Set #: 9472
When I saw all the initial Lord of the Rings sets, Attack on Weathertop easily stood out of the must have of the bunch. I loved the shape of it, and I’ve always had a soft spot for ruins. The price point was a little high considering the piece count, but I still thought it looked like a solid set. Let’s check it out.
The first bag contains the two Nazgul, their horses, a bit of rock, and the fancy new brick separator (the cardboard envelope includes all the cloaks).
Parts-wise (we’ll cover the minifigs and horses a little later), there’s nothing too exciting here. The bush in tan is nice to see, and I love that LEGO® is using the newer swords from the Collectible Minifigs. Put it all together and you get this:
This set also includes one of the new brick separators. I have three of the old-style ones, and they are absolutely invaluable.The new version boasts a technic pin remover, which is a fantastic idea. It’s also quite a bit smaller than the old ones, and bright orange to make it easy to find (my old ones were grey and dark green). This is a nice little bonus.
Things get a lot more interesting with bag two, which builds half of the base floor of the ruins of Weathertop. It also has a lot more parts, so I broke it down a bit. First up, the plates:
Then the slopes and arches:
And everything else:
As you can see, this set comes with loads of great parts for general building, and if you’re a castle builder doubly so. There are tons of parts in light and dark bley, as well as some nice accent pieces like weapons and the microfigs as statues (four total in the set). Speaking of which, here’s a closeup:
Once you get it all together, you end up with this:
It’s quite a nice little room, and I love the semi-circular build and the ceiling supported by arches. It really gives the set a lot of character. The weapons rack in the middle of the room looks a touch out of place, but that’s easy enough to remove.
The third bag of parts gives us the other side of the first level of Weathertop, and includes a really cool circular staircase. Let’s take a look at the parts, starting with plates:
And then bricks:
Slopes and arches:
And everything else:
Like bag two, you get a ton of really useful pieces here. Points of interest this time around include the spiral staircase parts (which I’ve been wanting for a while now), some black Price of Persia arches, and one “brick” brick (with more to come).
Once you get everything together, it looks like this (connected to what we did in bag two):
Looking pretty sharp, no? The outside is a little bland right now, but that will get dressed up soon enough. One element I love here is that black altar-looking piece inside. My guess is that was there to hold the Palantir (seeing stone), which as far as I know was never mentioned in the films and only briefly in the books. That’s a nice bit of detail.
I also love the look of the spiral stairs. There’s a tiny amount of play in them, but not enough to make it seem unstable.
The final bag of parts brings everything together. Not only does it build the remaining superstructure, it also adds quite a bit of detail (and pointless flick-fire missiles) to the bottom of the model.
Some pretty good parts to be found here: eight “brick” bricks, swords, good, statues, rings, flames, and one of those newish backpacks.
All finished, it looks like this:
So who can spot my two complaints? That’s right, the trap door and the flick-fire missiles. The trap door isn’t too bad (although completely unnecessary), but the missiles really bug me. This place is supposed to be a ruin of an ancient watch tower. Why does it have missiles? Is that something archeologists have to watch out for? Did someone have to go in and clear Pompeii of all the missiles before the scientists showed up to do their thing?
At least they’re easy enough to remove.
And let’s not forget out extra bits (this includes the pieces that go in the horses if you aren’t using the saddles):
The minifigs here are great, with Merry being the highlight for me. The most boring of the set here is Frodo, but only because we’ve already seen him once before.
Frodo is slightly different here, however. His cloak is a different color, because he hadn’t gotten the fancy elf cloak yet. A nice detail.
Merry is my favorite figure from this set, and I think it’s all because of that yellow vest. I think it just gives the figure a lot of personality, and makes him feel like more of a Hobbit rather than some generic medieval fantasy person.
Aragorn looks good. I really like the way they did his clothes, and I appreciate that they kept him in normal clothes instead of trying to stick him in armor to add more ‘play factor’. One thing I have to note about the non-Hobbits in the Lord of the Rings sets is that they have crazy cheekbone definition.
We get two of these guys, and they’re pretty cool. There’s not a ton to do with Nazgul. They dress all in black, no faces. It doesn’t give LEGO® a ton of room for interpretation. One thing to note is that their cloaks have three holes, which hold them tighter to the shoulder and push them out more from their back. This makes them look pretty cool on horseback.
The Black Riders’ horses are the same mold as the brown version, but feature red eyes and decorative head barding. While both very cool looking, they do limit where you can use this horse. It wouldn’t look right in a Western scene, for instance.
I absolutely love this set, flick-fire missiles notwithstanding. It’s a solid set with nice archetecture and details that really captures the scene from the film. It boasts great figures and makes for a great parts pack. The price to part ratio is a little high, but considering that it’s licensed and contains two horses, it’s really not that bad.