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Yeah, I'm that guy.
To answer, there is no general rule because it totally depends on what and how many minifgs are included. For example, sets like Jabba's Palace, Desert Skiff and Uruk-Hai Army are hugely dependent on the minifigs, so over 50% (way over for the latter two). Conversely, for something like the Town Hall, I'd say about 5-10%, if that.
I'm with @tensor, though...it's very much "what" minifigs are included, as well as the focus of the set theme.
Unlicensed = lesser effect
Noteworthy exceptions are Ninjago and Chima. I guess that's about as close to a "general rule" as there can be.
Ok, maybe not so much with GS.
only for the minifigs:-) so you can say 100% for minifigures. The conclusion: I paid 20$ for Yoda.Still worth it.:-)
I ask because my son is really drawn to the playability of the sets, and less in the minifigs. The minifigs are crucial for play, but once he has a "Luke" or "Anakin," he doesn't feel the need to have the variants of each like a collector would.
But JP is an exception since almost all the minifigs in the set are unique to itself. Although he has a Leia, he does want the Boushh helmet. As jasor pointed out, for some sets, it might be a better route for me to either buy it on eBay sans minifigs or just BL it.
Not my finest hour...
A little sweat on the brow.. "Yes, yes I think that's good.. no wait, maybe not. Let me read through it a few more times, just to make sure. Ok, yes... yes, I think, no.. no maybe not. I'm just going to post and hope there's no errors.. ok 1,2,3... Post!
Oh goodness, I hope they don't find anything this time..."
I didn't know we had so many grammar police on here.. I'm amazed I've survived so long without having all my posts ripped up! ;-)
A set, like you mention, in Jabba's Palace holds most of its value in the minifigures. Obviously that set was made mostly for new minifigures considering how the price of new molds drove the RRP through the roof.
Then there are city sets, were you buy the set to fill a gap/expand your town. You don't buy a city set just to have 3 more yellow minifigures smile at you all the time with the exact same expression.
That being said, it again, varies.
The general rule is that licensed themes will have a higher minifigure value percentage then non-licensed themes.
This is the one I am referrIng to
And suffice to say that this discussion has completely veered off course.
Lastly, this will be the only discussion on Brickset that will require every post to be spellchecked and proofread (twice) before posting.
But as someone who is coming back to Lego after quite some time I admit to being very confused by the obsession with minifigs. Having recently been to a NW con (Bricks cascade) vendors selling SW minis for 30$+ each was something I dont think I will ever understand. I'm still in it for the bricks. The mini figs are a nice extra.
To me, what is fun about LEGO is piecing it together and then appreciating what went into solving the puzzle of using these bricks and pieces to engineer a moveable, posable and playable "toy" that you played a part in making happen.
Ya I've heard tales of such people but I am kinda curious how they make it work with shipping fees being what they are and where there is a true market for just minifigs. Do most people just use brinklink to liquidate figures?
Based on that your saying the Rancor is the equivalent of 200 bricks...
Might be for some but I would rather have a 20$ or 200 bricks then one lump molded item.
Not saying there isnt a market for it, just expressing a different veiw.
I was a victim of this with #9499.
Wouldn't have cared for about the set at all, but that Queen Amidala twisted my arm >:/
The set was better than I expected, but I never really cared for the ship. I essentially paid $50 for that one minifig.
I don't fault Lego. It's a solid marketing strategy.
Those bricks (well the things I build with them) have more meaning when I have the right minifigs to go with them.