The Hobbit sets in stores already

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Attack on Lake-town

Attack on Lake-town

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Flickr user mwheithoff has posted pictures of all four of this year's Hobbit sets acquired, I believe, from Toys R Us in the USA.

There was an embargo on posting images until the middle of October but, well, now they are in the wild, that's not really enforceable, is it. Whether they should be on the shelves already is another matter, one for LEGO to take up with TRU :)

Anyway, mwheithoff has done a reasonable job of photographing the boxes and their contents, including the minifigs, so check out his flickr gallery.

His photo of the minifig gallery from the back of the instructions is after the break...

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Will you be buying them straight away at full price? If last year's Hobbit sets are anything to go by, these will not sell well at RRP and will be discounted by 20-30% by Easter, so I'll be hanging on for a decent discount before I take the plunge...

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27 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

Very tempting to buy them straight away, but the finances will probably win and I will buy them at a (more) decent price.

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By in United States,

Gee, it'd be nice to get a Sauron figure. He is THE Lord of the Rings, after all...

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By in Singapore,

Love the Minifigs as always but the Hobbit line really has been quite weak overall.

I place the blame squarely on Hollywood.

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By in Armenia,

hm.. not very promising. The lonely mountain coloring is not cool and the price seems too high, other stuff ain't something refreshing as well. If I was to get any of these lake town attack would be the one, but I highly doubt I will get it. Waiting for LOTR sets.. hope they're better

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By in United Kingdom,

A new Elf, new orc hair?, Bard and a lake town child. I could have used another laketown guard. Interesting generic other parts. :)
Well I guess I will be needing about 10 of these sets.

Battle of 5 Armies. With Dale building.
I'm going to need at least 4 of these. Maybe even 8, depending on the price (but that is always the case with licenced themes). :)

Small set. Galadriel and ? Elrond, Thranduil ?, with ? the necromancer? I might need several of those.

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By in United States,

A Witch Ming of Angmar duel from Return of the King (with his cute Fellbeast).

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By in Netherlands,

These are all pretty awful. Galdriel and the Witchking are OK, but the rest are very easy passes.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think if these are the swansong for the Hobbit line then they are very fitting.

The only set that was worth the plastic was Bag End. Seems a real waste.

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By in United States,

Im going to go buy the witch king battle as soon as I can but im probably going to wait to get the battle of five armies when it goes on sale.

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By in United States,

So exciting! I'll probably get the cheaper 3 right away, but hold out for a sale on the Lonely Mountain.

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By in Canada,

Judging by how poorly these sets turned out, on first glance I would've thought that they belonged in the Super Hero themes. I know this sounds insulting, but I intend it to be that. It looks like a group of very young children constructed the buildings in the two larger Hobbit sets. In fact, I'm in such disbelief that I want to believe these images are just preliminaries.

Oh yeah, the minifigures look fantastic... whoopdeedoo!

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By in United States,

The hair on the hunter orc screams to make a lady deadpool

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By in Netherlands,

Great minifigs, but overall judging by these pictures: disappointing.
Clearly this line is ending.
Shame, because this could have been a succes if they produced more sets like bagg end and the 'big tower'.
To me it seems these sets are not what most LotR and hobbit fans are looking for.
And the lonely mountain with smaug is a scene from the second movie. Appearently the last one hasn't got enough scenes to make a set about.

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By in United States,

I think they look great. If I hadn't just purchased another modular building yesterday I'd be out hunting for these.

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By in United States,

This is a child's toy and a child's movie. What are people expecting? I didn't expect anything revolutionary from this theme, unfortunately. I liked Bag End and I can understand the love for that. But the rest of the line outside of the minifigures has been disappointing. I guess LEGO is just a minifigure toy now with the bricks being secondary.

The prices in USA are decent for what you get, but Battle of 5 Armies and Smaug are a tad overpriced.

The last few years I would get the whole line for my birthday and then other stuff for Christmas. With a tighter budget this year and a lot of other sets I want, I wonder if I should wait on these for a better price. I'd hate to miss out though.

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By in United States,

These sets are okay, but not great, just like all of the other hobbit sets. Hopefully we will get more LOTR sets thought. The first wave of LOTR was the best wave if they could make another wave like the first that would be awesome and maybe an ultimate collectors series Minas Tirith to go along with the Tower of Orthanc.

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By in United States,

Finally. I endured two lame CMF series, the release of a Simpsons set, more Chima, and a lack of LoTR sets. Needless to say, I'm pretty happy. :P

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By in Canada,

Single biggest disappointment?

No two-tone short legs with 'bare feet' for Hobbits.

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By in United States,

Seeing the final set images, they're actually pretty darn great. I wish Lego would have included some generic Iron Hills dwarves, but if that's my biggest complaint then the wave is pretty solid. Just wish there were more LOTR sets on the horizon. Not making anything from Gondor is a crying shame.

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By in Denmark,

Very nice set... not worth the price... but definately a must have! Laketown are one of the highlights of this movie... and the more elves - the better!

And finally a Galadriel... thank you, LEGO! We are grateful! (though we will hold it against you FOREVER that she didn't come with a Lothlórien tree. Seriously... "Ewok Village" instead of "Lothlórien"... big mistake! ;-)

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By in Netherlands,

cant wait to complete the Hobbit series !!!

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By in Germany,

That's easily the weakest wave so far. However, the sets are still not too bad. One or two I will buy instantly and will wait for the ones that don't appeal that much. I like "The Lonely Mountain" best even though it is once again just another backdrop and not a completed model.
The tower of the "Battle of the Five Armies" looks a bit like "The Burrow" of the Harry Potter series.
This one I will definately get on discount.

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By in United States,

These sets look great. Too bad the Hobbit movies which they are based on have Tolkien tearing his hair out (figuratively cuz hes dead).

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By in United States,

So... Are these actually on shelves at TRU?

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By in United States,

purchased all 4 in Novi, MI today from Toys R Us

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By in United States,

@Castleguy121: Which only continues to show what is wrong with the Hobbit movies. The book was written for children.

@Sethro3: I agree. I wouldn't mind if LEGO made their minifigs a little bit (wouldn't mind even if they made them a lot) less extravagant in exchange for better sets...although the Witch-King looks fantastic.

And getting the Witch-King, Elrond, and Galadriel all for $15 is a steal.

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By in Germany,

I own only the Bagend set, as I didn't enjoy the first movie and had no reason to collect the line. Still, Bagend was standing out from the usual (and a little boring) LotR / Hobbit sets. I might add the smallest set to add a couple of figures to it (even if they don't fit) and cause I like the Galadriel minifig. The rest is not interesting at all. Funny that Lego is always coming up with rare / special figure battle packs for the final sets - happened with HP, PotC and IJ.

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