I am working my way up to larger LEGO Lord of the Rings sets, and had a chance to build set 9471 this week: Uruk-Hai Army. For $30, it is a mid-range set price wise, but offers lots of playability for kids, and is a nice army builder for adult collectors.
The entire setup:
It is written everywhere like this:
The spare parts and parts I didn’t use, including capes:
Rohan soldier. This guy is pretty pricey on the aftermarket.
Eomer, Incredible detail on the helmet especially:
The Uruk-hai army:
Choice of two faces (which only a mother could love):
The Uruk-hai weapon:
I believe this is a new piece, a fully printed wood board:
The new horse:
A section of Helms Deep:
I love that this is brick built, and not made out of large molded pieces:
The colors and details are great:
Overall, I really like the set, and appreciate how this is meant to be an add-on to the larger Helm’s Deep LEGO set.
It was great to pick up a couple of the new LEGO Lord of the RIngs sets, Shelob Attacks is the first I was able to dig into. For $20, it’s a nice sized set, you essentially get 4 characters here and a great scene from the book/movie.
The minifigs, I believe 2 are unique to this set:
Ah Frodo. He has two looks: tired and terrified. The ring came out really nice, and you get 3 in the package. I like the detail on his outfit:
Probably my favorite part of the set is Sam’s shirt. I can see this being used for Civil War soldiers and other uses in the LEGO universe. Nice that they got the eyebrows matching the hair.
Gollum. The face certainly captures the scary side of him:
The figure overall is awkward. It’s mostly a big molded piece. Not horrible, but not amazing either other than the head printing:
You get a small cave/rock formation here:
Shelob is pretty impressive. Big, and dare I say: scary!
I was glad to see the face was printed, not a sticker:
The rear of the spider has a contraption that allows you to hang her:
After months of off and on work, I finally finished LEGO Town Hall. An impressive set overall, especially because of the size. I love the dark orange as a color, and think it works well for the building. It’s much taller than any of the other modular buildings which in a way is good, and in a way is bad. The other sets are very quaint with lots of detail. This set dwarfs them and can change the sense of overall scale. In the end – I definitely think it works.
It’s interesting to see this set come out after Pet Shop, which is such a different direction. Two smaller buildings vs one hulking one. Personally, I find the Pet Shop set offers more flexibility, you can add multiples to a setup and have them fit in. I bought two more sets of Pet Shop recently so that I can have a row of brownstones.
The completed set:
The first floor is really cool. As others have said, I can see this working well for a bank:
The second and third floors:
The clock tower:
The back of the building:
Taking a look at the third floor: the large conference table:
The elevator door and buttons:
Top view of the third floor:
The second floor:
The mayor’s office:
The first floor:
Some kind of payment desk:
A sitting area:
The town meeting room:
A view through the main doors:
The elevator shaft:
I like how the set had four male figures and four female figures. I feel like it is usually lopsided with too many male characters in most sets:
The male figures:
I stopped by Target the other day, and found lots of sale stickers, with really meager discounts. What was most surprising to me was that there was so much merchandise from “older” sets. Nothing was really that old, but there was still a big presence for Alien Conquest, Harry Potter, etc – themes that are on their way out, and not as prominent at other stores.
I was surprised to see these at a small independent toy store the other day: Brick Stix stickers for LEGO bricks. They are supposed to be easy to reuse. They had a variety of sets available. Interesting to see a secondary market rise out around LEGO, I know there is a huge one with things like BrickArms, but I haven’t ever seen those in stores.
I didn’t think this one aligned with the LEGO branding:
In the past few weeks, LEGO has offered some free promo polybags when you spend a certain amount of money. The Star Wars TC-14 minifig was available for a couple days around May 4th. Hulk is available for the latter part of May. I got both, but haven’t opened them yet. A nice promotion from LEGO, especially when they are “exclusive” figs. I’ve heard there are some quality control issues with Hulk. I’ll find out when I open him up…
I stopped by my local LEGO Store to get the Hulk minifig promo and check out some of the newer sets.
A surprise to everyone, the Kingdoms Chess set appeared on the shelves last week. At $50, you get more than 30 minifigs, an incredible deal for a theme we thought was dead.
LEGO Lord of the Rings hits the shelves. They didn’t have the biggest set, but all others were represented. While many adult fans are thrilled with this lineup, I can’t help but fear that they won’t be big sellers. But… with two Hobbit movies in the works, that may be the momentum needed to drive sales with kids.
LEGO Death Star… this set just won’t go away. Not that I am complaining!
R2D2 really grabs your attention:
New Ninjago on the shelves:
Monster Fighters on display. I was wondering where they would place this in the store. Between Architecture and City I suppose makes as much sense as anything else:
Modulars and exclusives:
City with the new mining themes sets:
The new Beach House set:
They had the monthly mini-build for sale for about $7. I don’t remember them doing this before.
Fire fighter minifigs:
My trip to Toys R Us today turned up stocked shelves with the new LEGO Lord of the Rings, Monster Fighters, Ninjago, and City sets. A tour: