Flynn wrote:I'm hesitant to accept that as the answer, though, because even if we accept the mark-up for all the new figures, it's still exorbitantly overpriced. $120 for 717 pieces is bad no matter how many figs you throw at it.
It's pretty clear that in recent times, whenever the set has a lot of brand new figures in it, the initial retail price is high. As I said, the price per piece ratio is too simplistic. You really need to consider what the pieces are. Not all pieces and colours (and combinations of such) will cost the same to make. It's also correct, in my opinion, that a set which contains unique parts or figures should carry most of the cost of the manufacture in it's price.
And, as always, at the end of the day, if you don't like the price, don't buy it, or, better still, decide a price you are willing to pay and wait for a deal that brings it in at that price. If that deal doesn't materialise, well, then you'll miss out.
Anyway, going back to topic, I'm still not a fan of this set. I quite like the "real life" ship itself and I'd like to be able to re-display the most recent MF "scale" set (it's packed away), but I can't bring myself to like this or most UCS sets in general. I'm also not a fan of the cockpit design ... it just doesn't look right.
I should say though, despite what I said earlier in this thread, I must have a small soft spot for UCS sets, as I have recently ordered the UCS JSF, but only because it was 50% off and there's free shipping! Thinking about it, I also own the UCS AT-ST (although that's packed away too) and the UBC General Grievous (also packed away!). But they were also bought on the cheap.
Perhaps people will get their wish and if this is not popular, S@H will eventually have to discount it on a grand scale.