LEGO The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 2014 Set Images Revealed on eBay

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Dol Guldur Battle

Back in August you will remember that some of the 2014 LEGO The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug sets name's and probable price points were unearthed. There was discussion on these sets in our very own Forum (here) as well as on other LEGO news, and resource websites.

Well now these aforementioned sets have been seen complete with images on eBay Germany. Although the auction has ended the images are now out in the wild and can be seen on the Brickset Flickr stream. The story has already broken over at thebrickfan.com

The 3 sets there are now images for are as follows:

Dol Guldur Ambush (79011)
Mirkwood Elf Army (79012)
Dol Guldur Battle (79014)

73 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Dol Gulder Battle looks interesting.

The other two, not so much.

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By in United States,

These look great. Lots of New figures, prints.. I doubt I will build any set to keep together, but the pieces will come in handy for MOCs of mine. Definitely buying multiples of the two smaller sets.

Thanks for sharing.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well, a lot of people who put up the money for Azog earlier in the year are going to be annoyed as the figure looks to be exactly the same in set 79014 as it was at SDCC.

Anyway, I quite like the look of 79012, particularly with that dark brown Warg. 79011 is simply an add on set for 79014, but the architecture looks about right for Dol Guldur to me and I look forward to picking up those two sets. All the Minifigures look great, except for the Necromancer, who is a bit disappointing in my opinion.

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By in Slovenia,

Well i am not impresed, my money goes elsewhere.

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By in Switzerland,

Maybe will pick up the Dol Guldur sets (79011 and 79014) if I can get them for a good deal, overall I'm disappointed though.

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By in Portugal,

That Mirkwood Elf Army looks great. Gotta love those archers.

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By in United States,

^^^^As it should be.

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By in United Kingdom,

If you look on Brick Fanatics there is Tons of details on the 2014 sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

Ignoring the fact of how they managed to get on ebay so early... these look quite uninspiring. A few interesting figures but the backdrops are probably the best you can do with a bunch of rocks/ruins etc. And apart from Gandalf, where are all the main characters?? I appreciate all the dwarves were in the first sets, but I had hoped they'd reappear in to give people a second chance of getting them.

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By in United States,

Wow is that the exclusive Comi-Con minifig that I see. Guess those people that bought it for crazy prices on Ebay are going to be eating crow soon. It really doesn't matter the color that you got. It is the minifig that people want. Those that want a brown one will paint it brown or whatever color they choose.

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By in Canada,

Hm. On the whole I think the sets are a little more interesting than most of the first wave. More buildings! Fewer random things to arrange. I don't have much connection to the Dol-Guldur sets, they're almost entirely film-based. They look cool, though, I don't *need* any of the minifigures so can't see myself dropping the cash on the biggest set. Probably end up buying the small one for Beorn.

I like the Elf Army one. Lots of elves, archers, lots of nice earthy tones, decent build, a Warg. Could probably find a way to integrate it with the Wine Cellar set (which I quite like). Make that the "top"... hmm...

Interesting that only one set in this line-up (laketown chase) comes with dwarves. By the trailer it looks like movie two will end with Smaug's assault on Laketown (and defeat), so there's lots of stuff they're not tackling. Saving Smaug for next year I suppose, even though he will probably be dead. ^^

On the whole even if I don't love the movie, I think they're a big step forward from last year's Hobbit offerings. The Laketown set features great medieval architecture (it would go nicely with the Market Village) and a terrific boat, some good figures that still relate to the books, and the Elf Army is a definite buy for me. If money wasn't an object I'd get the Dol Guldur sets for the hell of it.

So... 2012, the LOTR sets stomped all over the Hobbit themed sets (excepting Bag End), and 2013, the Hobbit sets are much better than the LOTR sets (excepting Isengard). CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG.

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By in United States,

Big dol guldur set looks terrible. Great minifigs, but there's no structure at all. It's a mish-mash of grey, and it looks ugly and unappealing. The elf army is okay, it's just a really simple design and is essentially just for the minifigs. The smaller dol guldur set has a good enough structure and great minifigs. Still pretty disappointing. The designs take a backseat for minifigs, which really makes me angry.

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By in United States,

^^ There's nothing in the trailer to suggest the attack on Laketown will happen in this film.

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By in United States,

These sets look great! The biggest highlight (of course) are the minifigs, but the buildings are pretty good too. Unlike many commenters, I think Dol Guldor looks perfect. The architecture fits the scene(s) from the films perfectly, plus it's small enough to be reasonable. It looks like it would be great as a display, but by the looks of it, it has a lot of playability for younger kids too (and AFOLs/TFOLs who are young at heart). The Lake-Town buildings just look fantastic. The only structure that looks a bit off to me is the Mirkwood elf one.

Not all LEGO sets should be crazy sci-fi spaceships loaded with blasters and ninjas nor should they be only filled with super-rich billionaire/super heroes with a ton of gadgets. These LotR/Hobbit and Castle sets help bring a bit more balance to TLG's products. I mean, in what sets can you actually get bricks, real bricks anymore (besides the big tubs)?

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By in United States,

I think these sets look ok. Nothing earth shattering. The only major problem I see is no Biblo and no dwarves. This don't give me a lot of hope of the movie. Beorn looks beyond dreadful. Dol Guldur should play no in the story aside from a background event.

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By in Canada,

^^ Bilbo and Thorin are in the Laketown Chase set. Still a big lack of dwarves. You're right that Dol Guldur is a background event in the books, but that's not what Jackson is doing with the films. He's showing what Gandalf is up to based on appendixes or creating out of whole cloth. I'm not planning to watch the other two as I found the first film incredibly boring, and the ending infuriated me.

@binaryeye eh, you're right. Obviously they make it to Laketown and we get the clip of Brand in there. I swear I remember a shot of Smaug flying and breathing fire. I misinterpreted it in my blinding rage at the raging arrow battle during the barrel escape. Outside of how it relates to these sets and future sets I've given up on the hobbit films. ^^

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By in United Kingdom,

Beware! semi-spoiler if you want to see the film untainted.

Kempo81 - I'd mention that on the feature page.

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By in United States,

Awsome

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By in United States,

These sets look great! Much better than last years hobbit sets in my opinion. Good chance to get a lot of elves and some new minifigures!

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By in United States,

The Dol Guldor set is ugly, drab and unappealing... which is why I love it. Dol Guldor is an abandoned evil fortress held together mostly by malice and dark magic... it is probably one of the ugliest and most frightening places in Middle Earth short of Mordor itself, and I think the set captures the cark ancient ruins of the place quite well. I will probably be getting all of these sets, but I do admit that the Elf Army's building is a bit weak.

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By in United Kingdom,

Anyone got any idea's on the pricing?

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By in United States,

After seeing these they all look pretty underwhelming, and I'm sure they will be about 10-15% over the cost of a normal LEGO set due to being licensed unfortunately.

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By in Canada,

I already know these will be over-priced in America, marked up an additional 25% in Canada, the second movie is going to be as dissapointing to me as the first, and no Canadian retailer will ever mark these sets down more than 20%. So imagine an $80US set, +25% mark up equalling $100CAN, deduct the 20%SALE equaling $80CAN, then +12% SalesTax... that's someone in Canada paying almost $90CAN for a set Americans are complaining isn't worth $80US, not to mention that would be considered a Canadian sale price on a good day and our dollars are within 3cents of being par!

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By in Canada,

I read somewhere that the Laketown Chase will be $64.99 Canadian. Overpriced, certainly. I'll wait for a sale.

If Laketown is $64.99 I'm going with... smallest set $25, Elf Arm probably 40-45, big one 80-85. CDN. Shame there's no little set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Dol Guldur is just a foot note in the books.
I think it is awful for Lego to do these sets at the expense of much better ones.

Beorn went nowhere near Dol Guldur http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beorn
and he would have been much better appearing in his own house. With lots of animal servants and some bears. Which could have been the same bear as used in the City Forest Police sets or a new colour version. Lego could even have given us another two Prints of the Great Eagles. Which we need for the Battle of Five Armies.

The Forest Elves are great but the background is all wrong. Unless we are expected to use it to mock the ruins/buildings of Dale.

It is good to get lots more Orcs, because we are going to need them for the battle of Five Armies. Or for MOC'ing the battles around Minas Tirith.

Overall I am disappointed with the sets, but plan to get multiples for use in other MOC's.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was just thinking this morning: "Hmmm, the Lego hobbit set pictures are gunna be found any day now."
It looks as if I was right :D

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By in United Kingdom,

I think the minifigs in these sets are superb. The buildings and parts? No.

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By in United States,

^ I concur.

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By in United States,

Wow nothing but complaining from almost everyone! Nothing is ever good enough for people in this world anymore. Everyone finds some way to complain. Ten years ago people would have been drooling over these sets, now nothing but complaints. I think Lego is doing a fantastic job of both the current LOTR/Hobbit sets and the Star Wars sets. I am excited for all the new releases! Great minifigs and the Mirkwood Army set will be great when you combine a few together to make an elven fortress!

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By in United States,

^ Me too.
I'll probably get the Mirkwood set for the Elves and Thranduil. (You can never have too many Elves. :P)
The set itself looks weird and blocky, but the minifigs are worth it.

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By in United States,

YES! A BROWN WARG!! Oh, and Azog and Radhagast and stuff... I like all of them, not sure what ones I'll get though...

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By in United States,

And I don't know what that gorilla-man-thing in the Battle is...

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By in Canada,

I cant wait, any LOTR or Hobbit lego is good lego.

The figures look great, and I am pleased that they are not full of re-hashed dwarves.

I dont know how many harry potter characters I have duplicates of, I am pleased with the focus on new characters and army builder figures.

It makes for a much more diverse mini fig collection!

Super stoked on Radagast figure.

I agree with CapnRex that the Necromancer looks a bit :(

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By in United States,

@ Bezter: That is Beorn the Skin Changer. He is a major supporting character in the Hobbit novel. Thorin and company meet up with him shortly after getting dropped off by the eagles. He shelters the party at his homestead and escorts them to Mirkwood. He can also turn into a bear.

Though, if you mean the actual battle set, that is the Necromancer A.K.A. SAURON. He has no physical form, and exists in Dol Guldor as a shade, preparing for his eventual war on Middle Earth.

The minifigs are all excellent. And soon, my armies of orc minifigs shall sweep across the land like a shadow out of Mordor! And all the elves I have will be able to stop them...

I can't wait to see what Lego does for the Battle of the 5 Armies, but that won't come until movie 3 a year from now.

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By in Germany,

As a parts collector, meh. Two overpriced piles of bley and an overpriced pile of tan. I can't quite tell if the 3.5L spikes are in Medium Dark Flesh, which would be a first, but other than that, no peculiar parts that I can see. Not counting the minifigs as they never do anything for me other than using up precious storage space.

I wonder how many run-of-the-mill bley parts TLG will manage to sneak into the Simpsons line...

So yeah. More money for future Jamie sets! Yay!

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By in United States,

Meh. I picked up the first wave on eBay (with no minifigs, for a little over half price), and I might do the same with these, if for no other reason than to use the grays and tans in MOCs. As sets, they have no appeal to me, especially since I rarely care for minifigs.
What I would like to see is a Hulk-figure sized bear version of Beorn, but I guess TLG will never make it, since it would mostly only satisfy fans of the book like me, not fans of Peter Jackson's second Middle-Earth trilogy (since it isn't really "The Hobbit" I see no point in calling it that).

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By in United Kingdom,

Six Orcs from those three sets is great. As the last wave wave Minifigs are a selling pont! A Galadriel thrown in somewhere would have been good! gungan sub style!

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By in United Kingdom,

Mixed reviews on these then. I can understand peoples frustration on the buildings, they aren't anything special but the figures look great. Seeing as I only collect figures, I am happy and any parts will fit nicley into my MOC castle.
As for getting an Azog figure I am thrilled. The person who said they wouldn't have made his mould just for comic con was right on the money, to think a part of me almost bid for one. Almost ;-)

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By in United States,

Oh, almost forgot. I saw the image for 70720, but forgot where. It was small, had Cole and a nindroid without a hood, and some kind of vehicle. Admin, please investigate!

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By in United States,

These sets look pretty good, so far. Those minifigs look fantastic, though. Tons of new Orcs, Elvish army-builders, Radagast, Azog, Thranduil, Beorn (with that crazy-looking headpiece) and even a brown Warg! I'm excited.
Other than the 'figs, though, these sets still look good, if not Orthanc-level good. The Mirkwood castle looks a little...small. I like how they did the Dol Goldur sets as a combinable pair, like Helm's Deep. Not sure how great the play features look on all of these sets, though.
One thing I find interesting is how these sets are continuing the theme from the second LotR wave--smaller number of sets, smaller price points and a slight quality drop from Wave 1 (in my opinion). I just hope Lego gives us a Smaug in Wave 3. If they don't kill Smaug in the upcoming second Hobbit movie, that is. If they do, we may get a Dragon-less Lego Hobbit line, which would be a shame.

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By in United States,

@ Brickmeister1138: Ooohhhh, thanks! :P I didn't remember that. I'm re-reading the Hobbit now, but I haven't gotten to that part yet.

And same about the Orcs! Or at least just the Mordor Orcs and Goblins (From the Goblin King Battle). I have 6 Mordor Orcs and 2 (or 3) "Goblinsiss".

Oh, and does ANYONE know the Dollar price for these sets? It would be great to know...

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By in United States,

I agreed with @Telcontar, these sets look great! Hopefully I'll be able to get at least one of them...

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By in United Kingdom,

Ahahaha! I'm delighted that Azog is here and I hope Capt Rex is spot on that there's no difference between the promo that was handled so poorly and this set based version. :D

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By in United Kingdom,

The figures look good but the scenes are so dull - they all look the same.

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By in Denmark,

This wave is REALLY well done. If you LEGO designers are reading this: Excellent job! Minifigs, build, look, feel... As far as the pictures show: Well done! I look forward to buy them! Thanks!

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By in Canada,

I still need three of the first wave to complete my Dwarven company, hopefully by the end of November I'll be done with that wave.

Personally I'm glad they didn't just slap the same Mini-Figs from the first batch into this one, it means less likely a chance of having three or four of a certain Dwarf while the others are left out. (Considering how many Gandalf and Bilbo's we've gotten the past two years it's nice to see variety.

Not sure why everybody up top at the beginning is all bent out of shape, LEGO's biggest focus has always seemed to be their own Themes and licensed stuff that is a top brand like Star Wars. As far as LotR and The Hobbit are concerned it's just another 'Castle' based Theme. And Castle has been getting a second seat compared to other Themes for a while, even though LEGO has kept it alive through smaller releases.

I view the LotR and Hobbit themes as a similar animal to the Harry Potter theme, it started out strong back in the day then sort of petered off as LEGO didn't fully know what to do with the license, came back strong for a few years, but was discontinued so fast I couldn't get anything of the expensive sets, unfortunately. Hopefully this theme won't share a similar fate, however Helm's Deep and Moria Mines are already difficult to come by, I hold out little hope of these waves lasting for very long.

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By in United States,

Oh yeah, it's also lame that they didn't have, say, Ori Dori and Nori in a cheaper set, Cause you have to get the $100 set to get them... Luckily I got it on sale for $65. But still... They should have had at least a few of the Dwarves.

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By in United States,

Any new set's are great

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By in Australia,

I do think there should be a spoiler-warning up in the first post.

I don't mind the sets, but I doubt they'll be reasonably priced, and thusly will probably pass. *shrug*

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By in United States,

Why are we just now seeing images of a few 2014 sets, when usually by now we see most of the 1st wave images by now?

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By in United States,

These sets look really nice.

It looks like Beorn will be at Dol Guldur, not sure how I feel about that, though his fig looks pretty awesome. Gotta pick up that Mirkwood Elf Army set!

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By in United States,

It was never said in the books that he WASN'T at Dol Guldor. All we know is that he leaves Thorin and company near Mirkwood and shows up later at the Battle of the Five Armies.

I wish the set included his bear form though... I missed out on the Lego bears when they were out. Is Radagast's beard the same piece as Gandalf's or is it different? I can't tell.

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By in United Kingdom,

Sorry to those mentioning there should have been a *Spoiler Alert* with my original post. I thought the title "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2014" would be clue enough these were based on the second movie. Apologies.

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By in Germany,

Is the Mirkwood Elf Army fortress the same place that holds the wine cellar of the Barrel Escape set?

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By in United States,

Does anyone have any opinion on when high resolution images of the 2014 Star Wars sets will surface?

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By in Canada,

@sebastian - in theory yes... i'm going to try to combine the two sets. ^^

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By in Europe,

+ When I buy all 4 sets, I'll have 6 generic bad guys (Orcs), 6 generic good guys (5 Elves, 1 Laketown Guard), 7 new major characters (Beorn, Necromancer, Azog, Radagast, Thranduil, Bard, Laketown Master), 1 new version of a major character (Thorin), and only 2 rather redundant major characters (Gandalf, Bilbo) of whom I've got far too many already.

+ That means that I'll have enough generic guys to set up some nice scenes without having to buy some sets multiple times or ordering additional minifigs online. I wasn't happy that I had to spend a whole load of extra cash to get a decent amount of Rohan Soldiers, Elves, and Orcs last year.

+Warg!

+I like that I can combine the Dol Guldur Battle and Ambush into a bigger ruin, because I prefer bigger, more "complete" settings rather than sets where the structures are just some random things to put in the background of the minifigs.

+ I'm still hoping deep inside that this is not the complete wave and there might be 1-2 additional sets which are still kept secret, because the (a) last Hobbit wave was 6 sets and the cheapest and highest price points are missing in this wave, and (b) everybody wants Smaug and LEGO knows this, too. Also: It's the title of the movie! Maybe they'll release something else after Christmas independent of any wave - like it was done with the Tower of Orthanc. My dream would be a huge brick-built Smaug on an enormous pile of gold and treasures!

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By in Denmark,

@luvmeister Great points!
I'm pretty sure a last wave of HOBBIT will see the light of day. We so need a dragon and I'm hopeful we will get it. :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

There will need to be a Smaug set in the Desolation of Smaug 2014 wave, or in the final wave at the end of the year.

There must be a Dwarf Army set in the final wave, when the third film comes out.
Which should include Dain II, the King of the Iron Hill Dwarves.

Some of these sets may include more bley ruins for the Dale / Erebor background.

I would also expect a few more Orcs and or Goblins, with possibly another Warg.

There also should be at least one more Eagle set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well, these look okay i suppose. I'll probably be getting one or two of these for the figs and pieces, but build doesn't seem to be a focus in this wave. I also agree that we NEED a smaug set! I hope lego don't let us down.

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By in Norway,

For anyone missing dwarves in these sets, remember that there are actually three sets with dwarves for "The Desolation of Smaug", the two "Preview Sets" from last wave and "Laketown Escape". With the Laketown set and LotR sets 9472 and 79006, they've covered almost the entire journey from Bag End to the Lonely Mountain, with the exception of the trolls and the Lonely Mountain itself, so it's only natural that LEGO focus their attention on Dol Guldur now, as that storyline will be finished in TDoS. The third film will most likely almost exclusively take place in and around the Lonely Mountain, so I expect all sets of that wave to deal with that, as well as Smaug, who I now doubt will meet his demise until the last film. LEGO seem to have gotten very good with huge, brick built dragons in the Ninjago line, so I doubt they'd pass up the chance to make one of the most iconic dragons of all time.

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By in Canada,

I really hope it's a brick-built dragon and not just a rehash of the dragon figure from the current castle line!

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By in United States,

I keep hearing that the reason for less detailed generic 'Castle' sets is because of the LotR/Hobbit sets. If that is truly the case, then I am disappointed. These sets look awful. I would rather have a more detailed generic 'Castle' line every day-all day versus these incredibly mediocre LotR/Hobbit sets. Flesh minifigs for license sets only makes it worse. :P

I can't wait until the LotR/Hobbit license(s) run their course. More LotR/Hobbit LEGO is definitely NOT good LEGO.

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By in Czech Republic,

^^
re: Kliq
It is nonsense what you say. Your opinion of course.
What brings us last Kingdoms or Castle? Almost nothing.

Lotr/hobbit give us new horse, eagle, wolf, elfs, weapon, so many new torsos what you can use in middleages.
and many bricks i new colour.

I´m very happy that TLG make this series but is not please everyone.

I will buy all new sets multiple.

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By in United States,

Does anyone know the Dollar price for the sets??

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By in United States,

@ Pathas: Apparently, unlike you, I am not a fan of any particular theme just for the new pieces that are introduced. I actually far prefer the original horse compared to the new horse, and we could still have new pieces with generic Castle.

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By in United States,

I really don't care how accurate the sets are to the movies (which I haven't seen the Hobbit and from the reviews on here I probably don't want to) I use these sets to combine with my 30 plus year collection of Castle sets to give me characters like the orcs, elves, dwarves and so on. I am underwhelmed with the elven base but since I am buying the Ewok village from Star Wars to use as an elven village in my Castle set up, this will just become an add on to it after modifications are done. Unlike many of the commenters on here, I am glad to not be getting more of the same dwarves in these sets. I don't mind same characters if their outfits are different but I was scared that they would just throw in some of the Hobbit figures and have less new/army builder figures.

Does anyone know when these sets are hitting stores? I would assume before the Holidays so they can capitalize on the shopping season but haven't seen any release dates.

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By in Europe,

To my knowledge, these sets should hit the shelves on 1 December. Please correct me if I'm wrong - especially if it'll be sooner because I need to get my hands on them!

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By in Canada,

December 1? That would be great. I need something to buy to get the 2nd holiday set. ^^

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By in United States,

HEY!! Anyone know the dollar price??

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By in United Kingdom,

I am not sure about dol guldur ambush and Beotn looks seriously weird but I like the gundabad orcs. However, the whole dol guldur thing doesn't, actually come up in the book apart from indirect references to the necromancer and the removing of the the necromancer is only really mentioned in The Lord of the rings. As for Azog he was dead in the book and the battle in which their was allegedly slain was won by the dwarves at great cost yet a oh was killed by Dain ironfoot. Although from what I have seen the minifig is awesome but I don't like the way the mace is but I have made my own one so it's fine. The mirkwood elf army is once again irrelevant to the hobbit plot line but would be good for a northern war of the ring theatre e.g. The freeing of Gollum. Also the minifig a are pretty cool and there seem to be some good elements and architecture. My main use for this set is to build up my army of sindar for the first age and my doriath moc. If you don't understand this sentence then read the silmarrilion. Dol guldur battle is cool enough although probably not something I will be buying unless I suddenly win the lottery. But there seem to be a good enough range of play features it is however, nothing compared with the tower of orthanc. Once again though there is no relevance to the book here but does seen a reasonable set. Overall I would say that it is a reasonable line up although nothing compared with the LOTR sets.

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