Ratings and Reviews for 8988-1: Gelu

8988-1: Gelu

Overall Score

6.60
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 8.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 5.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 9.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 6.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 10
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 3.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 5.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 8.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 5.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 7.00
Review from: BionicleFan1
Reviewed on: Jul 16, 2013
Join Date: 07/15/2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

When I first saw Gelu on the LEGO store, I needed to get one. First off, because I like the bionicle theme, but also because I knew the demand for bionicle would skyrocket once lego discontinued. Another reason I got it was the fact that it contained a few unique pieces, such as the white chestplate and ice swords.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 5

Gelu has a few unique parts, such as the ice swords, mask, and white chestplate, but not very many. However, the are a couple of rare parts, including the blue vahki leg pieces and white forearm pieces. The thornax launcher is also included, thus making this one of 12 sets with one.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

Gelu has a lot of potential for playability from the way it incorporates the bionicle battle game. It has a thornax launcher and life counter, and it also includes two ice swords that can be used for playing with. The one bad thing is thato you need a friend and another glatorian set to play the game.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 6

Parting out the pieces could work, as it is 52 pieces for $13.  Many of the pieces could sell for more than 52/13= $0.25 (such as the chestplate), but then again many pieces could only be sold for a few cents (such as the small axles)

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

Bionicle was such a big hit that I'll never get why they discontinued it. It was the greatest theme of the greatest toy company. It will definitely have growth, as Bionicle was discontinued and the demand will be high for a great theme that ended. You should be able to sell one for at least $15 or $20 now, who knows how much more later.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 3

Gelu was not an exclusive set, but as it was one of the last bionicle sets, there will be demand for it.

PACKAGING | Score: 5

Gelu has the basic bionicle canister packaging, but what's special about it is that it can be used in the bionicle battle game. Other than that, it's a basic canister.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 8

This set has a lot of growth potential because it is from a recently discontinued theme. Many will want it as it is one the last bionicle sets ever made.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 5

There are some display attributes, but not many. You could show Gelu in a battle scene, but that would require additional bionicles.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7

Gelu has many upsides, but also a few downsides.

Pros:

1. Good playability

2. High growth potential

3. Theme is very popular

4. Good value for money

5. Can play a game with this set

Cons:

1. Very few unique parts

2. Build is not very unique

3. Packaging is boring