a bottle...made of "bricks"

When I first saw the Lego modeler's original concept of a ship in a bottle, I was fascinated and hoped this guy's submission to Lego would become a set. 

But when Lego decided to produce the set, it was very different from the original concept.  The bottle design was a little better but the ship inside the bottle looked as though it had been smashed to fit inside the bottle design.

I bought the set anyway.

There are difficulties with any set, but this one had its own particular type of problems. The clear pieces were difficult to sort, so I had to find a higher magnification pair of glasses and sort the pieces by type.  (Even then, I came up 8 pieces short, so I had to improvise.) Then the side pieces of the bottom were not very cooperative when it came to assembly, and there were a couple of intense moments when the base of the bottle would snap apart when trying to get them in place.  The ship itself "felt" a little flimsy; some modelers turn the ship's sails side ways, but I preferred the ship's sails to be straight.

Attaching the ship to the base constructed inside the bottle was clever. "Pouring" in the "water" bricks was cool. But I thought it was pretty unfair that the original modelers initials were not used on the bottle's "seal"; Lego opted to put the Lego Master Builder's initials on the seal.

Was it worth it? Well, once constructed it looks OK, but I still would have preferred the original design.