Both of my girls are mad about Lego, we have just booked another trip to Legoland and realised that the really expensive part of this is the shops, so why not take our holiday presents with us?? I have just opened the box and although the people are immediately recognizable as not authentic lego, the bricks and slates are exactly the same, (a far cry from the knock-off Lego that was around 20 years ago. A similar set of 'real' Lego would probably cost 3x the price so this has saved quite a lot of money.
....update, built these now, and they seemed to go together quite well, there was one block that had not been moulded correctly and kept 'jumping' off the baseboard but managed to secure it with other bricks from above... and after looking at the prices at legoland still very happy that i took this!!