I just recently put this set together for the first time, after having bought it on clearance and then set it aside for a rainy day.
I'd heard some bad reviews about the set; mainly people grumbling that they didn't like it, or were disappointed. Frankly, I'm not sure what's so bad about it.
Making a Lego set out of a movie set is always challenging. You need to essentially suggest the full scene using only a few cues. This set does that fairly well, in my opinion. It captures the angular architecture of the Dwarvish city. It has a shelf area where the hobbits hide from the trolls. The tomb is recognizable as Balin's tomb. The well, with the chained-up corpse, are also present. Everything you need for the scene is there.
I thought the part selection was pretty good as well. Lots of standard dark bley pieces and lots of tiles. Virtually no pieces in inappropriate colours. And for once I was glad of the stickers, because I preferred to leave them off and add the plain tiles to my collection.
What I didn't like:
- the doors only look good from one side
- The hidden treasure chest thingy is a little weird.
- The cave troll doesn't do it for me but I can see why it's in the set.
- At least there are no flick-fire missiles (*cough* weathertop *cough*)