I got this one a few years back, and I still love it. Uruk-hai army is great for army building, and for a normal set. It is an amazing deal for 30$.
The box is one of the newer high quality boxes. The front of the box shows the whole set in action, set to a Rohan background. The standard minifig 'box' is in the bottom left hand corner, as well as the top. The back of the package shows the features of the set and the mini figs battling. The instruction manual shows the same scene as the front of the box. As always, the booklet is clear and easy to understand.
There aren't many special parts in this set, as you are mostly just building a wall. However, there are some, such as the hooks and harpoons on the ballista and the molded bricks on the wall. Even though there are many standard bricks, they are still useful for MOCs!
This set has four awesome Uruk-hai. They are all the same but with different accessories. The torso and leg printing are astoundingly accurate to the Uruk clothing in the films. The printing also continues to the hips and the back of the torso. The head is double-sided. One side is an angry face, and the other is even angrier with the White Hand of Saruman. The entire minifig looks like it has just been shrunk down from the screen. One of the Uruks has hair, representing the warrior that stood on the rock before the battle began. This Uruk also has the new Uruk shield and scimitar, which are both amazing parts. The next Uruk is the same, but features the extremely awesome Uruk helmet instead of hair. I love this piece. It looks EXACTLY like the helmet in the films. The other two Uruks have the helmet as well as a chest piece and a halberd. All four look great together, especially the halberd carriers. Let's have a look at Eomer now. He has some nice leg and hip printing, but it doesn't really continue to the torso. Speaking of the torso, it looks just like the films. The only problem I really have is that the shoulders should be square, like in the movie. That was one of the iconic parts of Eomer. Eomer has a great double head. One side is neutral, while the other is angry. It really looks like Karl Marx's Eomer. Last comes accessories. Eomer has a dark green cape, a knight sword, the new spear style, and a shield. The shield is the same as Captain America's, but with a great Rohan design. Eomer shares his helmet with the Rohan soldier and Theoden. Eomer's is silver with a gold crest. It is extremely accurate to the films. The Rohan soldier has plain brown legs, which is disappointing. He has a nice chain mail torso and a plain brown quiver. This fig has a great face with an orange beard. His helmet is the same as Eomer's, but with a silver crest. He also comes with a standard bow. I really like this bunch of figs.
The build is pretty simple because it is mostly just putting a wall together. However, it does get a little tougher with the ballista.
The completed model
The finished product looks great. The Uruks are easily displayed and this set will be even better when I get Helm's Deep!
This is a great starter for any LOTR or castle fan. I love it, and you can buy multiples to add to Helm's Deep.
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This is a must have set for any LOTR collector. Is also great for building armies and extending the wall on your Helm's Deep.
Great box art.
Includes a good variety of weapons.
Includes 6 minifigures plus a horse. Great minifigures for expanding your Uruk-Hai and Rohan Army. Also comes with the exclusive Eomer minifigure.
The build is great. Lots of minifigures and a decent sized build for the price.
The completed model
It is pretty good as a stand alone structure, but is obviously better when combined with Helm's Deep.
I thought the set is fantastic. Six minifigures plus a horse in a set that is this cheap is great! If you want a lot of figures for a low price this is a perfect set. Also great as a stand alone set, but definitely better when combined with Helm's Deep. Overall one of my favorite LOTR sets.
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Overall 5 bricks: This is in my opinion by far the most usefull set of the LOTR theme until now. A load of minifigures, a great catapult and a wonderfull looking wall with a stairs. But the set is ment of course to expand Helms Deep and both your army's, still it's playable standing alone too. Now, a year on the market, it is getting affordable to buy it. Great set, great figures and great parts; definitly worth the 5 bricks. The set in total reminds me bit of the 1984 Castle set 6061-1: Siege Tower only that one had a siege tower off course instead of the catapult.
Building 4 bricks: Not to difficult to do, first you built the good working catapult with the 2 hooks. Looks like the weapon used in the movie, moves well and shoots good. Second built is the small wall with a mirrored left and right side in fact with in the back a stairs and on top a small catapult. Behind the wall you mount a stairs to enter the top, the center of the wall has place for a small catapult. All of this is an easy built so I stick to 4 bricks.
Parts 5 bricks: The parts are outstanding, of course the 6 !! minifigures with all great weapons and shields and the new horse for Eomer. The catapult and wall parts are 99% usefull, some of them with an extra remark like the tiles with wood patern and of course the new bricks with masonry profile. The Light Bluish Grey with Sand green color mix for the wall is great.
Playability 5 bricks: Looking at the result is reason 1 for the 5 bricks here but it is ment of course to put it together with Helms Deep where it reaches a 6 brick playability nomination.
Value 4 bricks: Just introduced the price in Holland in retailshops was €40,00 which is a bit overpriced. Now, one year later, you can find it new for about €30,00 which is a more reasonable price in my opinion. I don't think it will be a set that will turn out to be a collectors item. Maybe if you buy more and keep it MISB you can make a small profit after Lego will stop producing it.
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This set is €40, a bit too expensive, but it is a great army builder. It comes with one new horse. I'll start with the minifigures.
Éomer: He is unique to this set. He has nice printing on his torso and on his legs. He has two faces, one is angry, the other one is angry with his mouth open in a scream. He also has a green cape, very cool, a nice new helmet with printing, and he also has a new shield, green with gold, and a spear and sword. Overall, he looks great.
Rohan soldier: He is also unique to this set, but I hope there will be more of him in other sets. He doesn't have a horse, that is a big flaw in this set. Everybody knows that Rohan soldiers fight from the back of a horse. He has two faces, one angry face and the other one is angry with his mouth open. He has printing on his torso and on his back, and that looks very cool. He has the same helmet as Éomer, but without printing. Overall, he looks great.
Uruk-hai (4x): They look great, with heavy armor, new swords, new shields and old halberds, a new (I think) hairpiece and offcourse a new, awesome looking, helmet. Two of them have a halberd, a helmet, and armor. The other two have the new swords and new shields, one of them has hair, the other one has a helmet. The printing on the uruk-hai is great. They have leg-printing, and torso-printing, also on their back. They have two faces, one really angry, whitout the white hand of Saruman, the other one really, really angry, with the mouth open, and the with the white hand of Saruman.
Now the wall-piece: This is an expansion of the Helms deep wall. It has 5 new bricks, with a pattern on it, I don't know how to call it, but is looks great. The build of the wall isn't hard. I don't have Helms deep, but I want it.
And last but not least, the Uruk-hai ballista: It looks great, no stickers, that is great. It doesn't shoot the two hooks really far, but that doesn't matter. The build isn't hard.
Overall, a great set. I only have one, but I want at least one more. I higly recommend it to any Castle of LotR fan, it is a great army builder.
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The Uruk-hai Army set is meant to go with its big brother, Helm's Deep, but it's great on its own too.
The box is nicely made showing the epic battle at the Hornburg. On the back it highlights several of the "play features."
The part selection here is quite good and varied. We get some technic in the ballista, basic bricks in the wall, and several rare colored plates, pennants and minifig accessories. One of the highlights in this category are the new "profile bricks" with the engravings on the side to make it look more worn down. Those and the light, pale, green bricks really add texture to the wall. On the ballista LEGO printed the wood bricks so we don't have stickers which is really nice.
Being a battle back type of set we get lots of minifigs, 6 to be exact. First I'll start with the good guys:
Rohan Soldier: He's one of my favorites in this set, if only there were two of him! His chain mail printing is very nice but his helmet is the real draw. They are so accurate to the movie to the extent of even including the horse heads on the top! People have complained about him not having leg printing and I can see why they are disappointed. But I'm not going to throw a fit over it. Plus it helps to further distinguish him from Eomer. He is, of course, just a common soldier.
Eomer: He is also fantastic. His torso printing is very well done, especially on the back. I'm glad LEGO went the extra step to print backs on all these LotR minifigs, even when they have caped or beards to cover them up. I already talked about the helmet mold in the last section but unlike the soldier, Eomer's has gold highlights over the grey. Also unlike the soldier, Eomer has printed legs.
Uruk-hai: These guys are tough, and they definitely look it. From the heads to the color scheme, and especially to their weapons. It's nice that LEGO gives us a little variety and mixes it up a little bit by giving some of them hair while giving others armour and so forth. Their legs and torso have the Uruk's armour printed on them which looks very nice. Some of them have extra grey armour too. Their heads are all double sided. The first face is their "angry" expression while the other side is their "extra angry" expression. This "extra angry" side has the white hand of Saruman printed on it which explains for the extra surge of rage. Their weapons (except for the ones with pikes) are all new molds and are very accurate to the movie, from the spike on the swords to the shape of their shields and especially to their helmets. Fantastic job LEGO!
Building the wall is,...well,...building a wall. The extra extension out which makes room for the catapult on top makes things a bit more exciting though. The ballista is the fun part though. I was curious to see how the firing mechanism would work for this one and it was kind of interesting. It's like flick fire missiles but you use this plate/tile built beam to fire them, not your finger. It's a neat idea but it doesn't work the best.
The completed model
The completed model by itself looks great. It's even better with Helm's Deep. But it is fun by itself too. It has tons of great playability and action but it probably wouldn't be as good for a display. The wall looks great with the profile and pale green bricks which really adds texture. The ballista, even though it doesn't fire well, looks menacing and very fitting for Saruman's fighting Uruk-hai. Hey, if you're frustrated with it's poor firing mechanisms it's the perfect height for a siege ramp. I know it sound silly but my siblings had fun doing that.
This set is a great extension to the short wall you get in Helm's Deep but it's fun by itself. Younger kids will love all the minifgs and cool battle features. My only complaint (other than the modified flick-fire missiles) is that the price is a bit high. Perhaps we could've gotten another minifig or two such as another Rohan soldier, a Lothlorien Elf, or even Gandalf the White.
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