"It's a gorgeous looking house on the outside, but inside half of the space goes to support the elevator system which doesn't really function really well. Maybe it's fun to play with for kids, I don't know, but I couldn't stop thinking about how much more of interior could be fit inside if it wasn't for a giant elevator shaft."
"This is a gorgeous set that looks great on any book shelf and is a work of art.
Looking at it made me realize one thing: it's made out of plastic that is made out of petroleum which is an organic remnant of life from Mesozoic era, the era when dinosaurs lived on the planet. So it's a lego set of dinosaurs that is made out of dinosaurs. That's pretty cool if ask me."
"It is a significant challenge to build right. 11 years age rating is a joke, if 11 year old has patience and attention to finish it, such that it even functions in the end, he or she surely must succeed later in their life.
There's a lot of gears that are very easy to get wrong + one typo in the older version of the instruction (google it). As a model it looks cool and very well detailed, but to me the transmission was a massive let down. It's very complex, taking 2/3 of car interior, having half a hundred gears (maybe more) and dozen axles, but in the end they do almost nothing. The engine pistons are moving slightly slower or faster, which is really hard to notice and that's the only effect it has. What's worse, because of so many gears the inertia of motion propagation is very significant, the car has to roll for a 2-3 feet before engine reacts, and then if you reverse it's 2-3 feet again before it moves. It kind of breaks the illusion. I honestly think LEGO overdid this part a bit, there's only so much complexity you can cram in with plastic gears and still have them to work well.
Anyway, I actually had lots of fun building it and it looks great once finished. Probably is fun to play with too, but I'm a bit too old for that :("
"I have seen it many times in a local shop but it never caught my eye because it looked like a hodge-podge of piraty lego chunks and somehow it didn't appeal to me. Boy was I wrong! I never quite realized a ship wreck can be easily constructed into a ship, so when I found that out (purely by chance, on internet) I went ahead and purchased it.
I honestly think no picture can do it's justice. I do believe it's the best set LEGO has ever made, and the best ship by far. The amount of detail is unbelievable, the ship's interior is fully designed, you get everything you need: few cots for sailors, kitchen with a stove, a couple tables, a bar with a bar stand and a barrel of beer, and even a gorgeous captain room!
The wreck variant is amazing as well, I looks so much better in real life than in the picture. It feels cozy and detailed and believable, you want to become a lego minifigure yourself and live in this universe for a day.
On top of everything, it was a joy to build too! No repetitive parts, very well ordered.
It's amazing to look at in its both variants, it's amazing to play with, if you still unsure: buy it, you won't regret. Had I had such a set when I was a kid, I would die of endorphins overdose."