I just found out that LEGO decided to make the Orthanc Tower from LOTR! I’ve looked through the official photos, and I have to say, it looks pretty cool to me. There seems to be a lot of detail, and the brick-built Ent is a great addition. I also know that I, for one, am pretty excited about the shields and armor with white hand-prints on them, though I also must confess that I don’t actually know if they’re new for this set. Here’s the press release from LEGO:
10237 Tower of Orthanc Ages 14+. 2,359 pieces. Build the The Lord of the Rings™ trilogy must-have model! US $199.99 CA $249.99 DE 199.99€ UK 169.99 £ DK 1699.00 DKK Finally, collect one of the most instantly recognizable and iconic buildings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Tower of Orthanc! Build all 6 highly detailed floors filled with fascinating movie-related details including the attic, library, alchemy room, Saruman’s throne room, entrance hall and dungeon. This exclusive model stars in some of the most iconic scenes from The Lord of the Rings movies.
Swoop down with the Great Eagle and rescue stranded Gandalf the Grey from his tower-top prison after his defeat at the hands of the white wizard, Saruman. Build the powerful, tree-like Ent, with poseable limbs and cool swinging arm function, then attack the Uruk-hai and Orc Pitmaster while Saruman and his servant Grima Wormtongue take refuge high in the tower. The Tower of Orthanc is a must-have model for any The Lord of the Rings collection!
Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf the Grey, an Uruk-hai and the Orc Pitmaster. Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf™ the Grey, an Uruk-hai™ and the Orc Pitmaster Features 6 highly detailed floors with lots of functions, including a folding staircase, LEGO® light brick palantir, opening entrance doors and a trap door Weapons include 5 staffs, knife, sword, shield and a long axe The attic features a folding staircase, the 3 staffs of the missing wizards, the 2 keys of the Two Towers, 2 maps and an Uruk-hai helmet, shield and sword.
The library features 2 books, 2 torches, 2 maps and 2 skulls The alchemy room features 2 torches, a bomb (being produced for the Battle of Helm’s Deep™), 2 potions, bottle, skull, gunpowder keg, pot, cauldron and a long axe Saruman’s throne room features lamps, 2 bookcases with 3 potions, map, letter and the powerful palantir with a LEGO light brick The entrance hall features opening doors, trap door, 2 large banners, chandelier, statue and 2 axes The creepy dungeon features a chain, 2 bones, 2 skulls and a rat Buildable Ent features poseable limbs for holding a minifigure and a cool swinging arm function Attack the tower with the cool buildable and poseable Ent! Swoop to the rescue with the Great Eagle! Activate the LEGO light brick and make the palantir glow!
Set the trap door and banish unwanted guests to the dungeon! Prepare the bomb for the Battle of Helm’s DeepTM! Swing the Ent’s arms to smash or grab things with the poseable fingers! Measures over 28″ (73cm) high, 8″ (21cm) wide and 6″ (16cm) deep Ent stands over 9″ (23cm) tall
Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning July 2013