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on 27 January 2014
This is the 7th LOTR/Hobbit set that my daughter (Aged 7) and I (Aged 39) have bought and has instantly become a favourite for varying reasons. We picked this up for £20 (RRP £29.99) so the brick count of 243 and the minifigure count of 4 are fairly reasonable. As with all branded Lego it can be on the pricey side if at full price.

The set comprises of the seating area where the council meet to discuss the fellowship, an Elvish building and 4 minifigures. There is a hidden mechanism that launches Gimli as he tries to destroy the Ring. The minifigures are Frodo (pretty standard figure), Gimli (great detail on the figure, beard and helmet), Arwen (Good detail on the top but not so great at the bottom) and Elrond (Very detailed with a 2 coloured cape and a new hair-piece). The seating area comprises 3 seats which look great if you get the stickers right (although ironically none of the figures sit well, Gimli and Frodo have the non-bending legs so can't sit down, Arwen has a dress so can't sit down and Elrond has a cape that gets in the way!)

On the plus side was, for me, the Rivendell setting which is a great looking building and also Elrond. For my daughter, Arwen and the "Gimli-launcher".

On the downside, if I'm being picky, Arwen should not be in this set. It would have been better with Boromir (as he can't appear in the later ones ***SPOILER ALERT***). Apart from that and the fact that no-one can sit down, its a very good set.

My daughter did all the building so this set would be okay for a 7 year old and upwards.

Overall, another wonderful LOTR set.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 10 September 2013
The Council of Elrond scene signals the formation of the "Fellowship of the Ring" - where the 9 members of the fellowship are selected - Hobbits Frodo, Samwise, Merry and Pippin; Aragorn and Boromir for the world of men; Legolas for the Elves; Gimli for the dwarves; and the wizard Gandalf.

Unfortunately you only get Gimli and Frodo from the 9, but you do get Elrond and Arwen to add to it (Elrond hosted the meeting, but Arwen wasn't present).

The 4 mini figures:

- Elrond - 2 faced - 1st appearance in a Lego set and 1st time a two colour cloak has been produced (orange in the inside and red on the outside). There is some nice detailing on the red/brown torso and legs with a lovely gold detailing; there is also a little detailing on the back of the torso - however the torso printing (front and back) is covered by the hair piece. The hair piece is very good and has a nice highlighted silver crown;

- Arwen - 2 faced - 1st appearance in a Lego set - blue/grey "dress", the printing is excellent except that it does not continue onto the back of the skirt, so you get lovely back torso print leading to a blank back skirt, the hair piece (with elf ears) is wonderful but it does cover up some of the stunning printing on the dress (confused/troubled face reminds me of Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter sets);

- Frodo - 2 faced - same as in "Shelob Attack", "Attack on Weathertop", etc, except no cape. Nice torso printing (front and back) and comes with "sting" ... which he wasn't given until after the meeting with the Council;

- Gimli - 2 faced - same as in "Mines of Moria", etc - detailing on the front and back torso is stunning but it is covered by the hair and helmet piece. Gimli comes with the axe

The scene build is very nice looking with part of the Elf village scene. There is part of an Elf building with different coloured tiles to add to the roof which softens the look of the slope and from a distance gives it a lovely golden patchwork appearance. The building is made of light coloured bricks and so is quite light in appearance.

The base that the scene stands on is a platform of light grey on sandstone coloured bricks with sandstone steps leading up it the platform.

There are 3 decorated (stickered) chairs at the council table. The table itself uses the sandstone and "gold" coloured bricks to amazing effect. On the table stands the "one ring" (or at least one of several as you get a couple of spares in the box)

The tree has a 2-tone trunk as does the trunk of the tree which is next to the side of the white building. There are new "official" orange coloured branches to go with the unusual olive coloured ones (there were none of the frequently used green ones in my box). Orange branches have been available at trading fairs but these have not been genuine Lego pieces. For those wanting to know the difference the Lego "orange" branches they are marked with the Lego brand.

Next to the table is a "blank" brick which is a catapult brick - in the scene in the book and film Gimli walks over to the table and tries to smash the "Ring" destroying his axe and being flung across the room - here Gimli can approach the table in the flat grey piece and catapult him away from the table. When you flick that platform be careful because hiding beneath, spying on the meeting, is the Eye of Sauron.

If I have one (very minor) issue with the set it is that the backs of the chairs are "Lego" open rather than having 3 blanks included in the set - yes I have blanks from other sets and have been able to apply them to the backs of the chairs making them smooth to look at, but if you don't have blanks then you will have the open "Lego" brick visible.

This has a RRP of 29.99 and 243 pieces (including the 4 mini figures - including Arwen and Elrond who have not been seen in a set before - the eye of Sauron and the new orange branches) and it comes out at a healthy 12.3 pence per piece.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 11 November 2013
The Council of Elrond scene signals the formation of the "Fellowship of the Ring" - where the 9 members of the fellowship are selected - Hobbits Frodo, Samwise, Merry and Pippin; Aragorn and Boromir for the world of men; Legolas for the Elves; Gimli for the dwarves; and the wizard Gandalf.

Unfortunately you only get Gimli and Frodo from the 9, but you do get Elrond and Arwen to add to it (Elrond hosted the meeting, but Arwen wasn't present).

The 4 mini figures:

- Elrond - 2 faced - 1st appearance in a Lego set and 1st time a two colour cloak has been produced (orange in the inside and red on the outside). There is some nice detailing on the red/brown torso and legs with a lovely gold detailing; there is also a little detailing on the back of the torso - however the torso printing (front and back) is covered by the hair piece. The hair piece is very good and has a nice highlighted silver crown;

- Arwen - 2 faced - 1st appearance in a Lego set - blue/grey "dress", the printing is excellent except that it does not continue onto the back of the skirt, so you get lovely back torso print leading to a blank back skirt, the hair piece (with elf ears) is wonderful but it does cover up some of the stunning printing on the dress (confused/troubled face reminds me of Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter sets);

- Frodo - 2 faced - same as in "Shelob Attack", "Attack on Weathertop", etc, except no cape. Nice torso printing (front and back) and comes with "sting" ... which he wasn't given until after the meeting with the Council;

- Gimli - 2 faced - same as in "Mines of Moria", etc - detailing on the front and back torso is stunning but it is covered by the hair and helmet piece. Gimli comes with the axe

The scene build is very nice looking with part of the Elf village scene. There is part of an Elf building with different coloured tiles to add to the roof which softens the look of the slope and from a distance gives it a lovely golden patchwork appearance. The building is made of light coloured bricks and so is quite light in appearance.

The base that the scene stands on is a platform of light grey on sandstone coloured bricks with sandstone steps leading up it the platform.

There are 3 decorated (stickered) chairs at the council table. The table itself uses the sandstone and "gold" coloured bricks to amazing effect. On the table stands the "one ring" (or at least one of several as you get a couple of spares in the box)

The tree has a 2-tone trunk as does the trunk of the tree which is next to the side of the white building. There are new "official" orange coloured branches to go with the unusual olive coloured ones (there were none of the frequently used green ones in my box). Orange branches have been available at trading fairs but these have not been genuine Lego pieces. For those wanting to know the difference the Lego "orange" branches they are marked with the Lego brand.

Next to the table is a "blank" brick which is a catapult brick - in the scene in the book and film Gimli walks over to the table and tries to smash the "Ring" destroying his axe and being flung across the room - here Gimli can approach the table in the flat grey piece and catapult him away from the table. When you flick that platform be careful because hiding beneath, spying on the meeting, is the Eye of Sauron.

If I have one (very minor) issue with the set it is that the backs of the chairs are "Lego" open rather than having 3 blanks included in the set - yes I have blanks from other sets and have been able to apply them to the backs of the chairs making them smooth to look at, but if you don't have blanks then you will have the open "Lego" brick visible.

This has a RRP of 29.99 and 243 pieces (including the 4 mini figures - including Arwen and Elrond who have not been seen in a set before - the eye of Sauron and the new orange branches) and it comes out at a healthy 12.3 pence per piece.
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on 27 April 2014
We have two boys who are both heavily into Lego - especially LOTR and the Hobbit + Star Wars.
This was a must have and was built same day it arrived. It gets played with quite a lot too so it wasn't just the build fun.
Lego always seem expensive for what it is, but the boys do like it.
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on 19 February 2015
A nice set, a little small I would feel a little short changed if I had paid retail price for this. I guess thats the nature of licensed themes!

5* nonetheless as Lego + LOTR is a great combination, it's a shame the Lego releases have come to end.
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on 9 October 2014
A very elegant small set that captures the scene surprisingly well, though it does get rather crowded if you try to include the complete company on the stage. Now if only I had the parts to make more or Rivendell...
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on 29 March 2014
A great set! Well worth the price as it's not too small, and there are a few key characters from the film. It's also quite easy to build and it's lovely to look at.
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on 13 November 2014
Amazing set lots of little details like the mini armoury and the details on the figures is gorgeous .
Needs to be in any lord of the rings fans life !
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on 3 November 2013
Another great master piece from Lego The Council of Elrond, a much loved toy. The instructions were very helpful for child who finds reading difficult.
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on 9 January 2014
This really is a beautiful lego set, a must for LOTR fans! Bought as a present, a great build too I am informed!
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