LEGO Lord of the Rings Mines of Moria
PRODUCT: LEGO Lord of the Rings Mines of Moria (thelordoftherings.lego.com)
DESCRIPTION: A construction set from the LEGO The Lord of the Rings range. Includes buildable well, gate and tomb, as well as wall with hidden room, opening doors and falling wall elements, plus 6 x minifigures, 2 x skeletons, troll, sticker sheet and lots of accessories. Contains 776 pieces, plus instructions. Wall and gate measure 11 (27cm) high and 5 (12cm) wide; tomb measures 3 (7cm) long; well measures 3 (7cm) long; and cave troll stands 4 (9cm) tall. Suitable for children aged 9-14 years upwards.
GOOD POINTS: Take on the hoards from the Mines of Moria in the latest LEGO 'The Lord of the Rings' construction kit. For fans of LEGO and 'The Lord of the Rings' this kit has it all, with faithful recreation of parts of the set from the film as well as the characters to act it out on a smaller scale, even including the skeleton that started all of the trouble in the first place!
The kit includes 776 pieces and is designed for children aged between 9 and 14 (and older kids of course!), and provides a wall, main gate, Balin's tomb and the well from the story.
Everything is broken down in to four numbered bags which are used to build up the separate components following the usual detailed instruction manuals (two in this case). Obviously with so many pieces the set takes a time to build, providing a good challenge to even older children.
The attention to detail is as brilliant as ever, with the main door being lockable (using a handy axe), the wall housing a hidden room with treasure and collapsing pillars (so you can crush the orc), an openable Balin's tomb (complete with enclosed skeleton) and an open well down which the skeleton can be dropped (causing all of the noise that causes the Orcs and Troll to come and attack the party).
In order to provide a greater depth to the scene, there are numerous stickers that add ancient runes and battle damage across the walls, as well as a number of smaller bits and pieces including the book of Mazarbul (that in the story tells of the downfall of the Dwarves of Moria), a treasure chest with gems, torches and various weapons.
As usual the included characters excellently mimic those of the original scene from the film, with two Moria Orcs and a 'huge' cave troll available to battle the members of the fellowship who are sure put up a good fight. Pippin, Boromir, Gimli, Legolas are all present to fight back and each are very easy to recognise despite their grim determination!
There are plenty of weapons for the characters to battle with including spears, maces, swords, axes and crossbow, as well as various means of defence and specific character armour. However, if the cave troll and his hammer gets too troublesome the collapsing column can always be used to even the odds.
As with all of the LEGO kits, the pieces are very well made and will most likely outlast many generation of players even if Dad does go a bit overboard with the re-enactment.
BAD POINTS: As with any larger LEGO kit, it is relatively expensive in comparison to other toys, however they will last (as long as you can keep all of the pieces in one place!). With extensive play it is possible that the stickers may eventually rub off.The set does not include all of the Fellowship, i.e. Frodo and Gandalf.
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