I had some interest in finding out how much does the better and bigger Star Wars retired sets cost in our days, those who have the UCS designation ((Ultimate Collectors Edition). So i made some research and found out some interesting things.
The most known ship in the rebel alliance and one of the first Star Wars sets with the UCS designation (year 2000). Although the construction is a little bit old and clumsy, it’s still part of the LEGO history. It’s a 1300 pieces set that cost, at the time it was sold by LEGO, around $150. Today the best price starts at $900.
With the rebellion best fighter, LEGO launched one of the empire’s best fighters, the TIE Interceptor, a ship that can be seen in episode VI. A set with 703 pieces that cost $100. Today the prices start at $700.
Rebel Blockade Runner
Other really old UCS, from 2001, the Rebel Blockade Runner is the first ship to appear in a Star Wars movie (episode IV). With 1747 pieces this set cost $200. Today the minimum price is $1900.
This really small set of 187 pieces was released in 2002. Although it was little, it was really special because of the unique chrome pieces that came with it. It cost $40 when it was release. Today we would have to pay more than $875 for a new set.
Imperial Star Destroyer
This set from 2002 is one of the biggest ships in fleet of the Empire. It is also one of the biggest UCS sets with 3096 pieces. When it was launched it cost $270. Now the minimum price is $1900.
One of the most mythical ships in the Rebel fleet, the Y-wing has 1473 pieces and cost $120. Today the price is a lot higher and cannot be bought for less than $1420.
This ship was introduced in episode V during the battle against the imperial walkers, the AT-AT. It’s a set with 1455 pieces and it cost in 2003 $130. Today the price is a little bit higher starting at $1600.
Vader’s TIE Advanced
Darth Vader’s ship had a UCS version back in 2006. A set with 1212 pieces that cost $100. Today is not one of the most expensive sets but it can cost around $900.
This is my favorite set of all the UCSs. Launched in 2007 it is the best and biggest official Millennium Falcon ever made. It has 5197 pieces that weight around 10kg. When it was launched it cost around $500. Today the price starts at $4900.
Unfortunately at the time I didn’t collect LEGO as I do today or this set would be part of my collection. However, today the most cheap way to get it is to buy it piece by piece on bricklink and even this way it would be expensive (around $1000).
This is the elite shuttle that is used by Darth Vader and the Emperor. This set has 2503 pieces and, when it was launched in 2010, it cost $260. Today its price start at $600.
Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter
This is the second UCS set from the prequels on this list. The ship that belong to Obi Wan Kenobi was released in 2010 and is a small set of 676 pieces. The initial price was $100. Maybe because of the small success of the prequels, this set didn’t value much and can be found on bricklink for $170.
Super Star Destroyer
This is the flag ship of the empire. The size was substantially reduced so the set could be more affordable. The reduction of the size can be seen in the Imperial Star Destroyer that comes with the set. Even so, this set has 3152 pieces! It was launched in 2011 and the price at the time of the launch was $400. Today the price has more than doubled and it starts at $830.
This is one of the most awkward fighters in all the rebel fleet. It’s so strange and special that there is an episode in the Star Wars Rebels series that tells the story of its creation. This set was launched in 2012 and contains 1487 pieces. It cost $200 but today its value ascends the $300.
Red Five X-wing Starfighter
The last and most recent UCS set to be retired is the magnificent X-Wing of Red Five. Red Five was the call sign of the 5th element of the Red Squadron. In the battle of Yavin, the battle were the first Death Star was destroyed, that callsign belong to Luke Skywalker being this set a replica of his fighter. The detail of the fighter is really good and the only thing that is going to be missed is the pilot. The only minifigure this set is R2D2.
This set has 1559 pieces and cost $200. Today the price starts at $260 maybe because it was retired less than a year ago.
The 14 sets in this post, if bought by the prices that LEGO sold them, would cost around $2770. Today we would have to spend more than $17268 to have all these magnificent sets. It’s a valorization of 623%.
These are the top 3 sets by valorization:
1. Rebel Naboo Starfighter
2. Y-wing Starfighter
3. Rebel Snowspeeder
Although Millennium Falcon is the most expensive set, the Rebel Naboo Starfighter is the set that had the highest valorization. Below is a resume:
|Set||Original Price||Today’s Price||Valorization|
|Rebel Blockade Runner||$200||$1900||950%|
|Rebel Naboo Starfighter||$40||$875||2187%|
|Imperial Star Destroyer||$270||$1900||703%|
|Vader’s TIE Advanced||$100||$900||920%|
|Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter||$100||$170||170%|
|Super Star Destroyer||$400||$830||207%|
|Red Five X-wing Starfighter||$200||$260||130%|
This analysis makes me think of an article I read a couple of months ago where it was stated that LEGO was a better investment than gold. They were probably right.