Ratings and Reviews for 21050-1: Architecture Studio

21050-1: Architecture Studio

Overall Score

7.70
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 7.00
  • 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"? 7.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 7.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 6.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 9.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 8.00
Review from: Migration
Reviewed on: Dec 13, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

My first impression of this set was one of confusion. What's with the white? No instructions? What am I supposed to do with this? Open the box and all will be revealed. This set is amazing. It doesn't tell you what to build, the book, quite literally, teaches you how.  1064 white and 146 clear pieces of pure imagination.  Start with a basic sketch, add a dimension, build a city. Or a monochrome Jackson Pollock. 

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7

No minifigs and you could buy every piece in this set on Bricklink for less than retail. The book. That is completely unique.  

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

This set is really only limited by your own imagination. The build is truly whatever you make it. If you were one to build your sets and display each on proudly this set may not be for you, if however, you built your sets once then tore them apart and kept your Lego in a giant bulk pile to build freestyle, then you will absolutely LOVE this set.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 7

The $149 retail (if your lucky) can be a turn off for some. It works out to $0.12 ish per brick. Not horrible, but by no means great. Again most of the value in this set is in the book. It really is  amazing. 

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 7

Architecture. Nuff said. 

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 6

Not exclusive, just hard to find at retail. 

PACKAGING | Score: 8

The white on white on white is surprisingly catchy. The effect gets your attention and does draw you in. Progressing from a rough "c" shape to a Frank Lloyd Wright style hose on the front is a very imaginative marketing tactic. Then you have the familiar red LEGO logo. Nice. 

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 9

This is a tough one as Architecture Studio has no comparable items. As of this writing 21050 is already closing in on 2x retail. The real question is "what will TLG do after the first of the year"?  Will they continue production? Send it EOL? Is the current run up a Christmas fluke?  If this set EOL's  soon after the first of the year I see a ceiling around 2.5-3x retail In the following year. People will only pay so much for a pile of white plastic and the book, while exceptional, can only drive the price so high. The other issue is the target market. There are millions of Batman, Harry Potter, Star Wars, etc fans out there. I see the market for this set as much more limited. Granted, there are FAR fewer of these out there to go around, but short term the supply is sufficient to keep the price from really going crazy. Of course, I still have to keep my day job to get by, so take my predictions with plenty of skepticism. 

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 8

Once again the display is only limited by your imagination, or willingness to copy the examples from the book. 

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 8

Buy it. Build it. Tear it apart and build it differently again. If you can find one.