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March 10, 2014 | By FLYGUY

Do We Really Need More of the Same LEGO? | By @Mike


Whilst scouring various forums I've noticed a few concerns regarding LEGO's tendency to produce updated versions of models that have already been released. For example, a quick search on brickset.com reveals multiple incarnations of the X-Wing, Y-Wing, TIE Fighter, etc. As such, I thought I'd add my two cents on the matter - or two pence for all you fellow UK residents.

I'll take this over an X-Wing any day of the week! Don't hate my opinionated opinion.
Just discuss my starfighter prejudice in an orderly manner...
Although the breadth of the Star Wars universe is decidedly huge, I think we can all agree that the sets most fans want to see are those related to the movies - and in particular, the Original Trilogy. With that in mind, there really isn't all that many spaceships/vehicles for LEGO to produce. And considering LEGO has been making Star Wars sets since 1999 it's extremely hard to find any worthwhile set that hasn't already been produced at least once before.

If you hadn't guessed already, I'm firmly in camp LEGO. The fact is, nobody's forced to purchase anything they don't want to. And if people weren't buying into these updated sets, LEGO wouldn't be producing them period. I for one love to see the improvements that new LEGO models sport. As an example the latest Y-Wing, Gold Leader's Y-Wing (set 9495-1), is a thing of utter beauty. Not only is it super detailed, but compared to past versions it's freaking huge!

In addition, we're all familiar with LEGO's system of production; sets don't stay on the shelf forever. In short, had LEGO never bothered to release another X-Wing, since the first set back in 1999, any young fan hoping to find a brand spanking new Red Five to accompany his/her LEGO Death Star would be shelling out around £100.00 plus on eBay, that's around $166.00, at the very least! Good luck amassing that with your pocket money...

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