Warhammer 40k Leviathan Box is finally available for preorder, but is the price worth it for the contents of the kit?
The final countdown has officially begun, as June 10th marks the start of the preorder period for the first model kit of the 10th Edition of Warhammer 40k, the Leviathan Box! The preorders have finally confirmed the price of the Leviathan Box, which has an incredible amount of content inside: 72 new miniature models of Space Marines and the Tyranids of the Leviathan Hive Fleet, the extended Core Rulebook of the new Edition of Warhammer which contain the first narrative Crusade Expansion, a 66-piece Mission Card Deck with the new 10th Edition Missions, and a transfer sheet with Space Marine decals. If you order from the right place, however, you can get some extra goodies, such as a dice tray, 2 gaming boards which you can combine into a 60”x44” battlefield, and some acrylic tokens, useful for marking battle-shocked units, wounds, or objective markers.
Usually, these kinds of boxes are always worth it, as they come at a lower price than buying the contents separately – just look at all the Boarding Patrol and Combat Patrol boxes. Sometimes, the bigger kits are the only way to get certain minis, such as Vashtorr the Arkifane in the Wrath of the Soul Forge King box, or the new Commander Farsight model in the T’au Empire Boarding Patrol box. These facts add some value to these boxes, as the minis usually don’t release separately until a few months after the combined box.
The same is true for Leviathan, which contains 72 to brand-new figures. But is the first kit of 10th Edition, the Leviathan Starter Box worth it?
Is the Warhammer 40k Leviathan Box Worth it’s price?
First, let’s take a look at the price of the new Edition’s first set:
- The Leviathan Box costs 495 NZD – this was the first leak of the price, which serves as a starting point in comparing the prices for the different regions,
- It’s 420 AUD and 250 USD, which is a bit lower than the New Zealand price,
- But higher than the UK price, which is 150 GPB,
- Just for a fun fact, the Hungarian price of the Leviathan Box was around 56,000 HUF, which is around 160 USD or 130 GBP – but most of the retailers ran out of stock after 1 hour of the preorders starting, even the small ones, which were unlikely to be found by scalpers and people outside of the country.
Now, let’s look at the contents of the Leviathan Box. While we don’t know the separate price of the different minis, we can make some estimates:
The Space Marines
- A regular Dreadnought is around 60 USD in the Games Workshop online store,
- A Primaris Lieutenant is $35,
- A Primaris Librarian is $40,
- A squad of Primaris Helblasters – which I substituted for the Infernus Squad – is around $50,
- A squad of Sternguard Veterans is roughly the same,
- A Primaris Apothecary is $40,
- And a Gravis Armour Captain is somewhere around $35,
- A Screamer-Killer Brood is around $80, but we only get one, so let’s count $40,
- A Termagant Brood is around 30$, but we get 2, which would be $60 separately,
- The same amount can be used for the Neurogaunts – especially since they
- For the Barbgaunts, we could swap in the Tyranid Warriors’ price, which is around 40, as they are bigger models which come in smaller numbers,
- For the Von Ryan’s Leapers, I decided to use the Ravener Brood’s price tag, which is around 45$
- We could use the price of a Maleceptor for the Neurotyrant, which is around $60,
- And for the Winged Tyranid Prime, the $60 price tag on the regular Tyranid Primes,
Alongside the models, the 9th Edition Core Rulebook is $70 on the Games Workshop site, but you can get it around $40 in various places, and for the deck of cards, I decided to compare it to the Leagues of Votann Datacards, which are around $25 nowadays. Of course, these prices are purely speculative, and they can vary a lot depending on which region you’re in – or which region you are ordering from.
But if we add up all those prices, we get 710 US Dollars even if I use the reduced price for the Codex – which is the extended, hard-cover one in the Leviathan Box. Of course, we have to see until the models release separately in order to be sure, but so far, the Leviathan Box provides more than double the value for the $250 price tag put on it
So the answer to the question “Is the Leviathan Box worth it?” is YES, in all caps. If you want to start out your 10th Edition with a bang, Games Workshop has you covered – but try to be quick, as the Leviathan Box is not made to order, which means that once the stocks run out, you will never be able to get it! Also, don’t forget to follow ESTNN, as there’s still much to be revealed until the release of the 10th Edition of Warhammer 40k on the 24th of June!