LEGO The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Kits 79012 And 70911

The Hobbit

With the new Hobbit film The Desolation of Smaug almost upon us, there also comes some rather tasty Lego. Here are two of four kits for your eyes to feast on; we’ll have the final two soon.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Mirkwood™ Elf Army 79012

Set Details: Released 1st December 2013, 276 pieces, RRP £29.99 $29.99

Age Range: 8 – 14

Official Blurb: “The Orcs are trespassing on the lands of the great Elven king, Thranduil, and a thrilling battle is inevitable. Climb the rotating tree at the edge of Mirkwood Forest and keep watch. When the Gundabad Orc warriors draw near on foot or riding the ferocious brown Warg, defend the Elven stronghold with the Mirkwood™ Elf army. Watch out for Orcs using the ladder to scale the wall. Flick missiles from the wall, then grab a weapon from the rack and attack! Split the tree in two for ambush mode to send Elven warriors flying over the wall and shock the Orc invaders! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Thranduil, Mirkwood Elf, 2 Mirkwood Elf Archers and 2 Gundabad Orcs.”

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Dol Guldur Ambush 79011

Set Details: Released 1st December 2013, 217 pieces, RRP £19.99 $19.99

Age Range: 8 – 14

Official Blurb: “At the fortress ruins of Dol Guldur the Gundabad Orcs lie in wait for Beorn™ with their weapons and firing mobile catapult. But that’s just the start of the danger for the great warrior. There are traps everywhere in the old ruin. Can Beorn avoid the huge spikes at the entrance, hidden flick missile and deadly swinging hammer and axe traps? That’s for you to decide. Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons: Beorn and 2 Gundabad Orcs with exclusive new armor.”

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