Alien DJ BeatBox Review
My first experience with Vidiyo was not great. While I liked my first BeatBox, everything else about the theme left a sour taste in my mouth. I did not like the blind box Minifigures concept, the app did not work, I do not get L.L.A.M.A, and the BeatBoxes were expensive. I have not touched the theme since despite an interest in some of the Minifigures. That changed recently. While I am still wholly unwilling to try blind boxes again, I am willing to purchases BeatBoxes for the right price. Incidentally, that price came around. I have long wanted the Alien DJ minifig. With Vidiyo getting canceled, I found the Alien DJ BeatBox on sale for 57% off. Consequently, I paid $10.68 instead of $24.99. Let us see how the set phares at that price.
Alien DJ BeatBox Summary
- NAME: Alien DJ BeatBox
- SET #: 43104
- THEME: Vidiyo
- COST: $24.99 CAD (I paid $10.68 CAD)
- BRICK COUNT: 73
- MINIFIGURES: 1
- RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2021
Alien DJ BeatBox Quick Review
- VALUE: 14% (full price) or 76% (discounted)
- BUILD: 90% (Lots of unique parts to get creative with.)
- MINIFIGURES: 100% (Amazing design, I love this minifig.)
- ENTERTAINMENT: 90% (Niche interest character, but a fun one.)
- OVERALL SCORE: 74% (full price) or 89% (discounted)
Alien DJ BeatBox Review
VALUE: 14% (Full Price) / 76% (On Sale)
At full price, the Alien DJ BeatBox costs $24.99 in Canada. With a mere 73 pieces, the cost-per-brick is usually an astronomical $0.34. Comparatively, the average based on all sets reviewed at True North Bricks is around $0.14/brick. The value is so bad that it charts at 13% using our usual rating system. Additionally, the BeatBox gave me 11 minutes of build time. That is a cost-per-minute of $2.27 compared to my usual average of $0.85/minute. That scores even lower at 7%. Therefore, compared to LEGO® sets in general, the Alien DJ BeatBox earns an overall value score of 14% at full price.
Thankfully, sales on Vidiyo are currently easy to come by. I love the look of the Alien DJ, so I jumped at the great deal I found. At $10.68, the cost-per-brick drops to more average $0.146. Additionally, the cost-per-minute plummets to $0.97. Neither is still a phenomenal value, but they fall into the range I consider to be satisfactory. At 57% off, this BeatBox earns a value score of 76%. I find this price point much more acceptable. These Minifigures are similar to what you might expect in a CMF series. Looking at it that way, half the price of the pack is the Minifigure. I am happy to pay the rest for the neat brick selection.
There is not much to assemble with the BeatBox. The box consists of five large pieces and a bunch of tiles to stick on them. With that said, the large pieces are neat. I do not know what I will use them for yet… but I want to figure out a cool use somewhere. Perhaps store display windows? Cryo tanks in a spaceship? The BeatBits are awesome too. A record store sits on my “to build” list, and BeatBits make great album covers. I cannot say the build techniques wowed me here. But I do like the pieces you get. I cannot give this set 100% in this category because it offers little to build. However, the sheer number of novel bricks earns it 90%.
Now for the pièce de resistance: the Alien DJ. I love this Minifigure. The helmet design is phenomenal. Additionally, the character has front and back torso printing, arm printing, dual molded legs, front leg printing, and side leg printing. It even has shoe soles printed along the bottom edge of its feet. Finally, the set includes 16 unique printed BeatBit tiles, and a record accessory. This is one of my favorite Minifigures from 2021, and it easily earns 100% in terms of design. As if that was not enough, 73 bricks/fig is an amazing ratio. It almost the perfect ratio of bricks to Minifigures based on our rating system. I rate the Minifigure score at 100%.
OVERALL SCORE: 74% (Full Price) / 89% (On Sale)
The Alien DJ is an amazing Minifigure. One of my favorites, in fact. Additionally, I like the unique assortment of pieces included with the BeatBoxes. However, I do not like the price. I have not bought a BeatBox before this point for that reason (The LEGO® Group sent me my first one for review). At 57% off, I bit the bullet and am happy I did. I think $10 is far more reasonable for a BeatBox than $25. I would buy more of them at that price for the neat Minifigures. If you feel the same, best take advantage of the liquidation sales below Vidiyo is gone for good. What do you think about the Alien DJ, or BeatBoxes in general? Let us know in the comments below or reach out on social media.
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