10237 Tower of Orthanc press release

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Tower of Orthanc

10237 Tower of Orthanc, Ages 14+. 2,359 pieces.

Build the The Lord of the Rings™ trilogy must-have model!

US $199.99, CA $249.99, DE 199.99€, UK £169.99, DK 1699.00 DKK

Finally, collect one of the most instantly recognizable and iconic buildings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Tower of Orthanc! Build all 6 highly detailed floors filled with fascinating movie-related details including the attic, library, alchemy room, Saruman’s throne room, entrance hall and dungeon. This exclusive model stars in some of the most iconic scenes from The Lord of the Rings movies. Swoop down with the Great Eagle and rescue stranded Gandalf the Grey from his tower-top prison after his defeat at the hands of the white wizard, Saruman. Build the powerful, tree-like Ent, with poseable limbs and cool swinging arm function, then attack the Uruk-hai and Orc Pitmaster while Saruman and his servant Grima Wormtongue take refuge high in the tower. The Tower of Orthanc is a must-have model for any The Lord of the Rings collection! Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf the Grey, an Uruk-hai and the Orc Pitmaster.

  • Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf™ the Grey, an Uruk-hai™ and the Orc Pitmaster
  • Features 6 highly detailed floors with lots of functions, including a folding staircase, LEGO® light brick palantir, opening entrance doors and a trap door
  • Weapons include 5 staffs, knife, sword, shield and a long axe
  • The attic features a folding staircase, the 3 staffs of the missing wizards, the 2 keys of the Two Towers, 2 maps and an Uruk-hai helmet, shield and sword
  • The library features 2 books, 2 torches, 2 maps and 2 skulls
  • The alchemy room features 2 torches, a bomb (being produced for the Battle of Helm’s Deep™), 2 potions, bottle, skull, gunpowder keg, pot, cauldron and a long axe
  • Saruman’s throne room features lamps, 2 bookcases with 3 potions, map, letter and the powerful palantir with a LEGO light brick
  • The entrance hall features opening doors, trap door, 2 large banners, chandelier, statue and 2 axes
  • The creepy dungeon features a chain, 2 bones, 2 skulls and a rat
  • Buildable Ent features poseable limbs for holding a minifigure and a cool swinging arm function
  • Attack the tower with the cool buildable and poseable Ent!
  • Swoop to the rescue with the Great Eagle!
  • Activate the LEGO light brick and make the palantir glow!
  • Set the trap door and banish unwanted guests to the dungeon!
  • Prepare the bomb for the Battle of Helm’s DeepTM!
  • Swing the Ent’s arms to smash or grab things with the poseable fingers!
  • Measures over 28" (73cm) high, 8" (21cm) wide and 6" (16cm) deep
  • Ent stands over 9" (23cm) tall

Available for sale directly through LEGO beginning July 2013.

There are more pictures in our flickr stream. I'll get them added here ASAP.

101 comments on this article

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By in United States,

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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By in United States,

Will it be available in-stores? Like Walmart, for example?

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By in France,

It's pretty bad :/

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By in United States,

@lego613master With a set number 10237 it's likely a Lego exclusive. So no, Walmart won't be getting this one.

I'm impressed. I could wait to see the inside. It's just me or does Saruman look taller than the rest?

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By in United Kingdom,

£170 ouch! I like it but its too pricey for me.

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By in United States,

Awesome! But it should of had Merry and Pippin or another Orc.

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By in Denmark,

Too expensive... and too nice!

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ he is in a robe / skirt (slope) piece, so yes he will be taller.

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By in Germany,

Pretty good price/piece ratio. If someone likes black bricks, that is. Beside that, I believe this is not turning me into a LotR collector, but it might be the one set I get from this series.

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By in France,

Unveiled in Lisbon, huh? Mr. Bessa, is this another of your creation? Terrifyingly beautiful. Can't wait to see the video.

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By in United States,

It does look like a nice set. But even as a fan of LoTR, I'm not really interested in a playset of Orthanc. Yes, it was a key location in the films, but aside from the duel, not a lot actually happened in the tower itself. I feel LEGO is trying to replicate the Death Star or Hogwarts playsets, but it doesn't quite work with this location because it wasn't central to the plot like those. That said, I do like the printed tiles of the three Istari.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks pretty good. Is this the tallest model ever made? The figures seem a bit ridiculous next to it, a bunch more orcs would helped flesh it out a bit. But I guess any collector buying this is likely to have amassed an army of uruk-hai by now anyway.

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By in Canada,

Wow, almost 2500 pieces. $250 is a lot but that's pretty good value. Another couple orcs or one more exclusive minifigure would have been nice but considering like, Arkham Asylum is $210 cdn for around 1600, or even Helm's Deep was $170 for 1300 pieces... yeah, this is outstanding, I'm getting this. I'll wait for double VIP but that's my only hesitation. Brilliant.

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By in United States,

I love the tower! It looks great but I am slightly disappointed. Only 5 figs for a $250 dollar set and only two are exclusive. Think of arkham 8 figs 3 of which were exclusive. And that ent......lego oh lego....

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By in United Kingdom,

It looks really good, but I wish Lego would have complete buildings, maybe open up on a hinge or something like the haunted house, only half a building make this difficult to be a center piece display, looks great from only one side.

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By in France,

^if you can afford it, then buy 2, do the mirror build to make a 'complete' tower, and you also get a second Treebeard....base would measure about 32 cm. Hmmmm, buying multiples of sets seems to be an implied trend lately - Joust, Horizon Express

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By in United Kingdom,

Orthanc is a tall, slender building. This is all wrong.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes the proportions look all wrong to me, but like all the UCS stuff, I will probably get it.

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By in Switzerland,

The ent really looks bad. And I would rather have liked a complete tower for less than 400 Euros, thank you very much.

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By in Netherlands,

Does the Wizard Battle set fit in this tower?

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By in Slovakia,

It looks better than bag end.

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By in United States,

My wallet is hurting. I am also a gamer with a 3DS and 360.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is this a UCS set?

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By in United States,

I love the Treebeard! I think the set looks awesome, but I'm miffed about the $200 I'll have to spend to get it. Saruman looks ridiculous in his robes, but not everyone can wear them. Good to see Wormtongue, too! The inside better be good! I also love how dang IMPOSING the tower looks! Possibly the darkest thing LEGO has released?

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By in Canada,

The Ent is surprisingly terrible, but I don't think I can say no to this thing. It's too... beautiful. I guess I'll have to start saving now.

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By in United Kingdom,

Christmas wishlist just got bigger.

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By in United States,

Awesome. Definitely a day one buy for me. Can't wait!

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By in United States,

This is cool, but I'll hold out for the Gondor set...

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By in Germany,

Cripes!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

This set looks huge. But £170 is on the expensive side.

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By in Canada,

"Shut-up and take my money"

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By in United Kingdom,

From the high-res pictures, there appears to be a lot of stickers.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm loving how the description keeps referring to the ent as an ent. Hopefully this means the ent is just an ent warrior and we will be getting an actual treebeard set later on :) With Merry and Pippin.

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By in United States,

Awesome set, though I imagine a lot of builders are going to be frustrated that the ent is not appearing in a set they can really effectively use for army building. I'm also certain that some people will be turned off by the open back of this model, and it's quite curious that they chose to give this model a detailed interior, which makes the wizard duel set kind of superfluous to collectors who buy this one. Regardless, it's a great likeness of the source material with some lovely sculptural detail.

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By in United States,

Well, I would love if the Treebeard was in a cheaper $20 set, but I love it! It's not Hero Factory, more like a mech without a space for a minifigure. Even the mushroom on its foot!
Interesting that the large exclusives (Arkham and this) seem to have a 10_37 set number.

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By in United States,

I really like the 6 floors to allow for play. Definitely get one or maybe 2, as I can see LOTR collectors getting two of these to close the tower. Now I know why Saruman is in the smaller set for folks you don't collect all of the LOTR sets. I like the alternative dress piece to Saruman to give him feet or the cool robe look.

@lego613master - I would expect Walmart and other retailers getting this in 2014. Just like Haunted House, Horizon Express, etc., lego's exclusives will have a window where there only at Lego stores and s@H for a bit.

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By in United States,

Wow! This set looks amazing! Gotta disagree with several people . . . I think LEGO has done a great job of preserving the shape/detail of Orthanc while adding a lot of playability to the set. Nicely done! And yeah, the ent doesn't look perfect, but at least it will give many builders the pieces necessary to make a really sweet looking ent.

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By in Netherlands,

this is by far the best LOTR set for 2013. Definitely a must-buy for me! I kind of like the ent even :) As someone else noticed, it's not treebeard, just an Ent, which is great.

Now can we possible get regular LOTR minifigs instead of all the main chars over and over again? I have more aragorns than orcs...

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By in United States,

I love this. I'll most definitely be getting this. Just wish they hadn't done the open back.... did anyone see that the designer video is on YouTube now? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aOdjObziYg

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By in United Kingdom,

A very nice model and not too expensive.

Although I will need two sets to make the tower tall enough. :)

Atleast 16 Ents are required for the battle of Orthanc. So I'll have to MOC a few extra.

I also need the extra eagle for the Warg Attack / Eagle Escape scene. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Cheers for link @Juno,wow this is huge it's expensive,I don't usually buy sets as big as this. I missed out on Diagon Alley,Arkham Asylum all the Star Wars models apart from Death Star. This is something I will get,amazing love this and I am also a LOTR completist to which favours me to get this even more. Will this and summer sets be last LOTR Lego? Will they concentrate solely on Hobbit for next two films?

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By in United States,

I like the interior now that I've seen it properly. Perfect for a tower of dark magic. Is the light brick under the ball on the second-from-bottom floor? Why is there a turntable on top of the tower? My only problem with the Ent is that the side view makes it look faceless. I'm not picky about open back, as I don't use LEGO sets as centerpieces. I'll just turn the open side to the wall when I don't want to see it. For the MOCers, who view sets as parts packs, this one looks good.
P.S. I haven't seen the video and am in a bad place for it, so that's why I'm asking the questions.
P.P.S. Dashofdashing, you technically haven't missed out on the Asylum. It's still out. Only if it is out of production have you missed out on a product.

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By in United Kingdom,

@8brickmario,very true,maybe I should have worded better,but I won't be buying other models is what I was meant to say. I knew it would be a Lego shop exclusive,but it's shame I could have for discount where I work and usually use money off vouchers aswell :o

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By in United States,

This is a nice looking set, but I bet it is going to be a challenge to build with all of that black. I can see it now... where's the tiny black piece in the pile of black pieces?

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By in United States,

Save for having dinner at the Mos Eisley cantina in a hopeful future Disney Star Wars land, my life will now be complete after I purchase this awesome set. I can now die a happy man.

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By in United States,

At least it will be the tallest model in my collection... by 8"

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By in United Kingdom,

That looks incredible to me, I am very excited. It is great to see an Ent, the Minifigures all look fantastic, the model is perfect and we even get one of those white hand banners from the film by the looks of it, which are going to be key to any Uruk-Hai army and therefore very useful!

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By in Ukraine,

Ah, so it *IS* real! And yes, anything over $125 or $150 is always an Exclusive for the Mall Stores and online.

Oh, and at about 70 bricks high, I think this is still 20 bricks shy of the Statue of Liberty set from 2000.

And this is pricey-but-reasonable at about 8.5 cents per piece in the USA. Verrrrry Interesting!

I hope they make more of these great models designed for the Traveler's Tales Lego video games!! =)

The unlockable bonus levels for the games featured a ton of concept models like this... They have them on file!!

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By in Netherlands,

hmm just saw the video, and the back is open... that is a bit of a downer

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By in United Kingdom,

Love it - simply wonderful.

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By in United States,

WOW.... that's awesome.

Doubt I'll ever get one, but at least it exists. I love the detail... this has to be one of the best sets in the line. :D

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By in France,

Thanks for the video link. I stand corrected. You can tell a lotta love went into the build of this set.

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By in United States,

I have always loved Isengard, The Uruk-hai and Orthanc. When I found out about it I thought "this is one of the best LEGO sets ever". I have the 2008 Death Star and 2007 AT-AT can not wait to add this one to my collection.

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By in United States,

I'm sorry to say, but:
@maniac-The video was already posted.
@Jverwejj-the Flickr stream showed the open back clearly.

Back to the set. I think the Ent is quite cute, but I wish LEGO could have made the ratchet joint pieces in brown. Black and gray just doesn't look right on the creature. Is this the first time LEGO has made a buildable figure that wasn't Bionicle/Hero factory? I think they did with the Crystal King in Power Miners.
The Tower will be a challenge to build. Primarily one color of black and tons of smaller pieces will drive me mad, yet make me satisfied when finished. I like the White Hand banners. I wonder what piece is used for the palantir! I want the Wizard Battle, if only for the Eye of Sauron, though.
P.S. I bet this is on Eurobricks's frontpage!

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By in United States,

Awesome. . . Man, I need to find $200 somewhere. :P

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By in United Kingdom,

@8BrickMario - I realised after posting it and not really any need to say.

For the set, it doesn't really excite me at all. Maybe that's because I have more excitement for classic Star Wars sets. I'll wait for the rumoured Ewok Village set.

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By in United States,

The designer's video of the set just seals the deal for me. I am not even a big fan of LotR LEGO, but Castle is my favorite theme. This will be a great fortification for one of my evil factions. The set itself might be in my top 10 favorite sets ever.

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By in United States,

That looks amazing!; but if I get it, it'll be the only thing I'll be able to get 'cause it's $200; yikes!

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By in United States,

I'm a little bit bored with this. I tend to like a more complete design, like having a fully closed back to the set. I know it affects the play-a-bility but why not devise some kind of swinging back or something that really completes the entire set so it's not "open" on the back side. I like how they do the large buildings, like the Green Grocer, etc. These are 100% complete structures and you can remove entire floors to look inside.

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By in United States,

Not worth $200

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By in Canada,

This set looks amazing!!!!!

@ Town, how could you say this isn't worth $200!?

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By in United States,

I normally don't buy these huge Lego Exclusives, but I may actually get this, depending on the price of course.

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By in United States,

This is INCREDIBLE! I love how they included the treasure room near the top (see designer video). That's actually very accurate to several of Tolkien's other writings, especially notes in the Unfinished Tales. There must be some big LotR geeks on that designer team. (But don't take that as a insult. That's a great thing! I would consider myself one too.)

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By in United States,

The rumors were true. At first the open back bummed me, but on a display shelf the back never shows anyway, so this way we got lots of detail in the interior. As someone else said, the proportions are a little dumpy and I'm not completely sold on the Ent (I hate mechs and it looks mech-ee.) But getting a ginormous LOTR build is wonderful. I hope it is a huge success and TLG makes more iconic LOTR buildings in this large scale. Eldoras? Tree of Lothlorian? Minas Tirith in some kind of modular form until we have the whole city? I'm getting giddy.

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By in United Kingdom,

THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING I HAVE EVER SEEN AND EVER WILL SEE IN MY LIFE.

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By in Australia,

This is incredible but i am worried about the price in Australia.

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By in United States,

SOLD!!

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By in United States,

For those of you saying it isn't worth $200 USD- have you seen the piece count? That's 8.5 cents per piece! For a licensed DTC set, that's incredible. You're CERTAINLY getting your money's worth.

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By in Australia,

It's awesome, I am very impressed! It's just how I would have liked it - great for display, but also with an interior for playability. The Ent is a great addition, as is the eagle. The minifigures, accessories and details are awesome! Also, it's coming out earlier than I expected, so even better!

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By in United States,

This is a wonderful set! Just made my day finding out all this news. I was a little worried that it was only going to be the four sets coming out this summer. Now we have a fifth! They could have added a couple more minifigs but other than that I think it is great!

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By in United Kingdom,

My biggest problem with it, is that it will probably be built in 20 numbered bags with 12 instruction booklets. That's actually a big problem with LEGO these days, it's too easy.

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By in United States,

Perfect use of parts and I especially like how they did the stairs leading up to the small door. I think it's a good display piece that also non-Lego fans will appreciate when they see it in your apartment. Just imagine someone jolts it and the thing falls over...

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By in United Kingdom,

What a fantastic looking set! The designers have certainly done well with the appearance of this one, now to find and save up the money :-)

For UK buyers, price per piece is 7.2 pence.

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By in Australia,

Yeah, the tower isn't really an important location, in terms of the story ... but damn, if that isn't a GORGEOUS set.

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By in United Kingdom,

shut up and take my money! is all i have to say for such a breathtaking set.

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By in Netherlands,

@8BrickMario

obviously I missed that, what's your point? That doesn't make it less disappointing

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By in Australia,

Will we be able to connect two together?

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By in United Kingdom,

^ It's lego, you can do whatever you want to but I think that it'd require a bit of modding. :-)

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By in United States,

OMG!!! :[_______] I MEAN, AWESOME!!!!! To bad I'll never have enough money to buy it D:

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By in United States,

For everyone saying "Wow! 8.5 cents per piece! Great deal!" remember that 50% of the pieces are smaller than a 2x4 brick. Pound for pound of plastic that you're getting, it's probably an absolutely horrible deal.

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By in United States,

@blounty23: That's a pretty lame thing to complain about, since it has the easiest solution ever -- just dump out all the bags. :-P

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By in United Kingdom,

What a shame, the tower looks poorly proportioned, too fat at the bottom. And to be honest, I have see far better Ent MOCs too.

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By in United States,

Whoa... it's certainly quite impressive, because of the scale if nothing else. Two feet tall? Not half bad.

It looks pretty good in general, though it is rather disappointing that THERE IS AN OPEN BACK. Seriously? Now it can really only be displayed from one angle... Couldn't they have done something similar to the haunted house? Still, apart from that, it does look quite good, and imposing to boot.

One of the most disappointing parts, IMHO, is the lack of minifigures. At the very least, we need more orcs. Better yet would be to have Merry and Pippin included. They were both in that scene, right?

Still, though, I might just need to get it for the sheer epicness of having a huge Tower of Orthanc. $200 USD is quite expensive, but there's not much else I want for LEGO this year, and factoring in possible specials, VIP points... Yeah, definitely in consideration. :P

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By in Switzerland,

After seeing the developer video, I have to revise my opinion - the set really does look awesome inside. Really nice features - and it IS tall. Still don't like the ent, though.

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By in United States,

@Skywalker1966 - If they made it a solid, modular like tower, it would have been 4000+ pieces...and if it had tons of minifigures, the price would have to be astronomical. I'm glad they made it the way they did, and kept it under $200. I doubt a $400-500 LOTR set would have sold very well. You can get orcs in several other sets, or buy them up on Bricklink. No need to inflate the price more.

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By in United States,

This thing is great; simply... amazing!

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By in New Zealand,

Whats with all the guys moaning about the price throughout all the new announcements these days? Where I come from it will be equivalent to $340 USD, but its such a cool set that I'll happily save up for it.

I thought this site was about celebrating Lego and the passion of being an AFOL - the impression given here however is more that there are loads of people who are here to simply whine and complain about things. The negativity ruins these announcements!

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By in United States,

@natro220: Yeah, you do make a valid point. Lord of the Rings is extremely popular, but probably not to the extent that making a $400 dollar Tower of Orthanc (much like the UCS Millenium Falcon) would be a good seller. It would surely garner rave reviews, but too few people would be interested in, or even have the money for, something that big.

So, yes, you are indeed right. The only point I was trying to make was that it's a little annoying having a UCS model that you can't really display from all angles. :/

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By in United States,

I can't wait to pick up a couple of these. Definately one of the coolest sets around.

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By in United Kingdom,

@8BrickMario- Is this the first time LEGO has made a buildable figure that wasn't Bionicle/Hero factory? I think they did with the Crystal King in Power Miners.

No. Superheroes had their own buildable figures too.

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By in United Kingdom,

2 please!

Err where's my calculator... £339.98 Erk!

Actually the roof centre juts out to keep the spire central so this set is two thirds or three quarters of the building meaning extra bricks could also push it higher. That would take me ages to work out in modification and drive me crazy.

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By in United States,

This looks like a great set and it has a good price per piece. The figures kooks really great and the tower is huge. No complaints really

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By in United States,

@natro220 -Under $200? By one cent plus tax! :)

@CCC-Yeah, but the Super Heroes figures used Hero Factory pieces (joints, plates, etc.) The Ent is rather like a mech without a cockpit for a minifigure. It doesn't look like it has a Hero Factory frame, and it doesn't seem like it has traditional ball joints, either.

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By in Netherlands,

What? the dutch get screwed, 230 eu instead of the german 200eu! no fair!

do want it though, so i guess i'll have to get it some other way...

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By in United Kingdom,

This is now listed on the UK online Lego store. It states it's available on the 1st of July.

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By in United States,

I'm not much of a fan of the movies (mostly because of smeegle, sp?) but I own all the Lego sets and will definitely own this as well. I think we can all agree that almost every Lego set should have more figures (although the newer Star Wars sets have bucked the trend by actually having more figures than the original sets). I'm really more disappointed with the other LOTR sets this year than with this. This has a ton of pieces and is 28" tall. The Council of Elrond is extremely minimalistic in my opinion. I would rather have larger sets and pay a little more than have a handful of pieces and a couple figures for $30.

I agree with a couple other people on here about every set doesn't have to have all the main characters. I have 5 Gandolf's and 4 Aragons and 4 Gimli's. Give me more soldiers and orcs and make 1 of each main character and you can't collect them all unless you buy the entire series. Just my thought.

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By in United States,

You know what would be cool? It would be cool if the tower was in a 'modular build' so that each room could be removed, but then it would be hard to include the trap doors.
Also, I think Gandalf has a double face, made possible by his hair peice, so he is sort of an exclusive minifigure.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks like a good set overall, however another Orc and/or Uruk would've been better.

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By in United Kingdom,

This set will be available to VIP users on 17th June :-)

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