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A Great looking and inspired set, but somewhat fragile.
on June 11, 2013
Once built, I have to say, this is really a great looking set. It's smallish in fact the Lego booklets even encourage buying additional sets to make it larger, which is kind of redundant if you ask me, but it's almost comparable to the Helms Deep set which is twice as large. The design however is awesome with the black color pattern and the intricate series of spikes.
My real gripe with the set however, is that it's very fragile, and can be very flimsy when trying to put together. The instructions require you to attach the gates onto the main platform, before the gates are fully built. This makes pressing down on the pieces to attach them very a very delicate task. Several times when building, for me, that gate portion completely fell apart as I was trying to attach a certain piece. It was very frustrating. Even when fully built, the model is still a bit wobbly, and doesn't feel like it's completely solid. This is very disappointing, because, like said, it's a really cool looking set.
As for the minifig selection, you get a good group, but not as big as you'd expect for a set this size. The inclusion of two animals, a horse and an eagle, is most likely the reason for this. But we get Gandalf in his White incarnation finally, and Aragorn in slightly more kingly attire (the other sets make him so scruffy you'd almost think he was one of the villains). Then finally, the very obscure character The Mouth of Sauron. Because his part was cut from the Jackson movie (tho I believe it's included in the special editions). You might think he's a Nazgul, but he's not. Just a mortal warrior who speaks for Sauron. He's really a great looking figure, with a menacing, Joker-like grin.
In all. Not the best of the Lego LOTR sets. It's fragility sets it back a point for me. Spend your money on Helms Deep or The Mines of Moria first. However, it is an inspired set, with an intricate and great looking design.