LEGO Set Review: Shelob Attacks

Set #: 9470
Pieces: 227
MSRP: $19.99

I was a little hesitant about Shelob Attacks, because most of the brick-built monsters I’ve seen have been a little uninspiring. But Shelob looked pretty good, I wanted a Gollum figure, and the piece to price ration was solid, especially considering this was a licensed set, so I took the plunge. I was happily surprised.

LEGO set review: Shelob Attacks

The Parts

Surprisingly, this set did not come in numbered bags. Since there are quite a few parts, I’ve broken them out into like parts. For the most part, anyway. As you’ll see, I missed a couple.

Plates from Shelob Attacks

First up are the plates. Nothing too exciting here, although it’s nice to see some dark tan, and brown is always a useful color.

Slopes from Shelob Attacks

Then we have our various slope pieces. Tons of cheese slopes and other useful pieces. There’s also Shelob’s face, which is printed and looks quite cool. I’m not quite sure what I’d use it for outside a giant spider, but I’m sure someone will come up with a brilliant use for it.

Hinges from Shelob Attacks

Next up: hinges, and this set has a load of them.If you’re in the need for hinges, this is a great one to pick up, especially considering the price point.

Misc Parts from Shelob Attacks

And then there’s everything else. As you can see, I missed a plate and a few hinge pieces, so they landed here. That white cardboard envelope has the string for Shelob’s webbing.

Sting and the One Ring

And here’s a close up of the new sword and ring, both of which are fantastic.

The Minifigs

The minifigs in Shelob Attacks are very solid. We get another Frodo, but he’s different from the Gandalf Arrives Frodo since he’s decked out for travel. He also sports a “bitten by a giant spider/stabbed by a Nazgul” facial expression, which I’m likely going to try using as a zombie.

Frodo from Shelob Attacks

Next up is Sam, and if you want Sam to build out your fellowship, this is the only place to get him. I really like this figure. The torso is fantastic, and will fit into a variety of historical themes. The back printing on all the figures in this line is a really nice touch, and I like the lighter colored hobbit hair he sports. It’s not shown in the photo, but Sam comes with a gladius (I love those things) and a white gem to act as the Phial of Galadriel.

Sam from Shelob Attacks

Finally, we have Gollum, who is also exclusive to this set. This is an entirely new mold, featuring slightly different arms than I’m used to seeing. the printing is great and his posture is absolutely perfect. Unfortunately, the only part of the figure that is articulated are the arms, which is disappointing. I really wish LEGO® had been able to use a standard minifig head connection here.

Gollum - a new type of minifig

The Build

The build is divided into two parts: the rocky cliff thing, and the giant spider.

Rocks for Gollum to hide in

The rockface is a pretty decent bit of scenery, featuring some useful slopes and those bits of seaweed that make for great foliage. Unfortunately, they added a completely unnecessary play feature, which detracts from the look they were going for. That feature? A Gollum catapult.

Fling Gollum with your very own Gollum catapult

The spider itself is pretty darn impressive. Each of the eight legs is individually built (no cheating here), and features four points of articulation. Shelob’s carapieces is also articulated, as are her face and mandibles, giving you loads of options for posing her. She also looks very creepy.

Behold the great spider Shelob. In LEGO.

Shelob, of course, includes a play feature, but at least this one sort of makes sense. She comes with a hook and some string you can use to tie Frodo (or whoever else, Scrimshaw perhaps?) up in the webbing. I don’t even mind the hook so much, since it almost looks like a stinger.

Shelob from the side

And here are the extra bits. That’s right, you get an extra sword and two extra rings. Not bad!

Extra parts from Shelob Attacks

The Verdict

I ended up liking Shelob Attacks a heck of a lot more than I thought I would. It boasts some great minifigures, fantastic parts, and a really well build giant spider. Color me impressed.

Is there something behind me?

Grade: 4 zombie heads out of 5

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If memory serves, in the books this happens in The Two Towers, but in the films it happens in Return of the King.


If these guys were yellow, instead of peachy, I would be all over this set. Unfortunately, I cannot abide fleshy minifigs. 🙁


That is definitely a downside. But their torsos, legs, hair, and other accessories will work with yellow folk. There’s a bit of peach on the torso, but I call that an undershirt.


That is one hell of a knife, my brother is a complete Lord Of the Rings nerd, so i might just give thsi to him.


Sting? Yes indeed. More than adequate as a short sword in Hobbit hands.

Silver Fox

Shelob Attacks… I have this set and love it. As to flesh colored minifigures, I had decided to embrace all colors of minifigures.

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