75252 Imperial Star Destroyer signing event

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75252 Imperial Star Destroyer will be released for VIPs on the 18th of September. However, LEGO has announced an early signing event on the 15th of September that will take place at the Leicester Square LEGO store in London.

The product designer, Henrik Andersen, will be attending to sign sets. Moreover, purchasers of 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer will receive double VIP points and a certificate of authenticity. The event begins at 12 noon and runs until 4pm.

Will you be attending this signing event? Let us know in the comments.

51 comments on this article

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By in Germany,

Only 3 or 4 people will show up, the others will not get one for that price.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd definitely attend if it was more reasonably priced...

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By in Denmark,

From the comments in respect of the price for the set, it is my understanding that it is way too expensive for the Brits.

So no-one will be showing up - apart from some rich Chinese tourists...

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By in Netherlands,

So has any ambassador addressed the price issue to TLG?

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By in United States,

Does anyone know if there will be promotions when it becomes available to VIPs on the 18th? Will 40362 Battle of Endor be a GWP? Double points sure would soften the blow, too.

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By in Norway,

the only thing I would want them to sign is a legal document allowing me to pay $200 less for it

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By in Ireland,

like Harry Potter Castle, and the USC Falcon, this will be going onto my "white whale" list...forever chasing, and never getting

Unless I win some bizarre competition, a toy store's millionth customer, or some really, REALLY nice relative buys them for me

Or I could save up, and explain to my wife....I just had to get it...and then she'll take it, build it herself, while I gently weep in the corner...this is a plan that could work :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm planning to attend. I'll be arriving in my solid gold car.
Oh, its the 15th? Drat, that's when the gardener is coming to plant another money tree.
Looks like I shan't be able to attend after all.

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By in Netherlands,

The exterior of the set is great. But the price is way of the scale. The Falcon UCS is almost as expensive, but with 3000 more bricks and a huge set of minifigs with it. This set will be on my "just wait for some crazy online stunt pricing"-moment.

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By in Netherlands,

The only reason why I would got to this event would be to ask them where they got the stuff they were smoking when they fabricated that RRP. Must be something awesome to be able to distort their sense of reality that much.

Honestly, who* in his or her right mind is buying this set at RRP?

*Other than Russian oligarchs or Arabian sheiks (like the ones who frequent our local LEGO store - because there's a Jumeirah luxury hotel right next door - and buy anything at whatever price).

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By in United Kingdom,

Despite the negativity here about the price, I'm sure the signing event will be very popular. Particularly with investors, more so than builders.

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By in United Kingdom,

I’d like 928 Galaxy explorer re made at this scale. With an interior.

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By in Puerto Rico,

This is a beast for sure but I will skip it and go fir the Falcon as there is no Vader included. I need to be paying attention to that Endor Battle.

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By in United Kingdom,

This will be the test. Nearly 8000 people (on Brickset) now own the Falcon and we all moaned about that price. It pretty much sold out for months. I'm afraid I hope only a handful of people attend, or buy one, and when Lego see the amount left on shelves maybe the Lego Price Setters will have a rethink. I do like the set and will feel sorry for the designer if no-one appears but the price is ridiculous. Come on Lego... listen to the people. You could sell many more if it were £500

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not sure even investors will be getting it. Does a signed box really add much to the value?

I know some sellers will try to get top dollar for signed sets, but they rarely seem to sell well.

Even double points is only an extra £35 off (to be spend on other LEGO or colouring sheets).

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By in United Kingdom,

I hope for those attending the last Inside Tour date it will have made it into the employee shop by then as they'll be heading to the store on the 19th if it follows normal agenda. I don't know if they stock the store based on VIP launch date or full launch date. Importantly if the designer is around across either of 19th or 20th they'll try to get them to come sign automatically or if you ask.. but likely you'd not get the certificate of course and you wouldn't get VIP points double, single or otherwise.

Tour 3 11- 13 September 2019
Tour 4 18- 20 September 2019

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By in Netherlands,

@UVARiovia Maybe you'll get a Newbury juice bar to add some colour :-)

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By in Canada,

they should have renamed it,

IWD : Imperial Wallet Destroyer

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By in France,

I'm sure it'll be crowded. I'm also sure it won't be any Lego fans in the queue, or maybe 2 or 3, the rest will be Liberals/Capitalists who believe in the God Money and you'll see a lot of these sets for sale the day after for twice the price, at least...

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By in United States,

You'll only have people with deep pockets where money is a non-factor.

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By in United Kingdom,

Am seriously considering it but travel costs add another £120 if I travel on the day way more if I stayed over and would be gutted if I got there and the stock was gone. Had 10030 on release date but had to sell reluctantly for several reasons, I promised myself I would get another someday and that day has come, It is a tad more expensive than I hoped but the double points will help offset that. Would be sweet to have a signed box and certificate but would definitely be built and happily displayed, It seems I may be the only person who is truly delighted with this set being re-issued.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the idea of doing it, weather checks out ok for the 15th in London, no rain. But how are you meant to get the large box from Leicester Square via the super busy London tourist season to the car without it being bashed about, underground packed, car parks full.. Probability is they will put wheels on the box as per the MF but still..
At least the MF signing event was a midnight one, thus the streets were empty on the way home...

Think I’ll wait for the 18th and get one delivered, less stress..

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By in United States,

I also feel bad for the set designer, as I know he put so much time and effort into creating as durable and realistic a replica as possible in LEGO form. I'm sure he had no voice in setting the price, and was probably a bit saddened by it. If I had created something so wonderful and then was told my masterpiece would only be available to the public at a good 33% over market value, it would bum me out. I am still curious to see cost break down and comparison based on total weight...

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By in United States,

For those people saying no one is going to show up, hyperbole aside, someone(s) from the Brickset staff will be there to report on it, so that is at least one person!

Now, I know that as US citizen, I came through school with a very dodgy geography education, but isn't London one of the banking/financial capitals of the world? I imagine all those wealthy financiers living and working there certainly have children or are casual AFOLs themselves. Those people alone could take a break to go pick up a UCS ISD or two from the Leicester Square store.

The thing that has me really shaking my head is that you just know that for this event, that one store will have more UCS ISD sets available than most of the USA-based LEGO Brand Stores combined! My sympathies to those here in the States that try to get one on September 18th, only to discover that as tenth in line (for example), they just missed out on the last one they had in stock.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Timsterino I think a lot of people were looking forward to its release and a lot of people are pleased with all of the stats about it..... right up until the point where it says £649.99. I don't have a 10030 and have often thought about getting one, but can't justify the 2nd hand price. This doesn't help. I believe a lot of people would be a lot more excited if its was £500 ish Even for Rich people £500 is a lot of money to spend on a single toy /model / display piece / hobby but £650 is simply much more again. Bring on Black Friday / May the 4th / Star Wars 9 release date special discounts etc. And as an aside where on earth can you display a 110cm Heavy item.............

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By in United States,

I'm not planning to get this beautiful set because I don't collect Star Wars although I do enjoy perusing nearly all LEGO sets.

It seems everyone will complain about the cost of their hobby. I'm often grateful I chose LEGO as a hobby, especially after talking to my brother. He joined a Toyota Land Cruiser club where the cost of entry is literally 10-100 times the cost of this one set depending on the year and mileage of the purchased vehicle. And then there's gas, tires and a host of other equipment to buy after that. I'll take my overpriced LEGO 4x4 X-Treme Off-Roader any day over his hobby.

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By in United States,

I don't know how to explain this--I skipped over the Falcon and will be skipping over this, too. Sure, it would be fun to build, but I just don't know how I would feel about myself buying either of these. I financially can, but just don't want to be that person.

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By in Canada,

Ed Sheeran will probably get one or two.

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By in United Kingdom,

Not even double VIP points and a piece of paper makes this set worth getting let alone at release. Really dont like this sets price and really this set in general just a big disappointment.

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By in United Kingdom,

"Certificate of authenticity"???? Does that mean the rest of us are in danger of receiving a Lepin version if we order/buy this from Lego at any other time?

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By in United States,

Not going because London. I haven't really been checking, but do signing events like this happen in the US?

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By in Netherlands,

This whole certificate of authenticity thing is really stupid. Anyone buying a knockoff will certainly not care about authenticity and all those oblivious to the price who buy directly from LEGO honestly need a certificate?

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By in United States,

We need to get away from using price per piece as the ultimate metric for set value.
There are numerous large pieces visible in the released images and the physical dimensions for the set without stand make it longer, wider, and taller than the falcon.
Price per pound/kilo would probably make a lot more sense to determine value. Given the physical size of this set I expect it's probably close to the same amount of plastic as the falcon.

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By in United Kingdom,

Love the set, and am in the fortunate position to be able to buy most things I like! However LEGO have been pushing the limits on price for a while, and I am sorry to say that with this they have just pushed it too far. Sorry LEGO, but no.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've seen these appear on eBay for £900+ already - I have no doubt people will be in the queue.

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By in United States,

The question is will any of them sell at 900+? or will scalpers miss on this one?

With how many people are complaining about price already, I feel it would be VERY difficult to sell the set at a markup.

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By in United States,

Worst pricing I’ve seen this year. Too bad, it looks really cool. Not sure if I’m the only one but I would’ve liked to have seen some interior

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By in United States,

A certificate of authenticity? So all the ones sold after this signing event won’t be authentic LEGO?

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By in Czech Republic,

@ Fireheart I have to say, I really envy you how great weather predictions you have over there.. 9 days ahead and you already know that there will be no rain... :D

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By in Czech Republic,

@Bycougars they (first adopters) might be enticed by the results of the same thing that happened with MF - signed box advertised to give funds from the sale to a charity reached a week after on ebay UK over 3700 GBP if Im not mistaken.. it was certainly over 3500 quids.

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By in United Kingdom,

@crayxmp That first couple of weeks was nuts, one went for 7.5k, with a dozen or so others cropping up and going for between 4-6k each.

It's settled down now obviously, and they tend to go for 1.5k-2.5k when they crop up.

I imagine that price will shoot back up again in a few years when they go out of production again. There'll be enough normal copies in normal circulation to keep the price low-ish, but those signed ones will shoot up for collectors again in my opinion.

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By in United Kingdom,

A signed box? I just don't get it, I can't see the appeal or added value from a box defaced with a marker pen.

By the way this is not a pop at the designers, I just don't see them as superstars. Talented individuals in their own field, but not superstars.

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By in United States,

Having built 10030, (this one looks way better) it is a great experience and well worth it! I would attend the signing event if-
1. I lived in the UK
2. I had an extra 700 dollars floating around...
But, as both of those clauses are not true, I will have to pass.

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By in United States,

Can’t wait to see how this plays out over the coming weeks/months. The product will be hot short term for all the wrong reasons, I wonder how it will fare long term?

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By in United States,

Black Vip card discount ?

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By in United Kingdom,

I will be there I have never gone to a launch or a signing before so even if I don’t get one It will be an experience.

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By in United States,

Certificate of authenticity??? That is one the stupidest things I've ever heard and LEGO has ever done. Did they have to make themselves look more like bigots with that? Just have a simple signing event and maybe add a little gift for attending the signing. I actually think LEGO is trying to make it really special, but doing it as dirt cheap as they can.

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By in Czech Republic,

does this COA come with some special hologram sticker, pattern or something? Ive never seen one but this hologram thingy is common even in retails stores around here (gift vouchers and such).

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By in Luxembourg,

What time do you think you'd need to arrive in order to get a set signed? The stores normally only open from 12-6 on a Sunday so will they be signing all day or perhaps stock will run out before then? Given the lukewarm response in these comments maybe arriving a few hours before opening would be enough?

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By in United States,

COA is not a new thing for TLG - the first run of the UCS MF 10179 came with a COA to signify those sets as exclusive first editions and demands a higher price for sealed sets which contain one. These are usually numbered and significant to collectors over a unnumbered second production run item.

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By in United Kingdom,

At opening a rough headcount was 140 allocated out of 200 but there were people still arriving when I got into the shop at about 1220 I can’t say for sure but I think there were very few left when I left at about 13.40.

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