Ratings and Reviews for 8833-2: Conquistador

8833-2: Conquistador

Overall Score

6.30
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 8.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 7.00
  • 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? 9.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 2.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 2.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 4.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 9.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 8.00
Review from: Blackjack
Reviewed on: Jul 3, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

I no longer have the Conquistador having traded him off, but I really did like the set when I did have it. 

The Conquistador is a great minifigure who was released in Series 8 of the Collectible Minifigure Series.  The minifigure has great playability, and lots of exclusive pieces which also make it nice for display.  Since it is just one minifigure, it is a limited set, but the cheapness makes the Conquistador worth the $2.99 retail price in my opinion.  I do not think that it will be a great investment just because so many were produced and they were so cheap, but the set is a nice one to have and a cool little collectible.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7

The Conquistador has some unique pieces, but they are all just repainted items, with no exclusive or new molds being utilized in the set. The helmet is an old curved piece which was first seen on the old Spanish minifigures back in the 90’s I believe. It is produced in gold for this set, and has a hole on top where a Lego feather can be inserted. The set comes with a small red feather, which adds color and character to the set. The head has only one face, which is a smiling face surrounded by a brown beard. This isn’t a super cool head, but it is a nice addition to the plethora of minifigure heads. The breastplate is not an exclusive piece either, but it has lots of unique printing not seen in any other set. It is gold and silver, silver and gold! ;) Anyway, I like this piece very much, and it contributes hugely to the appearance of the Conquistador. The torso is an unadorned burgundy affair, which I feel should have gotten at least some printing. It is not seen when covered by the breastplate, but it is always better to have a printed piece rather than unprinted. The legs are thankfully well painted, with gold armor on the upper thighs, and red pantaloons on the knees. The foot area is simply light gray. Possibly the best part of the set is the rapier, which was previously seen on the Musketeer. This sword has a rounded basket hilt, with a short handgrip. This facilitates the complete covering of the hand by the guard. The blade is relatively short as far as Lego swords go, with a thin, circular blade with a small ball at the end. This sword is great for play and spices up the realm of Lego weapons immensely. The Collectible Minifigure display stand is the staple item seen in every one of the sets. It is four studs long and three wide, with a row of studs running along the center lengthways. This is a perfectly designed display stand, and is a great feature of the sets.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 6

I hold Collectible Minifigures in low esteem with regards to playability, because there really isn’t much that you can do with one fig. Sure, you can combine it with other sets or displays, but there isn’t anything you can do with the actual minifigure. I do like to take mine apart and recombine them my own way, and I suppose this constitutes playing, but as far as leaving the set as is and trying to play with it, there are very few things to do with it.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

$2.99 is a decent price for a minifigure, but I still buy very few of them. Four Collectible Minifigures adds up to the price of one of those $13 Superheroes sets, so it is hard to spend that money on four minifigures. Also, the fact that you can buy these things online for about a dollar makes $3 look pretty steep. Still, as long as Lego doesn’t hike the Collectible Minifigure price up any higher, I will consider them a justifiable buy.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 9

I am a big fan of Collectible Minifigures, but I never go out and buy the things. If I had more money I might go out and smoosh a few, but the time and cost involved are kind of high and I would prefer to spend my money on Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Superheroes. I also think that the Collectible Minifigures are generally poor investments, with sets such as the Zombie which reach $20 and more being rare exceptions.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 2

The Conquistador was not an exclusive set, as Collectible Minifigures are available at nearly all major retailers and many smaller stores as well.

PACKAGING | Score: 2

The Conquistador came in a black bag, which looks very cool. However, I really hate the mystery packaging of Collectible Minifigures, because it makes it much harder to find the set that you want. I suppose that some people like the suspense and surprise of not knowing what they are getting, but we all know that it is just a ploy by Lego to sell more sets as people blindly buy them hoping to get that one. If they would just written in fine print the name on the bottom or something, people could easily choose to ignore it, while us others would get what we came for. We need to get petition going to send to Lego with 10,000 signatures denouncing mystery packaging! :)

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 4

As great as the other aspects of the Conquistador are, I do not see the set performing well as an investment. My reasons are simple: The low retail cost of the minifigure means that the market was flooded; even more so than with regular cheap sets. In fact, Brickpicker doesn’t get data for the performance of Collectible Minifigures until months after they were discontinued. Secondly, the demand is probably low for the set, meaning that there will be thousands left over after everyone who wants one has gotten it. It will most likely appreciate slowly, but I would never consider it a viable investment because of the time involved.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 9

The Conquistador is an exceptional display set, largely in part because of all of the gold pieces. The set has a classic look, and it one of those historical minifigures which strikes a chord with everyone. It is small and can fit nearly anywhere, making it an economical and space friendly display set. My favorite way to display the Conquistador is a bit unconventional. I have him hold the sword handle at the very bottom, so that it sticks out straight in front of him. This gives the minifigure a great fencing posture, and is much cooler looking than holding the sword the normal way. (I really hope that made sense guys!)

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 8

The Conquistador was released in the early fall of 2012 along with the rest of the Series 8 minifigures. The set has lots of cool pieces, which can be used to make sweet custom figures in addition to being left as is. The Set is an engaging display set for its size, and I often placed it in combat with other minifigures. I do not expect it to be a good investment set, but I honestly don’t care as I have never seen these sets as being profitable sets when sold individually. These sets are meant to be displayed, and I would treat them as such. Do yourself a favor and buy the Conquistador for display, it is a great set and you will not regret it! I'm really sorry that the set recieves such a bad score because of the packaging, exclusivity and growth potential, because it deserves at least an eight.