9470 Shelob Attacks Review!

Hey guys! Today I’m reviewing a LEGO Lord of the Rings set – 9470 Shelob Attacks. This was part of the initial Lord of the Rings LEGO wave, retailing in May 2012 for £19.99 (UK), $19.99 (U.S.), $39.99 (Aus), and $49.99 (NZ). Let’s check it out! There are three minifigures included in this set. The first is Frodo. This version of Frodo is technically exclusive, but what sets him apart is only his grey cape, which is meant to represent the Elven cloaks from Lothlorien. The rest of him is the same as the minifigure from 9472 Attack on Weathertop (though that figure had a dark green cloak). He has the neat hobbit hairpiece in dark brown, along with a double-sided face – one normal and one terrified/stung. The scared face isn’t really accurate but I think it’s good enough for play purposes. I like his torso print, which shows a brown jacket over a dark red undershirt. He comes with the sword Sting as well as the One Ring element – notably, two spares are included for this piece.

Fun fact: One would think that the One Ring element would cease production when the Lord of the Rings line ended. The opposite is true, as it actually appears in future sets like 10243 Parisian Restaurant and even 76104 The Hulkbuster Smash-UpThe second minifigure is Frodo’s best friend Samwise Gamgee. Unlike Frodo, this minifigure is completely exclusive — Sam never appeared in another LEGO set. He has the hobbit hairpiece along with a double-sided head: stern and frightened. Neither represent Sean Astin that well if you ask me, though. I like his torso print, which shows a dark tan shirt with a belt and suspenders, along with a brown pouch. He comes with the Phial of Galadriel (represented by a normal clear diamond piece held upside-down) as well as a regular short sword, though he can wield Sting if he wants to. Like Frodo, Sam also has a short grey cape to represent his Elven cloak. Last up is the treacherous Gollum, aka Ulysses Klaue aka Snoke. He is a new mold created exclusively for the Lord of the Rings line, and looks pretty good. He’s hunched over, and made up of three pieces – the main mold and two arms. The mold was later reused in 79000 Riddles for the Ring, but in that set Gollum had a different face print. Gollum is armed with the most powerful weapon of them all, a fish. There are two builds in the set – the smaller sidebuild is this little rock section. I believe it’s meant to be the entrance to the tunnel that Gollum leads Frodo and Sam into.

There’s a little space that Gollum can walk through. To the right is a mini catapult that you can put Gollum on and then launch him, making him “attack” Frodo. The build is nothing much but I guess it’s a spot for Gollum to hang out. The main build is Shelob the spider. It’s essentially a giant brick-built spider, which looks great when you put the little spiders from 79001 Escape from Mirkwood Spiders next to her. Fun fact: The spiders in Mirkwood are Shelob’s children.

Shelob is a lot more poseable than the smaller spiders from Mirkwood. Her eight legs are on hinges so can move side-to-side, and they’re also made up of click joints – three per leg. This means you can pose here in a variety of menacing ways. Her eyes are represented by an exclusive printed slope which has eight printed eyes – though one of them is stabbed out, because I think Sam stabbed her with Sting.

One weird thing about Shelob is that she has a pair of small grey wheels on the bottom of her belly. I’m not too sure what this is supposed to be for, as the legs can hold up Shelob by themselves. However, maybe this is so that she can slide along smoothly if you pose her legs so that her body is too low. Either way, the wheels are super easy to remove if you find them ugly. Shelob’s main play feature is her webbing, as any spider worth their salt can spin a web (just kidding). There’s a light grey gear under her abdomen which you can turn. This will extend out a long white string that is actually a pretty decent length. There’s a dark red hook tied at the end – I’m not sure what that’s supposed to represent. I guess it’s just a stopper to prevent the string from going all the way into the abdomen. You can use the string to tie up poor Frodo. Just be careful not to crumple his cape.


Okay, that’s it for this set! I think it’s a cool set – the three minifigures are good, the build is nice (and good for scaring little kids 😈), playability is neat because you can act out the Shelob scene, and price is good as the spider is appropriately sized in relation to the price. Just all-around good.

  • Builds: 4/5
  • Minifigures: 4/5
  • Playability: 4/5
  • Price: 4/5
  • Personal Rating: 4/5
  • TOTAL: 4.0/5

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think in the comments below! 🙂

VaderFan2187 out! 😀

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