This should be a short review because I wasn’t super into Lord of the Rings.
The only real factoid I have about today’s set, 5000202 Elrond, is that it was a pre-order bonus that came with the LEGO Lord of the Rings video game. I don’t have the game, so I don’t know how I got this polybag. I probably just walked into a GameStop one day and asked if they had any leftover from pre-orders.
I also know, or at least I’m fairly certain, that this is Young Elrond as seen in flashbacks to when The One Ring was cut off from the hand of Sauron. He’s equipped with an elven sword which is the only other element in the bag. He’s also outfitted with a dark blue cape.
His face is double-sided. You can choose between angry face or yelling angry face. Either one suits the situation this minifig was derived from. His hair element has the elven ears molded in as expected, and the element is a beast! It’s super tall for the long elvish hair, and has a molded braid detail.
The torso is really nice. The chainmail detail might trend toward “too much detail” but I think it works really well here. The armor design carries through to the printed legs. Overall, just a stellar looking figure.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set rocks! Free minifig with game purchase promos tend to be really great and they make sense. You get a niche character that would otherwise be difficult to place in a regular set. It’s just a shame that the cost of entry is so high. LEGO may be done with that sort of thing though because there’s no minifig promo attached to the new LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game and that’s like coming out in just a few weeks. We’ll have to see how the next game goes I guess to see if my theory holds true. Anyways, Young Elrond rocks!
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