Amazon is discounting more Hobbit sets to get you in the mood for The Desolation of Smaug. 79001 Escape from Mirkwood Spiders is a whopping 43% off sitting pretty at just $16.99, down from $39.99 MSRP. They are also applying a 25% discount on 79002 Attack of the Wargs. Price now is just $37.49 down from $49.99 MSRP.
The Desolation of Smaug opens in theaters on December 13.
Amazon is putting up for sale a couple of Hobbit sets with discounts ranging from 22-33%
79007 Battle at The Black Gate is discounted 22%, down to $46.99, from $59.99 MSRP. 79007 Battle at The Black Gate comes with a Great Eagle, Aragorn, Gandalf the White, Mouth of Sauron and 2 Mordor Orcs.
79008 Pirate Ship Ambush is discounted 24%, down to $75.99, from $99.99 MSRP. 79008 Pirate Ship Ambush comes with Aragorn, Legolas Greenleaf, Gimli, 2 Mordor Orcs, the King of the Dead, 2 Soldiers of the Dead and a Pirate of Umbar.
Though not as good as the gold box price from a few days ago, 79010 The Goblin King Battle is being offered with a 33% discount nonetheless, dropping the price down to $67.19 from $99.99 MSRP.
For those of you who are Lord of the Rings/Hobbit fans, LEGO Shop@Home is retiring 9476 The Orc Forge. This set was a Target exclusive and I was told it was hard to find. Plus, they were part of a clearance cycle a while back. At least that’s what I was told. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the Lord of the Rings section of the LEGO aisle during my trips to Target stores. In any case, if you’re looking to fill up your LOTR collection, this may be your last chance to pick up 9476 at MSRP. Target.com has listed this set as “currently unavailable online” and “not sold in stores”. This is the only set where Lurtz and Mordor Orc – Dark Tan appear in. Price is $39.99 and shipping starts at $7.00 but is free if your order total is $75 or more.
Yesterday during Day 1 of DesignerCon 2013, FBTB sponsored the annual speed build event where a team of five builds a UCS-type set as quickly as possible. This year’s set was 10237 The Tower of Orthanc. BrickNerd filmed the event and posted it to their YouTube channel. Check it out above. Time to completion: 36 minutes and 53 seconds.
DesignerCon continues today until 5pm at the Pasadena Convention Center. More information can be found on the DesignerCon website.
I first ran across this back when it was posted on TheOneRing.net over two weeks ago but finally getting around to posting it now. There isn’t much I can say about this that wouldn’t be a cliché. Massive, mind-blowing, overwhelming, all appropriate and somewhat trite at this point. What can you say about huge MOCs of this caliber that hasn’t been said before? Maybe… expensive? That’s an adjective. I don’t even want to think about the financial investment. 150,000 bricks and 1,700 mini-figures ain’t cheap. Check out Goel Kim’s flickr stream for way more pics.
This, OneLUG’s Tower of Orthanc, now we just need a proper Minas Tirith.
Target placed a MASSIVE discount on 79010 Goblin King Battle: 46%. It is down to $54.00 even. It looks like it’s sold out online, but you can get the same price in store. Amazon has it for $74.99 with little to no chance of a price match since it is out of stock at Target.com. In any case, Happy Hunting!
LEGO was kind enough to send us a copy of 79007 The Battle at the Black Gate for review, the middle-tier set in the second big wave of Lord of the Rings sets. I genuinely liked the Weathertop set that occupies the same price point, even with its absurd flick-fires. Of course, battle is a bit of a misnomer, since I think they normally involve more people than a pickup game of basketball.
There actually was a battle at the Black Gate, in Return of the King, which was a distraction so that a couple of Hobbits could throw a ring in some lava. The Black Gate itself was also featured in The Two Towers, in one of the cooler little tricks of cinematography where we Rudy and the kid that thought a video game was a baby toy in Back to the Future II hid under a cloak in a different part of the screen than you were looking.
In truth, the vast majority of the detail for the gate was in that little scene, since it showed trolls pulling chains and people going through them. In Return, it was just a whole bunch of evil humans and orcs were waiting to come out and do some more killing after failing to defeat the armies of men at any point in the movie. The big features in the set are obviously around the minifigs and the Eagle. Everyone wants some Eagles!
At $60, this set certainly isn’t cheap, and falls into the same range as Weathertop did. After a couple of nice smaller sets in the LotR line, and a recognizable ship (if only shortly scene) at the top-end, this one stands alone in the middle range for the second wave of sets. The jury is out, so will it be worth the money?
While the Lord of the Rings LEGO line has only been out for a couple of years at this point, it’s still surprising to think that the movies they’re based on are twelve years (Fellowship was released in 2001) old at this point. There’s a lot that’s changed in the years since then, both for LEGO (having more than one licensed line) and the actors involved (remember when people thought Elijah Wood was going to be in everything after these movies).
I remember being in the theater, not yet awed by Fellowship and bought in to the setting that was going on, and thinking about the actors that I knew from other films. Frodo was in that gawd-awful Rob Reiner movie, North. Gimli played Leonardo Di Vinci on Star Trek Voyager (he may have also had some small role in some independent film about an archeologist). Aragorn was in love with Steven Tyler’s daughter… I can distinctly remember seeing her and just waiting for some Aerosmith ballad to start playing in the background (Armageddon ruined that band).
But more than that, when the council scene started, it was Agent Smith walking out in a rare break in all the walking that made me snicker. By the end of the movie, I would associate all of the actors with their characters in the film, but for a brief, happy moment, I was just waiting for him to go flying through the air on some wire stunts.
This set sets up a lot of the rest of the movie, and introduces two of the lesser (yet important) characters from Lord of the Rings, Elrond and Arwen, along with giving us another Gimli and Frodo. It also comes in at $25, which means it’s obviously not going to have the size/scope of the council scene in either movie (which featured a lot of people in both). I was suitably impressed with the Wizard Battle, the smaller set in the new line, so I’m curious how this stacks up in comparison.
The Wizard Battle addresses one of the biggest gaps in the Lord of the Rings sets (Eowyn and Faramir are both still MIA) by giving us Saruman, as well as some hair for Gandalf. This is the iconic scene from the first film where we learn that the greatest of all wizards has basically turned to the dark side (this was before we knew that he was also responsible for setting up the Clone Wars). It also features the Palantír, and gives us an excuse to have wizard battles while making little sound effects.
And to top it off, it’s only $13, the least-expensive set from the summer Lord of the Rings wave, and we have to ask, can it live up to the first impression we get after seeing all that Christopher Lee goodness?