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MMV is still just about the best value set out there in my view in terms of pieces and type of pieces.
Do I purchase based on it? No.
You have to use common sense. Technic kits with loads of pins are not going to be 10c per piece. Sets with a high minifig count to pieces are going to be over 10c per piece.
At the end of the day, I buy if I like the set and/or the pieces. But I have swayed myself to buy some sets because of great price per piece/ part out value :O) Sometimes any excuse will do...
It is indeed a good deal on a part per piece basis, but I did an interesting comparison with Death Star.
4 MMV cost the same price as 1 DS
4 MMV have a total of 6404 parts
1 DS has a total of 3803 parts
4 MMV weigh 17.1 lbs
1 DS weighs 17.8 lbs
Very, very close in weight
What does that mean? Not much, if you're trying to decide what would be more fun to build, but from a plastic point of view, those extra parts in MMV don't actually give you more Lego plastic, just the same amount broken down into smaller parts.
So MMV may be 6.2 cents per part, and DS might be 10.5 cents per part, but are they really THAT far apart when you consider the amount of plastic in each one?
It may be something to look into if you're using these parts to build something original and require a lot of bricks.
Otherwise, it's really not somthing I would take into account.
Even then, I still look at the contents and decide do I actually want what is in the set.
PPP plays also a role WHEN To buy a desired set. I found Anakins and Sebulbas Podracer for 99€ to 67€ too expensive in that regard but now at 60 € its time to buy me thinks...
As for reselling, it cannot hurt to have a reasonable PPP even after EOL. I bought a 10181 ET for .135 Cents pp (and that is expensive airmail shipping included).
And lets take the 10214 TB for example:
4287pcs - 500cheese :) = 3787 x .10 =378€
It will be quite easy to sell TB at 400 € at 10cents a piece, i reckon.
It was just a thought I had an an interesting way to look at it differently than price per part.
At the end of the day, it really comes down to what *you* like of course, if SW does not interest you, then DS isn't a good buy, and so on.
As for play value, both MMV and DS are great, but somehow I just have to give the edge to DS. Sets like MMV will be done again, they have been done before (Joust is similar in play value).
I think DS is unique, it will be very hard to produce such a majestic set again.
I don't think price per piece is really as important as play value. For example a lot of older sets from the 80's were less brick heavy than today's sets. A good example is the classic 928-1: Space Cruiser And Moonbase. At 383 pcs. there's a lot going on and it's actually larger than Star Wars Sith Fury 9500 which is around 750 pcs. Granted the Sith Fury is much more detailed but does it necessarily offer more play value to a 8 year old boy?
Its part count is heavy on the gray to build the thing, but the rooms aren't empty, there are many "oh cool they put that detail in" features.
As for 9500 Sith Fury, I actually just finished that yesterday. That set is clearly aimed at older kids (like me!) who are playing SWTOR. I don't think the average boy really cares about the detail, that is what the normal TIE Fighter is for. :)
Jabba's Palace is still way overpriced at 17 cents a part however... :)