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The Tower of Orthanc™

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The Tower of Orthanc™4.89525105.
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    Build the The Lord of the Rings™ trilogy must-have model!

    Item
    10237
    Ages
    14+
    Pieces
    2359

    Features

    Finally, collect one of the most instantly recognizable and iconic buildings of The Lord of the Rings™ trilogy: The Tower of Orthanc™! Build all 6 highly detailed floors filled with fascinating movie-related details including the attic, library, alchemy room, Saruman’s throne room, entrance hall and dungeon. This exclusive model stars in some of the most iconic scenes from The Lord of the Rings movies. Swoop down with the Great Eagle and rescue stranded Gandalf the Grey from his tower-top prison after his defeat at the hands of the white wizard, Saruman. Build the powerful, tree-like Ent, with poseable limbs and cool swinging arm function, then attack the Uruk-hai and Orc Pitmaster while Saruman and his servant Grima Wormtongue take refuge high in the tower. The Tower of Orthanc is a must-have model for any The Lord of the Rings collection! Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf the Grey, an Uruk-hai and the Orc Pitmaster.

    • Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf™ the Grey, an Uruk-hai™ and the Orc Pitmaster• Features 6 highly detailed floors with lots of functions, including a folding staircase, LEGO® light brick palantir, opening entrance doors and a trap door• Weapons include 5 staffs, knife, sword, shield and a long axe• The attic features a folding staircase, the 3 staffs of the missing wizards, the 2 keys of the Two Towers, 2 maps and an Uruk-hai helmet, shield and sword• The library features 2 books, 2 torches, 2 maps and 2 skulls• The alchemy room features 2 torches, a bomb (being produced for the Battle of Helm’s Deep™), 2 potions, bottle, skull, gunpowder keg, pot, cauldron and a long axe• Saruman’s throne room features lamps, 2 bookcases with 3 potions, map, letter and the powerful palantir with a LEGO light brick• The entrance hall features opening doors, trap door, 2 large banners, chandelier, statue and 2 axes• The creepy dungeon features a chain, 2 bones, 2 skulls and a rat• Buildable Ent features poseable limbs for holding a minifigure and a cool swinging arm function• Attack the tower with the cool buildable and poseable Ent!• Swoop to the rescue with the Great Eagle!• Activate the LEGO light brick and make the palantir glow!• Set the trap door and banish unwanted guests to the dungeon!• Prepare the bomb for the Battle of Helm’s Deep!• Swing the Ent’s arms to smash or grab things with the poseable fingers!• Measures over 28" (73cm) high, 8" (21cm) wide and 6" (16cm) deep• Ent stands over 9" (23cm) tall

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    The Tower of Orthanc™

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    1 of 27
    • about 2 months ago
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      Orthanc is Huge!
      | 25-34
      I would recommend this to a friend!
      "Here stood a tower of marvelous shape. It was fashioned by the builders of old, who smoothed the Ring of Isengard, and yet it seemed a thing not made by the craft of Men, but riven from the bones of the earth in the ancient torment of the hills". I was very excited to hear this had finally been released! Looking at the pictures online don't do it justice. It looks far bigger in real life! Orthanc was fun to build surprisingly being mostly all black. There was a few small moments when It got repetitive doing the same thing over, but stepping back and looking and it's awesomeness kept me going. It's got some nice little easter eggs hidden away inside and I found replacing the black orb with the Eye of Suaron with clear globe from the "Wizard Battle" set much more aesthetically pleasing. Pros It's the Tower of Orthanc need I say more Saurman and Wormtounge lego figures. The Ent Light Brick Cons The price is abit steep, but worth it Should of come with more Orcs and Uruk Hai
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    • about 5 years ago
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      Undoubtedly THE best LEGO set I've ever had!
      | 14-18
      I would recommend this to a friend!
      Purchased for: Self
      My reviews title says it all and I will explain why: The Box: I thought the packaging for this model is excellent! The design on the box showing the tower, the ent and the minifigures in action, is a wonderful nod to the Lord of the Rings films, as it contains elements from all three. Sadly though I did think that whilst it looked pretty, the box is maybe a little too large. When I opened it, I got half a box of air, and when I dismantled the set and rebagged it (the re-sealable sandwich bags you can get are incredibly useful for LEGO!), I managed to fit all 15 bags into a box the size of the Battle of the Black Gate (though very tightly packed). Whilst I managed this, I do think LEGO could have got away with using a box that was around the size of the Battle of Helm's Deep or Medieval Market village. And you'll be pleased to know that that is my only gripe with this set, but I understand why LEGO used the box this size anyway (it took a lot of convincing to get me to unbox the bags to take elsewhere as the box would have been far too big to take on the train...) So now I've stated my only negatives for this set I will carry on by praising it with the highest of regards. The Instruction Manuals: The first thing I noticed when I felt the instruction manuals was the texture of an expensive type of paper, and it felt really quite lovely and made me feel like I was getting my moneys worth with this set. They were incredibly clear in what pieces you had to put on etc, and I feel they did the right thing by splitting it into 3 individual booklets as 1 large one would have made it a little too thick and it would get tatty very easily. The Minifigures: Sir Christopher Lee is my favourite actor, so to finally get Saruman in this set was a wonderful feeling, and I feel his likeness is captured amazingly well! Grima Wormtongue is also a lovely addition to the set. Gandalf is nothing very special considering he's been seen before, and the Uruk Hai/Mordor Orcs are nice to get more of to have more of an army. Gwahir (the Great Eagle) is also a brilliant addition to this set (even though he's also available in the Black Gate set). The Ent: LEGO have managed to capture the feeling of plant and living being in this structure very nicely. I really hope LEGO decide to bring Treebeard into the line built in the same way. It's also very clever how he/she has been articulated to allow for them to throw things at the tower like in the Two Towers. The Tower: What can I say? It's HUGE! That's one thing. I was gobsmacked by the size of the model as I placed the last pieces on (needed to stand up to do so!) I took a picture of my little brother standing next to it, and it's half his height! Absolutely remarkable. The set is also instantly recognisable due to the extensive amounts of detail the designers have put into it! The open back is also a VERY nice addition because the amount of play features crammed in, really make this set worth having. I love the comical aspects (for example the unlit brackets in the bomb room, which echo a scene in which Grima nearly blows it to smithereens by having a lit torch so near to it) and also the serious aspects (the Throne Room seen in the Fellowship of the ring). The light up Palantir is lovely and it looks wonderful when it is lit up. Whilst not canon, the trophy room at the top of the tower is very nice, and I love how the paintings on the wall show the 5 wizards. You even get the staves of all 5 of the wizards in this set, which again is a nice edition, which I believe echoes a passage from either an appendix of the Lord of the Rings or another Middle Earth book by J.R.R Tolkien. It is clear that the LEGO designers involved in the making of this set, are true fans of the franchise and it's incredible when you notice how much detail has been put into this amazing structure! Overall: I am a student, so the whopping price-mark was one I never thought I'd reach, (due to having to pay rent) but when I finally had enough, I was ecstatic, and the set was in no way a disappointment. I've been a collector of LEGO since early 2000, and I've had a lot of sets in my time but this is, as the title says, probably the best set I've ever had due to the reasons I have given above. I don't think I'll ever get tired of building and rebuilding this set!
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      Build Time: 6 hrs
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    • over 5 years ago
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      The one to get
      | 35-44
      I would recommend this to a friend!
      When news of the Orthanc release came out, I started saving immediately. Needless to say, the set does not disappoint. There are five characters in the set: Saruman: Same as in Wizard Battle, except a white slope piece with a printed robe can be used in place of white movable legs Gandalf: Same also in Wizard Battle, also has hair as well as a cape Pitmaster orc: mainly a generic orc, except he has a grappling hook which can allow some good play value Uruk hai: has the same printed armor as in the Orc Forge. Should be a good addition to a small army Grima Wormtongue: Exclusive to the set. His troubled face is interesting, but so is the torso. It looks like he has the One Ring on a chain around his neck. I can see some using this torso for a modified Frodo or even Isildur. Great Eagle: Not too big, but big enough for a minifig to be mounted on it. Might want to remove capes first. Ent: The ent is great in detail and movable feature. You can pose it really well. is it Treebeard? It is up for you to decide. I figure if they never release another ent, then it is Treebeard. If another set with him does come out, then this is not Treebeard. There are a couple of places where you could mount a couple of hobbits on it (Merry and Pippin). On to the build, it takes bags numbered 1 to 15 to make the set. 1 and 2 build the ent. There are two #3 and #5 bags. You build from the bottom up. Dungeon: Has some stickers for detail in addition to other pieces. I would have preferred this be a storeroom with food for Merry and Pippin to raid and save the dungeon for Barad Dur, but this is OK. Entrance: Banners have White Hand stickers for detail. The door from the outside is also here. A small light hangs from the ceiling. Palantir room: This recreates the Wizard Battle set with a few differences. The throne does not launch its occupant, nor does the floor have a spinning feature. The palantir is also different. It is a detachable hollow globe piece with the size and look of a green and black marble. I like how it is detachable, allowing the possibility of a minifig holding it (Pippin?). The room also has a balcony to the outside to recreate the scene where Saruman is reviewing his army. Next is a laboratory of sorts with a movable cauldron to recreate the scene where the Helms Deep bomb is made. There are potions and other features to add to the scene. The bomb itself is also there and is just like the one in the Helms Deep set. Next is the library with some nicely detailed sticker books as well as the portraits of the five wizards. The Eye of Sauron book is mounted on a display similar to Bilbo's book in Bag End. Then, there is an attic type room that is reached by a folding ladder. This contains Saruman's dirty secrets such as two keys, an Eye of Sauron banner, and wizard staffs. The top of the tower has room to mount minifigs on it. There is a lot of detail on the exterior of the tower. Many people were worried that it would just be a lot of black pieces and not much detail. There are indeed a lot of blacks, but a lot of time was taken to give the tower a very detailed texture. It is good enough to be a model. Orthanc is a good balance between a playset and a display set. You could use it either way or both ways. Therefore, it is good for most ages, although it may not be best for younger children. Make sure they have an appreciation for taking care of Lego pieces before getting them this. Definitely, this is ideal for collectors and those who like the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I hope the tower is highly successful. Then perhaps we could see a Minas Tirith. Overall, a must have.
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    • over 5 years ago
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      Fantastic
      | 35-44
      I would recommend this to a friend!
      Just fantastic, rich of details, a must have for all collectors!
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