Ratings and Reviews for 9484-1: Red's Water Rescue

9484-1: Red's Water Rescue

Overall Score

1.80
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 1.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 3.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 6.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 1.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 1.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 1.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 1.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 1.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 2.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 1.00
Review from: Peteparker
Reviewed on: Aug 21, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 1

As a person who isn't a particular fan of the Cars movies, and never saw the second one, this set had almost no interest to me.  I don't know these characters, they seem minor to the series, and the set doesn't seem to contain any parts that are crazy interesting.  Were it not for the clearance sticker applied to the front, I would have never picked it up.

Further, there's decent confusion regarding the Cars sets because half or more of them are Duplo.  I don't collect Duplo, so I'm surprised I even noticed this wasn't that.  I'm likely not the only person to be confused by this, especially if they're not fans of the Cars franchise.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 3

There are no minifigures in this set.  The only partially unique parts are the green parts associated with the smaller car and the bricks with the eyes and features painted directly on them.  I thought those were going to be a sticker, and was surprised to find that they were not.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 6

Building the models was fun just because it's LEGO.  The finished product rolls and crashes well, and this was particularly enjoyed by my 4 year olds.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 1

I would have never bought this set new.  It would take an extremely particular type of collector to be interested in this after it is retired, and using regular LEGO to create younger children's characters while there are duplo versions on the same shelf is very weird.


Maybe someday a collector will seek out these weird sets because they are just that, or movies will get to the point where Cars 2 is timeless to the children who watch it, and they also request that their parents buy them these, but other than that, no one will be looking for these in the future.

 

It was a bargain at the clearance price of $5 USD, however.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 1

I'm unsure.  The Cars 2 theme seems to have been on shelves for a long time and didn't seem to sell well.  I could easily be wrong, but I don't think it's very popular, especially among adult fans of LEGO.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 1

Not exclusive whatsoever.  It may be hard to get later on just because no one bought it, but that's it.

PACKAGING | Score: 1

Confusing.  I couldn't tell there were non-Duplo Cars 2 sets, and would have never looked closely enough if this one hadn't been on extreme clearance.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 1

I highly doubt this will be worth anything in the long run.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 2

Minimal.  Because the characters aren't major ones, you virtually can't display this set alone, unless you're just displaying them as cars and not as Cars 2 characters.  Even that is a stretch.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 1

Unless you want the parts and/or find an incredible deal, do yourself a favor and skip this set.