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Episode 80 · 3 months ago

LEGO The Hobbit

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Journey to Middle Earth with LegoLee on the latest episode of Brickology breaking down the sets based on the infamous The Hobbit trilogy, which ran from 2012-2014. 

Discover why the controversial decision to split The Hobbit into 3 films resulted in strange inconsistencies across each wave of sets with some hidden treasure buried underneath. 

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever wherever you are listening. Thank you so much for making me a part of your day. My name is Lee Party. Might know me as Lego Lee or Lego Lee three to nine. From facebook, instagram, twitter, Youtube, Patren, you name it, I'm all over the Internet and this is the brick Ology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I sincerely hope you're having an absolutely fantastic day. And I am excited, guys, because one of my all time favorite franchises is returning the day that I am posting this episode. I'm recording on a couple of days in advance, obviously, but Lord of the Rings Middle Earth is back with the rings of power on Amazon Prime Video. It comes out tonight, Thursday night, at nine PM. I cannot wait till watch it. If you want to hear my thoughts on this show, for my current job at dinner of Geek, I am doing an after show on dinner of Geek TVs tiktok live at two PM on Friday September second, which is tomorrow. Obviously, if you're listening to this episode after Friday, that would have already happened, but I'm doing the show every single week for every episode as they drop, so definitely go check that out. And to celebrate the rings of power, I was like I should do a brick ology because lego back in the day. It's been, you know, a decade now, but back in the day they did some middle earth themed Lego sets and I kind of thought about doing Lord of the rings this week. But I'm gonna let you guys in on a little secret and I'm going to spoil a future episode Brick Ology. I've been saving Lord of the Rings Ever since Brick Ology episode fifty. I almost did Lord of the Rings for My Fiftieth Episode Special Because Lord of the Rings is one of my all time favorite lego themes. I would actually say it's my all time favorite currently discontinued lego theme. Star Wars is my favorite theme, but obviously that's been going on for twenty plus years now. But in terms of themes that are no longer currently being produced, and I have heard whispers maybe Lord of the Rings Lego could come back next year, but none of that has been confirmed. Lord of the rings is my absolute favorite and a little fun fact. I mean I think the Lord of the rings movies are probably the best movies of all time. I adore those films. They are just masterpieces, ten out ten movies. I watched them multiple times every year. I'm obsessed with Lord of the Rings. So when Lego Lord of the rings started, it instantly became one of my all time favorite lego themes and it became a very meaningful theme for me personally for my Lego Youtube Channel. So basically what happened is I reviewed all those sets, I collected all those sets, I made a video showcasing all the mini figures from said sets. That's one of my all time most viewed videos on Youtube. It was a huge thing for my youtube channel when I was still doing youtube videos back in the day. And I was like, you know, that is such a special theme to me that I can't make that just some random episode of brick Ology, like episode e D of Brick Ology. Can't just be Lord of the Rings, even though it would be very timely and very topical to tie in with the new show at Amazon prime. I was like, Lee, don't do it, don't below your load to early with Lord of the Rings. So I've decided to show some restraint. I'm holding back and I'm spoiling it for you guys now. But episode one hundred, which will obviously be a very big milestone four of this podcast, will be about Lego Lord of the Rings. When an episode will be I have no idea. Probably sometime mid next year. Currently I'm hoping to get to episode ninety by the end of this year to celebrate the ninety anniversary of Lego. So that's kind of my plan. But look, every time I feel like I establish a plan for this podcast, I always fail to actually follow through with that because I just get Hella busy. But Lord of the rings will be a very special episode, episode one hundred of Brick Ology. At some point in the future, however, I'm still going to do something lego middle earth theme, because the reason Lego Lord of the rings came out in two thousand and twelve, which was obviously eleven years after the first movie fellosh of the ring came out in two thousand and one, was to coincide with the release of the Hobbit, which of course actually released in two thousand and twelve. And I've talked about this on brick ology before. This is not the first time Lego has done the...

U s where a new movie in a franchises coming out and kind of like a quarter or a couple of quarters before that new film comes out, Lego makes sets from the predecessors of said movie. So, for example, in two thousand and ten they did toy story sets and then that following summer toy story three came out. The exact same thing happened with Indiana Jones and it looks like actually Indian Jones might be doing that exact same thing again next year with sets based off the original Indian Jones movies coming out and then sets based off the Fifth Indiana Jones movies coming out a couple of months later. And they did the exact same thing with the hobbit. So obviously the hobbit movies came out in December of two thousand and twelve and I believe June one was the official release date, but I got most of them in May. anyways, in May slash June two and twelve, they made some Lord of the rings sets to kind of coincide with the release of the hobbit movie. But the Hobbit sets are what we're talking about year today. We're not talking about Lord of the Rings. I know I've talked about Lord of the rings a lot and I want to sell the Lord of the Rings centric. We're not doing Lord of the Rings, we're doing Lego the hobbit. So look forward to Lord of the Rings at some point in the future. But today we're talking about the sets based off of the three hobbit movies and I need to give you guys a history lesson, because the production of these films directly affected what happened with the release of the Lego sets. Normally that doesn't happen like it's very odd and maybe, besides, like some movies getting delayed by the pandemic, like wonder woman four and black widow, because obviously those sets are released really early, or minions the rise that grew. Normally we don't see this sort of thing happen. But something that happened during the production of the hobbit actually a creative change they made for the hobbit ended up changing the Lego sets in many different ways, which is so interesting and so bizarre and very unique. So let's go all the way back in time to the year nineteen thirty seven. Now this actually might be one of the oldest source materials Lego has ever used for a set, I would probably say like some fairy tales like Cinderella, that had become like Disney movies and one night might be older. But besides that I feel like not too many things like this. Obviously the hobbit movies doesn't fourteen, but they're based on a book from ninety seven. That's a pretty old thing for Lego to make sets kind of based off of. So the Hobbit book came out in ninety seven. It's one of the best selling fantasy novels of all time. I actually believe it was the best selling fantasy novel of all time until some series called Harry Potter came out in the late nineteen nineties. But of course the Hobbit is a beloved children's fantasy novel written by J r all token, who is a legend. And then a couple of decades later he wrote the Lord of the Rings, which obviously became movies in the early two thousand's. Now they actually originally were going to do a hobbit movie, but the rights of the Hobbit and the rights the Lord of the rings weren't connected in the same way. It's very bizarre. It's a weird legal thing. I don't have time to get into that. So they weren't able to make a hobbit movie back when they made the Lord of the rings movies. The original plan was to make the Hobbit and then make to Lord of the Rings Movies based off the three Lord of the rings books and make that a trilogy into itself. But that's not what happened. We got the original Lord the Rings trilogy which, like I said, in my opinion the best movies ever made. Those movies are masterful, but in two thousand and ten the right so the hobbit expired, which meant a movie was going to get made. It was originally going to be directed by Giamo do Toro, who doesn't have really any real connection to Lego in any way. He started in movies like pants, Labyrinth, hell boy the shape of water, of which one best picture. About five years ago he was going to direct those movies, but something happened, created differences, drove him to leave the project and they brought back the guy. They brought back Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. And Look, I would say, besides maybe the return of Star Wars in two thousand and fifteen with the force awakens the Hobbit. The first hobbit especially, was my most anticipated movie of all time. Like I said, I adore those Lord of rings movies. I grew up with those Lord the Rings Movies and I was full in on the Hobbit hype train. They released these documentaries like once a month or so about the production of the hobbit. I was following all of this crap. I was eating this ish up. I was so stoked for the Hobbit and just a few months before, I believe it was around Comic Con Two Thousand and twelve, which is actually the first time they revealed a hobbit set that we'll talk about later in this episode, they announced that they were making three hobbit movies. So originally it was going to be too hobbit movies. Now I think you guys probably are aware of this. I've talked...

...about it with Harry Potter to some extent. In the early two thousand and tens, all the rage was to take one book and make it into two movies. Normally it was like the ending of a series. So, for example, Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows, which will get brickology episodes at some point here in the future. That was split into deathly hollows part one and deathitely hallows part two. Twilight did breaking down to part one and breaking down part two. The Hunger Games and mocking J part one mocking j part two. The divergent books try to do this, but in the movie flopped and they actually canceled the second parts. That movie series actually never properly ended. Very bizarre story that it has something to do with this, but it was all of the rage back in the day to split the final thing into two different parts. Now, obviously the Hobbit is one singular book. So the finale of the Hobbit is the start of the hobbit. It's one book. But they were going to split the hobbit into two separate movies. One because it gives you more time to tell your story and develop your characters, but too because money, and money, I think probably is what ultimately drove warner brothers to splitting the hobbit into three movies and then announced this like four five months before the first one was coming out. It originally was going to be called the Hobbit an unexpected journey, which was still the name of the movie that we got, and then the Hobbit, there and back again, which would have been a great name for a movie, and I'm kind of mad they actually got rid of that eventually. What they did is they split into the Hobbit and I go to journey, the first movie. The second one is the Hobbit, the desolation of smog and the third one is the Hobbit the battle of the five armies. I hate that name. I wish they stuck with their and back again, because it's like literally what he calls his book in the actual books by J R Tolkien and in the movies. So very weird decision. They decided to change that, but that really doesn't matter. But what does matter is all of a sudden the hobbit went from being two movies to three movies and they had to reshoot some things, and I'll talk about how I think the reshoots actually ultimately affected some of the mini figures in these lego sets. And now we had hobbit toys that are probably well into production at this point in time that weren't based off the movie they were now in, and I'll talk about that here very soon in this episode. So a lot of stuff is going on here. Obviously the Lego hobbit sets were highly anticipated. There was a big drop for Lord of the Rings that past summer and we got a big drop, of course, for the Hobbit in the winter. I believe the sets came out on December one. The movie came out in December, so it was right in time for that holiday season. And there were six sets from the first movie. But here's a weird thing. Because of the shift, we ended up getting a very inconsistent wave of hobbit sets. So the first movie got six sets upon release, the second movie got four in the third movie got four. Okay, not that confusing. However, two sets from the first movie ended up actually being scenes in the second movie and then one set from the way for the third movie was actually a remake of a set from the second movie. So there's actually only four sets based off an unexpected journey. There are seven sets based off the desolation of Smaug and there are only three sets based off the battle of the five armies, despite not all of those sets being in the right branded box art. This is a very strange lego theme. There's a lot going on here and I am stoked to talk about them. So, without further ado, let's jump in and talk about the Lego Hobbit sets. So the year is two thousand and twelve and we got our initial six set wave for the first hobbit movie. I'm not sure why Lego decided to cut back for the following movies and only do four set waves. Maybe the sales weren't quote as good Lord of the Rings of the same thing, where there was seven sets and there was only like four sets the next year. Not sure why. We won't speculate too much about that because I feel like the sales these sets were pretty good and these sets are worth a lot of money on aftermarkets. But the first set for the Hobbit and ultimately I think the smallest set from either the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, was a ten dollar a proper n set called riddles for the ring. It had one hundred and five pieces and it included to mini figures, the first one being biddle bow biddle bow biddle Bow Baggins, who obviously played by Martin Freeman in the movie. Look, I was very let down with the hobbit movies. Actually didn't even say that. The hobbit movies kind of broke my heart. I think they are okay, too decent movies at times, but there's not nearly as good as Lord of the Rings, and it's kind of like that Star Wars Prequel Syndrome, like I feel like I knew what it felt like to be seeing the phantom menace back in theaters only nine. When I watched the hobbits I was like, it's just isn't as good as this stuff I grew...

...up with, which is very disappointing. But one great thing about the hobbits is Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggin's amazing casting choice, and this was a very cool looking figure. I believe it's also an exclusive variant of this character, which was really nice, and he comes with sting, which was a unique mold to the Lord of the ring sets, and of course, the one ring to rule them all, which is a very interesting piece. It's a shiny chrome gold piece that goes over a mini figures hand, so obviously it looks more like a bracelet instead of a ring, but it works. I think it works pretty well and like obviously lego figures, it's not going to be a normal proportion to have a ring, but I think it works pretty well for what they were doing. Also included with this set was or Sniegel, who was a completely unique, very creepy looking mold, and I absolutely love what Lego did here. Now, Gollum did come with the she lab attacks Lord of the ring set, but that was a different version. The face print was actually different in that set. So this was technically and exclusive variant of Gallam. And the scene be betrayed here is riddles for the ring, which is probably the most iconic scene from the Hobbit book and it's one of the best scenes in the movie. They really nailed this particular sequence in the film. You get Gallam with his small like skeleton bone boat, really simple build, but it works. And then you get a rock. I mean it's accurate, it's a rock. There's a rock in the movie, but ultimately it's just a rock. It's not a super interesting looking bill, but there was a play feature here where you could twist a technic piece and it would reveal the ring by pushing a couple of rock pieces out of the way. I let go try to jam pack an action feature into this. I understand why, for a playability's sake, nothing like that happens in the movie, but I don't really care overall. Look, I love tend Lego sets. I wish they would make more proper ten dollar sets and this is a great example of a small little Lego set that came on some good mini figures and it, you know, pretty accurately resent represented a good scene from the movie. Oddly enough, there was no twenty dollar set for this way. There actually was only one hobbit set in total and only two twenty dollar middle earth sets out of like twenty six some odd sets they made from these films, which is very odd to me because twenty dollars are normally a very popular lego price point. The next biggest set here was called the escape from Mirkwood spiders. It was a thirty dollar set with two pieces. And here we go, guys. I promised this is a set based off the desolation of SMELLG even though it was branded for an unexpected journey. And basically what ended up happening is Lego included this piece on the box that said special the hobbit trilogy preview set. So that's how they kind of got away with this whole ordeal. It was still marketed and branded for an unexpected journey and had the box art for that film, but they added the special preview thing. That kind of write it off. But really what happened is this scene was supposed to be in the first hobbit movie and then they made the hobbit three movies and this scene was no longer in that film. So they were kind of stuck releasing a set an entire year early. Very, very bizarre. But technically this set is based off the desolation of smug and it came with four mini figures. You Get Feeley the Dwarf and Keiley the DWARF. Now, kind of like with Lord of the Rings, I want you to collect the fellowship of the ring, this wave of Hobbit sets really spreads all of the Dwarf Company of Thorign Oaken Shield across all the sets. There are thirteen dwarves and a lot to collect. Feeley and Keiley are two of the more main characters and you will hear their names later on in this episode. And they looked pretty good. They had good face prints, they had a really good new hairpiece that worked very well. That actually go over the quiver on their backs, which was really cool and overall they were great figures. You also got lego loss in this set. Lego loss was not in the hobbit books but they added them to the hobbit movies and look, I love seeing Orlando Bloom as Lego loss. It's kind of him with his eleven armor and he looked pretty cool. And also you got Tariel in this set, a character that completely made up for the hobbit movies. Tar Yell is not in any of the hobbit books, not in any tolkien works. They made up the character entirely because there is a serious lack of women in the Hobbit Book. So I understand why they try to make a cool female character. She's played by Evangeline Lily, who obviously is the wasp in the M C u. So she has a couple of different LEGO figures at this point and she was a pretty cool figure who was wielding two daggers, which were the daggers of time from the Prince of persas sets, which I talked about a couple of years ago here on brick ology. Very very interesting part inclusion. Now...

...the build of this set is really more so four builds. It's not one large build, it's for kind of small builds that equal together to make a decent size set. So you get to Mirkwood spiders. They aren't nearly as big as she loved and unlike the she lob set from the Lord of the Rings Wave, who had a really cool printed piece for the eyeballs, these ones eyeballs are made simply using glow in the dark little studs and I don't love that. I personally would have liked to have seen a better print. It makes them look a little mechanical or something to me. Not Crazy about that, but other than that they were pretty halfway decent little spider build you also got two pieces of the forest here of Mirk Wad with some really cool color choices. There's a mixture of blacks, dark reds and dark brown and I think it overall looks very, very cool. And it also came with dark red leaf pieces, which I think a lot of people were really excited about upon release. And these two trees looked pretty cool. One of them was much bigger than the other and had kind of like an action feature with some spiders coming out, some nice mushrooms and also bones all over the place, creepy vines, really cool looking esthetic. Now, this is one of those sets when you look at all the builds, are all relatively small and you're like, is this really worth thirty dollars, even though it was a ten cents per piece set. However, I think it is worth the price because, look, the figures are probably worth ten dollar for themselves, the spiders are probably worth ten dollar for themselves and the trees are probably worth ten dollars by themselves. And there's a completely exclusive cough piece included with this set that basically was like a cocoon for the figures to get trapped and I've never seen this piece and they're Lego set and it looked pretty cool. So all around, I think this set had some great playability functions, had some great figures and was a great value. Obviously, is awkward that it came out a whole year before this movie actually came out, but other than that it's an absolutely fantastic set. And we're not done talking about sets based off the death lation of smile the whole year early, because the next set from the hobbit wave, a ten dollar more set, the barrel escape, is also from the tanslation of smill. So this set was thirty nine. Had Three hundred and thirty four pieces and of course it had the same like special preview of the Hobbit trilogy on there. This set came with five mini figures. You Got Bilbo. Now I just realized the Billbo figure and this it is actually the exact same one that came with riddles for the ring. So I was wrong. That figure was not exclusive to that set, but it was the cheapest way to get him. But the rest of the figures included with the set were completely unique. You got to Mirkwood elves here, who looked pretty cool. I'm trying to see that they have names now. These are referred to as Mirkwood elves. They are pretty cool looking figures. And then you've got two more members of the Dwarf Company. You got coin and Gloin. The oined figure has a really cool kind of hair beard Combo piece. The beard is white, the rest is gray, small like kind of like pigtail kind of thing at the back. He looked very cool. And then he got Gloin, who, of course, is the father of Gimli in the Lord of the ring series. I love his kind of big merry looking beard. Really cool piece and he has a couple of acts. is very similar to the ones that the GIMLI figure ended up getting in the Lord of the ring sets. So great figure line up here for this forty set. As for the builds of this set, there's a lot going on here. You've got kind of like a small weapons rack. You've got a couple of tables with some wine glasses and barrels. Kind of a weird risk a thing for Lego to include in a children's set, but there are some nice pieces for scenery. And then the back is kind of this facade looking design where there is a prison cell for the dwarfs, which Bill Bocan hate helped them rescue out of. There is a staircase, there is a storage place for the barrels and then there is a place where you can put the figures in the barrels, hit a mechanism and it will launch the barrels out, which is exactly what happens in the movie and that is a very iconic sequence from the book as well. This is obviously the interior of the Mirkwood elves, kind of like layer castle section, not the river part of this barrel escape, but overall I think it was still a pretty good representation of the beginning of this scene and a pretty fun set, albeit again coming out the entire year too early. The rest of the sets, luckily, are all based off of the actual hobbit movie they were supposed to be based off of. The next one is a fifty dollar set that I was the first to review on Youtube on November two thousand and twelve. I got it off KMARK DOT com, and that is the attack of the wars. This set was fifty dollars with four hundred pieces and it came with five mini figures, all of...

...whom were unique to this set. One of those figures is thorn Oaken Shield, the main dwarf King Character from the movie, and he was a great looking figure. used the exact same hairpiece as feeley and Keiley. You also got biffer. Kind of weird he doesn't come with his brothers, but biffer was a really cool looking figure. He has like a piece of an axe lodged in his head in the movie. A little weird, but it made for a pretty cool looking lego figure. You also got a couple of Hunter ORCS and you've got a character called Ya's neck who has a Ninjago piece for kind of a weird like skull like look and he has a really creepy face print. Now Yas neck is in the movie. However, he is not in this scene, but in this lego set you see yas neck writing on a white Warg and you also get two wards in the set. One is gray and the other one, like I said, is white. This is where things get very strange, so I'm gonna talk about later when I get to the actual desolation of smile sets. The character of Azog, the defiler, who gets a couple of lego figures in the future. I believe. I don't know this for a fact, but I believe Azog was not in the original cut of the hobbit. I believe they completely made up that character and added him during reshoots to give kind of like an antagonistic character throughout the entire series. I believe originally it was going to be this Yasnick guy who would be the main ORC that floral would fight during this scene riding on the White Warg, but then they changed it because in the movie Yasnick is killed by Azog and his white Warg very bizarre, very, very weird. That's my theory. I have no confirmation for this at all. That's what I think happened. Very bizarre and there's another example of how, ultimately, these sets were completely changed by the fact that they decided to make another additional hobbit movie. As for the builds of this set, I mean, we will do you, guys. It's pretty boring. You get not one but two rocks and you can display the characters on the rocks and one can shoot things as a catapult. Okay, that's that's fine. And you get a tree, get a big tree that can hold the dwarf characters and there are features to launch the pine cones that are on fire. That is an accurate detail from the movie and the book. Okay, that's fair. But it's ultimately a fifty dollar set that has great figures, really cool workpieces, and then the builds are a tree and some rocks. Can't say that's the most exciting build in the world. I think it's definitely the worst build out of this wave, but it wasn't a terrible set and does have a special place in my heart because I was the first to review it on Youtube. Back in the day. Now the next set from this wave is the best set from this wave, in the best set from all the hobbit waves and one of the best Lego sets ever. I adore this set. It is called an unexperted gathering, which the name doesn't really reveal it, but this is the hobbit hole. This is bag end, which obviously is both in the hobbit and it is in the Lord of the Rings, so this doubles as a lord of the ring set. Besides the actual mini figures, this set, like I said, was the set revealed at Sandy Ocamic con back in two thousand and twelve when they also announced they were splitting the hobbit into three movies, and it was a seventy dollar set with six hudred and fifty two pieces and it included six mini figures. You Got Bilbo, Baggins and completely exclusive variant. That was great. You also got Gandalf the gray, who came into Lord of the Ring Sets and comes in a number of these hobbit sets, so he was not hard to find. The rest of the characters, though, we're completely exclusive. You got ball in and dwall and two of the more important dwarf characters from this movie and they look fantastic. Balin is Gimley's cousin who is the one dead in the minds of more us. It's kind of funny. You actually get a Lego representation of his grave from the Lord of the ring sets. That's very unique. And then you get biffer's other two brothers, who are Bofer and bomber. Bomber is they're the large guy. Like I did a pretty good job of making him a larger mini figure. I really like the piece they made for his kind of stomach slash beard slash head with a bald spot. It's a really elaborate and fun mini figure. And then both are here. is a really cool looking figure that has a really fun hat piece. But the build of the set here is incredible. It's very green, very vibrant, has an awesome door piece that has printed great architecture from the outside, tons of details. It just looks so freaking good. I can't describe how good this looks. And the interior, I mean it's kind of a table and a couple of small, little...

...extra details. The interior it's good but it's not amazing. But the exterior is amazing and one of the best things Lego ever did for the middle earth and just sets in general. I adore this set. There's a reason this set is worth two hundred and fifty dollars new. It is an absolutely fantastic set that I love. And finally, for the two thousand and twelve Lego the Hobbit sets, we have the biggest set of the wave, that is the Goblin King Battle. This was a one hundred dollars set with eight hundred and forty one pieces and it included eight many figures, seven completely exclusive to this set. The one not exclusive figure is Gandalf the gray. Not Anything to talk about there. But you do in this set get Dori, Nori and Ori, three exclusive dwarfs who also complete your Dwarf Company. Very, very cool figures. I especially loved how the Nori figure has the Ron weasley hair piece from the old lego Harry Potter sets and kind of a dark brown. That was a fun piece to get. The rest of the figures here, of course, are goblins. You get a couple of Goblin scouts, you get the Goblin scribe who has the short legs, and then you get a big fig of the Goblin King, who is a disgusting character, but they do a very good job of making him in big fig form. Now I gotta say I think the Goblin King Sucks. I hated Peter Jackson's interpretation of this character. I thought the voice actor did not do a good job. He was just stupid. I just thought he was a really poorly handled character in the film, but Lego did a great job of making him in figure form. As for the build of this set, it's basically the Goblin city and it's a really strange set because the builds weren't actually attached. I've never seen leg to do this before, where they're next to each other and normally they'd be like, you know, modular abilities where you can connect them with technic pans or something, but here they just traded, not attached to each other, just pressed against each other. It was very weird. It made it very hard to actually transport this set. One part of the build was a swinging bridge. There also was a place for the GOBLIN scribe to go. There's all sorts of rocky kind of wooden details with skulls and spears and spikes all around, which was very cool. There's a small little bridge on the other side with a catapult, and then the main section is the throne room for the Goblin King himself, which was very large, of course to fit the Goblin King. There was some hidden treasure underneath that. I think aesthetically this was a really good looking build. I just find it very odd to this day that divided into these small sections that actually weren't attached to one another. That's just just a weird, odd concept that I can never wrap my head around. But ultimately I think it was a pretty successful set. And that is it for the first hobbit movie. And obviously we've technically already talked about two different hobbit sets from the desolation of smile. So without further ado, let's go on and talk about the sets actually based off the desertional smile, with the des Lectional smile marketing. These sets came out in two thousand and thirteen and there were four sets in particular. The first one is the only twenty dollar hobbit set to ever be released and that is the Dogo door ambush. This set came with three mini figures. Two of them were good to Bob ORCs who look ORCs are massible, always great to get them. No complaints there. And then you've got biorn. Now byorn is a character that has a very brief appearance in the hobbit story. He is a skin changer, which means he can transform from man into bear, and Lego made this really elaborate headpiece that looked like a normal mini figure headpiece that was actually specially molded and it was pretty cool. I like the look of this piece quite a bit, but there's no bear version and Lego had a bare mold at this point in time. I actually introduced a Barre mold, I believe, in two thousand and eleven with Lego city. They easily could have included that in this set or another set, but nope, we don't get that at all. And also, but you, horn is not at Dougal door ever in the movie, so I'm not sure what's going on there. You do get a small catapult for the ORCS and then you get a piece of double door which has some really cool spikes and has the return of those dark red branches and for the most part, though, it's just kind of more rocky details. It has a couple of booby traps that can swing out for him it's gate and there is a hidden flick fire missile. For some reason. It doesn't look half bad and it does combine with a bigger set that we'll talk about, but I'm going to rant a little bit about Dougal door when I get to the bigger set, and then an additional set from two thousand and fourteen, because Dougal door gets a lot of attention from the Lego Hobbit sets and I have no idea why, but that was a pretty k twenty dollars set. The next set is the Mirkwood Elf army.

This was a thirty dollar set with two hundred and seventy six pieces. That came with six mini figures. Two of them were Mirkwood Elf archers. One is a Mirkwood Elf guard who again is using that sands of time dagger from Prince of Persia, and then you've got thrandheel, who was played by lead pace, who has also run into the accuser from gardens of Galaxy. So you've got a couple of LEGO figures back in the day who has an awesome Combo piece of his ears, his hair and his crown. That is an awesome dope looking figure who has tan for his hair, which lego loss always used, kind of like the really bright yellow for his hair. I wish lego would do more tan to represent blonde because I think tan is a better color for a blonde hair and Lego form. So that is very cool. And then finally got two more Gunda Bab ORCs, pretty neat, and one of these ORCs came with a dark brown ward, which was really cool as well. The build of the set here is like a wall with a tree and some shields. I guess it's supposed to be like a piece of the Markwood Castle, but you don't really see it from the exterior. It could also be part of like the area where the barrels scape happens, but that's not really what the box of this set suggests. Ultimately, this build looks like nothing from the movie. It's just kind of a random build. I think it's one of the weaker builds from this theme. It has some flick missiles and has some action features. Sure, I mean that that. That's all fine, but this set was a battle pack. It was a three dollar battle pack. You got four Elf characters to or characters are freaking ward. It was a great set for figures, but not a particularly good or accurate build. But if you've got more than one of this set you could mind them and make a bigger thing. That's not in the movie, so that's interesting. The next set, which was the comic con reveal all the way back in two thousand and thirteen, is the lake town chase. The set had four hundred and seventy pieces and retailed for fifty dollars. It came with five mini figures. Bilbo baggins again in that same outfit that I said US exclusive but actually just comes in every set apparently. So you get Bilbo Baggins in this set. You Got Thorn Oaken Shield and actually a different and exclusive variant, which was cool. And then you got barred the man, who is a really cool looking figure definitely an important character in the hobbit series. He used the Quagon Gin hairpiece and the black had a really nice bow piece as well. Great looking barred the Bowman figure. That was very cool. You also got the lake town guard, who has this kind of like fish shaped helmet. There also was a polly bag with him that year as well. Really cool looking figure. And you've got the master of Laketown who is just a despicable character and a great looking figure with a really cool hat, hair combo piece. There are tons of those in these hobbits sets like I really want to help the mold for this theme. The build of this set. Here you've got two pieces of Lake town which are built on kind of stilts with some water, which is really cool looking. One little section right here as simply has a weapon rack, it has a small dock and then it has a feature which kind of acts as a secret passageway by flipping up a piece, which is pretty neat. The next section here has a prison cell, a much more built up roof like section. That looks aesthetically really really cool if you ask me, and from the interior and a whole lot is going on, but there is a catapult on the roof and some nice details. Unfortunately, these sections weren't like modular. You couldn't connect them in any way. It was rather odd. But the final build of this set here is Bard's barge, which has bilbo hiding in a barrel of fish. It has a catapult. The way it was built was combining to that like a rowboat piece, connecting them with a plate in the center and then having a big sale go through the top. It was a really unique build that I think like it did a good job with, and all around the builds of the set looked pretty cool. LAKETOWN is a cool location in the hobbit movies and you're here more about Laketown later on in this episode. I think this set was a big win from this movie. Really good stuff in my opinion. And now we have one more set from this wave, which is Dogo door battle. This was a seventy dollars set with seven or ninety seven pieces. Really good value actually on this set. It came with eight mini figures, three of which were exclusive. The figures included the set here were Gandalf the gray, who actually had the hairpiece instead of his hat piece. You also got radic gas the Brown, the only inclusion and of him...

...in any of his hobbit sets. Rad aghast was a cool figure with a great beard, hat combo piece. This character sucks. I hate this character in the movie. He is so just stupid and annoying and unnecessary, but you do get a really cool figure of him with this set. You get more good to Bab ORCS. You also get Azog the defiler. So finally, Lego made an azog figure a year after the fact, because I'm sure they saw that Azag was a key player and they made a figure of him. However, the Azog figure is Tan. WHY IS HE TAN? He is literally so white in the movie they call him the Pale ORC, the white ORC. Why is he tan, Lego, what on Earth was the decision? He's great looking otherwise. I love the mold for him, I love his creepy claw hand, but he's Tan. That's just completely wrong. Also, fun little fact about the Azog. A year they released the aazog figure as a promotion at comic con, early the exact same figure, like literally non exclusive figure. It was exclusive briefly, but not anymore. That figure ended up going for like thousands of dollars at one point in time, and I even saw a story about a big Lord of the Rings Fan proposing to his fiancee with that figure, which was worth like two grand, instead of actually getting her a wedding ring. That is hilarious to me. I love hearing just crazy stories like that. The other figures included with this set were not quite normal figures. So one was the necromancer for the necromancer is just Sard but a pretty cool looking, weird creepy figure that could glow in the dark. You also got a figure that was simply just a statue and you got a skeleton. So those are technically counted as figures, but they're not really normal lego figures. Now the build of this set is a big chunk of Dougal door and I gotta say it's very detailed. They get all the creepiness out here are really nicely. There is a small little cage that could hold gand off if you want, what does happen the movie. That is very cool. The Middle Section has a fun feature to reveal the necromancer. There's kind of the dilapidated look of all of it. It all looks pretty good and you could connect the smaller double door piece to this set. Oh, that's fine. And Look, I have no issue with lego making one double door set. This is a location that's not in the hobbit books. They added it to the hobbit movies and I would be fine they made one, but two? Why? Why? Why waste multiple hobbit roster spots on Dogo door sets? And you know what? We're not done hearing about dog gold door, because the smallest set from the final wave of Lego the hobbit sets in two thousand and fourteen is from Dogle door again. So that's my segue into moving into the two fourteen lego the hobbit sets, and that set in question is the which King Battle. This was a fifteen dollar set with one hundred and one pieces and it included three mini figures which, for a fifteen dollar set, this is one of the all time greatest mini figure lineups in the history of Lego. The first figure here is L Rond l Ron got a couple of different versions throughout the Lego Hobbit and Lord of the Ring Sets, all of which were different. He has an amazing Combo piece for his hair, ears and crown. He has a really cool piece for his all Owen weapon and some great armor and honestly, the resemblance to Hugo weaving is uncanny for a lego figure. I love that. You also got lady Galadriel, who we had all been waiting for for so long. It did not make her for the Lord of the ring set, so they following me here for the Hobbit sets. Her hairpiece is gold. They literally molded it in gold. It looks so, so good and you had to sparkly literally Cape it was awesome. What an awesome figure. And finally you got the witch king. Now there's a few thoughts I have on this witch king figure. First off, we never got a proper return of the king, witch king figure from the Lord of the Ring Sets, which just pisces me off to no end, one of the coolest character designs I've ever seen. We never got his fell beast. We never got that character, which just infuriates me. Technically speaking, we did get the ring raiths with the attack on weather top set based on fellowship of the Rings. You could say one of those was the witch king, but that was when he wasn't wearing his dope armor from return of the king. So we hadn't really gotten a proper witch king figure until this set. And this set gives us the Ghost version of the witch king, which looks exactly like the version of this character that fro Doo sees in fellowship of the ring when he puts the ring on on top of weather top. However, it looks nothing like the Ghost version of...

...this character from the hobbit movie. So I'm not really sure what happened there. It's actually a figure more accurate to fellowship of the ring than it is to the battle of the five armies. I will say, however, this scene in battle the five armies when l Ron Saramont and Galadriel fight the ghosts of the NASGAL is dope. It's an awesome scene. I don't really like this movie in particular, but it's a dope, awesome action scene and of course it takes place at Dougal door, everyone's favorite location, and the build of this set is a piece of Dougal door as a skeleton, has a little catapult thing and it's got a tree and some spikes. It was kind of modular. You can actually connect it to a couple of different sections if you so desired. It looked pretty average me real it's not a very good build, but really this set was just a figure pack and it came with three absolutely fabulous figures. I love the figures of this set, even if the set itself was not a particularly good build. And Look, three Dogal door sets. There aren't that many sets from the hobbit. Their fourteen total and three of them are Dogal door. What the heck that's not the most important location. We get one set from the lonely mountain, one set from Dale, one set from the Shire and three from Dogal door. I will never understand that decision making from Lego. Another location that actually got multiple sets from the Hobbit is Laketown, because the thirty dollars set from this year with peces was called attack on Laketown. One thing that wasn't great about this five armies wave is two of the sets were just continuations of locations we got from the last movie and one set, the biggest set we'll talk about the end of this episode, wasn't even from the last movie. So there's just kind of a weird thing going on here. This attack on Laketown set, like I said, is thirty bucks. That had five mini figures, including a couple of hunter ORCS. That looked very cool that it introduced a creepy ponytail hairpiece that looks very good. That actually Lego used on the Reva mini figure very recently from Lego Star Wars. You also got Tario in this set, a different version of her that actually looks a little bit more accurate to the movie. I really like that you got barred the Bowman, the exact same version from the lake town set here before, and then you got Baine, son of Bard, who is not a super important character but a fun figured it again and oddly enough they actually made two different versions of Bein. One of them came with like the BLU ray of this movie. For some reason. I have no idea why, that was the figure they chose for the special edition Blu Ray, but whatever, that doesn't matter. That set itself here it's one lake town piece. There is a small, small little rowboat. There is a nice little bridge section that combine into two sections. One side has a barrel for Bain to spin around. The other section as the clock tower with the crossbow. Now in the movie the Black Arrow is just shot from bard the Bowman's Arrow. Lego decided to make it more like a giant Crossbow ballista thing in this set and they actually used the spring loaded launchers that were introduced in two thousand and fourteen the Lego still uses readily today. And you've got a couple of those shots in black, which I thought was pretty cool and made for a decent action play feature. And overall this was a good looking build. It was a good value. It had pretty good mini figures and if you had the other like town set and you had all three, I mean combining the two, it made for a pretty decent little lake town scene. And if you get one of the main figures with the biggest set, you could make for a really cool lake town set up. So I like this set all around, even if it is kind of a repetitive set based on the last wave. The next set from this wave for sixty dollars was the battle of five armies. The movie is called the battle of the five armies. The set is the battle of five armies. So that second the is mysteriously missing. This set had four hundred and seventy two pieces. Like I said, was fifty and it came with seven mini figures and a creature. A lot for a set of this size. With the figures included with this set, and each of the mini figures in this set represented the respective five armies from the movie. So the First Army, of course, is the dwarves and you get Thorne oaken shield here with his crown, which was a brand new kind of crown hair combo piece. Love the look of this figure and a Golden Sword, really cool. You also get Dane Iron Foot Florence cousin, who is a super cool looking figure with a really awesome helmet piece and a really cool kind of transparent red axe. That was a dope figure as well. So the dwarves here are well represented. For the eleven army you got leg a lost, same kind of leg a lost year, cool but not super unique. For the Army of men,...

...you get barred the Bowman and an actually new version of the character with a different torso and leg print, which was very cool. Of course. The ORCS here are represented as well as other defiler comes with a set, still not in white, but he did have a slightly different face print, and you get too good Dabab ORCs, which are nice as well. The final army, of course, is the eagles. The Eagles common number of the Lord of the Ring Sets and one came with this set as well, and it was a pretty cool creature mold. Now there are two builds with this set. One is a Ballista for the ORCS. That had a pretty awesome playability function to launch out the arrows from the BALLISTA. That was very cool. The other main build was a piece of the city of Dale, which, frankly, I think dale deserved better. I would have liked to have seen a better lego build of Dale because this one, well, it's not bad, it's pretty small and it's very dilapidated. They didn't really give us any thing interesting to work with here. I like the color scheme. It's got dark red roofs and some Tan colors and it looks pretty good. But for the most part it's just kind of whatever. But there are some action features here. The bridge section could blow up, the rest of the section could blow up. Really just it's just a big blow up thing. So overall the build of this set not my favorite. The figure lineup was absolutely fantastic and it was a pretty good value considering all the characters and the creature you also get as well. So an interesting set, but in some ways I think this set could have been bigger or expanded upon with more Dale sets. That looked a little bit more interesting. But not a bad set, but not my favorite set. That moves us in to the last set for Lego, the Hobbit, the biggest Lego hobbit set ever made, and that is the lonely mountain. And this set is not even based off of the battle of the five armies, because this is technically based off of the desolation of smell. However, the mini figures are from the battle of five armies, because nothing makes sense with legos sometimes. So you've got five mini figures with this one hundred and thirty dollars set that had eight hundred and sixty six pieces. That is fifteen cents for piece. My friends, that was a horrible value, especially back in the day, but in some ways it justifies it and we'll talk about why throughout talking about this set. The figures include the set were Bilbo in a completely new and exclusive version with a great torso print that looks really, really cool. You also got dwelling and balling in their armor from battle to five armies, and the same goes for Feeley and Keiley. So really cool variance of all these characters, but not the actual correct variance from this movie. Weird, but whatever. The main draw of this set, though, was small. They did not make a smell from the desolation of small. I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe new line cinema and Warner Brothers would just be secretive about smog and didn't want to actually, you know, give them enough information to see what he looks like for that movie. So a year later, when we all knew what smiling and I'm looking like, they made a smile figure that had just a boatload of new mold. It didn't reuse the old dragon molds. That made entirely new molds here, and this is probably the coolest creature legos ever made. It's so good. The head mold is fantastic, the Tarso mold has great prints all around the wings. Oh my gosh, the wings in this set were rubbery and you could literally like fold them in and out. I don't even know how to describe it. It was magical. I've never seen a lego piece like it. It was so unreal. Even the tail had creepy spike details. He was a very bright kind of dark red color, which she should have been more brownish red, but I get why they made him in this color and he is described as red in the books and I just think this is one of the coolest things legos ever done. And the wings were even attached on with bioarcle ball joints to the articulation was great. Oh my goodness, this is one of the coolest creatures Lego has ever made. I love this hobbit smiled lego figure and frankly, I think I would have paid thirty bucks for this figure alone, which makes the value the set not seem that bad, because I think a hundred dollars for the remainder of the set isn't horrible. The main build this set, of course, is kind of the interior of the lonely mountain, obviously Arab or the Dwarf Kingdom, and it looks pretty good. You have the throne section that has the Arkanstan, which was a cheam of crystal piece with they printed tile on it. That was kind of a funny thing, but they did a really good job representing kind of the colors, using the same green and kind of the column design architecture. That all looked very, very cool. And the other section was kind of the mind section. There's a lot of gold pieces included here, including kind of like a mountain of gold. There's also lots of armor and treasured pieces. You have the secret door way, there's a small balcony, there's...

...a catapult for some gold, there's kind of like a levy system that can move around for transporting gold and the levels can be accessed with some ladders. Overall, the build of this set was much bigger than it looks. It looks pretty accurate to the scene and it made for a very cool set. I think this is easily the second best Lego the hobbit set. The hobbit hole is still the best one. That is definitely the best Lego hobbit set, but this lonely mountain set was number two and I think it's a brilliant set. I love this thing, even for the utterly insane seeming price. But that is all she wrote for the Lego Hobbit sets. Thank you all so much for listening to this week's episode of brick oology. I hope you're enjoying the rings of power on Amazon and, like I said, I will do my Lord of the Rings episode of Brick Ology. I didn't want to spoil it too quickly. I'm saving it for episode one, but I will get there eventually. I did the hobbit instead to kind of tide people over and do something topical, for, you know, Middle Earth returning with the new TV show. Thank you all so much for listening to this week's episode of Brick Ecology. Please go find me online and subscribe to the podcast. Support this podcast on Patreon, follow me on instagram. It means so much to me. I really enjoyed recording this episode. Have a great rest of your day, week, month, whatever it is for you. Peace Out, God bless bye.

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