Monday, 1 July 2013

Lego Hobbit - 30213 - Gandalf at Dol Guldur - Review

It's been a while since I posted a review here, I've not been neglecting the blog intentionally but running a good Lego blog means buying good Lego and money has been a bit short lately. Fortunately, I was able to snag this promo set for free. The only drawback is that I had to give money to the Daily Mail to get it. I'm not normally down with financing bigotry but when there's free Lego on offer, I'm just weak.

Before I picked the set up, I thought this was just a Gandalf minifigure, but this is actually a tiny, tidy Lego scene. I'm guessing this is a feature from The Hobbit movie, but I haven't seen it yet so my guess will have to do. The minifigure itself is pretty good with lots of decent custom pieces. Gandalf comes with a specially printed Ian McKellen face that I'm sure has been around since the Lord of the Rings s and a separate beard piece. He accessories all seem pretty unique too, Gandalf's recognisable wizard hat, a plain Lego staff and a very Hobbit / Lord of the Rings movies style sword. He also comes with a very spiffing cape. Of all the license Lego minifigures I've seen, this is probably one of the best. It helps that Gandalf has a lot of fairly idiosyncratic features, but he is absolutely unmistakable.

The statue / plinth that makes up the rest of the set is pretty good too. Like I said, I was only expecting the figure so this was all a nice bonus, but I'm still pretty impressed for a promo polybag set. The pillar is made of twenty or so individual grey pieces and builds up into a nice, organic looking shape that fits in with look of the films, and goes well with Gandalf himself. A few accessories are built in, such as a spear holder and a burning torch. A Lego skull completes the picture nicely. The set also includes a nifty map tile with a map a design taken right from Tolkien's illustrations.

I don't buy too much licensed Lego because I prefer sets with more flexibility to them. They're certainly a lot of fun, but the price can be exclusionary to. This is my first Lord of the Rings or Hobbit Lego set, so it's a lot of fun for me. True, this was a free set, but I absolutely think this would be worth more than the money I spent on the paper. It cost less than one of the collectable minifigures would have and comes with a lot more for it. I can't exactly recommend this, since this is a promo set and can't be bought just anywhere, but if you get the chance to grab one, it's a nice little addition to your collection.

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