Ratings and Reviews for 42000-1: Grand Prix Racer

42000-1: Grand Prix Racer

Overall Score

6.90
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 7.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 6.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 9.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 6.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 7.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 5.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 7.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 7.00
Review from: kandj999
Reviewed on: Oct 6, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

This set was released in early 2013 and it details to what a 2011-12 season F1 car with features such as DRS (drag reduction system).

The first impression this set gave me was that it was the generalised yet updated version of the Ferrari F1 set (8674-1), The livery wasn't "great" (red and white) and the stickers, especially with the car number 71 make it less "Formula 1".

As a F1 fan who missed out on buying the f1 technic/racer cars released in 2000 (8458-1) and 2006 (8674-1), it WOWed me and was a must buy for me. However if you already have any of the two in your collection, it probably wouldn't impress you on first sight. As much as I want it to be an "iconic" LEGO set which I can brag and make a profit, we'll see.......(gloomy)

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 6

Like the rest of the technic series there are no minifigures included in this set. But it makes me think whether a technic-based minifigure series is viable. I will leave to the LEGO marketing team to decide whether there is a market and enough demand fo it.

As for parts the front wing, chassis, body (engine) cover and rear wing does provide a few unique parts which is limited to a few technic sets. The parts for making the front and rear suspension/steering is pretty common across the technic range.

Nothing special with the part colours in this set (red, black and white). LEGO has done an okay job matching this colours and it reminds me of the Toyota F1 car for a few years back.

 

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

The building experience was excellent with well guided instructions. The build was so tempting even my wife joined in and built the steering and front suspension!! Both of us enjoyed building it and learnt a lot about vehicle mechanisms/principles during the building process.

If one is a F1 fan I believe it is extremely fun to play with (suspensions, steering, DRS etc). It also has the potential to be motorised into the fully remote control car (type in 42000 motorised in youtube for videos on those who already make the modification). However the process/instruction is not included or account for in the original design which was the disappointment part. LEGO's version of motorisation only includes DRS and engine cover lift --> much less interesting.

The combination of pleasant build experience and fun to play (potential for modification) definitely adds some brownie points as an investment and I believe if LEGO further perfected the motorisation (steering and powering) element it would definitely score a 10 of out 10 in the department.

 

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 6

At AUD159.99 with 1141 pieces the piece to price ratio is around 0.139,  which is acceptable if you consider its 2 in 1 design (it can also be rebuilt into a truck). But if you know there are sets out there that are sold at the same price with more piece and with a battery + motor included (e.g. 42008), the price for this sets tends to be a bit over-priced. To be honest I would not have bought this set for my own consumption if it wasn't on a 25% sale.

From an investment point of view, I believe there is a market for this set but don't expect a high ROI. There are racing technic fans but the market/demand is not as high as truck/machinary technic fans.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 7

The average CARG for technic sets sits at around 9.76% which is slightly below the mean CARG theme mean. Having said that I used two relevant sets - Ferrari F1 1:8 (8674-1) and the silver champion (8458-1) to gauge the CARG which come back to be 18.42% and 11.22% respectively. My view is that 42000 will have a similar yet slightly lower CARG once it retires (around 10%) due to the fact that the car is not associated with any F1 teams (8674-1 --> Ferrari and 8458-1 --> McClaren (technically). Even if the car was to mimick a replica of the Toyota or Sauber F1 team the CARG will definitely boost up a bit.

 

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 5

This set is definitely not limited in production nor is it exclusive. There shouldn't be an over-production of this set so its exclusivity will align with the normal supply and demand principles.

PACKAGING | Score: 7

Though with standard lego packaging (no label bags) and boxing I found the packaging quite economical and well thought out. For starters all relevant components were neatly grouped in bags so when I was building it I didn't need to spend 50% of my time looking for parts. Another feature I liked was that all items were tightly packed such that there were no waste in box space. In fact the final product is just slightly larger than the box (which is good) but if it allowed a bit more box space to fit the finishing product in for storage that would be even better.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 7

As mentioned in the theme popularity section my CARG guess-timate of this set will be around 10%, which definitely won't be topping the list. Let's say it is deemed to be a steady performer. I personally (with a lot of biase) think there is potential growth for this set (both new and used). Bottom line it won't depreciate after EOL.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 8

This set looks great when built, standing 58 cm long and 25 cm wide. It's one of those items where you friends will say "wow" when they visit and sees this magnificant piece sitting on the cupboard. It has appeal to both kids and adults (especially) racing fanatics. When applied the right and correct (not all supplied) stickers it makes it more professional, and the best thing is you can demonstrate aka showoff (steering, suspension, engine cover, DRS) on the spot.

As LEGO technic don't have too many detail large scale sports racing, in particular grand prix related ones, this is indeed an impressive and unique set to an extent. If LEGO could work on the front wing, colour and maybe colaborate with a F1 manufacturers (e.g. REdbull) to produce a branded car, I will definitely give it a 11 out of 10 for this section.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7

All in all this is a set worth building and investing, particularly if you are a F1 racing fan. It is a tiny bit pricy with lots of areas for improvement to move it more collectable/investible. I will pursuit with the upgrade to remote control this set.

I must admit I was a bit harsh in my ratings but this is to avoid impartiality given the fact I quite like this set......