Lego The Lord of the Rings
Lego The Lord of the Rings.jpg
SubjectThe Lord of the Rings
Licensed fromWarner Bros. and New Line Cinema
Availability2012–2015
Total sets40 [1]
CharactersFrodo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, Aragorn "Strider" Elessar II, Samwise Gamgee (Sam), Arwen Undómiel, Gimli, Peregrin Took (Pippin), Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry), Legolas Greenleaf, Saruman the White, Elrond, Boromir, Bilbo Baggins, Gollum, Éomer, Théoden, Gríma Wormtongue, Lurtz, Haldir, The Mouth of Sauron, Galadriel, Thorin Oakenshield II, Balin, Dwalin, Kíli, Fíli, Dori, Nori, Ori, Óin, Glóin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, The Goblin King, Yazneg, Smaug, Necromancer, Bard the Bowman, Tauriel, Thranduil, Master of Lake-town, Beorn, Radagast the Brown. Azog the Defiler, Bain and Witch-King
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Lego The Lord of the Rings was a Lego theme based on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It is licensed from Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.[2] The theme was first introduced in 2012. The first sets appeared in 2012, to coincide with a release of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the video game Lego The Lord of the Rings. Subsequent sets based on The Hobbit film trilogy[2] would also be released and the video game Lego The Hobbit was released in 2014.[3] The product line was discontinued by the end of 2015.

Overview

Lego The Lord of the Rings was based on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The product line focuses on the fictional world of Middle-earth, the films follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and the Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, to ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron. The Fellowship eventually splits up and Frodo continues the quest with his loyal companion Sam and the treacherous Gollum. Meanwhile, Aragorn, heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, along with Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Merry, Pippin and the wizard Gandalf, unite to rally the Free Peoples of Middle-earth in the War of the Ring in order to aid Frodo by distracting Sauron's attention.[4]

In May 2013, Rich-K and Big J had designed a Helm's Deep model contained a total of 150,000 Lego bricks and 1,700 mini-figures that based on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.[5] In December 2013, Alice Finch and David Frank had designed The Rivendell model contained a total of 200,000 Lego bricks that based on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.[6]

In November 2012, Lego The Hobbit was based on The Hobbit film trilogy. The product line focuses on the tale of Bilbo Baggins, who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf to accompany thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug.[4] In addition, The Lego Group built a life-sized model of the Hobbit home of Bilbo Baggins appear in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey film.[7]

In January 2021, Lego The Lord of the Rings had set the Guinness Record with a 150-Million-Block Lego build.[8]

Launch

Lego The Lord of the Rings theme was launched at the American International Toy Fair in 2012 and Lego The Hobbit was launched in few months later. As part of the marketing campaign, The Lego Group released seven Lego sets based on the film.[9]

Characters

Lego The Lord of the Rings

Lego The Hobbit

Construction sets

According to Bricklink, The Lego Group released a total of 16 Lego sets and promotional polybags associated with Lego The Lord of the Rings and 24 sets and promotional polybags associated with Lego The Hobbit.[16][17] The product line was eventually discontinued by the end of 2014.[18][19][20][21]

Lego The Lord of the Rings sets

On 16 December 2011, The Lego Group announced a partnership with Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.[22][23] It was officially announced by The Lego Group that the seven sets based on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was released on 16 May 2012.[24] The seven sets[25][26] being released were Gandalf Arrives (set number: 9469),[27] Shelob Attacks (set number: 9470),[28] Uruk-Hai Army (set number: 9471),[29][b] Attack of Weathertop (set number: 9472),[30] The Mines of Moria (set number: 9473),[31] The Battle of Helm's Deep (set number: 9474)[32][b][33] and The Orc Forge (set number: 9476).[34] In addition to the sets, two polybag sets were released as promotions, which were Frodo with cooking corner (set number: 30210) and Uruk-Hai with ballista (set number: 30211). These included five key chains with a key chain attached to the minifigures of the Mordor Orc, Gandalf the Grey, Gimli, Frodo Baggins and Bilbo Baggins. Later, it was announced that Lego The Lord of the Rings (video game) was released on 30 October 2012 and also included Elrond minifigure as a free gift.[35]

In 2013, it was announced that four sets was released on 1 June 2013.[36][37][38] The four sets[39] being released were The Wizard Battle (set number: 79005), The Council of Elrond (set number: 79006), Battle at the Black Gate (set number: 79007) and Pirate Ship Ambush (set number: 79008).[40] Tower of Orthanc (set number: 10237)[41][42][43] was an exclusive set released on 1 July 2013. The set consists of 2359 pieces with five minifigures.[44] Each of the sets featured eight core characters,[11] named Frodo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, Aragorn, Samwise Gamgee (Sam), Gimli, Peregrin Took (Pippin), Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry) and Legolas Greenleaf.[45] A Cave Troll, Corsair Pirate, Gollum, Lurtz, Mordor Orc, Ringwraith,[12] Soldier of the Dead, Rohan Soldier and Uruk-Hai[12] were also introduced for each of the sets.[46] The theme was designed primarily for children aged 8 to 14. The series acted as a thematic replacement for the popular Lego Castle theme, featuring many of the same elements. Most of the sets are similar to the Lego Castle theme. The Lego Group also used this license for the characters, starter pack and fun packs in the Lego Dimensions toys-to-life video game.

Lego The Hobbit sets

In 2012, it was officially announced by The Lego Group that the six sets based on The Hobbit film trilogy was released on 27 November 2012.[47][48][49][50] The six sets[51][52][53] being released were Riddles for the Ring (set number: 79000),[52][54][55] Escape from Mirkwood Spiders (set number: 79001),[52][56] Attack of the Wargs (set number: 79002),[52][57][58] An Unexpected Gathering (set number: 79003),[59][60][61] Barrel Escape (set number: 79004)[52][62][63] and The Goblin King Battle (set number: 79010).[52][64][65] In addition to the sets, four polybag sets were released as promotions, named Mirkwood Elf Guard (set number: 30212),[66] Gandalf at Dol Guldur (set number: 30213),[67] Legolas Greenleaf (set number: 30215)[68][c] and Lake-town Guard (set number: 30216).[d]

In 2013, it was announced that four sets was released on 2 December 2013.[71] The four sets[72][73] being released were Dol Guldur Ambush (set number: 79011),[e] Mirkwood Elf Army (set number: 79012), Lake-town Chase (set number: 79013) and Dol Guldur Battle (set number: 79014).[74][e]

In 2014, it was announced that the Lego The Hobbit (video game) was released on 8 April 2014 and also included Bilbo Baggins minifigure as a free gift. Later, it was announced that the four sets would be released on 18 October 2014. The four sets[75] being released were Witch-King Battle (set number: 79015), Attack on Lake-town (set number: 79016), The Battle of Five Armies (set number: 79017) and The Lonely Mountain (set number: 79018).[76] Each of the sets feature 15 core characters,[50] named Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, Thorin Oakenshield II, Balin, Dwalin, Kíli, Fíli, Dori, Nori, Ori, Óin, Glóin, Bifur, Bofur and Bombur. The Goblin King, Goblin Scribe, Warg,[77] Mirkwood Elf Chief, Mirkwood Elf Guard, Goblin Soldier, Lake-town Guard, Mirkwood Elf, Gundabad Orc, Hunter Orc, Smaug and Gwaihir were also introduced for each of the sets. The theme was designed primarily for children aged 8 to 14.

Lego Games

Two board game sets were released as a part of Lego Games theme. The two board game sets were The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (set number: 3920) was released on 3 October 2012 and later The Battle of Helms Deep (set number: 50011) was released on 1 August 2013. The two board game sets based on The Hobbit film trilogy and The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.[78][79]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (set number: 3920) was released on 3 October 2012 as a part of Lego Games theme and based on The Hobbit film trilogy. The set consists of 389 pieces with dice, game board and 4 micro figures. The set included Lego micro figures of Gandalf the Grey, Kili the dwarf, Fili the dwarf and Dwalin the dwarf.[78]

The Battle of Helms Deep

The Battle of Helms Deep (set number: 50011) was released on 1 August 2013 as a part of Lego Games theme and The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The set consists of 338 pieces with dice, game board and 28 micro figures. The set included Lego micro figures of Aragorn, Haldir, Eowyn, Gimli, Legolas, King Théoden, 4 Rohirrim swordsmen, Uruk-Hai archer, 5 Uruk-Hai Berserkers, Uruk-Hai leader and 11 Uruk-hai swordsmen.[79]

Web shorts

The product line was accompanied by a series of animated short films that was released on YouTube.

Lego The Lord of the Rings (2012 Web shorts)

The 4 web shorts have been released on YouTube.

# Title Release date Notes
1 LEGO The Lord of the Rings - Mini-movie: Part 1[80] August 6, 2012 LEGO The Lord of the Rings computer-animated series
2 LEGO The Lord of the Rings - Mini-movie: Part 2[81] August 6, 2012
3 LEGO The Lord of the Rings - Mini-movie: Part 3[82] August 6, 2012
4 LEGO The Lord of the Rings - Mini-movie: Part 4[83] August 26, 2015

Lego The Hobbit (2014 Web shorts)

The 8 web shorts have been released on YouTube.

# Title Release date Notes
1 Middle-earth Motors[84] January 8, 2014 LEGO The Hobbits stop motion series. It was created by BrotherhoodWorkshop.
2 Dwarven Dreams[85] March 14, 2014
3 The Rings of Power[86] May 6, 2014 LEGO The Hobbits computer-animated series
4 Thorin Oakenshield Great Escape[87] May 22, 2014
5 Hungry Little Hobbit™[88] July 15, 2014 LEGO The Hobbits stop motion series
6 The Aggravation of Smaug[89] July 28, 2014
7 Bard the Bowman The Beginning[90] November 20, 2014
8 The Making of The Aggravation of Smaug[91] November 20, 2014

Video games

Lego The Lord of the Rings (2012)

Main article: Lego The Lord of the Rings (video game)

Lego The Lord of the Rings is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales, that was released on Nintendo 3DS,[92] Nintendo DS,[92] PlayStation Vita,[92] Microsoft Windows, Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.[93] The OS X version of the game, published by Feral Interactive, was released on 21 February 2013.[94][95] The Android and iOS was released on 7 November 2013.[96][97][98]

Based on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the game follows the original but spoofed storylines of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, taking players through the epic story events, "re-imagined with the humour and endless variety of Lego play". The game utilises music and voice acting taken from all three films of the film trilogy. Developer Traveller's Tales has stated they toned down the slapstick humour found in other Lego-licensed titles. The game follows the events in the films; however, like the Lego Star Wars series, some scenes from the films have been altered to become more family friendly or just provide comic relief to the player.

On 1 January 2019, all digital sales of the game were halted. This was confirmed a few days later by publisher Warner Bros. Interactive.[99] The game was later re-added to Steam on 27 April 2020.[100][f]

Lego The Hobbit (2014)

Main article: Lego The Hobbit (video game)

Lego The Hobbit is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales.[102][103] The game was released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on 8 April 2014 in North America, and 11 April in Europe.[104][105] The game is a follow-up to Lego The Lord of the Rings based on the first two Hobbit films; An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug.[g][107][108] It was released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita,[109] Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS,[109] OS X and Microsoft Windows.[110][111][112][113]

On 1 January 2019, all digital sales of the game were halted. This was confirmed a few days later by publisher Warner Bros. Interactive.[114] The game was later re-added to Steam on 27 April 2020 and on PSN Store on 6 May 2020.[100][f]

Lego Dimensions (2015)

Main article: Lego Dimensions

The crossover toys-to-life game Lego Dimensions[115][116][117] developed by Traveller's Tales features content based on the original The Lord of the Rings. A "Starter Pack" includes an additional level that recreates the events of the original film and adds Gandalf as a playable character.[118][119][120][121] Additional "Fun packs" add Gollum, Shelob the Great, Legolas and Gimli as playable characters.[122][123][124]

Other media

Lego Ideas

A project based on Minas Tirith was uploaded to the Lego Ideas site on March 4, 2021, and it was created by GJC15344. The project hopes to reach 10,000 supporters in order for Lego to consider to make it into an official set. The project is based on Minas Tirith from the original The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and includes characters such as Gandalf the White, Pippin, Lord Denethor and Faramir.[125][126]

Reception

In November 2012, The Battle of Helm's Deep (set number: 9474) was listed as one of the Top 20 Toys for Christmas by Play.com.[127] In October 2013, Lego The Lord of the Rings video game was listed as one of the BAFTA Kids’ Vote Top 10s.[128]

In September 2022, The Battle of Helm’s Deep (set number: 9474), The Mines of Moria (set number: 9473), The Tower of Orthanc (set number: 10237), The Lonely Mountain (set number: 79018), The Council of Elrond (set number: 79006) and An Unexpected Gathering (set number: 79003) was listed on the "Six of the best LEGO The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit sets" by Lego fansite BrickFanatics.[129]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Gandalf also make a cameo in The Lego Movie and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Voiced by Todd Hanson.
  2. ^ a b Uruk-Hai Army (set number: 9471) can combine with The Battle of Helm's Deep (set number: 9474).
  3. ^ This polybag set is a free gift for qualify purchase of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray.[69]
  4. ^ This polybag set only available at Toys "R" Us.[70]
  5. ^ a b Dol Guldur Ambush (set number: 79011) can combine with Dol Guldur Battle (set number: 79014).
  6. ^ a b Later, it was no longer available on Steam.[101]
  7. ^ The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies DLC it was cancelled.[106]

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