"Like most people, I got this for Thrawn. I was pleasantly surprised by the actual ship itself, though. While most people are getting this for Thrawn, let's not leave the other minifigures out of the conversation. Kanan is excellent. His face and hair piece are really well-dsigned and his new version is a nice addition to the Star Wars Rebels lineup. If you don't have Chopper yet (I didn't), it's always nice to have another droid. Thrawn was actually a little disappointing as a minifigure, I thought, and not just because of the wrong rank insignia. His face just seems off... lacking in expression, maybe. He's certainly a nice figure to have and a great addition to anyone's Star Wars collection, but I do think a better version will follow. That said, we got extremely lucky to get such an amazing character in such an inexpensive set, so unless you're willing to spend some big bucks on a set with an updated Thrawn down the road, get him now! The ship itself is well-made. The star wars line has come a long way in durability, and fittingly this set has no trouble staying together. The overall design of the ship is nice and I enjoy having it more than I expected. I only wish the hold was more spacious so minifigures could stand up in it. I would've also liked to have seen more detonators. Three would be more appropriate than one for giving the storage compartment the appearance of being full. This is an excellent buy for $30. I did say I was a little disappointed with the Thrawn minifigure, but at $30, how critical can we really be? If you're looking for good minifigures and don't already have these, I'd highly recommend it."
"For those not affluent with Lego pricing, it doesn't get any better than this! First, let's look at that piece count. 560+ pieces for $40. You will never, ever see a $40 licensed set have over 500 pieces, much less nearing 600. And they aren't tiny 1x1 plates, either, as is common with Lego architecture. This set is well-built. It functions great. The front part can be detached so that the pilots can hover around wherever they want to go (not sure it that's intentional...). The plates the droids stand on come on and off like a charm (functions at Lego's best). The blaster holders pop on and off well, too. Compliments to the designer! Now how about that sea of droids? 15 minifigures in a $40 set?!? Unheard of! I would be contented if this set retailed at $60. Forty bucks is a steal! Thank you Lego! P.S., this set also helps out with Lego's tenancy to outnumber the random evil minifigures. A handful of Lego droids are often put up against a jedi and a bunch of clones. This set's imbalance in favor of the enemy is refreshing."
"I can actually tell what all the builds are! Well... almost. That brown speeder thing with the blue lightsaber blades? A star wars-esque sled, maybe? But that one aside, this calendar's minibuilds are way better than last year's! The AT-AT looks much better and certainly functions better. The sail barge/sarlacc is exceptionally made. Kudos to the designers on these builds! Minibuilds can be really hard to perfect, but these are top-notch! I'll admit the figures are a bit lacking. Last year there were 9 (I think...). This year there are seven. It's great to have an Ewok, as they are pretty rare in lego sets. C-3PO looks great as Santa, and it's always nice to have an R2 that can be used not only at Christmas, but in regular play too. I almost forgot to mention the Death Star in mid-shoot! it's definitely my favorite build of this set. Playabiliy is limited since all the models are minibuilds, but for an advent calendar, this one is probably one of the better ones playability-wise. As for the price, $40 is far from terrible, especially since you can resell them on e-bay for double come January. You'll almost never see seven minifigures for $40, but given that they're from all different parts of the Star Wars universe, they alone don't constitute an excellent rating for playability or price. For an advent calendar, though, I'd say $40 is pretty reasonable. On a final note, I do appreciate Lego showing all of the contents in marketing material. It's always nice to know what you're getting before you spend 40 bucks on it."
"This is probably the best Sith Infiltrator so far. The build is nice (though the cockpit might have been expanded), and the new speeder model is way nicer than the old one. But this set is worth $60-70, not $90. Piece-wise, at 662, typical lego pricing would put this at $70. Combined with the fact that there are only four minifigures, it simply isn't worth the price tag. Lego didn't need new molds for any figures. The build was mostly copied from previous models of this set, enhanced to look nicer. When preliminary pictures of this set came out, I was expecting a $60 price. For $90, there are lots of better things you can buy, which is why I don't recommend this set. If you're looking for a good star wars set, I've included a number of others in this price range I would recommend over this one. Think about it: you could get two battle droid troop carriers (a total of 30 minifigures) for less. I'm just saying, for this price, I think there are better options."
"This set greatly exceeded my expectations. When we first saw pictures of this set a few months ago, I was initially disappointed. I had been saving up for a big Erebor set, but was hoping for a brick-built smaug and a more mountainous sort of build. And of course, more minifigs would have been nice. I was debating between this set and 79017 (BoFA), but when I went to stores looking for the newest Hobbit wave, all I could find were 79015 and 6. I finally found this one at Toys R Us, and jumped at an opportunity to get it (the one time I will ever buy Legos from over-priced TRU). But then, after I checked out, I was feeling a little regretful for having just spent $130 on an 800-piece set. But I soon found the price tag was (somewhat) worth it! Smaug exceeded my expectations a hundredfold. The pics of this set do no justice of Smaug's size. He is about the length of my arm (shoulder to wrist). His wings are rubber (a big surprise!) and can fold back. His back has a bunch of horns, as do his claws. His head has fantastic detail. The minifigures were a little disappointing. To be honest, Balin's torso seemed a little pixelated, similar to Bifur in Attack of the Wargs. Kili was very plain, and Fili's body was a little to busy for my tastes. Dwalin was really cool, just not drop-dead fantastic. I personally like each of their former designs better than their new designs. The build was taller than I expected, and bulkier too. Smaug isn't the only large, molded piece in this set. The build includes two rock pieces, similar to those used for fireplaces in early harry potter sets. The forge in front is nice, but there is no way to attach whatever the smith is working on like there is in Blacksmith Attack. The crane thing is great! It works like a charm, and has a really long chain. There are three cavern-like areas in the back for minifigures to hang out in, one of which is really spacious and has a bunch of crystals. The second floor with the catapult is also very spacious; I can fit 6 to 7 minifigs up there at once. The catapult shoots pretty far, too. The throne is cool, and the blow-up-the-steps feature works like a charm. Underneath the steps are two gold/crystal pieces, such as the ones studding the big stone part on the mining section. The set includes a total of seven of these pieces. The throne is really cool. Dwarves fit perfectly in the seat, as do regular minifigs sitting down. The arkenstone goes well on the throne. There are something like 15 of the slanted, pointed 1x2s, which is also really nice. The mound of gold in the middle has three gems, a sword, and a goblet in it; and the mound itself is taller than most minifigs. The set includes two random axes, a shovel, a pick-axe, a hammer, a helmet, a chest-pate, and five torches (in addition tho the minifigures' weapons). I also got an extra copy of Kili's sword, Dwalin's axe blade, the one ring, sting, plus an extra four flames, four gold studs, six gold slanted 1x1s, and four green slanted 1x1s among others. Oh, one last negative: STICKERS! When I saw the stickers, I was like "I spend $130 on this set and they didn't bother to print on the piece designs?!?!?" I would say that, considering the overall awesomeness of the build, this set is worth about $90 without Smaug. Plus smaug, an extra $20. That total falls about $20 short of the retail price. I say you make the call as to whether it is worth it. I think that this set is one of the coolest in the middle earth line, so I would say it is."
"I like this set, overall it is pretty cool and comes with two chi. Eglor has very nice printing, as with all Chima sets. The bike is cleverly designed. It can change between a bike and a flying thing pretty easily, as long as you flip it right. This isn't the set to get really little kids because they will have trouble changing its form. As I said, It comes with two chi that can be attached to the bike. Eglor fits nicely into the cockpit, and the whole set is built with good skill. This is probably the first set I have said was challenging because it wasn't the typical lego set that is designed with a simple structure."
"I really like this set. It serves well as a castle (for those of us who can't afford the big ones), and had a good selection of figures. The Lion knights have very nice armor and the new swords are a good improvement from the old Kingdoms ones. The Dragon knights have nice armor too, especially the one on horseback. He has a double sided face and a breastplate with printing. The dragon knights' catapult can fire pretty far. The gatehouse is probably the highlight of this set though. I typically buy sets because of minifigures or the scene portrayed (I buy a lot of LotR and Hobbit), so the gatehouse really impressed me. The two side parts with the cell and the crossbow are detachable from the whole thing and can be rearranged, which is cool. The catapult in the tower is enhanced with a rubber piece, so it can fire pretty far as well. There is only one problem I have with the set: the doors to the gatehouse don't open smoothly, they aren't properly aligned in between a piece below them and a piece above them and have to be adjusted every time they are moved. Overall, a great set!"
"This set is a very good build, with key figures and a unique version of Bilbo, but it is a little pricy. The minifigures are very good, as always with hobbit sets. Gandalf is the same one you can get in nearly half the other lotr and hobbit sets, but is still just as nice. I am currently using this one as Dumbledore. Balin has very good printing and a nice cape. Dwalin is one of my favorite minifigures, with his cool head printing and very unique weapon. Bofur is another one of my favorites. His rubber hat is great, and his body printing is nice. Bombur has a hair piece that includes a fat belly. This covers his body printing, but his body printing is nothing special. The only down side is that his double-sided faces look exactly the same. I do not think the minifigures should be a main reason to get this set, as the case is with some other sets. Bag End is wonderfully done, and as long as you are content with a peaceful setting, this is a great set (minus the price). The build is easy and long, though can be very interesting at times (specifically the big window). The inside of Bag End has tons of detail. The table is nice and well-built, as is the fire place and the writing desk. I think the floor plan is too cramped on the side with the table, while too spacious on the other side, and the door takes up a lot of space when open. The garden and bench outside make Bag End look really peaceful and nice from the front. Most of the pieces, like the Black Gate, are spent in detail. All in all, a nice set. However, for $60-70 depending on where you get it, I think it is a lot of money. This set, though it has a piece count that would reflect $70, is not big enough to justify its price, and while the scene is a major one in the book (and movie), it is not one that has a lot of playability potential. I think for $70, the set is better for adults and older kids who appreciate this scene. Overall, a very good set in itself."
"This set is overall very good, and I certainly think it is the best set in The Hobbit wave 2. The minifigures, just like in other lotr and hobbit sets, are great. The Master of Laketown is one of my favorite in the lotr and hobbit collection. He has a nice double sided cape (red and purple) and a cool two-piece hat. The master has a two-sided head, although both faces look almost exactly the same, much like Elrond or Bombur. None of the unique hats in this set are rubber, like Elrond's hair or MoS's helmet. Bard is a bit plain, but still is a nice minifigure to have. The guard is very cool. He has a one sided head and good printing. Thorin has new printing, but I like the Thorin in Attack of the Wargs better. Bilbo is the same Bilbo in almost all the other sets he is in, head printing and all. The buildings overall are nice. The prison is much like the one in barrel escape, with a knock-out wall. The office atop the dungeon is very plain, with only a lantern inside of it. It is also a little bit hard to fit the master in the office. The balcony has room to fit multiple figures. There are very good details on the outside of the buildings, with lanterns and snow. The other building has a weapon rack and a secret passageway. I don't really like the passageway, it is very plain and doesn't serve much of a purpose. The boat is considerably the best part of the set. The boat is much bigger than it seems, with a catapult and a barrel like the ones in Barrel Escape to hide dwarves in. There are cool shields with fish printed on them attached to the side of the boat. The mast is also neat, and the string going through it adds a nice touch. I think the build is not too easy, and there are PLENTY of extras. My set came with three One Rings. Overall, very good."
"I like this set, it was better than I expected. The minifigures are OK. Yazneg is nice, his face is strange. I wish they would have given us Azog in this set like, as he was the one on the white warg in the movie. The wargs are very detailed, though I think two is not enough. In order to have a full pack of wolves you need more than a leader and a follower. Thorin is really nice in his blue coat, but I think he should have a cape. He comes with two weapons, a short sword and an axe. Bifur is just OK. His hair peice is a bit bulky, unfortunately. There are two 'hunter' orcs, though they are really Moria Orcs beacuse Azog, Bolg, and Yazneg came from Moria after conquering it from the dwarfs (as seen in the appendix of the lord of the rings). These Orcs are really nice. Their hair peices give enough room for a quiver to be added to them and they have really good face and body printing. The tree is really cool. It twists in two sections and has fire-shooting functions. It also contains a cave for treasure, and though I'm not quite sure why its there, it was a nice addition. Be warned, the fire-shooter function shoots about ten feet at times, so be careful. One last thing, this set has a pretty bad price-for-peice ratio. it is 400 peices for a $50 set, which is about 1:5 less than usual. The tree isn't really big, and they could have added in another one with the 100 peices they were missing. However, this isn't the worst price-per-peice (the upcoming laketown chase has a (about) 350 to $50 ppp, which is REALLY bad), and for five minifigures, I think they make it up. Overall, a nice set worth buying."