Ratings and Reviews for 5000063-1: TC-14

5000063-1: TC-14

Overall Score

7.70
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 9.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 10
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 3.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 8.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 10
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 8.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 5.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 9.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 8.00
Review from: TheDarkness
Reviewed on: Jul 26, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 9

Arriving on May the 4th, 2012, this polybag sent the collecting community into a bit of a frenzy, available for purchase or free with Star Wars sales.  The updated C-3PO minifig was great in itself, but remodeling it as TC-14 in chrome with the coloured wires prodtruding made it simply stunning. The character itself wasn't in the movie long, however this didn't seem to affect the K-3PO minifig either that emerged in the 7666 set in 2007. The grey hands are a disappointment however, and really should have also been made in chrome to match the rest of the fig. I assume this is due to the issues with the chroming process as opposed to laziness. This is simply a gorgeous minifig, one that appeals to most collectors but is simply a must have for Star Wars fans.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 10

All parts are unique to this polybag and cannot be found in any other set.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 3

For it's value, it isn't the type of figure you would allow children to play and potentially damage the chrome. Owners shouldn't be moving the legs and parts around a great deal, risking damage to the chrome sections. As a minifig, it is assembled within a few seconds.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

As a free polybag, it was a bargain. As a $5 polybag it still is a bargain. The figure has maintained a very steady return of around $20 at this stage, marking an impressive return if you picked it up initially. If you are considering buying now, it isn't as great a bargain.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon. The only downside, is that the figure appeared in The Phantom Menace, which currently seems to hold the potential growth of some sets back.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 8

Initially released on May the Fourth, this polybag was later handed out at lego stores as well as additional S@H Star Wars promotions. They became readilly available as Lego tried to offload them.

PACKAGING | Score: 7

The standard polybag packaging protects this set. Personally, if it were available, I would prefer Lego look towards the packing used at their latest Comic Con giveaways. It just has a more professional look in my opinion.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 5

This really is the disappointing aspect of this promotional giveaway. These figures and polybags seem to stagnate around the $20 mark which can be seen across multiple themes. As great as this figure is, there simply isn't enough data to show how many were created. Considering that it was released in multiple waves, it can be assumed than many were made. Also, the figure has limited screen time in Episode 1, a film heavilly derided and almost all Lego sets based on it struggle for both sales and investment growth. If investors are buying in now, I would suggest gains that can be made are minimal for the near future (unless finding them cheaply). Those that acquired them at the time have already made more than what it cost them.

That being said, should this character feature (or one appearing very similar) in the upcoming Star Wars trilogy, there could be a boost in investment growth.

 

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 9

An ideal display fig, both through detail and the chrome finish. Keeping it looking pristine may be difficult, as will stopping any chroming issues along the arm and leg joins as friction occurs with movement, but worth the finish. The grey hands though are disappointing, and look cheap.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 8

A must have for Star Wars collectors, this gorgeous minifig really is one of the best produced in the Star Wars line. It accurately portrays the character and will stand out in any display. Being in Episode 1 and having extremely limited screen time though diminishes the minifigure's investment potential. There is no data detailing how many were created, only that they weren't difficult to come across. Prices of Lego exclusives seem to trend around the $20 mark, which is where this fig is currently priced, suggesting there is little room for growth. If you are a Star Wars or minifigure fan, this minifig is an essential for your collection. If you are seeking investment potential from it, I would look elsewhere.