Official Vote for an Upcoming UCS Set!

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Exciting news from Lego Ideas this morning: Lego is letting fans vote for an upcoming Star Wars UCS set!

The contenders:
EF76 Nebulon-B Escort Frigate
LAAT/i Republic Gunship
TIE/sa Bomber

You can also choose a minifigure to be included as part of your vote, which you can cast here.

My choice is definitely the Nebulon-B. It's the only option that's never been represented in Lego before, and isn't likely to ever be released otherwise.
 
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Yeah, definitely the Nebulon-B. And for figure, I opted for Luke in medical robes, with printing on the right hand to denote the mechanical nature of the hand.
 

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^Ditto. This is a great chance to get the Neb-B. The model itself will be awesome - it'll all come down to how much effort goes into the display stand. Personally I'll wall mount it.
 
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Yeah, definitely the Nebulon-B. And for figure, I opted for Luke in medical robes, with printing on the right hand to denote the mechanical nature of the hand.
I'm not sure Lego has the capability to do hand printing -- but that would be fantastic!
 

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I've created a Rebelscum poll for those Star Wars fans who don't want to register at LEGO.com. Of course it's completely unofficial but it'd be interesting to compare the results when LEGO releases theirs.
 
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I voted for the Nebulon-B as well! It would make an excellent display! I cant remember when/if they made a General Jan Dodanna figure but I suggested that! Especially since he commanded the "Vanguard" which was a Nebulon-B.
 

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Just went to vote in the Rebelscum Poll and after following the link I see this message "Your vote has been tallied already. Here are the results."
ummm... what? I certainly haven't voted in the Rebelscum Poll!

Anyway, Nebulon for my vote. There better be more than one or two figures with this though. Was pretty disappointing after the great range of characters in the Death Star and Cloud City to have only a couple of figures for the Star Destroyer.
 

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Just went to vote in the Rebelscum Poll and after following the link I see this message "Your vote has been tallied already. Here are the results."
ummm... what? I certainly haven't voted in the Rebelscum Poll!
I think the validation code relies on IP addresses so if someone on your network has voted then you can't. I'll +1 the Neb-B when the vote is tallied.
 
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Echo the Nebulon-B, probably a unique opportunity to get it made.
 
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I'm going to start off by saying that I think TLG has already designed all three of these. Perhaps they're not at the final model stage, but they're all three well on their way, and I would bet that we see all three in the next 3-5 years. Also, the fact that the A-Wing and AT-AT aren't on the list makes me think that those are already lined up for release, though not necessarily this year.

That said, I would appear to be in the minority here, as I'm voting for the Republic Gunship. It's very tempting to vote for the Nebulon B Frigate, but I personally want to send a message to Lego that I'd like to see more prequel representation in the UCS ranks. There are several vehicles from the PT that would make great UCS sets, and the Gunship is near the top of that list.
 

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I agree that these three are in some ways ready to go. It would make sense to do some preliminary work to ensure that they can be built in a way that ensure they don't fall apart (the long-standing issue with the Neb-B), have enough detail to warrant being a UCS set (the TIE Bomber) and has a significant enough upscaled change that buyers are going to be interested in a set that has already been released at minifg scale three times (Gunship).

How far these are along is uncertain but I'd say designs have been finalised and tentative approvals received. It's unlikely that minifigs have been finalised and graphics/box art finished off yet. Those won't take too long. It'll just be a case of reserving the necessary pieces from the existing element inventory, and fitting an order in for more into the production.

If it turns out that either the Neb-B or TIE/B are the winners it'll be a shame that they won't be released until 2021, what with this year being the 40th anniversary of TESB and all.
 
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I would appear to be in the minority here, as I'm voting for the Republic Gunship. It's very tempting to vote for the Nebulon B Frigate, but I personally want to send a message to Lego that I'd like to see more prequel representation in the UCS ranks. There are several vehicles from the PT that would make great UCS sets, and the Gunship is near the top of that list.
That's why I voted for the Gunship as well. I'd love to see the Nebulon-B get made, but I want the Gunship first. I've never owned the previous releases for various reasons, and it would be the first "true" UCS I'd buy (though I'd almost bought the Slave I).
Plus, the figures could give us a new Jedi or two, whereas the Frigate would probably just have Luke, Leia, R2, and 3PO.
 
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Nebulon-B has always been my favorite SW ship. I even tried to make my own 5 foot long one with wood, screws, and plaster when I was 15. Unfortunately, it broke apart due to bad support before I could finish ;). I then had a 8 inch one on display at work that was $70+. My coworker dropped it.

I really need this one; and I thought my LEGO buying days were over. If they follow up with Mon Calamari and/or Rebel Transport, that would round out the fleet.
 
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I voted frigate but I’d be absolutely happy with the TIE Bomber. I just hope the OT vote doesn’t split, leaving us with the Gunship.

Until I’m blue in the face, what I really want is an A-Wing though...
 

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I went for the Neb-B as well. TBH I'd be happy with any of the three offered - they're all UCS originals.
 

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I went for the Neb-B as well. TBH I'd be happy with any of the three offered - they're all UCS originals.

I'm hoping to get some questions to the SW team at LEGO. Does anyone have a burning Q about the poll they want answered? @Kneel_Before_Zod I'm not accepting "why can't you make an a-wing?" from you!
 
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I'd love any additional insight into how they arrived at the three choices.

I would LOVE to see a similar vote in the future for a Master Builder Series set (i.e., Jedi Temple vs. Yavin IV Rebel Base vs. Petranaki Arena)
 

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I would LOVE to see a similar vote in the future for a Master Builder Series set (i.e., Jedi Temple vs. Yavin IV Rebel Base vs. Petranaki Arena)
MBS is dead. It was never meant to be.

It was conceptualized as a bridging collection and after internal discussions, it was decided MBS wouldn't be used but due to some strange occurrence, the Cloud City got released in MBS marking. It sounds too strange to be true but I overheard another RLFM discussing it with Jens Kronvold Frederickson and he confirmed it.
 
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Huh, that's interesting. It's a bit of a shame, as it was a nice distinguisher between large UCS "ship" models and large "playset" models.

Looks like there's still some lingering content out there, like this page.
 

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Yup, it was a bit of a SNAFU at the time from what I gather.

The porg, BB-8 and new Yoda sets could have shared that umbrella.
 
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I went for the Neb-B as well. TBH I'd be happy with any of the three offered - they're all UCS originals.

I'm hoping to get some questions to the SW team at LEGO. Does anyone have a burning Q about the poll they want answered? @Kneel_Before_Zod I'm not accepting "why can't you make an a-wing?" from you!
What if it was phrased like... "can you please make an A-Wing?"

I'd also be okay with "can you please make a UCS AT-AT?"
 

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I agree about the play value, and that's usually one of my key criteria, but I'm also an OT purist and the prequels and sequels have zero interest to me personally.

My favourite big sets are the Death Star and the Uber Falcon. I almost picked up Cloud City but I didn't like the scaled down vehicles and thought they could have added more internals instead. Skipped the Star Destroyer as I was hoping for internals with iconic scenes.
 

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Gunship with the side pods will be awesome and has more fun play value than the frigate.
The whole concept of UCS is display, not play, so knocking that out of the equation the frigate would be a better option.

Let's compare options and opportunities of previous versions of these two sets.

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I'm not against the Gunship. It's one of my absolute favourite vehicles in the entire run of eleven Star Wars movies. It's just that we've had five LAAT/i's already. The medical frigate has been on AFOL/collector's wants lists for decades.

I had planned to get some instructions and Bricklink my own Neb-B anyway. I might opt for a midi-scale version now though. I met with Jens Kronvold Frederiksen last year and we spoke about the Neb-B. It's high on his personal wants list and LEGO knows fans are clamouring for it. He told me that - at the time - the strength of the midsection and the stability of the completed ship was what was holding development back. It's clear that LEGO has overcome that so it's only a matter of time before we get it.

I was hoping for a SSD this May but it's been pointed out to me that LEGO already has one giant grey triangle on their store shelves, so they won;t want another for a while. So maybe LEGO is trolling us and this May's UCS is the Medical Frigate?

The truth of the matter is the PT generation are far more mobilised that us old-timers and one or two of them were able to organise a campaign to get the gunship over the line. If the OT crowd had done the same the result would likely be different - just look at the poll we ran on Rebelscum.com. The demographic of the site is mostly 35 to 45s (aka the original Star Wars generation) and 52% of our readers voted for the Neb-B.
 
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I wasn’t happy with any of the choices but that’s because I tend to like the UCS sets that are made in scale with minifigures like the Falcon. I would have loved to see a U-Wing, Ghost, Razor Crest, or Rogue One... sets that tend to be scaled down when offered in the standard line.

I know the minifigure thing is not the point of the UCS, it’s just my personal preference.
 
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I agree completely. The UCS Falcon, Slave I, Sandcrawler, and Imperial Shuttle are all some of my favorite UCS sets, and all happen to be minifigure scaled. We need more of that (wherever possible) IMO.

Even in models that can't be minifig-scale, I always love to see small scenes or play features incorporated (looking at you, Star Destroyer...)
 
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Although I voted for NebB, I'm ok with it as we get 3 new sets this year to choose from. If it was another remake I may have packed it in all together.
 
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