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LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby Bentoft » Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:29 pm

I think this is great news: http://thelordoftherings.lego.com/en-us/default.aspx

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group
Build on Partnership to Produce Construction Toys for
THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ Trilogy and the Two Films Based on THE HOBBIT

-Building Sets Based on Epic Film Trilogy and Forthcoming Theatrical Release Slated for 2012-

BILLUND, Denmark and Burbank, CA – December 16, 2011 – Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group announced today a partnership that awards the world’s leading construction toy brand exclusive rights to develop build-and-play construction sets based on THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ trilogy and the two films based on THE HOBBIT™. The multi-year licensing agreement grants access to the library of characters, settings, and stories for THE LORD OF THE RINGS property, as well as films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. LEGO® THE LORD OF THE RINGS construction sets are slated for a rolling global launch beginning in June 2012 in the United States, with LEGO THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY scheduled for later in the year.

“Only LEGO, with their expertise in the construction category, is capable of doing justice to the incredibly imaginative environments depicted in the world of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and the two films based on THE HOBBIT,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, domestic licensing and worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “These films give life to amazing worlds and characters and we are thrilled to bring fans these products that deliver an imaginative play experience befitting of these beloved properties.”

The LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS collection will translate into LEGO form the epic locations, scenes and characters of Middle-earth as depicted in all three films, including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

In late 2012, LEGO THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY will give fans of all ages a chance to build and play out the fantastical story and new characters of the legendary Middle-earth adventures depicted in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, slated to premiere December 14, 2012.

“Our collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products has delivered numerous worldwide successes in the construction toy aisle with lines like LEGO HARRY POTTER and LEGO BATMAN, introducing us to loyal audiences who love great stories, strong characters and the toys that they inspire,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “It’s particularly exciting to now be able to create sets based on the fantasy worlds and characters from THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and the two films based on THE HOBBIT, not only because we know they will foster collectability and creative play, but also because these are two properties that our fans have been asking us to create for years.”

Information about the sets and collectible minifigures from both collections will be unveiled at a later date at TheLordoftheRings.LEGO.com.
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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby nanuck95 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:42 pm

They are going to have a hard time topping Blake's Hobbit creations I think. :wink:

Pretty interesting news, there is good and bad to it: new sets/characters/elements, but at a higher price. Between this and the Super Heroes license, I'm going to be really broke this year.
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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby Nicker » Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:52 pm

This is only good news if it doesn't end up replacing Kingdoms and future Castle sets. :(
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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby Bentoft » Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:04 pm

I fear it could replace Kingdoms :-( But who know, we might get a few more kingdoms sets, but I cannot see new fractions and lots of new sets.
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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby Troy T. Moore » Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:09 pm

Very exciting news! My only complaint is that they will be fleshies.... Not that I have a grudge or anything!

The sets are bound to have a lot of great new stuff for castle...armour, helms, weapons, orcs, goblins, hobbits... Of course there will be Gollum!
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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby lord_of_orks » Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:28 pm

I just hope that the orks will be the same as the previous ones :)
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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby Formendacil » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:02 pm

nanuck95 wrote:They are going to have a hard time topping Blake's Hobbit creations I think. :wink:

Pretty interesting news, there is good and bad to it: new sets/characters/elements, but at a higher price. Between this and the Super Heroes license, I'm going to be really broke this year.


bentoft wrote:I fear it could replace Kingdoms :-( But who know, we might get a few more kingdoms sets, but I cannot see new fractions and lots of new sets.


That it is likely to replace Kingdoms is probably inevitable, and there's not a whole lot of point complaining about it. Kingdoms was coming to the end of a normal 3-year run anyway, and it's not as if we were promised an awesome new follow-up line that has now been cancelled. And once the LotR/Hobbit wave has passed, we'll probably get a new Castle theme again. In the meantime, we've got a shot at a lot of new, Castle-friendly moulds, just like the broader Pirates theme has a lot more variety post-PotC.

That said... I hope we get sets with the kind of strong set design that we see with the best of the Star Wars sets or with most Indiana Jones sets, rather than the kind of lacklustre (at least imo) PotC sets. If we are going to endure a fleshie-fig, extra-priced interruption in the Castle continuum, it would go a long way to appeasing Castle fans accustomed to the standards of Fantasy and Kingdoms to have some well-designed sets.

And, for what it's worth, those fans clamouring for a change from "walls and siege engines" should cross their fingers--this is the chance they've been waiting for.
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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby Bruce N H » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:28 pm

Wow. I'm kind of split on this. For years I've been saying that we don't need a LotR license, and I stick by that. That said, anything that prompts them to make new figs, new molds, and to increase interest in Castle in general, is, of course, a good thing.

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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby Karrde » Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:17 pm

I, for one, couldn't give a toss about kingdoms being given the shove if it means lord of the rings - I mean, people, come on, it's Lord of the Freaking Rings!
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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby JoshWedin » Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:54 pm

I, too, think it is pretty much a given that LOTR will replace Kingdoms. I'm fine with that. As has been said, Kingdoms was probably nearing its end anyway. Like Bruce, I have never thought that we needed LOTR sets or that they would ever happen. In fact, I'm sure I'm on record as saying that somewhere on the forums. ;)

However, now that I have been proven wrong, I'm rather excited to see how they turn out. The main problem is that they will be fleshies, but I will survive. I'm sure there will tons of new parts for us.

I've been a LOTR fan since I learned to read...I've been a LEGO fan for longer than that...a marriage of the two is cool.

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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby Athos » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:23 pm

I'm not sure I like this. One more line in which we cannot get yellow figures. And the many licensed scharacters and accessories lately have been so detailed and specific to the characters, they're rather hard to integrate with non-licensed figures.

But we may get some nice new molds out of it. Maybe a new wizard beard? And I'm curious how they will make a Lego ring? That photo looks more like Lord of the Bracelets...

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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby Busboy489 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:28 pm

I for one am very excited to see the new lord of the rings line. I enjoy both so much that I cant imagine how the two coming together could ever be a disappointment. Im so ready to see some pictures of the new figs/weapons/accessories/castle building elements!! :D
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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby Azaghal » Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:10 pm

I think I'm with Josh and Bruce on this - while I'm sure I'll be buying as much of these as I can afford, my feeling is more one of "well, I suppose it was inevitable," rather than "wheee!". I'm not sure why, really - I have no particular hate for fleshy figs, nor licenses in general - something about this one, though, bugs me for reasons I can't quite articulate. :? And that's speaking as someone who loves both the films and the books.

Also, an Impossible Set Idea: A double-sized battle pack of the entire Fellowship in one go. The reasons for TLC not doing this are legion, but it would be O so cool. 8)
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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby Athalus » Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:29 pm

Great news. I'm a big fan of both lego and Lord of the Rings (but then again, who isn't :P ) and a combinationof the two sounds amazing. Yes, i dislike fleshies, but it's lego, so it can be replaced by anything you like....
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Re: LOTR and the hobbit lego

Postby Quickblade22 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:32 pm

Hey, parts are parts. Looks like I'll have to try out the trick with the yellow sharpie on the fleshies after all. Not looking forward to prices being higher because of it being a licensed theme, but we have BrickLink. While there is hope there will be some cool stuff to come out of the line, I'm not to worried. After it's run we will get more Castle. Good luck topping this :sly:

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