LEGO The Mines of Moria Review – Lord of the Rings Set #9473

by admin on July 11, 2012

Today we are taking a look at LEGO set 9473, the LOTR The Mines of Moria. At $79.99, it hits the “mid-range” of the Lord of the Rings sets LEGO is now offering. 776 pieces and 6 minifigs, plus the huge troll and 2 skeletons (which I don’t consider minifigs.)

Overall, I am very impressed with the set largely due to the level of detail LEGO put into the construction. At every step, this thing is over-built compared to some of the more kid-friendly sets. You layer piece on top of piece, or use many smaller pieces to make up a section that, in the past, LEGO would have just used a large molded piece for.

Okay, let’s walk through this…

The completed set, with box.
LEGO The Mines of Moria

Two instruction booklets:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

I have heard people complain in the forums that the set should have been 4 times bigger. I don’t really understand that reaction, the key elements of the scene are well represented here. If you have the money, buy 2 sets and combine them… you will have a really nice set that way!
LEGO The Mines of Moria

The cave troll. I’m never usually a fan of these large molded figures, but the printing is so nice, I have to say, this is a great figure.
LEGO The Mines of Moria

Such a decorative back for such an ugly dude:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

If I were a minifig, I would not want to get this guy’s attention:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

The two orcs. Not sure if you can tell, but both faces are represented here. Scary and slightly scarier? I love he green color:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

Back printing, hair and ears:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

The head pieces came loose with all the other pieces, signifying that these weren’t made in China then packed in at the factory. They are hard plastic and have a nice feel to them, unlike many of the Chinese made Collectible minifig accessories:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

Logolas and Boromir, both exclusive to this set:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

Back printing:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

Impressive detail:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

Pippin and Gimli:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

Even though it is covered by his beard, LEGO still gave his torso nice printing:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

More incredible detail on the helmet:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

The doorway. Just look at how many pieces it took to create the door. In the past, LEGO would just have two basic plates act as the door, but here we add all different tiles to give it texture. Same with the archway around it:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

The back side:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

The side wall:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

The play feature allows you to hit two switches and have the columns fall down:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

Again, the detail impressed me. Here I removed two pieces to show that they layered on small pieces to get just the right look:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

Stacking lots of small pieces where a molded piece would have gotten the job done:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

The hidden treasure chest:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

Just look how much detail is in the column, all those different textures and pieces:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

The back side:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

The tomb (or coffin?):
LEGO The Mines of Moria

The well:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

Extra pieces I didn’t use:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

This was a nice bonus pack of extra weapons:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

The stickers. People complained too about this… how many stickers were included. The funny thing is, this set is so detailed, it doesn’t need ANY stickers. I looked at this as a complete bonus. If you like stickers, use them. If you don’t, like me, ditch them. It should also be noted that these are some pretty cool stickers, useful for a variety of themes and scenarios:
LEGO The Mines of Moria

Overall, a really nice set!

Previous post:

Next post: