Ratings and Reviews for 8561-1: Nuhvok

8561-1: Nuhvok

Overall Score

6.80
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 8.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 4.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 10
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 10
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 7.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 3.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 4.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 7.00
Review from: Blackjack
Reviewed on: Jul 2, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

Nuhvok is an amazing set which was released in 2002.  It retailed for $7.99 and has 41 pieces.  Needless to say, I consider this a very good deal and think that the set was totally worth it at the time.  it has great plkay attributes, such as the ability to roll up, and the way the head can spring forward with the push of a lever.  I would recommend the Bohrok over any other Bionicle sets in terms of play quality and durability.  When paired with the other Bohrok or the original Toa Mata, the set additionally looks great on display.  The set does tie with Gahlok for my least favorite Bohrok, but this is just because it is kind of bland next to the other ones.  Unfortunately, Nuhvok has only appreciated to $16, so I consider it a failure as an investment.  Still, this is a solid set which has many good traits and makes a nice addition to any collection.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 4

There aren o exclusive pieces in this set besides the element shieds and lime green Kraana.  The shields look kind of like drills or jack-hammers, but aren't all that cool.  The Kraana is a bright green color, and is made of soft rubber.  This is a nice piece which can be attached to a Toa's mask to infect them and pull them into the hive mind.  A set doesn't need exclusive pieces tobe great though, so I do not think that Nuhvok is negatively effected because of the exclusion of exclusives.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

The build time for Nuhvok is obviously very short, but this is an insignificant trifle when dealing with Bionicle sets.  Since they are designed almost exclusively to be played with, this is the only really important part.  The set is small, but packed with fun.  The head is held under light tension by a rubber band, and can be flipped forward when a lever is pushed.  The limbs can be rolled up next to the body, and make a very good sphere.  The set is very sturdily built, with high quality pieces, which goes a long way in making a good set.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 10

This set had great value whan it was released, which is something I say about almost every single Bionicle set.  I can't really go into the details of value because it is such a small set, but it was great in all areas of use.  It was not a good use of investment money however.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 7

Bionicle began in 2001, and ran until 2010.  I love the sets, and have many of them on display.  Some of my favorites are the Bohrok, which are probably my favorite villains.  They may be small, but they have great play attributes and were very cheap.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 3

Nuhvok was not an exclusive.

PACKAGING | Score: 8

Nuhvok came in a neat little plastic canister, which was the signiture storage method for Bionicles.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 4

It may seem odd to rate a set which has doubled in value to $16, but I have my reasons.  First of all, Nuhvok has had ample time to grow, and has not done so very well over the eleven years since its release.  Secondly, the market is probably small for the set, which keeps prices down.  I expect no more growth for the set, and I sadly doconsider it a failed investment set.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 7

Along with the other Bohrok, Buhvok makes a great display set, despite its small size.  The legs are very stubby so that there aare a limited number of poses, but the arms can be angled in many aggresive configurations.  This was my first Bohrok set, and I remember putting it on a shelf years ago.  It has now been dwarfed by its cooler counterparts though.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7

Nuhvok is a fun set which retailed very cheaply.  It is great for kids to play with, and also looks good on display.  I am a big fan of the Bohrok so I naturally like this set, but it does happen to be one of my least favorite of the villains.  Unfortunately for anyone who invested in it all those years ago, the set has not made large gains, and now sits at $16.  Because of low demand, I do not expect I rise in the value of the set.  Even with this depressing investment forcast, one must still remember to look atthe bright side, which is a fun and detailed set, even today.