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I was excited to hear about a polybag with the Laketown Guard in it as I had Laketown but only one guard, and had to have at least two. At $5 this was a half decent deal, not the Elf polybag mind you, but still pretty good. Enjoy this pecial Reviewers Academy Anniversary edition review! Set Information: Name: Laketown Guard Set Number: 30216 Pieces: 31 Price: $4.99 Ages: 6-12 Minifigs: 1 Theme: The Hobbit Year of Release: 2013 Brickset Bricklink Flickr Set Baggy: The front of the bag is graced with some beautiful artwork showing Laketown in the winter. The banner at the top of the bag is also quite lovely, the muted colors and the company trekking across a ridge look great. Nothing much on the back of the bag as usual. Just "The Hobbit" in various languages as well as a wall-of-text warnings. Contents: As this is a small set, here's all of the parts included. Nothing super extraordinary since this is a poly bag and the main draw is the minifigure. These are the only two extra parts, really excited to see some extra dark green cheese! Manual: Here is our manual. The light grey background for this is a good choice; it really plays on the snow aspect. The back of the manual is split between a half page ad for the rest of Laketown and the final instructions for the set. Minifigure: This figure is just so cool! All of the curves in the figure flow so well; not to mention the colors. The purple, dark red, and brown flow together quite well. Laketown has some great colors. There's quite a bit of detail on this guy too, you can see the chain mail skirt sticking out from under his robes. Less to see on the back. His belt continues around and his shirt has some nice printing. Now the Master of Laketown has has two guards; as he should! The Laketown figures are so wonderfully designed and have great color schemes. Finished Model: There's really not a whole lot to this set; it's a polybag after all. But one gets a nice little armory and a decent catapult. It's a pretty standard armory design that we've seen repeated for years now with only slight changes. The catapult is pretty good though. Here's the armory compared to the one that came in the Laketown Chase set, the one here is actually more impressive. Our original guard has a more enjoyable time with a friend now. Conclusion: This isn't a terrible set at all if one is army building with the figure. Otherwise there's really not a reason to be getting more than one. (I'm a bit of a completionist myself. ) The figure is really quite pretty though. Ratings: Playability: 4/10 Okay you get the catapult, but who's he supposed to fire it at?? Design: 5/10 It's a pretty standard set model wise; we've seen similar stuff quite often. Price: 8/10 I can't complain about the price to much. Minifigures: 9/10 I absolutely love this figure! So detailed and wonderfully colored. Parts: 6/10 Nothing spectacular at all in this set. Total: 32/50 "Mine's bigger!" Like this review? Want to learn how to make good reviews? Then join the Reviewers Academy!
I've had this set for quite a while now. I don't quite remember when exactly I got it. I got it originally to have a complete collection, and for the minifigures, but after building the set I was pleasantly surprised by it. This set has been a glaring gap in our LotR review database so with the Eurobricks Reviewers Academy Anniversary, I thought it was time the gap was filled! Set Information: Name: Orc Forge Set Number: 9476 Pieces: 363 Price: $39.99 Ages: 8-14 Minifigs: 4 Theme: Lord of the Rings Year of Release: 2012 Bricklink Brickset Flickr Set Box: Here's the front of the box. The top bar shows Sauron's finger with the ring. The set has been dropped on a very wonderfully detailed scene. I would like to know why the "The Lord of the Rings" text is on top of the set though. The front of the box is an action scene. The back has more detailed images. I love how they've formatted the back too, the parchment with the nails really adds a great medieval look. There's also a small add for LEGO Lord of the Rings. The 1:1 image on the box is of Lurtz, boy he does look good. The parchment note is continued here again. Contents: I normally don't include minifigure parts in my new/interesting parts image; however these were just too cool not to include. Until Orthanc came out, the armor pieces with the hand print were exclusive to this set. The cheese and 1x1 round are new colors I believe: and no stickers in this set, the tile is printed! The brick separator isn't an extra part really, but I'm not sure where else to put it. That olive cheese is definitely the best score in this set. Manual: Now for the manual. The front shows the same art as the front of the box, minus all of the cluttering set information. The first page shows a bunch of warnings and instructional information on how to use the light brick. On the next two pages are what bags build what and not to build out in the yard. It's printed on a nice tan back map back ground. I had no color misprints. And a close up of the map. I find it rather funny that it shows Erebor here. A full page, fun ad for the LEGO Lord of the Rings website. Finally a checklist so one can keep track of what minifigures they own. Minifigures: Now for the best part; the minifigures! There may be only four in this set, but they are packed with detail. The Uruk is pretty generic, but he's special because of the inclusion of the helmet with the hand of Sarumon on it. Lurtz is a brown color as opposed to the dark red of the Uruks, and he has a nicely muscled printed torso. The two Orcs are exactly the same, but one gets a hair piece. I love the inclusion of the rings on the Orcs. Most of the back printing on these guys is covered up by their various hair pieces or armor. However they all have nice detailing on the back. With the hair pieces and armor removed it's easy to see that the backs are just as nicely detailed as their fronts. The Uruk and Lurtz have alternate expressions as well. I'm really glad that LEGO put printing on the back of the Orc's heads, even if it could be covered up by hair. Look at all of the accessories/weapons included for these guys. Sadly, Lurtz can't have his hair piece on when he's wearing the armor. That's about the only thing I do not like about the minifigures. Otherwise they're all some of the most nicely detailed minifigures I've gotten in a LONG time. The Build: Bag one builds the whole of the left side. The second bag starts on the right section and builds part of the forge. Bag three finishes the right section. The completed set, it does look pretty good. Finished Model: The set looks a lot better when populated with minifigures. The color blocking is done quite well too. Check out all of that olive cheese! These are the two most lackluster items in the set. While they were in the movie, I think they're some of the hardest items to recreate into usable items with LEGO. I prefer everything to be absolutely symmetrical. I think that's the math in me coming out. But this actually looks really good. Side shot of the crane to give you an idea of how far it sticks out. All of the structural elements are easily visible from the back. I must admit I'm not used to seeing it from this side! The set actually looks pretty long from this angle. The crane will actually hold the bucket up, I haven't put much weight in it though... I think the smelting area looks pretty good, I also love that LEGO used the raised base for two completely different functions. The rock detailing is rather repetitive, but there is just enough variation for it to look great when the set is finished. Functions: First you load up the ore. Then crane it up. By turning this the bucket goes up or down. Then pour it down a chute to a cauldron. And finally smelt the iron. You push this to make the light brick turn on. One can dig Lurtz out from his pit. By pulling this away Lurtz can come out. There's a hole in the back to push Lurtz through with. One can also hammer the weapons out with the anvil. Conclusion: This set really has grown on me since I bought it. Like I said, I had originally gotten it for the minifigures, not expecting much. When this was released it was the set with the most olive parts in it. Not to mention the sheer number of play features! I do not do much playing, but I could definitely see someone else having hours of fun with this set. The amount of details on the minifigures still astounds me. Ratings: Playability: 9/10 There are a TON of functions in this set, I was pleasantly surprised at how well they work too. Design: 6/10 LEGO did a pretty good job of turning that huge underground maze into a $40 set. Price: 10/10 I have zero complaints about the price at all, there's so much great stuff in this set it's well worth it. Minifigures: 8/10 The only thing that could have made this set better would have been the inclusion of armor that works with Lurtz's hair and a bow for him. Parts: 7/10 There are a fair number of new and interesting items to make this set good. Total: 40/50 Like this review? Want to learn how to make good reviews? Then join the Reviewers Academy!
Masked Builder posted a topic in LEGO LicensedI was in NYC visiting with Flare, we spent way to long in the LEGO store in Rockefeller center. I walked out with this. I did like the look of the set, though I was mostly in it just for Batman, I wasn't at all sure about the rubber ducky boat thingy. Set Information: Name: Batman: The Penguin Face Off Set Number: 76010 Pieces: 136 Price: $12.99 Ages: 5-12 Minifigs: 2 Theme: DC Superheroes Year of Release: 2014 Bricklink Brickset S@H Flickr Set Box: The first thing I notice about this box is that there is a TON of information crammed into this very small box. That choking hazard warning really bugs me. LEGO has, as usual, crafted a very nice action shot of the set. The new Batman design in the upper right corner is great too. A lot less going on in the back though. Apparently flick fires say "zoom" now. And the 1:1 is Batman! I'm rather surprised not to see Penguin here as he's a short figure. Contents: Inside the box there are three rather small bags, and the manual. That bag in the upper left corner was very full. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Batman logo was printed onto the sloped piece, as it wasn't printed in the Bat-cave. And I really like these eyes. Only thing that stands out to me is the wonderful 1x1 round eye tile. Manual: The art on the manual front is pretty similar to the box, but much wider image. That dang warning image is still here too. Inside the manual is a lovely soft green color and has a slight computer looking overlay. In some corners we have Batman, Man-bat, and Flash. Minifigures: On to my favorite part: the minifigures! I absolutely LOVE Batman. Penguin surprised me, he's a great figure too. Penguin has a wonderful fur coat, along with a monocle. I'm used to a fat Penguin, so the lack of print trying to represent fat is a little disappointing. It looks like Batman has some type of heating or breathing gizmo going on with his suit. Both figures have back printing, though Batman's is covered by the scuba tank. Penguin's fur coat continues around on the back. More of the light blue highlights are continued here on Batman's back. I cannot wait to use this head on a figure. It looks basically like a printed scuba mask to me. Batman also has a second face, just the usual exp<b></b>ression. He looks a lot like one of the new clones the way he head is printed. Quick comparison with one of my other Batman figures. The Batman from this set has a Nolan style cowl. Both figures also have some accessories. Penguin has a hard time standing with his iconic umbrella. The Build: Since this is a small set, I'm not going to go into detail about the build, it was pretty straight forward. Finished Model: The set doesn't look too bad without nice photo editing. The Penguin bombs seem a little odd. These are the Penguin bombs. Really the design isn't bad, I just don't like them. The antenna ruin them for me. They fit rather nicely into the little iceberg, that, for some reason, is holding a diamond. Now for the wonderful rubber ducky! This guy is pretty cute and resembles a duck quite well. At first glance it looks a little fat, but trust me, it grows on you. Here you can see Penguin's steering wheel. Now do note that this is powered by a propeller and some orange thruster thingys. Seems like overkill to me, though they might be for steering. Penguin fits nicely into the back of the duck. This is the funny little Bat-vehicle included in the set. Not sure what it's supposed to be. I do like that LEGO tried to vary from the duck with this, but I think a propeller would have been fitting on this. Batman just barely fits into the vehicle with his flippers. And I love that there's a spot to put his gun. Functions: This missile, while front heavy, you can actually fire. You can't fire this one unless you're holding it. There's no way it could be fired while it's on the ground. Conclusion: Yes this set is actually better than I thought it'd be. The Bat-vehicle thingy, is sub par, as his vehicles usually are. The rubber duck is absolutely wonderful. Both minifigures are definitely up there on my list of best DC figures I own. I do wish there were some better functions, flick fires don't cut it any more. Ratings: Playability: 4/10 There is just about nothing in the way of play features in this set at all. Design: 7/10 That rubber duck is wonderfully designed, the Bat-vehicle though... Price: 8/10 The price is pretty standard these days, I can't argue with it too much. Minifigures: 10/10 They are absolutely fantastic. I can't think of anything they could be better for these figures. Parts: 7/10 There's nothing super exciting in here, but those eyes do push this set up a few points. Total: 36/50 "WHERE IS IT?!" Like this review? Want to learn how to make good reviews? Then join the Reviewers Academy!
When I first got news of this figure, I knew I had to own one. What Tolkien fan in their right mind would pass up a Last Alliance Elrond minifigure? However, it was a preorder bonus so I had to dish out a fair amount for him figure. Keep reading for my 25th review special! Set Information: Name: Elrond Set Number: 5000202 Pieces: 6 Price: Preorder Bonus Ages: 6+ Minifigs: 1 Theme: Lord of the Rings Year of Release: 2012 Bricklink Brickset Flickr Set Baggy: The front of the bag has an action pose of Elrond over what could be actual movie footage. It's to small to tell. Then we have the Lord of the Rings banner, Saurons middle finger with the ring on it. Flipping the bag over, we have the usual safety spiel. However, there is no clear line where the color print didn't go, so we can't see the contents of the bag. The baggy is the exact same size as the Darth Maul promo polybag, which is slightly smaller than a normal polybag. Contents: There are only six parts in the bag, and no extras, but I'm already drooling over that sword! Minifigure: So, here he is, out of the bag, and in his full glory. He does look good doesn't he? I have no complaints what-so-ever about him, but let's go a bit more in-depth. Starting with a straight on shot, the first thing that jumps out at me are the colors. We have gold, a soft green, and a darker blue. They all work together perfectly here, capturing the essence of the costume. LEGO did an excellent job making the design simple but still keeping that detail. He has the same hair as Legolas and Haldir, but in dark brown. Notice he has a short cape rather than the long one featured on the bag. I'm still unsure as to why this happened, but I'll be emailing LEGO to see if I can get a long one. The armor continues on the back, even though we don't see it in the movie, I'm sure it looked something like this. A side-by-side comparison of the minifigure and Hugo Weaving who plays Elrond. There's no dirt on any of the minifigure's clothing, but I think that probably would have made it to busy. Other than that, it looks like a great recreation of him. Lastly, a quick comparison of the three elf minifigures available. They all have drawn faces and serious expressions. Nothing funny about these three. Conclusion I'm very happy with this figure. LEGO did an excellent job adapting him into LEGO form, and I can't complain about the color scheme. That sword still has me drooling, so many opportunities to use it. If you're on the fence about Elrond, go get yourself one, he's worth it! Ratings: Playability: 9/10 He's as playable as any minifigure, I don't do much playing myself, and less so with this guy as I paid a nice sum for him. Design: 10/10 The design is perfect, then again, there wasn't much LEGO had to do to this guy. But they adapted him nicely. Price: 8/10 Like I said, I dished out $25 for this guy, which I think is pretty fair for how limited his release was. Minifigure: 10/10 If LEGO, keeps making figures like this I think it's time I get a job. Parts: 10/10 I just love that new sword mold. It looks like a perfect representation of the movie prop. Total: 47/50 Not a perfect score, but I don't think minifigures really work on a scale like this. Like this review? Want to learn how to make good reviews? Then join the Reviewers Academy!