Ratings and Reviews for 9489-1: Endor Rebel Trooper & Imperial Trooper Battle Pack

9489-1: Endor Rebel Trooper & Imperial Trooper Battle Pack

Overall Score

6.40
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 7.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 6.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 10
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 7.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 10
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 1.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 5.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 8.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 4.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 6.00
Review from: DoNotInsertIntoMouth
Reviewed on: Jul 10, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

First impression for me was: Thats a lot of minifigs for a small set.

For the non-starwars, non-Endor fan, this set probably doesn't stand out that much at all. The speeder Bikes are really cool looking and are an iconic vehicle in the SW series, but they have been in a lot of othe sets, so this wont stand out to many people.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 6

Besides the faces of the minifigures having slightly different prints than seen in other sets, and the speeder bikes being just slightly different from the sister set 7956 Ewok Attack, there is nothing special here. 

I give this set a 6 in this section because though the minifigures aren't unique, you get a lot of them and they are perfect for army/fleet building because they blend in. If you are building a Lego army, you don't want a bunch of stand out Lego minfigures - you want them to look like drones (not literally).

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

I think battle packs pretty much always get the highest playability, but in general this one has a ton of playability just because there is only one piece that doesn't move (unless you are super imaginative or like LOTR a little too much) being the tree.

Otherwise you have two speeder bikes and 4 minifigs to play with constantly. For $13 list, you can't do any better than that. Escpecially if you are looking for a cheap set to buy your children or use as a gift. And, iif you love fleet building, for $70 bucks you can pick up 5 of these and have a super Endor battle. 

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 7

Lets take a look at some of the other popular SW battle packs to see how this one compares:

Set Name

CLONE TROOPER BATTLE PACK

7913

REBEL TROOPER BATTLE PACK

8083

DROIDS

BATTLE PACK

7654

Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

9488

Endor Rebel Trooper & Imperial Trooper Battle Pack

9489

Piece count

85

79

102

98

77

Price

$11.99

$11.99

$9.99

$12.99

$12.99

Price per Piece

$ 0.14 Retail

$ 0.15 Retail

$ 0.10 Retail

$ 0.13 Retail

$ 0.17 Retail

Looking at this, the Endor set has the worst retail price per piece. But because of the playability with the two bikes and 4 minifigures, I think this is negligible. 

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

Its Star Wars. The sets are extremely popular among builders, collectors, and investors.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 1

There is really nothing exclusive about this set except that the faces of the minifigs are slightly different than the other sets they appear in. Otherwise, there is nothing of note here.

PACKAGING | Score: 5

While the packaging depicts a pretty cool looking scene, it's a little bit crowded for my taste. 

However, the display of the flick pieces is really cool and makes the set stand out. There is also an explosion in the background as well as the storm trooper guns actually firing. To me there isn't much, but to a kid I think that this would look pretty cool. Most sets don't have this kind of action on the front.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 8

There is an X-factor here.

Its called "Ewok Village". If you haven't seent hat set, it is amazing looking. 

Yes, I know that's not what we are talking about, but that set will push a lot of other Endor sets up in value, including Ewok Attack and this one as well. All of these sets easily go together and match up well. Fleet building will be even bigger.

I know myself, when I saw Ewok Village, I immediately wanted all the Endor sets to complete the scene. This will be really big for it in my opinion. Plus, because it hasn't been a huge Investor target, there will be a lot less of them out there.

Lets take a look at the battle packs I referenced earlier ecluding 9488 as it is still readily available:

 

Set Name

CLONE TROOPER BATTLE PACK

7913

REBEL TROOPER BATTLE PACK

8083

DROIDS

BATTLE PACK

7651

Endor Rebel Trooper & Imperial Trooper Battle Pack

9489

Piece count

85

79

102

77

Retail Price

$11.99

$11.99

$9.99

$12.99

CAGR

11.44%

6.10%

19.29%

???

Current Price

$12.41

$16.50

$27.06

$12.10

 

As you can see, the CAGR is pretty decent for the Clone and Droids battle pack while the Rebel trooper is not awful, but nothing amazing.

However, I think because this battle pack has such good fleet-building and playability enhancements, I think we can expect it to be somewhere near 18%. 

This is a small set though, so 15% is not a hige amount. Over a few years, you are just looking at a price of around $20. Thats why this is a great set for the more casual investor. Its nto gonna make huge amounts of money, but it should have a solid return.

However, if you see a large quantity of these clearanced for $8 or less, BUY THEM ALL. 

I also think if the Ewok Village does really well, we could even see this do better than a CAGR of 18%.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 4

Besides standing up the minifigures, there isn't a whole lot to say here. Multiples of this set make a great display. One by itself is not much. Its really more about Playability.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 6

In conclusion, if you want a safe, low budget, easy to store set, grab these. And if you want a set to play with or build fleets, this is one of the best sets you can get.

Pros:

  • 4 minifigures
  • Lots of playability
  • Great for fleet building
  • Fits well with some other popular Endor sets

Cons:

  • May not make huge amounts of money as a small retail set
  • Amount of SW sets
  • Nothing Exclusive

My final word: Buy a decent amount of them if you have the chance. If they don't work out as an investment, open them up and make a Lego army one could only dream of!