• Shelob Attacks

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    A Must Buy for any LOTR Fan

    Written by (AFOL , bronze-rated reviewer) in United States,

    Depicting one of the greatest scenes from the entire LOTR trilogy, the Shelob Attacks! set let's you recreate the famous battle between Sam and the huge spider Shelob. One of my favorite things about this set is that TLC decided to make a brick-built Shelob instead of some large, molded monster. The finished spider looks fantastic and is the perfect scale for doing battle with the hobbit minifigs.

    Parts

    For me, the highlight of the set was Shelob's printed face. It's a great addition, accurately captures the monster's features, and will be a useful addition to lots of creature/monster MOCs. The set also includes the One Ring, and Frodo's sword Sting (just like in the book and film, in the picture of the set, Sam is holding it). Also, the use of a white jewel piece as the Phial of Galadriel was a genius move. One of the greatest things about this set is that nearly all of the pieces used to build Shelob will be useful for building other Lego creatures: lot's of joints, fangs, claws, and slopes/rounded pieces. For these more exotic pieces alone the set is worth the money

    Minifigures

    The set includes three minifigures: Sam, Gollum, and Frodo. Both Sam and Frodo have reversible faces: Sam has an angry face and a serious face; Frodo has a neutral face and a frightened/poisoned face that depicts him after he's been stung by Shelob. The minifigure Gollum is excellent, aside from the fact that his arms tend to detach too easily from his torso.

    The build

    Building Shelob's legs gets a little repetitive, but the design of the inner workings in the spider's abdomen that allow its "web" to pull in and out are clever enough to make up for it. All in all, it's not an incredibly exciting build, but the finished model is so fun that it really didn't make a difference to me.

    Overall opinion

    This is a fantastic set, and a must for LOTR/Hobbit enthusiasts. It's been on sale for quite cheap on Amazon lately, but even if you pay full price, it's definitely worth it. Grab it while you can!

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    Aiya Earendil Elenion Ancalima!

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

    Those were the words Frodo spoke when he pulled out the Light of Earendil and beheld the eyes of Shelob, Last Child of Ungoliant, the most terrifying spider of Middle-earth, and LEGO.

    Box/Instructions

    On the front of the box it shows the dramatic scene from the movie when Sam is coming to rescue Frodo from Shelob. The picture clearly demonstrates what's happening and shows off the spider.

    Parts

    For part we get a lot of dark, earth colors. Lots of brown, black, and grey, but the inner workings of Shelob are actually multicolored mainly consisting of red and blue. For the little bit of cave we get some slopes which are always useful. For accesories we get Sting and three One Rings of Power, which kind of defeats the One but I'm glad there are extras because they would/are pretty easy to loose. Plus, if you get enough sets you would have enough for the other Rings (3 Elvish, 7 for Dwarves, & 9 for Men).

    Minifigures

    Frodo: In this set Frodo is nearly identical to the one in Attack of Weathertop except for his cape. In Weathertop he had a dark green one but here he has a grey one to match Sam. One one side of his head we have his "tired" expression and on the other we have his "I've just been stabbed by a giant, poisonous, spider" look.

    Sam: Sam is exclusive to this set and one of my favorites. His torso is nicely printed to be accurate to the movie. His face is also double-sided. One side is his "neutral" maybe slightly "tired/grouchy" expression and the other is his "fighting" face.

    Gollum: Gollum (if you can call him a minifigure!) is also unique to this set. He is accurately sized to look right beside the hobbits. On his printed face we can definitely see the Gollum coming out more than the Smeagol. On the back of his head is also printed some hair. His arms are attached on to the side of his body and can move up and down.

    For stop-motion people: He looks good just sitting there but he's incredibly hard to animate!

    The build

    The cave part of the model is simple and goes by pretty quickly. Then comes the spider. Each step she gets more and more life-like. The only part that was a bit boring was when I built the legs. There was quite a bit of repetitive building (but what would you expect?). Often times using string can be difficult but here it wasn't (except for tying it onto the pieces on the end).

    The completed model

    When finished Shelob looks more like a spider than any LEGO set ever before. At least my mom thought so. :-) The string function works very well and the legs are extremely pose-able which adds a lot more character when setting up different scenes. People have complained that Gollum's catapult didn't work right but I thought just the opposite. It seemed to work great plus it was fun having Gollum leap at the hobbits. Another neat thing about this set is that it isn't overpriced which is somewhat surprising considering that this is a licensed theme! So thank-you LEGO!

    Summary

    This may be the best set of the LotR theme. The model is fantastic and includes tons of playability for a very reasonable price. The only other contender for top place in this theme is Helm's Deep. Overall this a 10/10 set, except for your arachnophobic friend. ;-)

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  • Shelob Attacks

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    "Let him go, you filth."

    Written by (TFOL) in United States,

    I said this in my last Lord of the Rings review, and I'll say it again: The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit theme is the best licensed theme since LEGO Star Wars hit the shelves way back in 1999. This is the second smallest set from The Lord of the Rings theme (minus the polybags and the key chains). The set focuses on a scene from the third film, The Return of the King (although in Tolkien's trilogy, this scene occured in The Two Towers), in which Gollum has led Frodo to Shelob's Lair and the pass of Cirith Ungol, straight into a trap, but Sam races to the rescue. This set is absolutely fantastic, featuring three main characters (Frodo, Sam, and Gollum) and the best brick-built animal ever. This set is a must-buy. Read on to find out why.

    MINIFIGURES:

    1. Frodo Baggins - In this set, Frodo is dressed in his traveling clothes and the Elvish cloak he received from Galadriel in Lothlórien. His face has an uncanny resemblance to Elijah Wood. He has the same two-sided face from Attack on Weathertop: one side is grim and the other side is unconscious/wounded/poisoned. He comes with Sting and "the precious..."

    2. Samwise Gamgee - In this set (and only in this set, at the moment), he wears his traveling clothes and the Elvish cloak he received in Lothlórien from Galadriel. He also resembles the original actor (Sean Astin). He carries a short sword and the flask that contains the Light of Eärendil. He also has a two-sided face: one grim/stern, and one scared/nervous.

    3. Gollum - Brilliant. Fantastic. Perfect. Gollum wins hands-down for best immobile minifigure ever. He has two wide eyes and an evil scream showing all his point teeth. He has printing to represent his stringy hair and he has his ears. Trust me, this is one minifigure you don't want to see in the middle of the night. He comes with a fish: his signature accessory.

    PARTS - The set includes several useful parts: Hobbit hair in dark brown and dull orange, Sting, a short sword, a fish, the One Ring (actually, I got three of them), Shelob's printed eyes piece, and a diamond.

    BUILD - An enjoyable build, with the exception of having to build eight legs, and the string neede for Shelob's web (I have chunky fingers, so I don't do string). First you build the little cave entrance with the minifgure flipper, then you build Shelob herself.

    FINISHED MODEL - The cave entrance provides a little something extra, but Shelob is the main focus of this set. She is without a doubt, the best brick-built animal ever created by LEGO. My verdict -

    10/10

    BUY THIS SET

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  • Shelob Attacks

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    Off the Brick: Shelob Attacks

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

    As my first LEGO Lord of the Rings set (which was supposed to be my second, because I was really hoping to buy Gandalf Arrives, which they didn't have at my local Target.), this set is very worth the value. You get 2 rare minifigs, Samwise and Gollum, and you get the Ring... the Ring that's Gollum's precioussss....

    Pros:

    • The set is well designed. Shelob is creepy and the eye printing really freaks me out. Not kidding.
    • The ring. I got 2 extras!
    • The minifigures. Gollum is outSTANDING, although I would've expected him to be grayer and have more hair. Oh well, win some, lose some. Frodo is like a tiny Elijah Wood, complete with oversized ring and detailed new mold of his sword Sting. And Samwise looks almost like Bilbo!
    • The catapult function. It works pretty well, although for most of the time Frodo is still standing while Gollum sits lying on his side.

    Cons:

    • The building of Shelob's legs is RE PE TI TIVE. It's so annoying to build one leg after another.
    • There's a hook sticking out of Shelob's butt.
    • The string doesn't wrap around Frodo fully. Sometimes it even gets tangled.
    • The cave is tiny. The only one who can actually fit through it is Gollum, who sits there eating fish and watching an innocent Hobbit get poisoned. Meanwhile, the Hobbits can't even get into the cave to fight Shelob, so it's a big mystery as to how they even got in. Maybe they used the catapult?
    • Like said previously, the catapult doesn't always knock down its target, and it's pretty flimsy.
    • Again, Shelob's missing eye (and the rest of her eyes). Still freaking me out.

    Overall, this set is brilliant. My only problems are the size of the cave, the catapult, and the repetitive design of Shelob. But overall, this set really is worth the money and there is TONS of playability for kids. Buy it!

    SKip-E-Productions2, writing another review after this! Seeya!

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  • Shelob Attacks

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    9470 - Shelob Attacks

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

    This is one of my favourite scenes from the whole of the third instalment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Return of the King, and to see it in Lego form is fantastic. The set absolutely lives up to the movie and includes just about everything one might need to recreate the scene. There are two totally exclusive Minifigures, both of which are incredible, and the Frodo figure too is wonderful. Like many Lord of the Rings sets though, not only are the figures sublime, but the actual models are as well, which is not a common situation in some themes I have found. Anyway, on with the review...

    Box/Instructions

    The box artwork is very attractive here and features Shelob under attack by Samwise Gamgee following Frodo's encounter with this monster. Frodo is lying on the ground having been ensnared by Shelob's web. Gollum is watching gleefully from the shadows of a small cave and the entire scene is shown on a rocky background, which is obviously the inside of Shelob's lair. The steps leading in to Mordor are visible and there are a couple of shafts of light illuminating the cavern. In the bottom corner of the cover is a gallery shot of the three Minifigures included and the Lord of the Rings logo can be seen at the top of the box next to a picture of the One Ring on the evil Sauron's finger. The back of the box has a selection of shots of the various features in this set including Shelob's extendible web and the Gollum flinger. Behind these images is a faint map of Middle Earth which is nice and makes the box a little less monochromatic.

    I found no mistakes in the instructions and had no missing pieces. The single booklet shares the same image on it as on the box and at the back are some advertisements for a few other sets and a lovely image of all of the Lord of the Rings Minifigures in action just like in the other instruction manuals.

    Parts

    There are some good parts included in this set including many click hinge pieces which are used to articulate Shelob's legs and can be useful for your own creations. There are also a few nice rock pieces which allow you to create any kind of small rock wall and of course the wonderful printed piece which forms the spider's eyes. The brand new hair mould used for the Hobbits is included in two different colours and we get Frodo's sting weapon as well as a spare. Another thing you get spares of is the One Ring of Power which is a nice piece and can actually be used to connect two studs facing in opposite directions, however in chrome gold it looks a little strange if you intend to use it for something like that. There are two short grey capes which are wonderful and finally, the brand new Gollum torso and head piece which is not useful really (unless you are able to find an extremely creative use for it) but is absolutely excellent nevertheless. His arms are new pieces as well which may be more useful for MOCs.

    Minifigures

    I will begin with the heroes of this set, and the main character of the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo Baggins. His hair piece is a brand new mould and is cast in dark brown with plenty of textured detailing which perfectly captures the hair style in the movie. This part is used for every Hobbit released so far and is ideal for every one of them. His head is printed with two faces, the first of which has brown eyebrows and a serious expression. What is astonishing about this printing is how much like Elijah Wood it looks and how it conveys his concern at dragging his friends in to this dangerous quest along with him. There are some wrinkles around his eyes where the One Ring of Power has evidently put strain on him by this late stage in the journey. On the reverse side of the head is a face to be used when Frodo has been stabbed and tied up by Shelob which has wide, blank eyes and an open mouth due to his shock at being wounded and it is perfect for his petrified appearance once he has been wrapped up by Shelob. He wears a dark grey short cape which is very nice indeed and is exclusive to this set currently, although Sam also wears it here as well as Frodo.

    The torso is printed very accurately indeed with a brown jacket which has some creases and pockets on it. Beneath this he is wearing a dark red waistcoat which is buttoned up and under that is a white shirt with an open collar. On the back of the torso are some more creases and a strap for drawing up the jacket to fit more comfortably which is present on the garment in the film. His arms are brown like the jacket and his hands are flesh coloured. The short legs are cast in dark brown and, being short, cannot be posed. They are left unprinted like all short legs that I am aware of. Frodo carries to accessories, the One Ring which is a brand new mould, it is chrome gold in colour as one would expect and is an ideal representation of the Ring of Power and can either be held in the grip of the Minifigure's hand, or placed on top. You also get two spares of this piece. He also carries a sting weapon which is a new mould and looks very accurate to the film weapon, it is cast in dark grey and a spare of this piece is included as well.

    Next up is Samwise Gamgee, Frodo's faithful companion throughout his journey and in my opinion, the real hero of the trilogy. His Minifigure is superb featuring the same hair piece as Frodo, albeit in a different colour. The light orange hair has the same excellent texture as Frodo's hair and is totally exclusive to this figure, suiting him perfectly. The face, just like Frodo's, is very accurate to the actor Sean Astin who plays him in the films. It features a serious expression on one side with orange eyebrows to match his hair colour and on the other side Sam's expression is one of terror, with wrinkles around his eyes and a mouth with his teeth gritted in fear. The short cape he wears is dark grey just like Frodo's, and just like what he wears in the movies.

    His torso features even more detailed printing than Frodo with a dark tan crumpled shirt with some brown buttons and an open collar. He is wearing brown braces and has a strap coming across his chest and a buckled belt which is lovely. On the back of the torso is some more of his shirt, a continuation of the strap around his chest, and the rest of his braces as well as the belt. The arms are dark tan and his hands are flesh. Like Frodo his legs are short and dark brown with no printing. Also like Frodo Baggins, Sam carries two items with him, a dark grey Gladius style blade which is nice, and a diamond piece which acts as the Phial of Galadriel. This is a light source given to Sam by Frodo at the beginning of this scene which he uses in his battle against Shelob.

    The final Minifigure included is the wonderful Gollum. This is not your average figure at all as it is made entirely from new parts and he looks amazing. His head, torso, and legs are all made from one piece which is cast so he can stand on a studded surface and there is also a stud on his back so if you wish, you may attach something on there. He has a brown rag printed around his waist just like he wears in the film. On his head is most of the printing though, including his withered hair, wide blue eyes, and a cackling smile with his pointed teeth visible. There are lots of wrinkles on his forehead as well and his tiny nostrils. The shoulders are the only point of articulation on this figure and they are entirely separate pieces. They are quite similar to Battle Droid arms from the Star Wars theme, but are fleshed out a little bit. The shape of the piece allows Gollum to hold items vertically and not horizontally. He comes with one accessory to hold, a silver fish, which this character is often seen with during his appearances so this is a welcome inclusion. Gollum is of course a key character and I am delighted with how he has been recreated in Lego.

    The build

    The build is fairly short, under half an hour, and is in fact, not all that interesting. The construction of the legs is repetitive but there is no way to avoid this when you are making a creature like a spider of course! The way in which Shelob's body has been created is quite nice and creates an effective shell shape for it. Probably the best bit of the construction phase however would be the formation of the web storage area in Shelob's abdomen. This manages to hold an awful lot of white string in a small space and although no interesting building techniques are utilised to do this, it is nevertheless something to think about if you ever require string to be used in your own model.

    The completed model

    There are two sections of this set. The smaller of these is the tiny cave area which features the cave entrance with some foliage around it, and a catapult for Gollum to be launched from to attack the helpless Hobbits. He can in fact be fired a fair distance, almost too far actually as he usually overshoots the heroic pair unless they are standing about two feet away from the launcher! However, this is still a fun feature, and it adds a bit more playability to the set.

    The main portion of the model however is the monstrous spider, Shelob! She attacks the Hobbits when they wander in to her lair, not knowing that Gollum is leading them in to a trap. Her eight legs are all poseable to quite an extent as is her abdomen section. The mandibles around her gaping jaws can be moved in and out just below the printed brick which has her eyes on it, just like in the film, one of these eyes is stabbed out which shows amazing attention to detail on the part of the designer. The main feature however is the awesome extendible web which is in fact a white string piece. This can extend to a distance of just over a metre, which is astonishing if you ask me and it really allows you to wrap up Frodo like in the movie. The spider can hang from this string as it is quite strong and there is a red hook on the other end.

    Summary

    This is by far the best spider ever made by Lego and there have been a few, most notably Aragog in the Harry Potter theme, which has been created twice, but never as well as Shelob here! The set as a whole is excellent and, although it is not the best set of this Lord of the Rings theme in my opinion, it is very good indeed and should not be passed up on. Get it while you can would be my advice as I suspect these models will be selling very well indeed!

    Overall - 9/10

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