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The Nine sets out from Rivendell, to your home!
on February 13, 2004
Another great set in a series that is garnering fame across the toy world, PlayAlong's Fellowship of the 9 set is a fabulous addition to their already outstanding line. These figures and bases recreate a scene from the movie, where Gandalf the Grey leads his fellowship out of Rivendell to destroy the Ring of Power. But that is just a facet of the fun. Like all of their line, these great sculpts are poseable, and come with removable weapons and acoutrement.
Again, I caution those with small children, to know your child before getting this set, as the small array of knives, swords, hat, etc. may be too small and pointed for younger hands. Also, some of the thinner items such as the swords and handles are of a stiffer plastic making them a bit fragile.
I have noted that PlayAlong must be adding to the figures poseability. Unlike their earlier versions, which have a modicum of arm and waist movement, these exceptional figures of the nine have poseable heads, arms, elbows, legs, and waists, on many.
Gandalf the Grey comes with his noble staff and pointy hat, as well as Glamdring, his sword. Merry and Pippin come with their gift of Elven swords from Aragorn. Frodo as well. Samwise Gamgee shoulders his burden of tackle and cooking pan, exquisitely sculpted onto his pack. His bastion, Bill the Pony by his side laden with provisions. Boromir strides with his shield on his back and his horn at his side, he comes with his sword. The gruff and gregarious Gimli carries a brace of axes at his waist, and comes with a doble bladed ax for his hands. The noble Aragorn shoulders a removable acoutrement of an unstrung bow, rope, closed quiver and bedroll, as well as his sword. Lastly the lithe Legolas shoulders his bow, quiver, and Elven knives, but also comes with two additional knives that can be placed in his hand.
The bases are form fit like a puzzle piece to provide an unbroken line of adventurers set out to save Middle Earth from the destruction of Sauron. For other adventures, as I have noted with the line, since the weapons are removeable, and these sculpts are nonconfrontational, the play and enjoyment is limited only by one's imagination. Take any number of the castle playsets that abound and you, your children, or your friends can create hours of humorous fun, either inspired from the films, or from your own mind.
These toys are perhaps one of the greatest lines of movie inspired toys to date. Many of us have waited a lifetime for such, and they also go well with some of the toys we may have gathering dust in the attic. I recently placed my figures next to an older larger Dragon from the Dragonheart movie line of toys, and the first thought that came to mind was.....Smaug!
You will greatly enjoy this set.