The Hobbit: The Lonely Mountain revealed

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Here's another forthcoming set to drool over that's being unveiled at SDCC: The Hobbit The Lonely Mountain.

This 866-piece set, the first to feature Smaug, comes with five minifigures: Bilbo Baggins, Balin the Dwarf, Dwalin the Dwarf, Ori the Dwarf and Gloin the Dwarf. It will be available November/December this year for a eye-watering $130!

via The Hollywood Reporter.

132 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

It looks amazing, and that Smaug is a must have! Can't wait!

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By in United States,

Best hobbit set yet! Looks amazing!

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By in United States,

Very excited for this set. It's been almost a year since we have had any LOTR/Hobbit sets. Smaug looks great! The set is a little pricey, but i'm still happy to see this set.

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By in United States,

I'm not a huge fan of the Hobbit movies (enjoyed LOTR so much more), but the Lego sets are so great. Just when I was considering selling all the LOTR and Hobbit sets I have, this keeps me holding on.

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By in United Kingdom,

Cool dragon, but the rest has gotta be one of the worst looking builds ever.

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By in United States,

Good Lord, $129.99 for that?! The Smaug is amazing, but that price for that set is ridiculous. Obviously half that price is probably just for Smaug alone, then you get an ok set.

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By in Switzerland,

Looks great :D The description is weird though, those two on the right are clearly Fili and Kili and not Ori and Gloin XD

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By in Canada,

Not trying to rain on npgcoles parade, I have to say I was hoping for more...

Smaug looks all to much like the dragon in the Castle Fantasy Line 7093/7094.

The Fafnir Dragon from Vikings 7019 would be in my opinion a better scale of dragon and more building to boot.

Figures more unique than the dwarves would have also been appreciated.

The mine portion and throne are appealing however.

my two cents...

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By in United States,

Small picture is small. Hard to really judge the quality of Smaug's design from it.

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By in United States,

Too late now but a $150-$200 brick built Smaug would have been a fun set.

Love the Sand Green and Pearl Gold parts!

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By in Netherlands,

OMG!

I want this set

@Aegis2000 the best Hobbit set is still Bilbo's house. But this one is a good 2nd place!

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By in United States,

Seems like the image is cut off at the left to me... Are we missing something?

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By in United Kingdom,

As mentioned, figures should read Bilbo, Balin, Dwalin, Kili and Fili judging from the picture. So either the press release is wrong or the Hollywood reporter took a guess. It's a big set, but looks like you're paying an extra £20-30 for Smaug.

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By in United Kingdom,

Smaug is ok and I will probably get this set, but... This set gives me hope that lego will finally stop holding out and make a belrog of nazgul fel beast!

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice! Finally a set with something that looks like decent parts. Can live without the dragon, but probably fun for kids (which must be the main demographic)

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By in Norway,

Ugh... I suppose you could try to use the parts to build something decent, but this is not a great set in itself...

On the upside, there's a new armor piece and this sort of confirms that Fili and Kili will eventually make it to the mountain as well.

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By in United States,

This looks decent... but not $130 decent.

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By in Australia,

I've been waiting for this set FOREVER! This looks really awesome but in the image It's not Ori and Gloin it's Fili and Kili. But im definately going to get it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh dear. A mess of bricks. Bunch of figs we already have from Bag End and a juniorized dragon. Pass.

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By in United States,

Many people have stated that it doesn't look $130 decent. And i don't think Lego would put such few pieces into such an expensive set, dragon or none. Upon looking at the set, it doesn't look like quite 866 pieces to me. I think there may be some missing from the picture, maybe farther to the left, making it slightly bigger. The picture only looks about am eighty
dollar set to me.

Update: Upon looking even closer, there is definitely more to the set on the left, a ramp or a bin or something for the gold to fall into, and more of a track for the wheel to slide off to the left more. Just look at it. It doesn't look complete! This set could get even better!

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By in United States,

For those who can wait, it'll probably be on sale within a few months after Christmas for at least 30% off. At least that's been the story with the other LotR/Hobbit sets.

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By in United States,

This set looks so awful; Smaugs colors are way off the side wall is bland and the minifigs are just mediocre, very disappointed.

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By in United Kingdom,

Its not cheap but its better than the last wave of walls with figures.

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By in United Kingdom,

Its definitely missing a ramp and collecting area for the gold - however this is definitely not what the early leaks described. Was pretty sure early remarks labelled this set as being more like 'Mission 8: Volcano Base' from the Lego Agents line where, despite having an interior, it had a side of the mountain made out of 'tan' and 'green' as per the original reports.

Unless their is a substantial portion of the mountain missing - then this is an easy pass for me. I wanted to have a 'Erebor' set even if it was only partial however I have no desire to get the interior. Smaug looks disappointing and the head doesn't look accurate - for the price it looks pathetic.

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By in United States,

Thank you, Scarilian. It is most definitely missing a chunk of Lego Mountain.

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By in United States,

Looks like two really cool... walls. And a slightly darker Fantasy Era dragon that could no way emit the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch. I'll pass.

That's insanely expensive, although the amount of Sand Green and Gold is just amazing.

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By in United States,

SMAUG!!! I love all the new parts for the dragon. I do agree that he looks a good deal like the dragons from Castle, but, hey, I think we all know that we wont get a scale LEGO model of Smaug, right? (Unless someone bribes that man who made the Smaug model for Comic Con) :)

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By in United States,

Maybe... just sheer speculation here... maybe the edge of the picture that was cut off is, in fact, the giant molten gold Dwarf statue? With that ramp for the gold to fall down, y'know...

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By in United States,

WOW!!!!! Smaug actually looks even better than I was anticipating! This will be THE set to own from the Hobbit theme.

Hopefully we'll hear positive news about the future of the LOTR theme as well (though at this point, hope is wearing thin :-/).

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By in Netherlands,

Great! More LotR/Hobbit Lego, can't wait for it to be out in stores.

When you look to the left of the picture it is evident that only part of the set is shown. Maybe only two thirds of the build. That conveyor belt is going somewhere... and it must be attached to another cave/wall segment. The length of the conveyor belt connecting these two cave sections might very well be wide enough so Smaug can walk/fly through between them. The conveyor belt for sure is mounted high enough for Smaug to pass through underneath it.

What ever the case I must get this set!

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By in United States,

@lego613master:
Trying to figure out just what is missing, you have a point. Anyone who's seen The Desolation of Smaug knows that is the best scene, that's probably what it is.

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By in United States,

Smaug looks amazing! I wonder why Dwalin has trans-green axe blades on his weapon. I don't remember it being in the book. Perhaps it will be in the movie.

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By in Italy,

Smaug looks okay, but the rest... and for that price... no thx! Lego Castle Dwarves round 2 -.-

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By in United States,

Have to say I'm disappointed. I'd rather have an impressive brick-built Smaug and pass on the walls.

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By in Germany,

Need set number to add to wish list. Nuff said.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love the look of Smaug, but my goodness that is a hefty price tag! What am I missing that makes this so expensive?

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By in Australia,

I love that Smaug. That's just brilliant.

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By in United States,

Looks awesome, but I am blown away by the price! I'm especially intrigued to find out what Dwalin's green axe is all about. I'm pretty sure that's Thorin and Fili, not Kili and Fili. So far, Kili has always been associated with archery and his bow.

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By in United Kingdom,

Man I love that Smaug... might have to source him separately. Not sure I could quite justify (presumably) £100 for this. Might even wait for the inevitable sale...

Anyway, wasn't Smaug a greyish tone in the film, not dark red? Not that it matters to me too much, all that matters to me is that we have an official LEGO Smaug :-)

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By in United States,

This set looks awesome, but its a shame I stopped collecting the Hobbit sets since last years wave wasn't that good (in my opinion).

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By in Denmark,

from hollywoodreporter.com:
The Lair of Smaug will showcase a secret door, an Arkenstone-encrusted throne, golden nuggets, treasures, assorted mining tools, conveyor belt, chain pulley to raise and lower bucket, furnace with a light brick, melting pot and torches with translucent flames.

So what we are not seeing is probably the furnace(with a light brick) and another column/wall for the other end of the sliding pulley.

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By in United States,

God I want this set, but the price! Lego cleans my wallet every time...

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By in United States,

@TheOneVeyronian

Smaug is definitely dark red in the movies, but it is a realistic "reptilian" mottled red, as opposed to the bright colors that LEGO produces. Therefore, he looks a different color in different scenes due to the lighting. The first time I saw "An Unexpected Journey," I actually thought they had made Smaug blue, haha.
Anyway, this set is an absolute must buy for me. I think that, as with 'An Unexpected Gathering' and 'Lake-town Chase,' LEGO has chosen to preview the set that will ultimately be my favorite of the wave. Can't wait until tomorrow morning to see if there is more to the left of the picture.

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By in United States,

Thanks King J for the link.

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By in United States,

If I get this set, I'll be doing it without the minifigs--which will probably restore the piece-per-price ratio to something reasonable. Even if this dragon looks exactly like the one in the movie, it's still too small to represent the Smaug of Tolkien's books (and drawings). I'd rather MOC something that satisfies me more--I know the parts, and the techniques, are out there!

@King J--thanks for the larger picture, which really does make the rest of the set look quite interesting!

And at least the set appears to be elf-free. Does this mean there really is one scene into which PJ hasn't managed to insert at least one elf?

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By in United States,

This set looks amazing! But as others also pointed out I think the left part of the set got chopped off. Smaug looks decent, but the price is absolutely ridiculous! I know big molds like Smaug cost a lot but come on. I'm still going to get it (I'm that big of a fan), but unlike all the other LotR/Hobbit sets that I've bought a week or so after release I'm going to wait until this one goes on sale (or until someone gives it to me as a gift. ;-) )

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By in Canada,

Wow, I'm really disappointed. Not just in this set, but in the Lego groups lack of commitment to my favorite themes. Repetitive figures, an almost identical dragon from Fantasy Era, and an extraordinarily overpriced set.

I'm not sure how many of you here are Castle theme/LOTR/Hobbit enthusiasts like myself, but the repetition I'm seeing in these themes over the years is daunting. I've been collecting for over 20 years and as a result, its very frustrating to see originality lacking.

Just look at the build of the mountain/mine/throne. Its practically identical to 7036 Dwarves Mine, released in 2007. The placement and inclusion of the ladders, the wedge pieces, the BURPS, etc. I understand that they are both supposed to represent dwarven architecture, but it's literally like they made a few modifications and color changes to the 2007 set, put it through the wash, and out comes this one.

I understand that I may be a bit too critical here, but this set just summarizes my frustration with my 3 favorite themes listed above. Castle theme has been holding on by the skin of its teeth (recycling stale ideas and structures for years), LOTR line is apparently cancelled (any confirmation of this anywhere!?) and now The Hobbit throws an overpriced, re-hashed bone our way.

Please feel free to reply to this comment. I'd like to know how many more exasperated people like myself are out there. Not that it would change anything but it would just be nice to know I'm not alone in noticing this trend.

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By in United States,

$130?? That's quite a lot and pass. I'm happy with my 70403 Castle; Dragon Mountain that I picked up for about $35. Joe

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By in United States,

^^@Matt Z. Yes, I've noticed a bit of that trend as well, at least in the generic Castle lines. I thought the Pirate Ship Ambush (Corsair ship) was a bit 'rehashed' from older sets (with new sails). Other than that I think the LotR/Hobbit sets have been fantastic and more original than most.

The figs in this set aren't repetitive though, at least the torsos aren't.

I fully agree with you on the price, $130 USD is wwayy too much I can't imagine what it's going to cost in Canada. My Tolkien obsessiveness will force me to get it eventually I think, but I'm waiting for it to go on sale first (or receive it as a gift ;-) ).

I talked to an employee at my local LEGO store a few weeks ago and he said that after this next Hobbit wave coming out the Middle-earth themes were done. :-(

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By in Finland,

A dragon and a glorified grey wall. Hip hurray. Now we can all relive the worst action sequence from the trilogy in Lego form.

Once again the designers have done their best and there's a lot of neat designs in there, but the subject at whole just doesn't lend itself to the needs of a good Lego set.

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By in United States,

Hey, uh Huw, very off topic, but there are some rumors going around about Bionicle making a comeback next year. Not sure if you knew of these rumors or not...

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By in Poland,

Ok. Dragon even if very game-like it has terrible realistic Not-Lego design.
Gold themed expensive set and no CHROME COINS?! Step it up Lego chrome is not that expensive.

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By in United States,

I know that everyone keeps saying that this set is to pricey for what is in the picture. That is because the whole set isn't in the picture. I'm sure in a few days we will have another image with the whole set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Minifigure-wise most Hobbit sets are always going to be limited due to needing Bilbo and a few of the Dwarves.

These type of sets don't do anything for me and the price does seem quite excessive given the piece count.

Anyway, of the SDCC announcements the one I want to hear it what the new Lego Movie set is. And they appear to have left that to last!

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By in United States,

@Matt Z well put, I definitely agree with you.

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By in Germany,

Not so spectacular.
Smaug with dwarfism disorder...

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By in United Kingdom,

Comments about the set aside, Benedict Cumberbatch now has two Lego incarnations. Granted, neither of them is Sherlock, but they are pretty cool nonetheless!

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By in Australia,

I might be imagining it, but didn't the post say "mind-blowing" not "eye-watering", in reference to the price, before? Was it changed?

Anyway, I really like the set! Pretty much what I expected, so I am happy. Lots of nice gold and sand green, and I love the use of black ice-cream cones for torches. The minifigs are great too! Smaug's size is not a problem for me, and I have no problem with moulded parts for creatures as big as him. Is that a Chima crystal with a stud on it used for the Arkenstone?

It's really a shame we don't have the whole picture...

Can't wait to see the other sets! The Australian catalogue says October for Hobbit, by the way.

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By in Canada,

@Albus Yeah it originally said "mind-blowing", but "eye-watering" has a less ambiguous connotation so I think it's an improvement.

Nice colors, but while the mine build looks fairly detailed, Smaug looks overly juniorized next to it. I guess Lego doesn't really need to aim for a specific demographic in this sense - "LOTR" is enough of a target audience on its own.

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By in United States,

Christmas list! Sweet!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Matt Z I agree with you as well. Essentially I already have this Smaug dragon from the fantasy era - I think the wings may be slightly different and some printing on the chest. I quite like the look of the main build with the colours. I don't understand how a 800-piece set can translate to $130 even with Smaug included! I know some of the build is missing in the photo but lets just base it on piece count and its way over priced! May be Lego have upped the price so that they aren't losing out too much when this eventually goes on 50% sale in the UK!

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By in United Kingdom,

How can Smaug inflate the price this badly? It's happened before. I think we should name this phenomenon "the Rancor effect." ;)

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By in Hungary,

As others have set, this can't be the whole set. It doesn't look like more than 800 bricks. 500 at most, so maybe a giant gold dwarf statue or other things are cut off.

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By in United States,

Has this been "officially" unveiled at Comic-Con yet? If the pictures were released/leaked early, hopefully we will see the missing part of the set on the left.

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By in Australia,

Easy pass. I have to say that the Hobbit sets have been generally underwhelming apart from 79003 and if this is to be the last wave, then Lego have really messed up the whole Hobbit/LotR theme. It promised so much, but has delivered so little. Thank goodness for the new Green Lantern set. At least that's something to look forward to.

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By in Australia,

I like the design of Smaug. I would have hated a brick-built version. However, as others have said, the price is obscene. I would have liked to see Thorin in this set rather than Kili or Fili but I guess Thorin will be in one of the other sets from this wave.

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By in United Kingdom,

Very disappointed with the Smaug.
It is only a Wyvern figure.
When it should be a Dragon with 4 legs and 2 wings.

The set is definitely just a £60 set, but it looks like Lego have overpriced it.

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By in United States,

Have to agree with many others, using the generic wyvern for smaug was a cop out. The set itself is ok (what we can see of it) but not amazing.

Definitely not worth the initial asking price. Of course that probably means itell be generously marked down at clearance time

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By in Australia,

@srlz Thought so! Yes, mind-blowing could be interpreted as positive.

And @Venunder and @hewhocaves, Smaug only has two legs and two wings in the second movie, so the set is accurate to the film, at least.

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By in United Kingdom,

There are a few things which spring to mind; I'll try to be systematic...
Let's start with Smaug (obviously...!)
1. Legs and wings: The "wyvern" anatomy, with the front legs also forming the bat-like wings, is correct for the *movie* design of Smaug. And, yes, he's generally much darker in the film. The "classic" Tolkien version, based on JRRT's own painting of Smaug lying on his hoard of gold, is the more traditional mythical/heraldic type "dragon" with four legs *plus* two wings -- and he's also a much brighter red in the painting.
2. Scale: In both the movie and the painting Smaug is HUGE -- whilst we can always dream, being realistic, there was no way we were ever going to get a dragon fully in-scale with the minifigs or even close to this. The approach used for Fafnir in the Viking sets would definitely have been one possibility but I think I always suspected they'd want to keep a more "moulded" and less brick-built appearance, to keep him matching the overall "look" of the various other animals from the LotR and Hobbit sets (wargs, eagles and so on).
A full set of new moulds was possible (and probably deserved, he's a major character, after all -- much more so that the Great Goblin and *he* got his own mould!) but I guess I always expected them to re-use of some of the existing parts, possibly with new printing, and perhaps a few specific new elements where required to create the unique Smaug appearance (e.g. head, etc.) -- and this seems to be pretty much what we've got.
It's not perfect but I guess it's realistic at this price-point and also for the target market (kids...!!). From what I can see, the Smaug with the set looks OK to me (given what I was expecting) but I'll reserve judgement until I've seen better pictures! I guess they could have put a bigger Smaug in a set more-or-less on his own, with just one or two minifigs and a little piece of scenery in order to keep it at an affordable price but that's clearly not the way they've chosen to go.
3. UCS Smaug: In an ideal world, LEGO will re-visit this subject a little later (much like the Millenium Falcon) and give us a proper brick-built UCS-style Smaug, in full mini-figure scale and with a more movie-realistic colour scheme, perhaps with a Bilbo minifig and a display diorama with the bottom of a pillar and some hoarded gold...! This would be the compromise that allows real fans and AFOLs to get what they *really* want a little down the line. I hope they're considering something like this because I suspect it really would sell more than well enough to justify making it! We need to make lots of representations to them along these lines...! ;o)

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By in United States,

The build looks very dwarvish, I would have liked to have had more unique figures though, and from I can see, all they did for the Arkenstone was a sticker. Smaug is OK, although WAY under scale. As you can see from the picture Smaugs wings are FOLDABLE, which is probably the coolest thing about the set. A brick built $150 smaug would have been epic. I am still unsure what some of the sets features are even though having seen both movies so far. It seems pricey compared to some other recent sets though.

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By in United States,

^@StorzN: They're all unique minifigs, but they're not new characters we haven't seen before in LEGO.

^^@blue_squadron: Great points. Most of these people writing comments should read your post.

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By in United Kingdom,

Brilliant points @bluesquadron, particularly how Smaug fits with the aesthetic of the other Hobbit/LotR large figures. Put him next to those frankly pathetic eagles and he'll actually look quite good!

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By in United States,

^blue_squadron great post I couldn't agree more with you! I wish everyone commenting would read your post.

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By in United States,

The mountain isn't going to be lonely, the set will be with that price.

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By in United States,

That Smaug looks awesome. Looks as if his wings are going to have fabric on them, and they're hinged so his wings can close and open.

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By in Finland,

I wan't that on my birthday! It's awesome!

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By in Switzerland,

Of course the set's expensive - Smaug features at least 6 new moulds! (wings, legs, upper jaw, lower jaw/neck, main body, tail) And yes, the legs are definitely new, compare the picture to 70403 and you'll notice the differences (most prominently, the different amount of claws).

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By in United States,

It looks like there will be a mountain façade for the secret entrance, the arkenstone is actually set in the wall and looks like a modified gem brick. The dragon looks amazing and has wings that fold unlike the most recent Castle Dragon. This looks like a great set and gives me hopes that the Minas Tirith set will be even more impressive.

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By in United States,

Wait a minute! THOSE WINGS LOOK LIKE THEY ARE FOLDABLE! As far as I know that's a first for LEGO and that would make Smaug a LOT more interesting! In fact, if I'm seeing this right, that would be totally amazing! :D

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By in United States,

In all honesty, it's a pretty nice looking set. Perhaps on the small side, but it looks to have some decent play functions, good minifigs, pieces, etc. Besides, I agree with the general concensus that there is probably another structure that the bridge thing in the top left corner is going to.

That said, the price remains egregious (130 dollars for 886 pieces?!), especially in light of getting Helm's Deep just two years ago, a set with 1368 pieces for the same 130 dollars. However, I think we must bear two things in mind about this. First, it comes with Smaug. Yes, some of the parts are rehashed from the fantasy dragons, but he's an alright representation that probably keeps the set cost down. Two, Jabba's Sail Barge, 2013 edition. 850 pieces for 120 dollars. Not a particularly great value. However, Amazon.com currently has it marked down to $88.99, a 26% discount.

What I'm trying to say is that it's entirely possible that this set will wind up getting marked down significantly before too long. :D

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By in United States,

^i believe that is a melting pot not a bridge, the description states the set includes a melting pot and light brick furnace, that looks like it.

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By in United States,

Looks great, but a little expensive. I would think maybe 90-100? Also, I hate the clear weapons on Balin and Dwalin. It makes them look like Techno-blade Ninja. I think that we get Fili and Thorin, not Kili. It just makes more sense to include the King Under the Mountain.

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By in United States,

^^^^ By golly, you're right! I see that ball joint!

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By in Singapore,

They could you know, at least add in that giant mould of the Dwarf King. The price is kinda steep...

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By in United States,

^^^No, if you blow up the higher resolution of the image the beard is definitely thinner on the Thorin/Kili minifig suggesting that is in fact Kili. Thorin probably comes in the actual battle set (that would, of course, make even more sense).

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By in United States,

A little bit overpriced for an 866 piece set...

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm seeing Mines of Moria, with a hint of Goblin King, and added sparkles.

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By in United States,

I love Middle Earth LEGO, but I am disappointed in this. I can't say I expected anything different. It was quoted to be this small of a set for that price quite some time ago. To make up for it, it definitely needs more figures and/or more pieces.

Smaug may be interesting, but he shouldn't bump up the price 30$ extra. Same goes for Jabba's Palace. That set was way overpriced too. Good thing I got that on a decent sale. I will wait for this to go on sale too.

Licensing fees must have gone up. I don't know how else LEGO determined the price point on this set.

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By in United States,

First of all, the dark haired dwarf is defiantly Kili. You can tell when you zoom in on the photo, he has a scruffy stubble, not Thorin's full beard. Take a look at his angry face from Mirkwood Spiders. Second of all, the melting pot on the left actually looks a bit like a catapult. The picture isn't good enough, but we might get Bilbo with a Mithril shirt. On a side note, I want to see what Dwalin's axe looks like in the movies.

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By in United States,

I have to get this set!! Smaug is amazing!!!! He is by far the best molded dragon LEGO has ever made! The wings are a huge plus for me, featuring ball joints and folding wings. I can't wait!!

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By in United Kingdom,

"First of all, the dark haired dwarf is defiantly Kili." Call him otherwise and he'll argue and fight his point to the death!
Sorry, I don't often get a chance to humorously point that one out, and what fun is a grammar nazi if he can't make a joke of it? :P

There's been a definite change in mood on this thread since the jointed and cloth-clad wings were spotted. I saw at the full size pic and didn't notice, kudos to @krollins!

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By in Norway,

You can see Smaug's ball point joints on the cover for The Hobbit game. Seeing Smaug here confirms that was in fact the reveal of his LEGO incarnation.

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By in United States,

Yes, I agree the details of the Smaug figure do change my feeling about the overall pieces-to-price ratio--as does discovering there's a light brick included, too! All the way up to $130? I'm not sure about that, yet. Maybe yes, if I could figure out a way to use the light brick (and perhaps some optic cable) to make Smaug breathe illuminating fire! Please let there be some empty space inside that big body of his....

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By in United States,

Just looking at the set I can tell there isn't enough gold and needs at least 2 more dwarves.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think I'd have to agree with what a few others have commented on, the dragons you can actually build that are featured in the Vikings sets seem like much more 'value for money' than the dragon offered here, in my opinion it's just laziness in the design.

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By in United States,

"^^^No, if you blow up the higher resolution of the image the beard is definitely thinner on the Thorin/Kili minifig suggesting that is in fact Kili. Thorin probably comes in the actual battle set (that would, of course, make even more sense)." Ok. I see what you mean. I always get Kili, Fili and Thorin confused :p

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By in United States,

Wow, I knew LEGO would do something like that for a dragon, including the FOLDING wings and ball joints. So awesome! Also, I think the arkenstone is a Chima crystal with a printed round tile placed on it, not the best representation of the arkenstone. (Now If only those dragon pieces came in green, I could make the wyvern type dragon I always dreamed of) :)

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By in United Kingdom,

To me the left hand side looks too similar to #9476 Orc Forge. As mentioned above, there isn't enough gold. Couldn't the set have had lots of gold coins like #4181 Isla de la Muerta? 50 coins and some more jewels surely wouldn't swell the cost too much. Speaking of which, this set has a hefty price tag, with not a lot new to offer. For now I can see my Hungarian Horntail from #4767 doubling as Smaug. I'll be saving my money for other sets.

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By in Switzerland,

What Haltiamieli said. +1
Unless this is missing half the parts, no thanks.

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By in United States,

^The back of the structure doesnt even look like it has much

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By in United States,

Nope, definitely not worth $129.99.

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By in Czech Republic,

Hm... I own ALL the regular boxed LOTR sets + Tower of Orthanc. I only own a single Hobbit set and that is An Unexpected Gathering, which is really worth it imho. All the other Hobbit sets are a safe pass for me incl. this new one. From my point of view this shows how much those Hobbit set are of a lower quality when compared to LOTR ones (and same goes for the movies imho).

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By in United Kingdom,

After seeing the full set this is worth a max of $59.99 - its definitely not worth anywhere near the asking price for it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice spot on the folding wings -- I looked at the section about half-way along the left wing where there's a fairly obvious back-curve in the wing membrane and wondered what they were doing there but wasn't convinced enough to comment. It almost looks like each wing is moulded as a single piece (? flexible plastic over inner struts for the bone structure), with a part that clips onto itself just outside where the hands/claws are -- and this is where you can see the fold.

Having had a good look at 70403 and this pic plus those at Toy News International (link above), I'm fairly certain that Smaug is ALL new -- the basic concept may be the same as the dragon from 70403 but the torso and back legs are thicker and heavier, and the tail, forelegs/wings and neck and head are all different.

From a size point of view, if your monitor is big enough, zoom the pic until the min figs are about 1:1 scale then review Smaug -- he's pretty big! Not as big as he should be, but probably big enough.

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By in Hungary,

Hey, no news after the 1st day? like the left part of this set, the missing 200 bricks?

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By in United Kingdom,

Has the orc forge, dong dul dor battle ang dwarfs mine been put in a blender? I think so!!!!!!!!!!!

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By in Norway,

Smaug's piece count is apparently about 40-50, according to Brotherhood Workshop, who's had the Hobbit sets since February for making official LEGO animations.

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By in Norway,

The Brotherhood Workshop video is now on LEGO's Hobbit page and will be up on YouTube in a while. Really showcases how poseable Smaug is!

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By in United States,

I'm pumped that lego didn't back off and not create Smaug. Even though some of the pieces look like the come from the generic dragon mold, there is enough difference for it to be special. I was hoping for some different minifigures, but these will do. Hopefully, an add on set will also be released with this wave and it will build on to the scene.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks @J0rgen, that video's really fun! It does kinda rub salt in the wound though, unless this set is going to come with a massive bag of random gold bricks and coins.

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By in United States,

To be honest this latest Hobbit set looks a bit lackluster. I'd be willing to be 80$ to pick up Smaug and the nice parts, but 130$ is a bit much, especially looking at the quality of the model. Was hoping for something a bit more substantial.

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By in United States,

The rest of the set is on the pics at LEGO.com.

That is the worst furnace in the universe. :-O

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By in United States,

People asking for the "rest of the set" should look at some of those pictures on flickr. There is no missing parts in the set. That is the whole set. There was barely anything cut off in the original picture. I bet less than 20 bricks total.

I agree overpriced, but just imagine how expensive that Smaug actually cost to produce. Everytime there is a large molded creature, it jumps up the price substantially.

Wait for a sale (like me) and you'll be happier. If everyone waited for a sale, then LEGO could understand it was priced too high for the market. But you know not everyone will be waiting. It will still sell well at this price point, even with us complaining.

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By in United States,

Looks awesome, mostly because all the minifigures are new and I've been waiting for a set with Smaug for YEARS! But it's a little pricey, should've been more like $100.

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By in United States,

I wish LEGO could've found some way to balance the inaccuracies in the movie with perhaps some stuff closer to the book, but I guess that's asking a bit much...

Anyway, this set looks great especially with that greenish color and Dwalin's trans-green axe, besides all the other trans/gold parts. Smaug looked great at first but really the more I look at him the sillier he looks...he's too fat, his legs are too big, and I'm pretty sure he had real arms and not those weird bat claw things.

But I think worst of all is the price tag...it sucks how all those piles of nice off-green parts, weapons (just noticed the dark red 1x1 round tiles on Balin's hammer thing ^_^) and even Smaug, despite his flaws, will as of now just be coming in a $130 set. There are probably other sets with nice parts that will come along for more reasonable prices.

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By in United States,

^Smaug does indeed have arms attacked to his wings in the movies

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By in Netherlands,

OK, so I was completely wrong. No part of the set on the photo is missing / omitted as I commented here earlier. Epic speculative fail! I still want this set really bad, but I agree the price is ridiculous! Way over priced, this 866-piece set ought to have a RRP of about €80 up to a €100 maximum.

I love Smaug, and all the other minifigs, really nice torso prints and colours. It should not be to difficult to turn these characters, all of which are already in other sets that I already have, into other 'generic' dwarfs switching some heads beards, helmets and hairpieces around.

A bit disappointed with the furnace / mining cave section. Also this set needs a lot of chrome gold shiny coins, too bad none are included.

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By in United States,

I was wrong too! It really looked like there was a chunk of the set still missing. Well, there just isn't enough for me there, and definitely not for $130, so sorry Lego, but I guess I'm out. Good Bye, Smaug!

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By in Spain,

Again LEGO dissapoints us. We all expect more than this: 4 repeated dwarves (I own the four, but clothes are new), not bad buildings but could be better, and a new, but similar to others, dragon.
I think price is very high for this. BUT, I want this set!

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By in United States,

^^^^^ The dark red 1x1 round tiles come in Scorm's Scorpion Stinger from Chima and the SW Planets Tantive IV.

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By in United Kingdom,

LOOKS COOL, CAIN'T WAIT TO BUY THIS LOL

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By in United Kingdom,

LOOKS COOL, CAIN'T WAIT TO BUY THIS LOL

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By in Germany,

The set looks good to me. Bit of a mishmash of everything. The many small parts and accessories will make it a fun build. I noticed a 1x2 Technic pin on the bottom right of the throne structure, so there might possibly be an add-on in the future.

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By in United States,

I see that very few people have actually noticed that the wing is composed of a membrane and spines. The membrane is either fabric or flexible plastic, with solid folding spines. This allows you to fold the wings however you want.

Unlike most people are saying, this dragon is a revolutionary design, not a dragon similar to fantasy era dragons.

I came to this conclusion after looking at multiple pictures people have linked to here, and in all of them the membrane is positioned differently.

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By in Denmark,

Well... I'm not sure what I was suspecting, but this wasnt it, really!

But as with a few of the other LotR set, I might with time grow fund of it anyway...!

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By in {Unknown country},

lego-minifigures.tumblr.com/post/92925893446/lego-the-hobbit-the-lonely-mountain-79018
more pics :p

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By in United Kingdom,

Sorry to dissapoint, we aren't missing anything. If you notice, the gold is on a turn table with a curved piece on the end which means it fires the gold.

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