Ratings and Reviews for 8404-1: Public Transport Station

8404-1: Public Transport Station

Overall Score

6.60
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 6.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 6.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 7.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 7.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 6.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 7.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 6.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 6.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 7.00
Review from: Migration
Reviewed on: Dec 20, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 6

The box art for this set is simply...Cluttered. In an attempt to show all the parts of this set TLG failed to highlight any of the sets strengths. 

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 6

With a few exceptions this set uses the standard City bricks and colors. the "rarest" pieces in the set have to be the brushes for the street sweeper. 

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 7

The build experience for 8404 is really more like building five smaller sets. Build a bus, then build a car, then a tram, then a couple platforms. Nothing really exciting. While the small tram does have  a more interesting build than the rest of the set, it is not enough to raise my build score. The playability, on the other hand, is excellent. You get four vehicles (five if you count the bike) and a couple small buildings along with SIX minifigs. The size and number of components makes this a very playable set. It would also mesh nicely with any of the other City themed sets, particularly with 3182. You could have a whole transportation hub. While I dinged the build experience for this set from an AFOL standpoint it really is designed for children and the simplicity of the build and great playability fits that use nicely. 

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 7

The original retail of $99.99 gave a price per brick of around $0.12, not bad. As a retired set the current PPB is around $0.18.  If your plan is to let a child (or yourself) build this and play with it the price is reasonable.  The current  pricing is a little high for investing purposes.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 6

LEGO City. The gateway drug for the LEGO community.  

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 7

Not exclusive.

PACKAGING | Score: 6

The box is cluttered, and lacks eye appeal. 

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 6

MISB I don't see anything other than modest growth for this set, unless you happen to find one at a steep discount. There are many other sets that, in my opinion, offer far better returns for both short and long term. At present, this set is in the $150-$160 range. I don't see this set pushing past $175 in the foreseeable future. Unless you specifically seek this set out you are most likely to encounter it in a bulk lot. In that case a near complete example can bring north of $100. In my mind that makes it worth the effort.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 8

This set is an excellent addition to any City theme layout. The vehicles and assorted buildings add a good deal of realism and depth. Pair it with a train set or airport, throw in a police or fire station and you have the beginings of a true Metropolis. Come to think of it toss in a Super Hero set and have Spider Man rescue people off the bus.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7

This set is a strong of offering from the LEGO City line. While I would avoid it as an investment vehicle (with certain exceptions already discussed) it has a high amount of play or display value. Basically, if you buy it build it.