Ratings and Reviews for 30240-1: Z-95 Headhunter

30240-1: Z-95 Headhunter

Overall Score

6.60
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 6.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 4.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 6.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 8.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 8.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 8.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 6.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 6.00
Review from: eightbrick
Reviewed on: Jul 4, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 6

The Z-95 Headhunter, a compact clone star fighter, saw action throughout the Clone Wars, and was given full scale Lego treatment in 2013 (see set 75004). This set, however, focuses on a much smaller intepretation of the clone fighter, using only 54 bricks. Lacking a minifigure, the set's focus is on maintaining the Headhunter's shape using minimal pieces. Despite being part of the less-known Clone Wars subtheme, the set should recieve healthy profits thanks to the overarching Star Wars theme and the solid performance of past mini Star Wars sets.

 

*Currently, the set has no list price,  but based off experience and general pricing for similar items, I know its price is MSRP $3.99 USD*

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 4

The set contains 54 pieces, which is a decent spread for a four dollar polybag, but other than some new dark red pieces and a light grey 3x3 plate, there are no rare pieces. But that doesn't mean there aren't any useful pieces; the set plays host to a decent variety of essential white plates and tiles. No minifigure is included, but there are enough pieces that the average collector won't mind. Overall, the amount of pieces is average, but the set unfortunately lacks any exclusive elements.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 6

Construction of the set is short, but makes a little use of SNOT techniques so you won't get bored. Unfortunately, since some of the smaller elements of the set are contained within a second bag in the polybag, "bag building" (a popular polybag build method involving building a set without opening the packaging), is not possible. While the build is too short to be tedious or mundane, it is also too short to generate any real satisfaction once the finished model is built.

Once completed, the model is pretty accurate to the Z-95 Headhunter, and features some nice details like landing gear made from black "tooth" pieces. The model is barely big enough to be swooshable, and works best as a mini display piece. That said, should duty call, the set will hold up under semi-rough play. While the play value is not stunning, I would say it is about the best Lego could do without a minifigure and with a limited amount of pieces.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

See the chart below to see how the set compares in value to other Star Wars sets:

Set Name Year Released # of Pieces MSRP (US) Price Per Piece
30240 Z-95 Headhunter 2013 54 $3.99 7.38c/piece
30241 Mandalorian Fighter 2013 49 $3.99 8.14c/piece
30059 MTT 2012 52 $3.97 7.78c/piece
30054 AT-ST 2011 46 $3.99 8.67c/piece

The chart shows that 30240 continues the trend of non-minifigure poplybags having decent, above average price per piece values. At 7.38c/piece, the set is an incredible value that rivals the PPP ratios of large Star Wars sets (it even beats 10179 UCS Millenium Falcon which sits at 9.62c/piece in value). That said, many of the pieces included in the set are small and take up little plastic, plus no minifigure is included. Overall, the polybag offers a suprising amount of value for part enthusiasts, but lacks the rare/expensive pieces to make parting out the most profitable option.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 8

The Star Wars theme has been under a lot of scrutiny from investors recently, due to some suprising failures in the previously solid original trilogy theme, and a below average CAGR at 9.27%. While some of this low valuation is due to bad performances, a good chunk of its is falling because the old sets aren't gaining any more, lowering the CAGR of the theme as a whole. Some more good news for the theme came in the form of Lego's 2012 Annual Report, which found that Star Wars is still one of Lego's big earners, after all these years. The theme has longevity like no other, and Star Wars will never be seen as a fad - its still alive and kicking, more than 30 years after the release of a the first film.

Being branched under the Clone Wars would be a curse for this set had it not been a minature. Typically, Clone Wars sets are viewed as weaker earners, but the Mini Building subtheme has performed extraordinarily within the theme.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 8

In US, the set was available at Walmart in February 2013, and at some Toys R Us locations across North America shortly after that. A promotional item for the early 2013 wave of Star Wars sets, the model was fairly hard to come by in stores, and while it is currently seeing about 80 sales a month, that number will likely be down to less than 20 per month in a year. Much of the set's value is going to be based off its rarity in the future; right now the market is pretty saturated as the set was just recently out, but in coming years it will be a hard-to-find gem.

PACKAGING | Score: 7

Polybags for me, will always symbolize easy storage, shipment, and a unique novelty-item feel. While the plastic used for this polybag is the thinner kind, it is still unlikely to break, even under pressure. The front of the bag features the 2013 Star Wars banner with Yoda, and the set along a deep space background, with red lasers slipping past the starfighter's wings. Star Wars sets are known for their high quality box graphics, and this set doesn't disappoint. Perfect for enticing buyers and easy handling for investors.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 6

The chart below displays the growth of the set and similar indicators thus far:

Set Name Year Released # of Pieces MSRP (US) Current Price (US) CAGR
30240 Z-95 Headhunter 2013 54 $3.99 $5.38 34.83%
30241 Mandalorian Fighter 2013 49 $3.99 $6.16 54.38% 
30059 MTT 2012 51 $3.97 $5.36 35.01%
30054 AT-ST 2011 46 $3.99 $6.47 27.34%
8031 V-19 Torrent 2008 66 $3.99 $9.94 20.03%

Data from Brickpicker (Jun/25/13)

The chart shows that Star Wars Mini Building Sets are usually great earners, especially the most recent ones. It appears the "Clone Wars = Low Profits" myth doesn't apply here, as 30059 MTT has been a better earner than 30054 AT-ST, a set from the Original Trilogy. So far, 30240 has been blessed with a high CAGR of 34%, over triple the Star Wars theme's average. However, the data for the set is relatively new and a drop in value is likely in the next couple of months is likely to slow down the growth of the model, before it reverses and makes steady gains again.

The model is unique, features good value, and is suprisingly accurate to the Z-95 while using only a handful of pieces. With a small investment that has a larger counterpart, there is always a risk that if the big model doesn't do well, the small one won't either, but the example of 7930 is encouraging. While 7930 Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship is notorious among Lego investors for its failure in the investment world: a -19% CAGR and current value of just above $30. The Bounty Hunter Gunship's mini model counterpart (Brickmaster exclusive), however, is earning a cool $10.31, pretty good considering the set is tiny and contains no minifigures.

Taking into account the above factors, I am estimating that this set will grow with a 13% CAGR for the next five years, resulting in a investment worth $7.35 at the end of that five-year period in 2018. While this is above the Star Wars theme's average CAGR, I would suggest that you place your investment dollars elsewhere unless you can find the set for below retail. If you are paying retail, don't buy more than 3 and just use them to diversify your Brickfolio. Combining with set 30241 will make for an easier sale, but may sacrifice profits.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 7

The set is small, but will reward those who come for a closer look, with all kinds of details to make the model more accurate to the Z-95 Headhunter as featured in the Clone Wars series; including black detailing near the cockpit, the thrusters, nose fins, and landing gear. All these little extras add to the simple yet sleek feel of the set, and make up for its miniscule size. Overall, the model achieves the overall feel of the ship while using less than 60 pieces, and makes a great desktop model.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 6

I wish I could say that 30240 Z-95 Headhunter looked to be a stellar investment, but the information provided just can't support such a claim. It will most likely be an above average earner, but won't see the coveted returns that made Star Wars icons like 10179 UCS Millenium Falcon famous. 30240 it seems, flies at just above average speed.