The set: An unexpected gathering (79003)
The price: RRP at £59.99. I got mine for £32.49 in the Toys R Us sale.
Bricks in the box: 652 at RRP is a cost of 0.09p per brick. At half price that drops to 0.05p
Time to build: About 2-3 hours give or take some. I built it in stages over a couple of days.
Age: The box says 9-14, but if you love all things Middle Earth, you will love this at any age above that!
What’s in the box:
In the box are four bags of parts, a sticker sheet, 3 base plates and 2 instruction manuals.
(Not sure why two, as I am sure one would have been enough!)
The build experience: Building this set was great fun. The bag separation made it nice and easy to build in distinct stages.
Bag one of bag end:
Bag one is the base of the model and the Bilbo minifigure. There’s not a lot of detail here, more just setting it up for later.
Bag two of bag end:
Bag two held me up some as there was an issue with the window – it just would not fit properly.
As you can see in the picture, the window isn’t a perfect fit and will rattle around.
I think this was an issue with some of these sets where the wrong size arch was included.
It’s a shame as it is such a nice piece of LEGO design.
Once in place and the model has been built around it, it doesn’t move as much, but it doesn’t look as perfect as it does on the box.
At the end of bag two, you have a pretty good portion of the house built.
Now it just needs some decorating!
Bag three of bag end:
Bag three is all about decoration!
Stickers – urgh. So hard to line up right.
The book is slightly off centre, but there you go! Not sure why this couldn’t have been printed on to the book.
Bag four of bag end:
This bag has a lot of greenery as it’s for the roof top.
Be warned that you should NOT pick this model up by the roof.
I did, and it led to quite a few parts going everywhere!
The whole set is pretty fragile, so be warned if it’s out for play and not display!
The finished model:
This set is beautiful and is full of details for any fan of the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings.
The windows, the rune on the door, the details on the inside, are all perfect.
My only real complaint is that the inside of the door looks unfinished and it might have been better to have it a little bigger on the inside for all the figures to fit nicely!
You get six minifigures in this box which is about all will fit on the set.
I would have loved it if it has included all 12 dwarves though!
Very nice head tattoo markings.
Bombar gets the fat belly treatment through his beard piece. It’s a nice addition.
Overall: This set is amazing (can I say that anymore?)
Especially if you can get one half price. I would happily recommend this set, and even buy two so I could expand Hobbiton!
4/5 (looses points for the issue with the window and the back of the door)