Grogmar Trollmaster: The Basher of Skulls is one fearsome looking Orc. Created by Slamaskin, using pieces from the recent Fantasy Era Castle theme. Who knew that the relatively plain looking Lego Troll could look so good with some slight modifications. Now sporting a sort of battle backpack with chains and bone decorations. The end result is great, and helps to increase the Trolls usability. Adding this sort of detailing is a good way to get these things to show up in the more detailed Hobbit or Lord of the Rings builds.
Check out Grogmar Trollmaster over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbb_bros/15391765130/
It is December which means that a new wave of The Hobbit themed sets are now available. There are a total of 4 sets mainly focusing on Dol Guldur. It would have been nice to see a little bit more of Mirkwood or even Beorn’s home. Maybe future sets will fill in some of these gaps. Lake Town Chase is the star of this wave.
Amazon has these new sets in stock, and they seem pretty popular. The holiday season has been kind and discounts between 10-20% off have been popping up on these.
Lego The Hobbit Dol Guldur Ambush 79011
Lego The Hobbit Mirkwood Elf Army 79012
Lego The Hobbit Lake Town Chase 79013
Lego The Hobbit Dol Guldur Battle 79014
“We are the fighting Uruk-hai! We slew the great warrior. We took the prisoners. We are the servants of Saruman the Wise, The White Hand: The Hand that gives us man’s-flesh to eat. We came out of Isengard, and led you here, and we shall lead you back by the way we choose.” — The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien
At first glance the Friendsington Castle looks like a normal friendly Lego Friends castle. But, then you notice some of the details such as the Orcs and Troll, or the redecorated Batcave, or even Jack Sparrow. Friendsington Castle is a weird blend of Lego Friends, Superheroes and other Lego themes. There is a certain charm to the madness. Created by fujiia in collaboration with Kloou for the Fana’Briques 2013 expo.
“An ordinary day at Friendsington Castle. Despite the naughty Orcs’ constant attacks, our Friends prefer to develop their artistic senses with little regard for those poor Superheroes.”
One of the most surprising details is under the castle. It looks like the Lego Friends have spent a lot of time redecorating the Batcave. Turning it from a dark and gloomy cave into a bright and clean place for cats. Even Batman’s Tumbler has been completely repainted. Now featuring a green and yellow scheme. Batman is probably less than enthusiastic about these changes, but may be even more upset that Wolverine seems to have found his way into the cave. Superman seems to be without pants, and Spiderman has just gotten a wild hairdo. This is just a sample of the crazy going on here.
Friendsington Castle, by fujiia and Kloou, can be found over at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fujiia/9202160426/
San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) attendies have another exclusive Lego minifigure to hunt down, named Azog. This exclusive minifig is based on a villain from The Hobbit film. The only way to get this Azog minifigure is to receive it randomly. They are not for sale at the Lego booth. Making this one of the hardest and rarest minifigures to find.
While first mentioned in the Hobbit novel, Azog was a very minor character. The film version of The Hobbit is where Azog, as a character, was greatly expanded. A giant pale Orc with a vendetta.
Source and images from: From Bricks to Bothans: http://www.fbtb.net/2013/07/19/sdcc-azog-giveaway/
The first full review for the new Lego, the Lord of the Rings, the Tower of Orthanc (10237) has been released, and it is over at Eurobricks. Rufus has written up a super cool review, showcasing every tiny detail of this towering tower. Oddly enough Lego has made two conflicting sets in the same release. To put it bluntly the Wizard Battle (79005) is a mini version of the Tower of Orthanc. So, if you cannot afford the full price, the smaller mini set is a good alternative. As Rufus points out in his review, the white wizard Saruman is actually different in both sets, meaning that if you are a completist then you will need both.
The Tower of Orthanc is a full six floors, with 2,359 pieces, and really is one of the tallest Lego models to date. It measures 28″ tall (71cm), which is over 2 feet! The inclusion a fully posable and working brick built Ent is wonderful. And although, the inclusion of an Eagle is also great, it is a shame that it is a molded figure. At least it can be replaced with the Lego Creator Fierce Flyer (31004) which makes a great brick built eagle.
The overall opinion is that this is a great set from Lego, which features an unbelievable amount of black bricks. The price to brick ratio (8.5¢) is also reasonable, which is rare for a licensed set.
Go read the full review at Eurobricks: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=83553
More information about the Tower of Orthanc can also be found at: http://legogenre.com/lego-tower-of-orthanc/
The new Lego Lord of the Rings sets are now available, and the reviews are starting to come in. The big set of this wave is the Pirate Ship Ambush (79008) and comes with 756 pieces, 9 minifigures, and a whole lot of printed shields. Although a tad on the expensive side, the set does include a giant boat, and when compared to other boat sets, the price is just about right ($99 US). Oddly enough a tiny catapult is included with the set; perfect for your Army of the Dead to attack. The boat/corsair comes with some strange pieces, such as 24 shields (printed and unprinted), dragon wings, and a loaf of bread. Just in case Gimli gets hungry.
Speaking of Gimli, he just happens to be included with this set. As is Aragorn and Legolas, just in case you missed them in the first wave of the Lord of the Rings releases. The new minifigs are surprisingly great, and are almost worth the price of the set. The King of the Dead, and two Soldiers of the Dead are the center attraction here. They feature a pasty green color scheme, and even glow in the dark (just like in the film!). There is also two Orcs and a corsair of Umbar included. I would have liked to have seen more pirates, but I guess Orcs are good too. The one corsair of Umbar included is based off of the cameo that Peter Jackson made as a Castamir of Umbar in the extended edition of the Lord of the Rings: Return of the Ring.
Check out the full review of the Pirate Ship Attack (79008) by Lego Freak over at Eurobricks: