When I bought the set, and I saved up to buy it, I did wonder if I was being silly. I mean what does a middle aged woman want with a Lego set! But as a big fan of Hobbits and their idyllic lifestyle, I could not resist the temptation in the end. So was it worth it?
Completely! Not only did I enjoy every minute of the 4 hours in which I spent building the set, I now have a charming and visual reminder of the book and the movie that I love so much. Currently it is on display in prime position in our living space. I can tell you that adults and children alike are intrigued by this piece and delighted at all the charming features of this beautiful house. It's a talking point for sure and at last I really do have a Hobbit home of my own.
Are there any downsides to the Lego set? Most of the set is pretty robust. It is designed so that you can take the grassy hill roof off or leave it on. I prefer to leave it on since I enjoy looking at it rather than really playing with it. But there are a few pieces which are easily knocked out of place which you should be aware of if you let young kids loose on it - don't is my answer. The fence is a little bit fragile, especially the lone section at one end which my daughter has knocked down even with my supervision. The iconic Hobbit door could really do with 2 hinges on the interior to make it more stable. And the food accessories are very easily knocked from the table. Gandalf's hat too does not want to stay put.
These are minor (and probably very picky) things that I have found with the item. I am not so fanatical that I mind that the windows are too high for the Hobbit Bilbo to look out of unless climbing on a chair. I appreciate just how tricky it must have been for Lego to make something that even resembles Bilbo and Frodo's home. It's no mean feat. Now I just wish they'd make some add-ons like a bedroom, the pantry and other pieces so I can expand. But I guess I will have to learn to be more proficient at building myself!