A few days ago the rumor mill boiled up about the LEGO Star Wars UCS sets for the year 2021. There was talk of a Death Star II with over 11,000 parts and many LEGO fan sites reported about it internationally. But is such a huge Death Star really coming? Let’s take a look at the Ultimate Collector Series sets for this year.
When the rumors got around, we got a lot of news as to why we wouldn’t report about it. After all, we are deeply rooted in the LEGO Star Wars area and definitely no less keen on news about LEGO Star Wars than the rest of the world. However, we decided (as with the rumors about a UCS Imperial Shuttle last year) to keep our feet still, to ask around carefully and to get some information about the LEGO Star Wars UCS sets 2021 before we go blind jump on the bandwagon of the rumor mill.
And this year, too, seems to be emerging what happened last year: We think a crucial part of the rumor mill about the upcoming UCS sets is wrong and expect something different. But one after anonther…
A short disclaimer: At the moment we can only speculate in many places. Before LEGO does not officially confirm the information or the first pictures appear, please treat all information as a rumor.
General information on the upcoming “UCS sets”
This year (as is so often the case with LEGO) everything is a little different. It seems like this year even UCS Sets appear. I put the “UCS Sets” consciously in quotation marks, because it has not yet been finally confirmed whether all three sets are really part of the Ultimate Collector Series.
Theoretically, sets from the Master Builder Series could also be included (which we consider very unlikely), or they are other D2C sets that have neither the UCS nor the MBS logo. Or, it could also be a very large set that will even go on sale.
There are also a few other sets that have the 18+ lettering of the LEGO sets for adults. Presumably these other sets will also appear in the free trade, but some smaller sets may also be “semi-exclusive”, such as the current one LEGO Star Wars 75274 TIE Fighter Pilot Helm. You see: It is getting a bit confusing … 😉
The fact is: they are current three very large sets planned for 2021, the between $ 199.99 and $ 799.99 should cost. In addition, there is probably another 18+ set, which should cost $ 159.99.
Let’s take a look at what sets these are.
LEGO Star Wars 75308: A “Buildable Statue”
The first D2C set of the upcoming LEGO Star Wars wave will probably be released for May the 4th Event 2021. And we know it is a baubare Statue will act that at a price of 199,99 US-Dollar should appear.
In the recent past we’ve got buildable statues of the following characters:
- The Child
Since we can’t expect a bust (like the old LEGO 10018 Darth Maul bust) parallel to the current Helmet Collection and since a buildable C3-PO at such a price would probably fail due to stability, there is currently one character left , which after around 9 years should appear again as a buildable figure: R2-D2.
We’re holding one here New edition of the LEGO Star Wars 10225 R2-D2 for very likely. The original set was released in May 2012 with 2,127 parts for 179.99 euros. Presumably the set will appear in a similar size and be a little bit smaller and more detailed.
So our tip is: The will be released on May the 4th 2021 LEGO Star Wars 75308 R2-D2. However, it currently remains unclear whether it will really be a set with UCS lettering, as at least the last five buildable figures were not part of the Ultimate Collector Series.
At this point I want to take up a detail that has caused confusion in some places, namely the Set number 75303. We originally listed the LEGO Star Wars UCS set for May 2021 under this number. It seems that this number has been deleted, or at least it is no longer in any reliable source. We do not currently know whether the set number 75303 will remain empty or will be reassigned.
LEGO Star Wars 75309: Republic Gunship?
Another LEGO Star Wars UCS set is set number 75309 in 2021, according to information confirmed by several sources 349,99 US-Dollar should cost. The rumor mill pretty much agrees that this is Republic Gunship will act. So far these are only guesses, but we would definitely join in here. The date for this UCS set is currently the Summer 2021 expected.
It has been known for about a year that a LEGO Star Wars Republic Gunship is to appear as part of the Ultimate Collector Series. It can be assumed that LEGO already had drafts for the set in a designer’s drawer back then, and a release in the course of 2021 is quite likely.
The price of 349.99 US dollars also seems relatively realistic if one assumes an implementation in the style of a UCS set. The last Republic Gunship from LEGO had the set number 75021, consisted of 1175 parts and came on the market in 2013 for 129.99 euros. A set at a price point of 199.99 euros (which is a typical price for most “smaller” UCS spaceships) would probably hardly be larger and more detailed than this 7 year old normal set.
At a price of around 350 euros, however, a much more detailed Republic Gunship can be designed, which definitely deserves the signature of the Ultimate Collector Series. Nevertheless, I would like to mention here that the price is relatively atypical for a UCS set and so far sets of the Master Builder Series have been on the market for 350 euros. So it could well be that the Gunship won’t appear until 2022 and a completely different set from the Master Builder Series awaits us in the summer.
Nevertheless, we would currently assume that it will appear in summer 2021 LEGO Star Wars 75309 UCS Republic Gunship.
LEGO Star Wars 75313: The Big D2C Set
Now we come to the most interesting set, the LEGO Star Wars 75313 UCS set, which is probably in the Herbst 2021 at a price of 799,99 US-Dollar should appear.
No, it won’t be a Death Star II with 11,000 parts
A few days ago, the information about the haunted Death Star II with over 11,000 parts through the internet and many reputable, often reliable LEGO fan sites have reported about it.
As far as we can find, the first public source for these rumors is David dated Youtube Kanal Solid Brix Studios. However, he has not published a video on the subject, only the following text in his Instagram story posted:
I think 75309 ($349) is the UCS Gunship
75313 ($799) is a Death Star II … 11,000 pieces, new biggest LEGO Set
No idea what the Fall $199 (75308) D2C might be
This story came about after yakface.com on Instagram published a list with set numbers and prices (but without set names), which was then largely confirmed by previously reliable leakers. The rumor about the Death Star was thereupon Eurobricks Discussed and internationally, many fan media (RLFM and non-RLFM) picked up the rumor, which in turn led to more Instagram posts about the now “confirmed” rumor. In my opinion, the whole thing is a kind of “rumor vicious circle” and not really information that has been confirmed by several sources.
As you can see: We consider a UCS Death Star II with 11,000 parts to be extremely unlikely and the rumor to be false.
Apart from the rather uncertain sources for this rumor, the price also shows us that this cannot actually be true, because: On average, all previous UCS sets cost 12.0 cents per stone and the median is 11.4 cents per stone. The cheapest UCS set so far in terms of price per brick was the LEGO Star Wars 10225 R2-D2 at 8.46 cents per brick. For this fact alone, I consider a Death Star II with over 11,000 parts to one Part price of a maximum of 7.27 cents per stone very unlikely. The set would be plain way too cheap compared to all other UCS sets.
A very reliable source that has been able to provide us with good information on upcoming (and non-upcoming) sets in the past confirmed that there will be no Death Star as a UCS set this year.
How about an AT-AT?
But then what if there is no Death Star? There aren’t many vehicles, scenes, and spaceships that LEGO would make at such an extremely high price. For such a set only the most iconic designs come into questionthat the Star Wars universe has to offer. And since we already have a UCS Millennium Falcon and a UCS Star Destroyer in our range, there is actually only one left (if the Death Star II falls out) UCS AT-AT left.
As far as we know, LEGO has already confirmed that they would like to implement a UCS AT-AT there, but this has always failed due to the stability (unfortunately I can no longer find the source for this – if the origin of this statement sounds familiar to you, get in touch gladly in the comments).
Various MOC builders have already shown that an AT-AT of a suitable size is quite possible, even if the stability requirements used internally at LEGO are certainly not always met. Maybe LEGO has solved this problem in the meantime, or accepts a lower stability in the context of the LEGO sets for adults.
Even if we don’t want to commit ourselves here, we think a LEGO Star Wars 75313 UCS AT-AT is more likely than a UCS Death Star – at least for this year.
Conclusion: Many expensive Star Wars sets on the march
We’re not really sure about all UCS sets yet, but we know that we’ll be seeing many more expensive LEGO Star Wars sets by the end of the year. One of them will catch up with the most expensive LEGO set of all time. And for the first time we will apparently get three exclusive D2C sets from the LEGO Star Wars theme world in one year.
If we had to fill out our ticket, we would bet on the following three sets in 2021, with my personal security decreasing from top to bottom:
- LEGO Star Wars 75308 R2-D2 for 199.99 euros
- LEGO Star Wars 75309 UCS Republic Gunship for 349.99 euros
- LEGO Star Wars 75313 UCS AT-AT for 799.99 euros
The coming months will probably show which sets will actually appear. We should definitely know more by April at the latest, at least about the first exclusive set for Star Wars Day on May 4th, 2021.
What do you hope and expect as the LEGO Star Wars UCS set for 2021? Do you have any additions or improvements to our article? We look forward to your comments on the upcoming Ultimate Collector Series sets!