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#1 Nuju Metru

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:12 AM

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For reference:
I. THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
II. THE TWO TOWERS


III. THE RETURN OF THE KING

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This is the project topic for my custom-made sets of The Return of the King. This is the last installment of this project - see above for the first two - and if you're looking for an explanation as to why I am where I am now, it can probably be found there.  The creations below are built to be like sets that TLG themselves would make (ironic, huh?). Each one thus has specific minifigures, and even an imagined price point. My sets are built for stability, detail, playability, and differentiation of sizes. So, without further ado, let's get started!
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3) Witch King Demise
Eowyn and Merry have ridden into battle and faced many foes, but none as powerful as the Witch King of Angmar. The Witch King boasts that no man can fell him... Eowyn is no man.
Imagined price point: $12
Features include: swinging base.
Includes 3 minifigures: Meriadoc Brandybuck, Eowyn, Witch King
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2) Caverns of the Dead
To defeat the mighty forces assaulting Minas Tirith, Aragorn will need to seek aid in strange places. He leads his friends deep into the earth to try and win the alliance of the Army of the Dead. But the ghostly king has something else in mind...
Imagined price point: $30
Features include: skull droppers, launching pad
Includes 4 minifigures: Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Dead King
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1) Siege of Minas Tirith
The great Gondorian city of Minas Tirith is under attack by the armies of Mordor! Gandalf the White must rally the men of the west to defend their stronghold against the orc horde and their formidable leader, the Witch King of Angmar. Can the city last against Sauron's powerful attack?
Imagined price point: $250
Features include: launching catapult, launching trebuchets, fell beast with 28 points of articulation, modular build
Includes 14 minifigures: Gandalf the White, Peregrin Took, Denethor, Faramir, Witch King, Gothmog, Orc Captain, Gondorian Soldiers (4x), Orcs (3x)
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#2 CallMePie

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:19 AM

Very much worth the wait - that set is both amazing and fairly realistic for LEGO to release. I would definitely buy this.  :wub_drool:  I can't wait to see what else you design.

Do you have a part count on it?

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#3 -GZ-

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:32 AM

I was looking forward to this part and finally! First 'set' in the new line - and definetly the greatest one in the whole project) but about minifigs - in my opinion, there are too much of them for an 'official-like' set. Though they all are wonderful!

And the building itself... It's quite big for LEGO, too, in my opinion (at last it looks so at the first photo). Though it's a 'mini' view, like LEGO Hogwarts, it looks too tall. Maybe. it's because there are no catle sets with such price tag to compare... But I wish there will be an official Minash Tirith set, as large as your one.

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#4 Zardoz

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:34 AM

Fantastic. TLC ought to give you a job as a designer right now. Your Minas tirith is exactly the size I am hoping TLC would make. Big but not that supersized a normal household couldn't afford a place for it. I can't say what I like most of it. Every single aspect of it seems perfect. Great job. Piece count and imagined price point?

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#5 The_Cook

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:41 AM

A very good use of panels and rock pieces to get height into the model for a minimal brick count (and weight of ABS). It definitely looks like something that Lego could produce and sell; sufficiently detailed but still buildable. The modular aspect to the walls reminded me very much of Battle Of Alamut and the other modern castles which is a good thing. At first I thought that 12 minifigs was a little too many but actually given the size set that you're proposing and it's price point I'd probably agree that it's about right. Well done.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:30 AM

...oh my God, I want (I would) to buy this set!  :wub:
Immediately!  :grin:

The size of your Minas Tirith is perfect. The colors and the design are also perfect!

What do you think? How many bricks are in this set included? How expensive would this set be?

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#7 narbilu

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:33 AM

This is brilliant... TLC should really take a close look at this one

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#8 Legonardo

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:49 AM

Brilliant!

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#9 Ultron

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:50 AM

This is great! I love the witch king!

#10 Pythor

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:55 AM

So great dude - mind blowingly amazing.I neeeeeeeed this!

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:58 AM

Great set! I love the catapult on the walls most of all.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:22 AM

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:17 PM

Unreal....... Both realisticly achievable as a Lego set and on a scale that would please most AFOLs. Well done!!!
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:26 PM

Incredible work on Minas Tirith, it looks very accurate to the film yet still playable and not huge  :thumbup:
The modularity is great, the nazgul is also very cool  :classic:
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 01:42 PM

This is by far your best set! Amazing! If this were an actual set, I'd buy it in a heartbeat! It's practically exactly what I was thinking of when I imagined how LEGO would make this set! Let's hope they do something as good as this! I love all the little rooms,reminds me of the most recent Hogwarts set.

Also, when should we expect to see the next set, and if you're unsure, could you hint at what it will be?
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 02:01 PM

Wow. I am overwhelmed! Superb work!

#17 SheepEater

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 02:08 PM

Love your Minas Tirith! Very much in line with what Lego would produce - though I would wish for something bigger. How many pieces does yours have?

You obviously took a cue from their own Helm's Deep in the scale, and wall construction.

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#18 narbilu

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 02:34 PM

Again, this set is amazing... only missing the tree of life

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 02:38 PM

Wow, that was worth the wait!  I would definitely buy one, the trebuchet is great!
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 02:41 PM

Aw yes, I've been waiting for this one... It looks fantastic. :wub:
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:40 PM

Fantastic build, this must have taken quite some time to build. Well done!  :thumbup:

Though I must say, I think it's too big and contains too many figures to be a realistic 'ordinary' LEGO set. Maybe a USC though.

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Again, this set is amazing... only missing the tree of life

Agreed, it's a shame something as iconic as the tree is missing. But eh, he had to stop building somewhere.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:49 PM

View Postnarbilu, on 01 August 2012 - 02:34 PM, said:

Again, this set is amazing... only missing the tree of life

Tree of Gondor. Sorry, I had to be the nerd who corrects this.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:53 PM

Though this is a very nice representation of Minas Tirith and the minifigs are all excellent, the whole scale of it kind of ruins the concept. In my opinion, if LEGO were ever to release a set based on Minas Tirith it would have to be a) a very large segment of it to minifig scale (or maybe system scale), or just something verty much like this, but without the figs. Very well done, though.

#24 Gandalf the Purple

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:54 PM

Very, very nice.  :thumbup:
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:06 PM

Fantastic work!  If Lego comes anything close to this if/when they do a Minas Tirith set, I'll be very happy.  :thumbup:
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