Review: Lego 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep

Pieces: 1368  Minifigures: 8  Retail Price: $129.99  Price I Paid: $85+tax

December Special! The final Hobbit movie comes out in the middle of the month. Unless Peter Jackson has J.R.R. Tolkein’s body dug up and reanimated to write more books, it should be the last we see of Middle Earth on the big screen for quite awhile. I’m a big fan of the Lego LOTR sets and will attempt to review all of them in the next few weeks. As many of these sets are no longer available, I’m going to use a 1-5 rating system where 3 is average and 5 is excellent.

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9474 box b

Well, here it is. The biggest Lego Lord of the Rings set, save the UCS like exclusive Tower of Orthanc. This is the third largest set I’ve built after Arkham Asylum and Medieval Market Village. It took 3 solid hours of building to get it finished.

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Helm’s Deep comes with 8 minifigures, 3 are exclusive to this set. The Uruk-hai who carries the torch to light the bomb to blow up the wall, Haldir and King Theoden. King Theoden is my favorite, his printed plate armor piece is very nice. Then you’ve got Gimli and Aragorn (they really should have included a Legolas) and 3 more Uruk-hai – visible in the next photo along.

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The construction uses light grey, what some call bley, with a few dark grey and some light pastel green thrown in here and there. There are many 1×1 bricks and 1×2 masonry bricks involved. The building is done in sections then completed by “plugging” the sections into each other. With the exception of the keep section, which is meant to be placed directly behind the main doors.

9474 keep

The long plate raises and extends and creates a bridge to the rest of the structure – although there is no ladder on the inside so I’m not sure how you get down.

9474 keep interior

Inside there is no ladder or staircase but there is a lovely throne and some weapons and a turkey leg on a golden bowl/plate. Not nearly as impressive a Lego food display as Bag End.

9474 keep connection

There’s the “connection” – I’m not sure why they didn’t make it a little more complete but oh well, the keep is a nice part to have individually but it’s not going to figure in your massive battle scene.

9474 side door

What surely will feature is the side door that Gimli, Aragorn and Legolas – apparently called the “Three Hunters” – make use of to go back out and join the battle after the main door is sealed. It’s kind of comical when you think of it – “how do we get out of this huge fortress?” “oh, just take the side door” – and it leads to Gimli being tossed across the divide.

There is a big tower in the middle and a succession of three connected ladders to the top – I don’t remember this featuring much in the film, I think the three ladders are just a way to have the set seemingly make the top reachable. Unlike reaching the keep on the other side of the set.

9474 tower interior

9474 back

As you can see this is another mostly 2 dimensional set, the back is not really much to see or look at other than the tops where the armies can walk along. It’s less disappointing here, as there isn’t much shown in the film either.

Here is the set with the 9471 Uruk-hai Army set attached, extending the wall. As cool as it looks by itself, adding the wall really does make it look better – and, again, closer to the film.

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Once you have the two sets, you have quite a battle already, with 6 of the “good guys” and 8 Uruk-hai.

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I may need to get some more elves though.

So, there it is. quite the set in some ways and not quite in others. I really think they should include Legolas here, he’s as crucial to the battle as any. And Gandalf the White would have been nice, at least they released him in a later set. On the outside this does look quite a bit like the scene in the movie, one of the most memorable scenes from all the films I believe.

In terms of rating, I’ll give it a 4. It cost $129 and I held off on buying it until I got it for $85 at Target, but it wasn’t widely available at this price so it wasn’t always a great deal for everybody. But now that I did get it and finally built it, I’m quite happy.

Review: Lego 9471 Uruk-hai Army

Pieces: 257  Minifigures: 6  Retail Price: $29.99  Price I Paid: $23

December Special! The final Hobbit movie comes out in the middle of the month. Unless Peter Jackson has J.R.R. Tolkein’s body dug up and reanimated to write more books, it should be the last we see of Middle Earth on the big screen for quite awhile. I’m a big fan of the Lego LOTR sets and will attempt to review all of them in the next few weeks. As many of these sets are no longer available, I’m going to use a 1-5 rating system where 3 is average and 5 is excellent.

9471 box f

9471 box b

Another small set but it portends the big set – review coming on Monday – Helm’s Deep (which is properly called The Battle of Helm’s Deep). And I like this set a lot – so much I have 2. It comes with 6 minifigures.

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4 Uruk-hai – making the set worthy of it’s name and 2 Horse-lords or soldiers of Rohan. One of the Rohan soldiers is Eomer so he is useful in your rebooted Star Trek MOCs or Bourne Identity MOCs.

9471 ballista

The Uruk-hai have a ballista which is pretty nice, so that they can attack the wall.

9471 base front

As you can see Eomer gets his own horse, so for those scoring at home, that’s 6 minifigures, 1 horse, 1 ballista and one wall.

9471 base back

The wall is designed to extend the wall of the Helm’s Deep set but even by itself it makes a nice set. The price was really good only $30 for all the figures and the horse and it was frequently discounted below $25.

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I have to give this set a 5. It’s not a scene stealer but it gives you a nice army and I can’t wait to incorporate it with the rest of Helm’s Deep.

2015 Lego DC Superheroes Pre-orders (might be) available at Amazon

A little Batman discussion among all this Lord of the Rings.

UPDATE: For now – you can access the link above and see the other sets in the related items area and just click “Pre-order” without actually viewing the item. So you can put the item in your cart and checkout even though the page doesn’t come up.

I was just able to pre-order all of the sets except for Braniac Attack, so 4/5 new sets for next year. The estimated arrival is Jan 6 (with Prime shipping) – I’ll update the links as the other sets links become active. Here’s hoping for a price decrease that results in a “Pre-order Price Guarantee” !

As a fun exercise here is a list of all the minifigures the four sets contain.

76025 Green Lantern vs Sinestro
Sinestro
Green Lantern
Space Batman

76026 Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas
Gorilla Grodd
Captain Cold
Truck Driver
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Batman – Grey Suit

76027 Black Manta Deep Sea Strike
Black Manta
Aquaman
Batman – Grey Suit
Scuba Robin – very exciting

76028 Darkseid Invasion
Darkseid
Green Arrow
Hawkman
Cyborg
Superman

The Braniac Attack is set number 76040 so maybe this set is coming out later in the year. This is a set I’m keen to get because it has Supergirl. So far Space Batman and Scuba Robin are the most exciting. We have a kind of a Scuba Batman from Penguin Set. Now if only we could get the Penguin Submarine from the original Batman movie…

Whats new at the Lego store?

Well not much as usual. I stopped in last night among the throngs at the mall and they did have about 5 Research Institute sets. They also had more UCS Tumbler sets on display than usual. I didn’t buy the Research Institute because mine came in the mail from Lego Shop@Home. Other than that, nothing exciting, even the sets that are on sale online right now did not appear to be on sale in the store.

Review: Lego 79006 The Council of Elrond

Pieces: 243  Minifigures: 4  Retail Price: $29.99  Price I Paid: $23

December Special! The final Hobbit movie comes out in the middle of the month. Unless Peter Jackson has J.R.R. Tolkein’s body dug up and reanimated to write more books, it should be the last we see of Middle Earth on the big screen for quite awhile. I’m a big fan of the Lego LOTR sets and will attempt to review all of them in the next few weeks. As many of these sets are no longer available, I’m going to use a 1-5 rating system where 3 is average and 5 is excellent.

79006 box f

79006 box b

Going back to a somewhat smaller set, we have the Council of Elrond. A scene from the movie in which the Fellowship (of 9) was formed and here we have a set with 4 minifigures, 2 of which are in the Fellowship. This is a very isolated scene – where Gimli tries to destroy the ring. It would have been really great if that had worked, there would be about 8 hours less of the films. And this set would have gotten the treatment it deserves with all of the minifigures.

79006 minifigures

The minifigures you do get are Frodo and Gimli who are the same as before but then you get Elrond and Arwen who do not appear in any other sets. They are both quite nice and Elrond has a two color cape (which is then jammed down by his hairpiece). The elven hairpieces are the same, only different colors.

79006 base

The set is interesting as it has lots of colors you don’t usually see in Lego with the light green and orange red tree leaf pieces. The chairs for the minifigures to sit in are pretty cool but there are only 3 chairs. They also swivel – which is interesting to know they had swivel chairs in Middle Earth.

79006 set

Anyway for a set that has been on sale for less than $25 for a long time I can’t complain too much about it – but it would have been great to get the full scene. If it somehow went on sale for $15 then maybe I could buy enough sets for the entire Fellowship to have chairs. Of course, first the minifigures in this set would have to be able to sit in the chairs. I think ultimately I have to give this set a score of 3. It is mostly average. It is no longer available on Amazon but still available online through Target – for $22.49 a pretty good deal.

Official Images of 2015 Lego Sets – including Marvel’s Age of Ultron sets

It’s like an official leak! Unlike the images previously all the minifigures are corrected. The Hulk is now much darker.

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Speed Champions pg 66

Marvel Super Heroes pg 68 – once again the only way to get a Black Widow figure will be to buy a Quinjet set – why did they make another one when the last one sold so poorly?

DC Super Herose pg 70

Star Wars page 96

Review: Lego 9473 The Mines Of Moria

Pieces: 776  Minifigures: 6 + Cave Troll  Retail Price: $79.99  Price I Paid: ~$65

December Special! The final Hobbit movie comes out in the middle of the month. Unless Peter Jackson has J.R.R. Tolkein’s body dug up and reanimated to write more books, it should be the last we see of Middle Earth on the big screen for quite awhile. I’m a big fan of the Lego LOTR sets and will attempt to review all of them in the next few weeks. As many of these sets are no longer available, I’m going to use a 1-5 rating system where 3 is average and 5 is excellent.

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This set comes with 6 minifigures, 7 if you include the large figure cave troll, which is pretty big, larger than the Wampa and Incredible Hulk. It is the only set that included Boromir or Pippin, while Attack On Weathertop was the only set to include Merry. As I said, Lego really made sure they spread the fellowship around so you couldn’t just buy one or two sets. When I took the photos I thought it came with Gandalf and Frodo as well (I figured every set came with Frodo, but now I realize that the extra Gandalf and Frodo figures I have came with the polybags Gandalf at Dol Guldur and Frodo’s Cooking Corner. This was also because the Brickset database lists it having 9 minifigures but that is because it includes two skeletons. I’m sorry but skeleton’s don’t count in my book. Or Bilbo’s probably. So instead of just reshooting I thought it would be more interesting (and easier obviously) to just put a big red X over the two figures I mistakenly included. Who doesn’t love a big red X?

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Surprisingly (to me at least) this was also the only set with Legolas in it until the Pirate Ship set came out. I don’t own that one and probably won’t – that scene in the movie doesn’t really do anything for me and the set seems kind of boring. Put it this way, it costs more than this set did and I’d probably rather have three of these before I bought one of those.

9473 doors

This set is broken down into four separate “sections” the first of which is the door that the goblins smash through with their cave troll. The brown doors themselves are pretty nice and “realistic.”

9473 side wall

Next you have the side wall section which can break apart if you press a lever – the doorway also does this – a great playset feature.

The next two sections are smaller – the tomb of the great dwarf (who I think was Gimli’s relative – but are all dwarves related? (is that racist?)) and the well with the bucket and skeleton which leads to the excellent line “Fool of a took!”

9473 tomb

9473 well

Not included in these photos is a little bag of weapons you get – grey ones that are supposed to be spread around the room as if left by the dwarves.

This set makes for great battle scenes – and if you do spread random pieces around it would look quite similar to the films – obviously you might want to add four real walls.

9473 close up

But this is a pretty cool set the only reason I hesitated to buy it before was waiting for it to go on sale a little but in retrospect it is probably worth the full retail price. I’ll happily give this a 5 despite the price I think the inclusion of Boromir and the Cave troll and the real effort made to capture the scene in the film is worth it.

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