Ratings and Reviews for 21103-1: The DeLorean Time Machine

21103-1: The DeLorean Time Machine

Overall Score

7.40
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 6.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 7.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 10
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 8.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 8.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 6.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 9.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 7.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 6.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 7.00
Review from: h311m4n
Reviewed on: Oct 2, 2013
Join Date: 11/05/2012
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 6

The first impression I had of this set was a mixed feeling. Sure it's cool to have an official set from Back to the Future, but if you've scrolled through CUUSOO you'll find other BTTF sets that, to be honest, look a bit better. The main issue I have with it is the way the windshield is built, it feels kinda rushed and unpractical. I really think they could have gone for a set a bit larger and done a bit better on this part.

Same goes for the hood that looks too flat to me. The doors are fragile too but the back and the front of the car look pretty much like the real deal.

As a first impression, the set isn't a wow factor one but it being from a licensed theme, it has a lot of potential with AFOLs that grew up with the movies like me once it gets retired.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7

The really unique parts are as follows:

1. The minifigs

2. The license plate "OUTATIME"

3. The timer inside the car

For the rest, it's pretty standard stuff.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

As far as playability goes, the set is a bit fragile. The basic build can have its tires retracted under the car as if it was hovering. Problem is, there's nothing to keep the weels in place when in "car" mode so you'll often have the wheels "going under". The windshield and doors are also too fragile to me so if you're planning on giving this set to your 5 year old, expect it to break :). It's clearly more of a display set than anything else.


Building it was ok, not too repetitive.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

Now even if the set isn't wowing you, it's a pretty decent bargain. For 49CHF (Swiss Franc) you get a cool iconic car from an even more icon movie trilogy along with 2 iconic minifigs. There's a lack of unique parts so to speak, but you do get a nice share of extra parts to build other versions of the car.

I'm also expecting this set to do well once retired.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 8

CUUSOO sets are likely to be good investments. They are decently cheap to buy and have a real uniqueness about them. This set maybe even more than the other CUUSOO sets that alreay came out since it depicts an iconic car from a movie any AFOL must have seen. In other words, it will bring back memories if you grew up during the 80's/90's which is always good!

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 6

This set isn't a shop @ home exclusive as it is readily available at a few other shops in my country, however, for about 20% more. It also isn't a limited edition like the 49999 crawler was, let's hope this set doesn't repeat what we've seen with Minecraft so far.

I doubt you'll be able to make a quick profit by buying from S@H and selling on eBay directly for the moment though.

PACKAGING | Score: 9

This is one of the set's strongsuits. The box looks great and the insides of it have a premium feel, unlike most sets where the bags are just thrown in. The inside of the box is black and you even get a booklet retracing some facts about the movies.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 7

Difficult to really estimate. As said before, it's an iconic set relating to a iconic trilogy. Any AFOL in their 30's will likely have seen the movies so the potential for growth is definetely there.


That said, it's not an UCS set (imagine how cool that could have been, a UCS BTTF Delorean) so it's not very detailed and only has a few unique pieces a part from the minifigs.

 

However, I'm positive this set will see positive growth once it goes EOL.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 6

Meh. Don't get me wrong, it's really cool to have a BTTF lego set but it's not a WOW set. It will display nicely at home or in your office thanks to its small size and might get a few people going "How cool!". But it's more unique than impressive. Put this aside the new x-wing or the tower of orthanc and it will look a bit ridiculous.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7

I'm hesitating between a 6 and 7 from a strict set point of view. It's priced correctly, has cool packaging and depicts a cool car we all know about but have never actually seen in real life.

As in investment, I'd say a 7 or 8. Give it time to EOL (let's hope it doesn't go on a 5 year run...) and you should see nice returns, mostly with AFOLs in their 30-40's that grew up with the movies.