Well, the October experiment has wrapped up and the griffon is done. All in all, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out for the amount of effort I put into. The design flaws were pretty annoying, but I can overlook that to a certain degree as I only paid $10.00 for the sprue. If this was a stand-alone kit, with the expected $50.00 or more asking price from GW, this would be a different conversation. But as it is, not bad for a box set kit.
If you like it, or perhaps there is an elf fancier on your christmas list, it does happen to be for sale :)
If you'd like to see higher resolution pics, the originals are on flickr