“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/
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:
Helm’s Deep. For most, it is probably the most iconic scene from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. People have been creating all sorts of stuff based off of this legendary battle. Even I was creating Lego scenes and doodling Helm’s Deep throughout Middle School. Who knew that it would be Peter Jackson who would achieve everyones dream when he created his version for film.
When Lego announced that they were getting the Lord of the Rings license, the first question was whether or not they would do their own version of Helm’s Deep. Lego did not disappoint. In the first wave for the theme they released the awesome The Lord of the Rings: The Battle of Helm’s Deep 9474 . But for some, it still wasn’t enough.
GOEL KIM uploaded these photos of Helm’s Deep, created by Rich-K & Big J. This MOC is truly impressive. With over 150,000 bricks and 1,700 minifigs this has to be one of the largest LOTR builds out there. The Battle of the Hornburg is only 90% complete. With a massive tower, and more detailing to add. There are even more photos at MOCPages.
It’s not hard to imagine Théoden leading a final charge at dawn, and Gandalf arriving just in time to save the day.