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.
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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.
What does everyone else think?
I can only assume that this massive sculpture was built to promote the release of sets based The Hobbit, but I have no idea where it is (or where it’s going to be) displayed. I certainly hope it shows up at the NY Toy Fair in February though. You can view the original gallery on LEGO’s Facebook page, or on Flickr by clicking the image. Hopefully some better pictures will be forthcoming very soon.
This is what LEGO had to say about it:
It took a team of 12 model shop employees 3,000 hours to build this life size model of the LEGO Bag End set. In addition to containing over 2 million 1×1 bricks this model has working lights in the fireplace and over the bookstand as well as a chimney that really smokes!
Sorry to say, I like this a lot more than the movie itself.
Update: Hi-res image found in our flickr account.
The Hollywood Reporter has the first scoop on LEGO’s upcoming The Hobbit sets. The only image so far (above) reveals Gandalf, Dwalin, Bombur, Bofur, Bilbo and Balin. Gandalf appears to be a repeat of the minifig featured in 9469 Gandalf Arrives and the dwarf Balin gets a whole new look from his rather pale first appearance in 9473 The Mines of Moria. The article suggests LEGO will be revealing more during SDCC later this week, so stay tuned!
[via The Hollywood Reporter]
It begins. With the looming release of Hobbit themed LEGO sets, I expect to see many fantastic creations pop up between now and next year’s release and this is a good place to start. Fat Tony 1138 started re-reading the Hobbit and got inspired to build another Smaug and has plans to finish the dragon though I think the presentation of what he’s already finished is great the way it is. The look on Smaug’s face as he lays atop his lonely treasure captures the creature perfectly in a neat little package.
You saw this coming, right? It seems like a perfect fit to me after LEGO basically dumped it’s Pirates theme to make room for Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean line. They’re obviously looking for popular licenses that can enhance if not replace their own similar themes (don’t worry, I doubt Castle/Kingdoms is going anywhere). Since the article went live on Variety at midnight the web has been abuzz with salivating fans. Here’s the skinny:
BILLUND, Denmark and Burbank, CA – December 16, 2011 – Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group announced today a partnership that awards the world’s leading construction toy brand exclusive rights to develop build-and-play construction sets based on THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ trilogy and the two films based on THE HOBBIT™. The multi-year licensing agreement grants access to the library of characters, settings, and stories for THE LORD OF THE RINGS property, as well as films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. LEGO® THE LORD OF THE RINGS construction sets are slated for a rolling global launch beginning in June 2012 in the United States, with LEGO THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY scheduled for later in the year.
“Only LEGO, with their expertise in the construction category, is capable of doing justice to the incredibly imaginative environments depicted in the world of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and the two films based on THE HOBBIT,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, domestic licensing and worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “These films give life to amazing worlds and characters and we are thrilled to bring fans these products that deliver an imaginative play experience befitting of these beloved properties.”
The LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS collection will translate into LEGO form the epic locations, scenes and characters of Middle-earth as depicted in all three films, including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
In late 2012, LEGO THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY will give fans of all ages a chance to build and play out the fantastical story and new characters of the legendary Middle-earth adventures depicted in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, slated to premiere December 14, 2012.
“Our collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products has delivered numerous worldwide successes in the construction toy aisle with lines like LEGO HARRY POTTER and LEGO BATMAN, introducing us to loyal audiences who love great stories, strong characters and the toys that they inspire,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “It’s particularly exciting to now be able to create sets based on the fantasy worlds and characters from THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and the two films based on THE HOBBIT, not only because we know they will foster collectability and creative play, but also because these are two properties that our fans have been asking us to create for years.”
With mention of the popularity of current licensed themes and the future synergistic releases of the Marvel half of the LEGO Suoerheroes line and now LEGO Lord of the Rings due in June, I think LEGO is making a strategic strike to rule the toy aisle in 2012. While I doubt next year will mark the end of the world, It will certainly bring about the destruction of my wallet.