Resident mad genius and meme chaser Iain Heath has just put out a crazy video explaining how to dye your bricks. All you purists out there can put your pitchforks down and simply skip over this one, but for everyone else, it’s some pretty cool stuff whether you’re into LEGO mutilation or not. In this video Iain explains how he achieved the flesh tones used in his large-scale Gollum character. And for those of you who haven’t seen it, Iain’s previous video describing his design process for the accompanying Bilbo is also well worth a watch.
J.R.R. Tolkien was as obsessed by the geography of his Middle Earth as he was by the languages of its peoples, drawing and redrawing its regions and landscapes in relation to the places his characters visit in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Adam Dodge has built a LEGO map of Middle Earth, complete with the Anduin running between the Misty Mountains and Mirkwood Forest, the inland Sea of Rhûn, and the Ered Lithui encircling Mordor.
Adam’s map is partly three-dimensional, with mountains that rise from the map’s surface and a great crevice for the passage of the Loudwater leading downstream from Rivendell.
With this handy map in your travel satchel, I suspect it might be easy enough to just walk right into Mordor…
Hamster Productions made this short little video that mashes up PSY’s “Gangnam Style” (which is so 2012) with The Hobbit. We think you’ll like it.
Watch the latest video from BrotherhoodWorkshop for another funny installment of life in Middle Earth beyond the books and movies. In this video, the Goblin King from The Hobbit takes on one of those nasty cave trolls from Lord of the Rings. You get to decide who wins this epic battle.
Be sure to watch both endings.
Whoever does Gollum’s voice is a dead-ringer for Andy Serkis. Wow…
Alice isn’t the only SEALUG member bringing something epic to Emerald City Comicon this weekend in Seattle. David Frank (Frasland) is part of a big group of local builders collaborating on a large-scale Hobbiton. David’s section includes a field and two tiers of Hobbit holes.
I can’t wait to see this come together tomorrow! (And we’ll make sure someone takes great pictures to feature here later.)
As part of OSCAR weekend, TheOneRing.net and Premiere Events presents An Unexpected Art Show to be held in Los Angeles, California on Friday, February 22, from 7 PM to 1 AM. Celebrating The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, An Unexpected Art Show will feature inspired and influenced art pieces from paintings, drawings, and illustrations to prints from a variety of artists including LEGO brick built creations from OneLUG, Tommy Williamson, and Norbert Labuguen. The OneLUG will be displaying The Last March of the Ents and also unveiling their newest LOTR creation!!! If you live near Los Angeles, come and enjoy An Unexpected Art Show!!!
Here’s a great Hobbit diorama for you. This scene by Legopard depicts the tricky situation Thorin’s company find themselves in, as they’re backed to the edge of a precipice before being rescued by eagles, which is also the subject of the official set Attack of the Wargs. Legopard’s eagle is a true standout here, with some really terrific sculpting, and the whole diorama conveys the film’s scene excellently.
Dwalin and Balin are probably my two favorite dwarves from The Hobbit and Pate-keetongu recreated them perfectly. There is a plethora of cool details in both figures but the pattern on Balin’s shirt is incredible.
After what seems like an eternity, I am finally getting to my review of 79010 The Goblin King Battle. I don’t like picture-heavy reviews so don’t expect any of my own. I will be talking about three aspects of this set: part selection, minifigs and set design.
To begin with, the part selection in this set is very good. I’m a castle builder at heart and this set is chock full of castle/fantasy goodness, as you would expect from a Lord of The Rings set (yes, it’s the Hobbit, but you know what I mean). There are tons of dark grey slopes and such, lots of brown bits and loads of decorative bits such as bones, books, weapons, jewels, etc. There were around twenty pieces that used stickers. The majority of those were tiles with various wood grains. I would have preferred that those were printed, but I know that LEGO is mostly going with stickers these days. The only piece that really suffers from the sticker use is the 2×2 tile/scroll that the Goblin Scribe is supposed to hold. If you actually have him hold it, his hand messes up the edge of the sticker. Printing would have been a much better choice for this piece. However, overall I was mostly very happy with the parts selection.
Secondly, the minifigs are a fun assortment. Naturally LEGO dispersed the 13 dwarves throughout all the sets. In this one you get Ori, Dori and Nori. You also get Gandalf, the Goblin King and three goblins. The three dwarves all very decent figs. I really like their torsos. Ori’s hairpiece is a bit boring since it simply Ron’s hair from the Harry Potter line in brown. The other two are unique to these figs. Gandalf is the same as the one in the small cart set. LEGO lists it as different figure but the only difference is that this one has a sword. The three goblins are each unique. This surprised me. I was expecting all three to have the same torso. They have the same heads, headpiece and two have the same legs. The goblin scribe has stubby legs. That just leaves the Goblin King. He is obviously supposed to be the highlight of the set. I was rather under-whelmed by him. I am a fan of the giant trolls and such but the Goblin King leaves something to be desired. He is going to be hard to use for anything else. I hope someone does (and I have some plans myself) but there are some design elements that are really going to get in the way. The main issue is his crown. It doesn’t come off. You can remove the three spikes but the base of the crown is part of the figure and seriously limits the versatility. The snarling expression and printed hair down the back are also issues but they are easier to work around.
Read the rest of the review after the jump!
J.R.R. Tolkein’s own artwork for The Hobbit shows many different hobbit holes in Hobbiton, but it’s rare to see anything other than Bilbo’s green-doored Bag End. So, it’s quite a nice change to see this gorgeous, different slice of Hobbiton by Brick Vader. I love the way the shape of the diorama’s base reflects the iconic round doors.
You can see more photos (including interior shots) on Imperium der Steine.
One of the additions I enjoyed about the first new Hobbit movie is that Peter Jackson fleshed out Gandalf’s fellow wizard Radagast the Brown. (There were certainly other additions or differences I appreciated less…)
K.Kreations saw The Hobbit as well, and was inspired by Radagast’s very unique abode.
LEGO posted photos on their Facebook page yesterday of a life-size version of my favorite LEGO set, 79003 An Unexpected Gathering.
Here’s what LEGO says:
It took a team of 12 model shop employees 3,000 hours to build this life size model of the LEGO Bag End set. In addition to containing over 2 million 1×1 bricks this model has working lights in the fireplace and over the bookstand as well as a chimney that really smokes!
I suspect that this display model was built for an upcoming trade show, like Toy Fair. We’ll ask around and update this post as we learn more.
You can see more views on the official LEGO and LEGO Shop Facebook pages.