With the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu-ray/DVD tomorrow, and Target having their exclusive version that comes with an exclusive Bilbo Baggins minifigure, and with the announcement of the exclusive Special Forces Commander Clone Trooper minifigure included with The Yoda Chronicles book, I figured now would be as good of a time as any to make a checklist for all the exclusive minifigs that came with a book, video game, or Blu-ray/DVD release.
Archive for the ‘LEGO Lord of the Rings’ Category
Okay, I originally wanted to get this review done back when the movie was in theaters and fresh in everyone’s mind, but we’re going to have to settle for the upcoming BluRay release to refresh it for everyone! You know, life and what not.
After the achievement that was “The Return of the King,” the standard is set pretty high for The Hobbit. How do you follow-up the first Fantasy picture to ever win best picture? I mean, come on, the Academy didn’t even give best picture to The Wizard of Oz (okay, granted, it was up against Gone With the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Stagecoach, and Of Mice and Men). More than that, how do you follow-up on the book that defined pretty much the whole of high fantasy after it? While The Lord of the Rings was an epic tale, The Hobbit is the granddaddy of pretty much all high fantasy.
While I reviewed a good number of the LotR sets, a sad confession is that I’ve never actually read the books. I’ve tried before, but I’ve always held that Tolkien was a brilliant linguist and a below-average writer. However, I did read the Hobbit twice… once in High School, and once in college for a Fantasy Literature class (never let it be said that a Creative Writing doesn’t have it’s uses… okay, say it a lot, because it’s very true, but that was a very cool class). And that experience really solidified in my mind that I felt about Tolkien the exact same way I felt about Michael Crichton: great ideas and concepts… but iffy stories at the very best.
Now that I’ve fired a broadside across fans of The Hobbit and Jurassic Park like, let me say that the movies that were born out of those ideas have been fairly awesome. The Lord of the Rings can be called a work of absolute art. It’s one of those movies that actually gets better when you peel away the illusion of how it was done (unlike, say, the PT Star Wars films that are basically a bunch of actors standing in front of a whole lot of green screens). More than that, the LotR trilogy captured the essence of what Tolkien put into his books (at least the stuff that I could bring myself to read), and it remains to be seen if The Hobbit can do the same.
Oh, and obviously, there will be some spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk. Also, there will undoubtably be jokes about walking… and it’s going to be a long, long, review (like a lot of the walking scenes).
I’m very conflicted about this review. I’m going to try very hard to judge this set on it own merits, but I may veer off into a mini rant about the movie from time to time. I’ll try to keep it focused on how the set and flick pertain to one another, but I’ll apologize in advance
if when I stray from the path. One way or another, this is going to contain spoilers so keep that in mind before you proceed and once more unto the bricks.
TRU Canada has a few nice LEGO deals this week and the first is the exclusive Elrond figure with any non-WiiU game purchase and on top of that, those games are all BOGO 50% off. With the only exception being WiiU games, you won’t be able to buy LEGO City Undercover on the 20th and get both the free Chase McCain figure included with the game and Elrond. However, if you avoided buying the LEGO Lord of the Rings videogame when it first came out in anticipation of a sale, now would be a good time since the price has dropped.
They are also offering a free 30213 Gandalf at Dol Guldur polybag with a $30 purchase of Hobbit or LotR LEGO, excluding clearance and The Hobbit boardgame. That boardgame, along with all the other LEGO boardgames, is on for 30% off and they’ve got Ninjago, Monster Fighters and Technic discounted by 20% as well.
Oh, and if you do pick up any fancy new figs, they have their licensed accessories on for 25% off if you need another minifig display case. Quantities are limited and these deals end on the 21st so skedaddle.
Did you miss out on 30212 Mirkwood Elf Guard? FBTB has them for sale in the store. Price is $10 each with free shipping with Delivery Confirmation within the US. I’ll be adding more random odds and ends to the store in an effort to clear out my office and reclaim some space in the next few weeks. I have a lot of stuff. A lot of old stuff too so if you’re looking to fill holes in your collection, keep an eye on the FBTB store.
We’ve also reduced prices on our shirts, both the short and long sleeve varieties.
For those lucky enough to live near a Five Below store, they seem to have -lots- of set 30211 Uruk-Hai with excuse to call it a set and not just a minifigure. These sets are priced at $3.99. For those of you not lucky enough Five Below is a discount store where everything costs below $5. Clever, eh?
They also had a couple of Harry Potter Polybags; 30110 Trolley and 40028 Hogwarts Express.
Oh, and if you couldn’t tell from the picture, the new 30 pack boxes of CMF series 9. I’d not seen them before and there were a dozen sitting by the cash registers. The nice check out lady opened one up for me and counted to makes sure all 30 were there. I’m told the figure distribution is exactly the same as the 60 box only halved. I haven’t opened mine up to count partially because I’d get depressed at all the Cyclops and Knights balanced by only one Forest Maiden.
Target.com has listed their exclusive edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey DVD/Blu-ray/Ultraviolet combo pack. That ultraviolet is WORTHLESS. Gimme an iTunes copy any day of the week. Pre-order asking price is $24.99 for the trio and you get an exclusive Bilbo Baggins minifigure and a featurette. DVD release is set for Tuesday March 19th. Got a REDCard? You can save an additional 5% and also get free shipping.
Earlier tonight I attended the the one-night-only An Unexpected Art Show with my family. The Tower of Orthanc was there in all its imposing glory. But that wasn’t all. The members of OneLUG debuted new art pieces at the show, a series of three builds depicting different symbols from the Lord of the Rings. In order from left to right in the picture above: The White Tree of Gondor by Brandon Griffith, The Horse of Rohan by Remi Gagné, and The White Hand of Saruman by Bruce Lowell.
It’s Friday night and if I know anything about LEGO nerds or family men, it’s that we have no plans tonight! That is unless you’ve already bought your tickets to tonight’s An Unexpected Art Show going on at Lot 613 at 613 Imperial Street, a blank-canvas special events space in the Historic Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. The show is one night only, tonight, and runs from 7pm to 1am. You’ll get to meet members of OneLUG who created the 7′ Tower of Orthanc featuring 23 Ents, over 100 orcs all on an 8′ diameter base surrounding the imposing Tower. This will most likely be the last time the Tower will be shown publicly and it’s really something that should be seen in person to fully appreciate. Oh, yeah, there’s an art show too or something. Tickets will be $20 at the door, or you can print out this flyer and get in for $10.
For more Hobbit related goodness, Pate-keetongu over on Cycloptic Bricks has begun building large scale Dwarves from the Hobbit and has three under his belt already. The detailing on Balin and Oin’s clothes is inspired and I really hope he finishes the company regardless of my opinion of the film.
Add in Iain Heath’s Bilbo & Gollum and the fan community is off to a fine start!