In the last few years, there’s been considerable debate amongst AFOLs regarding ‘UCS’ and the specific sets that should be classified as such. It’s an interesting question and I’ve seen a broad spectrum of opinions, but in my view they should have an instant ‘I want it, and I’m ignoring the cost’ sort of appeal! The recent additions have continued to raise the bar in terms of quality; the X-Wing, Sandcrawler, Slave 1 and TIE Fighter are all excellent and received almost universal praise from the community. That may be one of the reasons why 75098 has received such a negative reaction; perhaps we were just expecting too much?
In my view it’s a shame that LEGO decided to classify it as ‘UCS’ and I’d be interested to see the reasoning behind it. In some respects it’s a nice set; and I’m sure that lots of younger fans will enjoy playing with it. But, putting aside the unjustifiably high price-point, I think that’s where it has failed most. UCS sets should strive towards being the best design that can be achieved with the humble brick, and not compromised by pointless ‘play features’ and painfully obvious inaccuracies. I get the feeling that the set was designed by a committee trying to please everyone, but they’ve ended up missing the intended market completely. I consider myself as being typical of the demographic that previous UCS sets have been intended for; dedicated OT fans, in their 30-40s, with more money than sense! However, I just can’t bring myself to order it, even with my love of all things Episode V.
If you’ve got any thoughts about the set, head over to the dedicated thread in the Star Wars forum.