This set surprised me. When I first saw it, I was surprised . . . it didn't seem like the Council of Elrond was a scene from the book/movie that was exciting enough to merit it's own Lego set. I mean, sure, it's pivotal in the show, but Legos are a childrens' toy, so I was expecting to get a set portraying a battle or something. Thankfully, after having built the set, I can report that it does not disappoint! TLC has managed to cram a lot of playability into it, and rounded the set out nicely with two exclusive minifigures: Arwen and Elrond.
The first pleasant surprise about this set is that it has a lot of fun pieces: autumn-colored leaves, lots of brown arches for branches, a variety of cheese slopes in "Rivendell" golds, browns and greens, several gray column pieces and some white arches . . . basically this set helps you stock up on castle-building equipment. Also welcome were the longbow and the gold elven sword/spear.
Ok, IMO the minifigures are both this set's greatest strength, and greatest disappointment. Why? Well, Elrond and Arwen are both awesome. They are unique to this set, and fantastically made, as usual for Lego minifigs. They both have double-printed heads, with angry/neutral expressions. Their hair-pieces are softer plastic that show their pointed elf ears, and Elrond's hair also has a silver crown. Their torsos are printed front and back, and the printing of Elrond's robe and Arwen's dress continues down his legs and her slope "dress" piece. Elrond's cape is one of those rare two-toned capes, gold on the inside and dark red on the outside. All in all, awesome figs.
Frodo is great, but not all that different from his other iterations . . . he doesn't have a cape, and the expressions on his head are slightly different. Nothing much to get excited about.
And last we come to my main grievance with the set: Gimli. Don't get me wrong––growing up, Gimli was my favorite member of the Fellowship, and I still have a soft-spot for the little guy. But this particular minifig now appears in 4 sets! Why did we need another one? I understand that in the film it's Gimli who tries to destroy the ring with his axe, and this set allows you to recreate that little bit of action. But I would have much rather had a new Sam minifig, or a new Aragorn minifig wearing his Rivendell robes . . . or even a non-unique Boromir, since currently he only comes in one set. You can get Gimli in so many other sets that his inclusion here kind of just feels like a cop-out.
Ok, to finish this off, let me end on a high note: despite the fact that it comes with yet another Gimli instead of a newer minifigure, this set is still awesome. Currently, it's the only way for you to get your hands on (this version of) Elrond and Arwen, and for that reason alone it's a must-buy. But it also has a lot of fun playability (like a magically appearing Eye of Sauron), and some fun accessories that make it worth the price. Grab it while you can!
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This is a beautiful set. It's not large. It's not imposing. It's just pretty, which is reason enough to get it. It's really pleasing to the eye.
The great part about this set is that it incorporates some techniques (if you can get your hands on enough of the arch pieces) that would translate really nicely to Gothic buildings. The roof conceals some nice tricks to be employed elsewhere as well. It's also a mini tutorial on how to build trees—along with some great fall colored foliage.
The price is perhaps a little steep, but I suppose that's the nature of the licensed sets.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Imladris is the Elvish name for Rivendell for those who aren't as well versed in Middle-earth lore. It was the home of Elrond Half-elven (but that's another story for another time). You couldn't have a Middle-earth theme without a Rivendell set as it was one of the most important elvish lands in the second and third ages.
The bags of pieces filled nearly all the space in the box proving that LEGO is making good on it's promises of packaging in smaller box sizes. The instructions were slightly bent and so was the small sticker sheet, but it didn't affect the building process. The box itself was nicely decorated. For this year of sets  we get the top of Barad-dur with The Eye in the top right corner as opposed to The Ring on Sauron's finger (which we saw last year in 2012).
The parts selection in this set is one of the best parts (no pun intended). Lots of tan, brown and white. The new orange colored foliage is particularly nice as well as the rare olive green color. I also particularly like the grey microfigures and the new white pointed arch pieces. A few elvish weapons are included as well which are always a nice addition.
Note: The set does not come with a brick sperator even though it is pictured with one here on Brickset. I checked the parts list in the back of the instructions and a brick seperator is not listed. The same thing happened with the Wizard Battle set.
Frodo Baggins: This Frodo is a lot like other versions of him that we got last year but he is exclusive. He does not come with a small cape and is face (which is double sided) has two new expressions. The first is very much like the main head we see in Attack on Weathertop and Shelob Attacks, but his eyebrows are tilted down a bit more so he looks more sad than weary. The other side is like an angry face. With the addition of this head we now can have 6 different faces for Frodo (2 in Shelob Attacks or Weathertop, 2 in Gandalf Arrives, and 2 in this set).
Gimli: This minifig is exactly like ones in other sets except that his axe handle is 4 studs long instead of three. I've said it before but I'll say it again, I can't believe the detail they put into his torso, beard, and helmet. Incredible Accuracy!
Arwen: She wasn't at the Council of Elrond but they probably won't make another set in Rivendell so this is a logical place to put her. Her printing is quite nice but not super extraordinary. Her head is double sided (neutral/angry). I don't really like the cheekbones they put on her but with her hairpiece on you can barely see them. That hairpiece is a bit rubbery and fits on the head really well, a little too well it seems sometimes. Overall though she makes for a very nice minifigure.
Elrond: Elrond is in my opinion one of the best minifigs of this LotR line. His torso and leg printing is exquisite. The detailing and colors are extraordinary. His cape is quite something too with one side being a tan color the other being a deep red. He is the first LEGO elf I've seen with printed cheekbones that I actually like. His head is double sided (neutral/angry). His hair piece is a lot like Arwen's in design but it is a different mold. I like really like his painted silver "crown".
The build is modular. You build the "porch", then the small building, and put them together via technic pins. Building the tree, steps, and building were particularly fun. I like how the one tree forms part of the building. It may not make complete sense from a practical standpoint but it looks cool and fits with the nature of Rivendell and its inhabitants.
The completed model
The completed model looks quite a bit like Rivendell in the film. But it does seem a bit small. The porch isn't certainly big enough for many more characters but it holds the minifigs it comes with nicely. The play feature where you can launch Gimli after he tries to destroy The One Ring works very well as long as you hold the model down and push the bar quickly. What's really neat is that once you push the bar to flip the floor up The Eye appears beneath. If you remember from the film when Gimli whacked The Ring with his axe The Eye appeared for a brief second so this is actually quite accurate. Overall it looks very nice though, a great model of a small part of Rivendell.
Overall this is a great lower-to-mid-range set. I only have two complaints: #1. The Price. $30 is a bit too much. For this much it should've been bigger so we could at least fit a few more minifigs on it if not the whole Fellowship (+Elrond). #2. The Stickers. All the chairs require stickers which can be a bit tricky at times. Other than those two things I think it's a great set, great pieces, amazing minifigs, and quite a bit of playability without bad guys vs. good guys. Even though it's a fantastic set I don't see it as being super popular with kids just because there's not much action in this scene on the exterior (i.e. no battles or something like that). It'll be a must have for AFOLs & MOCers though because of the parts selection (especially the orange foliage).
Agoreg vae LEGO!
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Although this is a medium sized set, it really packs a lot in! The Elvish architecture comes across splendidly, making great use of the new arch pieces and incorporating trees into the structure of the building.
The minifigures included in this set are: Elrond, Arwen, Gimli and Frodo. The two new Elves included are fantastic. Elrond is dressed in his elegant robes to lead the council, and the finery really comes across with the gold detailing. His torso has double sided printing, but unfortunately the back isn't seen once his cape and hair piece are on. The two toned cape (red on the outside and gold on the inside) looks incredible and blends with his torso nicely. His face is different from the one included in the polybag 2nd Age Elrond, this one features a stern face and a face with a slight smile, both of which bear great resemblance to Hugo Weaving. His hair piece is made of high quality rubber that is detailed down to his braids, but is difficult to place with the cape. Next is Arwen - the first female minifigure to be included in TLOTR series (not included Tauriel from The Hobbit). Arwen's hair piece is of the same, high quality rubber as Elrond's - though she doesn't share her father's hairstyle! The detail of the printing on her body is superb, even including the stitching on her torso. Unfortunately she is wearing a long dress, so she is without legs to articulate (though this is easily fixed by sourcing a pair of legs from the LR Cavalry Builder set, which are the same blue and work well). There isn't anything overwhelming about her face, other than the standard Elven-cheekbones. Gimli is a great little fig, I love the detail on his helmet and his eyes have a twinkle that remind me of Hagrid when hidden behind his bushy beard, and his torso has a great medieval feel to it. The only let down is that he is the same as the Gimli's included in other sets, though it is nice to have him appear in a cheaper set. Frodo's torso is also the same as others seen, but his new face is fantastic! His worried expression is of great resemblance to Frodo from the Fellowship of the Ring, and it is great to have an angry face for him.
For the size of the set, the setting for the council achieves a lot. The three chairs look great with the stickers (though printed pieces would have been preferable!), which is a good thing, because between no legs, stubby legs and capes that would look better crinkle free, none of the figures can easily sit on them. The overhanging tree and the tree growing from the archway is, for me, the definition of Elvish architecture and really make the set. I like that the foliage flows through the set with the inclusion of small leaf pieces throughout the base, and the new autumn tones are more than welcome! The pedestal holding the ring makes a good centrepiece, particularly the round, gold plates, and the play feature to throw back Gimli when he hits the ring works better than I had expected (though obviously Lego haven't been told that nobody tosses a dwarf). The appearance of the eye of Sauron is an unexpected inclusion, but I find that the red pieces detract from it.
The white arch way is surprisingly solid and is capable of holding the weight of the set. Once straight, the cheese slops on the roof make great tiles, tying into the tones seen throughout the set and adding to the sloping effect. I always love when Lego include the microfigures as statues, and the two in this set are no exception! The weapons rack seems like an odd inclusion to the peaceful setting of the council, but take it away and the back half of the set does seem lacking. I would have perhaps preferred a bigger statue, possibly even holding the shards of Narsil!
This is quite a peaceful set and one that really strikes a chord with me. Rivendell has always been my favourite setting (I am still crossing my fingers for a full sized Rivendell set!) and this captures the serene feeling perfectly. There is very little conflict in this set, other than the Gimli-flinger and the glimpse of the eye, so playability is somewhat reduced, but it makes for a fantastic display piece!
(I should also note that although there is a brick lifter alongside the set in the official images, my set does not contain a brick lifter and a brick lifter does not appear in the parts list at the end of the manual.)
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