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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2004
The 9 piece set was disappointing when i first got it and saw it up close. I did not know that the action figures were going to be that small. Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, etc. are a little taller than 2 inches while the hobbits are about 1.5 inches tall. Well that wouldn't have bothered me that much if the painting on the faces of the figures was well done but it wasn't. Half of Frodo's face looks disfigured and he and the rest of the figures are not very bendable or posable.
Save your money for something better and don't buy this. I'm probably going to return mine.
Well i hope this review helps someone out.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2004
This is such a great set that any Lord of the Rings fan should purchase it. It has ten figures with many weapons. These figures include Gandalf the Grey, Frodo Baggins, Boromier, Merry, Pippin, Gimli, Sam, Legolas, Aragon, and Bill the Pony. They all come with their weapons and can be removed off their stands. The stands fit together to show how they travel. Some of their weapons are Aragons' sword,Legolas and his elven knifes, Frodos' sword (named sting), and Gimli with his double bladed axe. The figures are very detailed with their cloaks (that are not able to be taken off them) and Aragon and Sam have luggage on their cloakes. Bill carries much of the fellowships luggage. There are only two small things that I don't like. One of them is Legolas has deadly accuracy with his elven bow but in this set it is slung over his shoulder and cannot be removed. The other thing is that Sam has his hobbit sword but cannot be put in his hand. But everthing else is just fine. It is one of the best set that I have seen. Like I said before, any Lord of the Rings fan should by this right now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2005
This was purchase as a toy for my 6 and 8 year old boys. The pieces are very detailed with moveable parts. However, the moveable parts, as with most action figures, seem to be the weak link. Each character is now missing a body part. I know the figures were not gently handled, but they also were not torn apart deliberately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2005
I confess I thought the little characters might be poorly finished and roughly painted because of their tiny size. But they were carefully made and are a delight to the eye. They are not toys for very young children due to the small parts but for young adults and not so young ones it is a real pleasure to exhibit the set of figures that represent the Lord of the Rings Fellowship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2006
This is a great set of miniatures for kids who are fans of LotR. For the young collector its a great starter set from this series, for the other kids its well contained in itself. With the discontinuing of this line keeping a few of these MIB is a very good investment idea. Grab 'em.
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on March 23, 2008
My son recently became interested in the Lord of Rings books and movies, so I searched on-line for action figures. They are rare, even a few years after the movies came out. This set of the 9 fellowship members fit the bill for us. It contained all of his favorite characters. They are pretty small, but ironically, they are the same size as his toy army guys, so he plays with this set along with the army toys and props, and has pretend battles at Helms Deep, etc! They were more expensive than I would normally have paid, but he loves them. They are very detailed, and from what I can tell so far, fairly durable.
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on September 7, 2012
I purchased this set of "Lord of the Rings" characters to place on a castle cake that I made for my grandson's 7th or 8th birthday, when these things were so popular. All the boys attending the party started taking them off the cake, not realizing this was his gift also. So we had to gather them back up. Only one didn't "give it up." My grandson loved them at the time. They were great for imaginative play but like all fad toys, they got lost and were not kept up with. I am sure that will make some collectors cringe.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2004
I love this set. I like that the figures are in the classic order of the FOTR and that the bases fit together creating the appearance of one peice. My only SERIOUS regret is that there was NO "Bill" the pony (as exhibited in the close-up display photos) . I'm jealous of the other reviewers whom got one and I guess I'll have to keep searching..... :(
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 22, 2004
This is a great item and a 'must get' for any LOTR fan. I just ordered my second one. I have only ever seen these offered on 2 websites and the other one is sold out. As far as I know you can only get it here.
I have many LOTR items but this was my first AOME item. I have to say I am very impressed. They went to great lengths to get details right, like what Aragorn, Sam, and Bill are carrying. As much as could be expected they tried to make the characters look like the actors, but in a more important sense Play Along was able to capture the Fellowship embarking on their quest. Such a wonderful moment in the imaginations of I am sure each of us.
I do have one caveat. There are MANY very small items. I would not give this set to anyone under 5 as is the recommendation under any circumstances nor would I let them around it. As stated in the excellent review below, the arms are all molded on so if you did have very young people around the set I would at least take the extra set of weapons off of all of them.
Lastly it has Bill! Bill is almost impossible to find on any LOTR set or item. The wonderful sideshow item has long been sold out. It is almost worth it just having Bill. In any case, FOTR in many ways remains my favorite of the 3 movies and this will be a wonderful way to remember the book and movies. Like all things LOTR this will sell out and it is a limited edition. I'd buy one now rather than miss it later, which is going to happen, even with it being hard to find using the amazon search.
Why the 5 for education? Well the fellowship has 4 different races represented starting out, 5 or 6 if you count wizards and horses. And they all worked together. How important of a message is that?
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