• The Wizard Battle

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    They Removed the Brick Remover?

    Written by (TFOL) in United States,

    Small sets don't usually look that intriguing, especially not on the box art. But something about this set caught my eye, and I decided to get it. I sure am glad I did too, because not only does this come with some great minifigs, but unlike many licensed sets, the set itself is amazing too, and it's worth getting for both the set and the minifigures.

    Parts

    This comes with a lot of good parts, like the pieces used to build the lamps. Saruman's brick built staff is made with some good pieces too. The palintir is wonderful, especially the Eye of Sauron piece which is fun to put on other minifigures.

    Minifigures

    The Gandalf in this set has a double sided face, one smiling and the other yelling. He is slightly different than the other Gandalfs because he has no hat or cape. Saruman has a white cape, and a beard with a bit of grey on it. He also has a double sided face, one is neutral and the other is an evil grin.

    The build

    The build was very fun, but I always like building Lego sets, so I have nothing bad to say about it. It was cool to see the room come together, and see the mechanism that spins the palintir be built.

    The completed model

    I love how it looks when it's completed. There's tons of playability in it and it looks great. It doesn't come with a brick remover though, which I was a little disappointed about, since I was looking forward to having one. The lamps look good and so does the throne, even though both fall apart easily.

    Overall opinion

    I don't think I've seen a $12 set with over 100 pieces before, so I was really happy to see that on the box. This is a very iconic seen and it's nice to be able to have it and Saruman without needing to spend $200. Grab it if you see it, it's probably my favorite $12 set so far!

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  • The Wizard Battle

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    The best $12.99 set of LoTR and The Hobbit combined.

    Written by (TFOL) in United States,

    "Gandalf Arrives" was a necessary set to be made but had nothing interesting in it. It seemed to be more a collector's model. "Riddles for the Ring" was good for pieces and minifigs (The Ring, Bilbo, and Gollum variation) but fell flat with playability. This set goes along with the two minifig concept and has what the other two sets lack. Namely, playability.

    Pros

    • Saruman and Gandalf; cape and hat off
    • Lot of well done features based on the movie (spinning Gandalf and throne catapult)
    • Lots of cool pieces, awesome Palantir
    • Saruman's head is the same as Count Dooku's: Both characters are played by the same actor, Christopher Lee.
    • Complete scene: I don't feel there is anything else to be added to this set, except...

    Cons

    • ...Some sort of fabric thing to be put on top of the Palantir
    • Saruman's cape gets mangled underneath hair
    • The brickset picture shows the set comes with a brick separator, however, I did not receive one in my set

    "The Wizard Battle" features one of the main heroes and main villains in the Middle Earth universe and is able to soar with new pieces, playability and overall look making this the cheap, non-polybag set to purchase for anyone. And, it's less than $20.

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  • The Wizard Battle

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    Lord of the Rings: 79005: The Wizard Battle REVIEW

    Written by (TFOL , gold-rated reviewer) in United States,

    I got this set about a week ago from LegoShop.com, mainly for the Saruman minifigure and the Palantir piece with the Eye of Sauron printed on it. Although those are probably the two best things about this set (let's be honest here), this set has so much more going for it than those two things. This is truly a masterpiece set, something that I believe will be essential set (unless you have the Tower of Orthanc, which I don't).

    Pros

    • There are great pieces in here; most of them are rather ordinary (although they are great for MOCs), but the standout pieces here are the hair/beard piece of Saruman and the inside Palantir piece.
    • These two wizards look terrific; although this is my third Gandalf, the addition of the hair is a very nice touch, and the printing on Saruman's body's top half is impeccably perfect.
    • The actual set is very character-oriented, but the steps here are very much welcome, as are the torches and the throne of Saruman, which are beautifully made; even the place for the cape is welcome, although awkward-looking.

    Cons

    • The spinning feature for the Palantir is a welcome addition, although I will say that it is slightly difficult to rotate it. This may just be mine, but it doesn't work as seamlessly as I'd like it to.
    • As I said before, the throne of Saruman is wonderful, but the place where his cape goes, although useful and maybe a very smart thing to put, looks awkward from an angle.
    • My final con is that Saruman is loosely placed on the throne; there are only flat tiles for him to sit on, which sort of disappoints me. It would be just as easy to fit him onto a brick and have the launching axle; in fact, it would look better.

    This is an excellent intro set to the second wave of LoTR sets, and it has some excellent parts. Overall, this set really hits all the good spots on my list, and is very accurate. If you have the Tower of Orthanc, you could probably pass off on this set just because this room is featured closely in that set. If not, this is a must-buy, especially if you only want this set for the Palantir piece. That alone makes the set worth it.

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  • The Wizard Battle

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    Off the Brick: The Wizard Battle

    Written by (TFOL , silver-rated reviewer) in United States,

    Eye gotta hand it to you, this set is pretty magical.

    Pros:

    • The minifigs are excellent! I really like this version of Gandalf because it doesn't have his cape or hat, and I also really like Saruman. His printing is fantastic and the headpiece is nice.
    • There is a lot of play features for such a small set. The launching mechanism in the throne is a really simple one (one I've emulated in my own MOCs for quite some time ;) ), and the spinning Eye of Sauron works just great.
    • Also a lot of NPU for this set too. I really like the rockets for the two lights? Lamps? Lanterns?
    • The standout feature for me is the simplicity of the staffs. I don't know why, but it is. LOL

    Cons:

    • The throne of Saruman is a bit big. Actually, ginormous.
    • Wouldn't Saruman at least notice a big tan axle in his black throne? He would get hit in the back of the head and not realize how!
    • The turntable play feature is supposed to let Gandalf stand on it in order to send him flying, however, that play feature doesn't work. At all.
    • There is a new piece in this set that makes this entire set feel Mega Blokish. And no, it's not a Technic piece.
    • The bottom of the set is exposed, which makes the set look awkward.
    • What genius decided to make Sauron double headed? It's the EYE of Sauron, not Eyes!

    I don't care if this set has a lot of cons, I still highly recommend it. It's fun, small, functional, and worth your time and money. If you're buying a present or some LEGO for yourself, get this! You can add it to your Tower of Orthanc if you wish!

    Alright, SKip-E-Productions2, building on! (Yeah, that catchphrase sucks too. Huh.)

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  • The Wizard Battle

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    "When did Saruman the wise abandon reason for madness!?"

    Written by (TFOL , gold-rated reviewer) in United States,

    This set is the smallest of the fantastic new wave of Lord of the Rings sets this year [2013]. Even though it only comes with 113 pieces it is definitely worth it...

    Box/Instructions

    The box is a small square, tightly packed with a single bag of pieces. Two 2x14 dark grey plates are loose as well as the folded instruction manual. The instructions are nicely printed and easy to follow like always.

    Parts

    The parts selection in this sets consists mostly of grey and black with plenty of bricks and quite a few slopes. There are a few neat pieces that are worth specifically mentioning like the printed head piece that makes up the inside of the palantir. It's a translucent orange with The Eye printed on the front and back. The clear "globe" piece around it magnifies the design and it looks quite cool. The same "globe" piece that covers the palantir also comes in yellow for the lights beside Saruman's chair.

    I will note here that the sets does not come with a brick separator. I'm not sure why it's pictured like that here on Brickset, but it's not accurate.

    Extra Note: I checked the instruction manual and there isn't one listed in the parts list.

    Minifigures

    Gandalf the Grey: This guy is technically exclusive for a few weeks before Orthanc comes out because this is the first time we see him without his hat and he comes with a double head (angry and focused). The hair piece is (unfortunately) recycled from Harry Potter sets (I believe). He looks incredibly accurate and overall a great minifig. If I get really picky I could complain about the simplicity of his staff.

    Saruman the White: This is probably one of my favorite LotR minifigs yet. First of all his beard piece is incredible. When you compare it side by side to Christopher Lee in the film is looks like a miniature copy of him. The shape, angles, color changes, etc. Very Well Done LEGO! His head his double sided as well (stern/focused and angry). The torso is incredibly detailed as well and includes some back printing behind his white cape which is actually somewhat rare. His staff is a bit better than his "friend's" with a few pieces on top.

    The build

    The build is quite enjoyable for a $13 set. There's just the slightest bit of technic involved in some of the "play features" and really really little kids could get confused by some of the sloped pieces. Overall a great build for a set of it's size.

    The completed model

    The finished model looks great and feels quite substantial for $13, even though it is a bit overpriced. I love the use of the slopes to make Saruman's chair and the missile pieces as the lamp posts. A note about the chair: When most LEGO guys with capes try to sit down the cloth gets bent, but not with this one. The way the slopes are used a nice thin crack is built with houses Saruman's cloak quite nicely. It's really an ingenious way of doing it and it looks fantastic too.

    As I mentioned earlier there are two main play features in this set. This first is an axle in Saruman's chair that you can use to launch him out to attack Gandalf. This works some of the time, but because the cape is where it is it makes it harder for the feature to work properly. The second is a simple series of axles and gears underneath the model that you can use to make the palantir spin around. You can attach Gandalf by the legs onto its [the palantir's] base and spin him around like the the film which is quite amusing.

    Summary

    Overall this is a great little set. Nice assortment of pieces (if you're in the need for greys and blacks), fantastic minifigs, and tons of playability. If I could change anything it would be the price. $13 is a little much. $10 or $11 would have been better. But it's not really that much of a difference. I probably wouldn't recommend it for LEGO fans younger than 9 (just because they probably wouldn't care for LotR), but for anyone older I wouldn't hesitate to get it.

    Agoreg vae LEGO!

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