Ratings and Reviews for 30152-1: Mining Quad

30152-1: Mining Quad

Overall Score

5.80
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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? 6.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 8.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 6.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 7.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 5.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 5.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 3.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 5.00
Review from: kishidan69
Reviewed on: Aug 4, 2013
Join Date: 06/04/2013
# of Reviews: 5

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

Given the recent (and probably confirmed) speculation that Lego will retire the City Mining series soon, I decided to get 1 of these when I saw it on eBay - just to own a small, relatively cheap part of the series, and thought it will be a simple and fun little build for my little kids. It consists of a little yellow 4x4 quad with rear storage, a miner minifig with mining helmet, and accessories including red dynamite, a jackhammer and 2 warning lights. I don't own any City Mining sets, and was interested in a miner minifig.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 6

Not being an expert on unique parts, my guess is the only slightly unique parts of this set is the minifigure with the miner's hat ( which I suppose is only found in the City Mining series sets) - and maybe the jackhammer (?). Other than that, I believe all parts are fairly common. This mining set doesn't have a gold crystal piece like all the other mining sets - which is a bit of a letdown as I've only recently discovered (after I bought this one) that there is another mining polybag - 30151 Mining Dozer which does have it, though that set doesn't have a red dynamite piece which this one has.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 6

Build and play was an OK experience for my kids and me. It was simple enough for my under 5's to put together (with a little adult supervision) in about 5 minutes, and once built, they enjoyed playing with it - small enough for small hands to handle - though this only lasted for about 10 minutes. The accessories are a nice touch, they can all be stored securely on the quad. With the kiddies in mind, I rate this a 6 - though an adult Lego fan may rate this a low 2 or 3. Compared to 30151, this set is probably inferior - 30151's dozer vehicle probably has more 'fun' value.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

This set retails for $4.99 USD. If purchasing this as a small, inexpensive yet relatively fun toy for a child, I think it's average value for money - a small vehicle, 1 minifig and some accessories. 30151 is probably better value, retailing at $3.99 USD. Where I'm at (Australia), Lego polybags are not commonly available for sale retail - I have yet to see the wide range that seems to be commonly available in the US or in Europe. eBay and overseas resellers are probably the best sources for us - if you can get one for $7.50 - $8 AUD including postage, I would think that's a good price, though that's just my 2 cents.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 6

I think the mining theme is fairly popular, though I think this polybag set will most likely be at the bottom of anyone's mining set wish list. It's a simple vehicle, with 1 minifig - nothing special.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 7

I can't comment much on its exclusivity in the primary market as we don't have it available for retail here (though this does mean that in a strictly Australian retail context, it is highly uncommon!). On eBay, which is where I got mine, it seems to be somewhat moderately available - not flooded with sellers, but you shouldn't have any trouble getting 1 at a reasonable markup to original retail for a while. I imagine in the US or UK, this polybag wouldn't have been difficult to source.

PACKAGING | Score: 5

Packaging is standard Lego polybag - nothing more, nothing less. It serves its purpose, and is fairly attractive (which probably applies to 98% of all polybags out there).

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 5

CAGR on this set in the US is currently 16.43% on Brickpicker, which I suppose is fairly OK. But once again, 30151 crashes the party - CAGR on that set in the US is a bit more than 41%! Brickipedia does mention that 30151 was released as part of a The Sun / News of the World newspaper promotion in the UK, so it may be more exclusive than this set. Simply based on this information, it's probably a no-brainer that 30151 has had better growth.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 3

This is not an impressive looking set, especially compared to 30151. It's a pretty standard and simple yellow quad. I doubt any proud Lego fan would be displaying this on it's own, though it's probably a nice complement to any mining scene display, especially if you're wanting to show an interesting variety of large and small mining vehicles.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 5

I think this may be a fairly average polybag set for most, especially given there's the more impressive looking 30151. For the kiddies, it should be fairly simple to build, and provide some fun (for at least a short while). For City Mining enthusiasts, this may add some variety to your collection of vehicles, but it won't have any Wow factor by itself. If you had to choose between this one and 30151, I would definitely recommend 30151 for looks and fun factor.