Ratings and Reviews for 6865-1: Captain America's Avenging Cycle

6865-1: Captain America's Avenging Cycle

Overall Score

5.80
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 5.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 5.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 5.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 3.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 8.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 5.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 9.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 5.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 6.00
Review from: TheDarkness
Reviewed on: Jul 27, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 5

Win the battle against the general and the foot soldier with Captain America!

While riding his Avenging Cycle, Captain America spots the general on his craft. Help Captain America use his indestructible shield to defeat the general and his foot soldier! Win the battle and send them back to where they came from. The fate of the world lies in your hands. Includes 3 minifigures: Captain America, general and foot soldier.

• Includes 3 minifigures: Captain America, general and foot soldier • Vehicles include Captain America's Avenging Cycle and general's craft • Avenging Cycle features shield holder • General's craft has folding wings and flick missile • Fire the flick missile! • Throw the shield at the general and the foot soldier! • Foot soldier's gun stand has a missile • Speed into battle on the Avenging Cycle! • Measures over 2" (6cm) high and 3" (7cm) long • General's craft measures over 2" (6cm) high and 4" (10cm) long

First impression of this set is it is all about the minifigures, with Captain America, a Chitauri soldier and Chitauri General. The Chitauiri were essentially fodder in the Avengers movie, given little to do other than be a punching bag for our beloved Super Hero team. The Avenging Cycle didn't exist in the film, and inclusion in this set is a tribute to his bike riding days in the First Avenger film. The vehicle designs seems lazy and slapped together, and if it weren't for Captain America himself, this set would garner little interest.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 5

The Captain America and Chitauri General are only available in this set, whilst the Chitauri foot soldier is available in the 6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle set. Cap and his trusty shield are the driving force behind purchasing of this set. The Captain America figure looks ok, and the shield is definitely impressive, though the Chitauri prints though look a mess.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 5

It is a short build, with many larger pieces rounding it out. Children will find the cycle enjoyable to play with, however the Chitauri craft is a lazy, mess of pieces. I am certain someone in Lego's design team could have conjured up a touch more creativity than simply whacking a sticker on a Bow/Angle piece for a set of handle bars. Even worse, the sticker is fairly horrendous in itself. Throw on top of that an unstable build design that consistently falls apart, and you simply have a mess of a design. Captain America, his cycle and the Chitauri really are the only items to play with in this set.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 3

Finding this set on discount is the key. It has a 18.042c per piece ratio which is fairly horrendous, considering how poor the Chitauri vehicle is. The Chitauri figures can be picked up for between $1-2 on bricklink, and it seems there is little desire for army builders to collect them to oppose our heroes. Captain America and his shield really are the only redeeming parts to this set and are worth more than the rest combined, essentially putting the sets value in 4 pieces.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 8

The Avengers is the third highest grossing movie of all time worldwide, pulling on over $1.5 billion. Yeah, it was pretty popular.
Has this translated to popular Lego though? No, it has't. Sets have remained on shelves for a long time, until finally retailers threw clearance stickers on them and got them moving. By this stage, the novelty had started to wear off, new Iron Man sets were released, and the Avengers movie put to the side.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 5

This set isn't an exclusive and even after going EOL has not been difficult to find in large quantities.

PACKAGING | Score: 7

The box art for this set is suprisingly straight forward, featuring Captain America predominantly and pushing the Chitauri and vehicle to the back. With only 72 pieces, it is contained in a small box, easy for storage or shipping.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 9

Now here comes the interesting switch with this set, it has the potential to be a very solid investment opportunity should some circumstances fall the right way. It all surrounds the key figure, Captain America. At this stage, it is only available in this set and is the driving force behind any value the set possesses.

Captain America himself, obviously is most popular in the US. The first movie needed to released with the subtitle "The First Avenger" so movie audiences outside of the comic book fraternity would know that he is linked. It made $176 million inside the US, and $192 million throughout the rest of the world. Considering it was filmed on a $140 million budget, it really wasn't a great success. Cap certainly gained more exposure as a member of the Avengers than he did with his own feature film. In 2014, the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be released. Now this is where the uncertainty will kick in.

Will Lego make sets based on the sequel? If they do, then there is a risk that this figure will diminish in value if it becomes readilly available. Even if he has a different print, then there are still versions of the character available to throw into any Avengers lineups consumers are trying to create. If they do not release any sets based on the sequel, then it is likely this figure will only be available in this set until the Avengers sequel in 2015, potentially giving some decent returns in the meantime.  Whether Lego releases any sets based on the sequel to Thor will give an indication where they might be heading with this.

At this stage, I believe it is worth the risk until we hear otherwise.

 

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 5

The only real displayable items in this set are Captain America and his bike. Both the Chitauri minifigures and their vehicles are messy.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 6

This really is a tricky review in that the set itself is of a poor standard really, with limited playability and some unimpressive minifigures. That being said, this set is all about 4 pieces of plastic, the Captain America figure and his shield. Investment wise, this set has the potential to be a real winner as collectors scramble to round out their Avengers collaboration with a key member. Due to a horrid price per piece ratio, investors really do need to find this set as cheap as possible considering the remainder of the set has little value, but outside of purchasing the minifigure seperately, is the only way currently to acquire Captain America and his shield.
As such, finding a few of these sets on clearance and stashing them aside would be a prudent move that can make some solid gains in the near future.