Ratings and Reviews for 10030-1: Imperial Star Destroyer

10030-1: Imperial Star Destroyer

Overall Score

9.80
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 10
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 9.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 9.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 10
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 10
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 10
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 10
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 10
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 10
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 10
Review from: bens1858
Reviewed on: Aug 10, 2013
Join Date: 04/06/2013
# of Reviews: 4

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 10

I first saw this set in a Lego catalogue and could not stop staring at it. I was in awe! I could not believe how realistic the Lego set looked. I thought I was looking at the real ship. I was impressed with the enormity of the set and could not believe how many pieces it has. I begged my parents for years until finally, they surprised me with it (I was not expecting to recieve it due to the price ($300)). When I recieved the Imperial Star Destroyer, I could not believe the size of the box. I was very young at the time, and I had trouble lifting it. It was a very impressive sight. 

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 9

There are no minifigures in this set, but they would look strange next to it if there were. They would not be to scale and there is no place to set them up (unlike in the Super Star Destroyer (10221)). I think Lego made the right decision by not including any. This set has at least 10 unique types of parts including the large engines at the back and the spherical shields at the top of the superstructure. 10 unique pieces is a lot for one set!

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

There is no playability with this set, but there is not supposed to be. It is strictly for display, and it looks great on display! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some may complain of repetitiveness, but there needs to be repeating in the construction of this ship for it to be an accurate model. I really love this set and enjoyed the build.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 10

Since I thought that the price was very high at retail (at the time), and since I was not the one to pay for it, I cannot comment on this too much. However, after building this set twice (once 8 years ago and once last week), I can say that it is worth a lot of money. At retail, this set had a price to piece ratio of approximately 9.6 cents per piece, which is decent for a Star Wars Ultimate Collector's Series set. I would have easily spent $300 on this set due to the impressiveness of it and the enjoyment of the build. Today, you would be lucky to find this set used for $650, so $300 for a new set doesn't sound like too much anymore. Also, if this set were released from Lego this year, it would most likely be at least $400.

For those of you who want to part out this set, I would say that it is unlikely to do this for a profit, since there are three enormous wheels that make the main engines in the back of the ship that are unique to this set. The cheapest I can find them is $60+ a piece, so that's $180 right there. There are many other unique pieces, so they are bound to be expensive as well. It may require more research, but it is probably not worth doing.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

Set 10030 was the fourth UCS set released. The Ultimate Collector's Series is a very popular theme of Star Wars, which is also extremely popular among Lego enthusiasts. This set is highly sought after, as shown by the incredible growth it has achieved.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 10

This set was an exclusive when it first came out and was very hard to find. It is even harder to find today.

PACKAGING | Score: 10

Not much to comment about. Ordinary packaging with an extraordinarily sized box!

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10

This set has been retired for years and has shown immense growth, now selling for $1100 new! A set that has appreciated exceedingly well!

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

The ISD is one of the gems of my collection. If I could give it a rating higher than a 10 I would. It was the first large Lego set I ever constructed--so large in fact, that when I built it as a 7 year old, I needed my dad's assistance in attaching the big plates to the skeleton. At almost three feet long, this is a very impressive set, very true to the movies. What astounds me most is the way the designers were able to create the bottom at such an angle, and also how they were able to set the superstructure on top with flawless integration. The mini Blockade Runner is the perfect size, and is able to be placed in the hanger bay underneath the Star Destroyer.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10

This is in my top three sets for sure. I have had this set for more than have my life and I was forunate to get it when I was very little. $300 was an incredible price to buy this for, even back in 2002. I would recommend this set to everyone, even people who do not like Lego, because not only is the build fun, but it looks great on display! It is a must have.