Tuesday, July 3, 2012
LEGO Project: Gandalf Arrives
The LEGO Project series is a look through the Second Snack collection of LEGO sets from Thomas’ childhood as well as some modern sets. For years these LEGO bricks and pieces have been laying dormant in plastic bins but with the pooled resources of the Internet, reassembling sets is now a reality.
This may surprise some of you who have been following along with the LEGO updates to Second Snack but Star Wars isn't my favorite trilogy in cinema. Fighting in space, light sabers, and star ships are pretty cool, but those things pale in comparison to a bunch of Hobbits, a Wizard, Elves, and the all-seeing eye of Sauron. Lord of the Rings is the ultimate trilogy and LEGO has FINALLY put out some new sets based on this awesome book and movie series.
The cool thing about these new Lord of the Rings sets is that there are several listed under the $30 mark. That's pretty awesome since LEGO tends to cost a bit of gold (of course its worth it) but the lower end of the price range sets are always intriguing to me. Because I had a choice of which "cheap" set to buy, I had to take my time and really think about which one would be the first to get a place on our bookshelf.
In the end, Gandalf Arrives won. When I think back on the movies, the first time we see Gandalf and Frodo together is when the fireworks laden cart slowly moves down the country road to Hobbiton. Its an iconic scene and it did a lot to fuse this story into a special place in my heart. So to commemorate how much Lord of the Rings rocks, I chose this set.
The details of this set are great. We've got fireworks in a barrel in the back of the cart, Gandalf's staff, a carrot for the horse, and a copy of "There And Back Again" for Frodo to carry around. Gandalf's sitting position is even correct with him off center. Its such a great looking set. I really hope LEGO continues with this series and produces just as many sets as they have with Star Wars. Here's hoping -- Lets wait and see.