Ratings and Reviews for Ed Mack

10227-1: B-Wing Starfighter
10227-1: B-Wing Starfighter
Reviewed on: Apr 23, 2013
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Overall Personal Score

8.50

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 9
The 10227 Ultimate Collector's Series(UCS) B-Wing Starfighter was never one of my favorite STAR WARS vehicles, yet it ranks very high on my favorite LEGO set list. I guess you can say that the LEGO set made me take a second look at the B-Wing as a rather radical "spaceship." With it's multiple wing and cockpit positions, the UCS B-Wing is unlike any STAR WARS vehicle. It is too bad that it didn't play a larger role in the STAR WARS movies. The lack of exposure on screen translated to a lack of interest from many LEGO fans. It just doesn't get the recognition it deserves in my opinion. Personally, the set is a "wow" display set. Whether or not it will be an "iconic" LEGO set, only time will tell.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7
At 1487 pieces, the UCS B-Wing is a large set. It's price per brick is on the high side at $0.14 per piece. The set is rather impressive in physical size though, so quite a few of those pieces are on the large side. Price per piece is sometimes a deceptive number. The price of LEGO sets are based more on weight, than piece count. At a MSRP of $199.99, this set weighs quite a bit and the box is rather large, so I can see the value in it. As for minifigures, unfortunately, there are none. The set is not minifigure scale. I wish it would have been, but most UCS sets are not, so this comes as no surprise.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9
The build aspect of this set is modularized, with ten separate bags and sections of the model. I found it to be quite an orderly, interesting and fun build. I like the smaller bags, with lesser piece amounts. It makes locating LEGO bricks a lot easier for an old geezer like myself. As for the playability of the set, it is quite high. The B-Wing is a ton of fun to fly around the house and with all of its wing and flying positions, makes an old man feel like a kid again. Especially when I zap my 3 year old son with its ion cannons and proton torpedoes.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 6
As stated earlier, the 10227 UCS B-Wing Starfighter is high on the price per brick, but with the larger parts, makes it a fair value for the sheer size of the set. Minifigures would have helped the value of the set in the LEGO secondary market, but as stated earlier, we have none in this set. Overall...this set is an average value in terms of LEGO sets.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10
The Ultimate Collector's Series STAR WARS theme is the top of the proverbial LEGO food chain. Most, if not all the UCS STAR WARS sets are solid investments. Of course, we all know about the Big Daddy of UCS LEGO sets, the 10179 Millennium Falcon. The 10227 B-Wing is another quality UCS set that will attract the advanced builders, as well as many AFOLs. The main thing I love about UCS sets...The Plaques. I just think they add a nice touch to every UCS set.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 9
While the set is not “special edition” or LEGO trade show set from a San Diego Comic Con or NYC Toy Fair, it is a Ultimate Collector's Series STAR WARS LEGO set, which makes it more exclusive than most conventional LEGO sets.

PACKAGING | Score: 7
The box of the 10227 UCS B-Wing is high in quality. It is a larger than normal box for a 1500 piece set and is made of high grade cardboard, much heavier than other larger piece sets like the Modulars. There are no special markings on the box, but nonetheless, it looks impressive and worthy of the $200 price tag.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 9
The 10227 is an Ultimate Collector's Series STAR WARS set. As most of us know, these are some of the most popular and sought after sets, especially when they get retired. The growth of this set in the secondary LEGO market should be stellar in my opinion. Many of these STAR WARS UCS sets fly under the radar(...like the unloved 10212 UCS Imperial Shuttle, which is exploding in growth after EOL as we speak), only to increase rapidly in value shortly after being retired. This is a must buy for any serious LEGO collector or investor.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10
Probably one of the best LEGO display sets I have encountered. The angled position of the 10227 B-Wing just gives it the right look in my opinion. It is an awesome looking STAR WARS ship. I am really amazed I never really paid attention to it previously, being the huge fan of STAR WARS movies that I am. It will be an impressive display in any office or bedroom.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9
Overall, the 10227 UCS B-Wing Starfighter is a winner in my book...BIG winner in fact. It doesn't get a lot of love by some LEGO and STAR WARS fans, but take my word for it, in person, it is a wonderful set. It is an under the radar set that gets overshadowed by the larger UCS sets, like the 10221 Super Star Destroyer. The 10227 is a Ultimate Collector's Series set and makes a fantastic display set as well as a LEGO set that can be flown around the living room. Most of all, it will be a LEGO set that appreciates very well after it gets retired. My main gripe with this set is that it is not minifigure scale and as with many of the UCS STAR WARS ships, this small nuisance keeps it from being a true classic. One only needs to look at the 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon and see how minifigures and UCS sets compliment one another. Don't let this sway your opinion though...buy multiples of this set, one to build, one or more to resell. May the Force be with you...


10030-1: Imperial Star Destroyer
10030-1: Imperial Star Destroyer
Reviewed on: Mar 17, 2013
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Overall Personal Score

9.80

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 10

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 10

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 10

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 9

PACKAGING | Score: 9

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10


10179-1: Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon
10179-1: Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon
Reviewed on: Mar 17, 2013
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Overall Personal Score

10.00

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 10

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 10

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 10

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 10

PACKAGING | Score: 10

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10


10184-1: Town Plan
10184-1: Town Plan
Reviewed on: Mar 17, 2013
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Overall Personal Score

8.60

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 10

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 6

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 6

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 10

PACKAGING | Score: 10

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 8

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9


10185-1: Green Grocer
10185-1: Green Grocer
Reviewed on: Jan 24, 2013
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Overall Personal Score

8.30

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 8

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 9

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 6

PACKAGING | Score: 6

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9


9525-1: Pre Vizsla's Mandalorian Fighter
9525-1: Pre Vizsla's Mandalorian Fighter
Reviewed on: Jan 22, 2013
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Overall Personal Score

6.60

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 6

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 8

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 6

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 9

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 5

PACKAGING | Score: 5

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 6

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 7

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7


10218-1: Pet Shop
10218-1: Pet Shop
Reviewed on: Jan 8, 2013
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Overall Personal Score

7.90

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 9

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 6

PACKAGING | Score: 6

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 9

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 9

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 8


9398-1: 4x4 Crawler
9398-1: 4x4 Crawler
Reviewed on: Jan 2, 2013
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Overall Personal Score

7.50

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 8

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 8

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 7

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 7

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 7

PACKAGING | Score: 6

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 8

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 8

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 8


10215-1: Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter
10215-1: Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter
Reviewed on: Jan 2, 2013
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Overall Personal Score

7.40

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 7

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 7

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 9

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 8

PACKAGING | Score: 5

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 8

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 9

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7


10224-1: Town Hall
10224-1: Town Hall
Reviewed on: Jan 2, 2013
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Overall Personal Score

8.30

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 9

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 9

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 6

PACKAGING | Score: 5

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 9

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 9

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9


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