Ratings and Reviews for 7659-1: Imperial Landing Craft

7659-1: Imperial Landing Craft

Overall Score

4.90
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 7.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 5.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 7.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 4.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 9.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 1.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 5.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 2.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 5.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 4.00
Review from: Alpinemaps
Reviewed on: Apr 18, 2014
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

When I found this set for purchase, I thought it looked pretty intriguing.  Although I am a long time Star Wars fan, I'm not necessarily a Star Wars LEGO fan or builder. Now that I think about it, this was the first LEGO Star Wars set that I've ever put together.

But, I saw the set and it I was interested, and thought it would be fun to build.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 5

There are no rare or unique minifigures, colors, or parts to this set, that I am aware of.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 7

Build:

It was an interesting build.  At times, I found it to be a bit challenging.  LEGO did make two errors in the instructions.  A one-sheet update of instruction #12 was included, to show a mistake that needed to be corrected in the original instructions.  Of course, the mistake was promulgated thoughout the instructions, but after instruction #12, it doesn't have an affect.

There was also a mistake near the end of the build, in which a photo of the cockpit shows two pieces that do not get added until the following step (which are on the next page).  It was a little confusing at first, as I believed the two pieces just weren't called out, but instead, I found them called out when I reached the next step/turned the page.

I made a mistake in the build early on, that I did not catch until late in the build.  I put a gear piece on incorrectly, which caused parts that should move to be unable to do so (more in a moment).  I had to spent a bit of time carefully taking about the build so I could correct that mistake.  I wouldn't say that it was LEGO's failure, as it could just as easily been my misreading of the instructions.

I was disappointed that the cockpit did not include any sort of latching system to allow for the cockpit to open and close.

Troopers have no "faces," they are just blank heads.

Playability:

The craft that you are building is very interesting.  It has a lot of playability.  There are missles that can be shot, and bombs that can be dropped, all using LEGO technology in the build.  It was an interesting way to make those elements playable, and I did not see that those would be working elements until the build was complete.

The craft is almost two crafts in one; the main section of the craft is attached to the pilot/wing area by two pieces that snap together.  You can imagine the craft dropping of this load, and then flying away.  It's very inventive.

Addtionally, the wings of the craft move up and down through a sophisticated gear system.  It's ingenious how it works.  As I mentioned above, I put it together wrong, and therefore, the wings wouldn't move.  Once I put it together correctly, the wings moved freely, and it was fun to have the shuttle wings working.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 4

RRP on this set was $49.95, which I feel was rather high for this.  That works out to $0.106 a piece.  As of this writing you will probably find NISB for RRP on eBay, with used going around $40.

I don't see any profitability for parting out this set.  Pass on this for investment.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 9

Its Star Wars.  And yes, this line is oversaturated with product.  But, it continues to sell well, so you can't go wrong there.  It's a derivitive of the Imperial Shuttle, so it has larger appeal than it might otherwise.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 1

This set was put out in 2007, so it's 7 years old at this point.  It's not an exclusive, but it is an older Star Wars set.

PACKAGING | Score: 5

Nothing special or unique about the packaging.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 2

This is it.  It's a 7 year old set.  It's seen as much growth as it's going to get.  Even with Star Wars movies forthcoming, this set isn't going anywhere.  The only way this set increases in value is if it shows up in the new movies.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 5

This set does display well.  You can display it with the wings up, so it looks like a miniature Imperial Shuttle.  I'm sure the common person walking into your office might consider it such.  There's no reason to believe it's anything other than that.

Is it impressive compared to other LEGO sets?  Not particularly.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 4


Overall, I enjoyed putting this together, even if it was frustrating at times.  It doesn't hold any particular long term appeal to me; it was something to build to waste an afternoon, and now it's time to move on.

If you enjoy putting together sets for that purpose, then consider this one.  It's a "rent a set" in my opinion; you can buy it, build it, and sell it at little to no cost to you.  Nothing like free LEGO to build!

That being said, if you're looking at this for investment, look elsewhere.  Unless you find this set for direct cheap (<$10), so you can make a decent return.  But at this point, finding this set in the wild isn't going to happen.  Buying it in a bulk lot, and then selling it off is the best way to make some decent money on this set.