Review: 79006 The Council of Elrond

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79006 The Council of Elrond

The news that Lord of the Rings was to get a second wave of sets was very well received and the second smallest of the five sets released this year is a highlight for me.

One of the most popular settings from the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy is Rivendell, the home of Elrond and elves under his rule. In this set, 79006 The Council of Elrond, we get our first taste of this magnificent location in LEGO, and it really is a treat, perfectly capturing the area as it appears in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring film, directed by Peter Jackson.

The model includes four lovely Minifigures, one of whom is an exclusive character to this set and two of whom have been updated. With 243-pieces, this set is priced at £29.99 or $29.99, and despite the fact that the 'price-to-piece' ratio (which I tend to take with a pinch of salt anyway) is some way out, I believe this set is well worth the price.

Box and Contents

The box artwork for this set really is delightful, showing the moment Gimli attempts to destroy the ring using his enormous axe, only to be thrown backwards as the ring is left unblemished. The beauty of the location is conveyed effectively by the packaging and there are some beautiful streams of light that are shining through the branches which surround the model. The box has a different border to the sets last year, this time featuring the eye of Sauron peeking out from the top of Barad-dûr which is suitably menacing. The four Minifigures are also displayed in a gallery at the bottom of the box as usual.

The back of the box shows the set from a different perspective and displays the various features of the model. The weapons included are also shown off in one image.

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Inside the box are two numbered bags, an instruction booklet and a small sticker sheet. They are not packed with a cardboard backing to keep them straight unfortunately.

Minifigs

Four Minifigures are included in this set, and all four are excellent in my opinion. The first of these, who has appeared three times before, is Frodo Baggins. This Minifigure has some slight changes from previous editions of the character. His hair is the same mould as is used for all Hobbits, and it looks perfect in dark brown here. His head is unique to this Minifigure with a concerned expression on one side and an angry expression on the other, both of which are very nice indeed.

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His torso is identical to that which appeared in 9470 Shelob Attacks and 9472 Attack on Weathertop with a brown jacket and dark red waistcoat. His shirt has a open collar and the jacket is printed on the back as well as the front with creases and a strap for adjusting the jacket. His legs are simply dark brown and short.

The only Minifigure in the set who has appeared before looking exactly the same is the ever-popular Gimli. His helmet is printed with an enormous amount of detail and looks exactly as it does in the film. It fits perfectly around his beard, but worn without the beard it looks rather strange as it is rather larger than a standard Minifigure head accessory. Gimli's head is printed with two different expressions, one neutral and the other angry. One both sides are some wrinkles and bushy brown eyebrows, although of course much of this detail is covered by his huge beard, which is cast in reddish brown and is a perfect likeness for Gimli's beard in The Lord of the Rings films.

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His torso printing is totally obscured by the beard, although it is still highly detailed with padding and fur clothing, as well as a belt with a golden buckle. The back of the torso is printed with some more of his belt and various pockets. Just like Frodo, he has dark brown short legs. He carries a single accessory, an axe which he uses in this scene when he attempts to destroy the ring.

What really makes this set for me though are the two Elves, the first of whom is Elrond, who has appeared before in a polybag which came with pre-orders of the LEGO Lord of the Rings video game. This is a far superior version of the character in my opinion and is bound to be popular. His braided hair piece is rubbery and also includes his Elven ears as well as a metallic silver headband. The head is very detailed with two faces (as are all four Minifigures in fact), one with a rather stern expression, and the other with a smile. Wrinkles and brown eyebrows are printed on both sides which are very accurate to the film.

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Elrond wears a cape which is yellow on the inside and dark red on the outside. I love these dual colour capes and this component is identical to the one worn in the film. His torso too is very accurate, printed with a dark red jacket and metallic gold shirt underneath. There are various little scroll details also included which are excellent. The back of the torso, despite being covered by the cape, is also printed with more of his red jacket and the tiny silver scrollwork. His hips and legs are printed with a continuation of this design. I have to say, this is quite possibly among the best Minifigures of the year in my opinion, it is particularly detailed and it is great to have a definitive Minifigure of such an interesting and popular character.

Lastly, we have Elrond's daughter Arwen, another popular character. It was a subject of some discussion last year that not one female Lord of the Rings Minifigure had been produced, which was particularly surprising given the importance of some to the plot. Now this has been at least partially rectified with this Minifigure, and I think it has been well worth the wait as this is another outstanding Minifigure. Her hairpiece is a unique mould much like Elrond's, with Elven ears and a detailed cast. This piece too is rubberised and cast in dark brown. A face is printed on both sides of her head, one with a cheerful expression, and the other with a slightly irritated look, although both faces are fairly similar and the differences are subtle.

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Her dress is superb, with various frills and details all over it. The torso and skirt (which is formed in the usual manner using a 2 x 2 x 2 slope piece) are both sand blue in colour and they match up nicely. She carries the slightly longer variation of the bow piece just like Legolas, which I far prefer to the shorter version which is included in some sets.

The Build

The build is fairly entertaining for a relatively small set, taking about thirty minutes. The trees are built to appear irregular and natural, quite effectively for the use of 'legal' building techniques. The manner in which the steps towards the right of the model are created is also very attractive, using 4 x 4 quarter circle pieces to capture the unique architecture of Rivendell. The roof of the small building is detailed with 1 x 1 (cheese) slopes to represent tiles and the latticed peak of this roof is formed using pearl gold 1 x 4 fence pieces which are also brilliant in appearance.

The Completed Model

This is a set which has some real charm about it. What it may lack in size it more than makes up for in detail and density of parts. The model is split into two sections, the meeting area where the council of Elrond actually takes place, and a small building which nicely captures the architecture seen in Rivendell.

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I will begin with the council area which is what one builds first according to the instructions. Three chairs, which can swivel and each utilise a sticker to create the decorative backs of each seat, are dispersed around a central pedestal. This looks rather grand with two pearl gold 4 x 4 round pieces making up the top and bottom of the table, and the ring sits on top just like in the film. The only real feature to speak of in the set comes here, where a button can be pressed to send Gimli (or any other Minifigure of course) flying after he attempts to destroy the ring with his axe. This is a nice enough feature as it is, and it works perfectly, although I love the fact that the extra detail of the eye of Sauron being visible when the catapult lifts up, recreating Frodo's brief hallucination during this scene in the film. A tree stands over the scene, and uses two large leaf pieces in dark orange, which are unique to this set and look lovely. This is no doubt a piece which will be sought after by MOC builders.

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Not to be outdone though, the small building area also includes a brand new component, shallow arches in white which look fantastic in my opinion. The same piece is available in 79007 Battle at the Black Gate in black. A small weapon stand is included here which holds an Elven sword (which appeared previously with the Elrond polybag mentioned earlier and in 79004 Barrel Escape) and Sting, the sword wielded by Bilbo Baggins and later Frodo. The architecture of this building really is superb given its small size, using five rounded pillars and the new arch pieces to capture Rivendell perfectly. A couple of light bluish grey Microfigures are included which act as statues. A nice curved staircase runs down from this building and beside this is another tree, again making use of a dark orange leaf piece, as well as two olive green ones.

Overall

This is a set which I would label as a 'must have' for fans of Lord of the Rings without hesitation. The Minifigures are excellent, the parts selection is incredible and the set looks fantastic. Although lacking in features, this set is still a lot of fun, thanks in no small part to the wonderful Minifigures as well as the fact that just about everything one could want to recreate the relevant scene from the film is included.

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However, there is no doubt that the real quality of this set lies in how it looks on display. The Autumnal but bright atmosphere of Rivendell is certainly captured in the model and I think this set is one which should be placed right at the centre of your Lord of the Rings collection.

Parts: 5 - Some very useful parts we have seen before plus the added bonus of some lovely new pieces is delightful.

Playability: 4.5 - Few features when compared with other sets, although I still think there is a lot of fun to be had.

Building Experience: 5 - For a set at this price point there are more than enough interesting building techniques used.

Value for Money: 5 - Four Minifigures and a lovely little set seems well worth the price to me.

Overall: 5 - This is a set which I recommend very highly. Elrond and Arwen are well worth picking up loose if you cannot justify the cost of the entire set, although you will not be disappointed if you do purchase it.

23 comments on this article

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By in Indonesia,

they need to make Gondor, or those soldiers at least!

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By in United States,

Very nice review. Little late, but better now than never. I got all the new sets a month or so ago and reviewed them all on Brickset as well. I think they're all fantastic, but I'd love to hear your take on them. Do you think you'll continue with the rest of the sets?

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By in United States,

Great review. I have loved this set. It looks great in the pictures, but even better when built!

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By in Slovenia,

Thanks for the nice review. But for the next time, dont use flash it ruins the pictures. Pictures are too whitish.

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By in Australia,

1. Buy 6 of them to build a bigger scene
2. Sell 5 sets of minifigs on eBay
3. Profit!

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By in United States,

What's next? I'm hoping Orthanc...

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By in Germany,

Too bad it costs a whopping 40 Euro in Germany. That's 53 US$ for 245 parts and only 2 minifigs that are really new. It is absolutely gorgeous, but also absolutely tiny, and at this price an absolute ripoff. (And it doesn't help that I'm only missing 40 parts, so that'd be exactly 1 Euro per part.) Will have to wait for a 50% discount, just like with the first wave. Oh well.

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By in Israel,

Nice review, I like this set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice review Cap'n, I'm glad I'm not too much of an LotR fan as this set does look like a must have and I'm saving up for a Super Star Destroyer and the upcoming Ewok Village! This set has got a real grace to it, perfect for Rivendell, and it gives me great hope that the Ewok Village will be as good as the pics made it look.

(Following @matej123 I'd suggest taking your pics at a slight angle rather than directly front-on, maybe so you're looking down on the figures just a touch (or angle your lighting similarly). I'd expect that to get rid of the glare you're getting. Hope it helps!)

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By in United Kingdom,

@Telecontar - I intend to review all five Lord of the Rings sets and all ten Star Wars sets.

@matej123 and zipsforbananas - Thanks for the suggestion, I certainly see what you mean. Angling the lighting down sounds like a good plan!

@blounty23 - Next up is 79005 The Wizard Battle, but a review of the Tower of Orthanc is on the way.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice Review, I have to say I have bought it but it was close. I even watched the Film to make sure I wasnt seeing things but this scene has more characters in it than most, including people never seen again to represent the various races. I appreciate Lego cant put all of the major chars in one set, then people wouldnt buy the other sets and if they did include the Fellowship it would cost a lot more but its a little disappointing we only get two new chars (Arwen isnt even in this scene in the film). So as Im sure others are Im going to have to find a Gandalf, Aragon, Boromir and Legolas at least to stand between the seats......

Looking forward to your take on Wizard Battle, I pre-bought some Light grey pieces to extend the very small platform you get with it (based on the first sneak peak pic we got) When it arrived I discovered it was Dark Bluish Grey, so bought some more bits and then when I checked the Film its Black Tiles, so its cost me about £30 so far to make it realistic.

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By in United States,

Continuing with what Lego34s said...

I only have one negative issue with this set, and that's the lack of minifigures. The actual Council of Elrond featured far more characters than just these four. It's understandable that Lego didn't want to add too many figures to the set, but you can't recreate the Council with this set alone. (Not to mention the fact that, even if you do get all the other characters together, there are only three seats!)

Otherwise, this is a superb set. The buildin techniques were appropriate, as were the colors, and the final product pretty much pelads to be put on display. Thank you for the review, CapnRex!

(Incidentally, the box art is rather interesting when you take a closer look. It looks like Frodo is angry at Gimli, and so intends to catch him on the point of his sword.)

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By in United Kingdom,

The price of this set in Europe is an absolute rip-off. £30 or €40, when it's under $30 in the US - what a con.
I was looking forward to the release of this one, but at these prices - forget it.

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By in Germany,

Thanks for the review!
Now I want this set even more, but it is again one of these where the pricing is completely off! I am usually not one to complain aout LEGO's pricing but there were a few extreme examples lately.
This set sells for 40€ in Germany (currently US$53), so I have to wait again until there is a 30% off offer somewhere. Just so as it happened with my favorite Lone Ranger set the Stagecoach Escape which sells for 50€ here and is therefore twice as expensive as in the US. Thanks to eBay and some luck I got it now anyway ;)!

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By in United Kingdom,

Like it, but not at that rip-off price. I'll be waiting for a 50% discount just like the discounts we're now seeing on the 1st LOTR wave. (Also I've lost count of how many Gimli's and Frodo's I've got from other sets. It would have been better if they'd included a Boromir instead since he's only appeared in the Mines of Moria set so far).

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By in Canada,

Seeing it built at the lego store, I like it more than I anticipated. I certainly would have preferred a larger Rivendell set (instead of a pirate ship) with more detail and figures. I'm hoping they will do a larger, maybe even adult-oriented Rivendell set next year. I will probably get this on a sale, though.

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By in United States,

@ Missing Brick, well if they hadn't included Gimli then the 'catapult' function would have been useless. Anyway great review Capn!

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By in United Kingdom,

I think/hope that this set will sell so well that Lego will produce additional sets to expand Rivendell and the council.
I will be buying at least 10 of these, even if I have to wait for a sale.
The spare figures will go into my elf and dwarf armies. The female dress will be used for the female figures in my city.

^^ Semi-historical ships or ones that can be modified always seem to sell well.
The ship scenes from the film are so iconic Lego had to produce one set with the ship and Army of the Dead figures.

Personally I would have prefered more ghost and corsair figures.
Maybe Lego will produce some battle packs?

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By in Australia,

its an old argument but I'll whinge about the price. When it was announced at $30US I figured maybe $50 in australia (hoping for less). There are plenty of similar sized licenced sets with same amount of minifigs at that price.
Then this was $60AU. Felt like a direct blatent rip off.
Now it is a good set, but its not $60 good. Managed to get it for $44 during the toy sales, and consider that a fair price for what you get.
It is my second favorite of this wave (after the pirate ship) but the price point in australia lets a bit to be desired

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By in United States,

Yes. This one is a must buy one for my daughter.
I love the color combination for this set. Very well done. I could always want it larger and more detailed, but I like it for what it is. I also was pleased that Arwen was finally out.

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By in United States,

I really like this set, I would have liked both sides of Arwen's faces to be a bit different (as they look very similar) but other than that the set is great, beautiful colors, outstanding figs, and overall something I would like to buy.

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By in United Kingdom,

Did anyone else get 3 sets of stickers?

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