Ratings and Reviews for 79018-1: The Lonely Mountain

79018-1: The Lonely Mountain

Overall Score

7.20
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 7.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 9.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 7.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 5.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 8.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 5.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 8.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 7.00
Review from: stoltzjl77
Reviewed on: Dec 20, 2014
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

So based on the looks on the box, I was pretty disappointed in this set. The price-per-piece is terrible, it doesn't look like there is much to it, and I don't really get the color scheme. It is the flagship set for the 3rd wave of The Hobbit theme but it is recreating a scene from the 2nd movie. Go figure. Also I had been hoping for a ginormous brick-built Smaug and this one is from a mold.

Going in, my expectations were low. But if I collect a theme, I am a completist so I had to have it.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 9

It has Smaug and new versions of Bilbo, Balin, Dwalin, Fili, and Kili. The Dwalin minifigure is especially impressive and the green double-bladed axe is really cool.

The Smaug figure is very impressive. Much cooler than my first impression. The rubbery wings fold in and out and make this figure amazing. I was wrong about Smaug - the molded figure is truly calamitous. Expectations improving!

The torch bases seem to be new - at least I have never seen that part before. There are a number of pieces in pearl gold color for the first time. The Arkenstone piece is unique in the printing on it.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 7

This set is a fairly easy build. It took me about 1.5 hours (interrupted by my children several times). It has numerous "contraptions" (as my children call them) including a hidden treasure stash, moving bucket of gold, a large catapult, exploding stairs, and a hidden doorway. The throne is very cool. It looks impressive when built.

My children and I agreed we will need to get a 2nd one to MOC up a larger playset. There just isn't quite enough there with what is in the box.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 5

Whether your metric is PPP or PPG, this is not a good bargain at RRP. The Smaug figure is impressive but doesn't quite make up the difference.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 8

I'm a huge Tolkien fan so my argument is invalid.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 5

Not exclusive but the high price point will probably scare away casual buyers.

PACKAGING | Score: 8

The Battle of Five Armies packages are very attractive. It looks nice!

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 8

I'm fairly bullish on this point. It looks like most of The Hobbit sets are having short lives which means limited availability. Long term the value of Smaug will drive this set and Smaug is most impressive so that bodes well.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 8

Smaug is amazing. The rest of the set is very attractive though not a "showpiece" because it does look small next to the dragon.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7

My opinion changed during the build - I like this set and think it will do well, mainly because the Smaug figure is so impressive. As long as TLG doesn't release any new dragons using the Smaug mold it should appreciate nicely. Definitely worth having a few if you can get them for $90 or less.