Rumors have been swirling for some time about a large LEGO Lord of the Rings set based on the Tower of Orthanc, one of the many iconic locations featured in the books and the movies. A glimpse of the set showed up in the background of a single picture, fueling speculation of just how large the set could be. Now we know. I think the video pretty much speaks for itself here.
Via Toys N Bricks, here's the press release:
10237 Tower of Orthanc Press Release
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
So yeah...there goes $200.