Tuesday, August 21, 2012

LEGO Lord of the Rings #9476 The Orc Forge Review

Theme: Lord of the Rings
Name: The Orc Forge
S/N: #9476
Year: 2012
Pieces: 366
Minifig: 4
Price: RM289.90, USD39.99, GBP39.99
The front of the box shows us that there are light brick, name of the set, the cast and the batteries is included for the light brick. The top side of the box shows Lurtz in the actual size while the back of the box shows us the playability, the weapons and a light brick.
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The parts are packed into three separated bags and each bags assemble the different part of the sets. Minifigs were separated to bag one and two as well. As usual, instruction book was included.
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Brick Separator
The new brick separator was included in this set too. It was slightly modified and smaller. This is the first brick separator that I get from playset, is very handy when it comes to dismantling the set.
Four swords were included and we get an extra armor and helmet with hand prints (for Lurtz perhaps?). The two shields comes with hand prints too.

There are four minifigs included, they are Lurtz, Mordor orcs, and Uruk-hai. The two Mordor orcs are the same just that one of them have hairpiece. All of them got both side of their torso printed and I like how the design of the torso are. Lurtz seems to be muscular. Lurtz and Uruk-hai have two expressions printed on their head piece while the Mordor orcs got design printed at the back of their head. Looks good.
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Fire pit
No idea what is this as they do not stated this in their description but I am sure it is one of the pit that burn heat up the sword. Two swords were attached there.
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Orc Forge
I must admit, the box art do not looks good but the model itself looks very nice indeed. Quite a number of playability in here. The back of  the forge really is ugly, just like a backstage.
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Let us start off with the Uruk-hai growth pit. It was right under the winch and there is a hole at the back of the orc forge for you to put your minifig inside and remove the boulder at the front to pull the Uruk-hai out. Is like a secret compartment with minifigs hiding in it.
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Next is the winch and the bucket where you can spin the winch to move the bucket full of metal up and down. Is quite fun turning the button at the back.
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After the bucket is being sent up from the ground, there is a platform for the orcs to move the bucket and pour the metal down the chute and into the smelting pot. There are two torch at the side of the platform too.
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Under the platform was an empty space and there seems to be a lot f wooden beam to support the platform. It was nicely made and at one of the side there are more wooden plank not sure if that is the stairs or wooden plank supporting the platform.
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Moving to the smelting pot and the furnace. There is a small platform right under the chute for you to place the smelting pot. The round tile will hold the smelting pot (since the pot is cannot be attach to the platform) and sometimes the metal will slide to the side of the pot rather that fall right into the pot.

The furnace can light up and it looks like there is a fire under the furnace. To light up the bricks, just press the the button at the back of the orc forge. The light will only be there if you are pressing the button, once you let go of the button the light went off. 
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Extra pieces
Below here are the few parts that are left.

Completed models
This set is unexpectedly nice to play with and also nice for display. If you were to build a diaroma on this, you will need a few set of  this. It looks good from the front but not the back.
Playability: 8/10 Light up furnace, Uruk-hai growth pit and functional winch.
Building experience: 8/10 Have fun building it and nice structure.
Parts: 6/10 A lot of brown parts, nice weapon included.
Value for money: 4/10 The price is consider expensive here.
Overall: 6/10 They playability and the look of the structure is just nice.

LEGO Lord of the Rings #9471 Uruk-Hai Army Review

Theme: Lord of the Rings
Name: Uruk-Hai Army
S/N: #9471
Year: 2012
Pieces: 257
Minifig: 6
Price: RM189.90, USD29.99, GBP29.99

Manage to get my hand on this great set, thanks to my friend. The front of the box not only show us the serial number of the set, but also the name of the set and the minifigs that are included in this set. The top side of the box shows Eomer in one to one scale while the back of the box shows us the weapon we received in this set, the playability and the information that the wall can be join with Helm's Deep.
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The box is surprisingly as the box only contains two separate bags of bricks and a instruction book. Each bags contains minifigs and were separated by faction. One of the way to prevent minifigs theft?
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I am very happy to see that there are so many accessories been included and of course a few of them are expensive in Bricklink. I need more of this.

A new horse is provided. Although for the time being this new horse do not have any head armor yet, it is nicely printed and have movable hind leg. The head still moves too.
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Six minifigs been included in this set plus a horse. I'm sure this set is very worth buying and suitable for army builder. Defintiely a battle pack that comes in a bigger size. All of the Uruk-Hai shares the same print on the torso and legs, they even shares the same face. Eomer and Rohan Soldier have two side of their torso printed too and nice leg print for Eomer.
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Eomer, Rohan Soldier  and Uruk-Hai have two expressions printed on their head. Eomer helmet are finely printed with details too and I like the Uruk-Hai helmet too although is a little big, but this new helmet of Uruk-Hai looks interesting.
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Fortress Wall
As you can see from the box, this wall be used together with #9474 The Battle of Helm's Deep. This is made to expand your Helm's Deep fortress. So can I said that this was a useful wall?
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Starting from the lower level of the wall, the back of the wall is pretty much empty. You might be needing an extra base plate and bricks to modified the back of the wall with more things. Behind the wall there is a stairs that getting narrower as it goes higher. The archer might just get stuck in half way.
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The top of the wall is decorated with torch and flag, also there was a catapult. The new wall bricks is also included and this can be the substitute to sticker. The new brick helps install the broken look onto the wall and I like it.
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While over here, I'm not sure is a crack or a window, but it seems like a window here, also the front of the wall been added with dark green cheese slopes, moss perhaps?
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The top of the wall is not really wide, however, the minifigs still are able to stand there. It should be able to fit four to five five without the catapult. Anyway, there is a small catapult on to of the wall and three bricks been prepared for the use of the catapult.
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Guess that is all about the wall. . . 
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Hooks Shooter
Here's the hook shooter (strangely named) from Uruk-Hai, and it does not seem as tough as it is if you take a quick glance on the box art itself. So basically this thing shoot hooks to the wall. On a side note, the wooden plank is a printed piece.
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The two hook are too close together although if can I prefer them to be separated away from each other. Is quite a powerful one and it will shoots if you push the button at the back of it. You can also see two Ninjago blade at both of the side and is very useful when it comes to adding more details into the hook shooter.
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Here's the button that you push to release the hook. It was nicely fit into the space given although sometimes it went off to the side a little.
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A shot of Uruk-Hai and the hook shooter. . .

Extra pieces
Here are the few pieces that left after the assembling process.

Completed models
I  think we do not need so many Eomer especially when this is a battle pack. However, I would not say that this is a bad set especially with so many minifigs been included plus the new horse that is given. On top of that some of the accessories are new parts and some of them are rare. I think is worth buying if you can found one at a good deal. After all this set is use to build your army. Nice walls too, and the hook shooter that can be modified. All on all is a set that you can think of when making your purchase.

Playability: 6/10 Playability is there movable hook shooter, firing hooks and catapult.
Building experience: 6/10 It was fun, although it last only 20 minutes.
Parts: 6/10 Like the accessories very much.
Value for money: 4/10 The DSRP here is too much to accept.
Overall: 5/10 Good amount of minifigs and nice accessories, the wall are nice too although the hook shooter needs to be modified a little.