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Lego An Unexpected Gathering – 79003 Hobbit Set Review + Giveaway!

I was going to review the Lego Hobbit set, An Unexpected Gathering (79003) much earlier than this but as the reviews started rolling in from various Lego blogs, all praising its virtues and declaring it one of the best sets ever made, I realised there was not too much I could add.

Quite simply, this set is perfect (You could win one – see below!)

Furthermore, if you are remotely interested in The Lord Of the Rings or The Hobbit you need to have at least one this set, and possibly more in order to make Lego dioramas of The Shire.

Lego An Unexpected Gathering – Review

Lego 79003 SetI could go through every design-gem this set contains (and there are a number!) but I feel most of it has already been covered by Brickset, The Brothers Brick and just about every other Lego Blog.

Instead, let me point out a few things that I noticed once the set was assembled and staring at me in all its glorious detail:

  • The organic merging of hill + house works perfectly despite the fact the set is made out of square bricks
  • The set is surprisingly sturdy, given the size and piece count.
  • The figures are glorious (Bombour has girth!)
  • The palette of colours is beautiful
  • The front garden is planned perfectly – so much is included given the small area
  • I could go on…

In fact the only way this set could have been improved is by doing away with the stickers. I’m sure, with the amount of new figures in the set, financial corners had to be cut somewhere but it just detracts from the set to have to affix stickers, knowing they will deteriorate sooner than printed pieces.

Still, that minor irk aside, An Unexpected Gathering (79003) gets my vote for one of the Best Lego sets ever.

Well done Lego!

Update! Competition is Closed and Winners have been Notified.
Lego has offerred us two of these sets to giveaway to The Brick Life readers – See below for more details! The giveaway competition closes 6pm AEDT Friday the 15th of February.

An Unexpected Gathering

Lego Set Number: 79003
Pieces: 652
Minifigures: 6  – Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo Baggins in his Shire outfit,Balin the Dwarf, Dwalin the Dwarf, Bombur the Dwarf and Bofur the Dwarf
Price: EU £59.99 / US $69.99 / AUS$119.99
Ages: 9-14
Released: January 2013
Theme: The Hobbit
Instructions in PDF: Book One a | Book One b | Book Two a | Book Two b
Best Prices: Amazon I   Amazon UK I  Fishpond AUS

An Unexpected Gathering – Description

Visit Bilbo Baggins in his Hobbit home!

Gandalf the Grey has invited the Dwarves to Bag End the Hobbit home of Bilbo Baggins. Uncover the Hobbit hole to entertain the Dwarves with food and drink accessories! Then invite Bilbo Baggins on a great journey to The Lonely Mountain and begin the epic LEGO The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey adventure.

Includes Gandalf the Grey and 5 exclusive minifigures featured only in this set: Bilbo Baggins in his Shire outfit, Balin the DwarfDwalin the Dwarf,Bombur the Dwarf and Bofur the Dwarf, all with assorted weapons.

  • Accessories include 3 Middle-earth maps, flowers, fence, goblets, plates, chicken, bread, carrots, sausage, bottles, shovel and apples
  • House features a fence with gate, barrel, bench, removable roof, tree and leaf exterior, round windows and door, a table with stools and shelves
  • Includes 7 weapons: 2 swords, 2 knives, club, pick axe and a staff
  • Collect 5 exclusive minifigures featured only in this set: Bilbo Baggins in his Shire outfit,Balin the Dwarf, Dwalin the Dwarf, Bombur the Dwarf and Bofur the Dwarf!
  • Uncover the Hobbit hole to play inside!
  • Feed the hungry Dwarves with tons of food and drink accessories!
  • Open the doors, gate and windows!
  • House measures over 6” (16cm) high, 11” (28cm) wide and 6” (17cm) deep

An Unexpected Gathering (79003) – Brick Life Rating

Lego Review Ratings 5/5

Value For Money:  Good figure and piece count value for a licensed set
Play Experience: Wonderful as a playset or display diorama
Pieces & Minifigures: Stickers (bummer) aside, the set comes with highly detailed and exclusive figures and a model that will inspire kids to create their own natural environments with Lego.
Value For Kids:  Great for fans of all ages.

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Win One Of Two Lego The Hobbit “An Unexpected Gathering” Sets!

Update! Competition is Closed and Winners have been Notified.

A big thank-you to everyone who entered the competition, there were about 80 in total!

The two winners were selected using tools over at RandomPicker and have been contacted by email.

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Thanks again for taking the time to enter and thanks again to Lego for offering the sets, 

Inger 🙂

Lego 79003 BoxA Lego Giveaway!

Lego has graciously offerred two Lego the Hobbit An Unexpected Gathering Sets to Australian readers of The Brick Life.

All you have to do is:

  • Just leave a comment below this post.
  • Remember to include your email.
  • Only Australian entrants will be considered.
  • Entries closes 6pm AEDT Friday the 15th of February.

How to Enter

All you have to do is make a comment in the appropriate box below this post.

If you are stuck for something to say, try answering these questions:

  • What is your (or your child’s) favorite Lego theme?
  • Has your child seen/read The Lord Of the Rings or The Hobbit and are they interested in the sets?
  • What books/films would you like to see Lego make sets of?
  • Is there anything you would like to see more of on The Brick Life site?

Remember these questions are just ideas and have no bearing on the draw…

The giveaway competition closes 6pm AEDT Friday the 15th of February.

More Details

One entry per person.

Two entrants will be drawn at random and will each receive one of the Lego 79003 sets, sent out to them by Lego.

Remember to leave your email address in the appropriate space above the comment box so I can contact you.

The giveaway competition closes 6pm AEDT Friday the 15th of February.

Winners will be contacted soon after.

Please contact your friends and let them know so they have a chance to win one of these great sets too!

Thanks again to Lego and One Green Bean for offerring the sets to our readers!

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Lego The Hobbit Game – Review

Lego the Hobbit Game 3920 Box Lego was kind enough to send me a Lego The Hobbit Game to review.

My son and I had just been to see the film of The Hobbit and so we were pretty excited about playing the game.

Over the holidays our kids sat down and constructed the game (Lego Games come with instruction books just like sets) and then we all played The Hobbit as a family.

The Hobbit Game

Lego Set Number: 3920
Pieces: 394
Minifigures: 4 Mini-Minifigures
Price: £24.99 / US$34.99 / AUS$49.99
Ages: 7+
Released: January 2013
Theme: Lego Games
Instructions in PDF: Available at Lego.com
Best Prices: Amazon I   Amazon UK I  Fishpond AUS

Lego The Hobbit Game – Description

The Lego Hobbit Game is a memory game.

By rolling a die, players move around the various Hobbit holes on the game board.

The Hobbit Game Printed Tiles

Concealed in each Hobbit hole are two tiles, each with an image printed on them.

Once players land on a Hobbit Hole they select the top tile in that Hole and then, depending on the tile revealed, perform another task with the eventual goal of collecting the most dwarf tiles.

For example, if a player finds a Dwarf tile then they keep it and play moves on.

However if they find a Rune, Hobbit or Food tile, then they must try to find a matching tile from any other Hobbit hole on the board.

If two matching tiles are found, the player is able to perform another task which will hopefully result in a dwarf being found.

Once all ten dwarves have been found the game ends and the player with the most dwarf tiles is the winner.

Gameplay takes about 20 minutes and the game is recommended for 2-4 players 7 years and older.

Official Description:

A buildable and fun twist on a memory game for 2 to 4 players.

The game is all about finding the missing Dwarves who have gotten lost in Hobbiton, using hints left by Gandalf the Grey and some Hobbits to help you search. If you are up to the challenge you can transform the board during the game, testing your memory skills to the max. Once the board is built it is easy to store and quick to take out to play again.

Contents:
• 1 buildable LEGO Dice
• 4 LEGO micro figures: Gandalf the Grey, Kili the dwarf, Fili the dwarf, Dwalin the dwarf
• 389 LEGO pieces
• Rules booklet
• Building instructions

Lego The Hobbit Gameplay

The Lego Hobbit DiceStep One : Read the Instructions

Before I start to review the game you should know two things about me:

1. I have a terrible memory – Which means memory games are essentially a torture device for me…and

2. I tend not to read instructions as thoroughly as I should – which can lead to frustration and misunderstanding.

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When we first started playing the game I was overwhelmed – moving the figures stud-by-stud across the board was taking a long time to get from one Hobbit home to another. Surely it couldn’t be this tedious?

Lego Hobbit Game Board

Then I re-read the instructions. Ah, yes…

When the die is rolled players move from one hobbit hole to another, not one Lego stud at a time…speeds things up very nicely.

Guess who was responsible for reading instructions the first time… Cough, cough. 🙂

After we rectified this slight misunderstanding the game became enjoyable and, importantly,  fast paced.

A Moveable Feast

Once constructed the game board has hinges on three sides so the game layout can be changed in a number of ways without actually taking the board apart.

Lego the Hobbit Game 3920 Layouts

The game board can also fit neatly back into the game box once in the square layout which is a wonderful timesaver (and storage space saver).

There are four game figures : Gandalf the Grey, Kili the dwarf, Fili the dwarf and Dwalin the dwarf.

Each figure is highly distinctive, minute and cute (I should note that after seeing the film we all wanted to be either Fili or Kili).

Also worth noting is the presence of two additional and unique tiles (Thorin and Bilbo) which can be added to the game for a variation on gameplay.

The rule book also includes a number of other suggested ways to mix up the game and, as with other Lego games, the rules of The Hobbit are open for interpretation by players and may be altered to make gameplay more simple or complex.

The Lego Hobbit Game Figures

Lego The Hobbit Game – Brick Life Rating

Lego Review Ratings 4/5

Value For Money:  Small Pieces but lots of printed tiles
Play Experience: Fast and varied – mix it up as desired
Pieces & Minifigures: All printed pieces (no stickers) and Mini Fili & Kili!
Value For Kids:  Great for younger fans and families

Lego the Hobbit Game 3920 BoxMy family liked the Hobbit Game (eventually – see above note) and appreciated the different playing options which will ultimately extend it’s life in our household.

The game board is gorgeous and manages to convey the spirit of The Shire with minimal amount of pieces (just check out those Hobbit holes – ingenious!).

The figures are very cute and I have already seen a few of them wandering through my childrens’ Lego sets.

The set probably won’t appeal to older fans (as is the case with many of the Lego Games) but is recommended for families and younger fans familiar with the series.

P.S Thanks to Lego and the folks at One Green Bean for sending me the set 🙂