Ratings and Reviews for 7929-1: The Battle of Naboo

7929-1: The Battle of Naboo

Overall Score

8.20
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 10
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 7.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 9.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 10
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 8.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 3.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 9.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 9.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 9.00
Review from: comicblast
Reviewed on: Jun 30, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 10

The 7929 Battle of Naboo contains 241 pieces and is meant for ages 7-12. It contains 4 variants of minifigure: (1) Jar Jar Binks, (1) Gungan Soldier, (2) Droid Pilots, and (8) Battle Droids. I gave this set a “10” for First Impression because it was one of the first sets I bought for investment, and when I first started investing, I picked sets that I was nearly 100% sure would increase in value. I also wanted a set that I had already previously built and played with, to make sure that it was “playable”.  

Another big reason why I chose this set is because it includes a whole load of droids. This was my 3rd Star Wars set I ever owned, so I had a negligible Clone Army no Droid Army, so I bought this set for the high volume of droids included.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7

This set includes pretty commonly found pieces, as well as the minifigures. Jar Jar Binks is found in 1 other set (9499 Gungan Sub) and the Gungan Soldier is found in 1 other set (9509 Star Wars Advent Calendar). This set does include its fair share of gray pieces that could be used for selling in a “lot” and the tan pieces are harder to come by.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

To me, this set is like a mini-MTT, which is a massive Droid transport ship. The ship can move around using 6 4x1 ski-like pieces that allow for it to slide around. The build is not very complicated, and because the set is symmetrical, uses a deal of repetition. This set took me about an hour to put together when I was 11 years old on Christmas morning.

 

This is perhaps one of my favorite medium sized sets, because you can have a full fledged battle. You can also make the Pilot Droids unload the Battle Droids, as well as have the transport double as a battle tank!! 

 

There is a little flaw with the design of the front cockpit of the Droid carrier though. Often, when repositioning the Pilot Droid, the front armor of the carrier falls off since you have a mere 2x2 space allotted for doing this. He has to move around sometimes right?

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 10

7929 The Battle of Naboo retailed in the USA for $24.99, giving it a Price Per Piece ratio of $0.10 per piece at regular retail. This set is far from an exclusive set, and is sold in relatively high amounts (for a LEGO set) with 32 sets sold in May 2013. For “Parting Out” this set (selling individual aspects of the sets separately), this set is pretty good.

 

Coming from Star Wars, this set has a very low Price Per Piece ratio, many having ratios as high as $0.13 and up! A bargain for sure which is partially the reason why this set has been so widely bought and sold. Also, as I stated earlier, this set is an amazing army builder for the Droid Army!

 

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 8

LEGO Star Wars is one of the biggest, bestest themes that TLG has around. For investment, many medium sized sets are meh, but it still has a very, very large fan base. After a poll here on BrickPicker, more members picked LEGO Star Wars as their favorite theme over any other, which says something. Also, by walking down your local Target or LEGO reseller, take a note of how much space Star Wars takes up in relation to other Lego themes. I have found that SW takes up approximately half of the LEGO space on shelves, the other big dominators being Super Heroes, Lord of the Rings, and LEGO City. I believe that this is due to the relatively large Star Wars fan base, that keep the theme running. Though this theme may be dominated by adult fans and older teens, it is popular never the less, and I believe that it will continue to do so until a few years after Episode 9 of the Star Wars movies is release.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 3

Nothing really exclusive about this set, it is found at pretty much every retailer of LEGO bricks, because of its popularity as a theme, a set, and as well as its affordability.

PACKAGING | Score: 9

The box of this set is made out of the tougher cardboard that is found on many larger sets that cost upwards of $20, and continues to $400 sets, which means that it is very durable. I have kept this box intact in order to store the instructions of smaller set, since it is very durable. Though I have handled this set for 2 years, and the box has had its faire share of wear-and-tear, it could still pass as a set found fresh from a box straight from TLG. 

 

The box design is decent, but not outstanding. On the front is a blue Clone Trooper, who is the logo for the year and time of year that this set was released in, and has a small box with each of the minifigures displayed (not including repeats), as well as the set as the main cover design , with Naboo in the background, with ATT Droid Tank’s and MTT’s  in the background.

 

On the back is the customary LEGO design with pictures of 3 other LEGO sets released in the same wave, as well as a breakdown of the set, what you can do with it, and a 360 degree view of Jar Jar Binks.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 9

This set has already been retired for around 7 months, but saw a very nice jump in value after 2 consecutive months of loss, approximately $4 each month. In the month of May 2013, this set jumped up a very impressive 25.18% to $30.38, which is up 21.57% from retail. We had a steady increase from August 2012 to February 2013 ($19.53 -> $31.07) then a dip, and then a rebound, which is not a huge shocker, because if you compare the Sale Trends and Number of Sets Sold, the graphs roughly correlate with each other, including the spike in sales in May. Please see the graphs below for more details!

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 8

This set is a decent display set, though it lacks in size and impressiveness, it has its own sort of beauty as a set because of the nice curves of the ship. There is also something uniform about this set which is also really cool. This set can be used as a display because it features both sides of the battle: Gungans/Republic vs. Droids/Separatists. It can also be moved into a very big variety of positions that can make the display unique from ones that others might have. 

 

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9

To me, this is an amazing set as a build, though as an investment, it has not been outstanding. As an investment, its performance so far gives it an 8, but as a build, I am giving it a 10, which averages out to a 9. I think that in the future, we can expect this set to be a $40 set, probably around Christmas time this year. Though this is a bold statement, seeing where the set is currently as well as in the past, I think with the Christmas rush of buying, it will make it!!