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5.0 out of 5 stars This set is MASSIVE, June 9, 2012
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: LEGO The Lord of the Rings 9474 The Battle of Helm's Deep (Toy)
If you decide to buy this set, make sure you have a large area to put it. It takes up approximate shelf space of 20 inches across by 15 inches deep. The tower in this set is about 10.5 inches tall. While this set is modular and sections can be removed, you won't want to display anything but the entirety of it all! :)

PACKAGING:
This set is so big it requires FOUR instruction manuals. The instruction manuals are sealed to a sheet of cardboard, meaning no paperweights are required. This set also contains NINE bags of LEGO bricks. The bags are numbered 1-9, you only need to open one at a time to construct the set.
The minifigures are spread throughout the bags, so this set goes together rather quickly. Bags 1 and 2 construct the entrance, bag 3 constructs the stairs and the left rounded corner, bag 4 the right rounded corner. Bags 5 and 6 construct the tower, Bag 7 constructs the wall, Bags 8 and 9 construct the throne room.

BONUS:
Included with this set is an orange plastic brick separator!

MINIFIGURES:
This set includes 8 minifigures, including Gimli, King Théoden, Haldir and Aragorn. Also included are four Uruk-hai.
Three of the Uruk-hai have helmets, two have chest plates shields and swords, one has a battle-axe, The Uruk-hai without armor has a torch.
Gimli has a helmet, one great axe and one axe.
King Théoden has ornate armor (helmet and chest plate), along with a round shield and sword. He rides a horse.
Haldir has a red cape and a long bow.
Aragorn has a sword.
Also included is a rat.

Note about the horse: A special feature of this horse is that it's back half (legs and tail) is able to pivot, along with its head. This allows the horse to rear up on its hind legs. One thing not apparent (and a nice feature) is that the horse WILL balance on a level surface, even with a minifigure riding it.

PLAY FEATURES:
With a set this big, I'm going to miss a few details. I'll try my best to describe everything.
The entire outer wall and inner wall are walkways to place minifigures. On the exterior of the wall is a minifigure catapult (meant to let them jump?) On top of the outer wall is one small (standard) catapult. The catapult is mounted to a 2x4 brick, and can be removed and placed anywhere. Included with the catapult are six grey cylinders. As shown on the box, there is a siege ladder that breaches the wall.

The doors on the wall are large enough that the horse and minifigure can ride through. On the straight section of wall, there is a lever on the inside that will "destroy" it. Fortunately the wall is sturdy enough that it will not break when transporting it.

At the top of the tower is a spy glass. The tower itself has a three piece folding ladder, for the minifigure's safety. At the bottom of the tower is an empty box with lid. There really isn't anything to put inside of it.

The inner wall (top of the throne room) has a bridge to the outer wall. Other than the walkway, the throne room really doesn't have a roof. On the inside of the throne room is the throne, two racks for weapons (two new style spears and two new style swords included). Also in the throne room is a large green banner, a table, two stools, two goblets, a plate and a drumstick.

DECORATIONS:
This set includes the new "stone" brick, which looks like plates stacked together. Also included in this set are a number of torches and a pair gold and green flags. As mentioned previously there is a green banner in the throne room. Surprisingly, there are only 6 stickers in this set. Four go on the tower (to look like mossy stones), one goes on the banner, and the other is on the throne. The stickers are rather large, and easy to place.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
This set is meant to be paired with Urak-Hai Army (9471). Without it, it is a very large set with (relatively speaking) few minifigures. Even if you don't like LOTR but still enjoy LEGO bricks, you might consider buying this set simply for the number of large bricks and number of weapons and armor contained. The recommended age for this set is 10-14. I would say that is age appropriate, given the number of pieces and the amount of time it takes to construct. Also there a some tricky parts in construction, too much force on the wall can break it. If you enjoy LOTR and/or LEGO Bricks and have the space, time and money, this set is a must buy.
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Initial post: Jun 9, 2012 3:34:40 AM PDT
Corby Sloan says:
Thank you for your detailed and well-constructed reviews. (Pun not intended, but I think I'll leave it there).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 6:47:23 AM PDT
Evan Foote says:
Thanks for your kind words. I always try to put information in my review that isn't apparent to people that don't own the product or available easily online, to help others along with their purchase decision. Although I'm rarely disappointed with LEGO, there are somethings I wish I had known before I buy a set, other than piece count. :)

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 7:21:56 PM PDT
gilbert says:
Top of the tower, known as the Hornburg, is not a spyglass, but a horn, specifically the great horn of Helm Hammerhand.

In the lego implementation, it's an elephant's trunk :)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2012 11:13:08 AM PDT
Evan Foote says:
I'm a LEGO fan first and foremost... maybe I'll have to read the books to keep my review straight ;D

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 6:04:50 AM PDT
barbecue17 says:
Really nice, detailed review. Appreciate your time! I ended up picking up this set to add on to my Monster Fighters Vampyre Castle (but I'm a huge Tolkien fan, also- I just like my Legos spooky!).

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 5:21:28 PM PDT
Great review!! Very good on the details, very handy. I gave my husband a toys r us giftcard for a lego set, he got the Uruk army set (That combines with this one). Hoping to give him this set really soon. I swear we're not as big as losers as it sounds, but we probably are. The area lengths are particularly helpful since we have limited space as it is.
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