Lego has delivered a spot-on interpretation of what is perhaps the most famous scene from The Hobbit. Not only is this a fun little set in it's own right, but it's also a cheap way to get both Bilbo Baggins and Gollum. What's more, despite this being a small set, it packs in a surprising amount of playability.
Nothing too special here, unless you're a casle MOC-er, then the large numbers of gray slopes will come in handy for rock building and what-not. As usual, Bilbo's sword Sting and the ring are welcome minifig accessories.
Gollum is unique to this set, though it's a little hard to tell. This Gollum has "narrow eyes", in contrast to the "wide eyes" Gollum that comes in 9470: Shelob Attacks. I really like the Gollum minifigure––the printing on his face is perfect––except for one small detail: his arms pop off way too easily. I'll admit I'm not sure how the TLC could have done things differently . . . but having to constantly reattach the little guy's arms does get old.
The Bilbo minifigure is not unique, but he is a great little minifig, and as I mentioned above, this is definitely the cheapest way to get your hands on him (unless you buy him second-hand, I suppose). His face is double-printed with a serious/scared expression, and his torso is also printed front and back with his awesome little hobbit jacket.
The build is quick, but surprisingly fun. The main structure––a pile of rocks––has a hidden compartment that flips down to reveal the Ring. I will say that despite the small number of pieces, TLC did a good job of making a natural-looking rock outcrop. Gollum's boat is a quick and easy build but it definitely enhances the playability of the entire set.
In short, this set is a no-brainer: go and buy it quick! You get two amazing minifigs, and the average price-per is actually a little below the 10 cents per piece threshold. My one and only complaint is that the set didn't include a goblin. In the movie (though not in the book), both Bilbo and the goblin tumble down into Gollum's domain. Currently, the only way to get your hands on a goblin minifig is to buy the expensive 79010: The Goblin King Battle. It would have been nice to have a cheaper option, and I would have been willing to pay a little more for it.
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