When I signed up for this set, I asked if I could just review it as a parts pack, and got told “shut up and stop your whining.” Okay, it might have just been “no” and most likely Ace has forgotten that entire conversation, but it was a quandary of a set. We’ve gotten an Elrond figure before, but Galadriel and the Witch-King are both new. Galadriel! I guess we have something to be thankful in Jackson’s changes to The Hobbit after all.
Of course, that Witch-King figure is probably the most inaccurate representation of a figure in the history of LEGO, and this whole set is a package of… “um, okay.” I think about 1/3rd of the Hobbit line has been sets that are basically just MOC parts for bigger sets, or things to add-on. This one isn’t even really a glorified battle pack, as you’re unlikely to need multiples of any of the characters, unless you really want those skeleton guys.
At $15, this is the “small” set in the lineup that’s typically been an okay spot (the real standouts for The Hobbit and LotR are typically the $30 sets). Riddles for the Ring was a good, inexpensive set, and the Dol Guldur Ambush was okay and a good source of Orcs (also, currently on sale on Shop@Home). Obviously, at first glance, this set is all about the figures… so is it worth it at the price, and do the figures actually represent the characters?