Minifigures: Bilbo Baggins and Gollum
I have a feeling this set will most likely be $12.99 like Gandalf Arrives, though I really hope it is only $9.99. Of course this set will include Bilbo Baggins and Gollum. I don't really see any other figure possibilities beyond that since the entire scene is just these two telling riddles and then Gollum chasing Bilbo. I would guess this set would come with a boat for Gollum and possibly some fish accessories, as well as a small brick built island with a little water around it where Gollum lives.
Spiders of Mirkwood Forest
Minifigures: Bilbo Baggins, Fili, Kili, Bilfur, Oin
I believe it has already been estimated this set will fill the $29.99 spot, but I really hope not. I would love to see this set at the 39.99 price point and include a couple of the dwarves, Bilbo, and 3 medium sized brick built spiders similar to Shelob (whom I think has a FANTASTIC build!). The set instead could include several trees and vegetation with some spider webs between them holding them all together. While I would prefer not to include Bilbo in yet another set since he is already in 3, it's hard not to include him when he is pretty much the hero of this scene in the books and makes it all possible for the dwarves to escape.
Attack of the Wargs
Minifigures: Gandalf the Gray, 1 Great Eagle, 2 Wargs, 2 Goblins
To me this seems like the PERFECT army (or creature?) building pack. It would be a bit more pricey like the Uruk-Hai Army set, but it would totally be worth it. You could get two Goblins and 2 Wargs which you could also use to recreate the scene from the LotR: TTT. You would also get a Great Eagle and Gandalf to give the baddies someone to battle (plus, Gandalf is really the only one who does anything in this scene in the book). The set would also include 2 or 3 trees and a small part of the forest with fire, which could be used with the Mirkwood set mentioned above to create a much larger forest. Buy a couple of these sets and you could quickly build a HUGE forest (yes, I know this forest was technically different than Mirkwood, but you could still use them together), and help fill your ranks for the Battle of the Five Armies later.
An Unexpected Gathering
Minifigs: Gandalf the Gray, Bilbo Baggins, Balin, Bofur, Bombur, Dwalin
We already know what this set will contain for sure so there really is no point speculating since there is nothing to even speculate over!
Escape in the Barrels
Minifigs: Thorin, Gloin, Nori, Dori, Ori, Head Elf Prison Guard, Elf Butler
I could see this set going one of two ways. It could be more of the Elf palace (which I am sure many people would LOVE), but isn't really mentioned much in the book, or it could be more focused on the barrel room and prisons the dwarves are held in and the trap door to send them all down to the river below. Either way I imagine this set containing a large chunk of the dwarven company, much like Bag End/An Unexpected Gathering. It should definitely have an elf or two in way of the head guard and butler. There should be several large barrels of course, for all the dwarves to fit in and recreate the scene. the play feature should be a trap door they can sit on, with a piece that can be pulled out to let the door go and the barrels fall down to the river below.
The Orc King
Minifigures: Gandalf the Gray, Thorin Oakenshield, The Great Goblin, 3 Goblins
I imagine this set being much like the Mines of Moria set, but being slightly bigger and depicting a good chunk of Goblin Town rather than part of a small room. I could see the Goblin King being a new mold similar to the Cave Troll, but not quite as big (if what we see in the trailer is any indication of his size). Hopefully they could also have a tunnel or something, and maybe even 1 or 2 of the other dwarves, but who knows. Gandalf is pretty much mandatory in this set seeing as how he kills the Great Goblin and makes the dwarf escape possible, while Thorin also seems to be a shoe in since he helps fend off the pursuing goblins at least a few times.
I found placing all of Thorin's company in this wave incredibly difficult for two reasons. First off Bilbo could and really should be in practically every set since the story is (almost) always focused around him. In LotR we go between Frodo and the rest of the Fellowship a lot so it's not as much of an issue. The second problem is we have 13 dwarves plus Gandalf and Biblo for a total of 15 figures in Thorin's company, plus all the supporting characters where as in LotR the Fellowship is only comprised of 9, 1 of which dies 1/3 the way through the story. Not only that, most of the dwarves don't even have any big scenes in the book. I am sure this will change in the movies, but we haven't seen them yet and as such I just kind of randomly had to place a lot of the dwarves in the sets. Overall I think I did a fairly decent job of placing everyone as you really only NEED 3 sets to complete Thorin's company, and at the same time Gandalf and Bilbo are only in three sets and not too many or all of them...
Edited by Deathleech, 27 September 2012 - 09:53 PM.