The fun of this was all in the building. My autistic 12 year old requested it, and I was pleased that he followed the clear instructions so well. He has poor fine motor coordination, but the incentive of building Spongebob's house kept him at it, and he finished in about 3 hours. As with all Lego, the diagrams are excellent and clear.It's rare for anything to hold his attention that long. Once built, it is rather small, and play value is restricted by its fragility, the roof disconnects quite easily, and tiny tiny parts easily get lost. I imagine it would be frustrating for a smaller child who wanted it for imaginative play therefore. Box not good for storage once built, but you need to keep it in something to avoid losing bits. Keep a spare shoebox or something.
The little characters are very cute; Gary, Spongebob, Patrick and Squidward, and we all liked the details such as television, and pictures on walls. Patricks car is meant to fire some little discs, didn't really work.
Quite expensive for something that won't be played with much. Will probably dismantle and build again.