Tuesday, November 20, 2012

LEGO Lord of the Rings #9470 Shelob Attacks Review

Theme: Lord of the Rings
Name: Shelob Attacks
S/N: #9470
Year: 2012
Pieces: 227
Minifig: 3
Price: RM139.90, USD19.99, GBP19.99
No idea why I go for this set as it is not that fancy and iconic, probably the minifigs that made me buy it and the price factor too. The front of the box art shows us the name of the set and introduces us the cast. Also a nice picture of it with a nice background. We have Gollum in his actual scale on the tos side of the box while the back of the box introduces the playability and the accessories that comes with the set.
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Inside the box are four bags of bricks and an instruction book.
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We have the ring, the gem that is in disguise as the liquid that shines powerfully that scare away the Shelob, a fish for Gollum and two swords.
We have three minifigs here and Gollum is the unique one among all. Frodo and Sam do comes with a cape. But I remove them this time so we can have a look at the back of their torso which are printed too. Other than that, both Frodo and Sam have two expression printed on their head.
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Shelob's Lair
Anyway, this seems more like a small entrance or cave for me with a catapult function on the right of it that is made for Gollum rather than a lair.
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Let me highlight a good point before I forget, which is the Shelob eyes are printed parts. The designer done a great job designing this spider though I am not sure how accurate is this. But it definitely meet the spider standards, that is all  the spider criteria is in there.
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So, first thing on the head, which is printed and adjustable together with the two fangs that placed on the both side, show that it can opens and closes it's mouth has become one of the playability.
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Next are the second half of it's torso that are adjustable. Real spider do able to move that as well. So this one is adjustable for a nice poses too. Inside it contains the strings that are attached to the hook. Below it is a button that you can twist to adjust the length of the string. You will have no issue hanging your spider because the grip is very strong.
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All of her legs are adjustable too, you can move the legs close to each other or separate them far from each other and each leg are divided into three segment which you can adjust again. The best part is that there is no issue in lifting up the two front legs of her and the hind legs are able to support it just like the picture shown below:

Extra pieces
We have two extra rings and a sword coming from this set together with other spares. 

Completed model
This set consist of a lot of parts which most of them are the joint to the leg and other small parts. So is suitable to build some small things which this joint can support. Overall is a good set that comes with a nicely design spider.

Playability: 6/10 The playability on the spider is not that bad after all.
Building experience: 6/10 Good way to learn make spider other than from the Creator set.
Parts: 4/10 Have high number of parts, but they are usually the small parts.
Value for money: 4/10 Though is cheaper compare to Super Heroes theme, but still pricey.
Overall: 5/10 Extra accessories, cute minifigs and a nice spider.

LEGO Lord of the Rings #9469 Gandalf Arrives Review

Theme: Lord of the Rings
Name:  Gandalf Arrives
S/N: #9469
Year: 2012
Pieces: 83
Minifig: 2
Price: RM79.90, USD12.99, GBP11.99

This was the smallest playset from the LOTR theme and the front box art do shows us the name of the set and the carriage. The top side of the box shows us Gandalf in actual scale, while the back of the box shows you all kind of poses that you can do when displaying your set. 
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The box contains two bags of bricks, a horse and and instruction booklet.
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Here we have a carrot, a printed tile with letter pattern, a long stick and a book. The book somehow is low in quality, once you fold it, there will be a folding line appear.

We have the new brown horse which the hind legs are movable and have an awesome pose and a new cobra, but red in color.

Currently Gandalf only make appearance in this set, however he soon will make his appearance on one of The Hobbit playset. Gandalf and Frodo torso are printed on the both side. Frodo have two expression printed on his head, a happy and a sad expression that is. I would say a nice minifigs, but there are just too much Frodo in the LOTR playset.
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Horse Cart
Although this was one small and simple set, but the cart is perfectly made and it looks just nice. On top of that, you can just use the cart in your castle setting. blend pretty well with them.
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Now here is the picture of the cart alone. The cart can be easily separated and that makes me have a more positive opinion towards the set. As you see, the seat is there have only one stud. So when Gandalf ride on it it either seated to the left or right. Attached to the cart is a barrel and a bag that hold some goods that Gandalf carries around with him.

Gandalf on the cart, missing some whip it seems.

Extra pieces
Here's additional two pieces of bricks for your spare.

Completed models
The cart is very useful to those that are making the historic scene and the cart have it's shape instead of a square one. I would recommend this set for a starter or kids. Easy and fun build.

Playability: 2/10 No playability in here other than moving wheel.
Building experience: 6/10 Simple and fun.
Parts: 4/10 Not really a nice part in here, but it made a great cart.
Value for money: 4/10 Pricey, should cost RM60 instead of RM80.
Overall: 4/10 Good set to overcome brick addiction, with two nice figs and a horse, but not a so good price.