Ratings and Reviews for 4997-1: Transport Ferry

4997-1: Transport Ferry

Overall Score

8.30
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 9.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 9.00
  • 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? 9.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 9.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 6.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 9.00
Review from: Seifer
Reviewed on: Jan 13, 2014
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 9

Wow. This is really an impressive Creator set! I bought it used and I couldn't wait to get building it. The set has almost 1300 pieces and when you empty those bags you immediately realize that that is a lot of bricks :) It is a very cool set that you must have if you love city themes as harbour/sea or airport!

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 9

This set doesn't come with any minifigures, but that is not a downside. Most Creator sets come without any. In the 1279 bricks included in this set you get a lot of white, blue, light gray, dark gray and black bricks, with the addition of some red, yellow and orange ones. There are also several double and single windows in white. Among the rarer parts there are: - 4107081 Catch W. Cross Hole x2 (not available at lego.com) - 4177431 Double Conical Wheel Z12 1M x4 - 4563044 2X1X3 Steering Knuckle Arm x2 - 4529064 Plate 2X2 W Ball Socket W/Cros x3 - 4278359 Slide Shoe Round 2X2 x2 - 4500337 Plate 2X4X1 1/3 W. Side Bow x1 (not available at lego.com) - 4521364 Plate 1X2 With Slide x2 (not available at lego.com) - 4514558 Gear Wheel Z24 x2 (not available at lego.com) - 4514559 Gear Wheel T=8, M=1 x2 (not available at lego.com) - 4210931 Front, 2X2, Sport x2 + many more. The whole list can be checked out here: http://www.brickset.com/detail/inventory/?Set=4997-1 All in all a very large number of rare elements.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

IMO Creator sets have among the best builds. This set is no exception. You can build 3 deifferent vehicles which take about 3-5h to build. The process of building is quite fun and the models are very sturdy and even heavy, considering there are more than 1000 bricks in these designs. I had a very fun time building this set in all 3 versions. Playability is one of the strongest points of this set. It can be part of the city harbour or airport theme and this fact alone makes it a valuable addition for any fan of the mentioned themes. Highly recommended ! !

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

The 3 builds are all very nice and quite popular - 2 boats and a plane. This means that it's a very nice addition to any sea/harbour/city/airport theme which makes this set even better since it has many uses. The more you can integrate this set into themes the more value it has. And this set can integrated perfectly. Plus it comes with almost 1300 bricks and a retail price of 80€ it had a € 0.06 Retail ratio for each brick. This and the popularity of the set allowed its value to almost double. It sits now at 144€/196$ for a new one. Investment wise this set didn't show any sign of value increase and it probably won't. If you're buying this set, buy it used and build it. Your investment money can be better used somewhere else.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 9

The Creator theme is gaining more and more popularity due to it's very complex and cool builds. This set is a classic example of that. It integrates well with other themes, it has wonderfull playability and you get 3 builds in one!! It's a straight 10 in this department.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 9

I don't know about the exclusivity of this when it was in retail, but now it's really hard to find. Even on ebay there are only a few listings.

PACKAGING | Score: 7

I'll skip the package detail since I got it used and without one.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 6
This set won't grow any further. It has been stable for over a year only showing minor fluctuations in value.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 7
It's a cool display set. It's big in every build mode and it looks nice. But no wow factor here.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9
I'm quite pleased and happy with this set. It gives you a lot of bricks (1279) + rare ones, plenty of hours spent building it (3 versions), it has great playability and it integrates well with the very popular city harbour and airport themes. Definately recommended!