Ratings and Reviews for 3828-1: Air Temple

3828-1: Air Temple

Overall Score

7.30
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 8.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 9.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 9.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 9.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 3.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 5.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 9.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 3.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 10
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 8.00
Review from: mc1fan22
Reviewed on: Aug 12, 2014
Join Date: 08/04/2014
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

When the Air Temple was first released in 2006, my initial thoughts were, "I need this set!" Not because it particularly WOWed me or had a good piece per dollar count (althought now-a-days, 400 pieces for $29.99 is considered a pretty good deal). Anyway, the reason my first impression was excitement and an "I need this set" feeling was because I was hooked on the TV Show this set was based on. When it came out in 2005, up until when the season finale came in 2007, I loved this series. But for whatever reason, I ended up not getting this set I was so hooked on. Years later, I regretted this decision. Once I finally decided to get this set, it was selling on ebay for right around $150. But anyway, let's start with some basic information about this set:

  • 400 pieces
  • 4 minifigures (5 if Momo the flying lemur is included)
  • 1 of only 2 Avatar: The Last Airbender sets ever made!
  • Includes many pieces exclusive to this set
  • A great display piece that will catch everyone's eye

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 9

Because this set was only 1 of 2 made for this theme, it had many exclusive parts and minifigures. Let's start with the minifigures. This set has 4 minigifures (5 if you include Momo the flying lemur). First we have Aang. He is included in the other Avatar set so he is not exclusive. However, he is still a very well designed minifigure and an iconic character to Avatar fans. Next we have Sokka. He IS exclusive to this set and again, a very well designed minifigure. And finally we have the Firebender and the Fire Nation Soldier. Personally I think the Fire Nation Soldier tured out alright, He looks pretty similar to the ones in the series so I have no complaints regarding him. The Firebender, however, could have been much better. The torso and pants are very bland and the torso armor doesn't add much to the minifigure. And the helmet. What can I say about the helmet. Nothing good, that's what. The helmet just looks big, clunky and like it doesn't belong. I understand that this is a 2006 set, but I think LEGO could have done better as far as the helmet design. And then there's Momo the flying lemur. Although technically not a minifigure, he is exclusive to this set and a nice addition to it as a whole.

 

And now on to the exclusive parts. I'm just going to list the parts because there's no point in explaining parts (I'll include parts that are in the other Avatar: The Last Airbender as well because these parts are series exclusive):

  • Red "fire" discs to be shot from launcher
  • Aang's glider (not the stick, the plastic orange part that allows him to glide)
  • The half cone on top of the Air Temple
  • The stickers that go on the door locks
  • I believe the stickers that go on the tower of the Air Temple are exclusive as well
  • And of course the individual pieces of the minifigures are exclusive but I figured saying the minifigures were exclusive to the theme was good enough.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

This set has TONS of features that give it great playability potential. First,  I'll go through each feature individually describing what is does and how it works, and then I will touch on the build experience aspect of this particular set. Now onto the features. First we have the Fire Nation tank. There are two, modes if you will, of this feature. The first is the launcher mode. You can attach a launcher on top of the tank and launch plastic "fire" discs at the minifigures.The second mode is the driver mode. You can remove the launcher from the top which will allow you to place one of the Fire Nation minifigures in the tank and act as a driver.

 

Next we have the Air Nation slime catapult. With this feature, you can launch transparent green 1 x 1 round bricks at the attacking Fire Nation soldiers.

Next come the doors to the Air Temple. The doors are very cools as they resemble the actual doors from the TV series! These doors feature a locking system so you can open and close them at your leisure.

Inside the temple right above the entrance on the second floor, is a trap you can activate should the Fire Nation soldiers get through the doors. The trap will drop "slime" (tansparent green 1 x 1 round bricks) on top of the soldiers.

Also inside the temple, there is a smaller launcher meant to launch Aang into the air.

And finally we have Aang and his glider which allows him to fly around the air over the temple.

 

Now onto the build experience. The build was pretty easy and didn't take too long (which should be expected from 400 piece sets). In my opinion, this set (should you own it) is all about the play experience. There are so many great features which give this set amazing playability.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 9

When this set first came out in 2006, the value for money was fantastic! 400 pieces, several unique parts, and four minifigures for $29.99 is a great deal. However, that was in 2006. This set has long since been retired and it is now impossible to buy it complete for $29.99. I personally purchased this set months ago for $150 (and for what it is selling for now, is a pretty good deal). In 2006, this set was a great deal. However, now in 2014, I find it hard to argue that it's a good idea paying $150 for this set unless you are a serious fan of the TV series. But as a NEW set (aka bought in 2006), this WOULD HAVE BEEN a great deal for you money.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 3

As displayed by the production of only 2 Avatar: The Last Airbender sets, this theme did not do very well. As I just mentioned in the "Value For Money" section, this set is now selling for $150+ as a complete set. This can be a little hard to understand for some. How can  a set from such an unpopular theme grow so much in value? The answer is pretty simple, really. The fact that only 2 sets for this theme were produced makes all the minifigures and theme-exclusive pieces, very exclusive pieces. So the only way to get tose minifigures or pieces is to get 1 of 2 sets produced by LEGO. This can (and will as seen on ebay) increase the price of a set dramatically.Yes I am discussing the price aspect of this set a bit in the "Theme Popularity" section, but I thought it fit well in this section. All in all, because of the failure of this theme and current price, I would only recommend this set to fans of the TV series, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 5

This set is not exclusive in the sense that it was from a Comic Con or a limited production set, but only this set was 1 of only 2 made for this theme so it is somewhat rare. And since it was released in 2006 and has long since been retired, there is a somewhat exclusiveness to it. So officially, no it is not an exclusive LEGO set.

PACKAGING | Score: 9

Personally, I really like the bok design. The box gives off this sense of older Chinese (which it should because the series takes place in an older, not as evolved world and they speak English but write in Chinese -.-). Anyway, the box conveys what the series conveys which is a huge plus in my eyes because that makes it different from most LEGO set boxes. In addition, unlike the normal translation (English, German, Spanish, etc.) on the box, this box contains French translations for almost, if not everything on the box which I find very cool. Overall, I am a huge fan of the box design.

 

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 3

This set is an interesting one regarding growth potential. When LEGO initially gave up on this theme after producing 2 sets, it didn't look lilke it would be a good investment. However, that was proved false when resellers for this set realized the potential this set offered. Although it wasn't very popular, LEGO only produced 2 sets for the Avatar theme which make it rare in and of itself. In addition, because the sets did not do very well, there were not large quantities of this set produced, making is even more rare. What's more? Because this was only 1 of 2 sets produced for this theme, the few minifigures produced in this set were very exclusive. And because of some of the interesting designs in the series that were translated into bricks, this set (and the other one) came with many exclusive parts. And that's where we stand now. I do not think there is much more room for growth potential (I believe this set has plateaued, so to say) for a number of reasons. First of all, the majority (if not all) of the buyers now-a-days are (or were I should say) big fans of the TV series. That series has ended and was even replaced by a new series. So there are not many more series fans, and even less willing to spend $150 on a box of plastic bricks. I would not recommend this set to investors as there is not a large market for this set and because of that, not much growth potential. So, I definitely think there was initial growth potential, but not anymore. And that's why I rated it a 4 for this segment; there was initial growth, but not much anymore.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

This set has great display value and is certainly a conversation starter if placed so that others may bask in its glory. I keep mine in my personal collection (seen only by me) but should I find the right place for it, I would definitely put it on display for others to see. At first this set may seem a little small at only 400 pieces. But when, constructed the decent size of the temple paired with the eye popping green and tan color, it will surely attract someone'sattention. This set will especially stand out because it is unique in that it is not a common set.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 8

So, what can I say overall about the 3828 LEGO Avatar: The Last Airbender? Well I think there's a lot of good to say about and some not-so good things to say about it. But that is the point of reviews, to lay out the pros and cons of each set and let everybody decide for themselves whether they want the set or not. And seeing as this set is largely un-reviewed (at least here on Brickpicker), I thought I'd try something I've never tried before and review a set. So here we go, the conclusion.

I'll start off with the pros of this set (and I believe it does have a lot of good going for it):

First of all, it retired in 2006 so anybody that has one now (if it's complete) is looking at a semi-rare set that'll fetch you about $150 on ebay should you need the cash. Next, this set has great display value that will catch the eye of anybody who walks by it just because of it's colors and uniqueness. Also, this set has tons of great features that in addition to making it a great displau piece, make it a great set to play with. The full list of features included in the set can be found under the Playability/Build Experience section of this review.

 

This next one is a good and bad depending on how you look at it. So I will put it between the pros and cons in a neutral zone. This was only 1 of 2 sets for the Avatar: The Last Airbender theme ever made. This makes it a very rare set with lots of exclusive minifigures and parts due to the fact that only 2 sets for this theme were ever made. And while lots of exclusive minifigures and parts is all well and good, because this was only 1 of 2 sets made for the theme, it is a semi rare set and will therefore, fetch a mighty high price on ebay. In addition, the semi rareness of the set makes it a good collectors for all LEGO fans whether you like the TV series or not. So, the overall just for this neutral point about the set is that the rarity of the set is both a good and bad thing for it depending on your viewpoint.

 

And now onto the cons of this set. There are only a few cons I have with the set and one of them isn't even the sets fault: the price. $150 is a lot to spend on any LEGO set, especially one that only has 400 pieces. However, this is no fault of the set, it's just how reselling happened. The biggest bone to pick that I have with this set is stickers. While it was produced in 2006 and the half cone on the top of the Air Temple is a printed piece, I don't like how many stickers there are. The three door locks that can be seen on the picture in the "Display Attributes" section are stickers, as are the windows on the tower. In addition, while the Aang and Sokka minifigures are fantastic, the Fire Nation Soldier and Firebender are ok at best. They are very bland minifigures with basic torsos and legs, and the helmets added to them don't do all that much to make the minifigure better. And in the case of the Firebender, actually make it worse because of the clunkyness.

 

And finally regarding the investment and growth potential for this set. Personally, I believe this set would be a watse of money to invest in. The cheapest you will find this set for on ebay is around $150 which is quite a hefty price to pay for a 400 piece set. In addition, beside the fact that this set is expensive to buy, I believe the price for it will begin to plateau due to the fact that the only people buying is now-a-days are either hardcore LEGO collectors, or fans of the TV series.  And the fans of the TV series willing to buy this set have been and will continue to dwindle because of the series that replaces Avatar: The Last Airbender which is The Legend of Korra. Now, if you are a die-hard fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender and are considering buying this set, I would say go for it. It is a great display piece, has tons of playability features, and is so iconic to the TV series.

 

So in conclusion, there are many pros and some cons as well to this set. Whether this set is right for you or not, I cannot say. I can merely lay out what the set includes and explain my personal opinions about it and let you make your own decision. This was my first review of a LEGO set ever so there are obviously places I can improve on. But I hope my first LEGO set review helped you decided whether or not 3828 Air Temple is the right purchase for you.