Each year, LEGO releases at least one new LEGO Star Wars set in its long-running Ultimate Collector Series line of large-scale sets. Last year saw the release of the monumental 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon (the largest LEGO set ever released at 7,541 pieces) as well as the excellent 75144 UCS Snowspeeder. This year’s UCS release is 75181 Y-wing Starfighter, built from 1,967 pieces, retailing for $199.99 starting on May the Fourth or “Star Wars Day” 2018.
Of course, this is not the first UCS Y-wing that LEGO has released — 10134 Y-wing Attack Starfighter was released fourteen years ago, way back in 2004. We’ll take a closer look at how this latest UCS Y-wing stacks up against the first one in our hands-on review.
Read our hands-on review of 75181 UCS Y-wing Starfighter
The new LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series 75181 Y-wing Starfighter launches on May the Fourth this Friday, and we’ll be bringing you our hands-on review at midnight GMT on May 4th, so check back later this week for our own review. In the meantime, LEGO has released a really great video in which model designer Jordan David Scott and graphic designer Madison O’Neil discuss how they approached the design process, their own background as LEGO Star Wars fans, and more.
The video provides great insights into the LEGO set designer role, rather than just focusing on the set’s play features. We’ll be covering the play features (and more) in our review, so the video provides a wonderful view into the interesting people behind our favorite LEGO sets.
You might want rearrange your Ultimate Collector Series to make some room for the new LEGO Star Wars UCS 75181 Y-wing Starfighter announced by LEGO today. As usual, the model is a stunning copy of the iconic spaceship, loaded with details, and can be displayed with a stand and info card. The model consists of 1967 pieces and features a Gold Leader minifigure and a R2-BHD droid. The set will cost US $199.99 / CA $249.99 / DE 199.99€ / UK £169.99 / 1799DKK and will be available beginning on Star Wars day, aka May the 4th, in LEGO stores and from the LEGO Shop Online with no VIP Early Access.
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