Ratings and Reviews for 79003-1: An Unexpected Gathering

79003-1: An Unexpected Gathering

Overall Score

7.60
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 8.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 8.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 10
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 7.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 8.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 3.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 10
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 8.00
Review from: Noodlenut
Reviewed on: Oct 31, 2013
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Join Date: 05/26/2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

http://cache.lego.com/e/dynamic/is/image/LEGO/79003?$main$Host Gandalf™ the Grey and 4 exclusive LEGO® The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey™ Dwarves with accessories in the home of Bilbo Baggins!

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 DwarfBombur the Dwarf and Bofur the Dwarf, all with assorted weapons.

  • Includes 6 minifigures: Bilbo Baggins in Shire outfit, Gandalf the GreyBalin 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 is one of the most iconic sets within the LEGO Hobbit theme.  It's seen in both movies, and everyone loves the thought of building and playing with a LEGO hobbit hole.  This is a set that all LOTR fans and Hobbit fans alike will want to have in their collection.

 

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 8

An Unexpected Gathering has a fabulous selection of food and has some nice minifigures.  All parts included in the unique parts list exclude minifigure pieces and currently come in 5 or less sets:

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That's our unique parts list.  Now let's take a look at the minifigures.

First of all we have the same old Gandalf that we see in four other sets.

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An average minifig in my opinion, however, he is quite iconic.

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Bilbo looks like an average minifigure, yet we are told that there is more than meets the eye in this minifigure.

Now Balin, who we find an essential dwarf in the Hobbit, and we also see his skeleton in LOTR.

http://www.bricklink.com/ml/lor049.jpg

Probably one of the best minifigures in the set, and everybody loves a minifigure that is a dwarf and looks like Santa with overgrown hair and a cape.

Next we have Dwalin, Balin's brother.

http://www.bricklink.com/ml/lor050.jpg 

He does have a unique cape, which only has one hole in it, instead of two.

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Then we have Bofur the dwarf.  In the book he was hardly mentioned, but in the movie he's the comic relief.

http://www.bricklink.com/ml/lor052.jpg

Bofur is currently exclusive to this set, and has a brand new hat piece.  My only complaing about Bofur is that his cape pushes up his hat, and the hat easily falls off.

Next up is the pudgy dwarf.

http://www.bricklink.com/ml/lor051.jpg

Bombur (like Bilbo) does not have a cape.  Bombur has an enlarged stomach attached to his hair piece.  The bald spot on his head is also attached to his hair piece.

 

Overall, we have some great minifigures in this set, with five being exclusive.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

An Unexpected Gathering is a set that just screams: "PULL ME OFF THE SHELF AND PLAY WITH ME!!!!"  The roof is removable and there is no back, which allows for tons of excessabillity, making this set one that is meant to be played with.  There's tons of food and great play features.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 7

At retail, the PPP is $0.11.  Let's take a look at how much you can make by parting this set out.

 

Gandalf ~ $3.50

Bilbo ~ $3.00

Balin ~ $6.25

Dwalin ~ $8.00

Bofur ~ $6.00

Bombur ~ $6.25

 

That adds up to $33.00.  The set without minifigs is going in between $30 - $40.  That adds up to $68.00.  With a current asking price of $55.00, that would be a way to make $15.00.  If I found this set for a good deal, I'd probably take a shot at parting one out.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 8

The LEGO Hobbit theme has proved very popular, and I think that will help tremendously after retirement.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 3

Nothing exclusive about this set.  You can probably find it at your Target or Walmart.

PACKAGING | Score: 7

An Unexpected Gathering has some great packaging.  It makes you feel like you are looking through a window into the Shire.

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Another great thing about the packaging is the size.  The box is very thin, and there is not as much empty space as in sets like the 10224 Town Hall.  This makes it easer to ship.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10

This is probably the most iconic set within the Hobbit theme, and I have a feeling that this set will exceed the expectations of many people.  With five exclusive minifigures, great playability, fabulous display value, and intricate details, this set will be a winner.  I see this set jumping to $90.00 after a year of retirement and having an average CAGR of 35%.  I don't see people talking about this set much, and now is probably the time to bring this set to the spotlight, considering that lego.com just discounted The Goblin King Battle.  It probably won't be long before this set is discounted on lego.com as well.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 7

This set looks fabulous from the front.  It's easy to dust, has a straight forward design, and will make a fabulous display on a desk or table.  The only thing I don't like is the extended floor.  It looks out of place.  The rest of the set is amazing, and most people probably won't be looking at the back of the set.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 8

This set is a definate winner.  I hope to pick up a few before it retires.  I have a feeling that this will be one of those "hall of fame" sets that will be talked about as a great investment that everyone wishes they had more of back in storage.  Considering every bit of evidence, this will be a set that you won't want to miss out on.