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I started this topic to discuss about what is good and bad about the newest CREATOR sets, what was good in the older ones and what could be improved for future models. Feel free to talk about any model.
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| June 3, 2012, 12:12 pm
I prefer older sets, since in newer they are starting to make bigger and less adaptable pieces. For example i have the sets 6745 and 7292 (both are plane sets) and you can see the difference in how easy it is to make a MOC.
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| June 6, 2012, 11:14 am
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I'd like to go back a bit further in time, when it was still called the designer set series. I recall that the first year was an absolute blast with so many cool sets that had loads of rebuilding possibilities. 2 years later some sets were launched that reminded me very much of the first generation. Compare for example 4100 with 4883, and 4097 with 4881. However I found it much harder to build nice alternatives with the newer versions, even though the models looked pretty cool.

I don't know why, but perhaps the same is happening today; the better the main models look, the more difficult it is to build nice alternatives.

In the end though it's all about a good parts inventory, which seems a little bit hit or miss lately.
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| June 6, 2012, 1:10 pm
Quoting Nathanael Kuipers
I'd like to go back a bit further in time, when it was still called the designer set series. I recall that the first year was an absolute blast with so many cool sets that had loads of rebuilding possibilities. 2 years later some sets were launched that reminded me very much of the first generation. Compare for example 4100 with 4883, and 4097 with 4881. However I found it much harder to build nice alternatives with the newer versions, even though the models looked pretty cool.

I don't know why, but perhaps the same is happening today; the better the main models look, the more difficult it is to build nice alternatives.

In the end though it's all about a good parts inventory, which seems a little bit hit or miss lately.

I agree. 4100 is one of the best sets I own. It has a wonderful parts in inventory. In contrast, the newer cars have poor part inventories, despite being aesthetically appealing. 4507 is also a very versatile set.
This rule is not always true though, as I like 6910 more than the Older 4415.

I also find that the newer sets are more expensive. 4507 had about 700 parts for just $30. The newer 6914 is $18 for 200 parts! This is probably somewhat because of inflation though. But still, sets like 7347 seem way too expensive.
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| June 9, 2012, 3:02 pm
Quoting Halhi 141
I also find that the newer sets are more expensive. 4507 had about 700 parts for just $30. The newer 6914 is $18 for 200 parts! This is probably somewhat because of inflation though. But still, sets like 7347 seem way too expensive.


Halhi 141 has a point here: the newest sets (especially 7345, 7346 and 7347) have less pieces but are more expensive. For example: 7346 only has 415 pieces but costs 59.99 $ (CAD). I understand that this set includes plates, but still. Some sets do keep a great pieces/price value though, like 5767 that has 621 pieces and only costs 49.99 $.

Inflation might be a price rising factor, but there might be another one: a more disturbing one. In less than 40 years, we will run out of oil. Plastic is a by-product of oil. No more oil=no more plastic as we know it. But this is only a forecast, we maybe don't need to panic yet.
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| June 9, 2012, 8:10 pm
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