Over the years LEGO has produced a number of Chess sets. This latest one isn't associated with a theme as the others in the past were. There were a couple of Pirates sets, a Vikings set, 4 previous sets that were Castle themed, and back in 1998 there was a PC Chess game.
It comes in a big box, with 1450 pieces for $54.99, yielding a price per piece of 4.08 cents with tax. I'm not looking at the set as something to build, chess has no interest to me. If you are interested in building your own chess set, this is a good opportunity.
You not only make the pieces but you make the board and their storage box. You can see below how it all works. The board is 10 inches by 10 inches and a couple of inches high. You also get enough parts to make a checker set.
I'm strictly looking at the set as a parts pack. A nice cheap parts pack. Admittedly most of the parts are pretty small but the quantity and the price reflect that. You get 100 different parts, most of which are in quantities of less than ten, 36 of the parts have totals of more than ten. Everyone is going to have different needs for their style of building but most builders can use many of these parts, especially if they have smallish collections.
There are a lot of plates, 436 of them, and some of them come in large quantities. The first of the images is the 16x16 plate in Dark Bley, those are very handy and often cost a couple of bucks on Bricklink. You only get 8 of them but at that price it pays for a quarter of the set and you only paid about 32 cents for them. I have a bunch of that size of plate but most of the ones I have are Friends colors and they aren't always good for anything than interior support. 1x1 plates are always handy and can buy them for 4 cents and under on Bricklink. If you have extra cash when you're putting together a Bricklink order it's always good to see what's cheap in the store and order it. The set comes with 22 of the black, 44 of the Light Bley and 24 of the white. 2x2 plates have similar type quantities: 39 of the black, 53 of the Dark Blue, 32 of the Light Bley and 39 of the white. Most of them are used for the case but some are in the chess pieces.
There are 344 tiles, mostly in black and white. There are 64 each of the 1x4 white and 1x4 black, 68 each of 1x2 white and 1x2 black. There are 8 each, in black and white, of the 1x2x2 Flat Tile Corner. There are 24 of the 1x4 Light Bley tile. That 2x2x2/3 bow comes in white and black, and you get 42 each. The 1x2x2/3 bow comes in the same colors but only 8 of each. Those bows seem to be quite popular with builders.
That 2x2 plate with one stud come in black and white and you get 32 of each. They make up the surface of the board with all those tiles. There are only 8 each of the black and white round slope brick, that's often used for a droid head, but here they are clean of printing and they can add a shape to any build. The round 2x2 grill brick comes in black and white and there are 10 of each. Not a great quantity but a builder's got to start somewhere. The big find, at least for me, is the 1x1 brick with studs on both sides. It comes in tan and there are 96 of them. It could be darn useful in the right hands.
The rest of the parts are also useful ones, depending on what you build. It's a good bargain for the right buyer. Still, I would be happy to see this get marked down in the fall, so I could pick up a couple.