Ratings and Reviews for 31313-1: Mindstorms EV3

31313-1: Mindstorms EV3

Overall Score

7.60
View Price Guide Review this Set
  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 9.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 8.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 10
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 6.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 10
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 3.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 2.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 10
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 10
Review from: knarrff
Reviewed on: Feb 27, 2014
Avatar for: knarrff
Join Date: 02/20/2014
# of Reviews: 1

DIRECT LINK TO REVIEW:
View Review

MEMBER OWNS SET: YES     MEMBER HAS BUILT SET: YES


FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 9

This is not one of the regular LEGO sets, but a robotics kit, including sensors, motors, a central controller (the brick), and tons of techinc pieces. It is really made to be built, taken apart, re-built, and reprogrammed. Its value only really comes from having it do something, not from letting it sit in a shelf. The EV3 is an improvement over the older NXT versions, but if you already have one of these you can just as well continue with that. Additional pieces can be bought and added - like extra sensors, or motors. Some of these, however, are quite over-priced at Lego - with the Wifi adapter being the best example. I got two of these for about 1/8 of the retail Lego price on Ebay - because the Wifi adapter, in contrast to this set, is not Lego exclusive.

Taken that into account, this is a great way for kids to learn a bit about engineering, and most of all, start programming on some simple level. If you want your kids to get into programming or robotics, this is one of the best ways to do it.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 8

The unique parts are the motors, sensors, and of course the "brick". At the same time, these pieces are why you buy this kit. You can buy most of these also separately, but they are only really usefull combined, and then they are cheaper as well.

Some of the 'technic' pieces are also unique, but probably not really worth buying the kit for that reason alone.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

Building one of the given robots, or simply inventing your own, is downright fun, and can easily kill not only hours, but days and weeks to months worth of time. This is a straight 10.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 6

The set is quite expensive - the one big mood part. However, given how many technic pieces come with it, and given that the whole system works pretty well together and shows quite some investment into its development (which is not just some plastic like lots of Lego), I give it a 'just about ok'.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

Lego Robotics seems to be pretty popular, within its age group. The Lego club at one of the local schools is regularly over-booked - more than twice. The theme will still be popular in 10 years, even 20. There will be newer versions of these kits though, and unlike other Lego, here you usually go for the newest version.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 3

You can buy EV3s at so many places, that it's hard to see any exclusivity here.

PACKAGING | Score: 8

The kit comes in a sturdy plasic box - which is also needed to store all the pieces you currently don't use. Pretty good idea I would say.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 2

It is hard to see any potential for a financial gain here, unless you get it using a discount someplace. As long as it is available it will more or less stay close to retail value, and if it retires Lego will very likely bring a new set - and almost everyone will jump to that one. There is simply almost no interest in old versions with this theme.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

You can build quite impressive robots from this kit, but it is really all up to you. Given a good idea you can even get a million viewers on youtube, as has been proven (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xCd55oSgO4).

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10

I would not recommend to buy this as investment, unless you get a good discount - in which case you should be able to sell for that profit almost right away. Don't think long-term for these sets.

However, if you plan to use it, and you are somewhat interested in building and programming stuff, this is a great toy. The brick runs Linux, and you can (although not officially supported) even run your own OS on it. It has a USB port for endless extensions, and a micro-SD-card slot for additional storage. No soldering - literally just "plug and play".