I could have told you this was going to happen:
This playset has an interesting history. Originally the design was put up on the LEGO CUUSOO site with the possibility of becoming an actual LEGO branded product with a required 10,000 votes. After just a couple of months, in what must have been some sort of speed record, all votes were obtained and success seemed imminent. Much to the chagrin of supporters everywhere, the playset did not pass LEGO’s review, despite recognition, praise, and visibility from a bunch of websites, Wired.com, retweets from 3 of the show’s actors & Grant Imahara. That was the end…or so everyone thought.
Steps have been taken to ensure that this model finally will be available for all. While not an official LEGO set, this is being provided as a service to find & source all the bricks required to put this together, along with the instructions and a few other surprises. Spend your time building the model, not sourcing and waiting for all the parts to come. Instead, get a box of parts in the mail, ready to build. Heck, have the minifigs build it!
Before it sold out and went into backorder until at least February, the price was $385, and that includes 2186 pieces, rotating engines, playable dining area and cargo hold, light-up Firefly drive, minifig-capable cockpit, an opening ramp and bottom hatch, and a model that, when completed, will measure about 24″ x 16″ x 7″. A whole lot of parts of me dare say that would be worth every penny… You can even get the minifig crew to go in it (for another $85, once they are back in stock).
LEGO really missed out on this particular model, just like they appear to have missed out on the Stargate and Terminator franchises, along with Halo in the past. In the end, I suppose they will not care – the guy putting together this set will have to buy the blocks from LEGO regardless – but it is still rather annoying.
Of course, if you are really a hardcore Browncoat Blockhead, you can fork over ~$25k to this guy for a copy of his seven foot long Serenity model. Dood…
(Smaller model found by way of Nerd Approved. Monstrosity pointed out to me by John Hardin.)