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.
If you aren’t a member LEGO’s VIP program, and I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t be, you weren’t able to take advantage of the early bird sale of 10237 Tower of Orthanc that we reported on a few weeks ago. But the good news now is that you can purchase the tower without restriction. It’ll cost you $199.99 for 2,359 pieces of black tower goodness.
Also, LEGO Shop@Home’s July promotion has already been plugged into the leaderboard position of the site. Spend $75 dollars or more and get a free Hot Dog Cart and free shipping! This offer is good from July 1-31 or while supplies last. Note that you have to be a VIP member to score the Hot Dog Cart, but the free shipping is available for everyone. Not a member? You can join upon checkout.
Check your inbox VIPs, LEGO wants you to be the first to get your hands on the massive 10237 The Tower of Orthanc set and all you need is your LEGO ID… and a wad of cash, of course. Offer is good online and in store until June 30th and you’ll even get the sweet poster pictured in the ad (plus the Jor-El poly that is also being offered), so if you’ve been drooling over this set like I have, now’s your chance. Click the picture below and start your shopping! Oh, and don’t forget the shipping on this will be free as well.
Update: Video has been added below the picture thumbnails.
LEGO officially unveils their latest UCS set, 10237 Tower of Orthanc. The set sees an additional Great Eagle which was thought to be only available in 79007 Battle At The Black Gate. An Ent is also included, though he is not named, which begs the question, where are the Ent battle packs? It may not be as grandiose as OneLUG’s The Last March of the Ents, but given the price, the scale, the detailed interior, and play features, it looks to be a GREAT set. Plus, I think it’s kinda cute. More images and official press release below. Video will be added as soon as I get it.
10237 Tower of Orthanc
Ages 14+. 2,359 pieces.
Build the The Lord of the Rings™ trilogy must-have model!
US $199.99 CA $249.99 DE 199.99€ UK 169.99 £ DK 1699.00 DKK
Finally, collect one of the most instantly recognizable and iconic buildings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Tower of Orthanc! Build all 6 highly detailed floors filled with fascinating movie-related details including the attic, library, alchemy room, Saruman’s throne room, entrance hall and dungeon. This exclusive model stars in some of the most iconic scenes from The Lord of the Rings movies. Swoop down with the Great Eagle and rescue stranded Gandalf the Grey from his tower-top prison after his defeat at the hands of the white wizard, Saruman. Build the powerful, tree-like Ent, with poseable limbs and cool swinging arm function, then attack the Uruk-hai and Orc Pitmaster while Saruman and his servant Grima Wormtongue take refuge high in the tower. The Tower of Orthanc is a must-have model for any The Lord of the Rings collection! Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf the Grey, an Uruk-hai and the Orc Pitmaster.
• Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf™ the Grey, an Uruk-hai™ and the Orc Pitmaster
• Features 6 highly detailed floors with lots of functions, including a folding staircase, LEGO® light brick palantir, opening entrance doors and a trap door
• Weapons include 5 staffs, knife, sword, shield and a long axe
• The attic features a folding staircase, the 3 staffs of the missing wizards, the 2 keys of the Two Towers, 2 maps and an Uruk-hai helmet, shield and sword
• The library features 2 books, 2 torches, 2 maps and 2 skulls
• The alchemy room features 2 torches, a bomb (being produced for the Battle of Helm’s Deep™), 2 potions, bottle, skull, gunpowder keg, pot, cauldron and a long axe
• Saruman’s throne room features lamps, 2 bookcases with 3 potions, map, letter and the powerful palantir with a LEGO light brick
• The entrance hall features opening doors, trap door, 2 large banners, chandelier, statue and 2 axes
• The creepy dungeon features a chain, 2 bones, 2 skulls and a rat
• Buildable Ent features poseable limbs for holding a minifigure and a cool swinging arm function
• Attack the tower with the cool buildable and poseable Ent!
• Swoop to the rescue with the Great Eagle!
• Activate the LEGO light brick and make the palantir glow!
• Set the trap door and banish unwanted guests to the dungeon!
• Prepare the bomb for the Battle of Helm’s DeepTM!
• Swing the Ent’s arms to smash or grab things with the poseable fingers!
• Measures over 28″ (73cm) high, 8″ (21cm) wide and 6″ (16cm) deep
• Ent stands over 9″ (23cm) tall
Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
July 2013 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone:
US Contact Center 1-800-453-4652
CA (English) Contact Center 1-800-453-4652
CA (French) Contact Center 1-877-518-5346
European Contact Center 00-800-5346-1111