Blakstone, on 28 November 2012 - 02:59 AM, said:
I have not heard of a licensed chess set and I believe that is due to the license. LEGO has the construction toy license, not the action figure or chess set license. There has to be a substantial amount of building to go with the sets to justify the license. Hence, all the polybags and the Star Wars advent calendar have stuff to build.
This pretty much nails it on the head. I am not exactly sure how a game license would work, but I know Lego can't offer strictly minifigure packs without some building pieces. Just minifigures would be considered an action figure toy and Lego only has the rights for the construction license.
clouette, on 28 November 2012 - 03:52 AM, said:
You should MOC one and show us!
Someone made a pretty good one several weeks ago. Personally I would LOVE to see a LotR/Hobbit chess set, no matter how unlikely it may be. It would be a great way to army build and also get the entire Fellowship without having to buy all the other sets (another reason Lego will prolly never make one besides the licensing issues). I think the most likely choices if a dream LotR set were ever made are as follows:
Sauron and Saruman as the King/Queen for the dark side
Lurtz/Womrtongue as the Bishops
Nazgul on horses as Knights
Orthanc and Barad-dûr as the Rooks
Mordor Orcs as the Pawns
Aragorn and Gandalf as the King/Queen for the light side
Frodo and Sam as the Bishops
Gimli and Legolas as the Knights
Treebeard and another Ent with Pippin and Merry on their shoulders as the Rooks (GREAT idea other guy use in his chess MOC)
Gondor Soldiers as the Pawns