I was really looking forward to scenes taking place in Dol Guldur in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I actually assumed that Gandalf and Radagast confronting the Necromancer would be the climax of the second film, but it turns out I was wrong. Actually, and I hope this isn't spoiling much, but Dol Guldur doesn't get much screen time in the film. I thought this was quite peculiar, particularly since Lego chose to make the Dol Guldur Battle the flagship set for their Hobbit theme this year. Of course, changing up the release of the films by stretching The Hobbit from two films into three definitely had to cause some confusion and headaches for Lego and other companies producing merchandise. Anyways, I reviewed the smaller set Dol Guldur Ambush a month or so ago but am just getting around to this one. I snagged both of these because I figured they'd fit perfectly into my giant haunted castle that I've built around the Monster Fighters Vampyre Castle. How's the set on it's own, though? Check it out after the break....
Set #: 79014 Dol Guldur Battle
# of pieces: 797 + 2 manuals
Figures included: Azog, Gandalf, 2x Gundabad Orcs, the Necromancer of Dol Guldur, Radagast the Brown, a statue, and a skeleton.
The set comes with a Gandalf figure, which is a character who I already have three or four of at this point. Still, who else would you include? This time Gandalf's not wearing his hat and instead has the long hairpiece used by so many wizards (including Dumbledore). He has printing on his back and comes wearing his cloak and wielding Glamdring and his staff.
The main gate is about the same size as the "magical wall" section but appears to have an old tree and some vines growing out from between it's stones. The double iron doors swing open, allowing figures entrance into Dol Guldur. It's not easy entrance, however: rotating one of the vines growing out of the wall tilts a basket that you can fill with skulls, dumping them on the unsuspecting heads of intruders. Two skulls come with the set.
The second floor is smaller, but has a barrel, a large sword, and a fish bone. Maybe Gollum's been up here?
The top of the tower is versatile as it can hold either a catapult or the hanging cage. The catapult is a simple contraption and comes stocked with two cylinders to launch from it and a torch.
The skeleton is the same basic Lego skeleton that we've seen for years. I always want more of them!