The latest LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series set was revealed by the LEGO Group on September 5th as the Imperial Star Destroyer. Soon after, it was announced that it’s designer, Henrik Anderson, would be attending a signing event at the flagship LEGO Store in London’s Leicester Square on September 15th, three days ahead of its release to VIP’s on September 18th.
The event took place earlier today and people started queuing up on Friday, September 13th. We arrived at the store just after 11am and there was already 120 people in line to get the 4,784 piece set. The UK Garrison (501st Legion) were on hand to entertain those lining up and to pose with those visiting the store. The general public could bypass the queue and enter the store, but they were restricted to the first floor as the ground floor was set up for the event. A total of two hundred sets had been put aside, each with a limited-edition numbered certificate of authenticity, and Anderson was on-hand to sign the sets till 4pm.
At just gone midday the waiting fans were led in in small groups to pay for the set and receive some gifts-with-purchase which included the LEGO Star Wars Mystery Box (#5005704), repacked to exclude the prize draw entry form, and the Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (#40336). They then joined another queue to meet Anderson, get their sets signed and have a photo together. Anderson was a real trooper, he greeted every buyer with a huge smile, signed their set, certificate and other items, and then posed for a photo. After 160 minutes of non-stop signing he took a 10-minute break, and by 3:45pm all those waiting had met him and had their sets signed. 153 sets were purchased during the four-hour period.
Having attended almost all the signings at the LEGO Store Leicester Square we are pleased to report that the event went well, people liked the fact that the signing was at a weekend and were happy with the way the staff at the store handled things. Well done to all those involved.
If you missed out on the event and are desperate to own one of the sets with the limited-edition certificate of authenticity, then head to eBay’s UK site where there are currently 35 different auctions for sets from today’s event — that’s 23% of the sets sold at the event today!
The LEGO Star Wars UCS Imperial Star Destroyer (#75252) is a most impressive build, despite its hefty price tag of £649.99. We have built ours and will finish photographing the huge set in the new few days, expect to read our review by the end of the week. Read all the information regarding the new LEGO Star Wars UCS Imperial Star Destroyer here.