That set remains a pretty accurate version of what we originally saw in the movies, and for a long time it was also a very expensive set to acquire in the secondary market.
I believe will contribute to this set’s future value is the instruction manual.
It will definitely be interesting to see how these “sub-line” behaves once retired. Sandcrawler will retire at some point in 2016, probably by the end of the year. One thing to consider if buying this set for a long-term hold is the box has a seam that is glued shut on the bottom of the front panel.
I would store the box upside down or flat on its back so that the weight of the elements are not constantly putting strain on the seam.All of the above and more are was 10144 was an investing darling for until 75059 was released. Sandcrawler will start cruising pretty fast. The best way to display and protect your collection. It took me about eight hours from start to finish, and is a lot of fun almost all of the way through!
In bag five, the central panels on each side allow the model to begin taking shape as the tan hatches appear. This mirrored building is not particularly entertaining, but necessary on a mostly symmetrical model such as this one.
Lego Star Wars Ucs Sandcrawler 10144 75059 Comparison Brickqueen
These portions also only rest in grooves for the time being, although they are quite stable there. With bag six the frame of the model is finally completed, along with the rear profile seen in the photo below. These however are easy enough to apply with a bit of care, and they do look nice when they are in place. This is not a difficult process, but the attachment of a full three hundred and four track pieces (seventy-six on each section) is a chore. Nevertheless, this is necessary for the build and so is obviously forgivable. The ramp, forward crane and mechanism for lowering the main ramp are all added, which is quite clever using some well hidden chain reels. This is quite easy to work out though, so does not pose a problem really. The tenth and eleventh bags contain some more symmetrical building, although it is still fun to add the rest of the side panels on the model. This was probably my favourite part of the entire build as it is so clever. The angled sides at both the front and either side of the tan trapdoors in the centre of the vehicle are build with great skill here, and we are left with a fantastically accurate result, achieved using small ball joints, turntables and clips. Bag number fourteen adds the cockpit inside and the first part of the roof.
I was particularly impressed in this section by how easily the roof comes off, as well as how it is build around the crank which drops the forward ramp, allowing easy access to this function. It is quite enormous, being forty six centimetres in length, and twenty-four high, and this is matched by its weight. The entire model feels very sturdy and although it is just a big brown lump, it certainly has a certain rustic charm to it and it looks superb as a whole. At the front are four headlights, just as on the ‘real’ vehicle, and the ramp is easily lowered using the gear atop the vehicle, which is surprisingly reminiscent of the drawbridge function on various castles over the years. It raises and lowers very nicely, although the chain does occasionally slip and the ramp can droop a little rather than fitting flush with the rest of the hull. Once this front hatch has been opened, the cargo sled and crane are visible inside, which can be extended out to reach just beyond the edge of the ramp. The hook can be drawn in or lowered using a gear wheel attached to the end of the boom, and once folded away it does not hinder the closing of the ramp in the slightest. Inside the cockpit are five control consoles. The cockpit windows are perhaps a little lazy, although at this scale only a sticker could make more accurate given the scale. It is a shame that they do not meet up at the corners, but no piece exists which would allow this unfortunately. Four panels can be opened here to allow access to the inside where one finds the cargo sled bay, spaces for three crates and room for some crane attachments at the back. Along each side of the model are six small hatches covering the six little crates constructed during the final bag, and the tan access hatch is large enough to push one of the more substantial crates through it. This is a satisfying little feature as this crate will then run down a small conveyor belt and come to rest in a space constructed just for that purpose.
Finally, at the rear we have some nice greebling and the gear used for steering the vehicle. This was an issue as about two thirds of the set was empty space, which limited the playability and durability of the set. The room need only have been small, with enough space to stand a few of the droids included in the set, but as it is there is nowhere to put them other than in the crates, which limits playability if you ask me. Some of you may be interested to see some images comparing 75059 with the older 10144 , so here they are. Hopefully these images get the point across though. This set is, for the most part, a winner. It looks fantastic on display as, unlike 10144 , the varied colours of the paneling of the hull looks great. Over the next week or two we have some more reviews of what could quite easily be the most anticipated sets of the year, so stay tuned for those.
I cannot justify spending 300€ on one set. Or as others said, there are also sets you could spend that amount on and probably get more out of it.
I don’t care too much about the play features anyway.