Ratings and Reviews for 21103-1: The DeLorean Time Machine

21103-1: The DeLorean Time Machine

Overall Score

6.60
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 7.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 8.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 5.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 6.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 8.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 6.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 9.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 5.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 6.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 6.00
Review from: Neosphinx
Reviewed on: Aug 8, 2014
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

Like many born in the 70's en 80's, this movie has made an impression on me. It were a good series with some good actors and a good script. 

  • Marty McFly: Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?
  • Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

So I was pretty excited when I got the box 2 days after ordering. The minifigures of Marty and Doc looked great and the fact that you could make the 3 versions of the DeLorean was pretty nice.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 8

Minifigures

21003 Minifigures

  • Marty McFly: Unique. There will be no other set having this minifigure... Nicely done, really looks like him. The vest and shirt is pretty detailed. Comes with double face. 
  • Doc Brown: Also unique. His very distinctive look has been nicely copied into his figure. The hair is very nice and really makes the figure stand out for me. Also with a double face. The only figure I won't complain that there is no printing on the legs.

Parts:

21103_Specials

No stickers, praise Jesus.

  • Time Settings Display
  • License PlateS
  • Flux Capacitor

I rate it an 8 simply because of the numberplates. I haven't seen much nicer ones in Lego than these ones. The rest of the parts were pretty common.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 5

First you read thru the booklet included, get in the mood. Make a scene from the movie and photograph it (the train crash is a popular one). Sort your pieces and start building

.21103_Contents

Some pretty interesting techniques displayed. The building was relatively easy and not at any moment boring for me. In all the building was pretty fun, but why the low score?

In terms of really playing, I don't know. Of course I had fun scattering the pieces of the delorean and making some funny pictures, but would kids really like the DeLorean? It doesn't have a specific theme they can relate it too, it's a  single play-vehicle. You can't use it in City as it is too big and it doesn't really fit between Spongebob and Star Wars sets.

21103_Car_Back

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 6

I think it is reasonably priced but not cheap. It remains under the 10c/brick but for a set of 39.99€ MSRP, I would have liked to see this more priced at 34.99€. It would be a much much more reasonable deal. Then again, you get a super nice packaging and booklet so.... I'll rate it a 6.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 8

Lego CUSOO or Ideas is gaining popularity every day among investors. When the flow of new Ideas is increased like they released the last 3 sets, I think it will be a bigger and bigger part of Lego Sales.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 6

It was only recently that DeLoreans started to pop up in Belgian webshops and B&M so it WAS  relatively exclusive but now, you can buy from different locations.

PACKAGING | Score: 9

The did their best on this one. I love the packaging, it reflects the movies a lot. The clock in the back is a nice touch and of course, the vehicle in hover mode is the nicest mode. Marty and Doc are on the front all happy because you bought their iconic vehicle.

21003 Box Front

The back shows the 3 modes of the vehicle. Pretty darn cool.

21103 Box Back

The back shows the special attributes too. Nice touch.

The packaging and booklet were the favorite parts of this set for me.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 5

Eventually...

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 6

This is the part that I really hate.

Yes the Delorean is an iconic car

Yes the minifigures are well made

Yes the booklet is wonderful...

Yes I LOVE THIS CAR!!!!

but No, I  won't put it on display

A car this epic should have been made in a set larger than 1000 pieces, a UCS. But at this moment, I wouldn't put it on display :(

21103_Car_side

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 6

It's a great car. I loved every second building it. 

But this not being a UCS and Lego marketing it as a playset idea made this a small faillure in my opinion.

Perhaps on October 21, 2015, this car will sell for double MSRP, but I think that will be the only day it will be worth that.