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  • LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens: A New Era


    It is pretty amazing that we are less than 3 months from the release of the first  film of the new Star Wars trilogy: The Force Awakens.

    After George Lucas completed the much criticized, nonetheless enjoyable, prequels, I had come to the sad realization that we might never have another original Star Wars film. Sure, we would have the occasional mini series and  other smaller productions, but nothing that would really catch my attention in the same way the feature films had done up to that point.

    All of this changed when Disney acquired Lucas’ intellectual property and Star Wars rights for a record financial amount. Surely, the company would not be spending that much capital without any plans to take advantage of the brand and continue expanding its universe. Sure enough, Disney announced the release of a new trilogy just as they announced the acquisition of  Lucasfilms.

    But enough of that, we are a LEGO focused website after all. 

    Star Wars has been one of the keys in TLG outstanding rebirth and rise as the largest toy manufacturer in the world. Along with some important managerial and strategic changes, the introduction of licensed themes gave a much-needed push to the company as younger customers growing up with Harry Potter, the SW prequels and the re-release of the Original Trilogy were able to build their favorite vehicles and scenes in their own living room.

    Furthermore, the release of the Ultimate Collectors’ Series gave LEGO access to the Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL), the most attractive demographic in the market. brickpicker_set_10179_23.thumb.jpg.f65ad

    It is no surprise then that with the announcement of a new Star Wars trilogy the company has already released the first wave of sets based on the Force Awakens. While I will attempt to go over the investment attractiveness of these sets, I would like to quickly go over the historical performance of the theme and the potential impact the new movies will have on already retired and to be released sets based on the first six movies. 

    The following graph shows the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of some of the LEGO themes that have been released so far. The table is longer than this, but you can see the complete version here:

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       You might be surprised to see that the Star Wars theme sits well below the average at 8.78 percent, with themes such as Toy Story and other unpopular ones well above it. However, you have to remember that the number of sets released under the Star Wars license is close, if not above, 500, and it is one of the few themes that have been produced for over a decade. My point is, the theme CAGR is probably skewed negatively by these factors.

       It is also important to note that while the most iconic sets like the Ultimate Collector’s Series and other very unique sets have done extremely well, the Star Wars theme also comes with a large number of duds, in part because several remakes have been released; but also because a majority of the sets have been on a smaller scale and price point.

    brickpicker_set_7754_4.thumb.jpg.433c005   Of course, we also have sets such as the 9493 X-Wing, 6210 Sail Barge (before the remake) and others that have succeeded in the secondary market without being part of the UCS.

       As with any other theme, it is a matter of forecasting which sets will be attractive or scarce in the future. Not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination.

       So, what will be the impact of the new movies on these previously released sets? That’s somewhat hard to tell, but I will throw my theory out there.

       Whether the new movies are great, ok or just mediocre, I believe that they will serve as a push for newer generations to get more acquainted with the Star Wars universe. Pretty much like when the prequels were released, the newer movies will create new Star Wars fans that will in turn go back and watch every single one of the previous movies.

       Basically, I believe that the very existence of these newer movies will create an increase in demand for both Original Trilogy and, to a lesser extent, the Prequels.

        I wanted to finish this article with a short analysis of the first wave of The Force Awakens sets. While it is extremely hard to predict the popularity of these sets without gauging the impact and popularity of the movie itself, I think we can make an educated guess based on previous patterns.

    Rey’s Speeder

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    "Hover into action on Rey's Speeder™! This cool landspeeder has everything Rey needs for scouting the surface of a desert planet, including dual stud shooters, opening storage hatch and side-mounted bag, blaster, buzzsaw and electrobinoculars. There’s also a detachable sled with space for a minifigure when Rey must make a quick escape down the desert dunes! Recreate your own fantastic scenes from Star Wars™: The Force Awakens. Includes 2 minifigures: Rey and Unkar’s Thug with a crowbar.

    •  Includes 2 minifigures: Rey and Unkar’s Thug with a crowbar
    • Rotate the engine to open the storage hatch
    • Grab the side-mounted accessories
    • Unhitch the sled and get ready for an adrenaline-filled sandsurf!
    • Recreate fantastic scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    • The perfect addition to any LEGO® Star Wars collection
    • Measures over 3” (9cm) high, 5” (14cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide”

    My analysis

    The smallest set in the first wave really reminds me of, wait for it, Luke’s Landspeeder. It features one of the main characters of the film (Rey), similar piece count and similar price point. As in the OT version, I think that the potential gains for this set are severely limited, especially since Rey’s minifigure is not even exclusive to this set in the 1st wave AND we are sure to see it again on future sets.

    On a more personal note, I don’t really like the speeder design at all either.

    First Order Snowspeeder75100_alt1.thumb.jpg.c4d6327f864fb1c5119

    "Call in weaponized support with the First Order Snowspeeder™! With a crew of three, this rapid response vehicle features a forward storage compartment, fixed stud shooter in the cockpit, two rapid-fire stud shooters built into the engines and transparent wheels hidden out of site for a true ‘hover’ look. Now you can recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars™: The Force Awakens. Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons: 2 First Order Snowtroopers and a First Order Snowtrooper Officer.

    • Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons: 2 First Order Snowtroopers and a First Order Snowtrooper Officer
    • Features storage compartment, cockpit-mounted stud shooter, rapid-fire shooters and hidden wheels
    • Weapons include 2 blasters and a modified blaster
    • Man the stud shooter and get ready to fire!
    • Looks like it really hovers!
    • Rotate the engines and fire the rapid-fire stud shooters
    • Recreate fantastic scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    • The perfect addition to anyLEGO® Star Wars collection
    • Collect 75102 Poe's X-Wing Fighter for even more intense ice-planet battle action!
    • Measures over 3” (10cm) high, 8” (22cm) long and 6” (16cm) wide"

    My Analysis

       This is probably my least favorite set of the whole line. It seems a little overpriced for what it includes, a not so attractive vehicle and 3 pretty generic minifigures you would rather see in a battle pack type set. I do not have high hopes for this particular set.

    First Order Transporter75103_alt1.thumb.jpg.89dc145e27ccebc237d

    "Lower the ramp, load the troopers and get ready to transport them into battle! This heavily armored First Order Transporter™ is packed with cool features, like dual spring-loaded shooters, top-mounted dual-stud shooter and hatch with space for a minifigure, pilot cabin with opening hatch and space for 4 minifigures in the hold, big engines at the rear, and hidden, transparent wheels for a cool ‘hover’ look. You can also remove the top section for easy access. Get ready to recreate incredible battle scenes from Star Wars™: The Force Awakens! Includes 7 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: 2 Resistance Soldiers, 2 First Order Flametroopers, 2 First Order Stormtroopers and Captain Phasma.

    • Includes 7 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: 2 Resistance Soldiers, 2 First Order Flametroopers, 2 First Order Stormtroopers and Captain Phasma
    • Features dual spring-loaded shooters, top-mounted stud shooter, pilot cabin with opening hatch and space for a minifigure, hold with space for 4 minifigures, big engines at the rear, removable top section, and hidden, transparent wheels for a ‘hovering’ look
    • Weapons include 2 blasters, silver-look blaster, titanium-look blaster and 2 flamethrowers
    • Accessories include 6 helmets
    • Turn the gear to lower the ramp
    • Remove the top for easy access
    • Looks like it really hovers!
    • Recreate fantastic scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    • The perfect addition to any LEGO® Star Wars collection
    • Measures over 5” (15cm) high, 12” (31cm) long and 5” (13cm) wide"

    My Analysis

    The First Order Transporter’s main appeal is the minifigure selection, including Captain Phasma. The other 6 minifigures make it a great set for army building and possible parting out candidate; having said that, I do not see it appreciating too much unless the Captain Phasma minifigure remains exclusive to the set. Too early to tell, but the vehicle itself is just not appealing to me.

    Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle75104_alt1.thumb.jpg.00d19d002cf9e5db6ec

    "Enter the battle with Kylo Ren’s personal Command Shuttle™! This fantastic, highly detailed starship has loads of features, including opening front, rear and bottom storage bays; wing-mounted, spring-loaded shooters and detachable weapon racks. And when you’re ready for even more action, activate the amazing extending wing function! It’s time to hunt down the enemy and play out your own great scenes from Star Wars™: The Force Awakens! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Kylo Ren, General Hux, First Order Officer, 2 First Order Crew and a First Order Stormtrooper Officer.

    • Includes 6 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: a Kylo Ren, General Hux, First Order Officer, 2 First Order Crew and a First Order Stormtrooper Officer
    • Features opening front, rear and bottom storage bays; wing-mounted, spring-loaded shooters and detachable weapon racks, and amazing extending wing function
    • Weapons include 2 blaster pistols, blaster and Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber
    • Accessories include 4 helmets and an electrobinoculars element
    • Activate the amazing extending wingfunction!
    • Launch the spring-loaded shooters!
    • Access the storage bays
    • Rearm with the detachable weapon racks
    • Recreate fantastic scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    • The perfect addition to any LEGO® Star Wars collection
    • Measures over 11” (28cm) high, 8” (22cm) long and 7” (20cm) wide with wings retracted, and over 15” (40cm) high with wings extended"

    My Analysis

    Somewhat similar is shape to the OT Imperial Shuttle, Kylo Ren’s transport currently gets the honor of being the only set in this first release to include one of the most popular characters of TFA. Who?, well, Kylo Ren obviously. The figure currently sells for more than $30, including is cool looking lightsaber. Besides that, the set also includes General Hux and a pretty decent number of First Order troopers.

    First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter75101_alt1.thumb.jpg.f21447b351369ecb4e8

    "Intercept the enemy with the impressive First Order Special Forces TIE fighter™. The unmistakable shape of this iconic starfighter signifies the military might of the First Order, and features a 2-minifigure cockpit that opens from the top and bottom, 2 spring-loaded shooters and a rotating antenna for homing in on enemy starships. With this great model, you can recreate the epic excitement of Star Wars™: The Force Awakens. Includes 4 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: 2 First Order TIE Fighter Pilots, First Order Officer and a First Order Crew.

    • Includes 4 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: 2 First Order TIE Fighter Pilots, First Order Officer and a First Order Crew
    • Features iconic design, 2-minifigure opening cockpit, 2 spring-loaded shooters and a rotating antenna
    • Weapons include 3 blaster pistols
    • Accessories include 2 helmets
    • Open the cockpit and load up the crew
    • Rotate the antenna and track the enemy
    • Load the shooters and prepare to fire!
    • Iconic design
    • Recreate fantastic scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    • The perfect addition to any LEGO® Star Wars collection
    • Measures over 9” (23cm) high, 7” (20cm) long and 7” (18cm) wide"

    My Analysis

       Not really sure what to think about this set. It is basically a traditional TIE Fighter with a different color scheme, around 100 more pieces and 4 decent minifigures for close to $15 more than the previous TIE (9492). That set is doing relatively well in the secondary market, even after several refreshes, so I guess this one could have a similar performance once retired. However, the minifigure selection is not one that I would consider outstanding.

    Poe’s X-Wing Fighter75102_alt1.thumb.jpg.6a15bd59fd5f905557e

    "Battle the forces of the First Order with Poe's X-Wing Fighter™. This customized starfighter is packed with features, like the 4 spring-loaded shooters, 2 stud shooters, retractable landing gear, opening wings, opening cockpit with space for a minifigure and space behind for the BB-8 Astromech Droid. There’s even a loader with weapon rack, extra missiles and ammunition, and a seat for a minifigure. So climb the access ladder, strap in and get ready to recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars™: The Force Awakens! Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Poe Dameron, Resistance ground crew and a Resistance X-Wing Pilot, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid.

    • Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Poe Dameron, Resistance ground crew and a Resistance X-Wing Pilot, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid
    • Features Poe's X-Wing Fighter, loader and an access ladder
    • X-Wing Fighter features 4 spring-loaded shooters, 2 stud shooters, retractable landing gear, opening wings, opening cockpit with space for a minifigure and space behind for the BB-8 Astromech Droid
    • Loader features a weapon rack, missiles, ammunition and a seat for a minifigure
    • Weapons include 2 blaster pistols and a wrench
    • Accessories include 3 helmets
    • Open the wings and get ready for combat!
    • Resupply with the loader
    • Fire up the engines, retract the landing gear and launch!
    • Iconic design
    • Recreate fantastic scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    • The perfect addition to any LEGO® Star Wars collection
    • Play out exciting snow-planet battles against the 75100 First Order Snowspeeder
    • Measures over 4” (11cm) high, 14” (37cm) long and 12” (32cm) wide with wings open and over 3” (8cm) high with wings closed"

    My Analysis

       Definitely my second favorite set of the whole release. This newer version of the X-Wing is much more different from the previous than the TIE Fighter, and it also includes Poe Dameron, and BB-8. While I believe that BB-8 will be as easy to find in sets as R2 was in OT sets, the inclusion of Poe and the unique look of the ship will in my opinion boos demand for this set once the movie is released.

    Millenium Falcon75105_alt1.thumb.jpg.3796505425772f5bc57

     

    "One of the most iconic starships of the Star Wars™ saga is back, and it’s leaner and meaner than ever before! As featured in exciting scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this latest LEGO® version of the Millennium Falcon™ is crammed with new and updated external features, including an even more streamlined and detailed design, detachable cockpit with space for 2 minifigures, rotating top and bottom laser turrets with hatch and space for a minifigure, dual spring-loaded shooters, sensor dish,ramp and an entrance hatch. Open up the hull plates to reveal even more great new and updated details inside, including the main hold with seating area and holochess board, more detailed hyperdrive, secret compartment, extra boxes and cables, and storage for spring-loaded shooter ammo. And of course no LEGO Millennium Falcon model would be complete without Han Solo and Chewbacca, as well as other great characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Activate the hyperdrive and set course for LEGO Star Wars fun! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted weapons: Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech and a Kanjiklub Gang Member, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid.

    • Includes 6 minifigures with assorted weapons: Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech and a Kanjiklub Gang Member, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid
    • Exterior features streamlined and detailed design, detachable cockpit with space for 2 minifigures, rotating top and bottom laser turrets with hatch and space for a minifigure, dual spring-loaded shooters, sensor dish, ramp, entrance hatch and opening hull plates
    • Detailed interior includes a more detailed hyperdrive, holochess board, secret compartment, extra boxes and cables, and storage for spring-loaded shooter ammo
    • Weapons include a blaster pistol, silver-colored blaster pistol, blaster, gang pistol, gang rifle and a bowcaster
    • Lift the hull plates and check out the detailed interior
    • Become a make-believe holochess master!
    • Detach the cockpit
    • Fire the dual spring-loaded shooters
    • Hide weapons and other cargo in the secret compartment
    • Pretend to activate the hyperdrive and make a fast getaway!
    • Recreate fantastic scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

    My analysis

    Not at all unexpected, LEGO remade this set for TFA wave with some slight modifications. The Millenium Falcon is the most iconic set of the entire SW universe, and the performance of the previous version, even though it has been retired for only a relatively short period of time, indicates that this should share a similar fate. Of course, you can also plan for it to last a long, long time on the shelves.

    Excellent minifigure selection, including Old Han Solo.

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    I went a little longer than I would have liked, but I hope this pretty rough look of the first wave of Force Awakens sets was interesting and helpful to you. Once the movie is released and interest can be gauged more accurately, it might be good to come back and revise some of my comments.

    Thanks for reading!

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    really great article man, i agree about almost everything. In particular I do not like Rey’s Speeder. I usually think that the smallest set of each series is amazing and always a very clever set. The smallest set is usually an intro (a starter pack let me say) to new series and his biggest (and more pricy) sets. But here what we got is the worst of the entire new line. Finishing with the bad thoughts I would like to say that the design of Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle is wrong, is not gonna be like that in TFA. The little information they had at the time of the design make it happen. I agree with you that the new X-Wing looks really cool and the new color scheme make is the awesome final touch.

    sorry for my english, it is not my mother language.

    Great job again, keep it up

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