40K: New Eldar/Tyranid Starter Box Pricing Breakdown

Two new start collecting box sets are on the way. Let’s get a price check on these, shall we?

We got to see the two new Start Collecting kits for the Tyranids and Eldar. If these are legit, then we can do a quick price comparison and see how much of a deal they are – and which is the better value. Now, we’re going to go ahead and assume these are going to be the same $85 price point we’ve seen before – it seems to be a good sweet spot for Games Workshop anyhow. We don’t have confirmation if that is the final price, so keep that in mind!

pics via Adeptus Astartes page (Facebook) 10-11-2017



Tyrgon $57.75

Broodlord $40

Genestealer Brood$30

A la Carte Price: $127.75

If the price is $85, you’re saving $42.75.

Is this a good deal on the tabletop? I can attest that a big unit of Genestealers using a Tyrgon Delivery Service can be pretty mean! I’ve used it in many games and have liked the results. The Broodlord addition would be nice…if he had a way to also be carried by the Trygon. Personally, I’ve got more Genestealers, Tyrgons and Broodlords than I could use in a 2k game. Veteran Players probably won’t use this kit – then again, it’s a Start Collecting kit. If you’re new to Tyranids and are looking for a cheaper way to get some pretty mean units – yeah, this is a good deal.

You’ll probably want to pick up some extra genestealers however…



Farseer – $20

Wraithguard – $50

War Walker – $30

Wraithlord – $46.25

A la Carte Total: $146.25

If the price is $85, you’re saving $61.25.

Is this a deal on the tabletop? You’re saving over $60! That’s a deal for sure. However, in terms of usefulness…A Farseer is great to have around. Wraithguard are also pretty versitle, depending on how you load them up they can (at least currently with the index) be deadly to heavy armor, hordes, good in melee, and can rip flyers to shreds (thanks auto hitting weapons). The Wraithlord is also one mean unit in it’s own right! A good weapons platform, lots of options, and it’s tough to kill. The Warwalker can dump fire like few other units can as well.

All that said, people are still complaining about this kit. “Wraithlords, I never use Wraithlords!” “My War Walkers just gather dust.” – and those are all valid complaints. Let’s be honest, there are better options for the Eldar to take than the War Walker and/or the Wraithlord. I get it. Then again, the might become the new hotness when the Codex drops…and did I mention you’re saving over $60 with this box – depending on the final price, of course. So is this a good deal on the tabletop? If you want to create a “Wraith” army, I think it’s a good start. If you already have these units then it’s a pass…unless you want to update from old metal models.

It’s time Larry…it’s time.


What do you think of these two starter boxes? Are they good deals? Are they just “meh”? Are they good enough to convince you to pick up a box? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Defenestratus

    The only reason to not use wraithlords and war walkers is because you don’t like the models. If that is the case then you just have poor taste.

    • Shelltoon

      Get two more WW and squad them up for lots of dakka.

    • Karru

      I love my Wraithlords, haven’t gotten around getting War Walkers just yet but still want them and use them. Don’t really see the reason why you wouldn’t want to use them, they are decent in game, even if they aren’t the absolute best, they can still do a lot of damage or soak up nice amount of damage.

      • zeno666

        They’re suffering from GW not knowing how to deal with rules.
        They nerfed the Star Cannon, yet its still expensive…

    • Gabor Fazekas

      i have 2 wls they were one of the first additions to my eldars when i started but every time i used them they mannaged to let me down, they look cool but kinda useless, A3 is nothing, high base cost to be weapon platform, no suvivability

    • euansmith

      The Warwalker looks a bit thematically out of place in starter set to me. The theme is mainly wraithbone. I guess that a quick bit of conversion, with a spare Wraithguard head, could change the walker in to some sort of Wraithstrider?

      • Me

        I have not thought of doing that with a walker. Thanks! Now I have even more work to do with my unpainted and unassembled sea of plastic.

        Seriously, I like this idea and will be looking at it over the weekend.

        • euansmith


      • lorieth

        You could even style them after one of the old Eldar dreadnoughts which didn’t survive.

        As for WW generally, I really preferred the old metal style to be honest. The current WW look too mechanical for Eldar, too much like sentinels; they should be able to cartwheel through battle, driven by direct mental link to the wearer and protected only by energy fields. None of this “control levers” and “armour” nonsense.

  • rtheom

    I was wondering when they were going to get around to ejecting all of those extra Broodlords from the warehouse…

  • dave long island

    The Bugs and the Coneheads are the only two 40k armies that do not interest me in any way.

  • Reymond

    Eldar dreadnoughts! Never change Larry. Never change.

  • I clicked this article because of “pricing breakdown” as I thought it would reveil the prices of the boxes. It didn’t. Awesome.

    • ZeeLobby

      “Fooled you!” – BoLS

    • chris

      like me 🙁

      • lorieth

        OK, since you asked.
        [+1 Like.]

    • lorieth

      No, it broke down. They did warn you…

  • DoctorBored

    I’ve never seen War Walkers on the table, but that’s always made me a bit sad. They seem really cool. Also, Wraith armies are just awesome thematically and I love the look of Wraithlords.

  • defensive

    What’s the point of a break down, if you don’t know the final prices?

    Both of these boxes are significantly better value than any other SC box, and with GW’s more recent pricings, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were $100 USD

    • Cole Thomas

      Tyranid’s current SC box is about the same value (more actually), and is still $85

      Hive Tyrant – 60
      Warriors – 50
      Gargoyles – 30
      Total: $140

    • lorieth

      Or the (imminent) rules… Will they be great, or terrible? You only save money if you wanted them in the first place. What if these units are all removed in the upcoming codices, and GW are just trying to shift the existing stock…?

  • Heinz Fiction

    with both codex releases around the corner I would hold my final verdict of these kits back a little longer…

  • Pat H

    They need to redo the Ork start collecting box. The current one doesn’t have an HQ anymore now that painboyz are an elite choice. It could also use ten more Boyz than it currently has.

  • piglette

    I thought this article would describe a new Eldar VS Tyranids starter set.

  • GiftoftheMagi

    War Walkers are cheap and extremely lethal weapon platforms, especially against horde armies. I’ve used them since 2nd Edition and had a lot of success with squads of them against everything from ‘Nids to Guard to Orks, and even against harder targets like Marines, Necrons and Chaos. And poor Tau. I love watching them gun down expensive Tau models.

    The real question is, why would you not take them?