Many people constructed our first LEGO fashions in childhood and, a couple of years thereafter in adolescence, learn our first Lord of the Rings novel. We proceed to look fondly again on such formative cultural experiences in maturity, and certainly, a few of us retain a real appreciation for the artifacts themselves effectively into center age.
It’s towards that very intersection of enthusiasm and signifies that LEGO has focused its newest and largest Lord of the Rings-themed set: a 6,167-piece model of the Rivendell, the sanctuary situated within the eponymous Elvish valley, which is about to retail for $500 USD.
This new LEGO Rivendell has room “for all the Fellowship to debate The One Ring, and the shards of a very noteworthy sword,” writes The Verge’s Sean Hollister, and it consists of “tiled rooftops, imaginative arches, and sufficient distinct areas to recreate a number of scenes from the films.”
This marks a substantial enchancment on the units that got here out on the time of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films within the early 2000s: Andrew Liszewski at Gizmodo notes that “the biggest one was a 1,300+-piece recreation of the Battle of Helm’s Deep that, by at this time’s LEGO requirements, was comparatively small. The gathering additionally included a tiny 243-piece recreation of the Council of Elrond, which, understandably, left LOTR followers upset.”
You may see an in-depth evaluate of the brand new Rivendell set in the video just above from LEGO Youtuber Bricksie. He has quite a lot of reward for the main points of its elements, but no matter sources LEGO can put towards an official shopper product, they’ll hardly match the facility of sheer fan obsession.
If you wish to expertise a really devoted re-creation of Rivendell within the medium of LEGO, you’ll need to attend a conference with Alice Finch and David Frank, builders of an elaborate model that includes no fewer than 200,000 bricks: a sprawling monument to the form of quasi-religious (and typically lifelong) devotion impressed by each the creativeness of Tolkien and the probabilities of LEGO.
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Primarily based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and tradition. His initiatives embrace the Substack e-newsletter Books on Cities, the e book The Stateless Metropolis: a Stroll via Twenty first-Century Los Angeles and the video sequence The City in Cinema. Comply with him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.