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Escape From Mirkwood Spiders - Hobbit Lego Set 79001

Updated on November 13, 2012

In this article we are going to be taking a look at the new Hobbit Lego set which is based on the Mirkwood Spiders. The set is going to be called Escape From Mirkwood Spiders and we will take a close look at the set, the release date and then tell you a little bit more about the other Hobbit Lego sets that are soon going to be released. If you enjoyed the Lord Of The Rings Lego sets then these new Hobbit ones should also be right up your street.

For many years fans of Lego bemoaned the fact that we never got any LOTR Lego sets. Then as all the rumours seemed to have died down Lego surprised everyone by announcing that ten years after the trilogy they would finally release some Lord Of The Rings sets and then to mark the release of the new Hobbit trilogy they would release some Hobbit Lego. So back in May fans finally got to see Tolkien’s greatest work converted into brick format and now we are about to encounter the first wave of Hobbit Lego. The first wave will be based on the earlier sections of the book, this is due to the fact that the first movie, An Unexpected Journey is of coursed based on the first part of the story. So now let’s take a closer look at the set based around Mirkwood and the Spiders.

The Mirkwood Set

The New Escape The Mirkwood Spiders Lego Set

There are many iconic scenes in Tolkien’s book that could have be used to based new sets on. We are sure than fans will be happy to find out that one of the stand out scenes involving Mirkwood has indeed been made into a new Lego set. So if you are unfamiliar with the story we won’t give to much away, but after Bilbo and his company of dwarves have made it past the Misty Mountains they encounter the eerie forest of Mirkwood. Here they encounter some deadly spiders which are said to be related to Shelob from the LOTR story. We won’t tell you what happens exactly as we don’t want to spoil the story if you are unfamiliar with it.

The big surprise and possibly controversy with this set is the inclusion of two specific minifigures. They are of course Tauriel and Legolas. The controversy comes due to the fact that Tauriel who is played by Evangeline Lilly in the movie is not a character in Tolkien’s book, she is an additional character brought in by Peter Jackson. Plus of course Legolas is not featured in the Hobbit but again Jackson has brought him into the storyline. If you don’t worry about if they should be involved or not, these two minifigures are quite nice, Tauriel has her two trusty daggers with her and Legolas of course has his bow. There are also two dwarves which we think are Kili and Fili, which makes four minifigures in total.

The main build in this set are the trees which of course make up the forest. They are very old looking trees which fits in well with Tolkien’s description of the forest in the book. There are also a few nice details such as little mushrooms, skulls and a few little spiders. The highlight of this set though are the two large spiders, they are not quite up to the standard of Shelob but they still look very good. One nice little detail is the webbing, there are a few webs you can put up in the trees but there are also little pouches which you can put the minifigures in and hang up on the trees to represent when the dwarves are caught in the webs.

If you are wondering about a release date for the Mirkwood set then we are expecting it to be out early December, so just in time for Christmas. The price will probably be around $30 as this is one of the smaller sets coming out. This one comes with the item number 79001.

Hobbit Lego Sets

More New Hobbit Sets

Along with the Mirkwood Spiders set there are also five more builds coming out in December. The first of these is one we have known about for a while as it was previewed back at Comic Con over the summer, this is An Unexpected Gathering and it will be based on Bag End. There are a few nice minifigures including Bilbo, Gandalf and four dwarves. We also get a set based on Gollum’s Cave which will be called Riddles For The Ring, this is the smallest of the new ones. A set called Goblin King Battle which is of course based around Goblin Town under the Misty Mountains. One set will be called Attack Of The Wargs and will feature as few nice new moulds that look like large wolves. The final new release will be Barrel Escape which will have some wood elves and some dwarves as the minifigures.

So there you have it, six new sets that will see their release date sometime at the end of 2012. But what of the future? Obviously the hype surrounding the movie is going to run for a few more years due to the fact that this is a trilogy, so Lego will of course release more new Hobbit Lego in the coming years. So what kind of sets can we expect? Well obviously nothing has been confirmed yet but a few ideas spring to mind such as something based on Lake Town, a Lonely Mountain set and maybe even some kind of Smaug build, that would certainly be an interesting one.

Next year we are also expecting to see more Lord Of The Rings Lego released so again there is lots of speculation as to what we might see. The scope here is massive as there are so many things the designers could draw on, some ideas include Minas Tirith, Fangorn Forrest, Orthanc, Minas Morgal, Mount Doom, the Black Gate, the list really does go on and on. So the next few years are going to be very interesting for Lego fans.

As you can see from this new Escape From Mirkwood Spiders set, Lego really are bringing out some good quality toys at the moment. When the movie finally gets it’s big screen release the hype surrounding it will be simply massive. Lego are obviously looking to take advantage of this and bring these new Hobbit Lego sets out just in time. If you enjoy the movie then we are pretty sure you will also enjoy the toys.


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