"So, I was a bit wary purchasing this set at first (judging from the 3.0 rating it started with on here), but I actually really like it! I debated over giving it 5 or 4 stars, but the value for the money is really good, and the champion minifigures are gorgeous, so I decided on a 5.0 rating
It's very playable. The dragon isn't the most accurate representation, but it is extremely well-articulated, does not fall apart and is fun to play with. (I'm also assuming that LEGO did the articulated model because the budget for this set is smaller, and the moulded animals usually cost a lot.)
The figures are awesome, and the gold egg is too. I love that we get all four champions in their dragon-gear (I've been using other dragons from different sets so each campion has his/her own dragon to fight. (You can also just change out some of the colors on this model to give yourself some variety.)
Lastly, the tent. It's a little plain, but we get some nice furniture builds, and it is fairly accurate. It's a nice addition, especially because you can have Hermione, Dumbledore and Madame Maxime (from the other sets) interact with Harry and Fleur before the challenge.
I would also recommend mixing this set with the Qudditch one (linked below). I believe the Quidditch field was used for this challenge in the books and movies. But the play features of the Quidditch towers mixed with the dragon give you a lot of ways for the dragon to terrorize the audience and for the champions to jump through and dodge the dragon.
Overall, I think this is a really good value for the money and I would definitely recommend it! Again, I was really torn over whether to give this four or five stars, but because of the minifigures, and the reasonable price, I'm leaning towards 5."
"As a fan of Harry Potter since the 90s, I feel like I have been waiting for a Yule Ball set my entire life. This one does not disappoint. It is a beautiful addition to the modular Hogwarts in this line, and is filled with great figures and rooms we haven't seen before.
The exterior is intricately designed, and works well for display, but the interior has a really nice variety of rooms related to movies 3 and 4. I enjoyed the build of Dumbledore's office (it's finally round this time!), but it is a bit small. The DADA classroom is a really well-done spot that can be repurposed for whatever class you choose, It's also really nice to have this class and the potions class (in the whomping willow set) to give your minifigures a full schedule! The real treat for me, aside from the gorgeously detailed Youll Ball figures, are the hospital wing and the prefect's bathroom. We haven't seen either of them in lego so far, and they're both extremely detailed, but also leave enough room to still be "playable".
The biggest improvement I noticed about this set is that the rooms are notably larger than those in the Great Hall tower. There is lots of room to play and also to really remodel rooms with your own scenes. I'm thinking of instialling a gryffindor tower into dubledore's office, or possibly using the pieces to create a library.
Lastly, the variety of figures makes this a must-have for any Potterhead. YULE BALL HERMIONE! FINALLY! Also I love Dumbledore in the purple robes, Ron's detailed, but horrid robes, and Fleur's dress. I wish we would have gotten a Parvati, to take Harry to the Ball, but maybe she'll come in a minifigure set if Lego does Harry Potter Series 2.
I absolutely recommend this set, and find that for the level of detail, size and figure assortment, it is well worth the price."
"I actually really enjoy this set! It's a great value for the money and I feel like it's an accurate rendition of the scene. I also love that Kylo comes with an inexpensive set!
I give it a 5.0 for value and playability, however, I'm knocking a star off because the display value isn't there. Normally the vingettes are nice display pieces, but the tree builds in this one are small and rather ugly and require customization for a more complete look."
"So, before I get into this review, I will say that I found this on sale for $44.99 on Amazon. For this price, it is well-worth it, a really nice display piece, and a fun, playable set. The designer did an amazing job.
I love that the floorplan is so open, but the details and structure are tall enough that it actually feels somewhat substantial. The dseigner did an AWESOME job capturing the Star Wars empire/First order look, and I really hope that these rooms and scenes continue. It adds so much more depth to a collection to have vingettes of important locations and scenes to work alongside the vehicles.
I will also say that I love how versatile this set is. Personally, I like Palpatine much more than Snoke, so I use this set as a companion to the Death Star Final Duel set as Palpatine's conference room.
The playable features are also really fun - they give you a way for Snoke to force-pull Rey forward and the elevator and walkway was a really nice touch that added some depth to this set.
Overall, I don't think this set is worth the $70 they're asking, especially now that the guards come in a battle pack (Thanks for that, lego!), BUT if you can find it on sale for $50 or so, it is one of the best sets currently in this line in my opinion."
"I absolutely love this battle pack! I think its great that Lego is including rare and unique characters. I bought two of these because the jedi robes are great for creating your own jedi with other minifigure heads and hair in your collection. I also love the Episode II Clones, and anything from the Geonosis battle.
"I'll start this review by saying that I am a very casual Star Wars Lego fan. I really only buy a set when I REALLY like it (happens about once a year).
This one is awesome! I had ot have it, as the original podracer from 1999 was one of my favorites as a kid. This model stays true to the original, but improves it in almost every way. It is study and playable, but also looks awesome on display. I love what the deisgner did with the transparent pieces to make it look as if it's flying through the air.
This set might be a little over priced at $30, but the level of detail is amazing. I paid $24, and feel like I got my money's worth.
A last point - I am so glad to find Padme in an affordable set. She is so central to the prequel story, but appears so infrequently in lego sets! THRILLED to get an updated (and extremely accurate) figure. A+!"
"Bought this set as a gift, and she loved it. Loved how "LA" the shop feels with the high end accessories and white bricks. I thought the little sewing area was the cutest. This set also has enough room to manipulate the figures and play inside. Definitely recommend! I found this set on sale ($25) and felt that the price was fair. The shop is pretty big and there are a lot of accessories."
"I bought this because the old 2008 version was *so bad*. I remeber being a kid trying to play with it and it would always fall apart. This one is definitely sturdier! However, I still find it to be a rather uninspiring set. I woud recommend the podracer or snowspeeder over this set!
I'm giving it 3 stars because the price is a little high and the figures are too similar to a battle pack to be particularly exciting. It should be around $15-18, so if yo must get this one, check around for a discount."
"I normally do not purchase the Disney lego line, but after seeing Aladdin (and loving it!) i had to buy the corresponding lego set. The mini-Dolls and carpet are awesome. The structure uses a lot of the colors seen in the movie, so I think it's a pretty good rendition of the palace and town. It's fun to add something so colorful to my collection. I love the doorway pieces and the bright details.
As I am an adult collector, I will be adding details and modifications, but I think this is a great set for younger fans. $30 felt a bit steep, but I managed to find it on sale ($23 felt a lot more reasonable).
Overall, I would recommend this set, and hopefully Lego will do another Aladdin scene in the future! (Maybe something including Jafar or the Genie!)."