"The Build - 5/5 After just completing the UCS Millennium Falcon (75192), this build felt like so much fun. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the challenge of completing the Stars Wars set, but it was that: a challenge. All of the bags looked the same and it felt very repetitive. This build on the other hand was a joy. Every bag had different colours and pieces, interesting building techniques and something interesting to explore. It felt like a real trip down memory lane and was filled with nostalgia, yet when compared to the previous Blacksmith sets, it was actually far more sophisticated.
Display - 4/5
This set is great to display and you can see from the image that it looks brilliant. It’s not too big and does work well as a stand-alone set to display in a living room or games room.
My wife isn’t so sure and much prefers sets like the Yellow Submarine on the piano and the Hedwig set on our stack of Harry Potter illustrated books which add to the decoration already in the room and fit with the themes already in the rooms.
Playability - 4/5
This set has great playability. The fact that the different floors disconnect so easily and each module is so sturdy, means it is a joy to see the minifigs exploring the different rooms.
The chairs look great and I loved how they have been designed (very creative) but they fall apart easily and are a nightmare to put back together.
It would have been awesome to have a few broken weapons, shields and helmets included (like those in the teaser video) so that they could be taken to the blacksmiths, but I suppose you could create some of your own - or is that taking it too far to break a Lego piece just for play...?
Conclusion - 5/5
This set is the best of revitalising an old theme - it feels like a classic, yet when compared to the original it is actually significantly improved: it’s sturdier, more intricate and building techniques used are far more varied and interesting! It might be tricky to convince your family to let you display it though!"