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2-1B
08-19-2001, 01:21 AM
I'm not an avid Lego collector, but I picked up a few sets this year, namely the Imperial Shuttle and Chewie's AT-ST.
It was a loooooooong time ago I believe . . .

So how often do they roll these out? I've not heard of any new ones lately.

Eternal Padawan
08-19-2001, 09:48 AM
Do you have access to the internet? You COULD go to LEGO.com and they MIGHT have a release calendar.

JediTricks
08-19-2001, 09:51 AM
Nope, no Lego release calendar. Usually, Lego releases new sets in most lines every Winter and ever Summer, sometimes with a set here or there in Spring. However, due to their barrage of Jack Stone, Bob the Builder, and Bionicle stuff this Summer, they've put off new Star Wars stuff till... probably next Winter, though it may wait till Spring 2002 for Ep 2.

2-1B
08-19-2001, 04:06 PM
Thanks JediTricks.

Eternal Padawan, I have no need for a release calendar. I'd rather ask collectors since they have the most reliable info.

humsup
08-20-2001, 12:59 AM
I've seen dinosaur sets in a local retail and I suppose its related to Jurasic Park III? That's the latest series that Lego had rolled out I assume.

Eternal Padawan
08-20-2001, 11:42 AM
ooh. My post sounded kind of snotty didn't it? That was unintentional. Sorry. I am thinking about starting to buy these but would also like to know what the older sets are, so if I see one that might not be on the shelves anymore I can grab it. Anyone have a list of the older sets?

JediTricks
08-21-2001, 03:59 AM
Caesar, you're quite welcome. :)

humsup, I forgot about the Dinos, I have 2 of 'em, they're only OK as far as dinosaurs go, but they make great replacements for SW beasts (Ronto and Dewback are what I've come up with, the Dewback even holds a Stormtrooper on it's back!). The Dino wave is a sort-of offshoot of the JP3 sets, but not directly related. There are only 2 JP3 sets anyway, both are part of the Lego Studios line.

EP, here's a list of the "retired" sets:

Landspeeder
Snowspeeder
Speeder Bikes
Vader's TIE Fighter and Y-wing
Mos Espa Podrace
Gungan Sub
Sith Infiltrator
Naboo Swamp
Lightsaber Duel
Droid Fighter
Anakin's Podracer
Droid Developer Kit (mindstorms)
The X-wing and Naboo Fighter will continue production, but these others are no longer being produced.

2-1B
08-21-2001, 04:24 AM
Originally posted by Eternal Padawan
ooh. My post sounded kind of snotty didn't it?

Actually, yeah it did - I was backpeddling! Not because you suggested that I check the Lego website, but because you asked if I have internet access. No apologies necessary!

Regarding the thought of starting up a collection of these, I say go for it! The reason I waited so long was because I did not want to spend the cash in addition to my already over budget spending habit. But I eventually started small, with things like the Skiff and Speeder Bikes and moved up to some clearance sets (Vader's Tie vs. Y-Wing for $13 !) and then this year I spent retail on the shuttle. Still, I only have just under a dozen sets.

They are really fun !

Eternal Padawan
08-21-2001, 09:23 AM
I bought the Sith Infiltrator on clearance, also. My girlfriend had NEVER gotten LEGO sets when she was a kid (poor thing) so she insisted on putting it together and had a blast doing it. Now I'm thinking of getting others and/or finding my old LEGO space sets for her to play with. She's 22, but what the hey, you're never too old for LEGOs or Star Wars!:p


Thanks for the list JT. I actually saw a Slave 1/Landspeeder combo pack the other day, so are they making landspeeders again?. Might more combo packs be on the way? And is Mos Espa Podrace the same a Watto's Junkyard or are there TWO podracing playsets??

Mandalorian Candidat
08-21-2001, 07:02 PM
Originally posted by JediTricks
...here's a list of the "retired" sets:

Landspeeder
Snowspeeder
Speeder Bikes
Vader's TIE Fighter and Y-wing
Mos Espa Podrace
Gungan Sub
Sith Infiltrator
Naboo Swamp
Lightsaber Duel
Droid Fighter
Anakin's Podracer
Droid Developer Kit (mindstorms)
The X-wing and Naboo Fighter will continue production, but these others are no longer being produced.

Are you sure about the DV TIE/YW, JT? My local TRU has been restocking their shelves with these at the regular price.

EP, the Mos Espa Podrace and Watto's junkyard are two different sets. MEP is one of the OG sets with three different pod racers and some other crap. Watto's craphole has enough to make some podracers, but they are different. There's also a bucket o'podracers that still may be available. The container is black and looks like a giant lego piece.

Eternal Padawan
08-22-2001, 02:52 AM
I just bought an Imperial Shuttle. It's smaller than I thought it would be. Shame. The AT-ST looks kind of lame, I'll wait for that to go on clearance. And the Falcon is darn near $100 smackers...what the helly??!? That podracer 3-pack looks pretty cool. How much is that going for? And some more info on the Bucket o' podracers would be nice. I've never heard of that one. Between Mose Espa podrace and Watto's Junkyard, you've got yourself a nice little podrace going. Too bad Hasbro doesn't pay attention to what LEGO is doing. More podracers, Sith Infiltrator, Gungan Sub...

JediTricks
08-22-2001, 02:30 PM
My mom's new husband-to-be is in his late 30s and just started getting into Lego - you really are never too old for this stuff.

The landspeeders in that 2pack are leftovers, they had a LOT of landspeeders. There are a few previous 2packs, Mos Espa Podrace w/ Tatooine Showdown, and Vader's TIE & Y w/ Snowspeeder (my favorite). More like these in the future is quite possible. They're retailer exclusives though, so you have to watch out for them, they crop up when and where you least expect.

Watto's is different from Mos Espa, ME has Anakin's, Sebulba's, and Gasgano's pods, while Watto's has Aldar Beedo's and Mawhonic's pods.

The Podracer Bucket is a different scale of podracer, much smaller. The idea with this set is to entice little kids who aren't into Star Wars or Lego to join up. It's generally considered a lame set in the SW crowds.

MC, I am pretty sure, that list was from Lego. I think those are the last sets being shipped from TRU's warehouse, my local store got them too and I was surprised.

The Imp Shuttle is too short from nose to stern, there should be at least 4 more studs length on that puppy. The great thing about Lego though is that you can do that yourself. The AT-ST is an ok set, it's gimmick is nice and it holds Chewie. It could be better though, a lot better. The Falcon is a big set, it has a lot of pieces (Lego prices are based primarily on brick count) and a lot more gimmicks. I still don't have one though thanks to that price.

The Mos Espa is $90 alone when not on sale, but only $47 or something in the now HTF Target 2pack.

Rollo Tomassi
08-23-2001, 10:33 PM
I just saw a Mos Espa on clearance at TRU for $60 . You guys might want to grab one of those if its as much as JT says it is. that's $30 off!! I don't really follow LEGOs so I don't know.

AYodaNamedBilly
08-26-2001, 02:45 AM
I would really like to see some new sets. Namely an AT-AT. What other vehicles are left to do? TIE Bomber, Sandcrawler, Star Destroyer?

humsup
08-27-2001, 08:04 AM
A Tie Bomber will be most awesome!!!

If the AT-AT will be release, it'll be in the range of the Falcon thing.