Review from: MartinP
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7
I went to my local Lego store about two months back and went to purchase a big Lego set, so I decided to purchase the 10225 Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series R2-D2. So it was about $179.99 USD, but I did not know about the promotions that were going on when I purchased the set. In the end, I got three Legos. The 10225 Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series R2-D2, the 30242 Star Wars Republic frigate, and the 850838 Splinter Key Chain. Now the UCS is completly built. When I first got these sets, I decided to build the frigate first, because it was smaller. That took me about a minuete. This small set sits in my collection of other Star Wars mini sets.
UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 5
The Republic frigate does not come with any minifigures, but there are forty-five pieces. There is only one rare color in this set. It is New Dark Red. There are also some rare pieces.
Since there is not that many rare pieces and no minifigures this may affect the desirability of this set.
PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 6
The build experince is very short. This build only took me about a minuete to build. The playability is very big. If you watch the Star Wars The Clone Wars Series, there is a sence where a frigate is connected to a huge cruiser. I was almost able to replicate this sence myself with this smaller version of the frigate. Also this is a great set to add to a Star Wars mini collection.
VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 10
There is no retail price for this set. This set is a promotional item. It came with every purchase of $50 USD and above. That make it free in my book. Forty-five pieces for free. Great deal!
THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10
The Republic Frigate is from Star Wars. Enough said.
EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 10
The Republic Frigate is a very exclusive set. The set came with every purchase that is over $50 USD in the month of March. This means that there are only a handful of these sets avalable in the secondary market. There is limited production for this set, but the set is not from any Lego trade shows that I know of.
PACKAGING | Score: 7
The Republic Frigate comes in a polybag. There are not that many Star Wars sets that comes in polybags other than the mini series.
GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 8
There are various growth potentials for this set. If you got this in the primary market it is a 100% growth all the time, but if it was purchased in the secondary market, then the growth will differ.
DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 7
The Republic Frigate has some display attributes. It is small enough to fit in your pocket so you can take it to work to reming you of this Star Wars ship. It also make a nice little piece if you put it on your desk.
CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 8
I think that this set is a great set. Let's look at the pros and cons of this set.
Overall, I think that this set is a great set to buy, build, play with, and invest in.
Review from: Darth Lego
I am going to review the 30242 Republic Frigate. It comes with 45 pieces and Lego.com says the estimated value of it is $4.99. It is an exclusive set you get when you spend at least $50 or more at a Lego store or on shop.Lego.com. (Must be at least $50 worth of Star Wars sets and it runs from March 1st to 31st of 2013.) The number of people who get this set through their order will have an influence on how well this set will perform on the market.
Since I own the 7964 Republic Frigate, I was able to compare the two side by side. Considering how small it is, I think Lego did a good job with this mini-build. They put the overall likeness of the bigger ship into this mini one. It is one of my favorite mini-sets.
Investors: Since this set is an exclusive set, it will be higher in value versus a normal polybag once they stop offering it. I expect it to rise to at least $10 in the next year.
Collectors: Nice set to go with your other mini-builds. It also looks good next to the larger 7962 Republic Frigate.
Builders: Has a good selection of grey and red pieces.
In conclusion, I gave this set a 7 out of 10. Nice mini-build to add to your collection.