Whilst I also prefer printed over stickers, the set designers have only a limited number of new elements they can introduce in a set. The brief to the set designer will say how many new elements can be introduced - if any at all. A UCS set might actually have a lower allocation than a mass-market one as TLG will expect to sell 10,000's of units of the new UCS Snowspeeder vs a lot more Y-wings. The new mold might not pay for itself with a low production run. Or in case of a new print on an existing element, TLG might not deem it worthwhile to allocate time on the printer in Kladno.bandit778 said:
Double post, but just watched the designer video and disappointingly the front of the canopy isn't printed.
I must admit that on a high cost set like this it seems a bit crap especially after the beautiful job they did of printing the canopy on the latest Y-Wing. :(