"Purchased originally for my 5 year old daughter. We found it at our Navy exchange for cheaper than we've seen it around, so we snatched it up. My daughter was more excited for all the figures than she was for the actual set to be built. Naturally, as soon as we got home, we (I) started to build. The reason why it took 2 days to build is because one; she wanted to build little blocks & "dog houses" with the parts I needed during the time. Two; the elevator made me want to throw the whole thing against the wall. Needless, to say when we finally had everything together she loved it. She's a fan of actual sets, but once she gets restless...it all comes apart...slowly. First she started by taking all the banisters off the windows. Next came the miniture items, then the floors became seperated. Finally she told me that she took it apart because "she needed certian pieces to go with other pieces in order to make a dog house for her dogs." Maybe when she gets a little bit older, she will understand the concept of "set" building. I'm just glad I keep all the manuals for when she's ready to dig through her tub of legos in order to rebuild it."