I miss the LEGO Tolkien sets 😥 do you? Well, what better way to compound our sorrow by taking a look at how awesome the sets were.
Today I’m taking a look at 79001 Escape from Mirkwood Spiders. It retailed for $29.99 in the US, £24.99 in the UK, and $49.99 in Australia and New Zealand. I bought it for $50 in Singapore (I used to live there 😀)
There are 4 minifigures in the set, which is a pretty decent number at this price.
Fili and Kili are nice minifigures. They share the same hairpiece, which has a small break in the back to accommodate the quiver pieces that they wear. They both have reversible heads (normal and angry) along with nice torso printing. Fili is armed with two short swords, while Kili comes with a standard bow.
Legolas and Tauriel are nice minifigures too. They share a very versatile printed leg pieces, which is used on many Mirkwood elf minifigures. Their elf hair pieces are nice, though I feel the ears are a tad too big. Both Legolas and Tauriel have great torso pieces (I like Legolas’ golden arms) and reversible heads (calm and angry). Legolas comes with the elven bow piece, while Tauriel comes with two ornate knives.
There are also two Mirkwood spiders included. They look pretty good, with fangs and pointy legs. Their eyes are glow-in-the-dark and create a cool effect at night. Their builds are the same and thus unfortunately create repetition in the building process, and their articulation is somewhat limited (especially when compared to the Shelob set) but overall they’re still decent builds which add to the set’s overall quality.
There are also two sub-builds which depict blackish trees in Mirkwood Forest. There are skulls and bones littered around. I like the dark red leaf parts, and the larger tree has a couple of play features.
There are two net pieces included to hold the dwarf minifigures, as if they have been webbed up. The web pieces can hang on the red leaf pieces. Unfortunately one of my webs has been broken over time (too much hanging 😅) but I taped it up (crudely) and it still hangs. Just be careful with those webs if you own this set.
There is also an axle with a brown axle connector (back when Technic elements were in reasonable colors) that, when pulled out, causes the top part of the tree to fall out. Presumably this allows the dwarves to escape from their web traps. However, depending on how tightly you build it, the tree doesn’t always fall down, and you may need to shake it a little.
There’s also a rather rare glow-in-the-dark spider piece, and this relates to another play feature. In the bigger tree, there is a small archway. Place the spider in the archway and flick a bright red bushing at the back of the tree. This pushes the spider piece out (thanks to a dark red 1×2 axle hole brick). It’s a pretty lame play feature in my opinion, but I’m happy to get a glow-in-the-dark spider. There are also two regular black spiders in this set.
Overall this set is pretty much about the minifigures and the spiders. For the price I think the value is quite good, while the minifigures are very detailed for 2013, so overall I think this is a good set. 👍🏻
Personal Rating: 4/5
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VaderFan2187 out! 😀