LOTR & The Hobbit 2012
Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:39 PM
Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:41 PM
I don't find the Gandalf polybag quite as bad as the Frodo one from the last LotR wave. Sure Gandalf is in 4 sets now, but at least only one other is a cheap set available for under $50. Frodo on the other hand was available in a 13 and 20 dollar set, the two cheapest ones available at the time outside the polybag. What I find it odd is how people have so many problems with the Gandalf polybag, and not the Frodo one. Both are equally as horrible imo, considering the alternative options to getting Frodo in shire clothing or Gandalf. Come on.. give us a Legolas or Thorin and make the poly at least somewhat useful! I can't complain too much though considering both the other polybags are amazing. We get one superb polybag each wave, and one terribad one it seems.
Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:05 PM
But they were both disappointing compared to the other polybag they were released with.
Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:32 PM
Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:37 PM
Not for you, perhaps. I bought the Frodo set in a heartbeat (and will do the same with the Gandalf set) simply because I'm a big fan polybag sets, redundant minifigs or not. Besides, $3.99 is a pretty negligible amount for a Lego fix.
Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:05 PM
Gandalf's torso, beard, hat and legs could be used for a number of different things as well.
Oh don't get me wrong, I will too. The only reason being I am an OCD completionist though, not because it offers anything of real value I couldn't get in another set.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think the Gandalf OR the Frodo polybag are any better than one another, I just find it odd how no one really complained about the Frodo poly like they seem to be doing over the Gandalf one. Regardless I think 2 amazing polybags (Uruk-hai and Mirkwood Elf) and 2 terrible ones (Frodo and Gandalf) are better than 4 mediocre ones. At least I can pick and choose which I want and how many of each to get (except the Uruk-hai since it wasn't readily available here in the U.S. )
Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:09 PM
One great polybag and one bad (or less than average) one at a time. Mhm...
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:51 PM
I'd say because at the time, the Frodo bag was all we had. Then came the Uruk-Hai, Elrond, Mirkwood Elf, and now Gandalf. No one really complained about the Frodo, because we didn't have anything to compare it to. Now that we've had a sample of how good things can get, it becomes disappointing when every bag isn't a great army-builder or rare character.
Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:08 PM
Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:31 PM
So I went to TRU yesterday and asked when they were getting their next truck, they didn't have any Hobbit sets. The lady said she didn't know and then asked what I was looking for. I said LEGO Hobbit sets, they should come out Tuesday, and that other TRUs in the county have them out. She replied that if they have a street date of Tuesday that's when they'll go out. But I've seen that TRU break the street date all of the time, so as far as I'm concerned, that lady knows nothing.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:59 AM
Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:23 AM
Actually the Frodo and Uruk-hai polybag were both first revealed at the same time when their instruction files were found online. I am not entirely convinced the Frodo polybag came out first either, since the Uruk-hai one has not been talked about much at all here in the states. Supposedly it was also released at Legoland Discovery centers some time ago, but other than that it's availability/release are pretty much unknown. The UK Sun release of it that has been publicized and over shadowed any U.S.
Regardless of it's release order, we still knew about the Frodo AND Uruk-hai polybag at the same time. While the Uruk-hai may not have been considered as good as the Mirkwood Elf for a number of reasons (other options to get Uruk-hai for almost as cheap being the main), it's still a great polybag by any standard.
True that. I called last week asking about the Hobbit sets and the woman on the phone came back after a 10 minute wait and was reading off the LotR sets they have available.. get this, on their online site! Yes, I am well aware of your online sets available, I have checked and seen them many timers. I also am aware you have the LotR sets there. What I want to know if you have the HOBBIT sets available IN STORE!
Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:53 AM
Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:51 AM
*Sign*. The Frodo bag was mass released at all TRU stores, the Uruk-Hai bag was only offered in the UK thru one newspaper. Sorry, the Frodo bag came out first - I had him in hand well before reports or in hand pics emerged for the Uruk-Hai bag.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:20 AM
Whereas the Elves and the Uruk Hai are just pure perfect army builders. Yeah they have some detail pieces. Mushrooms, Barrels etc. Who cares? Just gimme lots o the same figs to line up.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:25 AM
1. Dwarf from the iron hills with full kit, cape, axe, hammer with some rock background.
2. Gondorian Ranger with cape, hood and also a hair piece with a tree in background
3. Gondorian Soldier in full armour with shield, spear and sword, Maybe a bow and quiver as well.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:13 AM
Edited by Legonardo, 26 November 2012 - 10:13 AM.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:47 AM
2. Generic Goblin from the Hobbit
3. Generic Ghost (Army of the Dead)
Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:52 AM
Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:56 PM
Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:13 PM
*double sigh* Did you miss the part where I talked about the Legoland Discovery Centers? The Sun promo wasn't the only place the Uruk-hai polybag was available, it was available a few months earlier at Discovery Centers here in the U.S. (and apparently the only place it was released in the U.S... so far). Exactly when it came out am not sure due to it not being talked about much. I would be inclined to agree with you that the Frodo polybag 'officially" came out first, but that's not really the point.
My point was both polybags were REVEALED at the same time. That negates your argument about us only having the Frodo polybag to go off of and hence why people didn't complain about it as much. We knew about both Frodo and the Uruk-hai at the exact same time. Huw at Brickset found the instructions for both the Frodo and Uruk-hai polybag when he was searching Lego's database , as well as many other new ones yet unreleased at the time. Here is but one example of a link to the news. It was revealed a month or two before either polybags were available anywhere. I even made a thread talking about how bad I thought the Frodo polybag was and how good the Uruk-hai one was before either sets were released.
Tough question! It's especially hard to say right now since we have no idea what's in store for future waves. For instance right now I would LOVE a Gondor Soldier in full armor, but if Lego releases a set like the Uruk-hai Army one, except with Mordor Orcs and Gondorian Soldiers my longing for a Gondor Soldier polybag would plummet. With that being said, based on what has been released my top three are:
Mordor Orc (preferably in different armor than what we have seen so far, can never have enough orcs!)
Easterling (they just look so great in their armor, I think a minifigure version would be fantastic plus they don't really have any big scenes Lego could use to create a set based around them, unlike the Haradrim and Mumakil)
Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:00 PM
Gondor Soldier Full armor, Shield Sword Spear
Merry (i am not a fan of wethertop it would be a great way to get him)
The Hobbit i Would have
One of the Dwarves of the Company that's in the goblin king set (i won't be picking that set up)
The Elf Polybag we have now with but have elf hair and as well as the bow one of those swords
One of the Goblins from the Goblin King Battle (not the scribe)
Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:03 PM
1 Orc (With battle armor for some variation)
3 Ranger of Ithilien
I would love any of those!
I would love to see the Orc Key Chains go on sale for 99 cents! I would get over my fear of not being a purist and cut off the key chain part!
Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:12 AM
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