Tower of Orthanc unveiled

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The LEGO CEE team has just revealed it on their blog, ahead of the press release going out to fan sites.

It seems it was unveiled at an event in Lisbon and will be available on 1st July. No other details are available yet.

I am going away for a weekend break with my wife later but I'm hoping that the collateral for the annoucement arrives before I go, but if not, one of the other admins should be able to keep you informed, or you can head on over to Brick Fanatics where I'm sure Rich will do a good job of covering the news.

Let us know what you think of it, that is if you can actually make anything out from the poor camera-phone pics.

UPDATE : Official pics from LEGO are now available on the Brickset Flickr Stream - view them here !

20 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks great, and looks like they made an effort with the interior as well. I know what I'll be getting for my B'day in August.

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By in United States,

Hope this is not a joke, The set looks like it could really be great.

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By in United States,

This makes no sense. They make Gandalf Vs. Sourman and then they make Orthanc. Maybe they go together? But this looks AWSOME!

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By in United States,

Just saw flickr photo's will spend my vip point's to get this.

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By in United States,

Looks great, the whole set is full of interesting detail. I'm really like the eagle and the Ent and the interior is very nice. All that black is going to get very dusty . . . . . . . . . better by some more air sprays then!

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By in United States,

This looks fantastic; can't wait 'til I can get one.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for the awesome comment about Brick Fanatics Huw, really appreciate it :-) Enjoy your weekend.

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By in Puerto Rico,

This goes great with ANY castle sets.

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By in Germany,

And thus it occurred that three more CUUSOO projects went the way of the dodo.

This is why people should never submit set ideas for already licensed lines. TLG has its own plans for them. (I know that's no original insight right there, I'm probably the 42000th person to raise the point. And yet SW and LotR and HP sets on CUUSOO keep popping up and popping up and popping up, left and right, day in day out.)

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I see your point, but arguably the cuusoo licensed set ideas are actually quite a good idea. Despite the fact they will never reach 10000 supporters it is still a way of telling lego we want the set to be made. Lego may never have made a tower of othanc until they realized (through cuusoo) how much people want it to be a set.

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By in United States,

@Schwallex: Well, yes and no. Certainly designing really iconic settings and the like on Cuusoo is risky, but there is still the possibility of working within an existing license if you have a proposal that is unique in terms of concept rather than just subject. For instance, consider the LEGO Star Wars Ultrabuild project: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/15448 . That one was a concept that was conceptually unlike any other Star Wars sets currently available. Unfortunately, it went the way of the dodo for different reasons, and it's very likely TLG WOULD have done it on their own if there hadn't been licensing complications.

But there are definitely other things that similarly take a license TLG already has in a totally different direction... for instance, a Super Heroes–themed pinball machine powered by LEGO Technic, or a giant bust of Tonto from The Lone Ranger, or an actual-size LEGO lightsaber designed as a display piece, or a topographical map of Middle-Earth using mosaic techniques. These kind of proposals aren't totally risk-free, but they're a lot safer than trying to fill a conspicuous void in an existing lineup of sets, because at least you're not doing something TLG was likely planning to get around to on their own time.

@grievous953 That's doubtful. First of all, Orthanc is one of the most distinctive landmarks in the series, so it's not as though the idea would never have occurred to TLG without fan intervention. Second, people caught glimpses of what was either this set or a prototype of this set in pictures of the LEGO design studio posted over a year ago. Finally, unless the more successful Orthanc projects have already been taken down, there is not a single one on Cuusoo that has more than 100 supporters, and TLG's designers have better things to do for inspiration than trawl through Cuusoo projects that aren't even close to the required number of supporters.

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By in Germany,

@Aanchir of course. The pinball machine is a fine example of something original. But that's one reason more for it *not* to be tied to the Superheroes license. First of all, why would one bind something so original to something so unoriginal? And second of all, by tying it up, you actually jeopardize the project because it now runs the risk of failing for much the same reason as the Ultrabuild project: we simply don't know what's in the license.

In fact, I find it rather strange you picked the Ultrabuild project, since my argument still applies to it (and in fact even more so than to the sets that have not been killed with fire and are still lingering at 20-odd supporters). I'm afraid that with that one, you got cause and effect exactly the wrong way round. We all did. *Of course* the Ultrabuild project was "a concept that was conceptually unlike any other Star Wars sets currently available" — *precisely because* TLG already knew that it was plain infeasible.

In fact you yourself end up saying that TLG would have done it on their own if not for the license. Right on. Did we really think that with all the success of the Bionicle action figures, it'd have never once occurred to TLG to do the same shtick with Star Wars? Wishful thinking. It occurred to them 100%, but they couldn't do it. The only thing that project achieved was getting them to spell out the reason, for every last one of us who thought they were somehow smarter than TLG.

Really, the Ultrabuild project is the flip side of the same coin as Orthanc. Or even the same side of the same coin. If LEGO has the license, it has plans for it, for years to come. If they haven't released a particular set yet, it either interferes with said plans for one reason or another, or it is part of said plans already, and perhaps even in the making as we speak, and they are not going to give 1% of their profits to a random dude off the Internet who can't even drum up 10000 people for something by the time it has actually been produced 10000 times and is packed and ready to be shipped worldwide.

If we see TLG release the third version of some SW spaceships but not a single one of others, then they will have a metric ton of solid reasons for doing just that. A thousand random people are not going to change their mind. And two dozen people over the course of several years even less so.

So yeah, just as you say, better not try and work around conspicuous voids. They are conspicuous for a reason.

And I'm not exactly holding my breath for The Tumbler, either. TLG already did the Tumbler. Twice. They may have been meh, to put it politely, but they were Tumblers. So either we'll be getting a (long-planned) update a couple years down the line, or they are about to churn out a (long-planned) 5000-part RC Technic version of it this Christmas, or that was it and we're not getting anything, and Brent's version, no matter how slick, is not going to change that because it'll only be eating up their sales of other sets. People can only spend each buck exactly once.

On a more general note, everyone tweaks and tunes official LEGO sets to their liking, or even redoes them from scratch. That is what LEGO is all about. It doesn't mean that it belongs on CUUSOO. I really think we are not making the best of the site. By which I don't mean there are no original projects on it. But rather that the truly original ideas are not going anywhere. It's a shame, really.

And yes, I do realize it's no different than with movies, say. Humans are like that. We love new things but we hate change.

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By in United States,

@Schwallex

I don't remember an Orthanc Tower of this scale on LEGO CUUSOO. Most are Architecture (mini/midi-scale), and one is UCS. None are minifigure scale.

So I still think there should be an Architecture Orthanc/Isengard set even though this came out. They're not the same thing.

On your general point, I think it really depends on the model... For example, LEGO Star Wars set ideas based on the EU. LEGO's not too likely to do the same model without the pressure from the 10k supporters, despite the fact that they already have the license. Or the UCS Sandcrawler? I, unfortunately, doubt that it will pass Review due to LEGO CUUSOO's budget, but it's not something LEGO was planning, I'm sure. Yet there was demand for it. Every set idea has its own advantages and disadvantages. And really, it costs nothing except time to post something on LEGO CUUSOO. If there is a chance that it will become a set, why not post it?

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By in Netherlands,

hope they will bring out an ents set aswell to make the battle complete !!

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By in Germany,

^^ There is one amazing idea in your post = Architecture / License crossover sets! Architecture X Star Wars = Jedi Temple! etc etc.

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By in United States,

stunning, completely stunning, amazing, never thought of lego to do this, i'm so going to get this, awesome!

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By in Croatia,

I was thinking of getting this. Who cares about 200 Euros. But it is so huge! I am not sure where would I put it. My will go berserk!

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By in United States,

Yeah I don't know where to put it! I have no space. but maybe my dresser.

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By in Australia,

this is a cool set if you want a lego star wars tower battle :)

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