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Ace Kim | December 13th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

Barnes&Noble Has BOGO 50% All LEGO

9474 The Battle of Helm's Deep

Barnes&Noble.com has a one-day Buy One Get One 50% off sale on all LEGO. Free shipping kicks in if your order total is $25 or more. Be aware that some items are offered through their marketplace and will thus be priced higher and will not be eligible discount. Obviously the deal works best when you can buy two items of the same price to maximize the discount. After spending a few minutes searching, their selection for licensed sets is pretty slim. The only big ticket item I was able to find was Lord of the Rings 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep for MSRP. Getting two of them totals out to $194.92, or just $97.46 each before any tax and you’ll score free shipping. And I believe that members will also save an additional 10% off on top of that.

Ace Kim | December 5th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 79001 Escape from Mirkwood Spiders By 43%

79001 Escape from Mirkwood Spiders

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.

Edit: I just discovered that Amazon is matching Target’s price on the Spider set. An additional 5% off and free shipping for REDCard members.

Ace Kim | November 14th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 79008 Pirate Ship Ambush by 24%, Other Hobbit Sets On Sale

79008 Pirate Ship Ambush

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.

Ace Kim | November 13th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

9476 The Orc Forge Still Available

9476 The Orc Forge

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.

Ace Kim | November 10th, 2013 | Events, LEGO, LEGO Lord of the Rings, News

10237 The Tower of Orthanc Speed Build at DesignerCon

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.

Ace Kim | October 24th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 79001 Escape From Mirkwood Spiders by 35%

Amazon has taken their discount hammer and whacked 79001 Escape from Mirkwood Spiders down to a mere $19.49, a 35% discount from $29.99 MSRP.

Build your elf / spider / hobbit army now!

Ace Kim | October 10th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, MOC Spotlight

Ultimate Helm’s Deep MOC

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.

Ace Kim | September 22nd, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

Target Discounts 79010 Goblin King Battle by 46%

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!

Big thanks to Joxer the Mighty for the heads up.

Nick Martin | September 20th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Reviews

Review: 79007 Battle at the Black Gate

Full Set

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?

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Nick Martin | August 30th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Reviews

Review: 79006 The Council of Elrond

Full Set

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.

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