Right now, Toys’R'Us online and brick and mortar locations are offering a BOGO sale on all LEGO construction sets except for Mindstorms, Ninjago, Technic, Hard to Find and sale items. This doesn’t include the new Hobbit sets released for The Desolation of Smaug. And on top of that, they priced those sets at MSRP without their additional markup. Not yet anyway so, like always, time is of the essence. Act now and you can pick up them up at a discount. Their site search is a tad broken but I’ve included links here:
With the clock striking midnight on the east coast, it is now December 1 when The Hobbit merch is now available from most if not all major retailers.
LEGO Shop@Home is now (or should be at least) selling The Hobbit sets. Amazon has had pre-orders available for a few days now, and Walmart has listed all of the sets as well (you’ll have to search on their site for them as browsing through the categories will yield no results since they’ve been miscategorized under Models & Figures). There are also reports of the sets being available at Toys’R'Us stores. If you haven’t bought any of the sets yet, Shop@Home offers free shipping once your order total reaches over $75 and, of course, VIP points. If you’re getting all four sets, you’ll be set for free shipping.
Amazon is slashing the price of 3920 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey LEGO game. The going price as of this writing is $14.99, a 57% discount off of $34.99 MSRP. The game, according to Shop@Home’s website, is now considered retired and this is probably the last chance you’ll be able to get this set at such a great price.
Amazon has put up for pre-sale all but one of the newest sets based on The Hobbit. The missing set in question is 79013 Lake-town Chase. I’m pretty sure it’s not an account exclusive, and the listing on Amazon has a third-party seller selling it for 2x MSRP (and also mistakenly uses images from 79014 Dol Guldur Battle on the page) but once the listing becomes legitimate for the set sold and shipped by Amazon, I’ll update this post or the forum thread with a link. All sets are marked to ship on December 1, 2013, just in time for Christmas. Anyways, here’s the other three sets:
Now tell me, who didn’t see this coming? A lot of video game related sites are pointing to this post on All Games Beta as their source, even though AGB hasn’t sourced the picture themselves, but Tohst assured me that there were advertisements like this included in the newer Hobbit sets. This game is coming on the heels of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, so it has a lot to live up to and will probably be disappointing in the end.
I just received the new Shop@Home catalog in the mail yesterday, and I along with everyone else living on the west coast were probably the last to do so, so this might be old news by now. The catalog reveals pricing details, piece counts, and included minifigures for the Hobbit sets slated for release this December. Yep, all the sets listed are slated for December release. However, nothing is showing up on the Shop@Home Hobbit section but we’ll keep checking and post here once it gets updated.
Earlier today, LEGO posted on their Facebook page the above and below promotional images for their Desolation of Smaug based sets. Probably not the motivational posters you were thinking of but I suppose there’s an opportunity here for a clever meme or two. Unlike some of their previous posters that used CGI graphics for the minifigs, these look like photographs of actual minifigs in action. If you ask me, these are way more impressive. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released in theaters on December 13th, 2013.
While fuzzy, unkempt pictures have been circulating for a couple of days (which were watermarked, and thus, not posted here), sharp eyed reader Kez sent us a notice that the Swedish online store, Brixit, a place I’ve never heard of (not being from Sweden, I suppose), has posted four new sets in all of their hi-res glory, un-watermarked glory. Three new sets have been added to the lineup:
79011 Dol Guldur Ambush, a smallish set that looks to be similar to Uruk-hai army
79012 Mirkwood Elf Army, a set that looks to be about the size of Warg Attack (perhaps larger, could be more in Bag End price range), and just sent the price of Mirkwood elf polybags on a downward curve
79014 Dol Guldur Battle, which looks a whole lot like Helm’s Deep
While we knew about the Lake Town battle set when it was revealed at Comic Con, the other three are new. It looks like both of the Dol Guldur sets are taking a page out of Uruk-hai and Helm’s Deep, and can be fit together. That’s not surprising, given that The Hobbit was basically trying to sucker people into paying to see The Hobbit without realizing it was just the same movies and effects presented again. Nothing in this bunch impresses me like Bag End did when it was first leaked leading up to The Hobbit.
Whether you loved, liked or hated the first film, the second is charging towards theaters regardless and will arrive on December 13th. Take a look and see what you think about this second trailer for the second film in Jackson’s polarizing second Middle Earth trilogy, while I go have my second breakfast.
One of the biggest problems I had with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, was that the violence in the movie was just dished out like any other action movie. This sat in definite contrast to the book itself, where violence was always with reluctance. And while who kills who in the this battle is fairly accurate, it all felt too aggressive from the good guy side. After all, they were sort of intruding there, and forced the issue. This is a whole lot less of a battle, and more of an escape / aggravated breaking and entering.
The Goblin King Battle is the biggest set from The Hobbit series thus far, and features said Goblin King (otherwise known as the Great Goblin, and never called a king), a few more of our dwarf company, and several goblins to push around. Like everything else from this particular theme, this is a playset, and designed as a place for you dwarves to run about while falling from distances that would kill pretty much anyone.
At first glance, this isn’t a set that really impresses when you first see it. The box is big, but sitting next to things like An Unexpected Gathering or the Lord of the Rings sets, Mines of Moria (same size and $20 less) or Battle of Helm’s Deep (much bigger and $20 more), it seems a bit puny. It’s really not, weighing in at 841 pieces, 8 minifigs, and $100. More than that, the three dwarves in the set are only available in this set.
So, does it stack up to the price tag, or should you look elsewhere for your minifigs?