How much does the retired Star Wars UCS sets cost now?

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.

X-Wing Fighter

Lego 7191 X-wing Fighter

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.

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $900.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $1400.

TIE Interceptor

Lego 7181 TIE Interceptor

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.

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $700.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $1475.

Rebel Blockade Runner

Lego 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.

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $1900.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $2300.

Naboo Starfighter

Lego 10026 Naboo Starfighter

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.

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $875.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $994.

Imperial Star Destroyer

Lego 10030 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.

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $2100.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $1900.

Y-wing Starfighter

Y-wing Attack Starfighter

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.

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $1420.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $1835.

Rebel Snowspeeder

Lego 10129 Rebel Snowspeeder

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.

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $1600.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $2175.

Vader’s TIE Advanced

Lego 10175 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.

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $900.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $1100.

Millennium Falcon

Lego 10179 Ultimate Collectors Millennium Falcon

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).

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $5330.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $4900.

Imperial Shuttle

Lego 10212 Imperial Shuttle

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.

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $600.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $860.

Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter

Lego 10215 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.

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $170.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $198.

Super Star Destroyer

Lego 10221 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.

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $830.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $890.

B-Wing Starfighter

Lego 10227 B-Wing Starfighter

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.

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $313.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $398.

Red Five X-wing Starfighter

Lego 10240 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.

Buy at Bricklink: starting at $260.
Buy at Amazon: starting at $280.

Wrap up

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
X-Wing Fighter $150 $900 600%
TIE Interceptor $100 $700 700%
Rebel Blockade Runner $200 $1900 950%
Rebel Naboo Starfighter $40 $875 2187%
Imperial Star Destroyer $270 $1900 703%
Y-wing Starfighter $120 $1420 1183%
Rebel Snowspeeder $130 $1600 1230%
Vader’s TIE Advanced $100 $900 920%
Millennium Falcon $500 $4900 980%
Imperial Shuttle $260 $600 230%
Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter $100 $170 170%
Super Star Destroyer $400 $830 207%
B-Wing Starfighter $200 $300 150%
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.

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