It’s time for Toy Fair! The LEGO Collector Event at the International Toy Fair is happening this Sunday from 7am to 9am EST. We’ll be starting our coverage a little bit after that. The badges that you see above, feature the Movie Starlet minifig from the Collectible Minifig Series 9, most likely hinting at all of the licensed properties that are sure to dominate the show floor. The Lone Ranger, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Superman, Iron Man, and who knows what else. Oh, and of course, Star Wars. With more active licenses under LEGO’s belt than before, this year’s show is sure to be packed full of goodies. We’ll do our best to bring you the most complete coverage as possible so come back on Sunday to check it out.
Posts Tagged ‘The Hobbit’
I’m not much of a Lord of the Rings fan, and the Hobbit isn’t exactly high up on my list of things to do in my spare time. I can, though, appreciate the art direction of the films and the world that is created. Those Hobbits, as much as they try and not get involved with whatever else is going on in Middle Earth, they seem to be in the thick of it like all the time. Anyways, Brick Vader created a really nice diorama of a Hobbit’s home-in-a-hillside in a circular format. On the hillside edge, you can peek inside to view the living quarters. I thought that was a nice touch. More pictures on Imperium der Steine.
Iain “Ochre Jelly” Heath built these figures because he felt (along with many others) that the One Ring from the official LEGO sets was ridiculously out-of-scale with the mini-figs. Honestly, I don’t care what his reasons were, I’m just really glad that he built these fantastic figs and that I’ve already purchased tickets for my favourite seats at the Friday premier here.
Reddit user sometimes_snarky recieved a nice little bonus at a recent trip to TRU in the form of this poster highlighting the upcoming Hobbit line and was kind enough to share. It was a nice surprise to find before I crept off to bed last night and was pleased to get the go ahead to share from the big boss. My wife quickly pointed out the scenes for me (I haven’t read the book in over 20 years) and I’m sure we’ll get a better look very soon, but hopefully this will tide folks over for the moment.
Via Allen “Tormentalous” Tran @ The Brick Fan
Update: sometimes_snarky just added close up shots of each set on the poster as well as a look at the front of the poster. You can see all the pictures here, but I’ll list them as well.
- 79000 – Riddles For The Ring
- 79001 – Escape From Mirkwood Spiders
- 79002 – Attack Of The Wargs
- 79003 – An Unexpected Gathering
- 79004 – Barrel Escape
- 79010 – The Goblin King Battle
Toys’R'Us seems to be the place to be this week. First up they are offering a free LEGO Lord of the Rings “Project case” with any LEGO construction set or board game purchase of $60 or more. You may be tempted to try and pick up some LOTR sets to go along with the case, but be warned that their markup is atrociously high, even by their standards. Case in point: the MSRP on 9472 Attack on Weathertop is $59.99 (Amazon); TRU’s asking price is $79.99, a full $20 more. If you’re not interested in trying to do math and figure out what sets to purchase to get the case for free, you may be able to just buy it outright for $13.99.
They are also offering a free Aragorn poster with any LEGO LOTR purchase, but the markup doesn’t make it worth it. A $20 markup for a $5 poster? I’ve seen better deals on fake bridges.
And finally, this Saturday June 16th from 2-4pm, Toys’R'Us stores are hosting a LEGO build event where you can build a Batman and/or a
Captain America Superman shield and then take it home with you. Hopefully it will run much more smoothly this time around than it did for the Cars 2 build event. If anyone finds any pictures of what they might look like, please add it to the forum thread.
Update: forum member ufjason provided us with the following image:
I stand corrected: it’s Batman and Superman, and not Captain America like I originally thought. I have no idea where I got Captain America from. Maybe I saw the word “shield” and switched out Superman’s name since, you know, he doesn’t use a shield. Why couldn’t they use the “symbol” or “logo”? Anyways, thanks ufjason!
This tidbit is making the rounds: apparently, someone may or may not have seen a picture on a Lord of the Rings LEGO set box that indicated a Lord of the Rings game is in the works. Is this really news? It would be news if there was no game.
Anyways, in the midst of all the hubbub, a retailer, Shopto, posted a pre-order page (which has since been pulled) for the game pegging its release date for October 10 of this year, which is a few weeks ahead of the Hobbit movie (slated for December 13).