Ratings and Reviews for 10215-1: Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter

10215-1: Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter

Overall Score

6.50
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 6.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 10
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 7.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 3.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 10
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 8.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 6.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 2.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 5.00
Review from: bens1858
Reviewed on: Aug 22, 2013
Join Date: 04/06/2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 6

Unlike most Ultimate Collector's Series sets, I do not remember seeing Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter in any catalogues. Whether it was because it was not there or it just did not jump out at me (which is probably the more likely option), I never did buy this set while it was still in production. However, it was not until a little over a year ago (when I started trying to collect all the Ultimate Collector's Series sets), that I found this set mint in a sealed box on eBay for $99.99 that I decided to buy it. Before the summer of 2012, I was unaware of all the Ultimate Collector's Series sets that I missed out on. Many of them came out when I was too young and was not yet interested in Lego (I was only two years old at the time that 7191 X-Wing Starfighter and 7181 TIE Interceptor were introduced).

At the time of my purchase last summer, I only had nine of the seventeen available Ultimate Collector's Series sets. I now have seventeen of the twenty (I am currently missing 7191 X-Wing Starfighter, 10129 Rebel Snowspeeder, and 10240 Red Five X-Wing Starfighter), but I am hoping to eventually own them all. My purchase of 10215 off of eBay was the first Ultimate Collector's Series set that I bought solely for the pupose of owning them all.

I was not impressed with the small size and small piece count (only 676 pieces for a Ultimate Collector's Series set). Nothing really stood out about this set; nothing made me say, "WOW I just need to have this," but I had made it my mission to own every Ultimate Collector's Series set, and this one was available, so I pounced at the opportunity to get one step closer to achieving my goal.

The only appealing aspect of the set were the nice dark red and lime green colors, a pretty good color combination that would not be expected to work well.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 10

This set is dripping with unique and rare parts. There are at least six different types of pieces that are unique to this set, including the cockpit part and R4's large head (which is by far the coolest part of the entire model). 10215 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter also shares a common piece with 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon that only appeared in these two sets! It is the dark red 6 x 14 plate.

In addition to the unique pieces, almost all of the dark red and lime green pieces are hard to come by, not appearing in many sets.

On to the minifigures:

This set does not include any minifigures (if you do not count the large R4 head). I have seen and read reviews of this, and many people say that this set could have been better if a minifigure had been included. I would have to completely disagree with this complaint. This set has many other problems, of which minifigures play no role. In fact, this set was NOT EVEN MADE TO MINIFIGURE SCALE, so including a pilot would look extremely out of place and would only detract from this set. As I have said in some of my other reviews, ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S SERIES SETS ARE MEANT FOR DISPLAY, NOT PLAY!! I cannot stress this fact enough, because I read this complaint on a daily basis and I do not think it is just. For almost every Ultimate Collector's Series set, there is a smaller set that includes minifigures and is meant for children to play with. But for Ultimate Collector's Series sets (especially for this one and 10129 Rebel Snowspeeder), minifigures could only detract from the set since they would look so out of place.

I have noticed that in recent years, The Lego Company has listened to these complaints and started including minifigures (for example 10221 Super Star Destroyer (which seem very out of place to me), 10212 Imperial Shuttle (which work very well), 10225 R2-D2 (which is very cute and a nice touch), and 10240 Red Five X-Wing Starfighter (which I cannot comment on since I do not own the set)). 

In conclusion, this is a set with an excellent array of unique and rare pieces and no minifigures, which was a good decision.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 7

Like many Ultimate Collector's Series sets, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter is a pretty interesting build for the most part. The white center features a bunch of SNOT techniques. The tip is actually two of the exact same build twice, placed sideways via SNOT pieces. There are even some pieces placed upside down underneath the ship by using SNOT pieces. 

The two wings are practically mirror images of each other (with the exception of the R4 head). One wing is enough for me, and I did not love building it twice, but it is true to the "real" ship. I love the way the designers made the engines. They first attached the backs of the engines to the main body and then finished them on the underside of the wings, which is flawlessly designed and perfectly integrated.

The stand is very interesting and I think the designers should have used this design with more of the Ultimate Collector's Series ships. Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter can spin three hundred sixty degrees on its stand, so you can set it up at any angle.

The one flaw that I can think of with the design is that there is a piece that partially goes over the cockpit, so you have to take that piece of if you want to show of the decorated interior.

However, the biggest flaw with this set was the abundance of stickers that are included with this set. There are thirteen stickers with this Ultimate Collector's Series set, and some of them are very difficult to apply.

Other than that it was a fine (but short) build with some interesting building techniques.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 3

For this section, I will compare the price per piece ratios of every Ultimate Collector's Series set as of August 2013. The following table is listed from highest price per piece ratio to lowest price per piece ratio (all data is from BrickPicker and BrickSet and is in the United States dollar):

Set Name (Set ID) Year of Release MSRP Number of Pieces Price per Piece
Special Edition Naboo Starfighter (10026) 2002 $39.99 187 21.4 cents
Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter (10215) 2010 $99.99 676 14.8 cents
TIE Interceptor (7181) 2000 $99.99 703 14.2 cents
B-Wing Starfighter (10227) 2012 $199.99 1,487 13.4 cents
Red Five X-Wing Starfighter (10240) 2013 $199.99 1,559 12.8 cents
Super Star Destroyer (10221) 2011 $399.99 3,152 12.7 cents
X-Wing Starfighter (7191) 2000 $149.99 1,300 11.5 cents
Rebel Blockade Runner (10019) 2001 $199.99 1,747 11.4 cents
Imperial Shuttle (10212) 2010 $259.99 2,503 10.4 cents
Imperial Star Destroyer (10030) 2002 $298.99 3,096 9.7 cents
Ultimate Collector's Millenium Falcon (10179) 2007 $499.99 5,195 9.6 cents
Yoda (7194) 2002 $99.99 1,075 9.3 cents
Rebel Snowspeeder (10129) 2003 $129.99 1,455 8.9 cents
Death Star II (10143) 2005 $298.99 3,441 8.7 cents
R2-D2 (10225) 2012 $179.99 2,127 8.5 cents
Vader's TIE Advanced (10175) 2006 $99.99 1,212 8.3 cents
General Grievous (10186) 2008 $89.99 1,085 8.3 cents
Y-Wing Attack Starfighter (10134) 2004 $119.99 1,473 8.1 cents
Darth Maul Bust (10018) 2001 $149.99 1,868 8.0 cents
Imperial AT-ST (10174) 2006 $79.99 1,068 7.5 cents

Part of the reason Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter did not sell well and had an early retirement was because of its incredibly high price per piece ratio. The average price per piece ratio of all the Ultimate Collector's Series sets is approximately 10.3 cents per piece. Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter (10215) is a WHOPPING 4.5 cents HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGE!! That is an extreme difference. At retail price, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter (10215) and Vader's TIE Advanced (10175) were both $99.99. Vader's TIE Advanced has almost DOUBLE the pieces that Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter has! YOU ARE SPENDING THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR HALF THE PIECES!! That is a BIG problem. That is also part of the reason that this was the worst recieved Ultimate Collector's Series set.

Let's imagine that Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter had a price per piece ratio of the average (10.3 cents per piece). The retail price would then be approximately $69.67! That is a difference of $30.32! This set would have sold much better and The Lego Company would have made a much larger profit if they had made this a $70 set. People would have liked that this was a very accurate model and that it was a member of the Ultimate Collector's Series. However, Lego decided to raise the cost by about 33% and did not make nearly as much money as they could have.

However, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter had the misfortunes of being both a small Ultimate Collector's Series set and a newer Ultimate Collector's Series set. The Lego Company knows that if they give a set with below one thousand pieces the Ultimate Collector's Series title, then people will be willing to spend more money than they would on a typical set of that size. Also, sets that have come out in 2010 and later have become drastically more expensive than older sets.

For example:

Three of the very large Ultimate Collector's Series sets came out well before 2010 (Imperial Star Destroyer (10030) in 2002, Death Star II (10143) in 2005, and Millennium Falcon (10179) in 2007). All three of them had price per piece ratios of 9.7 cents per piece and below, making them pretty good values for their size and theme. However, in 2011, the Super Star Destroyer (10221) was released with a price per piece ratio of 12.7 cents per piece, which is three cents more than the highest of the three sets that I mentioned above. The Super Star Destroyer was $100 more expenxive than the Death Star II (10143) even though it had approximately three hundred fewer pieces and was $100 more expensive than the Imperial Star Destroyer (10030) even though it only had less than one hundred more pieces. On the other hand, the Super Star Destroyer was $100 less expensive than the Millennium Falcon (10179), where the Millennium Falcon had TWO THOUSAND more pieces than the Super Star Destroyer!! This is just one example of the many disconnects in terms of the way that The Lego Company prices their merchandise.

But now back to a much smaller model. Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter (10215) unfortunately fell into both of these catagories: it is small (less than one thousand pieces) and it came out in the 2010's. This may be the reason that The Lego Company priced it so unthinkably high, but they (and the poor, unwanted model) suffered the consequences.

Now, just for fun, let's look at how much Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter (10215) would have cost at the price per piece ratio of the Imperial AT-ST (10174), which possesses the smallest price per piece ratio amoung the Ultimate Collector's Serie sets. The retail price would have been approximately $50.70! Just about half of the actual cost! Sales would have been much better for this set.

If you were thinking about parting out this set, you would probably break even. I can't imagine it would cost too much to buy most of these pieces, but if you did make a profit, it would be minimal. I just checked BrickLink for the pieces that I think would be the most expensive. R4's head starts for approximately three dollars, the canopy for around five dollars, and the dark red 6 x 14 plate for about ten dollars. It would certainly be close, but it may not be worth it.

In my opinion, this set was incredibly overpriced. Not even seven hundred pieces and I'm out $100. I would say that this set is probably worth two-thirds of that, but $100 is just plain rediculous.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

The Ultimate Collector's Series is a very popular sub theme of Lego Star Wars. Hundreds and hundreds of Star Wars sets have been released in the fourteen years that is has been around. Of all those hundreds of sets, the twenty sets of the Ultimate Collector's Series are among the most elite and sought after. As a part of the UCS family, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter (10215) is part of a very popular theme. However, despite being part of such a popular theme, this set did very poorly in the both the primary and secondary markets.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 8

I am pretty sure this was a Lego exclusive. I do not ever remember seeing this set in any of the catalogues. Maybe, however, that was because my eyes always wonder to the very large and impressive sets and pass every set that does not have at least one thousand pieces.

This set was not limited in any way, although it did have a limited lifespan due to lack of interest in the set.

PACKAGING | Score: 6

There was nothing special at all about the packaging of Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter. It was a big box for the size of the set: part of Lego's attempt at making this set much more than it was. I guess they figured that they might as well throw in a large box since buyers would be getting ripped off by the piece count. The instruction book was just thrown into the box and was a little wrinkled and bent when I opened it. I did buy it on eBay, but the box was still sealed.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 2

For this section, let's compare the market value of new and used sets and each set's CAGR. The following table is organized from the highest CAGR to the lowest CAGR (the following information is from BrickPicker.com as of August 2013 and is in the United States dollar):

Set Name (Set ID) Year of Release MSRP Market Value (New) Market Value (Used) CAGR
Millennium Falcon (10179) 2007 $499.99 $2,862.07 $1,699.93 33.75%
Rebel Snowspeeder (10129)  2003  $129.99 $946.27 $523.07 21.96% 
Special Edition Naboo Starfighter (10026)  2002  $39.99 $315.13 $170.53 20.64% 
Y-Wing Attack Starfighter (10134)  2004 $119.99 $631.47 $327.93 20.26% 
Vader's TIE Advanced (10175) 2006 $99.99 $352.67 $200.93 19.73% 
Imperial AT-ST (10174)  2006  $79.99 $230.00 $126.27 16.29% 
Darth Maul Bust (10018) 2001 $149.99 $732.33
$444.87 14.13% 
X-Wing Starfighter (7191) 2000 $149.99 $808.07 $306.87 13.83% 
Death Star II (10143) 2005  $298.99 $840.87 $596.33
13.80% 
Rebel Blockade Runner (10019)  2001 $199.99 $828.87 $413.93 12.58%
TIE Interceptor (7181) 2001  $99.99 $428.67 $201.93 11.85% 
Imperial Star Destroyer (10030) 2002 $298.99 $1,018.87 $609.65 11.79%
Imperial Shuttle (10212)  2010 $259.99 $362.14 $262.13 11.68%
Yoda (7194)  2002  $99.99 $329.00 $160.40  11.44% 
 General Grievous (10186)  2008 $89.99 $148.11 $79.13 10.48% 
 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter (10215) 2010 $99.99 $102.81 $74.07 0.93% 

As you can see in the table above, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter has done atrociously in the secondary market. Until the latest BrickPicker data update, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter actually was DECREASING in value. The next worse is General Grievous at a fair 10.48%. Therefore, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter is an extreme last. Finally, however, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter has a positive CAGR for the first time that I can remember, even though it is less than 1.00%.

But why has this set performed so badly, especially next to the rest of the Ultimate Collector's Series sets? Well, first of all, it is a ship from the Prequel Trilogy. Out of all twenty Ultimate Collector's Series sets, only three of them are from the prequels, and only two of those are ships. The Ultimate Collector's Series is mainly directed towards AFOLs, who were young when the original trilogy came out and who now want to own great models of the iconic spaceships from the movies of their childhood. By the time Episodes I, II, and III came out, these people who grew up during the releases of the original trilogy movies were now adults, and may not have been as interested in Star Wars as they were when they were children. Therefore, a small ship from Episode II Attack of the Clones would not be as popular as an enormous iconic ship from Episode IV A New Hope.

Having said all that, the other two Prequel sets that have been released both have done very well in the secondary market. Darth Maul Bust (10018) and Special Edition Naboo Starfighter (10026) have CAGRs of 14.13% and 20.64%, respectively. There are differences between these two sets and Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter, though.

The Darth Maul Bust is approximately three times bigger than Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter in terms of piece count, but was only fifty dollars more expensive at retail price. Therefore, either Darth Maul Bust should have been $300 at retail or Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter Should have been $50. Also, in my opinion, Darth Maul is much more impressive and interesting to look at than Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter. It is life-sized (which makes it kind of creepy), and it is a great display piece and a much more difficult build. Even if AFOLs were not into The Phantom Menace, they had to pick up this piece because there is nothing else like it and it is a MUST-HAVE.

The Special Edition Naboo Starfighter contains less than one third of the pieces that Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter conains. Despite the very small number of pieces, twelve of the one hundred eighty-seven (more than 6%) of them are unique CHROME SILVER pieces. Not only are they chrome silver, but they are also very large pieces. It also features two unique black pieces for the cockpit that have special printing (I'm not sure if they are in fact printed pieces, but I have never seen anything like them before) on them. So, because of these unique and flashy, shiny, awesome pieces, AFOLs may have been more inclined to buy it then and are more inclined to buy it now. Also, for a set as small as that, it could have also been directed toward children, who were responsible for part of the success.

Keep in mind, however, that Darth Maul Bust (10018) and Special Edition Naboo Starfighter (10026) have both been retired for at least a DECADE, while Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter has only been retired for a couple of years. It may be very valuable in eight years, but who can predict that far into the future?

But for now, it has been a big disappointment in the secondary market.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 8

This is a very colorful set for an Ultimate Collector's Series set. It has a lot of dark red and lime green and some bright whites, all of which make this set pop next to many of the gray Ultimate Collector's Series sets. The engines on the back of the ship are a nice transparent blue, which make this model look very nice from behind. Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter has a very nice shape and the wings attach to the main body flawlessly and seamlessly.

Another great feature is the decorated interior of the cockpit. It features a flexible black seat (that looks very comfortable), a steering mechanism, and a dashboard. On the left wing, there is the best piece of the set: the giant R4 head. It rotates and is perfectly to scale with the ship. The right wing has a the Republic insignia where the R4 head is on the left wing.

However, one of the best display attributes has nothing to do with the actual ship. It has to do with the stand. The ship can rotate three hundred sixty degrees on the stand, so you can position it from any desired angle! And, of course, it comes with the signiture display plaque with all of the ships statistics!

Now, for the negatives:

There are A LOT of stickers on this set. Fortunately, the designers decided not to use STAMPs (STickers Across Multiple Pieces). Instead, they used two stickers meant to be placed on adjacent pieces that make up the Republic insignias on either side of the cockpit. It is difficult to get these stickers on (because they are very small), but if you can line them up exactly, it looks very nice and almost like one sticker. However, it is more likely that you will not be able to get them lined up perfectly, as it is extremely difficult and frustrating.

The last negative that comes to mind is that the cockpit cannot open without taking a piece off. That being said, this is just a display model, but the ability to open the cockpit would have been nice since there is a detailed interior.

All in all, a good display model with a few design flaws.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 5

I am not very impressed with Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter (10215). I think a Star Wars set should have at least one thousand pieces to be considered an Ultimate Collector's Series set, especially since it is a theme directed towards older and more experienced builders. A large piece count is, in my opinion, one of the most important factors that make a set U L T I M A T E, as it says in the name. The TIE Interceptor (7181), the Special Edition Naboo Starfighter (10026), and Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter (10215) are the only three Ultimate Collector's Series sets that are below one thousand pieces, and they are all well below one thousand pieces. While they may be excellent display models, it just is not enough to satisify me. Therefore, because of Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter's steep price and low piece count, my first reaction was not something to brag about. Usually, when I see the new Ultimate Collector's Series set, it catches my eye online or in a Lego catalogue, and I get very excited. I just know I need to have it. However, I did not feel this way about this set because it did not catch my eye online or in the catalogue, so I did not even notice it, nor did I ever expect it to be a member of the Ultimate Collector's Series.

This set did not come with minifigures, which for some reason disappointed many people. It upsets some people whenever a UCS set does not include them. As I have said many times in other reviews, these sets are meant for display only, not play, so having a minifigure, especially with this set, where it would not even fit properly in the cockpit, does not make any sense to me. It seems like it would look quite rediculous to include a minifigure but not even be able to see it sitting in the cockpit because it would be too small to be visible. The Lego designers made the right choice by not including any.

The pieces and colors of this set is one of the only catagories of this set that recieved a perfect score of ten in this review. The wings are a very nice and fairly rare dark red, and there are very flashy lime green highlights. The large R4 head is the best element of the whole set and is what my eyes always seem to stare at!

This had an interesting build with many SNOT techniques used. It is a great display model. Its bright and flashy colors make up for its rather small size. Its spinning stand can allow you to adjust Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter to any position that your heart desires. You can periodically change the position on the stand so it always looks different!

This set lost most of its points for me because of its horrible value for money and even worse growth (if you can call it that) in the secondary market. Until the latest BrickPicker update, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter had a CAGR in the negatives. Also, spending $100 at retail for a set this small feels like a rip off.

All in all, this is certainly not a must-have set. If you are thinking of buying this set or another Ultimate Collector's Series set, buy the other one, because chances are that one will increase in value, while this one will most likely remain around the same price. If you really want an Ultimate Collector's Series set, but you can only get one, I would recommend getting almost any other one to act as a representative for what the Ultimate Collector's Series really is. This set would not accurately depict what the rest of the UCS sets are really like.