Posted by Jeremy on December 9, 2005 at 04:02 AM CST
Thanks to Steve Witt, of the LEGO Community Team, we now have an explanation as to why this set popped up unexpectedly, and why it disappeared just as quickly:

"The Ultimate Space Battle was only ever intended to be a 4th quarter exclusive for Target, and it sold very very well (hence why its gone already)."

Since its retirement there has been a footnote at the bottom of the Ultimate Space Battle page at the LEGO shop@home website explaining "Were sorry, this Collection is no longer available. Please see our new, exclusive replacement Collection: #K7283 V-wing Space Battle Collection." Sadly LEGO did not provide a link to K7283, nor did appear on the website.

Yesterday reader Trip O'Neal wrote in to point out that the V-wing Space Battle Collection was up for $44.97 (USA & Canada only), and Steve Witt has added:

"The V-wing was added into a new collection (K7283) and placed up on Shop@Home. Whether this was done as a replacement for the USB or just as a holiday collection Im not certain."

So, for now there is another new LEGO set to add to your collection - assuming you feel the need to pick up yet more Vulture Droids and yellow Jedi Starfighters.

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