This is only my third Ideas set, with the other two being the Back to the Future Time Machine and the Ghostbuster’s Ecto-1. I don’t normally get Ideas sets unless they are of nostalgic factor, or of a certain pop culture I enjoy. Clearly, The Big Bang Theory Set fits into the latter category easily. Also to note, I believe that you would not get 7 licensed minifigures for below BND$150 here in Brunei or neighboring states. To slightly prove my point, 75914 Speed Champions F14T & Scuderia Ferrari Truck would cost you BND$199.90 for 6 generic but licensed Ferrari Minifigures. Therefore, TBBT set was definitely a must have for from the moment it was announced.
In the set you have the following:
1) 7 Minifigures – Leonard Hofstadter, Sheldon Cooper, Penny, Howard Wolowitz, Rajesh Koothrappali, Amy Farah Fowler & Bernadette Rostenkowski.
2) Rajesh’s Pet – Cinnamon
3) Bricks to build the living room half of Leonard & Sheldon’s apartment.
The only thing i feeling missing from this set is the Gaming & Tv half of the apartment, the mothers of Leonard & Sheldon, Barry Kripke and perhaps Leslie Winkle. That said, who knows there would be a follow set should this prove to be popular.
The instructions booklet is farily thick, just the way I like it. The booklet provides introductions to all 7 members, the show’s outline as well as the AFOL creators of the set. Pretty cool, and best of all, no stickers! The whole set took me probably slightly over 2 hours to build, mainly due to the hideous amount of 1×1 studs in use, but also I wanted to admire and visualize each step as I got closer to the replica of the actual apartment.
As stated above, the build only completes the living room half of the apartment, where the whole gang normally hung out. You get the cool collectors memorabilia on display on the shelves, some DNA display, the brown couch, and the old windows 98 computer I would assume. Having also spoken with some friends, I was told that should we be able to build the whole apartment, we would be able to incorporate into modular sets of a bigger scale. That would be most cool. And expensive. In the meantime, I am really happy with the apartment accessories.
The two bits of accessories I really love are the whiteboard, where you can have Leonard & Sheldon argue upon their theories, and the Chinese Noodle Takeout brick, which is printed. These two are probably essential in defining the apartment. I do get the feeling that the living room area is a little cramped though, once you have all 7 of them seated or grouped together. It would also have been great if it was extended to the main wall by their apartment door. At the moment, I could only re-enact scenes of them mostly hanging out having dinner or Sheldon telling Penny that she is in his spot.
Now on to the minifigures. I am extremely pleased that LEGO included all the main characters, as mentioned earlier. There was no way you could have Leonard and no Penny, Howard and no Bernadette or Rajesh without Cinnamon. If only there was a way to ensure that Emily would be Raj’s permanent partner, and perhaps we would’ve ended up with 8 minifigures instead. Lovely details on them though.
All in all, this set was truly impressive. I was never really a fan of Modulars or set depicting a certain diorama or set piece, but this one really got me researching ways to improve and add-on further. With the abundance of on-set models available in this set, you really wouldn’t go bored while you watch the tv series and playing with them at them same time.