Tag Archives: Lord of the Rings

LEGO began releasing official Lord of the Rings sets in 2012, followed quickly by LEGO Hobbit sets, but LEGO builders have been recreating the people and places of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth for just as long as there have been books and bricks. Relax in the Shire or battle Saruman and his Uruk-hai army at Helm’s Deep and the Tower of Orthanc, but wherever your LEGO journey takes you, beware the watchful eye of Sauron!

Weekly Amazon Deals – Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Animal Creator Sets

LEGO LOTR 79008 Pirate Ship Ambush

Currently available at $76.48, down from $99.99.

LEGO Star Wars Z-95 Headhunter 75004

Currently available at $40.36, down from $49.99.

LEGO Creator 31021 Furry Creatures

Currently available at $15.99, down from $19.99.

LEGO Creator 31019 Forest Animals

Currently available at $15.99, down from $19.99.

Lukas the Blue Wizard

Tim Schwalf has run out a rather unusual rendition of one of the relatively unknown blue wizards from Lord of the Rings. The entire build seems to be controlled chaos, made of random bits, colors and juxtapositions that I would never have imagined would work together. However, when you stand back and look, it really flows into one cohesive whole. I’m rather impressed that this is Tim’s first brick-built figure and look forward to more! By the way, I love that beard.

Lukas the Blue

Entering Mirkwood

This little build by Disco86 is a wonderful example of an expert use of space! Even though it has a very small footprint, the builder was able to really give a sense of the size and creepiness of Mirkwood Forest. Also, even though I personally am getting tired of every fantasy and medieval creation having a border, it really does work on this one. The border is simple, frames the scene nicely and gives you the feel that this is a section of a much larger whole. Beautifully played!

Entering Mirkwood

Micro light up Barad-dûr, the dark tower

It’s not the first time Sauron’s mighty tower has been blogged here, and it probably won’t be our last. But this latest version is bite sized and amazing:

Barad-dûr - Lights

Built for MocOlympics on MOCpages by Space Cadet Ian Spacek. Ian has integrated lighting to make the eye and lava flow have an eerie malevolent glow adding real atmosphere to the build. I just love how all the orange glows reflect off the bottom of the tower, and of course the eye!

One does not simply fly into Mordor

There’s been an argument circulating recently on the web that Gandalf’s original plan to get the One Ring into Mordor was via Air Eagle. It’s an interesting textual analysis, though unsupported by Tolkien’s copious notes and background information. The latest hilarious video by Brotherhood Workshop illustrates the counter-argument.

The video features the massive Barad-dûr by Kevin Walter that we featured a few years ago.

Barad-dûr

Lighting of the Beacons

Sometimes, the most efficient way of getting someone’s attention is to light a really big fire. Sergeant Chipmunk brings us an excellent rendition of the Beacons from Lord of the Rings, which you may remember as being a relatively important plot point in Return of the King.

I particularly like the rockwork in this one. And let’s face it: nothing says party like a massive bonfire.

Lighting of the Beacons

Lego Lord of the Rings Pirate Ship Ambush 79008 [Review]

The Lord of the Rings Pirate Ship Ambush set came out last August. It retails for $99.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.


Pros:

  • A good lineup of minifigs including 4 that are exclusive to the set
  • Include unique elements such as the cloth sails, dark bley wings, and 14 printed shields


Cons:

  • High price-per-piece ratio
  • A pretty straightforward model, no real surprises in buildings techniques or play features

This set has a decent balance of minifigures, parts, play and display value that will suit fans with different plans for what to do with it. Surprisingly there are no spring-loaded cannons in this set, and the flick-fire missiles are not a good substitute. The major drawback is the heavy price tag. Around the holidays last year many people were able to buy this set for 40-50% off from retailers like Amazon and Target. If you don’t have this set and want it, it’s probably better to wait for a while for another round of discounts.

This LEGO oliphaunt still only counts as one

We’ve featured a few oliphaunts from The Lord of the Rings over the years, but I think this one by Elliot Feldman (Simply Complex Simplicity) just might be the biggest. But Elliot’s oliphaunt isn’t just big and static — he’s placed it into an action-packed scene during the battle between Faramir’s men and the Haradrim when Sam and Frodo are trying to reach Mordor.

LEGO oliphaunt