As you've probably noticed from the section above, the Hobbit sets are now listed at shop.LEGO.com, and they'll be back in the UK shops -- officially this time -- on December 1st, so I had better get my mini-reviews finished...
79001 Escape from Mirkwood Spiders is the second smallest set but it carries a hefty price tag in the UK (£25) and a not-quite-so-hefty one in the USA ($30).
It features 4 minifigs, two giant spiders and two tree-like structures. As you can see from this picture, at last LEGO has started making autumn-colour foliage, but there are only two pieces in the set so to make a decent sized tree you'll need a lot of sets! Other interesting pieces include tan 2x2 dishes printed with a mushroom pattern. There are two in the set, and for some reason a third, spare one, was in mine, presumably it's in them all.
The eyes are glow-in-the-dark 1x1 round plates and I believe they are new in that colour.
The set also comes with three mini-spiders, two black and one glow-in-the-dark.
Having just Googled her, Wikipedia says "The character does not appear in the original book, but was created by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh for the film series, the first part of which is planned for release in 2012. She is a Woodland Elf whose name means "Daughter of Mirkwood", and is the head of the Mirkwood Elven guard. She is played by actress Evangeline Lilly."
So in that case she will be very cute, just as she was when she played Kate in Lost :-) Anyway, I digress...
As with all Hobbit minifigs they are printed on their backs and have double sides heads.
The tree is hinged and can be dropped to the ground. I'm not sure why.
This is another great set that is interesting to build and great to play with. I imagine that Mirkwood is a dark and evil place: the use of dark colours and the design of the creepy-looking trees set certainly conveys that well.
So, that'll be another one to add to your Christmas list, then...
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