Longtime LEGO Star Wars collectors will remember when the original version of the Ultimate Collector Series Rebel Snowspeeder was released in 2004. The set was unfortunately retired a year later, leaving LEGO AT-ATs to roam about with impunity, but the toymaker is bringing a totally revamped version back.
The original UCS Snowspeeder clocked in at 1457 pieces, but this new version is built from 1703. An extra 246 pieces doesn't seem like much, but it results in a more detailed model of the craft that better matches the miniatures used to film the Hoth scenes in The Empire Strikes Back -- including a new, and far more accurate, angled cockpit window.
Check out those heatsinks and cooling vents, now built with an incredible amount of fine detailing. Take this model into battle against an army of AT-ATs and there's no way it will overheat and crash.
The best improvement to the new version of the UCS Snowspeeder, however, is that it's now at LEGO minifigure scale, and includes both a pilot and gunner figures that can ride in the ships's opening cockpit.
But as the level of detail in the LEGO Ultimate Collector Series sets has increased, so have the price tags. Although Australian pricing and availability has not yet been confirmed, LEGO's online US store will have the set available from May 4 for $US199.99. Similarly priced sets are priced at $299.99 in the Australian store (the original LEGO UCS Snowspeeder sold for around $190). So hopefully your remote rebel outpost won't need more than one to protect it from invasion.