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And the Gandalf v Saruman mini set is really nice for a small one.
Unexpected Gathering, Goblin King, and Barrell Escape are wonderful sets. The only stand out is the Goblin King in the price point. It's come down quite a bit in several markets though.
Very excited about the Council and Wizard fight. Thinking seriously of buying 2x Black Gates for a proper one. Maybe that was TLG strategy all along with a price like that ;P
I think that same will apply to all future LOTR / Hobbit sets. They are going to be released in June and I will just wait until Christmas to buy them all for decent price.
I mean, the Moria sequence has the bad guys outnumbered, without adding any of the fellowship from other sets. When you add the nine walkers, those goblins and troll look positively daft in opposition.
So apart from the smaller uruk helms deep attack set (which still contains Eomer, instead of a standard rohan rider, or a Haldir's elf archer), I have found no reason to purchase multiples of any set, as I don't want a dozen Gimli, and a dozen Aragorn. I do want lots of Uruk-hai, lots of Moria goblins, lots of rohan/elf defenders for the Helm Deep battle.
And how do I get the nine riders? Buy 5 weathertops? Not going to happen.
This is lots of sales missed, purely due to a lack of battlepacks, OR army builder value in the sets.
I think LotR is one license that would have benefited greatly if most of the key characters were in low cost sets (which you buy one of), and expensive key scenes had lots of army builder warriors (which would mean we buy lots).
Also many people will just want the key characters, and not vast armies. If they are all in cheap sets, then not much revenue will be made from those people.
Just as with SW battle sets, they would make a good item for the parent to buy the child when the child wants a LEGO set, but the parent doesn't want to spend a lot on the TRU visit.
Or, for when a person needs to spend an extra $10 to get the purchase to a certain amount for whatever reason.
I wonder if ther are not some contract limitations behind the lack of battle packs for LotR.
My approach/solution would at least have them existing somewhere (personally, as a consumer, i'd much prefer a range of themed Battlepacks myself, such as Rohan, Uruks, Moria, Hobbiton/Bree (villagers & hobbits), etc as its easier on the wallet, and i could buy lots of those to populate the battles), but if TLG is not going to do BPs for lotr then they should at least feature more soldiers in the appropriate larger scale settings (rohan guardsman, elven bowman at helm's deep for example) - which would encourage multi-purchases of large sets - and reduce the unique characters to accommodate them. (I did say 'most', not all) - but I was making more of a general statement anyway than going into specifics, so don't read too much into it. But picking up on your point, if BP's were not to happen, key characters making room for a few army builders in larger sets would (in the above case) be spread out thinly across other sets (but not all), so effectively selling many sets to the people just chasing characters, including the big set (i'd keep one or two in there).
Basically, what I really meant was not to have lots of key characters bunched up in sets, but spread lightly instead, to allow room for the generic extras which make a set come alive.
For example, I hope we get a Siege of Gondor set at some point, with Gondorian knights, Foot soldiers, and Mordor Orcs. Yes add in Denethor or Gothmog, perhaps, but not also Faramir, Gandalf, Aragorn etc to the point that we have no soldiers to actually do battle with. Characters are strong enough to carry their own featured set from any number of film scenes, whereas 'the extras' who make the scenes grand and epic are really only useful in battle sets or battle packs.
In short, Battle Packs for the win. :o)
Also code KMARTMUST gives $5 off
I Hope you are lucky in getting the set (another few months until the UK gets them :-( ).
@Diggydoes I think kmart is messing up. I heard May/June release.
Big thanks to @kylejohnson11 for finding this, fluke or not!
That's a bit farther south then I tend to get...Havent seen any clearances at FM before, just a few decent 20% off sales and I've had good luck on the LOTR sets at the 33rd and Halsey FM.
Yes, that's what they say.
(Also not digging Elrond and Arwen using the same hair piece... hopefully that's not final.)
As far as the Palantir... I'll need to see what all Orthanc comprises before I jump on that one.
* Could come in with The Hobbit instead.
Which suggest a couple of smallish sets ...
Eowyn, Witch King and brick built fell beast
Faramir, Denethor and two Gondor Soldiers
Other characters that would be nice ...
Some more generic elves and maybe orcs and uruks
Déagol and Sméagol
Merry in Rohan Armour
Pippin in Gondor Armour (or just give us some Gondor Soldiers in armour!)
Even Eowyn and Faramir are relatively easy to make from official parts, but we really need a Gondor Soldier torso.