Its arrived at last people the FULL Lego Fellowship together, look great don’t they, with massive hype surrounding this years BlockBuster The Hobbit the sales will be through the roof for this one. The Lord of the Ring Lego sets sue to debut in the Summer and The Hobbit play set movie tie in around Christmas (just before no doubt) to fully hit the hype of the film.
I have showed my son and he has already asked me about the Video game being a big fan of the other movie/game Lego themed titles such as Star Wars, Batman, Pirates and Harry Potter its sure to happen, its 99.9% guaranteed considering Warner Bros has ties with Travelers Tales the Lego game producer.
Other spin offs include new Marvel sets to coincide with upcoming Movie The Avengers, The Amazing Spiderman and DC have their own installment of Lego Batman 2 Super Heroes with additional characters such as Superman and Wonder Woman. Its a great year for Gamers, Lego, Films and Hobbits combined.
Here is a list of the confirmed scenes that will be covered thus far:
Gandalf Returns: 2 minifigs, Gandalf and Frodo, Gandalf on horse and cart with fireworks and snake in the back. I think the price was £9.99.
Shelob Attacks: 3 minifigs: Frodo, Samwise and Gollom! Gollum looked great, hunched over with movable arms, a bit like skeleton arms but different. Shelob the spider looks fantastic and scary!
Uruk-Hai Army: 6 minifigs: Eomer, Rohan soldier and 4 Urak-Hai. The set consists of a small section of wall, a horse with moving legs and a small siege machine. The wall can be joined to the Helms Deep castle, apparently, so this will make a great battle pack to extend the castle and build your armies.
Attack on Weathertop: 5 minifigs: Frodo, Merry, Aragorn and two Ringwaiths on horseback. The set builds a small section of Weathertop with spiral staircase and ruins at the top.
The Mines of Moria: 7 minifigs: Pippin, Gimli, Legolas, Boromir, a cave troll and two Moria orcs. The set builds a selection of sub-assemblies for mine walls, doors, pedestals etc.
The Battle of Helm’s Deep: 8 minifigs: Gimli, King Theoden, Haldir, Aragorn and 4 Urak-Hai warriors. The castle itself is fairly substantial, complete with the ’side door’ used to gain entry
The Orc Forge: 5 orcs with a forge, various metalworking tools and weapons.
Thanks to Brickset.com for the information hopefully so pics will be released soon.Read More
Thats right Middle-Earthians another teaser for you – Aragorn in Lego form. I personally love the job Lego do with these cross overs and can’t wait to have a go with the building blocks and the nearly definate Lego Console game. It is unclear what Warner Bros will do with the game as there is no official word, one complete saga or 3 games in seperate based on our favourite film. I hope they do 3 installments as there is enough content to do this, think Lego Star Wars but with Swords instead of Sabres.
Warner Bros and Lego have announced a licensing deal for toys based on both The Lord Of The Rings and the two forthcoming Hobbit films, with the first construction sets due to arrive next June. As far as I can tell they will concentrate on LOTR firstly then move on to The Hobbit nearer Christmas to tie in with which will probably be the biggest Movie of all time.
I know what you are thinking that we don’t know for sure if the games will be produced, but with the popularity of other titles including the afore mentioned Star Wars, Pirates, Batman and Indiana Jones they will be missing a major oppurtunity to cash in on The Hobbit. Warner Bros also owns Games developer Traveller’s Tales, who make all the other Lego film tie-ins I would bet my house on it becoming reality.
One Block to rule them all, One Block to find them, One Block to bring them all
and in the darkness bind them together into a really cool LOTR Lego set.
After my earlier article on The Hobbit having a decent computer game connected to it my prayers have been answered, thank you Eru for the most welcomed news with Warner Bros granting Lego the rights to produce toys etc… based on you guessed it The Hobbit. With earlier cross overs including Batman, Star Wars and Pirates of the Carribean its sure to be a hit with both children and adults alike, i personally loved the games and still enjoy helping my son build his trickier Lego sets.
The possibility of a cute, puzzley and comedic Lego based Hobbit adventure sounds very appealing indeed, the Star Wars version was great fun, testing you with little puzzles coincided with cut motion Lego scenes from the movies mashed up with some comedy takes on crucial scenes really did hit the spot, so I am hoping they do a console version and not just the buildable Lego scenes.
“Our collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products has delivered numerous worldwide successes in the construction toy aisle, introducing us to loyal audiences who love great stories, strong characters and the toys that they inspire,” said Jill Wilfert, VP, licensing and entertainment for the Lego Group. “It’s particularly exciting to now be able to create sets based on the fantasy worlds and characters from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘The Hobbit,’ not only because we know they will foster collectability and creative play, but also because these are two properties that our fans have been asking us to create for years.”
Warner Bros have indeed struck gold here and indeed Lego who have over a Billion in sales on the back of the Star Wars and Harry Potter colabarations. The first release of the Lego is planned before the Hobbit is released and will start with a Lord of the Rings theme then into The Hobbit.
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The Tolkien Professor comes to Hollywood: Corey Olsen’s thoughts on “The Lord of the Rings: War in the North,” Sean Astin, and the “eucatastrophe button” -by Dave Kale, Middle-earth Network’s Director of Programming
Just over a month ago, my good friend Corey Olsen, a.k.a. The Tolkien Professor, and I were on set during the filming of the brand new documentary about The Lord of the Rings: War in the North. Airing on the Machinima Youtube channel in four parts all this week, the documentary explores the development of the brand new video game, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, as well as the role that Tolkien’s literature has played in shaping modern popular culture and fantasy literature. The producers of the documentary flew Professor Olsen in to serve as their on-screen Tolkien expert, and they were gracious enough to let me tag along. While on set we both got to play the game, talk to folks from Warner Bros. Interactive, and meet Lord of the Rings actor Sean Astin, the man who brought Sam to life on the big screen. A few weeks ago, I sat down with Prof. Olsen for a Skype conversation about our experiences, and he waxed philosophical about the legacy of Tolkien and storytelling in video games. You can read some of that conversation below and find an unabridged recording of the discussion on The Tolkien Professor podcast feed on iTunes.Read More
Turbine will be re-releasing their MMO Lord of the Rings Online to stores. They’re preparing a Mithril Edition of the game with bonus content including a Keyboard Map, extra quests for the Trollshaws, Eregion and everyones fave Moria, also included is a Horse Lords steed and 2000 extra Turbine Points spendable in the Online Store, aswell as the Game itself.
LOTRO is free to play with most add ons and extras relativly cheap compared to rivals. The Mithril Edition will cost around $30 although it will have a value of around $50 not bad value for money with $20 worth of extras in there. With Rise of Isen released at the end of September (Expansion Pack) there are plenty of LOTR based Games to get in that loved ones stocking for Christmas.
Another stocking filler could be War in the North which looks awesome for the lesser dedicated gamer as its more Arcade based, think Golden Axe but with a LOTR flavour. The levels look guided so there will be no getting lost in the wilderness for hours on end. Middle Earth News will be doing a full review as soon as possible.