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#7951 Anduril

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:24 PM

I can't wait for christmas to get the hobbit sets. My favorite one so far has to be unexpected gathering or barrel escape. I love the elf minifigures in barrel escape.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:55 PM

I managed to get the Riddles for the Ring and Escape from the Mirkwood Spiders at my local toy store today. Guess what, they opened at half eight this morning and by the time I got there, around nine they had sold out of the Unexpected Gathering.

Fortunately for me I was up waiting last night for it to tick over midnight and got it off the LEGO online store at 12.01am. I think I'll order the Barrel Escape as well in a couple of days as they said they had not had that one in at the store.

My wife and I have just built the two sets we got this morning. It was good to get a couple more elves although I don't recall Legolas making an appearance in the Hobbit, at least not by name. I assume he must have been somewhere in the elven halls though.

I am thinking of getting a Riddles for the Ring set for my mother for Christmas as she is a big Gollum fan from the books and after watching The Lord of the Rings at the cinema and on DVD she a few years back she has taken to saying 'Teethies' and 'Precious' in a very Gollum like way and when I told her this morning I had just bought the set it sparked a session of such utterings as I drove her to the supermarket.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:54 PM

That's interesting. My dad who has only seen the LOTR movies seemed very interested in LEGO Gollum as well. He is not into LEGOs at all, so that was odd.

I suppose it is based on locale, but I have yet to see any Hobbit sets sell out around here. Every store that has stocked them still have plenty left. Yet people keep talking about them selling out around them.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:13 AM

Good lord, i need more money.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:03 AM

Visited TRU store here in UK today and they had a good offer on (£20 free gift card when you spend £75 on Lego sets). So I purchased Unexpected Gathering and Escape from Mirkwood Spiders :grin:
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:05 AM

Got the Barrel Escape today! Now I have all the Hobbit sets, minus the polybags. I was extremely happy to find three elven swords in the set rather than the two shown on the box. The instruction manual says that there are only two in the set, so it looks like this new elven sword is being treated like Sting, and we'll get at least one extra in every full sized set they are released in! :thumbup:
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:35 AM

I just got my first two Hobbit sets: Escape from Mirkwood Spiders and Riddles for the Ring. I didn't really want Riddles at first but now that I have it I actually really like it. And the Mirkwood set is pretty nice too. Can't wait to get the rest!

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:27 AM

In case it hadn't been mentioned yet, TRU is offering the Gandalf polybag with a $25 Lego board game purchase this week (Dec 2nd-Dec 8th). Kind of wierd adding it in with the board game stuff, when usually the polybags are connected with a regular Lego purchase.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:34 AM

Got two Mirkwood Spiders coming hopefully this week! Mmmm elves, dwarves and spiders. Then its to Bag End.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

View PostFives, on 02 December 2012 - 03:05 AM, said:

Got the Barrel Escape today! Now I have all the Hobbit sets, minus the polybags. I was extremely happy to find three elven swords in the set rather than the two shown on the box. The instruction manual says that there are only two in the set, so it looks like this new elven sword is being treated like Sting, and we'll get at least one extra in every full sized set they are released in! :thumbup:

Do the polybags contain special figures which are not found in the sets?
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:19 PM

View Postlegolandia, on 02 December 2012 - 04:13 PM, said:

Do the polybags contain special figures which are not found in the sets?

The current Hobbit/LOTR polybags are:

Frodo, Uruk-Hai solider, Elrond, Mirkwood Elf, and Gandalf. Out of those listed, the only really unique ones are Elrond and the Mirkwood Elf - neither of those are currently offered in any set. The other three you can get in some form from boxed sets.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:42 PM

View PostHawkman, on 02 December 2012 - 07:19 PM, said:



The current Hobbit/LOTR polybags are:

Frodo, Uruk-Hai solider, Elrond, Mirkwood Elf, and Gandalf. Out of those listed, the only really unique ones are Elrond and the Mirkwood Elf - neither of those are currently offered in any set. The other three you can get in some form from boxed sets.

Don't forget Elrond was a promotional figure given away as part of the video game preorder, and was never a retail product. So I don't know if it is considered a true poly bag. It is more along the lines of the comic con build a Bilbo. The others were all retail impulse buy items. The Mirkwood elf is only partly unique. It is the same basic minifig (head chest and torso) found in the Barrel Escape set. It just has the green cowl instead of the elf hair.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:45 PM

BTW, Am I just imagining it, or do most of the Lego Hobbit releases seem to suspiciously line up with the musical numbers from the old Rankin Bass animated movie? (Not the Ralph Bakshi LotR, the Hobbit TV movie).

:angel_sing: ... The Greatest Adventure...
... Down Down to Goblin Town...
... Pretty Little Birds...
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:06 PM

View PostFaefrost, on 02 December 2012 - 09:45 PM, said:

BTW, Am I just imagining it....

Yes.  The sets focus on the same big events in the story that were big events in the other thing, that's all.  Furthermore, we do not speak of that cartoon.  Ever.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:11 PM

Since the Mirkwood elf is only different by the green hood vs elf hair, the only TRUE polybag is Elrond and since it had requirements to get him I don't consider him a true polybag either. Basically just buy the sets and you'll get the figures in the bags.

My wife just asked me last night if I've ever seen that cartoon and she said they watched it all the time in grade school. I have yet to see it (and I probably won't).
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:12 PM

Other than the Trollshaws, this first wave has done a really great job of capturing the main exciting scenes from the first bit of the book. I really hope that we get a Trollshaws/cave set, but seeing as in the film Bert, Will and Tom all have unique physical features and clothes, it would call for three new and different Troll molds, which would be extremely expensive for both LEGO to produce and us to purchase. The only way I could see them doing it would be if it was the second biggest set of the wave and had only three figs.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:40 PM

View PostCwertle, on 02 December 2012 - 12:13 AM, said:

Good lord, i need more money.

Sigh...don't we all. :sadnew:
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:52 AM

View PostFives, on 02 December 2012 - 10:12 PM, said:

Other than the Trollshaws, this first wave has done a really great job of capturing the main exciting scenes from the first bit of the book. I really hope that we get a Trollshaws/cave set, but seeing as in the film Bert, Will and Tom all have unique physical features and clothes, it would call for three new and different Troll molds, which would be extremely expensive for both LEGO to produce and us to purchase. The only way I could see them doing it would be if it was the second biggest set of the wave and had only three figs.


That's exactly what i was thinking, we can't expect TLG to offer a set with the three unique troll molds, unless it's very expensive.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:29 AM

View PostGryphon Ink, on 02 December 2012 - 10:06 PM, said:

Yes.  The sets focus on the same big events in the story that were big events in the other thing, that's all.  Furthermore, we do not speak of that cartoon.  Ever.

Rats! Here I thought I stumbled on some sort of Lego musical conspiracy :tongue:

Now try and just look at your Attack of the Worgs sets without hearing this in your head :devil:

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:05 AM

View PostGryphon Ink, on 02 December 2012 - 10:06 PM, said:

Yes.  The sets focus on the same big events in the story that were big events in the other thing, that's all.  Furthermore, we do not speak of that cartoon.  Ever.

Actually, I really liked the cartoon. For the time it wasn't all that bad.
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:10 AM

It was a lovely weekend... received all 6 Hobbit sets friday and had a few ours for myself to build them.

Overall:
The minifigs (and the maxifig Goblin King) are really a must have for every medival MOCer.
The scenery is well build and as LOTR sets very useful.

The best set:
Warg attack, because the build of the tree is so brilliant... I knew with this theme TLG woudl develop some nice trees, but this one is best.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:26 AM

Is any one thinking about getting 31004 Fierce Flyer to represent a Great Eagle?

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:00 AM

Yes, that was my first intention when I saw that set becoming available. I will probably buy a couple of it.
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:47 AM

View PostDarth Lurtz, on 04 December 2012 - 12:26 AM, said:

Is any one thinking about getting 31004 Fierce Flyer to represent a Great Eagle?

That's my plan. TRU has them here locally.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:12 AM

The 5 sets of note arrived from lego.com today. Going to wait til the holiday to crack em open though. Boxes look great, however.
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