Ratings and Reviews for 71001-15: Decorator

71001-15: Decorator

Overall Score

5.90
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 7.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 9.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 5.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 5.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 6.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 4.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 6.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 4.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 6.00
Review from: eightbrick
Reviewed on: Jul 3, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

71001-15 Decorator offers a brilliant depiction of a hardworking painter who seems just a bit partial to medium azure based off the multitude of stains on his shirt. Equipped with a paint bucket and roller, the minifigure is more than ready for duty on the streets of any brick-built town, or among the ranks of Lego's collectible minifigures. What it lacks in size, it makes up for with intricate details. The latest and greatest modern-day occupational collectable minifigure? It just might be.

 It should be noted that there is a lack of eBay data for Collectable Minifigures in general on Brickpicker, so for that reason charts are not included in this review.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 9

Nearly all the parts of the set are exclusive; the decorator's hat only appears in one other set (and in a different color at that), his pants, head, torso, roller, and light grey bucket are also restricted to the set. The collectible minifigure series' signature black display plate is also included. The piece spread is small, but expectably so (all CMFs have subpar piece counts), and enjoys a host of unique pieces. Plastic quality is often questioned with collectible figures, but the decorator's pieces aren't noticeably lacking here.

The painter has an unshaven face with a couple medium azure paint splotches, a printed (front and back) overall with some more medium azure splotches, and finally white legs. And yes, there are medium azure splotches on that too. The minifigure is instantly recognizeable as a painter, perhaps in part thanks to his bucket and roller. While he lacks the high-octane looks of action-oriented minifigures, the decorator is nonetheless a figure that any Lego fan wouldn't mind having.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 5

Alone, the set offers extremely limited playability options. Unfortunately, today's generation has a hard time playing without acting out a conflict, which is something the weapon-less decorator lacks. Paired with other minifigures or better yet, a building, the painter can be an effective roll player, but by itself the set is by no means impressive in playability. The build experience is not surprisingly brief and simple. Neither of these factors will add much value to the set's aftermarket price.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 5

Retailing for $2.99 USD and including 9 pieces, the set is on the better end in terms of value for CMFs, but is still sitting at a disappointing 33.22c/piece (10c/piece is considered respectable). Such low values are to be expected with CMFs due to their low piece counts and high proportions of rare/exclusive/printed pieces, and when compared to other minifigures, such as the Chicken Suit Man (series 9) who contains 5 pieces, the set seems like a mediocre value at least. It is important to note that the value of CMFs does not come from the number of pieces, but rather the rareness of them and the printing.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 6

The Collectable Minifigure theme is an interesting one in that while it is wildly popular (TLG has already released over 160 CMFs, with more on the way), the demand is met by huge production numbers. The collectability aspect of the series helps garner interest from dedicated minifigure collectors, but overall, the main drivers of the theme are kids. There will be a decent amount of buyers for the set, but there will also be a decent amount of sellers. Being part of Series 10 may help the set in some respects, as the Mr. Gold minifigure is expected to increase sales of the series.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 4

The collectable minifigures theme is one of the most popular, and highest produced branches of Lego sets. A huge amount of sets go through many retail stores, and the sets are by no definition hard to find. Based off Eurobricks data, supposably four decorators are put into every box of sixty series 10 minifigures, so randomly choosing a figure, you would have a 6.67% chance of getting a painter. This is considered average rarity for a series 10 collectable minifigure.

PACKAGING | Score: 6

The set is packaged in the hard plastic polybag signature to the Collectable Minifigure theme. The bag is opaque and doesn't allow view of the minifigure, although it can be identified by some through feeling or other methods. The package is gold keeping with the series 10 theme, but the minifigure is not featured on the printing. The "surprise" nature of the packaging will mean that most sales of the set will be of the set in open condition.

What to feel for if you are looking for the Decorator

The Decorator doesn't really have a single, defining element, as many pieces can be confused for other accessories, or even minifigure heads. The initial heads-up suggesting that you may have found a painter will be either his hat, or the precense of 3 cylindrical objects (them being the head, paint roller top, and bucket). If you want extra assurance, try to find the roller body, it should feel like a twisted out rod and be a bit flexible.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 4

Collectable minifigures have been below average performers in general with exception to a couple success stories such as the first series' zombie. Unfortunately, due to the (obvious) lack of a significant painting fan base and average exclusitivity of the set, I don't see it becoming a very worthwhile investment. Despite the limited information regarding eBay data on CMF, it is quite apparent that many of the minifigures, including this one, seldom sell for much above retail. In terms of CAGR, it won't be much (it may even be negative).

The Verdict

As a long term investment, it will likely break its MSRP, but I wouldn't recommend investing unless you can score it for at least a third off ($1.99 USD).

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 7

Despite being a depiction of a argueably boring occupation, the set has high display value because the minifigure is easily convincing as a painter and the medium azure acts as a welcome accent to the otherwise bland colours of the minifigure. It lacks size, but has the details to be an above average display piece. Minifigure collectors will almost undoubtably be pleased with the interesting accessories and hardworking vibe of the figure.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 6

Fantastically detailed and featuring unique parts, the set is a great personal buy, but based off the lacklustre performance of previous minifigures, it doesn't appear to have what it takes to be a powerhouse investment. If you are any level of minifigure collector, you should consider adding one to your lines of CMFs, but otherwise, l would stay away from it at retail.