Many collectors have been asking for years now, is the LEGO Death Star retiring? Set 10188 has had a seven year lifespan so far which is unheard of for any LEGO set, especially one this large. But the Death Star is finally marked as Sold Out on LEGO Shop at Home, which is nearly always an indicator of upcoming retirement for any set that has been available for a long time.
Released in 2008, the 10188 LEGO Death Star has 3803 pieces, a whopping 24 minifigures, and is currently LEGO’s largest set. It is the flagship of LEGO’s Star Wars collection and truly a one of a kind set. As shown by its lengthy seven year availability, 10188 has been a very popular and profitable set for LEGO. With the LEGO Death Star retiring soon, it will be interesting to see what new set will take its place at the top of LEGO’s Star Wars lineup. There are rumours of a UCS Hoth Echo Base being released in fall 2015 but that seems unlikely to be as iconic as the 3800 piece Death Star.
Is 10188 LEGO Death Star Retiring Soon?
Returning to the original question: Is the LEGO Death Star retiring? The answer is a clear yes. 10188 Death Star has been available for seven years, and while sets have been Sold Out in the past without retiring, that is not likely the case for a set this old. In addition, credible sources have indicated that 2015 would bring LEGO Death Star retirement, and that LEGO could release a new Death Star in the future. However, if you like 10188 and have not bought one in the past seven years, you should probably purchase now before the LEGO Death Star is sold out everywhere and prices increase dramatically. Many collectors regret missing out on large Star Wars sets, such as the UCS Millenium Falcon, and the Death Star could be next on that list.