Lego had some really cool new stuff at their NYC Toy Fair booth this year. Of course, I jumped straight away to all the Lord of the Rings sets, which I was able to record quickly for your nerdgasmic pleasure.
Here are all the details and my quick hands on review:
The simplest of all the new Lord of the Rings sets has 83 pieces, Gandalf the Grey and Frodo Baggins. It's a very nice simple set, with lots of detailed fireworks in Gandalf's carriage. It will cost you around £12.
My favourite of the small sets — and perhaps my favourite of them all, even while I hate spiders. Shelob is perfectly done, with great technique and detail. It's an impressive set, even while it only has 227 pieces. And it includes, Gollum and a fish, apart from Frodo and Samwise. The Gollum minifig is superbly done, really cute.
The price is £20-odd, which I'm going to spend gladly, thank you very much.
The biggest of the small sets is quite good too, and it complements the Battle of Helm's Deep. In fact, I would recommend spending around £30 in these 257 pieces, plus four Uruk-hai, Éomer and his horse and a Rohan soldier. The tower and the armoured hook shooter alone, which is really well done, are worth the price.
This is the only set that includes the Ringwraiths, two of them and their horses. The horses are very special: it's the first time that Lego has made horses that actually move, rather than being the static horses in their previous castle-oriented sets. They are very well done, and allow for complete integration with the minifigs.
The set itself is the most coherent of all the large sets. The rock texturing stairs that go to Weathertop are particularly well done. It will introduce many Lego aficionados into more complex structuring techniques. £40-odd gets you 430 pieces and Aragorn, Frodo, Merry and the two Ringwraiths with horses.
My favourite of the big sets, and not only because it includes the giant cave troll along with Pippin, Boromir, Gimli, Legolas, two Moria orcs and two skeletons. Perhaps it's because it's one of my favourite scenes in the movie, which the set captures well except for the scale. All these sets seem a bit too small because of the scale of the sets in the movie. It seems like the most fun. 776 pieces for £70.
I've the feeling that, if these sell well, Lego may surprise us with a giant Balrog and the Bridge of Khazad Dum.
This is the larges of the complex sets, with 1,368 pieces. It comes with eight minifigures, which include Aragorn, Gimli, haldir, King Théoden, Berserker Uruk-hai and three Uruk-hai. It includes one of the new horses too.
The castle is great, with good texture details and plenty of little objects. It's not as big as I wanted, but it's still a decent size. I bet someone will use this as the base to create the entire setting at minifig scale. It goes for around £100.
There's a lot more awesome stuff, which I will be publishing today in our Lego 2012 page. Check it out often!