LEGO Lord of the Rings (2012-) is a licensed theme inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic story. The theme incorporates sets based on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Check out reviews, sets and more about the story.
Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit of the Shire, is the primary protagonist in J.R.R. Tolkien’s LOTR and was played by Elijah Wood in Peter Jackson’s trilogy. Hobbits are furry-footed halflings with a fondness for unadventurous lives, ale and at least six meals a day. Frodo became the most renowned (and adventurous) of all the Hobbits of Middle-earth after he undertook an epic quest to destroy the One Ring of power in the fires of Mount Doom.
Frodo comes with a head full of tousled dark-brown hair, a grey 3/4 cape, and brown half-size legs. One side of the head shows a wide-eyed but brave expression whilst the reverse shows a poisoned and paralysed Frodo, complete with writhed face and glazed grey eyes (below). Frodo wears a yellow-grey collared shirt under a red waistcoat and medium-brown coat with two pockets. The back shows the outline of the coat with a split seam.
I love how Frodo’s expression is so complex; it emotively captures the stress of the journey so far and the timidity and incredible courage (when required) that Hobbits are known for. The zombified alt face is a little too cartoony but still pretty good.
The half-size legs are particularly suited to Frodo’s diminutive size and their dark-brown colour gives the figure a good overall balance. The tousled hair-piece is a new part and the colour and shape similarly balance the figure. Only issue I can find is that the cape should be dark-green as with the other (more expensive) Frodo variant.
Samwise Gamgee is a secondary protagonist in the LOTR story, played by Sean Astin in the filmic trilogy. ‘Sam’ quickly becomes Frodo’s most extraordinary, loyal, and loved companion on the quest to destroy the ring. In the ‘Shelob Attacks’ scene, Sam fiercely defends a paralysed Frodo (whom he believes is dead) by bravely driving away Shelob the giant spider. Samwise Gamgee is the only member of the fellowship to be with Frodo “at the end of all things” on the precipice of Mount Doom.
Sam comes with tousled hair in light-brown, a grey 3/4 cape, and dark-brown halfling legs. Sam has a determined expression on one side (left) and an angry, worn and bereaved expression on the reverse (above). He wears a stretched, dark-tan collared shirt, dark-brown breeches, leather braces, belt, and medium-brown pouch slung across his chest. The braces, belt, sling and breeches design is continued on the back.
In contrast to Frodo, Sam’s alt face print is the standout one on this figure. It manages to convey a complex sense of anger, sadness and determination. I like the careful use of outline on his shirt to illustrate that Sam is a litte ’rounder’ than Frodo.
Both these figures come with the awesome set, Shelob Attacks.
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