LEGO 75059 Sandcrawler is not among the oldest sets in LEGO’s current catalog, but it is approaching the age at which it can be considered at risk of retiring soon. This set is the second LEGO model based on the Jawa Sandcrawler from Star Wars: A New Hope, with the previous model being released in 2005. The difference between the two Sandcrawler sets is night and day, however, with the newer model employing LEGO’s latest building techniques and updated minifigures. The newest model is the definitive one as far as serious LEGO collectors are concerned.
LEGO 75059 Sandcrawler is a truly massive set. As of early 2016, it is the eighth largest (by piece count) LEGO set ever released, weighing in at an impressive 3296 pieces. In addition, it features a collection of 14 minifigures, with the most notable being four Jawas, several exclusive droids and the exclusive Owen Lars minifigure. It is worth noting that this set features the Ultimate Collectors Series (UCS) logo on the box, but there is no UCS info plaque included in the set as there is with other UCS models. The Sandcrawler has the appearance of a “play set” which has prompted criticism from some collectors and investors, but that is unlikely to hold back its post-retirement value. After all, even adult collectors enjoy large Star Wars models with play features, with 10188 Death Star being one notable example. In addition, the previous Sandcrawler (set 10144) appreciated in value and was only hurt by the release of the improved 75059 Sandcrawler.
When is the LEGO Sandcrawler Retiring?
So when can we expect the LEGO 75059 Sandcrawler to retire? It was initially released in May 2014 during LEGO’s May the fourth promotion. An interesting comparison set is the 10240 UCS X-wing Starfighter which was released one year prior, on May 4th, 2013. The UCS X-wing recently became unavailable at the end of 2015 after approximately 2.5 years of availability. Let us consider another example: 10225 R2-D2 (UCS) was released on May 4th, 2012. It became unavailable at retail in late 2014 after, again, approximately 2.5 years of availability. There are numerous examples of modern UCS Star Wars sets retiring after lifespans around 2.5 years, and the previous two sets that were released on May 4th both retired after the same period of time. This historical data suggests that we can expect 2016 to be the final year of LEGO 75059 Sandcrawler and it should be considered at high risk of retirement at the end of this year.