Ratings and Reviews for 6857-1: The Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape

6857-1: The Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape

Overall Score

8.50
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 9.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 9.00
  • 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? 10
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 6.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 9.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 6.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 9.00
Review from: TheDarkness
Reviewed on: Jul 26, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 9

Straight off the bat (pun intended) this set is impressive. Boasting not only the Dynamic Duo but also 3 key villains without any generic figures, this alone should be a driving force with the popularity of this set. The Riddler and Harley Quinn prints are currently exclusive to this set, with the Joker, Batman and Robin having prints in a secondary set (The Batcave or Batwing Battle Over Gotham City respectively). The Funhouse itself is filled with vibrant colours and  enough functions to keep everyone entertained.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 9

They key to this set is obviously the minifigures. 5 key figures in the comic book universe in a mid-range set is rare. The Joker in this form is currently only available in the 6863 set, whilst Batman and Robin are available in this form in 6860. The Riddler and Harley prints are unique to this set. With the new Riddler set possessing a different print, and this theme's penchant for not repetitiously using the same print, there is a strong chance that these may only be available in this set.

 

Apart from the minifigures, the other piece unique to this set is the Track Fall 4M piece, which slopes from the Funhouse to the ground for the runaway wagon. It was previously released in Dark Stone Grey in the 7199 Temple of Doom set, but this is the first time the piece has been made in black. I also love the stickers in this set as they add a vibrant sense of craziness to the scene.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

This set has many features going for it besides the minifigures. It contains the Batcycle for Batman, Harley's hammer, a trap door, a winch for the crane, a moving floor, the runaway cart and Edward Nygma's Riddler machine. It has many playability features which will keep fans of all ages entertained. These features, in addition with the minifigures, will ensure this set remains popular into the future.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 7

Priced at $39.99 in the US, this set delivers bang for your buck. The price per piece ratio sits at 10.52c per piece which is fairly standard these days, yet with 5 key minifigures it makes it all worth it. The set currently sits 20.41% above retail in the US, selling above retail regularly. The set is regularly parted out, with the minifigures alone on current Bricklink averages just about covering the price of the entire set.

Outside of the US, the value of this set begins to dwindle, with it being priced in Australia for example at $89.99 and remaining a Toys R Us exclusive.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

The Super Heroes line is popular as is with Lego and comic book fans, but savvy investors will remember the returns of the previous Batman theme and continue to cast an eye on the future. Whilst it is unlikely to reach near those heights, many investors are still putting these away, just in case. With children, Batman is revered and will continue for many years.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 10

This exclusive set is only available at Toys R Us outlets and S@H. It continues to be made and prove popular, despite not being available at many common retailers.

PACKAGING | Score: 6

The packaging to this set is a touch disappointing. For an exclusive set, I believe Lego could have worked harder to make the packaging more appealing. Both the front and back boxart is too busy and distracting, not necessarilly highlighting the key features of the set. It has the common Batman figure in the top right corner, but the main thing that stands out is the Batman logo in the bottom right corner.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 9

Already selling at prices above retail, this set is a no-brainer. Appreciating before going EOL is rare, and this set will continue to do so due to it's exclusive nature. Many children will not even know the set exists without some research, and it will draw them in with it's wow factor and playability, whilst adults will also adore the collectable nature of the minifigures.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 6

The set is not aesthetically designed well, but the aim was to integrate as much playability as possible which has succeeded. It is a playset, not a display piece.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9

This set is already an investment winner, and will continue to do so when it goes EOL. A fun set packed with loads of playability, key figures and vibrant colours, this set is a already a hit with Lego fans of all ages. Exclusive to TRU and S@H this set doesn't get the attention it deserves with the younger fans, though savvy investors will know about it and the current returns already. Do not miss out on this set, whether you are a Batman fan or not and it should be a feature in everyone's investment portfolio.