Amazon has heavily discounted TTGames latest hack’n'slash game, LEGO Lord of the Rings, for a special Black Friday sales event today only. Xbox, PS3, and Wii versions are only $29.99 (25-40% off) while 3DS and PS Vita versions are only $19.99 (50% off). The Nintendo DS version is only $14.99 (50% off).
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Brickset and TheBrickLife have reported the first Hobbit related polybag has surfaced at TRU in the US and it looks pretty sweet. I love me some polybags and I’m more of a parts guy so this caught my attention for the mushroom, green hood and wine glass alone, though the whole set looks good overall compared to many polys recently. Feel free to sound off if you see 30212 Mirkwood Elf Guard in store and I’ll cross my fingers for their arrival in Canada.
In the run up to the much anticipated Hobbit sets, Amazon has discounted 9472 Attack on Weathertop by 25%, down to $44.97. Also, there are reports coming in that 9470 Shelob Attacks is seeing a massive discount down to $6.00 but it’s intermittently appearing on the page. It’s currently listed at $19.97 right now but maybe one of you can click through and get lucky.
Update: Walmart has the same set for the same price. Pick your vendor.
Update: It has been confirmed by IGN that even though the disc is labeled as a demo, it does contain a fully playable copy of the game. The demo disc is a result of a labeling error. Also, WB is issuing a recall for those consumers that wish to get a non-error disc. You may contact customer service by email at email@example.com or phone at 410-568-3680.
GameInformer is reporting that some shipments of the Xbox 360 version of the LEGO Lord of the Rings game contains a demo disc instead of the actual game disc. Some Gamestop locations are opening up the jewel cases to make sure customers get the correct product. If you’re planning on picking up the game for the Xbox, be sure to open it at the store so you’re not surprised in a bad way when you get home.
Huw over at Brickset got his hands on an early copy of the upcoming Hobbit set 79010 The Goblin King Battle and wrote up a review. Tons of pictures and scans to browse through. I just briefly skimmed through and plan on reading it fully later, but so far it looks like a winner. And that’s saying something for a set based on a movie that isn’t even out yet.
The fine folks over Digital Spy published yesterday an interview with Nick Ricks, producer of the LEGO Lord of the Rings video game by Traveler’s Tales. It’s a pretty lengthy read but gives some great insight as to their approach with the gaming mechanics. Like, you know how in the movies, the characters walked around, like, a LOT? I bet you didn’t know this, but did you know that the fellowship, whilst walking Middle Earth, solved puzzles and picked up items along their way? They just cut those scenes out due to studio pressure to keep the movie under 3 hours:
Exactly. We wanted to make sure that there’s always something around the next corner. So you’ll be heading off towards somewhere and you’ll get distracted by this. You smash that up and you find something. Then around the corner you’ll find something else and you’ll say, ‘I’ve found a new thing’, and you then all of a sudden realize you’ve found yourself in the place you needed to get to anyway.
“So you’ve gone off on a side path, smashed all these different items, found all these different collections, done all these different puzzles and then you realize you’ve taken the journey you needed to take, but you were doing things along the way. You’re daisy-chaining different puzzles and things like that.
“You can have that balanced experience so you’re not just running for ages and seeing nothing while you’re trying to get to the next story event.
Blah blah blah, game comes out on November 13th.
This is one of those sets that’s kind of a hard sell. It’s basically a glorified battle pack with enough building elements to extend your Helm’s Deep wall, but the $30 price tag makes it an easy pass. It hasn’t seen any signficiant discount but today’s price on Amazon makes it a bit more attractive. It’s down to $24.74, an 18% drop. You can pick up four of them for less than a $100 assuming you live in a non-taxed state. It goes perfectly with the sale price on 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep, which is still holding steady at $98.80.
Do you remember that part in the Lord of the Rings movie, the Fellowship one, where Frodo, Samwise, Pippin and Merry were led to the top of Weathertop? And they set up camp? And do you remember when Aragorn left them to go scouting? And do you also remember the part where there was that crow that kept flying around and kept dropping turds on them nearly killing them? Wait, you don’t? It’s in the video game, so it must have happened in the movie. Right? I’ll tell ya, I don’t think any game play footage from any game made me not want to play it faster than the one embedded above. Heaven forbid should a character be idle for more than a second before being rained on by crow turds that’ll kill you. If I were planning on picking up this game, I’d study the above sequence so that I can turbo through it.
The game’s release date has been pushed back to November 13th. You can pre-order from Amazon and get a free $10 voucher good towards the purchase of a game. You’ll also get bonus “Middle Earth characters” for PS3 and Xbox versions. I have no idea what that means but that’s what they’re throwing in. Or, you could pre-order from Gamestop and get an exclusive minifig of Elrond.
Just in time for half term, the Sun newspaper in the UK is giving away a series of Lego polybags starting on Saturday 27th October and running until 4th November. You can see all of the sets available and on what day here. You’ll need to purchase the paper on each day and take your voucher to your local WH Smiths or Toys R Us to get the toy, subject to availability.
No Star Wars this time, but plenty of Super Heroes and Lord Of The Rings sets.