This Lord of the Rings themed creation by Grant Davis (Takkata1) features a battle between the orcs and Uruk-hai inside an underground mine. I admire the complex rock work that uses both studs up and SNOT orientations for finer texture.
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.
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!
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
Looking more like a movie still than a traditional brick sculpture, I had to look twice at this beautiful image by David Hensel (Legonardo Davidy) to be sure that it was, in fact, completely LEGO. Making wonderful use of his fantastic building skills and some great forced perspective techniques, this is one of David’s best models so far.