Ratings and Reviews for 9495-1: Gold Leader's Y-wing Starfighter

9495-1: Gold Leader's Y-wing Starfighter

Overall Score

5.60
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 6.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 3.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 8.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 5.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 8.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 4.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 6.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 5.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 5.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 6.00
Review from: DoNotInsertIntoMouth
Reviewed on: Jul 1, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 6

My expected first impression : Another Y-wing...

Actual Impression: A little more than another Y-wing I guess.

As with any Lego remake and later sets, Lego finds small ways to make them better. This set looks a little sharper than the older sets and looks a little more solid. Plus 3 Minifigures. You get just a little bit more than you have in the past.

Seeing it on display makes a big difference to because the Box honestly doesn't make it look a whole lot different from the former sets.

 

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 3

Honestly there is not much here. Dutch Vander is party to several other sets (and several other Y-wing sets). R5-F7 (probably not as popular since it doesn't roll of the tounge like some of the other ones... or maybe because he isn't really mentioned) is only in one other set, being the Advent calendar 75023 so he does give you a little bit, expecially if the Advent calendar doesn't really appeal to you.

I have no idea why Princess Leah is in this set. Besides being in exactly 1 Billion other sets, she really doesn't have much to do with the Y-Wing, but hey, extra minifig is never a bad thing.

 

As far as exclusive pieces, theres not much of note. Most of the pieces are similar or teh exact same as the aformentioned Y-wing sets.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 8

Build experience: I would call it pretty good. I am the type of person who can deal with putting together about 500ish pieces before I either want to eat and watch TV, go to sleep, or just start playing with whatever I am building (assuming that no one else is around to see that). This set is perfect for a build session. You will get done in about an hour, and no parts of it are really severly difficult.

The best part about the build is the Y-wing is very solid and stable as you are putting it together. Nothing makes you want to grind Lego pieces into the ground more than trying to put things together that don't want to be. This set builds very smoothly and really has no pitfalls.

 

Playability: Uh... Duh, its a Y-wing. And it stays together very well. And its Starwars. And its a lot easier to make a "Y-wing sound" than a tie fighter or X-wing sound.

All of my playability feedback is from ... uh... watching others play with it.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 5

I'm going right down the middle. 

If you are one of those people that gets all Math-y and decides to adjust for inflation, this one is a bargain compared to the others. Price per piece, there really isn't much difference.

Everyone knows the $,05 per piece standard doesn't apply to Starwars. .11 retail is about normal with Starwars and if you get it down to $.07, your doing really good.

To me, because of the old sets, this is right in line with the normal price, but there are always discounts to be had. I like this set a lot more at $40 than at $50.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 8

This is one problem I see. If this whole Starwars thing doesn't take off, what will we do as investors.

 

All kidding aside, this theme is a 10 any other day. Only reason I put 8 here is that StarWars may be reaching a turning point where there are so many sets, people don't pay quite as much attention. And this isn't much different than the originals.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 4

This set is not an exclusive.

 

However, jus tlooking at the names, it is the only set called "Gold Leader's Y-wing". So that may count for something to a collector.

PACKAGING | Score: 6

The box doesn't do this set much justice -  more because they just didn't really make it a lot different from other Y-wing sets. I think the process is like this:

 

1. Take picture of set.

2. Crop it out and put on the front of the box in a different diagonal position than last time.

3. Put picture of Minifigures on the side.

4. Profit I guess?

 

I think they really should have made things just a bit different. But I doubt this will affect investors much. Maybe it will help the set sell a little less.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 5

On the outside, there doesn't really seem to be a whole lot here. There are several more Y-wing sets, several sets that include a Y-wing and something else, and nothing really that exclusive about this set. Looking at the non-UCS Y-wing sets:

8037 and 7658 have a CAGR of ~2.5%, so its going to take a long time for this to become a decent investment. This would make me feel there will be better ones out there.

However, depending on the price point, there are a couple things that make this set worth thinking about:

 

1. Only set that is "Gold Leaders"

2. Might be the Last Y-wing set assuming these aren't in the new movies and Lego stops the 1st generation sets.

3. Best looking of the Non-UCS Y-wing sets.

4, Not been a part of many sales - not really targeted. Possibly a sleeper.

I still wouldn't say its a great investment. BUT, lets say you come accross these on clearance for $25 each. Take them in a heartbeat. StarWars sets may not always gain value, but rarely do they lose any. You might be able to make a decent amount of money if everything falls into place.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 5

3 Minifigures is always good.

 

This set does set up really well unlike some of the other larger ships. Also scales really well with the other big sets, so its great for fleet building.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 6

This set does the Y-wing justice, but is not a homerun by any means. If you like sleepers, pick a few up on clearance. If not, grab one for your collection or for your child to play with.

 

Pros:

  • Well Built
  • Iconic
  • Good theme
  • Possibly last of this ship type

 

Cons:

  • Nothing largely special or exclusive 
  • 5th clone of the same ship
  • Box doesn't stand out.