Ratings and Reviews for 9471-1: Uruk-Hai Army

9471-1: Uruk-Hai Army

Overall Score

6.10
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 6.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 5.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 4.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 8.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 9.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 3.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 5.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 8.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 6.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 7.00
Review from: Noodlenut
Reviewed on: Oct 8, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 6

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Under attack by the evil Uruk-hai Army, the ancient fortress at Helm's Deep is the last refuge for the people of Rohan! As the Uruk-hai draw near, they fire hooks from the armored hook shooter and try to scale the fortress walls. Can Éomer and the Rohan soldier hold back the Uruk-hai and save the day? Includes 6 minifigures: Éomer, Rohan soldier and 4 Uruk-hai.

Obviously, this set is ment to be paired with 9474 The Battle Of Helm's Deep, but it can also stand on it's own.  It does not look quite as epick by it's self, but it is a good way to build a army of Uruk-hai.

The highlights of this set are the minifigures, which is the reason that I bought it; however, the rest of the set has some great features too, as well as some things that I would have changed.

 

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One of the things I would have done differently is the stairs.  The way that they start out four studs wide and then go into two studs at the top does not look well designed.  Another thing I don't care for is the window sticking out of the back.  It would have looked a lot better if the LEGO company had just designed a new peice for this, but it also would have been more expensive to create a new mold, so I can see why they did it this way.

The cool thing about the Uruk-hai Army is that it has lots of grey pieces, great for castle building.  I also think that it looks better in person than in a magazine, which is not usually the case for $30 dollar sets.

 

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 5

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Six minifigures come with the Uruk-hai Army, three of which are exclusive to this set: Eomer, Rohan soldier, and the black haired uruk-hai.  The best minifigure by far is Eomer, who comes with a cape, printed helmet, double printed head, printed torso, (both sides) and printed legs.

I have estimated the average price for the minifigures.  All price estimates are in US dollar.

 

Eomer: 4.25

Rohan soldier: 5.00

Uruk-hai with helmet and breatplate: 3.50

Black haired uruk-hai: 2.25

Uruk-hai with helmet: 2.50

 

That brings us to an average of $21.50 for the minifigures only.

 

I have excluded the minifigure parts from the unique parts list.  All pieces listed here only come in ten sets or less.

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PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 4

The playability of this set is not that great.  The only playable features are the "shooting" function of the ballista, which is more of a "plopping" function, considering that the hooks don't go very far at all.  

On the wall, there is a catapult, which will shoot if you flick it hard.  The build experience is pretty medicore, but it was what I expected for a $30 dollar set.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

In this set, you get what you pay for. (Unless somebody rips you of on ebay.)  The price per piece is .12 cents, and I really like how you can get so many minifigures in a medium/small set.  The value for this set currently is the same as retail, and even at retail it is a great deal.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 9

Lord of the Rings fans have been asking for this theme for a very long time.  Then there are the people like me who became fans of LOTR when the LEGO LOTR theme was released.  LEGO has done a really nice job with the minifigures and the theme, and I have a feeling this will really help after retirement.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 3

The Uruk-hai Army is in no way exclusive, as you will probably be able to find it at all places that sell LEGO products.

PACKAGING | Score: 5

The packaging for the Uruk-hai Army is like most of the other LOTR sets.  Very straight forward with a dark backgrond with the back showing some details of the set.  Being a licensed set, there is a lot of empty space in the package, which makes it harder to ship.

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GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 8

As the companion set to the sturdy investment, Helm's Deep, this set has guarenteed success.  I estimate that after one year of retirement, this set will be worth $45, and I have a feeling that this set will stop growing in price at $70.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 6

Like I said earlier, the box does not do this set justice as to how well it displays, and next to Helm's Deep, it looks amazing.  The minifigures, though, are going to be what makes this set a success.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7

The Uruk-hai Army reminds me of an oversized LOTR battle pack.  You can get some great minifigures and some fabulous castle building pieces for an okay price.  The investment potential is amazing and overall I'd say that this set is a winner.  Even though it currently has a negative CAGR, this set will definately jump in value after retirement.