly deserving of a re-release as it looks just as impressive today as it did when the set was originally announced almost ten years ago.

On the other hand, I think many train fans would be even more delighted to see a brand new set. The absence of such a model in recent years may suggest that LEGO does not believe the demand for a Creator Expert train is sufficient to warrant the creation of a new one but the successful return of 10194 Emerald Night from the vault could provide the spark for an entire series! Personally, I would love to see a Creator Expert train released every year, perhaps alternating between classic and modern locomotives.


Do you agree or disagree with my conclusions and which sets, if any, would you most like to see re-released, either directly or with certain revisions? Let us know in the comments.

 

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By in United States,

Emerald Night, definitely, along with My Own Train.

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By in United Kingdom,

Definitely, we need a new Millennium Falcon UCS model. I cant afford the original and out of stock of the new one! :) lol

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By in United States,

I suppose the reason we'll be seeing more re-releases is because the newer LEGO Fans are looking at what LEGO has already made and realized they missed out on it, and they don't want to pay the inflated prices from other sellers. I'm sure everyone was like that at some point in time in their LEGO hobby.

I would like to see Cafe Corner, Market Street, and Green Grocer re-released with interior detailing, and then a re-release of Emerald Night would be interesting as well.

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By in United States,

I think all of the sets you suggested are good candidates.
The statue of liberty stands out to me as a set that could be improved upon by redesigning it with building techniques that use curved slopes and SNOT to give it more of a realistic appearance. I would like to see the hammerhead corvette from Star Wars made before some of the other Star Wars sets you suggested. And a completely new train is called for, because of the possibilities to combine it with the old trains. I was disappointed by the re-release of the death star, as I thought it could have improved on the old design better with just a few part choices. But the new Millenium Falcon does that and it awesome.

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By in United Kingdom,

Your article on re-releases was really good, and I agree with almost all your choices, especially the Red Baron & Sopwith Camel sets. However , I think Lego would get a much bigger response from sets that appeal to both adults and children. My two choices would be the iconic 497 GALAXY EXPLORER & 375 CASTLE (YELLOW) from the Space & Castle themes respectively. I personally think re-releasing the largest or best set from old themes would be a great way to pay homage to awesome sets of yesteryear. and they could be released just before Christmas to boost sales through the roof!

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By in United States,

Emerald Night, 110%. Come on Lego, spare me from going to the dark side for this one--I'd happily buy it from you!

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By in United States,

I have the original green grocer, and I must say that to see it re-released would be kind of a bummer. However, I think I'd be great for everyone to get there hands on a reasonably priced model, as it might be my favorite set. As for cafe corner, I had to bricklink it (and market street, with moderate success), and I'd definitely be up for an update.

To be honest, I was hoping for a half modular, due to the abnormal footprint of Assembly Square. If it was a normal footprint, all the modulars would make a perfect square. Now, I've got a empty space 16 x 32 studs in area.

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By in United Kingdom,

Emerald night train but in a new colour. I think this would satisfy both old and new collectors. Of course I'd still be happy with green.

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By in United States,

There is also talk of Harry Potter series coming back which could lead to a redo on Hogwarts Express or Hogwarts Castle.

Out of all mentioned I would enjoy a revamp of 10030 Star Destroyer. It is so iconic. I sold mine long ago and would buy another.

I hope for new famous landmarks since i have Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty. Although I have thought about selling Liberty since the build is nothing special and the finished model is not impressive by today's standards. I think the Golden Gate Bridge would be popular as well as one of the Washington DC buildings or Arc de Triumph.

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By in United States,

497/928.
Either the original (which i know will not happen with missing molds) or an enhanced version using the current part selection.

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By in United States,

I'm totally on board with the modulars being re-released. I only started getting some recently, so I have as far back as Palace Cinema but that's it. And I'm certainly in no mood to pay the aftermarket prices! Lego seems to be realizing just how profitable it can be to produce more supply for many large out of print sets.

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By in United States,

I am mixed on the whole rerelease issue. I would like to see Lego channel resources into new sets and lines, rather than rehashing old sets. It is on the other hand nice to have the break from spending $100-$200 on a set each year, when they rerelease something I already have.

Just a few days prior to the Taj Mahal news, I initiated a long project of bricklinking and bulk bin digging to try to build the Taj Mahal.

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By in United Kingdom,

Emerald night want it so bad but can't afford eBay Mark up. Even considered a dirty lepin one but thought No it's not real so just praying for a re-release

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By in United Kingdom,

Just the thought of rereleases sends a shiver down my spine...
If Lego brings back the Cafe Corner and GreenGrocers again, I think it would make a lot of people very very happy whilst only upsetting a handful of speculators. I would also suggest some more steam engines/carriage combos (luckily I have Emerald Night but appreciate many people missed out) and maybe some rolling stock sold on its own. Boeing 787 Dreamliner 10177 is worth a shout too alongside the last two Lego Forestmen sets 6077 and 6071 please to complete my collection!!! Anyway I'm already bursting at the seams waiting for news of this year's modular building.....

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By in United States,

Also on the vehicle front, The NASA rocket is pretty cool. I could see the future bringing the iconic Ford Mustang (which would sell very well in the USA even to non Lego folks) and something like a WWII plane or classic motorcycle with sidecar, a Yellow Tax Cab. As for remakes, hopefully they are done with the VW models. The London Bus looks great, maybe best of the series.

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By in Indonesia,

Not even a technic series?

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By in United States,

I would love to see a Red Baron revision! I love old war planes and I was too young when that set first came out. It's likely impossible but I would love to see WW2 era planes like the Mustang or P-38 Lightning.

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By in Poland,

10228!

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By in United Kingdom,

Older and smaller please!

925 Spaceship and the iconic yellow castle 375 are iconic and really cool.

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By in United States,

@Maxximus: I get the impression that Lego would rather stick to rereleasing sets that have been successful for them in the past. I'm fairly sure the Emerald Night was, but I don't know if the same can be said for My Own Train. I can't find the source but I think I recall a seeing a Lego designer mention at one point that the business model of selling individual train cars had not worked very well in practice.

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By in United States,

Thinking out loud:
M-Tron
Mega.Core.Magnetizer.

I know, I know, the huge discontinued transparent canopy part and magnets...

Can wish though.

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By in Germany,

For me, Market Street, Green Grocer and Café Corner would be perfect :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

It's got to be 928. Iconic.

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By in United States,

I would love to see a re-release of the Emerald Night. I rebuilt one recently, and there are several new parts that would make obvious replacements for the parts they used back then. I would also hope it sparks a whole new steam train series, maybe even incorporating the Hogwarts Express to the same level of detail and quality.

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By in France,

I totally agree with you CapnRex101. I think your analysis is fine and relevant.

I’m waiting for a re-release of:
- GREEN GROCER
- HORIZON EXPRESS
- EMERALD NIGHT

I would be interested in a new CAFE CORNER inly if it comes with a detailed interior. ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Remake the Emerald Night in DARK RED. Bang. Instant win. (And yes, I was on the original design team with Huw, and called for dark green and tan windows, and I'd love to see it on the shelves again, but the chance to buy a dark red one as well would be awesome).

Having said that, flame-yellowish orange with red, bordering black, striping at each end of the curved slopes - don't knock it 'til you've tried it..! (Not that an entirely new Collector's Steam Train wouldn't be welcome!)

The UCS TIE Interceptor is long overdue an update, I think. Maybe make a TIE Advanced X2 for something novel, although anything UCS should probably have real movie appeal, so go with the Interceptor. (Not that a TIE Bomber wouldn't be a nice - if expensive - treat).

One I would love to see remade is the 3723 giant Minifigure Sculpture. Maybe 10x rather than 12x, and it could be better designed too. Though I'd love to see a Red Classic Spaceman minifigure done at this scale.

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By in Australia,

Why not just have old set available on demand? Modern warehouses could pick the sets (a range of sets would be available based on current parts), maybe with a single box design so collectors still retain something ‘special’?

LEGO would take all my money...

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By in United States,

oh yes, Emerald Night Train. I really got back into LEGO about a year after that went away, so I would definitely grab that.

For that matter, (and not entirely the same thing) but a return to the historical medieval castle line would be awesome. Perhaps a modular castle to go with the modular town?

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By in United Kingdom,

Emerald Night gets my vote. Would like the earlier modulars too. I guess it depends on whether Lego see rereleases as a chance to make some extra money on older sets. Given Lepin and 2nd hand sellers on ebay there is clearly a market.

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By in Canada,

Whenever I hear people wanting re-releases it's alway about the modulars or the Emerald Night. If I figured that out, so did Lego. My bet is on the modulars first.

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By in Canada,

I believe this is a good move on Lego's part, as they know the demand is there and it costs next to nothing when comes to the research/development stage since its already been done. As well, this will help combat Lepin and resellers. Yes it will suck for those who are solely into Lego from the investment standpoint. I don't think Lego is all of a sudden about to flood the market with 100s of re-release but perhaps will release one per quarter.

Seeing as sets are so large these days Lego could re-release the entire classic space in one big box; there are a large fan base for this theme. Of course the sets would be in newer colours and some designs replaced with newer ones.

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By in Germany,

While I'm ok with revised re-releases and remakes of sets I'm not in favour of direct re-releases. I think the latter just take away a bit of the magic of the classic sets and in case of the sets released before 2004 would come in the new colours (greys and brown) anyway. Also some of the sets mentioned in this thread are barely 10 years old and I think it is just too early for a "re-release" of any sort.
In general I think the designers should take the best sets of the past as an example and make new ones, at best with some improvements if that's even possible.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've been (very) slowly bricklinking Cafe Corner over the past year, I bet they rerelease it just when I've nearly got all the pieces!

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By in Norway,

We NEED an updated UCS Star Destroyer!

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By in Netherlands,

I would welcome a rerelease of several of the couple of first modular buildings.
And certaintly a 'new' version of the emerald night.

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By in United States,

From the vault:
Modular Building: updated Cafe Corner (even though I Briklinked it), Green Grocer, and Fire Brigade
Train: Emerald Night and Maersk Train (I really like the locomotive)
Airplanes: Red Baron
Star Wars: X-wing (super-dooper version)

New:
- 1960s NYC taxi cab Or London cab if Lego stays in UK;
- nice skyscraper like Empire State Building or Chrysler Building;
- a modular-like winter village set

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By in United States,

I think they did the Taj Mahal because they haven't been able to keep up with the demand for the Falcon. I don't know this would be a regular occurrence.

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By in United States,

I have mixed feelings about the re-releases. Many of the ones that came out about 10 years ago were a time when many of us were hit hard by the recession (and having babies) and couldn’t justify spending money on Lego, so I guess it would be nice to have a second chance for a few sets in particular. However, part of the fun of collecting Lego has been knowing that every set is essentially a limited release and then hunting for retired sets and pieces. Now they’re making more and more exclusive releases that are unobtainable for almost everyone and re-releasing big sets that many have spent years either trying to part together or have saved up and bought second-hand. So while this might help bring down the scalping a little, the con exclusives and such continue to drive it up, and it takes a bit of wind out of the sails when you finally found that set from 10 years ago at a garage sale for it to then be released again by Lego the following year. It also makes Lego a little less valuable overall, since there’s now this new potential for re-release some time down the line. I realize that’s a small part of the Lego Community, but it’s an important one. I think it’s incredibly lazy of Lego to release an exact duplicate rather than release a revised version. I’ve complained less about the multitude of Millennium Falcons than that time they replaced the Death Star with a handful of revised parts and figures, slapped a Disney logo on the box, and hiked the price by $100. The new Carousel was the right idea; the Winter Village Toy Store was beyond disappointing. "Re-makes" are great, only if they're substantially re-designed with new parts.

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By in United Kingdom,

A large several 1000 piece highly detailed newly designed UCS style remake of a Classic Space 928 ship would be fantastic to see, and it is nearly 40 years anniversary soon.

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By in Australia,

Green grocer is the one I reeeeally want but I would also buy any rereleased modular up to pet shop, definitely Emerald Night and Horizon Express in any colour. I am hoping that there will be a new more detailed Hogwarts Express, and Diagon Alley (rereleased or different as long as has some medieval looking buildings) with the returning HP series.

I was one of those who was desperately disappointed with the rerelease of the toy shop but only because there was no new set that we were all expecting for the series. I don't need 'exclusivity' to enjoy building and displaying my Lego. Just the chance for some new things aling with the repeated especially for the ones where we are used to new sets every year. And yes I agree that there were so many new, big and amazing sets released this year that there is something for everyone- except the train fans. A proper creator expert train pleeease! And yes, please bring back castle and pirates too!

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By in United Kingdom,

10019 is still one of my favourite sets and the centrepiece of my Star Wars collection. Even if it's re-made it would have to be a significant improvment to take my money. Mind you, I was unconvinced about the new Falcon before I saw the pictures; then it was an easy choice to replace old with new.

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By in Poland,

No one wants re-release of Haunted House?

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't think planes, trains, and automobiles in the Creator Expert range need re-releases - there are just so many other new models to choose from, and I don't think the secondary market prices are too bad for anyone wanting the old ones.

I personally have stopped collecting the modular range, but I am certain many fans would love to see a re-release of those - it is just a question of whether LEGO re-releases a select few, or all of them.

I wouldn't mind a remake of the Liberty and Eiffel, but not interested in re-release as I think the originals look terrible, definitely have to be a remake to get my attention. Also again there are just so many other new models to choose from for the range of iconic buildings from around the world.

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By in United States,

@windjammer it's not easy. My mother bricklinked it, and the red slopes, front door, and some of the dark blue arches will give you headaches. I bricklinked Market street, and it was fairly straightforward. You could probably knock out most of the parts in 3-4 orders.

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By in United Kingdom,

I would love for a return of the emerald night. Such a beautiful set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Emerald Night, please!!!

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By in United States,

I'm not sure that the Taj Mahal was in demand. Sure it fetched a high price on ebay but now that its available will it really sell well? I don't think it will.

That being said, the recent rereleases has made me realize I need to offload a couple sets on ebay. I still have a Green Grocer and Super Star Destroyer in sealed box. I'm putting them on ebay now before they devalue.

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By in United States,

Personally, a lot of the charm of the original Statue of Liberty is in its inherent blockiness: it looks very much like a "classic" Lego set, or maybe one of Nathan Samaya's sculptures. So I'd be unhappy if they re-released it with more slopes and SNOT, especially as I think that there would end up being gaps in the slopes which would stand out even more so.

That's just my two cents.

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By in Canada,

I would love the opportunity to purchase the Imperial Star Destroyer. Being a fairly recent lego collector, I never had the chance to get it the first time and paying the 1000 dollars to purchase it through a third party does not sit well with the wife. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I’d like to see
3450 Statue of Liberty - Direct rerelease
10181 Eiffel Tower- Revised rerelease
10182 Cafe Corner - Revised rerelease
10185 - Green Grocer - Revised rerelease
10030 - UCS Imperial Star Destroyer - Remake (get rid of those magnets!!!)
10019 - UCS rebel blockade runner - Remake
10194 - Emerald Knight - Direct rerelease with more carriages!!!
3723 - Lego minifigure - Direct rerelease
5571 - Black cat truck - Revised rerelease
8455 - Technic back hoe loader - Revised rerelease with new pneumatic system.

75192 - UCS Millenium Falcon - Revised Availability!!!

Perhaps some real golden oldies like
6392 - Airport
6080 - Kings Castle
6086 - Black Knights Castle
6399 - Airport shuttle
8860 - Car chassis
8868 - Airtech Claw Rig

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By in United States,

Darth Maul Bust?

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By in United States,

I would love an AT-ACT/AT-AT UCS as well a Rogue One before we get a re release of a SSD with characters from the OT and the Afthermath novels.

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By in United States,

I'd really like to see a remake of the old Cloud City set from way back when (I think it was 2004)

I would personally love a rerelease of the original Toa Mata for 2021 as some sort of an aniversary edition, though I doubt that would happen as pretty much every one of their parts is no longer in production.

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By in United Kingdom,

Emerald Night
375 but using modern bricks, colours and techniques
The Black Pearl

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By in United Kingdom,

Only want the UCS Star Wars ones lol. Unmatched in display IMO.

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By in United States,

Not sure if anyone has mentioned it but rereleases of really old sets (pre-2005) would have the light and medium stone grey instead of light and dark grey.

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By in United States,

I'm with @Aislinn72, when I first heard that Lego might be re-releasing sets, I immediately thought of classic Pirate and Castle sets. That would be AMAZING

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By in Ukraine,

All things Blacktron. I don't even need a re-release. I love the original blacktron color scheme and minifigs. They sure added to our space world growing up.

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By in Netherlands,

Honestly, I can't get really exited about anything else than Star Wars sets. I do think however, that they look great or are cool sets but I wouldn't be interested in buying them.

I would really like to see remakes of the Ultimate Collector Series products, since I'm a bit older now and I am able to afford them.

Besides, I would also like to see remakes of Clone Wars products. I know The Clone Wars series isn't the favorite of most people, but I've always been a fan of the series and I haven't got any set from the series since I quit purchasing LEGO in 2011 and stopped playing and building with it not long after. At the time I felt too much pressure from people around me to quit my LEGO hobby. Now I'm older and wiser and I know that my own opinion is much more important regarding what I like than that from others. So not that long ago I decided to reboot my LEGO career.

I'm planning to buy the UCS MF as soon it is available again, it will be my first purchase since 2011 and I'm looking forward for other sets to be remade or new additions to the UCS line. Although I prefer large minifigure scale sets such as: 75059: Sandcrawler, 10212: Imperial Shuttle or 10019: Rebel Blockade Runner, rather than large scale sets like: 10240: Red Five X-wing Starfighter, 10215: Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter or 10175: Vader's TIE Advanced, so I can recreate scenes or make dioramas with minifigures and such.

To get back on the CW subject, I would really like to build a clone army now I can afford it, but the current product line-up of LEGO Star Wars products doesn't really offer that much CW and the prices of retired products are absolutely ridonculous.
(Tips on where to get them for a reasonable price are always welcome!)

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By in Netherlands,

i understand the challenge if you missed out on past sets (same here) but i dont really prefer the direct remakes. I am the type sourcing al the parts on bricklink (the hard way) :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Another idea... Emerald Night, and the carriages separate so you could buy extra.

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By in United States,

I agree with @polyester333 in that it takes the "value" out of LEGO collecting. For people that have saved and then spent their money on an original 10179 Millennium Falcon or Taj Mahal, LEGO has spat on those collectors. The re-release of these sets is lazy and will come back to haunt them.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd love to see another super size pirate ship, I hope they redo the Imperial Flag Ship

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By in Australia,

Anyone else think we should petition for the Metroliner Club Car, for a third go-around? I'd be up for it.

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By in United States,

Remake of Cloud City and include a twin-pod cloud car this time.

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By in Norway,

It seems obvious that the main reason for these re-releases is to ward off the competition from Lepin etc. Until recently it's been easy for collectors to take the high ground against the clones as the models has been pathetic, the quality non-existent and the minifigs utter nightmare fuel. It's a completely different matter when the clones starts to show semi-decent quality and desirable models (which are prohibitively expensive in actual Lego form).

Another issue is the unhealthily inflated second-hand market prices - while i do believe Lego benefits from this (as more people buys multiple expensive sets to invest) they probably also worries about the risk of a market crash, similar to what happened to comic books and beanie babies. The worst case scenario would be if this happens in such a spectacular fashion that it seeps into the mainstream press, leading average lego buying parents to perceive lego as "overpriced" and "poor value" even when they have no contact with the second-hand market at all. As such I believe these re-releases are Lego's attempt at deflating the market in a semi-controlled fashion - even if they only re-issue a few sets the very "risk" that an old set may be re-issued in the future would make collectors more reluctant to pay excessive prices for it.

As others I think a remake would be preferable over a direct re-release, as the latter often feels "lazy", the model appears dated and it would hit the collector market too hard. Another approach which Lego should (and probably does) consider is to re-release rare parts in new sets. If you try to bricklink parts for a sought-after set you'd often discover that a few rare ones makes up the majority of the cost - if you want extra cars for the Emerald Night the tan windows alone costs $8 each. For the Statue Of Liberty you'd have to buy 25 sand green 1x8's at nearly $5 each and 4 macaronis at $50 (!) each, in this case you could probably substitute most of the 1x8's with 2 1x4's while luckily Lego has re-released the macaronis in set 41188 (yes, it's the new "reinforced" version, but in this case it shouldn't make a difference). Personally I'd wish Lego would re-introduce the 4x5 doors (and a better selection of smaller doors in general), the current 4x6 doors seems made for Friends figures and are way too tall for regular minifigs (especially in small houses).

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By in United States,

Other than the Wright Flyer.. I completely agree on the Taj, Effiel Tower, Statue of Liberty (add a base like others have made on the secondary market) and the Emerald Night... possible re-released the Holiday Train 10173 especially with the release of all the Winter Village sets over the years since it was released in 2006... it is the only major Holiday Set I lack... some new Monster Fighter sets would also rock.

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By in Australia,

Emerald Night is the only set in that list that I don’t want a rerelease of as I only recently paid a fortune to buy it. Saying that, wouldn’t mind a few extra carriages. I would like to see a new updated Eiffel Tower as the old one looks a bit dated. Much like Statue of Liberty and Yoda.

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By in Russian Federation,

The latest Death Star was such a disappointing missed opportunity

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By in United States,

I would love to see them do a rerelease in a new color. Instead of an Emerald Night, why not a grey "Stormy Night".

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By in Australia,

I own the latest Death Star and as someone who didn't own the original it was great, the price and lack of updates wasn't good but overall its still a great set. I wouldn't mind a re-release of the Super Star Destroyer, the underside doesn't look very good but l would prefer the original Imperial Star Destroyer instead. Perhaps they could re-release the Super Star Destroyer for The Empire Strikes Back's 40th anniversary.

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By in United States,

This can be a little disconcerting. Sometimes I think Lego is in that mindset that they have to keep outdoing themselves with big announcements and sets with a big 'wow' factor. Some of those big sets are catering to a very specific set of fans (those who can and are willing to spend big money on sets) and I think that is a pretty small section of their fan base.
That said, I would love to see some truly classic sets remade with only minor adjustments. The early 80's space sets I grew up on, for example.

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By in Canada,

I never understood the concept of "pieces out of production". When they started Bionicles, they created gazillions of new pieces - no issues with the molds there. When they decided to do the constractions they created gazillions of new pieces - no issue with the molds there. I am pretty sure the mold for the 2x4 brick was used at one point and they had to produce another one - no problem there. So if they want to reintroduce a set from the past, they just have to do another mold of whatever the missing part is/are (they already have all the dimensions and intellectual property - everything is patented) so this should not be a problem. I owned all of the original modulars, Structures of the world, Creator Expert and the UCS sets (my purchase strategy was simple: buy all the sets of any given year that has at least 1000 pieces and then follow on on those themes - now this strategy is quite expensive to do). I am not so much for direct re-releases but I can easily understand those who do. A remake with updated building techniques and details (75144, 75192) is preferable but then to have the whole collection you would still need the original and the new one - which does not really solve the problem for collectors. If I had to ask for a remake that would be 8480 - this range has evolved so much since then that we could have something even more spectacular than that classic.

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By in United States,

When any re-releases or remakes have sold-out again, are we going to be contemplating a third (or fourth, or fifth) re-release of the same set? Market-wise, how is this going to be any different in the future when these inevitably sell out?

Instead of an alternate color scheme like a Crimson Night (which would be welcome), I'd love to see a release of 4449 daylight steam locomotive, matching tender, and passenger car in black, orange and red.

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By in Hong Kong,

- Flying Scotsman AKA Emerald Night
- Red Baron keep my Sopwith Camel busy :)

Printed parts please!

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By in Australia,

Yeah, I'm just gonna go on record and say, "a train set". Any train set from the early 90s onwards. Any of them. Even the mid-80s would work.

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By in United States,

For me, these would be day-one purchases:
- Tantive IV (non-UCS)
- X-Wing (non-UCS)
- Cloud City (UCS)
- Any of the modulars

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By in United States,

Cloud City or nothing at all.

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By in Canada,

If LEGO remade the Tantive IV and re-released the Emerald Night I would be ecstatic!

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By in United Kingdom,

Another I’d like is
10123 - Cloud City - Remake into a huge UCS set similar to ewok village, Death Star, assault on hoth (except much better than that!!!)
Although not a rerelease I’d like to see a UCS Mos Eisley and cantina set.

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By in United States,

re-make the 10182 cafe corner with inside complete, make more modulars, make new trains i know theirs hundreds out there !!!

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By in United States,

Motorised walking At-At, please!!! And 10193 Medieval Market Village!

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By in United States,

Perhaps a retro Town theme with the sets from 1980=1997? (4-5 a year)

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By in United Kingdom,

I want all the classic 9V trains I missed out on when I was in my dark ages

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By in Malaysia,

IMO toys are for fun

I agree with Lego's move to re-release those great sets for new collectors to have a chance to own them at "reasonable price"

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By in United States,

Would LOVE to see a re-release of the Castle Giant Chess set! Plus, some of those Fantasay Era Castle sets. Get on that Lego...ASAP! ;)

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By in Singapore,

As someone who has almost all the large 2,000 piece sets the idea of rereleases annoys me tremendously. It is Lego being lazy instead of coming out with new sets.

Revised re-releases, if the revisions are meaningful (like almost all new minifigs for the Death Star), I can live with.

Redesigns of classic models I think is great. The new falcon and new X-Wing are perfect examples.

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By in Netherlands,

I love the Modulars. I would love to see them being rereleased. But than a revised version with interior.

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By in Slovenia,

It will be nice if LEGO re-release the 6399-1: Airport Shuttle or 6990-1: Monorail Transport System or 6991-1: Monorail Transport Base.

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By in Sweden,

Could you make an article about which sets have already been rereleased? There have been some very odd choices, like the City street corner and Technic racing truck.

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By in Italy,

As a train engineer i say re-release of emerald night. But as father i say a remake with a start train set of emerald night, with more coaches and tracks!

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By in United Kingdom,

As an owner of Cafe Corner I’d love a direct re release so I could finally make the giant version on the box back!

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By in Germany,

I would love to see 10219 Maersk Train again - 100% sure buying 2 of them.

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By in Poland,

Old sets. 1970's-1990's sets. Classic Space, Castle, Pirates.
Pleeease...

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By in Germany,

As an OT LSW fan since 1999 I love remakes, I usually get them and sell my old ones on Ebay, except the older one is better or not remade in a good way, then I keep the old set. For example, I kept my 4483 AT-AT until 75054 came out. I don't really care about re-releases, as I was around all the time and if I didn't get it then, there's probably a good reason for it. Surely I regret getting one or the other set, like everyone else, but I don't really need to have everything. I'm happy though for all the folks who weren't around at release date, to get the chance to get them now.
Having said that, I think there is only one reason that some sets are very rare and rather difficult to get, it's simply that they didn't sell well. I honestly didn't get the impression that the Taj Mahal sold very well, more the opposite. Cloud City didn't sell well, because it had no vehicle and was designed rather simplistic. Compare this to the cheaper Battle of Endor and you get my point, why this didn't sell well. I'm all in for a remake, but if I was offered the exact same Cloud City set with updated minifigs for, let's say, 130€ (the old one was 110€ back then), I would give it a pass. Like I did back then.

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By in Greece,

They should re-release town hall too

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By in Belgium,

I could make a whole list.
- UCS X-wing
- UCS B-wing
- UCS Y-wing
- Technic 8859
- Technic 8860
- 6980 : Galaxy Commander
...

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By in United States,

I know collectors may be miffed, but I think it makes perfect sense for LEGO to re-release classic sets with astronomical aftermarket prices. As someone who got into LEGO less than 10 years ago, there are several really cool sets that I missed. My personal votes would be for:
-Emerald Night
-Maersk Train
-Haunted House
-redesign/update of a classic castle, such as Black Knight's Castle or even the yellow one.

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By in Malaysia,

My remake wishlist:
1) M-tron theme with their signature magnets. Bring back the Mega Core Magnetizer with its huge wheels.
2) 8880 supercar
3) Any of the monorail sets
4) Blacktron I and II
5) Classic Town sets like the Nautica theme, Shell petrol stations, Metro park and service, air ports sets with baseplates.

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By in United States,

As a big Y-Wing fan, I'd love to see an updated UCS version. Those wheels at the end of the engines always seemed lazy to me.

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By in United Kingdom,

Emerald Night - but in a different colour.

I'd also like to see early series of CMF re-released, as complete sets of 16. I don't necessarily want them (been there, sold them off) but there are new collectors that would like them.

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By in United States,

So this is just limited to 'special' sets? How do we characterize the perennial City and non-UCS Star Wars repetitions? What about Castle and Pirate sets (though we haven't had much from those in the last decade). Are people who are against the direct re-release of Taj Mahal also against the regular gamut of Fire Stations and Police Stations (and fire trucks and police trucks) in the City series? It is interesting, to me at least, how the lines of acceptance/non-acceptance are drawn up in persons' minds.

Having said that, I personally have no problem with any good sets that LEGO re-releases or improves upon. I like to see the subtle changes in auto models year to year, and that carries over into this hobby as well.

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By in United States,

Pardon my ignorance, but which elements in Cafe Corner are retired? I'm drawing a blank.

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By in United States,

@Mania, I believe the front door, the gray door, and possibly the dark blue columns and arches are retired. Very pricey, and very hard to get. Buying the 36 dark red 2 x 1 x 3 slopes will set you back by at least $20, and that's if you find a good vendor. You could easily pay 40-60 for them.

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By in United States,

Nobody mentioned the Imperial Flagship? I have been wanting that set so badly, but it costs a fortune on eBay. That's the set I would like the most. And trains; whether completely new or re-release, or modified re-release. Santa Fe, please?

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By in United States,

I've said this before but I'll chime in again. I believe Brickset or even LEGO [email protected] should have a regular voting event for the set most wanted for rerelease. This could be done on a quarterly or semi-annual basis. LEGO had a similar set-up during the early 00's for fans to vote on which classic set they wanted rereleased at that time. As for a direct rerelease or a remake, well that depends on the set. But please, please! Bring on the early Modulars, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, monorail sets, classic space (Galaxy Explorer), classic castle (the orig. yellow one), Emerald Night, and Town Plan (although it's already been a revised rerelease - I missed out and don't want to drop 300.00 on it). The only thing that troubles me about the prospect of so many sets I've wanted for years actually becoming available is the strain on an already shattered LEGO budget :)

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By in United States,

This is a double-edged sword I feel like for all fans. I still have my Tajh Mahal MISB. Basically, I have nowhere to construct it. I was hopeful that I either one day I would or just sell it to obtain other sets such as the modular building series which fit my genre better.

I am disappointed to see it being re-released for that reason, albeit selfish. Another point to note is that we all love Lego, but even Lego has its flaws which we can recognize and move forward. Re-release to me also indicates a lack of originality. Let's hope to see more new sets in the future instead of just re-releases. I agree I missed out on the Emerald Night, and the Sante Fe trains too and the Modular City Hall. I felt like City Hall was available for the shortest duration of all of the modular sets. However, I hope that we can move forward, and better more exclusive models continue to be developed and come out.

Just my two cents.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love the big 2000+ piece sets but also enjoy the innovation and surprise of a new set, so while I would love the Green Grocer or Cafe corner or the emporium, I would prefer new modulars. I would however love some rereleased/updated pirates, castle or farm sets.

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By in Netherlands,

Now that I'm thinking about it again, revised re-releases of the Technic LEGO Star Wars sets would be realy nice to see:

- 8000: Pit Droid
- ?8001: Battle Droid
- ?8002: Destroyer Droid
- ?8007: C-3PO
- ?8008: Stormtrooper
- ?8009: R2-D2
- ?8010: Darth Vader
- ?8011: Jango Fett
- ?8012: Super Battle Droid

Direct re-releases would also be nice, as the original ones look fine in my opinion and it's the classic look that gives these sets their charm.
Maybe they could even add new ones like: BB-8, K-2SO, General Grievous, Commando Droid, Boba Fett and Chopper.

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By in United Kingdom,

How fast did Benny's Spaceship sell? I bet there's a demand for Classic Space colours out there, if only as a parts-pack.

Six astronauts, one of each colour, a selection of trans-yellow screens and windows, some blue bricks, grey plates, and a couple of axle/wheel combinations... throw them in a box, 600-800 or so pieces, charge maybe £80-£100... I'd buy a couple.

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By in New Zealand,

What they should do is have an open back catalogue order section. Order any thing direct and have supplied within a time frame. Easy turnover generation. .. especially for relatively recent sets 2000 onwards.

Port royal
Skulleye schooner

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd love the Haunted House to come back, but I'm guessing we'll have to wait for it to hit the tenth anniversary mark, if it happens at all.

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By in Australia,

I own the original Emerald Night and if they re-released it (or something like it) in a new color (dark blue would be very cool to see, as would dark red or even dark grey) I would definitely be interested in buying it.

It would also be a great way to show that the market for AFOL trains is not dead after previous AFOL trains (Horizon Express for example) didn't exactly sell so well.

That said, I would rather see them revisit something I don't already own and wish I did like the 787 Dreamliner (any large size passenger airplane would be cool to see) or the Lamborghini Gallardo (again, any Lamborghini would be top of my list, much better than all the VWs and Ferraris and Porsches and stuff we seem to be getting :)

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By in Netherlands,

10228 - haunted house please ! Missed it since i was coming out of a long dark age at the time.

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By in Norway,

Lego should do a new/own THEME about this, called LEGO Vintage, LEGO Classic(!), LEGO ReDo, or LEGO Flashback... This way it will not interfere existing themes.

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By in United States,

@HOBBES: Three things about the new molds issues. First, while it's true that the original Bionicle sets had lots of new molds, most of these parts were being used across several different sets, and most of those sets were produced in huge numbers at very low price points. This means that LEGO gets much more money out of each individual mold than they would out of bringing back a mold to use in a handful of more expensive sets aimed at a much more niche audience. It's simple economies of scale.

Second, one of the things that helped the LEGO Group recover from the brink of financial ruin after 2003 was enforcing much stricter restrictions on new molds. Who knows if today a theme like Bionicle would even get as many new molds upfront as it did back then? Certainly for the Bionicle relaunch in 2015, LEGO limited themselves to about 27 new molds, or 1.5 per set. And as with point one, these are sets at low price points that were expected to be bought in large numbers, not to mention (in some cases) parts that were expected to see continued use year after year across multiple themes.

Third, not all molds are created equal. While it certainly wouldn't cost any more to bring back, say, the old castle wall panels than to make a typical new mold, a lot of those retired old parts were retired for a reason. Whatever flaws made the piece worth retiring could just as easily make it not worth reintroducing. This is especially true with parts like the old 1x5x6 castle wall panels, which were purposefully replaced by new and improved 1x4x5 counterparts. With brand-new molds there's less worry about it being an inferior version of an already existing part like that, or a part with fundamental structural flaws like so many of the old finger hinge pieces.

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By in United States,

I would love to be able to get all the modular buildings. I already have assembly square.
I am new to getting lego as I could not afford them when I was younger.

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By in Serbia,

As a modular building collector, I have two wishes: re-releasing Green Grocer and Café Corner.. :)

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By in Canada,

Monster fighters: Haunted house

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By in Canada,

I would love to see an entire line of 'space', 'castle' and 'pirate' sets from the 80's and 90's. As a pirates fan, if I was able to pick the pirate sets for re-release, I would pick: 1696 Pirate lookout, 1713 Shipwrecked pirate, 1889 Pirate Treasure Hold, 6256 Islander Catamaran, 6257 Castaway Raft, 6265 Sabre Island, 6270 Forbidden Island, 6271 Imperial Flagship, and 6286 Skulls Eye Schooner.

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By in Australia,

ISD and fire station.

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By in Austria,

I think the best sets to re-release are those big sets copied by Lepin or similar brands. There is no need for any innovation.

Simple isn't it?

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By in United States,

If they are rereleasing sets what about exclusive mini figures. Only a very few have Comic Con figures in their collection. Why can’t Lego rerelease these Con figures in sets or promos so that everyone can get a chance to have one.
Chrome Darth Vader and Gold C-3P0 would be a great rerelease also.

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By in Malaysia,

Why dont Lego come out with new ideas perhaps limited numbered sets instead of keep rerelease or remake that brought down the collectors interest and value of the set and the entire Lego sets?
What is the meaning of retired sets? Down you must go Lego.

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By in United States,

I would also like to see the Haunted House get a re-release. Also how about a Modular Gingerbread house.

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By in Guernsey,

Another vote for 10228 Haunted House, the one set I really regret not getting when I had the chance. Oh, and all of the Classic Space sets (if that's a bit on the optimistic side how about just LL928?)

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By in United States,

Ooh, I hope they do the module buildings... I wasn able to get those and a new chance would be amazing! :D

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By in United Kingdom,

The sets I would most like to see re-released are the SANTA FE train sets 10020 / 10022 / 10025 - updated for current use. We can but dream... :)

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By in Germany,

I think a rerelease of the Emerald Night could actually get me into LEGO trains. Dunno if that is a good thing or not ... In any event, it wouldn't make much sense to change the color, since, well, it wouldn't really be the EMERALD Night anymore, would it? Also, I think it is an integral part of the set and what makes it so beautiful in the first place, so PLEASE no changes in that department!

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By in Germany,

Well, I would't mind 3450 Statue of Liberty and 10181 Eiffel Tower to be released as those items are missing in my collection.

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By in United Kingdom,

*Absolutely* fantastic news, LEGO are sitting on a total goldmine and it’s terrific new and old fans can enjoy these sets fairly and at the detriment of profiteers, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful :)

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By in United States,

I love large buildings and holiday themes, so the early modular-CC, MS, GG-with detailed interiors, haunted Monster Fighters mansions and of course HARRY POTTER Diagon Alley, deluxe Hogwarts, etc would be a dream come true for me.

I've also gotten my kids really into Lego and they're reaching the age where we can read HP together, so it would be amazing to be able to share those sets with them as we start that journey.

I hear the arguments about resellers being angry, but Lego is a toy! It brings joy to so many by playing, imagining, creating, etc. I'm okay with someone(s) trying to get rich being upset if it means many people can be happy--it's the risk of a resale business and maybe helps beat back Lego knock-offs.

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