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stunning LotR build
on 9 November 2013
This is a 756 piece Lego build.
It contains 9 mini figures:
- Aragorn - 2 faced - good torso printing - sword - this is the same as "Attack on Weathertop", etc;
- Gimli - 2 faced - red shirt which is nicely decorated as is his helmet but the torso decoration is hidden by the beard - comes with an axe - it is the exact same piece that you get in the amazing "Mines of Moria" set, the "Council of Elrond" set, and others;
- Legolas - 2 faced - good torso printing - bow and arrow - same as "Mines of Moria", etc;
- ghost 1 - 2 faced - nice body printing (back, torso and legs) - sword, green cloak and helmet;
- ghost 2 - 2 faced - same faces as "ghost 1" - different body printing (torso) - sword, green cloak and helmet;
- King of the dead - 2 faced - different faces to the ghosts - different printing on the torso - red cloak and green crown-helmet;
- orc 1 - nice torso printing and an axe;
- orc 2 - same torso printing as "orc 1" but has armour and a sword;
- pirate - 2 faced - rumour has it that this piece is actually Peter Jackson - good body printing and is armed with a chain weapon and the highly lethal, erm, loaf of bread!
* The faces on the 3 ghosts are glow in the dark.
The pirate ship appears in the Return of the King. The scene depicted is where the Orcs are waiting at the arranged landing point for the pirates - and they get a nasty surprise.
There is an orc catapult for the 2 orcs to arm and fire it.
The pirate ship is amazing. It is in full sail and the sails have lined patterning on them, but only on one side with is a disappointment as it means that you can only display it from left to right. There are printed (not stickered) shields on both sides at the front and the back of the ship.
The detailing is astonishing and really does look like the ship in the film.
The anchor winch is interactive and raises and lowers twin anchors. There are also interactive finger missiles (well it apparently can't be a Lego set without a finger missile) and some (non-interactive) crossbows - crossbows and finger missiles are both positional, as are the wing shaped flaps on the side of the ship.
There is a cabin beneath the wheel deck where the ship's (white) cat sleeps, though it could be a rat. This cabin also forms the jail where the pirate prisoner can be locked up.
Inside the crate on the ship's deck you get 2 map squares - a general coastal one and one of Gondor.
At an RRP of 89.99 with 756 pieces it works out at 11.9 pence per piece - but the ship is a massive 60 cm long by 36 cm high and you do get the 9 mini figures (3 that glow in the dark) so for me (a Tolkien fan since I was 15) it was well worth the money to have this iconic scene in my collection.