I recently picked up a Hobbit LE after really only ever playing it once about a year ago. It was on code 1.21 when I picked it up and is in immaculate HUO condition (I am second owner). I have to say this is one of the most amazing pinball machines I have ever had the pleasure to own and play. Everything about it screams "high quality". From the almost unbelievable attention to detail both above and below the playfield, the technology in place here that's leaps and bounds above most modern competitors, the ease of use and intuitiveness of the menu systems, the quality of the art and sound, the immersive play, its just incredible all around. I have since updated to 2.01 code and love the improvements to gameplay. I am just having a total blast with this machine and cant believe I was so skeptical on it based on the apparent negative feedback since it came out!! I am not a world class pinball player so I absolutely love that it is an "easier" game - as does my family. I had GOT Premium for awhile, love that theme but man that game is BRUTAL! my wife grew tired of it quickly as its no fun to just get repeatedly crushed by a difficult game for her, frankly I was in the same boat. With Hobbit its so much easier to take it at your own pace, enjoy the presentation, be strategic about shots, etc.
After several games I noticed that the Smaug jaw wasn't really doing anything and thanks to some info much earlier in this thread I was able to determine that the settings for the jaw min/max position were WAY OFF from the values written on the bottom of the motor - now Smaug is in his full articulated speech glory! I cannot speak any more highly of this game!!!
Holy hell though....was there ever a heavier pinball manufactured in history aside from Hercules?? my god this thing was a nightmare to move up stairs. I had to remove the head (which was easy by the way) to physically maneuver it and was disappointed that the head weighs literally nothing compared to the cabinet. This game may never leave my home...but that's fine with me, I think it very well may be the best pinball machine I have ever owned.
Anyways, just wanted to share some thoughts and say I am thrilled to join the Hobbit Owners Thread as an owner!!