Ratings and Reviews for 5770-1: Lighthouse Island

5770-1: Lighthouse Island

Overall Score

8.20
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 8.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 7.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 9.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 9.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 9.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 3.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 10
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 10
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 10
Review from: kishidan69
Reviewed on: Aug 4, 2013
Join Date: 06/04/2013
# of Reviews: 5

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

Was very impressed when I first saw this set in a retail store. Still had 1 foot in the dark ages void, but was starting to get excited about introducing Lego to my kids, saw this 3-in-1 Creator set, and thought it will be a fun build for the kiddies and me, though I was more fixated on the included light brick which was unheard of when I was a Lego kid. The red and white lighthouse with old-style cottage looked impressive, so did the other 2 possible builds - a marina restaurant with boat, and a boathouse which allows a boat to directly enter and dock from the water. 1 minifig, a little boat, a few accessories like a pan and a fish, and pieces to build a couple of seagulls are also included.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7

Thoughts from a unique parts non-expert - I think there aren't any really exclusive parts to this set, though there are probably some that are not too common. If you're after curved red and white 3 stud bricks, this set has quite a few as they form the bulk of the lighthouse walls with curved corners. The lightbrick is probably worth mentioning - not common, but it's available in quite a few other sets - eg. 4194 Whitecap Bay, most of the seasonal winter holiday sets, a few of the Creator house sets. Maybe the other somewhat unique parts are the long transparent 'glass' bricks for the tower light. The minifigure is fairly standard Creator - grey skull cap, orange jacket torso, blue pants. As a Creator set, its flagship build certainly has a unique aspect to it - it's not your usual house, cottage or cabin type residence, but a towering lighthouse.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

This set is fun to build, and even better for play. It's a no-brainer that the 3 model variations available (as with other 3-in-1 sets) make this set rate highly for playability. The kids and I haven't got round to building the other 2 variations, so I'll just comment on the lighthouse build. It has an openable wall section which allows access to the interior which features an access ladder and a small stove for the lighthouse keeper. The star attraction of this build though, will definitely be the light function. Other than the lightbrick, the other cool feature here is the rotating 'mirror' - a silver reflective sticker applied on a sloped black brick, which you can rotate with a small handle. This allows one to 'direct' the light in all directions, functioning like a real lighthouse. Throw in a little boat and a few seagulls and you have a winner. My only complaint is the lack of another minifigure to complement the one included - sure is lonely being a lighthouse keeper.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 9

This set retailed for USD $39.99 / AUD $59.99. At these prices, this set is good value for money purely in terms of playability, fun and uniqueness in my books. I don't usually pay much attention to the cost per brick in forming an opinion on a set's value  (just a personal preference) so I can't comment on that aspect, but for those who do, this set contains 518 pieces.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 9

I think the Creator sets are very popular, due to their 3-in-1 versatility. The house / cottage / etc type builds also have enough interior and exterior details and perks (eg. lightbrick, soundbrick) to keep the kids and adult fans happy. This set is no different, and may even be slightly superior to the other builds in terms of the Wow factor.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 3

During its normal run in the Australian primary market, this set was quite easily available. I saw it at most retailers and shops, and got one during mid-year sales at a small discount to RRP. I'm guessing that it was no different in the US or European markets.

PACKAGING | Score: 7

Standard Lego packaging here, though I will rate this set higher - the lighthouse image certainly looks impressive on the tall format box.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10

The figures on Brickpicker speak for themselves. This is probably one of the best performing Creator sets (currently ranked 7th on the overall top performers Brick Index), with CAGR currently sitting at slightly above 36%. I suspect this set with its impressive builds and excellent fun factor has very good appeal with children, parents and AFOLs, and will probably continue to maintain good performance for some time.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

As a lighthouse island build, it scores a perfect 10 for me - it looks great. If used in a marina or seaside display, it will almost certainly be a focal point of interest.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10

This set scores a perfect 10 for me. It is a fun build, it has great versatility being a 3-in-1, my kids enjoyed hours of play with the cool features, it wasn't too overpriced at retail, the lighthouse build looks great as a display, and it has done very well for investors in terms of growth - you'd probably be smiling now if you managed to pick up a few at a good discount. The only small dent I can put on the 10 is the lack of 1 other minifigure for this set.