Ratings and Reviews for 79001-1: Escape from Mirkwood Spiders

79001-1: Escape from Mirkwood Spiders

Overall Score

8.00
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 7.00
  • 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? 7.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 5.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 7.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 10
Review from: denosya
Reviewed on: Sep 6, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

This is a small set. The box art is quite dark, so you actually don't see many details. 

You just know you are buying a 20$/20€ set with 4 nice minifigs. But the best is yet to come...

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 9

The minifigs are really really nice, and come with a lot of accessories (bows, quivers, swords and nice elfic daggers). 

The minifigs themselves are worth the 20$.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

I have to admit I'm a little too old to judge the playability. 

Anyway, for a set this size, it look pretty intersting:

- 2 giant spiders

- a mecanism to make to tree fall onto the ground

- 2 spider nets (in which you can fit the dwarves)

- 4 minfigs and a lot of weapons

- a mecanism to "launch" a little spider + 2 littles spiders

- some "glow-in-the-dark" pieces (the giant spiders eyes for instance)

+ 4 great minifigs 

Not bad !!

 

The building by itself is amazing.

You start building the spiders. Each page of the instruction booklet, you think it is finished. Well no, there are always more detail to come on the next page.

The trees are extremely well done, and really nice. The mixing of black and dark red is magnificent. 

 

 

 

 

 

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 10

This is an amazing 20$ set. A lot of bricks (close to 300), a lot of playability, 4 nice minifigs, 2 giant spiders. 

Well I don't know any competition today in the LOTR/Hobbit/SW sets.

 

Just amazing (this is why I take time to write this review).

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 7

Like always, I am careful with the LOTR/hobbit licence. The sales are quite small in Europe, and we don't know what the next movies are made of.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 5

I don't know any exclusivity about this set. However, the LOTR/Hobbit line isn't sold in many supermarkets in Europe. In many Internet shop, the LOTR/Hobbit line doesn't have a proper search tab or so.

So I guess it makes this set a little more exclusive than the City/Friends sets!

PACKAGING | Score: 8

Nice packing, almost like all The Hobbit sets.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 7

Well, it is an amazing set. But unfortunately, you don't know it until you have opened the box. 

The scene depicted is not iconic yet (we'll see in the next movie), and excepted for Legolas, the other characters names doesn't sound very familiar if you are not a Tolkien buff.

I am not great at speculating on small sets neither. I exceptionnaly bought this set to build it. I think it is sometimes important to open a box and get the feeling of what you are actually selling. For sure you'll improve your investor talents. 

 

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 8

Once again, a very nice and detailled little set. It is unfortunate that LEGO doesn't provide (nor sell) any dark (black, brown, ...) baseplate with the set. 

A last remark: it may seem odd to display the 2 giant spiders. They are actually really big! Don't frighten your grandma.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10

This is an amazing 20$ set. 

Top playability, top minifigs, top building experience . I wish all the sets were as good as this one.

I don't see any incredible investment potential, because the set has nothing iconic in it. However, it looks impossible to lose any money with it, at least because of the minifigs. And like always, it can be profitable to invest in a set which is overlooked. Especially if the next Hobbit movies get as popular as the first trilogy.