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Postby Athos » Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:02 pm

I thought this needed its own thread, since people like me, who don't want to slog through a 10 page LoTR thread, would miss it otherwise. FBTB and eurobricks are reporting a new (almost UCS style) Orthanc set:

http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?s=4e0bacf6b6029d2cf68d048e829f9371&showtopic=81818

http://www.fbtb.net/2013/04/26/official-unveiling-of-10237-tower-of-orthanc/

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Edit - I'm going to add pictures to Steve's post so they'll be at the top of this thread. These are all taken from Happy Weasel's Flickr stream because, well, it doesn't seem like LEGO could be bothered to send a press release to Classic-Castle. -Bruce

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Re: Orthanc

Postby AK_Brickster » Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:28 pm

WOW!

I'm not that interested in the actual set (too much black), but that Grima Wormtounge torso is a MUST HAVE :shock:

Just saw Saurman's fig and he is fantastic as well. Off to Bricklink for me once these come out! :)
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Re: Orthanc

Postby RichardAM » Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:55 pm

AK_Brickster wrote:I'm not that interested in the actual set (too much black), but that Grima Wormtounge torso is a MUST HAVE :shock:

Just saw Saurman's fig and he is fantastic as well. Off to Bricklink for me once these come out! :)

Basically this. No interest in the set (because of space and time and money and boring adult reasons) but Wormtongue is definitely a must.
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Re: Orthanc

Postby theboywarrior » Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:43 pm

I just bounced up and down in my seat for excitement! Very cool! :D
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Re: Orthanc

Postby Rucifeld » Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:20 pm

Athos wrote:I thought this needed its own thread, since people like me, who don't want to slog through a 10 page LoTR thread, would miss it otherwise. FBTB and eurobricks are reporting a new (almost UCS style) Orthanc set:


Blarg! Lego I hate you! Releasing new LOTR sets... alongside new Castle sets... and now this! My preeeeecious...wallet ;_;

Totally getting it.
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Re: Orthanc

Postby footsteps » Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:35 pm

Oh, imagine this with dark bley!!!! One thing about this design and the colour, it will be very easy for anyone to "pump it up" to new heights and still maintain the look of the original set. I chuckled that Treebeard is not list with the minifigs included.
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Re: Orthanc

Postby Bruce N H » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:04 pm

Hey,

I added images to Steve's post at the top of the thread. Some initial thoughts:

- Wow.
- Once again, wow.
- Black slope and arch parts pack
- I count 12 to 18 of the new gothic half-arch piece in black. I still want this is light gray to do cathedrals, but black is cool too.
- Tolkien geek moment - there seem to be portraits of all five wizards in the 'library' level.
- Sadly, those portraits, the two 'document' tiles, the books all seem to be stickers. :cry:
- Nice point of connection between sets, the 'bomb' is the same as seen in the Helm's Deep set.
- I do wish that Treebeard were in a stand-alone set (probably with Merry and Pippin), as you could buy several and then vary up the design a bit to get an army of marching Ents. Sure, you can always take this design and then delve into your collection or Bricklink and make more, but it would be nice.
- Cool swirly colored dome piece for the Palantir.
- Saruman has a swap out leg piece to switch for his robe/slope. Not that we don't all have extra white legs laying around, but it's a nice touch.
- Good connection between the Wizard Battle small set and the throne room on the third level. A difference in the Palantir stand, but the throne and those two lamps on either side are the same design.

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Re: Orthanc

Postby Fraslund » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:22 pm

Regardless of the black, I think I will buy a copy of this set just to have it and build it. I agree that I am not a fan of black because of the detail washout, but this is such an iconic building...

Yay for TLG on this one. Looks fantastic.
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Re: Orthanc

Postby Bluesecrets » Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:54 pm

This is super gorgeous. I want it, but at the same time...I don't want it. I love all the details, but like others...the parts don't fit into my building style and color..but it is sooooo pretty. I was hoping they would make this scene. It's one of my favorites. So I'm happy with this...now I have to figure out how to fit it into the budget.
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Re: Orthanc

Postby LettuceBrick » Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:36 am

I like it, but I don't want it. It is well designed and has great figs, but doesn't really fit into what I want.
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Re: Orthanc

Postby Str0ngbad » Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:22 am

Bruce N H wrote:- Tolkien geek moment - there seem to be portraits of all five wizards in the 'library' level.
- Sadly, those portraits, the two 'document' tiles, the books all seem to be stickers. :cry:

- I do wish that Treebeard were in a stand-alone set (probably with Merry and Pippin), as you could buy several and then vary up the design a bit to get an army of marching Ents. Sure, you can always take this design and then delve into your collection or Bricklink and make more, but it would be nice.
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I am still geeking out over getting the five wizards' portraits AND staffs. 8P I honestly don't mind single use prints like these being stickers. Plus, stickers tend to go for much less on brick link so a few extra white hand tapestries might be more reasonable.

Are you sure that this ent is supposed to be Treebeard? I don't think it is. It looks nothing like him to me (aside from being an ent) and the lack of Merry and Pippin seem telling as well. I think you'll get your Treebeard set next summer. :)
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Re: Orthanc

Postby Tycho McKorley » Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:09 pm

I've decided to come out of a two year Dark Age just to get excited about and to purchase this set. I can't wait.
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Re: Orthanc

Postby Azaghal » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:02 pm

Str0ngbad wrote:
Bruce N H wrote:- Tolkien geek moment - there seem to be portraits of all five wizards in the 'library' level.
- Sadly, those portraits, the two 'document' tiles, the books all seem to be stickers. :cry:

- I do wish that Treebeard were in a stand-alone set (probably with Merry and Pippin), as you could buy several and then vary up the design a bit to get an army of marching Ents. Sure, you can always take this design and then delve into your collection or Bricklink and make more, but it would be nice.
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I am still geeking out over getting the five wizards' portraits AND staffs. 8P I honestly don't mind single use prints like these being stickers.


I hadn't noticed those portraits before - neat detail, but the Blue Wizard we can see in the appropriate picture looks awfully similar to a hatless Gandalf. I'd wonder if we weren't overthinking things - but then I remember the Palantir stand inside the Weathertop Attack set.

Str0ngbad wrote:Are you sure that this ent is supposed to be Treebeard? I don't think it is. It looks nothing like him to me (aside from being an ent) and the lack of Merry and Pippin seem telling as well. I think you'll get your Treebeard set next summer. :)
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Re: Orthanc

Postby Knight Man » Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:38 pm

Truly magnificent! Thre deatils are really great, and overall it looks wonderful, great job TLG! :)
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Re: Orthanc

Postby JPinoy » Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:37 pm

I'm definitely getting myself one! :-D

However, I'm more excited for the Corsairs of Umbar ships.
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