Ratings and Reviews for 8560-1: Pahrak

8560-1: Pahrak

Overall Score

7.90
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  • First Impression Feelings after first look? 10
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 4.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 10
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 10
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 7.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 3.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 10
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 5.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 10
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 10

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Review from: Blackjack
Reviewed on: Jun 12, 2013
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7.90

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 10

Pahrak is one of the first Bohrok, and as such, is one of the greatest Bionicle villains of all time.  The figure is small and compact, with amazing playability.  Also, for $8, people didn’t waste a penny buying it retail.  Pahrak isn’t my favorite Bohrok, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t own just about every Hero Factory set ever released!  As an investment set, it has only appreciated to $14, so to make a worthwhile profit; one had to buy lots of this set.  Since you can get Pahrak very cheaply used, I would buy this and save yourself (or your kids) the general crappiness of Hero Factory.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 4

All of the Bohrok are built exactly the same, with the only variation being the color and the design of their element shields. Pahrak’s shields sort of resemble heavy duty digging equipment, and are great for play and MOC’s. He is brown and tan in color, with dark green translucent eyes and a dark green rubber Kraana.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

The playability of this set is superb. The figure can roll up into a ball, and then be unfurled for attack. The arms and legs are stubby and all designed to tuck into the body to facilitate this. The head is capable of springing forward when a lever on the back is pushed, and is held under tension by a rubber band for maximum efficiency. Inside the transparent shell is a dark green Kraana, which can be removed from Pahrak and attached to the heads of the Toa Mata in place of their masks. There was actually a part of the Bionicle comics where Lewa was infected and taken over by the Bahrag hive mind, and this is the reason for the Kraana. Pahrak may be small, but he is mighty!

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 10

I consider the value of this set to be perfect. For only $8, you get one of the greatest small Bionicles ever, with 41 pieces. It is seldom that such a worthy set was priced so low, and would take it over any similarly priced set at the time, at least in regard to playability and up front value. Another factor is the physical quality of the pieces used in Bionicles at the time. They were incredibly hard to break or scratch in typical play, and the used sets I have no are in exceptional condition. As the Bionicle theme progressed, the piece quality became worse and worse, and has since carried over into the Hero Factory theme, which I hold as a prime example of poor brick quality.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 7

Bionicle is a bit of a controversial theme. There are people like me, who see it as a nice alternative to classic bricks, and others who see it as a lame action figure which has no place in the world of Lego. My argument for the theme is that the sets have unparalleled playability among the world of toys. There is no other customizable action figure which has the creative properties of these sets. Also, Bionicle sets are fairly reliable investments. I have noticed that they generally appreciate to roughly twice retail and then level off for a long time. Although having a limited growth horizon can be a little frustrating, I like the dependability of the sets to perform well on a regular basis.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 3

There was absolutely no exclusivity with this set. That is always a negative when it comes to investment, because exclusive sets are put ahead at the beginning by only being available at certain locations, or for their short time in production.

PACKAGING | Score: 10

Pahrak came in a small plastic canister, which is one of my favorite parts about Bionicle sets. It is a sturdy method of storing investments, and keeps opened sets safe and organized as well.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 5

Since Pahrak has already essentially reached its maximum growth potential, there isn’t much to discuss here. While nearly doubling in value is far from shabby, with a set of this size, you still aren’t dealing with any large profit when it retailed for $8. My humble opinion on investing in Bionicle and Hero Factory is to buy in bulk, because you can sell more sets at a time and make it more worth your while. The great thing about both themes is that they are good performers, and if you buy cheap, a great ROI is almost guaranteed!

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

Although it is small, Pahrak makes a wonderful display set. Since I have the set on display with all of the other original Bohrok the effect is six-fold. The sets colors are still vibrant after eleven years, and the figure can be displayed in tons of macho poses. Also, you can pit Pahrak against a Toa Mata. As of yet, I don’t think that the demographic who will be these models is yet out of its dark age, but when ‘the few, the proud,’ see the light again, they may purchase these sets for display on their desks. Because of their diminutive size, Bionicle sets are perfectly suited to life on a desk, dresser, or counter.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10

A small set it may be, but a boring one…? Not even close!!! Pahrak is a super sturdy Bohrok model with a great earthy color scheme. His primary play functions are his element shields and snapping head function. The set retailed for $8 and was well worth the money, both from the standpoint of play value and piece quality. Since it is a go nowhere investment, I would really not bother with it, but I would certainly buy the set used if you have any interest whatsoever in Bionicle.