Ratings and Reviews for 4635-1: Fun With Vehicles

4635-1: Fun With Vehicles

Overall Score

7.50
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 8.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 5.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 10
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 8.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 8.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 3.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 8.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 9.00
Review from: kishidan69
Reviewed on: Aug 7, 2013
Join Date: 06/04/2013
# of Reviews: 5

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

This set is of special significance to me - it marked the end of my dark ages, and it was the very first Lego set I gave my kids. What compelled me to buy this set (other than the 40% discount sale price) was the playability and interesting variety of creations possible, and I thought it would be something my kids would enjoy. You get a set with a possible build of 5 vehicles in total - 1 little quad, a blue jeep, 2 racing / sports cars and 1 orange tow truck, 2 minifigures, auto mechanic accessories like a drill and a wrench, bricks to build accessories like a car repair platform and gas tanks, a brick separator, and a good quantity of extra pieces. Also included is an instruction booklet for additional vehicle models.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 5

From a non-expert on unique parts - I think there aren't any unique parts / minifigures. There are certainly lots of wheels, tyres and vehicle type pieces like windscreens and car doors as this set is geared towards a car / vehicle theme. The bricks are also in a good range of colours - yellow, red, blue, lime and darker green - allowing builds of cars with different colours. The extra pieces come in their own separate polybag, and have enough specialized parts like a flexible tube, bricks with single or double axles etc to allow attempted builds of more detailed vehicles.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

Easily a 10 for build, with enough bricks to build 5 different vehicles at one time as the primary flagship build of this set. Also a 10 for playability - having 5 different vehicles, 2 minifigures and associated accessories allows for a lot of play possibilities / scenarios. This set continues to be popular with my kids for this reason, even though it was the first one they had and they have since been given other sets as well. The brick separator is a very nice inclusion - this set was the first time I had ever seen one - certainly is a great help for the kids when they are building.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

This set retailed for USD $29.99 / AUD $59.99. At USD retail price, I would be giving this a 10 for value - lots of parts and accessories, lots of different colours, instruction ideas booklet, 2 minifigs, and you essentially get at least 5 vehicles, including a mid-sized tow truck. At AUD $59.99, I think it is a little expensive - $49.99 seems like a fairer price to me. I also think this price will certainly compel first time Lego buyers to dip their toes in the water and purchase this set for their children or even themselves, given the excellent playability.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 8

I suspect this set is quite popular - with parents who have to choose a nice 'creative possibilities' Lego set for their kids (me being one), and with kids who love cars. It's what I think is a "general appeal set" - fairly appealing to a wide market, hard to fault or dislike, medium sized, brick separator included for the benefit of novice and seasoned Lego players - and should maintain good popularity in the secondary market.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 3

This set was common during its primary market shelf life. I found it at all major and independent retailers.

PACKAGING | Score: 8

Though standard Lego packaging, somehow this set appeals to me quite well. The primary build image on the front of the box is quite attractive, the colours are vibrant, and information on the box contents is clear - potential customers should know quite quickly that they get bonus inclusions eg. bag of extra pieces, a brick separator etc.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 8

Brickpicker CAGR figures for this set are 26.01% in the US, and 8.48% in Aus - it has certainly performed quite well. It is still available on the UK Lego S@H, maybe still available in the Lego shops there, so I suppose CAGR there has not really taken off yet. I predict that once its primary shelf life ends, and this goes EOL, it will reap good returns for investors who have managed to pick up a few of these at discounted prices.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 8

Just commenting on the flagship primary build, this set has good (though probably not excellent) display attributes. You get a good variety of vehicles and colours, 2 minifigs and enough accessories and items to display an interesting scene.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9

I love this set. My kids love it. My partner loves that the kids love it. In my books this is a winner. For investors, I think it will also do well (if it has not already, in certain secondary markets) because of its broad appeal to consumers. My only complaint is the Aus RRP, which I think is slightly expensive, hence it does not score a 10 for me. In a US context, I would give this a 10.